So, last time I wrote that we were going to make candles.
WE made candles!
We had a few hick-ups. Firstly, we didn’t really have enough wax. I had purchased 1 lb, which I thought would be enough. It only filled my tomato juice can 1/3 of the way, so that when we dipped the candle wick in, it only made about 2″ of candle. That wasn’t going to work for me. So, we tried a mason jar, being that it was slightly narrower, thus our wax would be higher, which it was.
It was a time consuming process, which I knew going in. My older boys tried to come up with faster ways of dipping, and my little girl lasted about an hour in total. In the end, I was the sole dipper. However, it was a good lesson. The boys could clearly see how it was that people were motivated to make electricity to make light, or to find other alternatives to spending hours and hours dipping candles. I personally found it quite soothing.
Our candles ended up being about 1 cm diameter, and about 6″ long. My hubby was nice enough to make us two little candle holders for them, and we have enjoyed them at supper a couple of nights. Despite the cost, I purchased several more lbs of beeswax and have plans to make more candles and hopefully we’ll get some closer to the 1″ diameter and closer to 9″ tall.
We also made some hair wax, vapour rub, and booboo cream – yes, my big lads still call it that – so all in all, a very productive day.
We have harvested some of the Kale from the back yard, and I think next weekend will see the garden put to bed for the winter while we make plans to make it more productive next year.
Time to think about getting some soap made for Christmas giving and for the lads. I also have a new recipee for shaving soap and even one for shampoo that I’m anxious to try out. And on top of that, I have a chapter to finish writing!
Menu for this week:
Sunday: chicken, braised cabbage and veggies
Monday: Ground beef stroganoff on rice noodles
Tuesday: Ginger porkchops, rice and salad
Wednesday: Butter Turkey with broccoli and potatoes
Thursday: Pasta night!
Friday: Hot Dogs and French fries, or leftovers
Saturday: homemade pizza
Have an amazing week!