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There are many options when it comes to coloring your homemade soap. Artificial colorants are often more vibrant than natural colorants, but many people like the idea of using all-natural ingredients in their soap.

There are also safety concerns with some artificial colorants, and they can have some unanticipated effects on the final soap product. If you decide to use natural colorants for your soap, there are endless possibilities to choose from, and you can give your soap almost any hue you desire.

Many of the natural materials you can use to color soap can be found in your kitchen, or local supermarket, and many are already used to color food and drug products.

These dyes can easily be extracted from fruits, vegetables, spices and even your morning coffee.

For example, beets will yield a dye that is bright purple, and depending on how much you use, will turn your soap pale pink to a deep red. To make the dye, cut the beets into half-inch slices, and boil three cups of beet slices in two cups of water.

Red onions will produce a red dye that will turn your soap reddish-brown; to make the dye you’ll use only the skin, so the onions can be used for cooking later.

Remove the outermost dry layers of skin, and the first moist layer; boil two cups of skins in three cups of water.

Red cabbage, oddly enough, produces an inky blue dye, which can be used to color soap pastel to deep blue.

Shred one head of cabbage, and boil it in two cups of water until the cabbage itself is a pale blue.

If the dye you get using these methods isn’t concentrated enough for your tastes, simply boil the mixture longer to evaporate more water.

Be sure to strain the liquid through cheesecloth before use, to ensure that any vegetable matter is removed.

Typically, you will add your homemade dye at trace, or when hand-milling a batch of cold-process soap.

You can use spices to dye soap as well, but the dye needs to be oil-based, instead of water-based.

Making an oil-based dye from spices involves three simple steps. First, mix two teaspoons of the spice with two tablespoons of oil. Let the spice soak in the oil for a while.

Next, heat the oil and spice mixture in the microwave for one to two minutes. Finally, strain the mixture through cheesecloth, or a coffee filter, to remove the spice particles, and you’ll be left with an oil-based dye that retained the color of the spice you used. Here is a list of some common food-based, homemade dyes, and the colors they will yield in your soap. (Always test dyes before use, to avoid unwanted results in final soap product.)

oAlfalfa – medium green
oAlkanet – deep purple to muted blue
oBeet root – muted pink to red
oGround calendula petals – yellow
oCarrots – yellow to orange
oGround chamomile – yellow-beige
oChlorophyll – medium green
oCinnamon – tan to brown (can be an irritant)
oCloves – brown
oCochineal powder – deep red
oCocoa powder – brown
oCoffee – brown to black
oComfrey root – light milky brown
oCucumber – bright green
oCurry powder – yellow
oElderberries – light brown (steep in lye solution)
oHenna, ground – olive green, drab green, greenish-brown
oIndigo root – deep blues (can stain)
oJojoba beads – come in many colors, and are exfoliating
oKaolin Clay – white
oKelp/seaweed – green
oMadder root – rosy red to purple
oMilk (goat’s or cow’s) – tan to brown, depending upon sugar & fat content
oMoroccan Red Clay – brick red
oPaprika – light peach to salmon (can be an irritant)
oPoppy Seeds – blue-grey to black specks
oPumice, ground – grey (also exfoliating)
oPumpkin, pureed – deep orange
oRattanjot – lavender to purple
oRose Pink Clay – brick red
oRosehips, ground – tan to deep brown
oSafflower Petals – yellow to deep orange
oSaffron – yellow
oSage – green
oSpinach – light green
oSpirulina – blue-green
oTitanium Dioxide – bright white
oTurmeric – gold to amber

My Soap Making Made Easy Book gives you more information on soap colorants, fragrances and essential oils plus many recipes and ingredients you can use in making your soaps.

Michelle Gaboya has been a Soap Enthusiast for over 10 years, she has created Soap Making Advice giving free information about soap making colorants with guides, ingredients and recipes to use to get started. For More information visit: http://www.soapmakingadvice.com/ and get your FREE Soap Making Mini course Today.

Diamond Plate Solid Genuine Leather Black Motorcycle Lever Covers GFLEVER

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BSA Optics Laser Genetics ND3X40 40mm Black Green Laser Designator BSALG-ND3X40

The ND-3×40 Laser Designators features a new 40mm lens and is part of the newest precision optical lighting instruments using advanced green laser technology. The patented Rotary Optical Collimator allows full adjustment and control of beam diameter and intensity to focus light where you need it most. Rotating the collimator provides enough illumination to light a trail at night or paint a target up to 400 yards*. Two CR123 3V batteries provide over 7 hours of continuous use.

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Mitaki-Japan 12 piece 24-Bulb LED Flashlight Countertop Display ELLED24

Mitaki-Japan 12 piece 24-Bulb LED Flashlight Countertop Display ELLED24 This countertop display of LED flashlights are great countertop sale or promotional items. These flashlights also make great giveaways. The flashlights feature magnet and hook for hands-free use. Each flashlight measures 8-1/8" x 2-3/8" x 1". Requires 3 AA batteries (not included). Sold only in complete display sets.

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Crock Pot Barbeque Chicken
1 frying chicken , cut up (organic or free range if possible)
1 can tomato soup, condensed
3/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup vinegar
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. sweet basil
1/4 tsp. thyme

Place chicken in crock pot. Combine all other ingredients and pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
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Source: Courtesy of Chet Day’s Health & Beyond Online

Leupold VX-3 4.5-14x50 Duplex Matte Rifle Scope - LP66295

The VX-3 is loaded with optical technology: Xtended Twilight Lens System, DiamondCoat 2 lens coating, blackened lens edges, second generation waterproofing, and a twin bias spring erector system. Finger-adjustable, cryogenically treated,

Biederlack Del Ray Child's Cuddlewrap the Cuddle Wrap for kids B2616

It’s a pint-sized cuddlewrap just for kids! You and your child can sit by the fire on those cold nights wrapped snuggly in a beautiful, soft Biederlack Cuddle Wrap. Biederlack presents its children’s cuddlewrap collection, complementing the adult version. Del Ray Cuddlewrap B2616 85% Acrylic 15% Polyester. Size: 45 x 40 inches Easy Care: machine wash gentle cycle, cold water tumble dry low heat.

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Schoolhouse Photo Frame

1. Paint two craft sticks with black paint and three craft sticks with red paint.  Glue a piece of rickrack or ribbon along the length of another craft stick. 

2.  Overlap and glue together the craft sticks into a house shape. (The 2 black sticks are for the roof and the 3 red sticks are for the sides and bottom portion of the roof.)  The craft stick with the fabric should be on the bottom to form the base of the house.

3.  Cut a bell from yellow paper.  Use a marker to add details to the bell.  To hang the bell, tie a piece of thread to the point of the roof. Tape the other end of the thread to the bell.

4.  Cut a piece of paper to fit behind the schoolhouse.  Glue it in place.  Glue your photo onto the paper.

From Highlights, September 2002: by Linda Bloomgren

Country-Crock Chicken Soup
2 onions, chopped
3 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. leaf thyme
3 Tbsp. dry parsley flakes
1 pkg. frozen peas (10 oz.)
2-1/2 to 3 lb. whole fryer chicken
4 c. water or chicken brother
1 c. noodles

Place all ingredients in crock pot, except noodles, in order listed. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours, or HIGH 4 to 6 hours. One hour before serving, remove chicken and cool slightly. Remove meat from bones and return meat to crock pot. Add noodles. Turn to HIGH. Cover and cook 1 hour.
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Source: Ruth A. Burbage
This is a sample recipe of many great recipes which come in Ruth’s monthly newsletter. Ruth has also created several cookbooks. For more information, contact Ruth at ruthhappycook@msn.com .

Wild Zoo Children's Wall Shelf

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4.8v 300mAh Ni-CD Battery Pack for Cobra Radios FA-NICD

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Three Cheese Pasta Bake
6 ounces dried tomato penne, rigatoni, and/or other short tubular
pasta (1-1/2 to 2 cups)
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T flour
2 cups milk
2 cups shredded Port Salut or other semisoft cheese (8 ounces)
1 cup shredded American cheese (about 4 ounces)
2 tablespoons snipped fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
1 cup soft light rye or wheat bread crumbs
2 tablespoons chopped pistachio nuts (optional)
1/4 cup crumbled or grated Shropshire, Stilton, and/or Parmesan
cheese (optional)
Green onion tops (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan heat margarine or butter over medium heat. Add garlic. Cook for 30 seconds. Stir in flour. Add milk. Cook and stir until mixture is thickened and bubbly; reduce heat. Add shredded cheeses. Stir until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in cooked pasta and oregano. Spoon mixture into an ungreased 1-1/2-quart casserole. Top with bread crumbs.

Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with pistachios and crumbled cheese, if desired. Bake for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand10 minutes before serving. Garnish individual servings with green onion tops, if desired. Makes 6 servings.
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Source: Susanna Freeman

Giovanni Navarre GFCHAP Italian Stone Design Buffalo Leather Motorcycle Chaps

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Smooth Away Hair Remover

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Kona K2 Series Left Handed Thin Body Cutaway Acoustic Electric Guitar in Tobacco Sunburst

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Leupold VX-3 2.5-8x36 Duplex Matte Rifle Scope - LP66340

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Slitzer 8 piece Steak Knife Set CTSZ82

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3 Station Home Alarm Motion Sensor As Seen On TV

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There are more than two thousand different varieties of clams around the world with two main groups of the shellfish used most often for making many interesting seafood dishes.

Soft shelled and hard shelled clams are the most popular types although the shells of both are quite hard but the formers’ are much thinner and easier to break open. Some common names for soft shelled clams include longnecks, steamers, and Ipswich clams.

Depending on location, a few hard shelled clams you may see available include littleneck, cherrystone, butter clams, rock clams, and quahogs.

All types of clams will need cleaned thoroughly in either fresh or salted water. One easy trick for cleaning clams is to add some cornmeal to the water which helps to filter dirt and debris. Before cooking clams you will want to make sure they are completely free of all dirt, grit, and sand.

Store clams in the coldest part of the refrigerator in a container able to catch the fluids that will drain out.

Soft shelled clams are ideal for steaming and they can also be fried as is or dredged in breading first. Use soft shelled clams in soups and chowders and you can also make a spicy sauce with chopped clams, olive oil, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, salt and black pepper, and parmesan cheese.

To make a white clam sauce also use olive oil, minced garlic, and salt and pepper along with chopped parsley and onions combined with minced clams.

Clam Salad Pizza Recipe

What You Need

  • 20 ounces prepared pizza dough
  • 1 pound clams, drained well, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons wine vinegar
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

How to Make It 

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lightly oil 2 large baking sheets or 2 12 inch pizza pans. Divide the dough into 2 sections and press each down into the pan. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the dough just starts to brown.

Drain the clams with a colander or strainer. Line the strainer with several paper towels and place the drained clams on top. Press the clams gently to remove any excess moisture remaining.

Distribute the clams evenly amongst the partially baked pizza crusts. Sprinkle the minced garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt to taste on top of the clams then drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.

Bake the pizzas again for another 8 to 10 minutes taking care not to overcook, as the clams will become tough.

While the pizzas are baking, toss the mixed salad greens with the halved cherry tomatoes, the wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large bowl.

Remove the pizzas from the oven and top each with equal amounts of salad. Serve the clam salad pizza while hot.

Serves 4.

Pizza is one of those great foods that does not need any side dishes to be a complete and filling meal. Add to any ordinary pizza dough recipe using fresh ingredients like garlic, oregano, and extra virgin olive oil for an authentic Italian taste.

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