Sunday, September 21, 2008

Autumn News!

Hello and Happy First Day of Autumn (Mon.), Newsletter/Blog Subscribers!

Ahhh...the MOST magical time of year! We know a lot of crazy things are happening in our country right now between economic meltdowns, weather disasters, politics, and for so many it can be difficult to find and embrace "the magic" sometimes. We struggle at times to get anchored, back in touch with what's best in life, remember the simple pleasures and strengths that are the backbone of our nation and selves, to remember the real value stuff of what this country is made of. And so as we gear-up for the coming holiday season, we hope to offer you some ideas for adding magic to your own life with affordable holiday gift-giving that gets back to "simple pleasures", and a time when "handmade" was not only "the only way", but a much cherished way to show loved ones you care!

We have several updates for you so I'll get right to it!

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SIMPLY SOAP Handcrafted Artisan Soaps-

Our Autumn/Holiday soap line is now available, including usual favorites from Apple Cherry Cider to Wassail! Come see! http://www.simplysoap.com/Holiday%20Soap.htm

For those who love our Wylde Faerie Soaps, we just launched our long-awaited Wylde Wytch Soap line! And just in-time for your Halloween/Samhaim celebrations! We had so much fun making these, the culmination of many years of herbal and Wise Woman ways study! Come see!
http://www.simplysoap.com/WyldeWytchSoaps.htm

We also added a new soap called "Fleur de Mimosa" (Mimosa Blossom)- a gorgeous floral and very unique! It was at the suggestion of a customer who has a grove of mimosa trees in her yard and she convinced me the scent was heaven! She was right! See it at Fleur de Mimosa!

We'd like to remind you that this time of year, lead times will lengthen the closer we get to Christmas, so if you have a strict need-by date, PLEASE place your orders as early as possible so we can accomodate you! We are already getting very busy with extra production!

We'll be closed for our end-of-year break Dec. 15 - Jan. 4.

There is NO UPS delivery service the day after Thanksgiving--CRUNCH WEEKEND!

Wholesalers: If you've already faxed us (619) 287-1321 a copy of your resale permit or bus. lic. and we've supplied you with an e-mailed copy of wholesale pricing, you can go ahead and place orders via our retail online shopping cart and just type "WHOLESALE" in the "Special Requests" section of the shopping cart and we will charge you wholesale pricing! Makes it even quicker and easier for you to shop! If you need a tally of your order before processing just let us know! simplysoap@aol.com

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ENCHANTASIES -

We have a new art print available called "First Leaf Omen"! It is said that to catch the first leaf you see fall in autumn is indeed a good omen! Come see this enchanted witch at: http://www.enchantasies.com/First%20Leaf%20Omen.htm

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"Keeping The Hearth"

It was in the winter that the islanders gathered round the hearth to listen to stories. Harvest was gathered in. The ears that had listened only to necessary farming and fishing words all the year of toil and ripening were ready for more ancient images and rhythms. A tongue here and there was touched to enchantment by starlight and peat flame. - George Mackay Brown

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All Hallows Eve Corn Chowder

Every Halloween I make a couple of huge pots of delicious thick soup and visitors and family who drop by for the festivites can dip great chunks of hot crusty buttered bread into their bowl and be filled with a warm belly before venturing out into the spooky, magical night! This is one of our favorites and VERY easy!

1 green pepper diced
1/2 sweet onion diced
1 - 1 lb. bag of frozen corn (thawed)
1 - 1 lb bag frozen hash brown potatoes (thawed)
2 large cans of evaporated milk
1 jar real bacon bits (optional for vegetarians)
4 cups water 2 tablespoons of flour (to thicken) to 1/4 cup cold water
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

In large soup pot, brown the onion and green pepper in melted butter, then add hash brown potatoes and soften. Pour in evaporated milk and 4 cups of water. Add corn. Make a watery paste of flour and 1/4 cup of cold water and add to soup, stirring constantly until bubbly and thickened. Serve immediately and sprinkle bacon bits on top. You can add more regular milk as desired if you want a thinner soup. Enjoy!

If we don't send a newsletter sooner...Happy Halloween!

The Elves, Faeries, and Good Wytches at.....

Simply Soap - www.simplysoap.com
Wild Oaks Art - www.wildoaksart.com
Enchantasies - www.enchantasies.com
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