Cardamom & Black Tea Cookies

Ingredients:

1 stick butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar, granulated

1 egg

1 cup flour

1 cup Almond Flour

1/2 teaspoon Cardamom powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 teabag of black tea, cut and emptied from the bag

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until lite and fluffy, mix in the egg and vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, almond flour, cardamom, salt, baking powder and tea.

Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture in parts until well combined. Place tablespoons of batter onto a baking sheet

Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly brown around the bottom edges.

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Shea & Apricot Lotion Recipe

If you are not using a stick blender I recommend getting one of the cheap ones, but if you are hand mixing make sure you mix it for several minutes, rest, mix, rest, mix some more. I have had a few hand mixed lotions fail to fully emulsify because I thought I had mixed it enough.

heat phase

22.68 g emulsifying wax

8.5 g stearic acid

15 g shea butter

5.66 g coconut oil

10 g Apricot kernel oil

8.5 g rice bran oil

cool down/emulsification phase

8.5  honeyquat

333 g distilled water (hot)

100 g isopropyl myristate

apricot fragrance

1% Optiphen

 

Aloha Soap

 

This was a really fun project, it looks a mess, but I had so much fun. I did this using the heat transfer method and adding the fragrance oil at about 100 degrees before I stick blended for maybe 20 seconds. I stopped blending at the lightest trace and hand mixed it the rest of the way. This gave me enough time to separate and mix 5 colors. There is some inconsistency where I did not mix well enough.

I took all of these precaution because I did a water discount, plus I used a floral fragrance It got thick fast at the end. I didn’t get as much color mixing with the chopstick as I wanted. I am testing out a new mica sampler pack from WSP. I had not used any of these micas before, I am mostly pleased by all of the colors except for the purple which faded out almost completely.

I poured all the colors in messy layers then dragged a chopstick through it for a little bit of displacement. After pouring I sprayed it with isopropyl alcohol and covered it in plastic. For the sake of the colors I wanted to fully gel this soap so I preheat the oven to 170 degrees F, then turned it off and put my soap in there and left it alone for 12 hours before I unmolded it.