Figs and Honey for Oscar Night!

fig on wood

On Oscar Night we love to stay home in our PJ’s, comfy under a blanket with the fireplace on, but just because its a night in PJ’s doesn’t mean you can’t make it special.  This is wonderful recipe I found a few years back and it has been a staple every Oscar Night since.

I love it so much it became my inspiration for my Fig and Honey Soap!

Use OSCAR coupon code and get 20% off our Fig & Honey Products 🙂

Hope all of your favorites win tonight!

Fresh Figs With Ricotta and Honey Recipefresh-figs-ricotta-honey-vt
• 8 fresh figs
• 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
• 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
• 4 tablespoons honey or agave nectar, plus more to taste
• 4 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
• 1. Using a sharp knife, split each fig down the middle from the top to the bottom, but without cutting all the way through the fig. Stop about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the fig.
• 2. Using the tip of a teaspoon, fill the split center of each fig with a generous dollop of ricotta.
• 3. Scatter the pistachios in a shallow bowl or on a small plate. Drizzle the honey on a small plate. Gently grasp each fig without squeezing it and dip its bottom first in the honey, then in the pistachios. Arrange the figs on a large plate or serving platter. Drizzle the figs with additional honey to taste and sprinkle with the fresh mint. Serve as soon as you can (as if you could resist doing anything else).


Harley Ride thru the Orchards

Orange Groves of Santa Paula/Filmore

One of my favorite things to do (when I’m not processing orders and making soap) is for my husband and I to take our motorcycle out for a ride.  We love winding our way up the highways toward the coast, stopping at various road-side produce stands for a cold drink and fresh fruits and veggies.  One of the best rides is through the orchards of Santa Paula, CA headed toward Ventura, Carpenteria and Santa Barbara.  While everyone else seems to be buried in snow, here in Southern California we are averaging 10-15 degrees warmer than average temperatures bringing Spring-like weather in the middle of winter.  Everything is already blooming and I can honestly say driving through orange orchards is one of the most wonderful experiences for my husband and I.  A pleasant breeze blows across the valley with a light, fragrant smell of orange blossoms while honey bees dutifully go from tree to tree pollinating the entire valley.  This is the inspiration for our Orange Blossom Honey Soap!  It has a warm floral scent from the wonderful aroma of the orange blossom flower melding with honey and is a distinctly Southern California blend.

20150216_140126    Orchard with cratesOne of our favorite stops along highway 126 toward Ventura is Francisco’s Fruit Market.  Adorned in brightly painted Mexican pottery, Francisco’s fruits offers fresh fruit, veggies, nuts, jerky, olives, honey, and much more.  You are even likely to find a rooster or two lazily wandering the grounds in search of a dropped peanut or seed.  Many of the fresh ingredients and honeys used in our soaps have come from Fransisco’s.


Pistachio’s are ready for our “Nuts from the Orchard” Soap bar!

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This place has it all. Cooking and soaping ingredients. Banana’s for facials are awesome!

Banana Moisturizing Face Mask
• 1 ripe banana
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 4 -5 tablespoons ground oats or 4 -5 tablespoons almonds
• mineral water, if necessary
1. Mash the banana, add the honey, oats and some water to get a good consistency, use your own judgment.
2. Spread the banana mix on to a damp face and neck, put cucumber slices on your eyelids and relax for 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Organic local honey in a variety of flavors. We love the orange blossom!

We love using locally grown ingredients in our soap making and cooking.  Try to find your local growers.  It’s worth the effort!