Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Two New Product Lines

I introduced two new product lines in my etsy shop tonight. Luxurious Cocoa Butter Body Lotion and Lip Balm.

Candy Apple is the first scent to come out in my Luxurious Cocoa Butter Body Lotion. It is a moisturizing handmade lotion for daily use on hands and body. Packed with moisturizing natural ingredients Cocoa Butter, Almond Oil and Vitamin E , our Luxurious Lotion is non-greasy & absorbs fast - leaving your skin feeling soft & smooth! More wonderful scents coming soon!

The first in my lip balm series is Pumpkin Pie. I thought that would be perfect for the holidays. These smooth conditioning lip balms protect your lips from the harsh elements and leave a silky sheen on your lips.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hashbrown Casserole

My sister-in-law gave me this recipe a few years ago and its been one of our favorite side dishes.

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can condensed cream of potato soup, undiluted
1 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 pkg (2 lbs) frozen hashbrown potaotes
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided in half
In a large bowl, combine soup, sour cream and garlic salt. Stir together.

Add potatoes & 1 cup cheddar cheese, mix well .

Pour into an greased 13x9x2" baking dish. Top with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees 55-60 minutes.

Fresh and hot from the oven.

And the Winner is....

MamaShai!! Congratulations . My daughter picked your name out of the basket today for the Candy Corn Soap Giveaway!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Halloween Soap Giveaway

My first official giveaway will be one of my Candy Corn Soaps. These soaps are wonderful as a Halloween treat for yourself or to give as a gift. To enter all you have to do is post a comment on YOUR best Halloween costume (or one you would like to do, but like me can't get up the nerve to do it) and leave an email where I can reach you if you win. I've always been a huge 40's "pin-up" girl fan and would love to dress up like that, but to be honest -I'm too big of a chicken.

The contest starts tonight and will end Sunday October 26 at 12:00pm EST. Your prize will be mailed on Monday and should arrive in time for Halloween. All names will go into a basket at the end of the drawing and one of my wonderful children will do the honors and choose the winner.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Banana Muffins

These banana muffins were my mom's favorites. She loved banana bread and muffins! You can adapt these by adding nuts or chocolate chips (for the kids).


1-3/4 Cups all-purpose flour (I cheated and used self-rising because I was out of all-purpose. If you use self-rising-omit the baking soda, baking powder and salt)

3/4 cup Sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup Milk or plain yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2-3 medium sized)


In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, milk and vanilla.

Stir liquid ingredients into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Fold in mashed bananas and (nuts or chocolate chips, if desired)
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool for 5 minutes before moving from baking pan.

Note: The top 6 muffins have streusel: to make streusel you need

1/4 brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon cold butter or margarine

1/4 cup finely ground nuts (I like walnuts with these)

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon, cut in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on over batter and bake.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Smokey Mountain Scents has been featured in two wonderful treasuries on ETSY. The one on the left was posted by lassiegirl and was appropriately titled Marshmallow Out. It featured my Toasted Marshmallow Candle. Doesn't this treasury just make your mouth water for all those yummy treats?MMM.
Cranberry Welcome is to the right and was posted by Nancy Wallis Designs. Nancy describes this as inviting rich reds with hints of orange zest. She has featured my Cranberry Cracklin' Wick Candle.
You can check out Nancy Wallis Designs here and LassieGirl here for wonderful handmade jewelry and adorable children's clothes. And I would love you to check out my shop at

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Welcome to Smokey Mountain Scents

Welcome to our blog. I hope you will come in, grab a cup of coffee (tea, wine...) and stay and visit for a while. We can chat about all kinds of wonderful things - like - being a work at home Mom , homeschooling (the good, the bad and the ugly) new and yummy recipes and of course handmade goodies.

I would like to introduce you to Smokey Mountain Scents. We are a home-based business that specializes in hand poured Cracklin' Wick Candles, handcrafted soaps and an array of scrumptious skin loving bath and body products.

Cracklin' Wick Candles will remind you of of sitting in front of your fireplace or around the campfire. you will hear the soothing crackling sound as your candle burns and emits a wonderful scent throughout your room.Our candles are made with 100% soy wax and a natural wooden wick. They are available in an assortment different delicious scents , come in the cutest square mason jars in two sizes 8 oz. and 16 oz. and are heavily scented.

Here are a few benefits of a wood wick candle:

First is the soothing sound of a crackling fire.

Second is the scent. The two layer wood wick that disperses the scent quicker than traditional cotton wicks.

Another benefit of wood wick candles is their long life. Wood wick candles can last 100 hours or more, depending on the size of the candle.

I hope you will drop by and visit our shop at: