Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy - October 2014

When I was in high school, stupid boys would use a phrase when gawking at girls that was equally obnoxious as it was catchy. 

she's got it goin' on. but the on was pronounced more like AWN. Followed by a tsk noise make from a side cheek and some serious head shaking and the occasional eyeball rolling to the back of the head. 

I was prepping this particular S&S post in my mind, thinking about what I would say about one of my favorite vendors and all I kept hearing was:

Sugar & Spice has got it goin' AWN.

And so they do. Or Shanna, the owner does. Has it going on that is.

I placed an order of (4) one pound bags of wax back in October. As with all of Sugar & Spice's orders, the TAT was ridiculously fast. This particular order wasn't quite ready to go next day but easily within a few days.

The last time I ordered the melt crumbles, they were cut in bigger chunks. If I had to choose one or the other, I prefer the bigger pieces. My order consisted of three custom blends and one house blend:
{1} pumkin pecan waffles and blue ribbon cookies - what's not to like?
{2} hot orange danish and cinnamon vanilla frosting - I don't normally like cinnamon but this is SO GOOD.
{3} eggnog and marshmallow sugar cookie - the eggnog is really present in this blend and it's a nice combination of creamy/sweet and spicy eggnog. The spice reminds me of chai.
{4} thanksgiving - a very heavy and yummy bakery blend. 


Just as I was about to hit Publish on this post, I did a quick check on Sugar and Spice's facebook page only to learn that they are closing down for the rest of the year. I still contend that they run a very efficient ship with lots of great scents to choose from and when open (closing are very rare), an excellent turn around time.

Without a doubt I will be keeping Sugar and Spice Gourmet Soy on my list to order from for a very long time.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Rosegirls June '14 Order {part two}

OH hello there. I've missed you. 

There was a bout of seasonal sickness that kicked my booty, then a bit of sadness (it comes and goes and I manage it much like a cold or flu) and busyness at work with multiple training days and overtime. 

I feel horribly unorganized in several areas in my life, blogging being one of them. I've been rethinking the direction I want to take, blog-wise, and before I make any changes, I have several hauls to post. I'm excited to share some great wax purchases I've made lately!

The first one is the second half of my Rosegirls order from June. A sweet friend ordered this portion for me since she was sitting out that opening. 

I want to talk about muffins! I find that the muffins option is a great way to try customizing blends at a reasonable price. I love that they're packaged individually which makes them great for sharing. I ordered five sets of muffins, equalling twenty muffins total.

Blend #1 : hurricane daiquiri / raspberry coconut / cotton candy frosting

Blend #2 : pink sugar / sweet lavender / vanilla bean noel

Blend #3 : paradise / margarita / cotton candy frosting

Blend #4 : peppermint / marshmallow smoothie / gilligans brew

Blend #5 : dunk my donut / eggnog / marshmallow smoothie

I also ordered 14 bags of chunks:
{1-pecan waffle butter brickle 2-cranberry orange smoothie 3-soothing lavender dreams 4-simply amazing bakery}


{5-frosted summer breeze 6-cinnamon glazed oranges 7-kaelyn's caribbean congo line 8-mango monster cookies}


{9-strawberry euphoria 10-carrot cake w/ cream cheese frosting 11-blueberry hill}


{12-sweet pumpkin bread w/ cream cheese frosting 13-strawberry cereal killer ice cream 14-kaelyn's scotcheroos}


And lastly, one pie in butterbrickle caramel ice cream pie:


My early favorites are:
  pink sugar / sweet lavender / vanilla bean noel
  paradise / margarita / cotton candy frosting
  peppermint / marshmallow smoothie / gilligans brew
  kaelyn's caribbean congo line
  strawberry euphoria
  blueberry hill

That concludes my second Rosegirls order of 2014 (if you missed part one, you can read about it HERE).  I'm two for two this year and I hope to keep the streak going for 2015.


I'll be back soon with haulage from Glitterati, Streetman Company Store, Tiffany Candle's, Ten Digit Creations and Beezy.  Also some Black Friday sales I picked up in non wax goodies.

I hope you are doing well and having a great week!
  
  

Order of the Odor: Volume 4


A two part question once again this month:

1. Are you planning on gifting wax to anyone this Christmas?
Only to a few people I've met through the blog or in the wax community.

2. Have you asked for any waxy gifts for Christmas?
Not this year, although I was tempted to 'cash in' an early present when
Rosegirls had their gift certificates on sale recently. $80 for a $100 gift 
certificate was mighty hard to pass up. The expiration on them 
scared me so I sat on my hands and resisted. 

Please let us know your answers in the comments! The ladies here at the Order are wishing you and your family the merriest of holiday seasons this year filled with love, joy and peace, and of course, lovely smells.

It's Always Something: Looking for some votives to scent your home and add firelight ambience for the holidays this year? Deb recently hauled some amazing scents from a well known company, and by the end of the post you will be enabled. Consider yourself warned.

Fragrance Obsessed: There is one rule about Pie Club. No zucchini scents. No, that's not it. We don't talk about Pie Club? No. Oh! I remember. You don't EAT the pies... right. Curious about Sunnee's latest Pie Club experience? I know I am.

LoloLovesScents: Social media may have its drawbacks: pestering in-laws, VagueBooking, and unsightly tagged photos from 90's big hair days via #TBT, but there are perks too. Lauren's quick draw McGraw fingers enabled her to snag a most excellent sampler. This one is multi-vendor! So, what all did she get? 

The Redolent Mermaid: Santa stops in Florida too, but getting in the holiday spirit can be difficult with swaying palm trees and 80 degrees of sunshine, but Julie has a trick up her sleeve. Come over and see what scent and vendor she is gaga over when it comes to the perfect Christmas scent. 

It was the night before Thanksgiving ...

and I stuffed my face. 

No, seriously. I stuffed it.  

On Thanksgiving day, we go to hubby's grandmother's house to be with family and celebrate. There are usually between 15 -25 of us, depending on who's in town and off work. 

When it comes time for clearing the left overs off the table and making to go plates, I'm always inauthentically reserved. I'll take, maybe, one piece of turkey and a small spoonful of mashed potatoes. 

Let's be clear. The best thing about Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving dinner left overs. 

Taking one little piece of turkey is not going satiate my year long left over cravings. 

I wouldn't change anything about going over to Grandma's house but I also didn't want to feel left-over deprived so I decided to make a pre Thanksgiving dinner this year. I initially invited a few of my friends over but then my anxiety got the best of me and I canceled -- on having people over. Dinner was still on for hubby and me. 

It was a huge success.

I opted to roast a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey. We didn't miss the dark meat and it was much easier all around. 
I followed the instructions for cooking the turkey breast HERE and I used the instructions for gravy (step #4) HERE.  Both were super easy and the results were delicious.

I asked a coworker for her stuffing recipe after hearing her rave about it. So rave worthy. I'm not a stuffing person but I'm pretty sure that's because I've never had it like this!
I made some substitutions - I used leeks and celery instead of fennel (too much like licorice for my taste) and used Pepperidge Farm's herb stuffing mix instead of making it from scratch. Honestly, just as good! I simply added Streetman's original chicken seasoning and dried thyme to the mix and viola! I felt bad for not making the stuffing from scratch all of two seconds.

The Chew: Mama T’s Pancetta and Fennel Stuffing Recipe

Makes 8servings
Ingredients

  • 2 cups Pancetta (chopped small)
  • 1 large onion (small diced
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage (crumbled)
  • 1/2 c parsley (I deleted this)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 fennel bulbs 
  • 1/4 c white wine
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth
  • seasoned stuffing mix
  • 1 egg (beaten)

Instructions

  1. ƒ Preheat he oven to350 degrees F. ƒ 
  2. In a medium saute pan over medium heat, render the pancetta. Cook until browned and then remove it from the pan.  ƒ 
  3. Discard some of the fat, but leave enough to cook the onions and garlic. Sauté until soft. ƒ 
  4. Add the sausage, parsley, and thyme. Cook until he sausage browns.  ƒ Add the fennel and cook until golden.  ƒ 
  5. Add back in the pancetta and pour in the wine. Bring to a simmer. 
  6. Add the butter and stir until melted. ƒ 
  7. In a large bowl, add the stuffing mix, chicken stock, add the mixture in the sauté pan. Toss to coat evenly and then add the egg. ƒ 
  8. Add the mixture to a buttered 9×13 baking dish. Cover with foil and cook for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for a few more minutes until golden brown. 

Seasoned Stuffing Mix
Servings: 8­-10

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of bread 
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp of sage
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/8 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp marjoram leaves

Toast bread cubes, then put into paper bag with all seasonings and shake to coat bread cubes.

Casseroles. Green bean casseroles. I know. But you have to understand, I dislike most vegetables, especially green beans. This might be the most delicious, trashiest green bean casserole out there. Actually, it doesn't have the canned onions on it, it's Ritz crackers right there on top. Total gourmet now.

Mashed potatoes were also on the table and they were yummy as always. I used russet potatoes, a stick of butter, salt/pepper and whole milk. If I'm ambitious, I will melt the milk, butter and about 10 cloves of minced garlic together before adding them to the potatoes. Another variation is cream cheese and subbing yukon golds for russets. 

Not dry in the least:

We start clearing the table and walk back into the dinning room to this. Naughtiest beagle ever. She took down a whole turkey one year --at grandma's house.

Plenty of left overs now, today was a total success.

I want to wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving if you celebrate it and a blessed Thursday if you don't.

My Weekly Meltdown -2014.47

Am I the only woman alive who never knows the date she last started her cycle? This question is like final jeopardy after a night of heavy drinking.

And why do I get asked this every time I go to the doctor? I mean, I get it for trying to calculate how far along a pregnancy might be or the date of ovulation but, why does my dermatologist need to know?

I'm not gonna lie, until recently (when it made sense to me that it might actually matter) I GUESSED. Horribly guessed. I said 'I don't know' once and the nurse looked at me like I told her I ate a bowl full of spiders for breakfast. 

Now, thank goodness, there's an app for that. Problem is-- I never check it before my appointment and I'm a good patient so my phone is tucked so far away it might as well be on Mars.  Still never know when my last period started.  

Let's talk about melts instead.
Faves from above: (CFTKR - coconut strawberry cake, CFTKR - jelly filled sugar cookie)

Melted but not pictured - highlighted are faves:

Butterfly Lane - pumpkin apple butter
CBV - pumpkin pecan waffles 
CBV - raspberry zingr
CBV - pumpkin cupcake
CFTKR - blackberry marmalade
CFTKR - brown sugared truffle pie
CFTKR - vanilla noel fluff
CFTKR - orange soda pop *gift
FP - serendipity lychee & marshmallows
FP - lemon cookies
FP - fruity loop birthday cake
FP - loopy serendipity
Glitterati - plumberry
Glitterati - pretty in pink 
HHS - absolutely fabulous cake 
LSC - coconut marshmallow latte
KK - baked wildberry bread
RG - pumpkin pie frosted pumpkin *gift*
RG - cool beans
RG - orange revival and baked zucchini bread *gift*
Scentsy - french kiss
Shayz - pistachio macaroon
Shayz - doodle cookies
Shayz - pound cake
Shayz - praline pound cake
SMT - cotton candy watermelon orange sherbet 
SMT - raspberry lemonade
SCS - vanilla bean noel sweet pea
Sweet Fixations - fruit slices
Wilmas - kettle zucchini

Weekly State of Affairs:


Pending orders:
     Rosegirls - sampler - (10/18) 
     SMT (10/25)
     Streetman Co. Store (11/7) - arrived 11/24
     Beezy-Tarts (11/11)
     Enchanted Candle Co. (11/23)

Watched:
     

Last Week's Erin Condren:

Perfume of the Day:
{1. Lush - Twilight 2. Shea Moisture - raw shea butter}

I'm having a little freak out because Lush is no longer selling perfume online or in stores (in California). Some stupid alcohol content law. Who's drinking this stuff! Twilight is my soulmate. Sometimes, Lush will bring it back during the holidays but this perfume ban is making me twitchy, despite the store employee telling me the ban is temporary. She better be right, I'm one Angry Angela away from YouTubing about her lying right to my face.

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Are you like me and stuck in a few messy places? Let's learn the lesson and move on:

The List : My Favorite and Not So Favorite Wax Vendors

Since Black Friday and Cyber Monday are fast approaching, I was considering the need to update the forgotten "vendor news" tab on the blog's toolbar.

I reconsidered after taking into account my failing efforts to keep the information updated throughout the year. Instead, I thought I would compile a much more personal list. A list that would include my preferred vendors based on my experiences and categorized by difficulty in ordering.

First, I think it's important to note that I have received very little free wax outside of giveaways and contests. The one exception is Sniff My Tarts who sent me a a handful of chunks because I commented on a customers post inquiring about the spiciness of an eggnog blend. The owner graciously sent me and another group member several chunks of the blend to try. That's it.

I believe wholeheartedly that my opinions are unbiased and true. The entire point of this blog is to provide information to those new to scented wax, indie wax specifically. It was also important to me to try to connect with anyone reading and be genuine and kind.

Sometimes stating my opinion can seem genuine, yes, but not always kind. Please know that I have not one shred of maliciousness in my intent. I'm not trying to hurt anyones business by stating my lack of success with their company. I do, however, want to share all of my experiences - good and bad.

Although I believe I have a solid grasp on the pulse of the ins and outs of the wax world, I am no more an expert than anyone else who has been observing and/or participating. The tone of this list is not about being a 'know it all'.

Several things determine how much I like or dislike a vendor. The most important is how well the wax performs in my house. Then there's the scent list, customer service, TAT, ease of ordering and in rare cases, reputation to be taken into consideration. Sometimes it's hard to explain why a certain vendor excites me so much, just like it's not easy to pinpoint why some very popular vendors do nothing for me.

The first list is the most important. My overall favorite vendors that range from easy to order from to difficult. The list is in alphabetical order because I have a difficult time choosing the ranking among my top five. Mostly because it changes all the time.

FAVORITE WAX VENDORS

Front Porch
Rosegirls
Sniff My Tarts
Streetman Company Store
Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy

What I love about my top five is if I need a quick fix, I can turn to Front Porch or Sugar & Spice and be perfectly happy until the others open. 

highly recommended = great wax performance overall, excellent customer service, good scent list

recommended = hit or miss wax performance, good customer service, good scent list

not recommended = wax did not perform for me at all and/or not so great customer service

EASY TO ORDER = almost always open, good TAT, no rush

EASY TO ORDER: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Can Do Candles
Front Porch
Lake Providence Lodge
Sugar & Spice Gourmet Soy


EASY TO ORDER: RECOMMENDED

Candles by Victoria
Haley's Heavenly Scents
Shayz Scents
Ten Digit Creations
Up the Creek Scents


EASY TO ORDER: NOT RECOMMENDED

Aunt Smellman's Super Scented Candles
Closet Full of Wax
Jack Be Nimble Candle Creations
K's Kreations
NeNe's Kitchen Melts
Pink T Candles
Sugar Scoops Wax Melts
Sweet Fixations
Wilma Handmade


MODERATELY DIFFICULT TO ORDER = open and close vendor, good TAT, sometimes openings are rushed

MODERATELY DIFFICULT TO ORDER : HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Beezy Tarts
Butterfly Lane
Streetman Company Store

MODERATELY DIFFICULT TO ORDER : RECOMMENDED

Enchanted Candle Company
I Heart Wax
The Bathing Garden
Thirty Street Wax

MODERATELY DIFFICULT TO ORDER : NOT RECOMMENDED

Rainbow Melts
Waxie Lady

DIFFICULT TO ORDER = rare openings or custom order list, long TAT, stressful openings if not on a custom list

DIFFICULT TO ORDER : HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Glitterati Candle Co.
Rosegirls
Sniff My Tarts

DIFFICULT TO ORDER : RECOMMENDED

Candles from the Keeping Room
Sassy Girl Aroma

DIFFICULT TO ORDER : NOT RECOMMENDED 

Ethereal Glow
Lasting Scent Candles
Scarlet Raine

UNDECIDED = I'm not sure where on the above lists to place the following vendors. 

Long Cane Primitives (easy to order) - I've had mixed luck with my first large order. I plan on ordering again from her RTS stock.

Makes Scents (moderately difficult to order) - first order started out strong then had several misses. Will order again to re-evaluate.

Tiffany Candles (moderately difficult to order) - I was not impressed with the loaves I ordered earlier this year. Very poor performance but I am incredibly anxious to try her new wax. I've heard phenomenal things and will be placing an order soon.

Super Tarts (difficult to order) - I've had pretty great performance but I don't like the ordering process at all. I've also read many, many complaints in non vendor groups about delays in shipping, excuses and lack of communication. My orders arrived when expected (long TAT). 

Vintage Chic Scent (moderately difficult to order) - I can't get VCS to work well in my house and it's such a bummer because I love her blends and customer service. My first order did not perform at all and I'm working through a more recent order. Gifted VCS has been all over the place too. Definitely need to order again, I don't want to write this vendor off.

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It takes quite a bit for me to boycott a vendor all together. Even if I hear a few negative things here or there, I will still give most vendors a shot. The exception to the rule is when their reputation can not be ignored. This isn't to say they don't have regular and happy customers. Just I have no desire to place an order based on what I've read. The two vendors that fall in this category are: Happy Hippy Scents and Victoria's Designer Creations

I have not tried any wax from their companies. This is solely based on the alarming amount of negative feedback I've read from multiple sources. 

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I'm sure there will be changes to these lists as I continue to purchase and melt vendor wax. My top five today were not my top five a year ago.  

If you're a seasoned melter, these lists are most likely mere entertainment. If you're new to scented wax, use the above as a piece of information to add to your research but certainly don't base your purchasing decisions solely on what you've read here. With the exception of the last two, I encourage you to try any vendor that excites you or has you curious.  

Now it's your turn. I would love to know your current top five. This is a question that is asked often in the wax groups and I love reading the answers. Because it's always subject to change makes it all the more fun!





* I will be adding hyperlinks to all the vendor's webpages in the next few days *

My Weekly Meltdown - 2014.46

I'm embarrassed to say I've spent several hours attempting to change the font. I'm sorry, but you love it. Even if you hate it, in my mind you love it. Hubby even spent a solid hour on it.

I love fonts. Almost as much as I love smelly good things. And beautiful stationary. These are the things that make my heart flutter. 

I don't often talk about my pet peeves because I believe that we attract what we focus on but it's unrealistic to always dismiss or ignore what annoys us. Lately, I've been noticing in myself, those around me and in social media an alarming quickness to judge and belittle others. I see this most often by women, towards women. One day it was a hateful rant towards women who like to take selfies. The next day it was a mother criticizing another mother for bottle feeding her infant. Today, it was a demeaning article about women who choose to augment their breasts.

I absolutely can not stand this - on every level. As women, we are our own worst critique. No one has ever said anything meaner to me or about me than I have already said to myself. It's taken years to erase the negative tape that runs in my mind.  I haven't eradicated it completely but I'm much more compassionate in the way I view my insecurities these days. Because of that, I find I'm much more compassionate towards others, especially women.

I've always believed we try to sabotage others when we feel most sabotaged. The cruelest words come from the most hardened and broken hearts.

It almost always comes down to - Who are we to judge? If taking selfies makes us feel good about ourselves, let's take selfies! If getting a boob job helps you love your body, that's awesome! And even if we personally don't like it or find whatever it is unflattering, it's not necessary to assume anything about someone who makes choices that we would not make.

I had to stop myself the other day when I was quick to judge someone who's nails were done in the very trendy, long pointed style. That is not a look for me but she was not affecting me in anyway by choosing that as her personal style. She was, in fact, a very sweet girl.

On to last week's melts:

Melted but not pictured - highlighted are faves:


Beezy - strawberry white cake

Beezy - cranberry relish
Beezy - pistachio macaroon
Beezy - pumpkin pecan waffles
BHG - cranberry mandarin splash *gift*
Daphne's Divine (no longer in business) - loopy hawaiian
Daphne's Divine - pearamel cider donuts 
Enchanted Candle Co. - tammy's pie
Enchanted Candle Co. - sweet tarts
Front Porch - ice cream truck
Front Porch - frooty loop birthday cake
HHS - toasted in hawaii *gift*
I Heart Wax - pomegranate lemon snow cone
Jack Be Nimble - blue ribbon cookies
K's Kreation - pumpkin crunch cake
K's Kreation - blueberry cheesecake
Rosegirls - Juicy J *gift*
SMT - lemon cheesecake
Streetman Company Store - blueberry cookie bars
Streetman Company Store - oatmeal cookie dough *gift*
Streetman Company Store - vanilla bean noel sweet pea
Tarts by Kim - cranberry orange *gift*
VCS - strawberry Jackie O *gift*

Weekly State of Affairs:



Pending orders:
     Rosegirls - sampler - (10/18) 
     SMT (10/25)
     Streetman Co. Store (11/7)
     Beezy-Tarts (11/11)

Watched:
     Nightcrawler (good - Jake G is amazing in it)
     Land Ho! (liked it - Iceland just jumped up on my list of places to see)

Last Week's Erin Condren:

Perfume of the Day:
If I had to choose one 'signature scent', this would be it. I get more compliments wearing this than all of my other 
perfumes combined. On me, this scent lasts all day (12 hours) and has excellent sillage. 
{1. Michael Kors Signature 2. Shimmer lotion - discontinued}

After my trip yesterday to Whole Foods to pick up a turkey breast, I'm a step closer to our pre-Thanksgiving dinner on Tuesday. I'm in much need of a grocery list for everything else though.

I'm on vacation until after the holiday weekend which will give me ample time to reflect on all my blessings with gratitude. 

If you're celebrating Thanksgiving next week, I'd love to know - are you cooking and if so, is your menu set?