Tamale Shepherd’s Pie

Tamales are time consuming to make, they just are. Sometimes cornhusks (or banana leaves) are hard to find. I’ve heard of Tamale Pie but have never tried it. It seems like a made-up/Americanised version of Mexican food. When I looked up a few recipes I shouldn’t have been surprised, No masa anywhere, in the recipes they were all made with Cornbread or cornmeal!?

So I decided to make what I thought a Tamale Pie should be. I started with a half-batch of a real tamale recipe (Tamale recipe from MaSeCa.) We had some left over slow-cooked pork, for the ‘filling’, super easy. I turned it into a shepard’s pie because we need to get our vegetables in somehow. Plus, Baby girl loves sweet potato (and it’s really good for you).

Recipe on Group Recipes: http://www.grouprecipes.com/139080/tamale-shepards-pie.html

please ignore the plate.

I finished it off with a sprinkling of cinnamon and topped with a dollop of sour-cream. The tamale is baked instead of steamed, but I think I may have liked that even more. It give the masa a really fried feeling and a richer taste.


What I did for Earth Day 2015

Baby Girl is almost 10 months old now. We’ve been using cloth diapers with a diaper service. The service is great because we don’t have a washing machine! Plus I feel like it makes them just as easy as disposable without the mounds and mounds of garbage.

Anyways, She’s almost ten months and I just started having my monthly cycle again (or Aunt Irma).

I’ve read some things about ‘greening’ your cycle:

With some really good points, and other options:


Anyways today I bit the bullet and got a DivaCup & Lunapads.

Inspired by baby girl’s mostly trash less existence.

Vintage Bread Box


We visited a Vintage Fair a few weeks ago and found this vintage Bread Box. wpid-1394065464100.jpg

It looks a bit ’70s but it’s in great shape and husband is super excited to finally get a bread box. We were very picky and couldn’t find any new bread boxes we liked within out price range.


This one has a shelf, lots of storage and nice wood insert on the door. I’m excited about how organized it looks once I close the door. I’m not sure about your but half loaves of bread, or one tortillas seem to float around the kitchen usually.

The husband is super excited to store fresh bagels without them getting soggy the day we bring them home.

Calendula Shaving Soap (Part II)

I posted the making of the Calendula Shaving Soap a little while ago here: https://thursamaday.wordpress.com/2013/08/10/calendula-shaving-soap/


The soap has now cured (it takes 6 weeks) and it’s time to take it for a test drive, or rather test shave.
I dropped my finished soap into a small quarter pint mason jar & got a really nice lather going using Mr.’s shaving brush.
I think the brush really helps the lather, but the bubbles maintained themselves very well.
Although, I made this soap with faces in mind, I had to try first. Mr.Jesse was kind enough to model the shaving effect on his goatee.

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I tried it out on my legs (no pics). it was super smooth, the Bentonite Clay does make a huge difference. I didn’t nick myself once and my skin felt really nourished & moisturized. Overall, it’s just what I was hoping for. I can’t recommend making your own shaving soap enough. Also, I think this will now be my preferred method of shaving from now on.


Soapmaking on Netflix: ‘Orange is the New Black’

Here’s some soap-making screen captures from the new Netflix original show ‘Orange is the New Black.’ It’s a flashback from before the main character, Piper, went to jail.

Do what you love & maybe have a more business minded partner?

Here’s how the scene went down: 

Piper: So you can put anything in there?

Orange is the New Black

Lovely soap consistency.

Polly: Just about. Peppermint, basil, grapefruits, vanilla.
Polly’s husband, Pete : She won’t do chocolate. 
Polly: It never works. 
Pete: Or popcorn. 
Polly: We’re making soap, not Jelly Bellys.


Pretty nice set-up.



Not sure what she’s sprinkling, but looks like it will turn out nice.

Polly: You know, for Amy, I think you’d want something more along the lines of sage, patchouli, maybe eucalyptus? 
Piper: Oh, she’s allergic to eucalyptus, or she hates it. I can’t remember.
Polly: Really? Who hates eucalyptus? 

Farmer's Markets

Discussing where to sell it.

Piper: Larry’s mother. She thinks they’re “dirty trees”. 
Pete: You’re still with that guy? Thought you wouldn’t make it two months.
Polly: Pete! What?
Pete: You said so, too.
Polly: They’re moving in together.
Pete: Already? Shit. You are still a lesbian. I’m out, ladies.
Piper: Okay. You could sell these, you know. At farmers markets, little boutique stores.
Polly: I just kinda like making ’em. 
Piper: I could be your partner.  This could be something. I mean, this could be a thing, Pol. Market it right and package it right, this is money. I mean, it smells so fucking good in here. I can make this money.
Polly: I make lotions, too.