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A couple of delightful comments

I thought you all might enjoy reading a couple of comments I received today about Fels-Naptha soap.

The first comment was from V.S. in Ohio:

"MY mom used felsnaptha a lot when I was growing up. She shaved some for the laundry & made a suds of it to clean her wool parlor carpet. Grandma always said a bar of soap is cheap & you can wash your dishes,your body & your clothes & your floors,so no need to live dirty! Oh the memories."

The second comment was from E.C. here in South Carolina:

"Dear Mrs. Loach,

I don't wish to enter the opportunity to win a free bar of Fels Naptha soap, but I would like to share some memories with you.

I hope the free bars are won by the mothers of young children who work so hard to wash the red dirt out of the knees of small jeans, and little white anklets.

We lived in the country when I was a child, just a couple of miles from the home of Grampa, Grama, and an Uncle in southeastern Iowa. They always had 2 soap dishes beside the wash pan on their wash stand. One soap dish contained Ivory soap for Grama. The other held Fels Naptha for the men to use when they came in with hands and fingernails dirty from caring for their sheep and team of horses, farm work, or repairing machinery.

We grandchildren and our cousins thought the Fels Naptha stung our faces. But it DID get us clean! The Ivory made our skin feel stiff -- I guess it is rather drying. I wonder if Grama ever knew Fels Naptha could take stains out of clothing. That bar beside the sink lasted and lasted. The men were careful with the bar, and used it until it was so thin you could probably have read the newspaper through it! When it split into two pieces, they put them together and used them as one until they fell into bitty pieces.

That was during the '30's when money was scarce and there were not the many varieties of soap available. Later on, every elementary school child in our area received a free bar of delightfully fragrant, pretty, reddish-color Lifebuoy bath soap. The gift came with a chart we were to take home and note with a check mark each time we used our Lifebuoy soap to wash our hands before meals, after play or taking a bath. After two weeks (if memory is correct) we were to take our charts back to the teacher to show how well we had done. (I'm sure there were lots of empty check-areas on most of our charts, which embarrassed us, but the experience was good for our education.)"

I enjoyed reading their comments and thought you might like them too.

Be sure to comment to my previous post so you can be entered into the drawing.


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Have you ever used Fels-Naptha Soap?


***This give-away is now closed. The winners are Rhonda, Pam M., and Virginia (aka Sweetpea). I will be contacting you each individually. I have found the Fels-Naptha Soap locally at Walmart in the laundry section on a lower shelf next to the Borax and the Washing Soda.

When I was growing up in northwest Ohio we always had a bar of Fels Naptha Soap at our house. My dad would wash with it whenever he got near poison ivy to help remove the oil from his skin to prevent an allergic reaction.


Later when I married and had children of my own I found Fels Naptha works well for pre-treating clothing stains. When we moved here from Michigan our children were five, three, and one. I soon found out that the soil here was quite different than what I had encountered up north. Fels-Naptha is the best thing I have ever found for removing the stains caused by the red dirt we have here in South Carolina. Pre-treating is simple--you just wet the stained area of the garment and then rub it over the bar of soap. You can scrub it in with your fingers or a small brush if desired and then toss it in the wash.


Would you like to try Fels-Naptha yourself? Purex Fels-Naptha has sent me some coupons good for a free bar of laundry soap. To enter to win a free coupon please leave a comment here on this blog post or you can email me directly if you would prefer. If you mention this post on Facebook and let me know I will give you an extra entry. I have coupons that I can send to three people so your chances of winning are pretty good. 🙂 Comments must be received by midnight on Friday, December 6th.

Purex provided me with a sample of Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.


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A Friday night adventure


DH Rob got a new GPS for his birthday and decided to try it out on our recent trip to Ohio. We have made that trip too many times to count over the last thirty years but he was interested to see what the GPS would recommend.

We were surprised that the GPS recommended a different route for the first small leg of our trip and decided to try it to see if it was indeed shorter. We were very pleasantly surprised to find that it was not only shorter but there were also very few stops and less traffic. I must insert here in my story that it was very early in the morning and it was still dark outside.

Last weekend when we headed up to NC for one last apple run we took the new route once again. This time we drove in the daylight. While driving along in the country we noticed a small diner with a parking lot packed full of cars. After we returned home I did some research online and discovered that this diner, The Hungry Drover, which is located on Tigerville Road in Travelers Rest, SC has been open for only about a year and a half.

The Hungry Drover has a Facebook page where you can see pictures and read about what is going on. They have a limited Friday evening menu which they list on their Facebook page. They also sell a variety of hand-crafted items and locally grown produce when it's in season.



The night we went the specials were Low-Country Boil and a barbecue plate. We both opted for the barbecue plate, which included two sides. Rob chose cole slaw and baked beans and I chose roasted red potato salad and baked beans. The barbecue, cole slaw and potato salad were excellent, but I thought the baked beans were a little too spicy for my taste.


We discovered from reading the comments on-line that some friends of ours have eaten there in the past. Rob talked with them and they said they love going there for breakfast. We hope to try that some time as well.

Have any of you ever been to the Hungry Drover? If not I would highly recommend that you give it a try.

The restaurant is located at 2601 Tigerville Road, Travelers Rest, SC. The phone numbers are 864-834-4707 or 864-901-5040. You might want to call or check the Facebook page before heading there. They are open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday and also Friday nights for supper. The Friday menu is variable.


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Little Lemon Tarts


A few days ago I had some lemons languishing the refrigerator. I ran across this recipe for lemon curd and this recipe for lemon tarts and decided that this would be a great way to use up the lemons.

I have made lemon curd in the past and found the process to be a little daunting. This method was much easier. I found that the lemon curd thickened pretty quickly. I did check the temperature with a food thermometer after it thickened and found it was in the safe range. I refrigerated the lemon curd and then made the cookies a few days later.

I used a small cookie scoop to portion the dough into the mini muffin tins and I got three and a half dozen from this batch of dough. You bake the dough for eight minutes and then remove it from the oven and make an indentation with the handle of a wooden spoon or you can use this little tool from Pampered Chef if you happen to have one. I have had one for several years and was glad to find a use for it!


After making the indentations in the cookies you fill them with lemon curd and then return them to the oven for four more minutes. You cool them briefly in the pans and then carefully remove them to a cooling rack. I used an offset spatula to help take them from the pans. After cooling you can sprinkle them with powdered sugar if desired.

I think these little tarts would be nice to serve at a shower or tea or just enjoyed by anyone who likes lemon. The lemon curd can be frozen so I think the tarts themselves should also freeze well--I plan to try freezing a couple and I will update this post later if it is successful.

Edited to add: The lemon tarts that I froze were great! This makes this recipe even better in my book. 🙂


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A quick trip

Here is a picture of Rob's mom that was taken 5-6 years ago.


My husband's mother's health is failing and she is under hospice care now. We were able to make a quick trip up to Ohio to visit with her over the weekend. We were overwhelmed by all the details that the Lord worked out to make this trip possible in the first place and by many unexpected blessings that occurred along the way.

It's normally very difficult for Rob to get away during the school year--it's hard to find subs who can teach French and German. He was given permission to be away and his colleagues graciously covered his classes on Friday. I normally keep my grandchildren every other Friday and last Friday was Grandma Cindy's turn to keep them.

On our way up Rob called his Aunt Janet in St. Louis and told her about our trip. Later that day she called back to say that she and her daughter Jodie had decided to drive to Ohio too. They couldn't come until Saturday because Jodie had to work on Friday.

We visited Rob's mom briefly on Thursday night. We weren't sure that it had actually registered that we were there, but the next day she did remember us coming in. We spent that night with Rob's sister and brother-in-law and had a nice visit with them. The next morning Rob and Deb were able to spend some time making future plans for their mother.

Friday afternoon we visited Rob's mom again and she was much more responsive and stayed awake a long time and seemed to really be enjoying having her children with her. Late that afternoon Rob and I headed up to spend the night with Megan and Jim and the children. It was a quick visit and we enjoyed every moment of it.

Maddie now loves to look at books and to have someone read to her:


We had a special breakfast of Dutch Girl Doughnuts which Drew highly approved of:


Saturday we headed back to the nursing home and Rob was able to spend some time with his mom, perhaps for the last time here on Earth. They had a good visit together and Rob was very thankful for this time.

Saturday night Janet and Jodie arrrived and we went out to supper at a local restaurant that all of us remembered from our youth--Wilsons. We thoroughly enjoyed our hamburgers and malts. We spent the night at the same motel and had a great time reminiscing.

After breakfast the next morning Rob and I started the loooonnng drive home and Deb, Janet, and Jodie went to visit Norma at the nursing home. It was the first time in many years that the two sisters had seen each other.

Here are Deb and Janet at breakfast:


Here are Rob and Jodie:


We are thankful we could make the trip, that we had beautiful weather, very little heavy traffic, good gas prices, wonderful care for Buddy :), and blessed fellowship with loved ones we don't get to see very often.

We would appreciate your prayers for Rob's mom in her final days here on Earth.


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