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  • Candle and Soap Kits for the Holidays

    We have just made available our Holiday Soap Making Kit and HolidayCandle Making Kit. Both provide a great way to make candles and soaps gifts.



  • WFMU!?

    I had never heard of WFMU until this NPR Weekend Edition report on the history of the station. What a fun and zany story. Listen and love it.


    We have new Soap Starter Kits for those who want to try out soap making.


  • Making Faux Cheddar

    NPR has a report on making faux cheddar in an hour. Listen now.

  • The ancient art of cheese making

    This NPR story has insights on the chemistry involved in the ancient art of cheesemaking. Listen Now

  • Sad to see Tom go...

    We were saddened to hear that Tom of Car Talk passed on yesterday. He provided many laughs and smiles over the years. We'll miss you Tom.

  • Get your chai on

    During the cooler months of the year, it's warming to sip spicy, milky chai tea. If you'd love to have chai at home consider our chai kits for making your own chai. We also have an article for making chai without our kit.


  • Light up the day


    We have these new soy wax jar candle kits. These glass jars have a dome lid. A fun candle making project. Check them out now.



    If you are interested in making a worm bin at home for earthworms, we have this article on how to get started. Make a worm bin at home.

  • What would Malala do?


    It made my day to see that the young Pakistani, Malala was given the Nobel Peace Prize. I'd heard that Vladimir Putin had been nominated and I'm sure it was a real tough call for the Nobel Committee. Listen to the story. I think more of us need to ask ourselves, 'What would Malala do' when considering world events and political leadership.



    It's baseball playoff season, football season and my kids are playing soccer every weekend. This means it's time for good mustards. We have some wonderful mustard recipes you can use to make delicious mustard. Check out our Mustard Making Kits.

  • How do you eat gummi bears?


    This is a fun article from the New York Times Magazine on eating candy. Read it now.


    We have a Cheese Making FAQ which can help you when you want to get started with making cheese. Also, we just opened up a Cheese Making discussion forum to encourage community help on the topic of making cheese.


    Ronan Farrow has this story debunking autism link to vaccines. This is something every rational person knows, but it's good to see broader exposure to this senseless thinking. Watch Now


    Nick Kristof has this very thoughtful and intelligent article detailing the difference between the Jihadists and Muslims. Read Now

  • NPR reports on DIY Mortuary Service


    Great story about how in Latvia, cyclists are demonstrating how much more traffic friendly bikes are. Read the Blog Post.


    On the NPR program Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviews Caitlin Doughty regarding her career as a Mortician and her book regarding her experiences. It was interesting to hear the author endorse the idea of not using a funeral home to take care of your deceased loved one, but instead to DIY. Listen Now


    If you've been thinking about making cheese at home, you may want to start by reading our Cheese Making FAQ. If you have additional questions you can post them on our new Cheese Making Discussion and ask the community.


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