Sweet Soaps from Suds n Cash

Soaps from Suds n Cash

I know so many brilliantly creative people. I love it when they turn their creativity into something that can help them feed their families. Getting paid to do the thing you love is supremely awesome. 

I recently discovered that one of my co-workers at my new job makes her own handmade soaps out of natural ingredients like goat milk and shea butter. She has all sorts of yummy flavors including lime cupcake and amaretto. The goat milk soap looks so rich and buttery my husband almost ate it thinking it was white chocolate. Maybe you can’t eat candy in the shower, but you can make your shower smell like candy, and that’s pretty great.

You can even buy soaps with cash hidden inside. That sounds like a pretty awesome surprise to me. Imagine enjoying a nice hot bath, then next thing you know, you’re holding a $50 bill. Don’t worry, it’ll dry.

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You can find her handcrafted soaps, bodyscrubs, and lotions on Facebook or at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. If you find yourself out there, make sure you stop and give these soaps a sniff. If you don’t live on Oahu, you can buy them straight off of Facebook or at her Etsy store.

I am a total sucker for handmade, yummy smelling soaps. It’s a great little bit of indulgence for a very small price. Being able to support a friend’s growing business makes the whole thing even sweeter. 

Disclaimer: I received two sample soaps to try. Telling you about them was my own idea.

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake from Awesome on 20

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake from Awesome on 20

One of the awesomest things about my trip to Duncan Hines was all the great stuff they sent me afterwards. I really felt like a VIP when I got my swag delivered to my front door. One of the things in my box was top secret, but now that it’s on store shelves, I’ve finally gotten around to making something with my Pumpkin Spice Decadent Cupcake Mix.

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I got to sample these while I was at Duncan Hines, and they’re awesome when made according to package directions. If you’re not a super confident baker, this little box won’t let you down. But I couldn’t bring myself to just make what was actually on the box. I split mine into two different desserts, and the first one is this Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake.

This is based on the Paula Deen recipe I told you about back on Pumpkin Day. It was one of the first desserts I ever tried to make that wasn’t strictly from a box. It does start with a cake mix, though. I figured if it was great with yellow cake, it would be spectacular with the spice cake mix from Duncan Hines. I was right.

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake from Awesome on 20

This package only makes a dozen cupcakes, so it’s about half the amount of a regular cake mix. Instead of baking it in a 13×9 inch pan, I used a single 9-inch round pan and cut all the other ingredients in half. An 8×8 pan would also work.

The spice cake mix forms a thick, dense crust that’s packed with warmth and flavor. The top layer is, obviously, gooey and delicious. It’s a cream cheese, pumpkin, custard situation. Top it off with fresh vanilla whipped cream, and you’ve got yourself a little piece of heaven.

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake from Awesome on 20

This is the perfect dessert for a holiday potluck or casual family gathering. It’s seasonal, special, and awesomely tasty. I’m going to have something for you to do with that frosting packet real soon, so don’t worry about it going to waste. Double your pleasure. Double your fun.

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cake
Serves 10
Layers of spice cake and gooey pumpkin make for an awesome dessert for a family gathering.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package spice cake mix from Duncan Hines Pumpkin Spice Decadent Cupcake Mix
  2. 1 egg
  3. 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  4. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  5. 7 ounces pumpkin puree
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  9. 8 ounces powdered sugar
  10. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  11. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a 9-inch round baking pan.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix, egg, and melted butter with an electric mixer. It will be very thick.
  3. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of your baking pan.
  4. In the same bowl, beat together cream cheese and pumpkin puree until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and melted butter and beat until combined.
  5. Slowly add the powdered sugar, then the spices. Beat until combined.
  6. Pour the pumpkin mixture over the crust. Bake for about 40 minutes. It will still be slightly wobbly in the middle.
  7. Serve with fresh whipped cream and store any leftovers in the refrigerator.
Adapted from Paula Deen
Adapted from Paula Deen
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter by Awesome on 20

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter by Awesome on 20

I’m getting more and more excited every day as we get closer to Thanksgiving. We’ve actually had weather in the low 80’s with overnight lows below 70. It’s been cloudy and rainy all week. It almost feels like fall.

And have I mentioned a million times that I adore Thanksgiving? I love food. Eating is awesome, especially when I’ve made something amazingly delicious. It’s pretty much the only thing that makes me feel smart. And when I get to share it with all the people I love, that makes everything especially outstanding.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter by Awesome on 20

These sweet potatoes make me feel like a genius. I’ve served them for a few Thanksgivings, and they are my favorite sweet potato recipe. This recipe is simple yet sophisticated. They’re also a breeze to make, and when you’ve got a bunch of stuff coming out of your kitchen, keeping things easy is the best option.

Beautiful bite size chunks of lovely roasted sweet potatoes get caramelized on the bottom in a hot oven, and soft and sweet in the middle. They’re topped off with crunchy, buttery, toasted macadamia nuts, then smothered in a spicy cayenne, maple syrup and butter glaze. The whole thing will make you sing. They’re so much better than canned yams, it’s not even funny.

If you want to be an extra genius, peel and chop your sweet potatoes the day before, then store them in a zip top bag in the fridge until they’re ready to go in the oven. 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter by Awesome on 20

I haven’t started planning my menu yet, and I probably won’t make the final decisions until the week before. Sweet potatoes will definitely be on the table. Maybe I’ll bring back this favorite one more time.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spiced Maple Butter
Serves 6
Perfectly simple roasted sweet potatoes with macadamia nuts and a spicy maple butter glaze
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
  2. 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  5. 2 tablespoons butter
  6. 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Spread your sweet potato chunks in a single layer on the baking sheet, then drizzle on the oil and season with salt and pepper, and optional cayenne (see note). Toss gently with your hands to coat each piece in oil.
  3. Roast the sweet potatoes for about 40 minutes or until soft. Stab one with a fork to test it.
  4. While the sweet potatoes are roasting, lightly toast the mac nuts by heating them in a dry skillet over medium heat for about five minutes. They will start to smell toasty and turn a bit golden.
  5. In a small sauce pan over low heat, heat butter, maple syrup, and cayenne. You can let it bubble for a few minutes if you want to thicken it up a bit, but don't let the butter burn.
  6. After you remove the pan from the oven, carefully transfer the sweet potatoes to your serving dish. Sprinkle over the nuts and pour on the maple butter mixture. Toss lightly.
Notes
  1. If you like things extra spicy, you can also season the sweet potatoes with a dash of cayenne before they go in the oven.
Adapted from Aida Mollenkamp
Adapted from Aida Mollenkamp
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