Soap Making – Lye Calculator List

Soap cannot be made without the use of sodium hydroxide. Lye (sodium hydroxide) is mixed with fats to create soap. But, you need to know how much of each to make a really good bar. Here are a list of soap / lye calculators.

Soap Calculator by weight / percentage – enter recipes by either weight OR percent, up to 9 oils.

FNWL Creator
Soap Naturally Calculator
Brambelberry Lye Calc
North Country Mercantile Calculator
Lye Calculator
Cranberry Lane
Suds and Scents
TLC Soaps
Pine Meadows
Herbal Soaps by RJ
Soap Recipe Calculator – On a website in frames..
Rainbow Meadow Soap Calc
Soap Nuts
Soap Crafters
Snowdrift Farms

For Purchase:
SoapMaker – a downloadable program for your computer. Download a free trial. Free recipe creation and management as well as inventory control.

Learn to calculate your lye amounts by hand:
Oregon trail Soaps Files
Soap Bubbles Saponification Page
Miller Soap Worksheet

Because of these calculators, we are able to make soaps that are gentle on our skin, have creamy, bubbley lather and smell and look lovely.

See Momma Muse’s Handmade Soap Recipes


What is html?

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language.

HTML is the coding language used by computers to determine how the text and images on your web page will actually look. It helps determine whether text will be small, large, bold face or italics. Html makes it possible to link to other websites as well as display images.

Html is written using tags – tags are commands which tell the browser how to display the text on the page, as well as where images should load.

All html tags are enclosed in brackets < >.

When you are writing multiple tags, the tags may be nested. In other words, you’ll open and then close tags in the reverse order.

Basic HTML tags

Basic web page structure tags

<html> </html> – this is the opening and closing of a basic web page

<head> </head> – this is your web page heading

<title> </title> – the title shows up at the top of the browser window

<body> </body> – your page content will go between the body tags

Basic formatting html tags

<b> bold </b> – this tag makes any text between it bold

<i> italics </i> – this tag makes any text between it italics

<p> </p> – a paragraph tag, it creates a blank line between text

<br /> – this is a line break *does not have a closing tag

<center>centers text or image</center>

<a href=””>MommaMuse</a> this tag creates a link to another website, also referred to a hyperlink

<img src=/> this tag does not have a closing tag. It is used to display an image.

A basic web page html layout may look like this:



<title>The Title of Your Page </title>



The content of your page will go here.



Picking Up Toys

It was beyond being able to just “pick up the toys”…

We were living in a mine-field of toys, an obstacle course… I was hating it. There was no “let’s just go through this box of toys” to make any progress. No.. it wasn’t going to happen that way. It couldn’t… it was well beyond that point.

Tege and I, with Ry’s help, pulled ALL the toys boxes, bags, totes, baskets, and dumped it all in the middle of the floor.

We made 1 pile that were ‘keepers’. Then we lined up large paper shopping bags for our ‘givers’ and one more pile to toss in the trash. I probably should have taken pictures. But it was just too embarrassing.

In the end, seven, yes 7, shopping bags were being given away.. and 1 1/2 bags of trash go to the curb tomorrow. What were we left with? Too many toys still – how they can play with all of them is beyond me – but we narrowed it down to a few totes with some favorites… 1 just for cars (of all sorts), 1 just for figures (action figures and people) another one for transformers and animals, and yet one more small one for food… we also managed to make a tote with just dress up clothes.. and we still have our trains. Yes.. it even sounds like a lot still – but really our living room looks like a living room again.

Little Boxes Song Lyrics

Little Boxes (The Showtime “Weeds” Theme Song)
by Malvina Reynolds

Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky
Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same
There’s a green one and a pink one and a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses all went to the university
Where they were put in boxes and they came out all the same,
And there’s doctors and there’s lawyers, and business executives
And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course and drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children and the children go to school
And the children go to summer camp and then to the university
Where they are put in boxes and they come out all the same.

And the boys go into business and marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

– Theme song on Weeds, the Showtime series.

Recipe Sharing

Here’s one more Kudos for a good site… in following a few links from other bloggers (Ok, I think I actually got this one from Jen, whom I just posted about).. and which happens to be an activity I give in to rarely (following links, I mean.. too easy to get caught up in reading.. surfing.. and realizing I should have been in bed an hour ago.. Um.. yes.. even now ::yawn::)..

What was I saying? Oh yes… kudos and yumminess to a great recipe site – Paula, The Cookbook Junkie, happens to do things like I wish I would remember to do… taking pictures of meals. Oh, I do it, usually after it’s half gone (see my Edibles). Or there is so much humidity in the kitchen the picture looks foggy. But, anyway, Paula does it regardless. Check out her recipes and her pictures.

P.S. This is another example of my adding things to my own site, so I don’t forget to check it out later. I really ought to add a blogroll, I suppose.


I have a few nifty little programs that show me where visitors come from… and what they look at on Momma Muse. I don’t use it for anything other than to show me just what is really useful to my visitors. I’m not the typical social blogger.. I just write when I feel like it, about what I feel like.. and usually stuff I put here is either a) for me, so I will know where to find it (my own personal indexer of sorts), or b) because I was looking for it, I figure someone else might to, so I share.

People get here all sorts of ways.. usually from search engines.. but periodically, I’d find a visitor that’s found me from another blog, because the writer of that blog felt something I had here was useful. That’s always nice! Thanks goes to you, who writes positive about me… ~~good vibes~~

Today, though, I followed a link from a visitor to my site.. and looked all over the other site for a mention of mine… turns out, I’m in their “BlogRoll” – which is generally a list of blogs that person likes to check out. SO, I’m sending big Kudos, Good Vibes, and Yumminess all around to Jen Céad Mile Fáilte

Caribou Coffee Caramel Cooler – Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino Equivelant

Went by Caribou Coffee yesterday morning for the first time – they are actually pretty close to my house, though not on my way to work. I got a caramel latte and a vanilla latte for a friend. Both were tasty. Mine went particularly well with my donut from Bill’s Donut (who happen to be *the best* donut place in Dayton, Oh – and yes.. Bill is on “myspace”.. I mean, really, doesn’t everybody do myspace now?).

So, this morning… I thought I’d cave one more time and try Caribou Coffee’s “Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino” equivalent which they call a Caribou Coffee Caramel Cooler. Tasty? Oh yes… oh yummy-yes.

But, I these convenient, drive-thru specialty shops are sooo pricey… getting one too often is just plain out of the question – particularly on my puny budget. No problem though.. as long as I’m not feeling lazy, or too harried, I can make my own at home for a fraction of the cost and tastes the same.. or adjust to your own tastes (stronger, weaker, sweeter, etc).

Check out Caramel Frappuccino Weakness for an easy recipe. You can even make the coffee ahead of time.

Speaking of making coffee ahead of time… I was just reading the other day about cold brew coffee… I think I need to do some research on it. It’s suppose to have a better flavor and not be so hard on your stomach… with Crohn’s Disease.. I guess I ought to look in to it…

Aussie & Whippet Life – Dog So Smart

Sky dog… whose name change of “missy” did not take (we decided she does know her name, but like the whippet, has selective hearing – or rather, selectively comes when she feels like it)… has blended into our family nicely… a few bumps along the way, but overall, it’s been a piece of cake.

Sky is a protective dog and has claimed us, and the house, as “hers”. Not only is she protective, she’s also possessive, namely, it seems, of me… when Bean comes close, Sky hops up (quickly!) and slides right under my feet or chair (tag – I’ve been claimed). The first few times, this came along with a low growl… a few times of telling her that wasn’t OK and it seems to have done the trick, as I haven’t heard any growling towards Bean at all. Of course, it probably helped the other day when Bean snapped at her as if to say “look, I didn’t ask for you to get in my face, step back”… Sky listened.

Whippet Bean and Maggie Cat have taken Sky in stride… a little timid at first, tolerant of Sky’s possessiveness… and a little hissing and spitting from the Cat… all is good. While each party wouldn’t yet claim the other as a ‘friend’, I’d say we’re on our way.

As an aside, take a gander at Dog-So-Smart for dog breed information, adoption, rescue, and just being dog owners in general.

Sisters of St. Francis

A man is driving down a deserted stretch of highway when he notices a sign out of the corner of his eye. It reads:

He thinks it was a figment of his imagination and he drives on without second thought. Soon he sees another sign, which says:


Suddenly, he begins to realize that these signs are for real! Then he drives past a third sign saying:


His curiosity gets the best of him and he pulls into the drive. On the far side of the parking lot is a stone building with a small sign next to the door reading:
He climbs the steps and rings the bell. The door is answered by a nun in a long black habit who asks, “What may we do for you, my son?”

He answers, “I saw your signs along the highway, and was interested in possibly doing business.”

“Very well, my son. Please follow me.”

The man is led through many winding passages and is soon quite disoriented. The nun stops at a closed door and tells the man, “Please knock on this door.”

He does as he is told and another nun in a long habit, holding a tin cup answers the door. This nun instructs, “Please place $100 in the cup, then go through the large wooden door at the end of this hallway.” He gets $100 out of his wallet and places it in the second nun’s cup.

He trots eagerly down the hall and slips through the door, pulling it shut behind him. As the door locks behind him, he finds himself back in the parking lot, facing another small sign: