Party Time

Every other year, the community in which I live celebrates its distinctly Swiss heritage, which includes cheese and beer, in a celebration known as Cheese Days.  It's a homecoming of sorts for former Green County residents flung far and wide and for three days, Monroe's population of 10,000 swells to well over 100,000.

THE cheese tent, the place to sample and buy cheese from local cheesemakers. Baked garlic (fried on a griddle), peppadew Havarti, and Roelli's Kingsley were some of my favorites.

Traditional dress representing the different cantons in Switzerland.

Sunday morning's polka church service

Cheese Days 2012 was a good one.  I sold soap at a booming Farmer's Market in perfect weather, sampled my way through the cheese tent (twice), saw lots of friends, and even sang the Doxology to the Beer Barrel Polka at the church service on the Square. (You didn't even know that was possible, did you?)

As long as I'm on the party theme, here is one of my newly cured soaps.  I made it with scrap soap diced into little chunks and a never-to-be-repeated fragrance blend, the dribbles and drops of five different fruity scents.  I referrred to it as the "leftover" soap during its cure but it would hardly fly out the door with a name like that.  My sister thought it looked like a party, so ta-da--Party Time.


  1. Yum, cheese! Hard to imagine a town of 10,000 housing 100,000 haha! Love the scrap soap too, it looks great!

  2. Beautiful soap, Amy - it does look like a party! Cheese Days sounds like a lot of fun. Cheese and soap are two of my favorite things!

  3. Jenny--Have you ever tried combining two of your favorites--cheese and soap? I've read about adding cream cheese to soap, but I've never been brave enough to try!


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