Monday musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

Banana soap by Emmet Street CreationsEmmet Street Creations’ Handmade Banana soap (available in our Etsy store)

It’s been a quiet week on Emmet Street. Christine’s been enjoying the bird migration through northeast Ohio and gearing up for a birding trip on the east coast (hopefully, she’ll add some new entries to her lifetime sightings list).

As for me, I’ve shown great bravery this week. The local stray cat left a gift on my doorstep: a deceased garter snake. Though I was appreciative of this misguided gesture, I mustered up the courage to pick it up and usher it to its final resting place. After all that excitement, all I’ve wanted to do is enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures (and a fruity beverage).

Handmade soap

There are so many creative soap makers that inspire us. Check out some of our favorite finds on Pinterest! (Are we pinning buddies there? We should be.)

  • Elemental Swirl soap – The patterns and colors in this soap from Otion Soap remind me of sunshine and blue water, making it a great way to start your day.
  • Silk Soap – The colors and pattern in this silk soap by Soap Making Essentials look like an up-close-and-personal meeting with the sun. Mesmerizing.
  • Sunrise Soap – Here comes the sun! I imagine this soap from Sunlit Soap would perk me up on the dreariest of mornings (and leave me humming that tune by The Beatles all day long).

Good, clean fun

If you’re not following us on Facebook, here’s some of the fun you missed:

  • Congrats to Cleveland Chef Jonathon Sawyer! – The word is getting out that the Cleveland food scene rocks as hard as we do. Chef Jonathon Sawyer snagged a prestigious James Beard Award this week, being named Best Chef in the Great Lakes region. Represent, Chef!
  • Did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo? – If you didn’t, but love guacamole, Hungry Girl provided us with a lightened up version of this favorite Mexican condiment.
  • This may be my signature summer cocktail – Refreshing and boozy, what could be better? I see a session on my backyard swing with this sangria in my future.

Previous musings from Emmet Street you might have missed

Spending time outdoors has lately been high on my priority list. Last weekend, as I walked the wooded area of my beloved’s farm, I was keenly aware that tick season is now upon us. I need to refresh myself on how to avoid being bitten by a tick, because those little jerks are out in full force.  (Maybe I’ll take my bug frustration out on a nice plate of crickets. Did you know 80% of the world’s population includes insects in their diet?)