I cannot lie…

Bag of ButtsI like little butts. (Soap butts that is.)

Our customers inspired the idea for the Bag of Butts. Folks said they were interested in trying samples of our soaps before they committed to a full-sized bar. Unfortunately, we don’t have molds small enough to make mini bars of soap… but we do have a bunch of end pieces (which we dubbed soap butts) from our regular batches that are not quite large enough to be a full-sized bar. Thus, the Bag of Butts was born!

Like our own heinies, no two pieces are the same size or shape. Your bag of booty will contain 4 to 5 butts of different scents. We will, of course, give you a list of the contents of the bag so you know which of our lovely scents gets the stink off your posterior the best.

Of course, the best way to try out our scents is to come see us in person. Don’t forget we’ll be at The Flea at the Evaporator Works in Hudson this Saturday (6/27) from 9 AM to 5 PM. Come out and give your nose buds a treat! 

Monday musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

Watermelon feta saladThings have been heating up around Emmet Street this week. Literally. Northeast Ohio summer heat and humidity have arrived, but we’re making the best of it (it sure beats snow).

I hit the road and traveled to my homeland to let my dad know I’m glad he helped create me and give him some tokens of my affection.

Christine started planning the haul for the next ESC road trip and counting the hours until The Flea at the Evaporator Works this Saturday (we’ll be there from 9-5, the wonderful scent wafting from our booth acting as a siren’s call to shoppers), come out and be enchanted!

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.)

  • Watermelon Sugar Scrub Soap – Summer fun involves eating watermelon and, for some, hitting the beach. This soap looks good enough to eat and gets your skin ready for its post-tan glow.
  • Lavender Lemonade Soap – What’s better than sipping on lemonade in the summer? Smelling like it in the shower!
  • Lime in the Coconut Soap– Christine will tell you mojitos are the perfect summer cocktail. The scent of this soap will take you back to your favorite summertime cocktail hour.

Good, clean fun

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

  • Saltine Crack Ice Cream Recipe – Well played, Smitten Kitchen. This looks like food crack. Delicious, delicious food crack.
  • Garlic Cheddar Biscuits Recipe – Apparently we were drawn to all things gluttonous this week on our Facebook page. Dang, these look good.
  • Have you tried the OXO GreenSaver? – Here’s our penance for the food porn: we started thinking about salad again. Based on this review from The Kitchn, I think I’m going to give this product a whirl. Have you tried it? Is it worth the clams to ditch the clamshell containers?

Previous musings from Emmet Street you might have missed

It’s been so hot and humid around my place I’ve been thinking about all things water based (when I haven’t been daydreaming about crack ice cream or cheesy biscuits). This lavender lemonade and watermelon and feta salad are some tasty ways I’ll keep myself hydrated.

Grill recipes Dad will love (and don’t involve hamburger, steak or hot dogs)

 Grill tongsImage credit: Grill Tongs by Steven Depolo, on Flickr. CC BY 2.0.

I don’t about your dad’s claims, but MY dad is King of the Grill. However, his repertoire is pretty limited as to what he is willing to cook (chicken and beef, with an occasional pork rib), and how he is willing to cook it (well done only thankyouverymuch).

This Father’s Day, I thought it might be nice to expose dad to some new “thrill of the grill” items that might inspire him to expand his horizons. So, I turned to the internet and found some outdoor grilling recipes for salads, main dishes and dessert!

Grilled Salad Recipes

  • Grilled Romaine Lettuce Salad – I have never thought to grill lettuce. I’m not sure I’m sold on this one, but there is bacon and blue cheese involved so that might help convince me.
  • Grilled Potato Salad – I’ll bet the smoky char on the potatoes would add a nice flavor to this potato salad. This recipe also contains bacon, making dads everywhere very happy.
  • Grilled Avocado with Cherry Tomatoes – While I suppose this isn’t technically a salad, it’s is a nice meal starter. And me-oh, my-oh, grilled avocados sound wonderful.

Grilled Main Dish Recipes

Grilled Dessert Recipes

Do you like outdoor grilling? What have you tried?

Monday musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

Dolly Parton Knoxville TN 2014It’s been another busy week on Emmet Street. Christine and I both attended an outing to the Cleveland Botanical Garden, where we enjoyed nature and the awesome glasshouse environments the garden maintains.

I ventured out to another outdoor musical festival, a country-flavored one, where I got to put on my cowgirl boots and stomp my feet to the music of The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert! (There were others, but those two acts were the reason I wanted to endure a country music festival. I’m picky about the artists I like in that musical genre. I mostly like mine old school.)

Christine’s been busy getting ready for her second appearance at The Flea at the Evaporator Works in Hudson, Ohio. She’s got a lot of goodies for you to see, sample and smell so plan to come out to see her on June 27!

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.)

Good, clean fun

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

  • Goats in pajamas – This story from NPR asks, “Do goats really need to wear pajamas?” After viewing the videos, there is no question that yes, goats do need to wear pajamas.
  • Chia seed jam – Strawberry season doesn’t last forever. Preserve the flavor of the season with this jam.
  • Butterfly bike – Christine fell in love with this bike at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. It would be even more awesome if the wings flapped!

Previous musings from Emmet Street you might have missed

Has the heat got you look for quick and easy dinner recipe? Check out Christine’s easy chicken pesto salad recipe. A few ingredients and you’ve got dinner done.

Have you made it to the farmer’s market yet? If so, remember most of the greens on the tops of your veggies are edible, so don’t throw them in the garbage or the compost pile! Check out this post discussing edible greens to get some inspiration.

Thanks and see you soon!

bazaar4Thank you to everyone who has come out to support Emmet Street Creations around town! We’re having a great time meeting you and spreading soapy love around the greater Cleveland area.

We’ll be hitting the road again on Saturday, June 27. Yep! We’re headed back to Hudson to hit up The Flea at The Evaporator Works and sling soap from 9 AM to 5 PM. Come out and see us!

The Flea at the Evaporator Works

Monday musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

PeoniesIt’s been another busy week on Emmet Street. I’ve been ecstatic that it’s finally peony season in my garden and, as you can see from the picture above, have finally gotten the chance to bring those beauties indoors.

Christine’s been busy planting her vegetable garden. She finally had time to plant her tomato plants and is looking forward to trying some new recipes when the harvest begins.

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.)

Good, clean fun

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

Previous musings from Emmet Street you might have missed

Not only are we in full-on peony season here in northern Ohio, we’re also in prime strawberry season! Why not make this vegan and gluten-free strawberry pie with those surplus berries! Blueberries won’t be far behind, this blueberry grain salad recipe is the bee’s knees!

Cooking curiosity: What is heart of palm?

Hearts of palmImage credit: Hearts of palm by Joel Kramer, on Flickr. CC BY 2.0.

What is heart of palm?

Heart of palm is the inner portion of the stem of certain types of palm trees. These trees grow in tropical climates with Costa Rica being one of the largest exporters of heart of palm to the United States.

What does heart of palm taste like?

The texture of a heart of palm is firm and crisp. It has a mild flavor that tastes similar to artichoke.

What are the nutritional benefits of heart of palm?

Heart of palm is important to staying healthy, by providing several key vitamins and minerals that support growth and immunity. Heart of palm contains 2% of your recommended daily intake of zinc which supports immunity and wound healing, vitamin C (4% of your recommended daily intake) and manganese (20% of your recommended daily intake), is a mineral important to bone building and wound healing.

How do you use heart of palm?

Heart of palm is typically eaten raw as a salad ingredient, it can also  deep fried or added as a crispy treat to a stir fry. Have you gotten your hands on some fresh heart of palm and don’t know how to get started? Here are some recipes using heart of palm:

What you about you? Do you love heart of palm? What’s your favorite way to eat it?