Monday musings: Handmade soap and good, clean fun

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It’s been another busy week on Emmet Street. A big “Thank you!” to everyone who came out to see us Saturday at The Flea at the Evaporator Works in Hudson. Christine is still recovering from all the fun, but she’ll be back in the soap lab soon. (She can’t stay away for long.)

As for me, I kicked off the summer season with a trip to a music festival where I hung out with friends, enjoyed some good music (I particularly liked the band Trigger Hippy, a bit of a musical supergroup featuring Joan Osborne on vocals) and was entertained by the dance stylings of those in possession of lighted hula hoops (they’re not just for ravers anymore).

Now on to more important information!

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.)

  • Neon polka dot soap – This bright, fun soap reminds me a bit of the trippy light displays I saw last weekend. It’s also a unique way to work with the melt and pour soap making technique.
  • Swirl pattern soap – I’m swirling, twirling and enjoying the mood the swirl pattern in this soap creates.
  • Flowers “painted” on soap – This soap reminds me of the hippie girls that wore flowers in their hair. It’s also a creative soap decorating technique. I don’t think I have a steady enough hand to pull it off!

Good, clean fun

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The unofficial kickoff to summer has me thinking outdoor picnics and barbecues with friends. Aren’t you? If you have weekend plans to hang out with friends (and eat), why not bring potato salad made with vegan mayo to the party?

Vegan low-fat mayo

vegan mayo ingredients

This recipe is ridiculously easy and only requires three ingredients: low-fat silken tofu, lemon juice and salt. You could fancy yours up with some roasted garlic or hot sauce, but I’m leaving mine alone; it’s tangy and salty just the way I like my mayo to be–without the fat or calories!

Three ounces of the low-fat silken tofu I used has only 40 calories and 1 gram of total fat. Since I’m pretty sure you won’t use three ounces on any sandwich you’re going to make, I’d call this a nearly fat- and calorie-free condiment.

Vegan Low-Fat Mayo

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

1, 12-ounce container of low-fat silken tofu

Juice of one lemon

1/2 t. salt

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.