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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Father's Day is RIGHT around the corner!


Holy Moly! Do you realize it's JUNE? I have been a Busy Bizzy (Dizzy) Bee! Since Father's Day is almost here, let's get right to mentioning our Father's Day specials and gift ideas:

  -
10% off all beer soap during the month of June

 - 25% off our Soap of the Month: Fresh Clean Shave

 -  Beer Soap 6-Pack, Manly Man Gift Set, Beer Lover's Gift Set


Your Dad (husband, boyfriend, son) probably deserves a little extra recognition if he's a father who is a great dad to his kids. Why not give him a nice day topped with a cool gift like Seattle Soap Shop Beer Soap?

~Shelly Holbrook-Ebeling (The Seattle Soap Girl)
www.seattlesoapshop.com





Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The BEST Easter Ham Ever! Tangerine-Glazed Ham with Baby Carrots

First, Happy Easter! Second, I need to admit something to you. This is the second time I am posting this recipe. It's that good. Seriously.

As of this time last year, I had never cooked a ham in my life. This year I am hosting Easter dinner at my house with my in-laws, dad, and uncle. Scary! I would ask you to wish me luck, but if I cook this ham exactly as directed, I won't need it!

If you are like me and don't like ham that is super sweet (no pineapple and cherries, please!) this recipe is perfect. Thank you to the Food Network and Tyler Florence.

Tangerine-Glazed Easter Ham With Baby Carrots

Prep Time: 20 min   Cook Time: 4 hr   Level: Intermediate   Serves: 10 to 12 servings
Food Network Photo


My ham. Not as pretty, but close!
Ingredients:
1 (8 to 10-pound) smoked ham, bone-in, skin on
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 bunch fresh sage leaves
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut in chunks
2 tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed
2 cups tangerine juice
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1 cup water
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
11/2 pounds carrots, peeled

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

Put the ham in a large roasting pan, fat-side up. Using a sharp knife, score the ham with cuts across the skin, about 2-inches apart and 1/2-inch deep. Cut diagonally down the slashes to form a diamond pattern; season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Chop about 8 of the sage leaves and put it in a bowl; mix with the oil to make a paste. Rub the sage-oil all over the ham, being sure to get the flavor into all the slits. Bake the ham for 2 hours. Now there is plenty of time to bang-out the tangerine glaze.

For the glaze: Place a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chunks of butter, tangerines, tangerine juice, brown sugar, water, and spices. Slowly cook the liquid down to a syrupy glaze; this should take about 30 to 40 minutes.

After the ham has being going for a couple of hours, pour the tangerine glaze all over it, with the pieces of fruit and all. Scatter the remaining sage leaves on top and stick the ham back in the oven and continue to cook for 11/2 hours, basting with the juices every 30 minutes.

Scatter the carrots around the ham and coat in the tangerine glaze. Stick the ham once again back in the oven and cook for a final 30 minutes, until the carrots are tender, the ham is dark and crispy, and the whole thing is glistening with a sugary glaze.

Set the ham on a cutting board to rest before carving. Serve the carrots and tangerine glaze on the side.



Quick Pinterest Pin for Your Reference
Have a great Easter day and evening, everyone!

Shelly Holbrook-Ebeling (The Seattle Soap Girl)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hop To It!

Fruit Confetti Soap
Ah, April is finally here. Birds are chirping, the sun is (occasionally) shining, and the Easter Bunny is preparing to make his rounds. Did you know that Americans purchase 120 million pounds of Easter Candy annually? Holy Cavity, Batman! Don't worry though, The Seattle Soap Shop is here to help. We know that kids (and adults) love sweet things in all forms. That's why April's Soap of the Month is our popular Fruit Confetti Soap. You know that popular cereal with the fruity rings and the toucan? Fruit Confetti smells like that. Yum! Pair this soap with our Root Beer Float Soap and our Blue Raspberry Slushie Soap and you'll have something fun to add to your Easter basket that won't send you straight to the dentist.


Get your Fruit Confetti Soap here.
Get your Root Beer and Blue Raspberry Slushie Soaps here.
Root Beer Float Soap
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~Shelly Holbrook-Ebeling (The Seattle Soap Girl)
www.seattlesoapshop.com




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Baby Bibb Lettuce - Soap of the Month

It occurred to us today that we weren't posting our Soap of the Month Specials on our blog. If you haven't 'LIKED' us on our Seattle Soap Shop Facebook Page (and why haven't you??) or subscribed to our newsletter on our Seattle Soap Shop Website (again, why haven't you??) then you wouldn't hear about our monthly web specials. So without further ado our March Soap of the Month is...Baby Bibb Lettuce!



Baby Bibb Lettuce? Yes! Although it may seem like an odd scent for a soap, it's really rather refreshing. Here's how it is described on our website:

We almost named this soap 'Green Thumb' due to it's aromatic, well-rounded, and leafy scent. The clean notes of Arugula, Blooming Cyclamen, Soothing Bergamot, Fresh Basil, White Lily, Green Leaf Accord, and Key Lime make it a popular soap.


Now through March 31st our Baby Bibb Lettuce Soap is 25% off. That means instead of paying $5.75, you get it for only $4.31. Get yours today on the Seattle Soap Shop 'Sale' Page!


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

~Shelly Holbrook-Ebeling (The Seattle Soap Girl)
www.seattlesoapshop.com

Monday, February 3, 2014

Winners!

Picture Courtesy Of: www.diaryofasahm.com
Thank you for all of our great customers who entered to win Seattle Soap Shop Swag! After taking all your names and randomly drawing, our winners are:

Christine W. (Redmond, WA)
Ginger B. (Ballwin, MO)

Christine and Ginger each receive their choice of up to $10.00 in Seattle Soap Shop merchandise and FREE shipping!

Congratulations!

Keep your eye out for our next contest, coming soon!


~Shelly Holbrook-Ebeling (The Seattle Soap Girl)
www.seattlesoapshop.com



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Seattle Has Triumphed...a Reflection on Our Football Community

A good friend of mine, and KOMO News 4 producer Justin Hopkins posted this today and I wanted to share it this morning before the game:

"As Seattleites anxiously countdown the minutes until kickoff of Super Bowl XLVIII, I cannot help but reflect on what the Seahawks team and their incredible stretch of victories means to me and the city that I love. The Seahawks have whipped Seattle into a football frenzy unrivaled anywhere in the nation. Our gray days and early sunsets reveal a city skyline tinted in green and blue, with ever-present “12” flags dotting homes and businesses as far as the eye can see. A trip to any grocery store is like walking into a 30,000 square foot tailgate party with Seahawks accoutrements and regalia stretched from the bakery to the floral department to the jersey-clad checkers. Offices and schools across the land are awash with pride.

A good friend keenly noted “Go Hawks” has become a Pacific Northwest “Aloha,” a perfectly reasonable way for us to begin or end any encounter. Suddenly people notorious for a chilly demeanor and aloof disposition have an instant bond in a shock of neon green. On the bus, at the grocery store, and around the proverbial office water cooler, we can discuss a brash braggart whose motivating life story took him from the mean streets of Compton to the halls of Stanford and to the biggest stage in all of sports; a hard-charging, pounding, relentless Beast of a man who hides from the spotlight, but will destroy you in those shadows; an even-keeled, cool-as-a-cucumber quarterback who never ceases to impress with his eloquence; and countless more stories of young men who have defied the odds, created a team, and carried each other and their region.

In many ways the Seahawks suit their city exquisitely. Our area has a strong, proud, hard-working, pioneering past. The players loom as large and imposing as the Cascade Mountains that have our backs. Seattle started with an industrial base. The Seahawks have a bruising, relentless squad that comes to work early and stays late to finish the job. Seattle is a town of misfits and goofballs who oftentimes leave their humble beginnings to achieve great success. The Seahawks are led by a castoff quarterback considered too short to play at the highest level. Seattle is now a world leader in technological innovation. The Seahawks have revolutionized long-held beliefs about how teams are “supposed” to build an NFL roster.

The script says the Seahawks are supposed to lose today. The national punditry agrees that the boys in college navy, action green, and wolf grey are a considerable unit, they say, but are no match for the legendary destiny of Peyton Manning. And maybe they are right. Seattle fans are acutely aware of sports-related heartache. We routinely top the list of most miserable sports cities. It’s not for our lack of passion, but for the sheer terror of having so many disappointments. It is one thing to muddle in mediocrity, it’s an entirely different pain to taste victory so many times, but fall short.

I am too young to remember the city’s only major professional championship. Of course, that team packed up and left for Oklahoma City. I do, however, remember an amazing run by the scrappy 1995 Mariners and their refuse-to-lose mentality, that fell short in the ALCS. I remember an incredible Sonics team that ran into Michael Jordan’s 72-10 buzz saw in the 1996 NBA Finals. I remember a baseball team that won a record 116 regular season games, but fell to the New York Yankees a month after 9/11 (perhaps the only time the nation actually backed that evil empire from the Bronx). And I remember the 2006 Super Bowl, so poorly officiated that years later the head referee apologized for several bad calls.

Win or lose on that cold field in New Jersey, I believe Seattle has already triumphed. We have experienced months of pride and mania unsurpassed in a city where “polar vortex” more accurately describes interpersonal relationships than a weather pattern. I know of nothing that can connect people like this Seahawks team. Perhaps tonight that feeling will continue as strangers embrace strangers to celebrate a Super Bowl Championship. Maybe this joy will carry on for weeks, months, and years as we reminisce about our cast of players who captured the world’s attention and thrust Seattle to the top of the sports landscape, if just for one night.

Go Hawks!"

Friday, January 24, 2014

Barley's Angels Takes Being a Cool Chick to a Whole New Level


Chicks who drink good beer? Cool. Chicks who brew their own beer? Awesome. As an avid IPA lover myself, I was thrilled when Barley's Angels Seattle decided to do a write-up about The Seattle Soap Shop beer soaps.

Courtney Merino with husband, Manny


Barley's Angels is an international organization of women who love craft beer. Some women are home brewers (like the head of the Seattle Chapter, Courtney Merino) and some of the women are just lovers of great beer. Either way, they are taking their passion for something, educating themselves on it, and sharing it with others. Women supporting women in a predominately male industry. Gotta love that!


Barley's Angels Seattle holds beer based events (such as brewery tours) and membership is free. Learn more about Barley's Angels Seattle, Courtney Merino, or how to join by visiting their website at: www.barleysangelsseattle.com.

Read the fun write up they did about the Seattle Soap Shop beer soaps at: http://www.barleysangelsseattle.com/brewhouse-full-of-beer-soap/



Cheers!