Soap Queen Cuisine: Tom Kha Gai Soup with Tofu

The weather here in the Pacific Northwest has been grey, windy and incredibly wet. Luckily, we have not yet been hit with snow (knock on wood). This kind of soggy weather puts me in the soup making mood, as you can probably tell as this is my second soup recipe in a row! Instead of the creamy, pureed Roasted Rosemary Carrot Soup from two weeks ago, I’m whipping up a lighter, spicier soup with plenty of veggies.

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Tom kai gai soup is a Thai dish, made with traditional ingredients such as lemongrass, fish sauce, ginger and coconut milk. The flavors are complex and comforting, perfect for a chilly winter day. Usually made with chicken, I used tofu to get my protein fix. I also added zucchini to add an extra serving of veggies. If you’re curious, the kids aren’t a fan of this soup. Too spicy for them!

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Soapy Social Media Roundup

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This week has been equal parts amazing, hectic and inspirational. On Tuesday night, Umpqua Bank hosted a magical launch party for Handmade Beauty Box. It was an incredible night filled with food, drinks, a DIY salt scrub bar and lots of love and support. I'm so proud of the Handmade Beauty Box team, … Continue Reading

Infinity Swirl Soap on Soap Queen TV

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The infinity swirl is a beautiful method for adding an interesting design to your soap. And it's really easy to do! The Multi-Pour Sectioning Tool is a re-usable tool perfect for this technique, but you can make your own out of cardboard. Although I love the wispy look, if you want a bolder design … Continue Reading

Cash is King and Credit is a Pawn

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Recently, I had the very unpleasant experience of having a corporate credit card cut my line of credit with them by 80% for no warning and no reason. Before you start to wonder, yes, I had made every payment on time, paying in full, monthly, for the last 7 years. My credit score has remained stable. … Continue Reading

Shimmering Sea Glass Cold Process

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The ocean is a constant source of inspiration, from the icy blue colors to the fresh ozone scents. Inspired by the textures of the sea, this Shimmering Sea Glass Cold Process uses clear melt and pour pieces to mimic the look of translucent glass found on the shore. Melt and pour pieces are embedded … Continue Reading