How to Remix your Thanksgiving Leftovers

We’ve all been there. After the big day (Thanksgiving that is) and left with WAY too many leftovers. What do you do? Well luckily, we at E+B have curated a list of some snazzy ways to add some life into your Thanksgiving leftovers this year. Who knows, you just might be able to revive that turkey left in the oven a little too long!

Turkey Breakfast Tacos

Martha Stewart's Turkey Breakfast Taco
Image by: Julia Gartland

Turkey for breakfast? Yes, utilizing Thanksgiving leftovers can start as early as Black Friday morning. These Turkey Breakfast Tacos will help you put a fun spin on your typical breakfast taco with the addition of sweet potato mash and turkey. Top with salsa for some added spice and flavor.

Turkey Croquettes

Turkey Croquettes
Image by: Epicurious

Grandma Billie was always sure to make turkey croquettes with her leftover Thanksgiving dishes. Combine mashed potatoes, stuffing, and of course, turkey to make soft and fluffy croquettes. Dip these in some warmed turkey gravy or that extra can of cranberry sauce you’ve got lying around.

Cornbread Stuffing Fried Rice

Bon appetit's Cornbread Fried Rice
Image by: Bon Appetit

The beauty of using leftovers is in the ability to add different flavorings to create an entirely different dish. Everyone loves salty and savory fried rice, so why not add your stuffing, turkey, and roasted veggies to remix this classic

Broccoli Cheddar Curry Casserole

Gozney's Broccoli Cheddar Curry Casserole
Image by: Gozney

This is no ordinary casserole. Broccoli, cheddar cheese, curry, and chicken (but in this case, your leftover turkey) make for a warming and cozy dish packed with a punch of flavor, perfect for the cool fall weather.

Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

Oh, Sweet Basil's Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
Image by: Oh, Sweet Basil

Would it truly be a Thanksgiving Leftover compilation without the mention of the infamous leftover sandwich? This ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Club incorporates the sweet addition of cran-mayo (cranberry sauce + mayo), bacon, and turkey. The best part? These sandwiches can be assembled and thrown into the oven to crisp, because who wants to dirty up the stove after the big day? 

Evergreen Drinks+Eats!

Our coveted Evergreen and Tangerine scent launches this week in a scrub, room+body spray, and soap for the holiday season. Inspired by the crisp and cool scent of evergreen trees and combined with the citrus tanginess of tangerine, one whiff and you’ll be reminiscent of cold and cozy winter days. Bet ya didn’t know, but the Evergreen variety is also quite versatile and used in a multitude of ways to curate some delicious drinks and eats.

Etta+Billie's Evergreen Tangerine Body Scrub

You can get your hands on our Evergreen+Tangerine scent in a scrub, room+body spray, or soap!

Cedar Plank Salmon

Salmon on cedar plank
Photo by: Unsophisticook

Cedar is indeed a variety of Evergreen and adds a delicious flavor to meats when grilled. This smokey and sweet cedar-plank salmon recipe is so simple yet so rich in taste. Simply combine smoked paprika, brown sugar, salt, and pepper for the rub. Then, transfer the salmon onto your cedar planks for a woodsy, robust taste that simply cannot be replicated! Just don’t forget to soak your plank in water before tossing in the oven or on the grill.

Rosemary Black Pepper Scones with Cheddar

Juniper Cakery's Rosemary Black Pepper Scones with Cheddar
Image by: Juniper Cakery

This super simple scone recipe combines all the right flavors of rosemary, pepper, and cheese. They are absolutely perfect for the winter months. Pair them with your favorite hearty stew or toast them up and top with butter. These just might be a great addition to your next holiday party.

Rosemary Tangerine Cooler

Tangerine and Rosemary cooler
Image by: We are not Martha

Perhaps the best part of creating this cocktail is the melodious aroma that your home will have upon completion. Both the rosemary and the tangy tangerines are toasted before being muddled together with rum to create a caramelized flavor. Can’t get enough of this citrus and evergreen combination? Check out this E+B blog post showcasing some more cocktails inspired by the scent.

No Beard? No Problem! – Our beard+face oil has you covered

November is upon us, meaning that many have begun the ever-famous “No-Shave November” challenge that ceases grooming and shaving for the month. Regardless of your grooming preference for this season, there is no denying that the onset of the fall brings about colder weather and drier skin. Luckily, E+B has plenty of products that can help you combat the dryness of these cooler months. Our beard+face oil is formulated to be super rich in moisture and hydration. Don’t be fooled, this oil can totally be used by both those with and without beards!

Etta+Billie's Beard+Face oil

Antioxidant-rich black cumin seed oil and hydrating Abyssinian oil are combined to tone and soothe any part of the body. The beauty of this oil lies in its versatility- it can be used on beards, faces, and any other area that is needing some TLC. 

Cuticles

Dry hands are no stranger to the fall and winter months. Nail beds can especially take a hit when hands are not moisturized. Rub some of our beard+oil before bed on those dry hands and cuticles to wake up with baby soft-skin in the morning.

Hair

Hair can especially take a hit during this time of year. Apply some of our oil on the ends of your hair before styling or rub into the scalp before you shampoo for a deep-oil treatment. 

Face

Taking the time to add some extra moisture to your face during the cooler weather is crucial. Massage in some drops of our oil onto your face after a steamy shower for optimized absorption. Your skin will thank you!

The Story Behind the Scent: Etta+Billie’s Chai Tea

In this week’s “The Story Behind the Scent”, we are uncovering the story behind the creation of one of our most coveted holiday scents- chai tea! Alana Rivera, owner and soap maven of Etta+Billie will share the memories and recipes that brought this scent to life.

Etta+Billie's Chai Tea Soap Ingredients

Tell us about the inspiration behind the scent:

The inspiration for our Chai Tea collection comes directly from the beverage itself! Before I became a full-blown coffee addict, I drank a lot of tea. Especially black teas like Earl Grey and English Breakfast thanks to my experience living in England for my Year Abroad in college. While in England, I also had the chance to try a lot of Chai Tea thanks to the heavy influence of Indian culture. I absolutely fell in love with the complex blend of tannic black tea, pungent cardamom, spicy ginger, and sweet cinnamon. When I came back to California, Chai became my go-to if I wasn’t having an English Breakfast tea. Fast forward to 2009 and this delightful beverage became the inspiration for E+B’s first Chai product, the Chai Tea Soap. It’s still one of my favorite products to create because of the creamy textured top and delicious scent.

Etta+Billie's Chai Tea Line

What products does Etta+Billie offer in this scent?

Our Chai Tea blend comes in Soap, Body Scrub, Skin Balm, Room + Body Spray, and our Hand + Body Wash.

Were there any recipes/goodies that contributed to the creation of this scent?

There wasn’t a specific recipe but of course, I love a great chai tea & chai spiced goods. I’ve listed a few of my favorite ways to experience Chai below!

Authentic Homemade Chai Recipe
Image by: Foodess

Big Spoon Roasters Chai Spice Peanut & Almond Butter

Chai Spice Shortbread Cookies from Sunset Magazine

Authentic Homemade Chai from Foodess

Upcoming Holiday Events with Etta+Billie

From pop-ups to trade shows, you can catch Etta+Billie at any one of these exciting maker’s events this holiday season:

Owner Alana Rivera showcasing Etta+Billie products at event

October 26th Pop Up at Miracle Plum in Santa Rosa

Loyal Studio, Cute Coffee, Quail & Candor will be there in attendance (and of course us too)! A great chance to support local independent businesses and makers!

November 14th IIDA Excavating Treasures in San Carlos

A holiday fair with all sorts of Bay Area vendors! Buy your tickets here today.

Renegade Craft Show Flyer

November 16th + 17th Renegade San Francisco

Over 200 makers and designers will showcase their hand-crafted goods. Did we mention that food trucks will be there too?!

November 30th Bayview Makers Mashup Meet in San Francisco

A dynamic marketplace with musicians, makers, pop-ups, food, and much more!

West Coast Craft flyer

December 7th + 8th West Coast Craft Los Angeles

We are headed to LA! 300+ makers will be in attendance. Not to mention, West Coast craft is always free and open to the public!

December 14th + 15th Heath Make Good Market in San Francisco

Come create your own face mask with us at the second annual Make Good Market in San Francisco!

December 15th- SF Made Holiday Show in San Francisco, CA

Join us at California College of the Arts for the annual SF Made Holiday Show! RSVP here today.

Where to Go? What to Eat? in Berkeley, CA with Palm+Perkins

This week, we hear from Julia and Genna from Palm+Perkins, a shop that partners with makers in the US and internationally to curate ethical, purposeful, and quality home and lifestyle goods in the Elmwood District of Berkeley, CA.

Julia and Genna, founders of Palm+Perkins

What do you love most about your area and how long have you been located there?

“We have been in the Elmwood District of Berkeley since April 2018 and we absolutely love it! What I love most about it is the sense of community – We have an amazing community of local merchants and customers who have made us feel welcomed and supported since the day we opened.”

Palm+Perkins storefront in the Elmwood District of Berkeley, CA

Is your area known for anything in particular?

“Elmwood is known for its independently-owned shops and restaurants. There are some businesses that have been here for up to 40 years! There are also some really amazing food and restaurants here.”

Table spread of merchandise from Palm+Perkins

Describe your favorite sights and activities in your area:

“Having grown up in the Bay Area, being close to nature and being able to escape for a peaceful hike has always been one of my favorite things to do. Here in Elmwood, we are right below the Berkeley and Oakland hills where there is the Claremont Canyon Regional Reserve and Tilden Park with plenty of great trails and incredible views of the Bay Area.

We are also very close to the Greek Theater, which is my favorite concert venue in the Bay Area. It’s a beautiful, open amphitheater where you can watch the stars while listening to great music. I highly recommend it, especially on a warm summer evening.

Another great activity is the bi-annual Elmwood Wine Walk, in which people get to stroll from one shop/restaurant to the next tasting different wines and snacks, while getting to know the different shops Elmwood has to offer. It’s like a big neighborhood block party!”

Describe your favorite places for food/drinks in your area:

Summer Kitchen is a neighborhood favorite and definitely our favorite, by far. I don’t think you could get anything bad there, but I highly recommend their salads, sandwiches and pizzas. And trying their crispy chicken is a MUST. It’s something they’re known for, but I will warn you – it is addictive. During the long work days of the Holiday season, Julia and I like to treat ourselves to their mushroom, burrata and truffle pizza. It’s mind-blowing.

Image by: Summer Kitchen + Bakeshop

We are also big fans of Timeless Coffee here in Elmwood. They have great coffee that helps us get through those long winter days, and their pastries and noshes are awesome. They make them all in-house and you can taste the great quality. It’s a great place to grab coffee with a friend, or for when you’re on the go.

Palm Açai Cafe has really delicious açai bowls the best avocado toast I’ve ever had.

Palm Acai Cafe Acai Bowl
Image by: Palm Acai Cafe

In The Wood is a local gastropub that has a great atmosphere for dinner with friends and family. My favorite is the burger!

All Things Pumpkin: Recipes + New E+B Scent

Would it really be fall without the mention of the most famous squash of all- pumpkin?! This Autumn staple is used in all sorts of fun ways during this time of year. So go ahead and kick-off the fall season with harvesting up these gourds at your local patch for either decor or cooking. Needing some inspo? Take a look at these yummy pumpkin recipes for the fall (and we promise, they won’t all be desserts!).

Pumpkin Baked Ziti

Pumpkin Baked Ziti

If you have ever experienced the savory combo of pumpkin and sage, then you know that your taste buds have been blessed. This Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Sausage brings together the perfect pairings into a creamy pasta dish. Top with parmesan cheese and viola, you’ve got a comforting, warm bowl of pumpkiny-goodness!

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Vegan Curied Pumpkin Soup

There’s absolutely nothing like curling up to a bowl of warm soup during the cool fall months. This Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup is a classic take on the pumpkin soup with invigorating curry spices that elevate it to the next level. It has all of the creaminess you would ever need in a fall soup, and the best part is, it’s dairy free!

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts drizzled in maple glaze.

An Autumn take on a classic childhood favorite- pop tarts! Flaky pie crust stuffed with warm pumpkin-spiced filling. As if these treats are not scrumptious enough, these Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts are drizzled in sweet, delicious maple glaze.

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso Dip

If soft and buttery pretzels dipped in cheese sauce evoke any sort of childhood memory, then this recipe is for you! Perhaps a more adult take on the classic, these Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso sauce are so indulgent. The secret weapon lies in the pumpkin beer that adds just the right amount of booze and fluffiness to the dough. 

Fall Scent-Pumpkin Porter

Etta+Billie Pumpkin Porter Soap

We have launched a limited-edition fall scent- Pumpkin Porter! A combination of fall spices, pumpkin, and creamy Bay Area brewed porter make for a deliciously tempting bar of soap (but don’t be too tempted to take a bite :)).

Holiday Shopping with Etta+Billie- Shipping Deadlines

The holiday season can be quite a busy time as we attend gatherings, embark on our family traditions, or prepare gifts for our loved ones. At Etta+Billie, we want to ensure that all of your holiday shopping needs are taken care of. With this in mind, don’t forget that our last shipping day will be December 20th, 2pm EST!

Assortment of Etta+Billie products

Happy Shopping!

-Etta+Billie 

World Mental Health Day: Some self-care practices

Today is World Mental Health Day, a day dedicated to bringing awareness to various mental health issues and the many resources that are available to those who need support. As we reflect on the importance of this day and the many ways we can care for ourselves, we decided to gather up a list of ways that you can both care for and check in with yourself. Whether you need a bubble bath, a good run to clear your head, or someone else to talk things through, know that self care is no selfish act. You matter and how you care for yourself matters. 

Relax, Soak, & Unwind

Geranium Patchouili Bath+Body oil with other bath essentials

After a long day, there’s nothing like coming home to unwind and soak yourself in a hot and steamy bath. To add some healing aromatics and moisture, include some drops of our hydrating Bath+Body oil. It is formulated with pure organic oils that restore and permeate the skin. The beauty of our oil is that its uses extend beyond the bath and can be used in a multitude of ways (check out our blog post on the many uses of our oil!). So grab a book, light some candles, put on your favorite playlist, or simply enjoy some peace and quiet while floating away. 

Get Moving

Getting your body moving and heart rate pumping has consistently proven to be a great stress-reliever. Endorphins are those wonderful hormones that release during a workout that leave you with that feel-good high. Essentially, they exchange pain for pleasure in the body. So get creative and try a new workout class such as barre, boxing, or yoga. Even if you’re lacking the time or resources, there are plenty of free exercise tutorials available online that range anywhere from 20-60 minutes. You’re doing both your mind and body a favor by going out and getting active!

Meditation

Meditating arm

This healing practice has increasingly become more popular and accessible for all. Meditation has many great benefits such as increasing focus, improving the quality of one’s sleep, reducing stress and anxiety, and so much more. Don’t know where to begin? Headspace is a useful tool that makes meditation simple. The app offers hundreds of themed, guided meditations that can be included into any schedule. Beginning the day with the practice of mindfulness is useful for reducing distractions and increasing positivity. Meditation can be crafted into anyone’s schedule, and the best part is that it’s absolutely free!

Seek Therapy

It is totally okay to need care beyond what we can offer for ourselves. Seeking therapy is a great option for many if you can sneak it into your budget or time. You can get started by simply searching on https://www.findatherapist.com/ to find a therapist in your area that caters to your specific needs. We recognize that the option of therapy might not be realistic for everyone. If it is not practical for you, consider sharing with a trusted confidant, friend, or family member. There’s great healing that happens in community- we are all in this together :).