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Tagine Dream

February 16, 2009


Sweet, sweet tagine.  Where have you been all our lives?

At the shop we’ve just received these brightly colored tagines.  Better yet, they come in two sizes, a larger option which holds up to 7 cups, and an adorable mini that has a 1/2 cup capacity.  Made of blonde terra cotta and microwave/dishwasher/oven safe–these pots make an excellent one-of-a-kind housewarming gift.

What’s a tagine, you might ask?  A tagine is an ancient cooking vessel that hales from North Africa and Morocco.  Its special shape makes it ideal for turning inexpensive, tough cuts of meat into tender, juicy meals.  The steam created during the cooking process collects in the top of the tagine’s conical lid.  There it turns to moisture and falls back into the food, creating the perfect cooking environment for food that loves to be cooked low and slow–food like short ribs and shanks.

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Lovely Ladies

February 2, 2009


Though the groundhog saw his shadow this morning, and the Buffalo winter wind is as brisk as ever, spring has sprung at Spoiled Rotten.

A few new product lines have arrived, bringing a little cheer along with them. The moment you enter the shop you’ll be greeted by simple housewares boasting voluptuous cabbage roses, herbaceous candles in little clay pots, and delicate glass votive holders shaped like Easter eggs. But those are for another day. Today we want to tell you about the lovely ladies that have arrived.

The fairies and muses you see above are just a small selection of the whimsical gals from the Laini’s Ladies line. Adorned with ribbons and glittering beads, these Ladies invoke good will and a celebration of life. Each little lady was designed by Laini Taylor (a Portland artist) and bears a funny or poignant quote. Measuring approximately 9” long, Laini’s Ladies hang from beaded copper wire.

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Soaptopia is soap-tastic!

January 25, 2009


Here at Spoiled Rotten we are thrilled to offer a new and exciting bath and body line.  Soaptopia products may be made by hand in a shop in sunny L.A., but the relief they offer to dry, itchy winter-weather skin is ideal!

My favorite is the Orange Blossom Special 50/50 Body Balm.  It’s a blend of shea butter and natural oils and extracts and it smells terrific!  We also have this product in Rockin’ Rose, Lavender Like No One’s Watchin’, and Deliciouslyptus–made with Australian Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

Other killer Soaptopia goods are in stock, too.  Handmade bar soaps, oil slathers, and salt scrubs are here–all with great scents, cool packaging and fun names.

Stop in and check them out.  Soaptopia products are “Certified Junk Free”.*

*Soaptopia uses only plant based botanical extracts and ingredients, many organic ingredients, earth and plant based pigments, natural colorants {spiralina, raspberry extract, pomegranate extracts, etc.}, natural minerals {pumice and white gulf sand for their exfoliating properties} and natural preservatives {grapefruit seed extract, rosemary extract, oleic oils and vitamin E}.
All Soaptopia’s products animal friendly, synthetic free and petroleum free.