It was egg-cellent….

How do I like my eggs you ask? Usually my answer is in cake. I am not a fan of eggs on there own….except when it comes to my hair.

Yes, I said hair. In an effort to make my hair silky soft and healthy, I turned to Pinterest and found that putting coconut oil on your hair is great way to get great hair. Thinking this would be easy enough I gave it shot. The part that many pins leave out is that a little coconut oil goes a long way. I didn’t realize this until I went to wash it out and it wouldn’t come out. As a result I was a major grease ball the next day, luckily I could disguise it by putting my hair in a messy bun.

Then it was back to Pinterest for a (quick) remedy.  Many pins listed eggs as a way to get the oil out. Luckily we had just bought a dozen eggs and we weren’t going to use them all. I mixed the egg in some water, let it sit on my hair for 10 minutes and then washed it out. Good news is that it worked — after two egg applications!

My hair is back to normal. I wouldn’t say that the coconut oil really did anything that great, truthfully I think the egg was probably better for my hair than the coconut oil. It was an interesting experience and one I probably won’t repeat unless I (for some reason) spill coconut oil on my head….which taking into account my dexterity in the kitchen is not out of the question.

~E

It’s a party. Period

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world ~Desmond Tutu

I love this quote. People often think you have to do some bigthing to change the world but that isn’t always the case. Kindness is contagious and even the smallest bit of kindness can go along way.

A few months ago I read an article about 2 sisters who started Girls Helping Girls Period – a nonprofit organization that helps underprivileged women in the United States get access to pads and tampons. I was amazed to find out that food stamps don’t cover feminine hygiene products. As a woman I can’t imagine not having access to these basic supplies.  After looking at their website http://www.girlshelpinggirlsperiod.org/ I was inspired to help women in the St. Louis community, so I had a Party. Period. This was a chance for a  girls get together (without any sales pitch).  The idea was to have fun and help out women in St. Louis and we did!

Everyone brought a snack to share  and some feminine hygiene products. We laughed, ate and had some wine. A perfect girls night in! The total items donated was:
10 boxes of pads
6 boxes of tampons
7 packs of panty liners

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To make the party more festive I hung some signs that were period related..such as

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This party was so easy to put together, all I had to do was tell my gal pals about it and buy wine. It was simple. It was little. But the impact was huge! Kindness was spread in many ways that night through donations, sharing of food and old and new friends getting together to laugh (a major stress reliever!).

I encourage you to keep the kindness going and it really doesn’t take much effort. Please include me on your invite list. I would love to support you in acts of kindness!

~E

Getting back on the pin wagon

I have kind of fallen behind on the whole pinterest thing but never fear I am trying to get back in the apron (kind of like getting back in the saddle but with a more kitcheny theme).

First up: Slow Cooker Balsamic and Honey Pulled Pork– these were a win and super easy since the crock pot does most of the work! It makes a lot and gave us a dinner and a lunch. We ate it on onion buns for dinner and I put the pork on a baked potato for lunch the next day.

Second was: Fall Harvest Salad with Pumpkin Goddess Dressing. You might be saying but you don’t eat salad. Well that is kind of true. I will eat spinach leaves topped with raw veggies and cheese and of course dressing. I will also eat pumpkin year round and on anything. The dressing was good, not sweet like pumpkin pie but more savory like pumpkin soup. I did enjoy it but sadly the link to the recipe not longer works. I guess I just have to keep trying more pumpkin recipes..darn.

Next was: BLT pasta salad. Another win! I made this for a potluck and I took home was the empty bowl. This would be great for a summer bbq. I made the dressing the night before and then mixed all the ingredients about a half hour before serving. Not only is this easy but it’s pretty and makes you look like you know what you are doing in the kitchen.

And last but not least: Whiskey Maple syrup .

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I took a giant leap out of my comfort zone with this one. Not the whiskey part…I am an Irish girl after all. This recipe had words like simmer, whisk…heavy duty cooking words. I was also a little afraid of cooking with alcohol since it can be so flammable.  The leap paid off and I made syrup! I would make this again both with and without the Whiskey. You could really taste the Whiskey and I would like it a little less potent. I would also make again without but it’s simple and it uses basic ingredients. The stuff you buy in the store has so many preservatives. Don’t get me wrong I love me some preservatives but if I can easily avoid them I try.

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The finished product, food courtesy of Jake. It was a great start to a holiday weekend!

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All in all this round of pinning turned out really good, now to conquer the 8 million (rough estimate) I have pinned.

~E