Presidential Candidates 2016

Let the Best Hairstyle Win: the coifs and foibles of the Presidential candidates

Imagine turning on the TV and seeing a smooth talking politician who promised you the world. Sure, you see it all the time during an election year. Now imagine if he was bald. Bald-as-a-bowling-ball bald. The shiny-as-a-light-reflector bald. This conundrum struck me like heat to frizz after watching Donald’s ‘do and Hillary’s locks flash across […]

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Top Ten Reasons to subscribe to my blog

Here are the top ten reasons to subscribe to this blog. 10. It’s something to read while you’re in the John. 9. I hate cooking dinner, and yet I feel compelled to eat. Often. 8. I won’t share your email address unless someone pays me an obscene amount of money to do so. 7. My […]

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Kitchen Elves and other parenthood myths

Dear Velvet, Whenever I start dinner, my kids are underfoot. If I turn to walk over to the fridge, I trip over my son who stands right behind me. The worst part is when they want to help. Inevitably they get flour everywhere, or they drop the mixing bowl off the counter and it breaks. […]


Sweet Chili Pistachios-sugar and spice and everything nice

These are addictive.  Save me from myself, and these sweet and crunchy pistachios. Ingredients 1 large package roasted pistachios in their shells 3 T Canola Oil 1/4 cup Dark brown sugar 2 tsp Ginger powder 2 tsp Paprika 2 tsp Cumin 2 tsp Onion Powder 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper powder Place the pistachios on a […]

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Organically Driven Change; how, when, why

Dear Velvet, I feel so burnt out.  My work environment is just so toxic and I feel like my coworkers’ attitudes are bringing me down.  My home life is ok, I guess. The kids pretty much do their own thing and my husband and I muddle through the week, just barely making it to the […]

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Coconut Ginger Sweet Potatoes

These sweet potatoes are insanely good.  Hide them from yourself. 3 cups cubed sweet potatoes (about 3 peeled sweet potatoes) 2-3 T Pure maple syrup 2 tsp Cinnamon 1 tsp Ginger 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper 2 T Coconut oil   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rub the coconut oil onto the bottom of your […]