Saturday, September 28, 2013

Into the gray... (hair, that is.)

Alright we're talking about this.

I have a kind of brownish hair color naturally.  It's darkened quite a bit since I was a girl, but I've always had a lot of red and gold strands woven in.  I see my daughter's hair color in the sunshine, and know exactly where she got it from.  I love that I have passed down my eye color, skin color, freckles and hair coloring to my girl, because for the most part, I love those things about myself.  I have already mentioned in previous postings, that before I had children, my hair was slightly wavy but after kids, it's full-on curly.  Wild, and lion's mane-ish but when done right, I kind of like it.

I don't remember the exact age I was, when I first spied a gray hair.  I do know that after I became a Mama at the ripe age of 26, I began getting a few more.  By the time Ava was born, I was a 28 year-old hair coloring woman.  Mostly foils of blonde with the occasional bouts of attempting my natural color for long stretches, becoming a brunette once again.  Which incidentally, I loved.  I also love having blonde hair too. 

Over the past year, I have been pressed by three thoughts.  The first, a highly motivational one, is that I've got to find a way to economize on my hair appointments. 'Nuff said because we all know how much it can cost. The second, is that I've got four different friends who stopped coloring their hair and I am loving it on them.  There is something very softening about gray hair.  It's actually quite pretty.  And the third thought has more to do with authenticity. (This one is not meant to judge or condemn any of you sweet things reading this in any way because at a moments notice I, (like any woman) could flat out decide that this thing isn't working for me and I'm done.  Y'all know what I'm talking about here too because it's a woman's prerogative to change the ole mind.) 

The truth is, I want to be my most authentic self in all aspects and (for me) there is something about letting my skin be it's porcelain pale shade even in the summer because I simply do not tan naturally, and never have.. not even once. (I skipped faux tanners altogether this past summer, and somehow I lived with my pale skin.)  There is something about letting my hair have it's way with this crazy natural curl.  I'm getting loads of great product advice and even books on how to manage curly hair.  Do you know, in the last two decades of my life, I have not ever intentionally let my hair air dry?  I didn't even know it was this curly until a two weeks ago.  The first day I let it be curly, I was standing in a grocery store, and a woman behind me asked if my hair was naturally curly.  I know that I blushed with self-consciousness because I hadn't been "out" with the wild hair before.  She told me that it was gorgeous and made her wish she had naturally curly hair too.  I tried to control the beaming smile in my heart and on my face.  It made my day people, not gonna lie.
 

And finally, this authenticity party has led me to a desire to let it be the color that it IS.  I can't explain it.  I used to watch interviews with woman in their later years talking about how they were finally comfortable in their own skin.  They would wax on about accepting themselves the way they were, and how they had been created, and a corner of my heart would always perk up and think, "I want that!"  I keep thinking that perhaps if I'm not working so hard to change the outward things... maybe the inward things will get the focus they need and I can become that softer, sweeter, older version of me that I have longed to become this past decade.  Does that sound crazy?  I mean, you have to get to that comfortable place with yourself somehow.  I don't think it magically just happens, right? 

Now.  For the practical part.  Growing out your gray.  There are at least 100 reasons to go gray, as stated here.  That's what everyone wants to talk about.  It's going to be painful but here is my theory and take it for what it's worth.  I have a ton of gray for a woman my age.  I imagine it's only going to multiply and the longer I put this off, the harder it's going to be.  There, I said it. 

I estimated that I spend approx $600+ a year on hair coloring appointments.  That fact was the nail in the coffin, so to speak.  My sweet man who holds the budget strings raised an eyebrow, and when he does that, I know it's shut-down-time.  There are entire (really cool) websites and facebook pages dedicated to growing out gray hair.  There are cute pixie cut options (which will be a last resort for me if the plan my hair dresser and I have doesn't work out).  There are encouraging stories like this one that pretty much had me cheering for those with gray hair grow-outs, and finally, gorgeous shots of women with shiny, silvery hair.  I don't think that I have quite this much gray but I've got enough to notice and I maybe shocked by the amount once this process begins.  There are tons of products made to help in the process.  There are mascara wand-type products, there are between time touch-up sticks,  there are tinted hair powders, rinses and temporary coloring mousses. There are also cute hats and headbands to camouflage, and well... you get the idea.  

At the end of this week, I will sit in my stylist's chair and very capable hands and we will be coloring only the foils that are blonde, back to my natural color.  I think I'll be getting a slight chop as she helps me with my curls and then I'm on my own with gray grow-out.  I hope I can be patient and not hate what I see in the mirror as I transition into non-coloring land.  (Before and after photos will be forthcoming.)

How about you- do you have gray?  Do you color?  Would you consider going authentically gray at whatever age you are right now?  Are you authentically gray now?  If so, how do you like it?  Weigh in with your thoughts girls, I'd love to hear what you have to say and read how we can encourage one another!



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Currently (Fall edition) And a winner



I wasn't going to post until Friday but I just looked at my schedule and it's wild, so this is going up today.  The winner of the Rustic Ribbon oilcloth trash bag is... Lori_r8.  Give me a shout at lemonademakinmama@comcast.net to claim your prize girly!
Currently listening to: This video, above. My friend Betsy, put it on Facebook the other day and I have watched it an embarrassing amount of times already.  I love how she tells her daddy to sing an echo version... and how she keeps stopping the song because she is afraid of fireworks and thinks she can hear them.  I also love how her daddy just kind of goes along with it while at the same time trying to distract her.  I do declare that it might be the cutest thing I have ever seen!! (I read this explanation about the video on Gawker: "Four-year-old Adelaide Ames couldn’t sleep because she thought she kept hearing fireworks outside. So her dad, 32-year-old quantum physicist and maker-of-fun-science-videos-for-kids Benjamin Ames, decided they should sing to keep her mind “preoccupied.” The little girl explains to the camera whenever a “firework” goes off, creating a stop-and-go performance of “You Belong to Me” between father and daughter that many find heartwarming and impressive. The finale is pretty good.")

Currently reading- Always more than one book at a time.  Plowing slowly through two books on kids with asperger's, and a book club pick, (Sparkly Green Earrings) which I've already read but loved. (And for the naysayers who think my book club is just a glorified mommy's night out... (you know who you are) See?  We do read books.  Sometimes. Okay it is just a glorified night out.  A glorious, glorified night out.) (grin)

Current Favorite- This rich gray-purple polish by Essie.  "Smokin Hot."  It's a nice fall shade and I have been trying to keep one of my New Year's resolutions "to take better care of my hands," since I work with them.  They normally look awful.  This may be the one resolution that I've kept for the most part.

Currently waiting for-the same thing I'm always waiting for.  My man to find his niche in the work world. 'Nuff said.

Currently excited about- An upcoming girls weekend away in November with my book club.  Much needed.  Much, much, much. There will be laughter, shopping, walking, talking, eating, movie watching, coffee sipping (well, them- not me cause I only drink tea) and possibly some rule breaking. Cause that's the way we roll.


Currently trying- a body detox.  I'm drinking 60 oz of water with dandelion root tea with splashes of lemon and cranberry juices each day.  It's supposed to flush out one's system or something like that.  It's nasty, not gonna lie, but I'm trying a week of detox because I was having the worst headaches of my life and I decided I needed to do this, plus eat clean, and skip sugar altogether to see if it will help.  So far, four days in, my headaches are gone.  Well, duh.  Eat well, feel better. 

Currently working on- Two knitted ruffled scarves because why finish one project to completion when you can begin another one and leave the first one half done, I always say

Currently enjoying-daily tea time with my girl.  We have a 45 minute space before Joe gets home from school and we started taking tea each afternoon.  It's my favorite time of the day.  Oh the conversations we have...


Currently using- curl enhancing products. My hair was slightly wavy before kids, and after having both babies it's crazy curly.  My kids call it the lion's mane.  It kind of does look like that too.  I've got a hair apt scheduled and she is going to chop it or something, and color all my highlights back to my natural color because I've decided to grow out my gray too.  Basically I've got to make some cost effective changes in the hair care department.  I am actually kind of excited about this and have been talking about it for years so we shall see.  I feel like an entire post devoted to this subject should be forthcoming. 

Currently wearing- the cutest little rose gold "s" necklace... a precious birthday gift from one of my most beloved friends

Currently planning-A big stamping party for Christmas garlands where I have recruited girlfriends to come and create hundreds of Christmas garlands with me, and I shall feed them for their time.  Or something like that.  All of my garland order spaces are filled at the moment so I am rejoicing and panicking about the workload, simultaneously. (If you missed the wait list you can email me anyway because I will either add  more spots and make more garlands, or I will hold your name for any cancellations- either way I'll try and get you one. Or five.  Or however many you need.  Lemonademakinmama@comcast.net)

Currently starting- A weekly evening class with my sweetie pie, at our church.  I don't even know what it's about and it starts tonight.  My man just asked me to come and so I am. I'm sure you haven't heard the last of this.

Currently preparing- for my man to whisk my boy away for a weekend so they can work through the Passport to Purity program (by Family Life Today).  After seeing all the fun projects and things they get to do I am a tad jealous that I don't get to do it, but I will get to do it with Ava next year.  And get this- God just loves us... and I should never doubt it.  In this passport program, you are supposed to do a big fun thing at the end to kind of bond. Well, I won two Seattle Mariner's tickets, so my boys get to go sit in a suite, eat free food and have a big free fun thing as their finale.  They never would have gotten to do that if I hadn't won!  Doesn't that give you chill bumps? God just knew. I love that.


Currently wishing- My brother and his family lived down the street.  I am a classic mother-hen and I do not care to be otherwise.  We should be within "warm sauce" distance apart, and if you know what that phrase means I adore you because you also watched Everybody loves Raymond.  

Currently doing- a 30 day photography challenge.  I found mine here and just started it today.  Day one was a "self portrait." (Here is my first day's assignment- I laid on the floor and faced the camera with our big sliding doors at my back and hit the self timer. Eh... it's a self portrait. Not much more to say about it.) The point is, I need to get myself motivated to pick up my camera again because I've been so busy working that I haven't been blogging as much and you know what?  I miss it like crazy!  I will definitely post all my shots once I'm done.  Some are very challenging.  I like that. I am going to try and use my Photoshop program to edit my future photos in this 30 day challenge, after today... eek!  Wish me luck!  That is the bargain I made with myself.

Okay now that we're all current on my end... what's currently happening with you?






Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Giveaway with the Rustic Ribbon!

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED** 
The winner of the Rustic Ribbon oilcloth trash bag is... Lori_r8. Give me a shout at lemonademakinmama@comcast.net to claim your prize girly!

I'm super excited about this giveaway today.  (And yes I know, I say that about every giveaway.  It always makes me laugh when I realize that I say that every time because I do that with people too.  It's kind of a running joke that I'll be talking to my family at dinner, often sharing a story about a person... and then I'll almost always conclude with, "I just love her.." Then my kids will laugh and tell me that I say that about everyone.  I suppose I'd rather be known for that, than the opposite.  Ha!

Anyway... we're here because I'm giving away something sweet and you'll love it.  Trust me on this.  I'll get to it in a second.


 I've already shared a few of the fabulous creations from The Rustic Ribbon (above) in the past.

This girl can sew!  She makes ruffled clutches and fabric covered notepads and journals... but she has recently made something new that made me grab Adrain and share the photo on my phone so he could share in my excitement.  (He is awesome at at least acting like he is as excited as I am when I show him something like this. Bless his heart.)

She made these little oilcloth car trash bags.  I know, right?  The cuteness factor is sky high here obviously, but c'mon tell me a person who doesn't need one?

When mine arrived and Ava saw it, she said, "That is way too cute to be a garbage can."  And she's right.  It hangs perfectly on a doorknob, thanks the the little velcro straps (genius) and fits nicely on the back of a car headrest or gear shift.  Sarah suggested that it would also work as a holder for small toys for those of you with little ones (or grand babies) and I'm wishing I would have had one back in the day....

I can tell you first hand that it also holds markers and pencils and small notebooks perfectly, for ten-year-olds who steal it and hang it over the headrest in front of them.  I'm just saying.
I love how she created these using coordinating oilcloth in pretty patterns.  She has some of the cutest patterns of oilcloth in her shop right now.  Because she used this type of cloth, it's wipe-able and easy to keep clean.  (Which is good if you don't have a ten year old that steals it for art supplies, and you actually intend to use it for... oh, I don't know... trash.)  (grin)
Today Sarah at the Rustic Ribbon is graciously offering one to a lucky reader and she is also offering a 20% off coupon code for you if you want to load up on goodies from her shop.

Wouldn't this be a darling gift bag too?  You could tuck all kinds of treasures inside!  I'm thinking teacher gift bags with a pretty box of tea and some tissues in it... or for your budding artist, why not stock it with one of Sarah's pretty notebooks and some colored pencils?  I could go on and on giving you ideas.  The point is, this is awesome and you probably need one.

 Also... For those of you on Instagram, you can also follow sweet Sarah @therusticribbon, and lastly, she does custom orders so tuck that away too.  

In order to be entered in this giveaway, please do two things if you will.  First, go to the Rustic Ribbon's shop here,  and second, come back and leave us a comment here, letting us know what your favorite item was! (Extra entries for tweeting, blogging, facebooking, instagramming, pinning etc, as long as you leave a separate comment for each of those.)



(P.S. I've made it so that you can NOW order almost all of my prints in a variety of sizes (and prices!) ranging from 5x7's, 8x10's and 11x14's. (See the cute 5x7 Blue Moon Pumpkin print above? I'm thinking of making some place cards too.  What do you guys think?)  And... this morning, I am restocking all my ball jar flour sack dishtowels, here!)

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Anthro Knock-Off Cotton Wreath DIY

I realize that I just posted about our Fall decor and now I'm sharing a Christmas wreath tutorial with you... in September.  I swear I don't have seasonal confusion.  I do like to plan ahead when I'm reopening my shop however, and made this last week so that I could use it in my shop photos.  Because it was still fresh in my mind, I figured I'd share it with you now, and then you can have a couple of months to file it away and make it before the holidays arrive.   

Last year, I fell head over heels with the Anthropologie tuffted wool wreath.  When I saw it pinned all over the place from Maria's blog I was a goner.  As I prepared to reopen my Etsy shop, I knew there were a couple of items I wanted to re-photograph such as this popular Christmas Cheer print.  I could just imagine it looking so cute next to that wreath!!  Alas... my budget could not.  So I did the next best thing and read the huge variety of tutorials all over Pinterest, quickly realizing that I could inexpensively and easily create this myself. So I did.  For about $8.00.  Yippee! Here is my version of this DIY.
1) Gather your supplies. (Wreath form out of cardboard (See #2), packaging paper, scissors, tape and yarn.  (I show wire but in the end I used a hot glue gun because it worked better, so get that instead.)

I used two packages of wool yarn from Michaels and they were about $7.00 each, but I had a 50% off coupon so there you go.  You could almost buy three of them for this wreath if you were a stickler for making things exactly how they appear.  Here on this blog, we shoot for pretty darn close and super under budget.  I will say, however, that the yarn choice seems to be very important, both in color and texture.  You want a full yarn in a soft, slightly white color.  I used this brand, in "Winter White."  (Patons Cobbles- Winter White)

2) For the wreath form, I flipped a large 15" bowl upside down on a piece of flat cardboard and cut out a circle, then cut the inside out and had my form.  I used off-white packaging paper that I already had on hand, and wrapped the wreath form up with it, taping to secure.

3-4) I loosely wrapped the yarn around my hand ten times then snipped it.

5) Set the yarn down very carefully on your work surface and cut another piece of yarn about seven inches long.

6) Tie the piece of yarn around the center, securing in a knot.

7) Use your scissors to snip all the "loops" making this into a pompom. (Don't worry if they are wild looking or vary in lengths.  You can give them a trim very easily.)

I liked how they turned out (pictured left) but they were lacking some of that wooly softness the Anthro wreath has, so you can see how on the right, I used my thumbs and forefingers to gently massage and break apart the yarn fibers.  It only took a few seconds but it made a prettier "tuffted" ball. (This is a great time in the project to also snip any glaringly uneven pieces.)
I laid a row of them on top of my wreath form (pictured above) and that's when I figured out that you will need three layers to create the fuller, layered look. (see below).  You'll kind of want to end up with an outside layer, an inside layer, and then an intermittent top layer. I was planning to wire them onto the form but realized that hot glue would be perfect since these are so light.  (Press down firmly for just a second to make sure the glue holds it where you place it.)
It's hard to show or explain but as you hot glue them down, you will begin to see it take shape. 
This wreath took me an hour and a half from start to finish and I used all of the yarn.  I wired the red and white ribbon onto it and was done. Don't you love quick and painless projects like that?

Also... you can purchase this fun Christmas print, sized at 11x14" here, in my shop! 

(Faux wood grain wrapping paper was found at Marshall's last year.)
Since we're kind of talking about Christmas items... I wanted to remind everyone that you can still use this 10% off coupon code (LMM10) until November 15th, for any sign in sweet Tara's shop!


And now I'm going to go make some pumpkin muffins.  (grin)


Friday, September 20, 2013

... that one time I decorated for fall... (and winner!)

Choices.

I was standing in front of the the bathroom mirror, contemplating cutting my hair, letting my natural curls take over, letting my gray grow in (more on that soon) and other, really earth-shattering thoughts, when it hit me out of nowhere, for no apparent reason.

"Over time, small choices become big decisions."

It was so profound that stopped in the tracks of my deep hair thoughts, and wrote it down.

Then I went off to coffee with Nurse Nicki and we talked about it.  (We talked about hair too.  Just so you know.)  I sat there in the sunshine, my hands wrapped around a tea mug as we mulled over all the areas of life where one small choice after another, seemingly insignificant, blend themselves together to create life's big decisions. You know, things like what we say, what we do, what we think, what we spend, what we eat, what we get lazy about, what we laugh at, etc. It was a gloriously deep moment and I got into my car thinking about all of the amazing small changes I was about to  begin making. 

I went home to put some fall touches out and welcome kiddos home after school.  It wasn't twenty minutes before I got mad because nothing was getting done without me either asking for it to get done, or having to argue over it first, and in the course of that evening, I yelled at my kids, fought with my husband, ate some chocolate after I put myself on a sugar ban, and then stomped off to my bedroom and cried. 

For real.

Many small, bad, rotten, nasty, cranky choices.  With all those earlier good intentions!


It didn't take very long to realize I was wrong.  Well, I mean, don't we always know we're kinda wrong in the moment, but we kick Jiminy Cricket behind us with the toe of our cute cowgirl boots, like he's not even there?  I had to go seek forgiveness from everyone and their brother over the next few hours.

I even considered knocking on the neighbor's doors and apologizing to them too. 


Later, I stood there gazing adoringly at our pretty fall-itized house and it was like God very gently and lovingly whispered some correction to my heart, "If you put out a pumpkin bedecked in liquid gilding but have not love... and if you carefully arrange your son's collected feathers in a crock but then yell at him because he's up on a chair messing it up, you become a noisy gong or a clanging symbol... and if you fluff pretty pillows and throws but have not love...you are nothing."

And then I cried again.  Cause it was just one of those days.

I felt heavy conviction over the tiny choices I've been making in a few areas of life. I want to look back in hindsight at the DECISIONS I made and know in my heart that I pleased God with every little choice that went into those decisions. That said, here are a few photos of our fall-itized house, and though it's so fun to move things around and change things, and clean and fluff it for pictures, (I can't lie) I'm schooling myself to concentrate a whole lot more on my actions inside these prettily decorated walls right now.  Which I think... is probably what we all really want if we're honest.  Pretty inside and out. 
(After working my tail off with my shop reopening... I admit... I splurged and bought that cute blue plaid pillow from Target as a little treat for myself.  I told my man I was going to do it... and he let me.)  (He is such a good man.)  Things were gathered from here and there in the house, a decade-old book shelf made a reappearance, I nabbed some pretty feathers from my boy's collection and plunked my beloved antlers into a simple glass container.  I also painted an old white pumpkin with liquid gilding.  It was so fun.  And fast.  And simple.  And cheap.  (I like that.)






Fun and inexpensive idea: Use a $1.99 chalkboard from JoAnn's, (they have a light pine frame and a gray chalk surface. Swipe the pale pine frame with "Special Walnut" colored stain and once dry, spray paint the light gray chalkboard with black chalk spray paint for a vintage looking schoolhouse chalkboard like the one above.
 Grateful Blue Moon pumpkin print can be found here.

 Another inexpensive and fun idea.  This farmy print was a gift for my birthday, (found locally) but I wanted to hang it unframed.  I used four long slats of wood stained with "Special Walnut" stain, flat gold wire (JoAnn's Fabrics) and hot glue.  I made a loop of wire and sandwiched it between the two pieces of stained wood, along with the print, and hot glued the whole thing together.  Then I used hot glue to do the same thing at the bottom (without the wires.) Afterward, I used a length of wire to create a hanger by twisting it, as shown above.  I love how it turned out and it only took a few minutes to assemble. 

This is the same bedding as always but topped with an old blanket I love.  I also added a new pillow slip to an old pillow by recovering it in a yard of buttery soft black and white flannel that was 50% off!  It's so funny how just a couple of changes can instantly update the entire feel of a room when it's been done in neutrals overall.  I still love this room the most because it's calming.  (I'm in it right now typing this!)



***The two winners of the Deliciously Inspired e-cookbook are TeamHouston and AndeM1.  If you guys can email me at lemonademakinmama@comcast.net I'll get your connected with Debbie to claim your prizes***

(1 Corinthians 1-2) "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing."


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Deliciously Inspired GiveAwAy!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED AND COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.  The two winners of the Deliciously Inspired e-cookbook are TeamHouston and AndeM1.  If you guys can email me at lemonademakinmama@comcast.net I'll get your connected with Debbie to claim your prizes!***

YOU GUYS!!! I am in a daze over my shop opening.  I'm not kidding, I'm busy getting ready to hit the post office with everyone's goodies today and you should see my pile.  FROM the BOTTOM of my HEART I thank you for each and every purchase, every sweet word of encouragement and love.  I always say I'm overwhelmed and blessed but it's true.  I really am.  I cried a little last night just thinking about it.  And how I'm shipping items out that I made- a dream come true- to people I don't know but somehow still feel like friends.  It's astounding and I'm so grateful.  (And by the way, I'll be restocking the Ball Jar towels by Wednesday (hopefully) next week.  I always forget how fast they go and I never make enough.  So anyway... thank you.  And now I've got a fun post for you!
One of the many perks about blogging has been meeting incredible people that I'd actually like in real life.  Months ago, I got a chance to welcome sweet Debbie of Deliciously Inspired onto my sidebar as a sponsor.  She whips up yummy and nutritious items such as these stuffed apples I shared here.

She recently created an e-cookbook with some of her favorite recipes, and when she asked if I'd be interested in giving away two copies to some lucky readers, I jumped at the chance.  I'm always seeking ways to feed my constantly hungry hoodlums and what I like about Debbie's recipes, are that they don't require a ton of fuss and bother.  That's kind of a key thing at this stage of life.  I've got enough of that already with after school events, homework, ballet, my Etsy shop and life.  Ya know?  

Debbie offered to let me have a sneak peek at her cookbook and even try out a recipe for you.  Two disclaimers... We eat gluten free, so I couldn't find the pasta her recipe called for and used what I had on hand.  Also, I substituted gf soy sauce and sliced up a sweet onion that needed to be used.  I didn't want it to go to waste and this dish seemed like a good place to use it.  That said, it was YUMMY!  Lots of thai-inspired flavors.

Debbie has included recipes such as Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal, Crust-less quiche, turkey sloppy joes (my son would flip) and yogurt parfaits in her book.  The best part, it's an e-book so once you download it, it's YOURS with instant gratification.  Gotta love that.  It's priced at only $4.99 in case you aren't one of the two lucky winners. (If you want to purchase it now, please check out this link. )
 Thai Pasta Salad:
1 pkg
Rotini Pasta (I used Vita Spelt Brand)
8 oz
Chicken, cooked and cubed, optional
1 cup
Carrots, shredded
4
Green Onions, diced
2 cups
Purple Cabbage, shredded
1/3 cup
Cilantro, finely chopped
DRESSING:

1/4 cup
Soy or Tamari Sauce
1 tsp
Sugar or Stevia
3 Tbsp
Lime or Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp
Olive Oil
1 tsp
Ground ginger
1/4 tsp
Cayenne Pepper
1/8 tsp
Pepper
Directions:
Cook rotini pasta according to package directions. Drain in a colander, rinse with cool water and place a few ice cubes in colander to help stop the cooking process. Continue to drain. Place in refrigerator to chill.
Place dressing ingredients in small bowl or mason jar and mix well.
Place pasta, dressing and remaining ingredients into large bowl and toss gently to mix. Serving Size - 4 - 6

And just for the fun of it... I'm sharing a recipe on Debbie's blog, Deliciously Inspired, that one of my Instagram buddies, Jennifer (@jcfburr on Instagram) shared with me. Tomato pie... it's heaven in a slice. (You can check out the whole recipe over on Debbie's blog!)


To enter to win a copy of Debbie's e-cookbook,  please leave us a comment.  You can also follow Debbie at her blog, facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  (She's a sweetie pie, so make sure and go say hello!)

And of course, for extra entries, blog it, instagram it, tweet it, facebook it, pin it... just leave a comment here for each of those!  :)