With Brave Wings She Flies

With Brave Wings She Flies. The square pewter pendant is accented by a white pearl and a turquoise color magnesite bead. A long necklace flatters any neckline and will peek out of your infinity scarf! Shown on the 30" chain.

See it HERE!

White Bean and Ham Soup

It was cold here today. And I had some ham that needed to used soon. I also had beans on hand, canned and dry. What would you do? Yup, to Pinterest I went!

After a quick search and reading a few recipes, I started to see a common element. They were using dry beans in the crockpot. Could it really be that easy? I've tried several Pinterest recipes with success, and a few stinkers. 

I did what the recipe said with a few modifications. After 3 hours, I checked the beans and they were no longer little stones! It was working!

An hour later, it was done. I was a little shocked at how easy it was and how good it tasted!

Here's my recipe:

  • 1 lb dry Great Northern Beans
  • 1lb. chopped up ham
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp onion powder

5-6 hours on High or 8-10 hours on Low. I have an awesome crockpot and it only took about 4 hours on High.

Enjoy! Let me know if you try it!

xoxo Cathy


4 Reasons I'm So Glad I Stopped Coloring My Hair

There have been some awesome comments on my last hair post "5 Reasons I Stopped Coloring My Hair." See that post HERE. That post was in April 2014, so I'm waaaay overdue for an update! 

As you can see, my hair has grown a LOT in the last 6 months. And I'm considering a shorter cut. I probably just need a trim. But longer thick hair takes soooo long to dry and style. 

The photos are from: May 2014, September 2014, and the last two are today January 20, 2015.

On to the 4 Reasons I'm So Glad I Stopped Coloring My Hair.

1. Saved hundreds of dollars and several hours of time. It may not seem like much, but over the long run it does add up.

2. Freedom! Yes, I feel free... No longer a slave to the bottle, worrying because my roots are already showing. When I started coloring my hair, it was for fun or just to get sun-kissed highlights. When I HAD to color my hair to cover gray roots, it wasn't fun anymore.

3. A sense of community. I've discovered that there are a lot of women doing or have done the same thing! There have been so many supportive comments on my blog, as well as re-pins and likes on Pinterest. 

4. Sparkles. Yes, SPARKLES! In the right sunlight, my white hair is like tinsel.  I love anything that sparkles!

There's still quite a bit of brown in my hair. In certain angles and depending on how I part my hair, you can see streaks of brown. The further back on my scalp, more brown, less gray. Right now I have the "Halo" but eventually it will be all white.

So now the question is... to cut or not to cut! I think I'll get a trim and see how I feel.

xoxo, Cathy