How I Make The Best Hard Boiled Eggs

8 Dec


I love  hard boiled eggs for quick protein. Up until a few years ago however, I never ate eggs. So when I first started, I had some pretty shaggy looking hard boiled eggs.

I have tried many methods from various other tutorials and kept what worked. My method is a compilation of several of those tips that have consistently worked for me!  I know many like the oven method or the steaming basket way of hard boiling eggs but to me the texture is never the same or as good as old fashioned hard boiled eggs.

First, I gather my ingredients: vinegar, baking soda, healthy pastured eggs.DSC_0130


Fill a pan with cold water and your eggs. Drop in a teaspoon of baking soda and stir it around till it dissolves.


Then add a splash of vinegar. It shouldn’t fizz because you dissolved the baking soda first.

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Bring your water to a boil and while covered, turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.


While waiting, give attention to your screaming toddler climbing up your legs.



When you get a minute, get some ice.



After the 10 minutes are up, drain your water and fill with ice and cold water. This shocks the eggs and stops the cooking. DSC_0158



Now this is the most important tip I can offer. Look at your eggs and find the narrow pointed top part. DSC_0172


Tap the top part of your egg first. DSC_0174



Then flip it and tap the wide bottom part of the egg. DSC_0176



I have found this is the best way to get easy to peel eggs because the act of tapping the eggs forces the air from the air pocket all around the egg and knocks the shell away from the egg white.



I also like to have some cold water running to help rinse away the little bits. DSC_0178



This egg basically peeled in two pieces. Don’t you love that!?




Pretty, smooth, perfect hardboiled eggs! Not a shaggy one in the batch. DSC_0184


Rich and golden without any green ring! DSC_0186






As a bonus I will share with you my easy egg salad “recipe”.

First, chop up your 8-12 eggs in a medium size bowl. I LOVE using a pastry blender for chopping up my eggs for egg salad. It is quick and efficient! DSC_0190

Assemble your desired spices. I use about 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. I usually eye ball this part and season to taste but those amounts are pretty close. DSC_0192

Add about 2 big dollops of your favorite mayonnaise which is probably about 1/4 cup. Start with less if you prefer less mayo in general. I am a mayo lover so I like it really creamy. With that, add your favorite mustard. I prefer a slightly spicy brown mustard. I use a big squirt which is approximately 1 tablespoon. DSC_0194

Mix all together and enjoy!  DSC_0196

This is an easy lunch idea for my kids because they adore snack style lunches. They love crackers and egg salad or tuna salad with fruit. I love it too because it is super easy and a big batch keeps for about 5 days in the fridge.


Type (B) Mama Confessions: Friendship

21 Nov

Sneezes and a tiny knock on my bedroom door woke me up before 5 am. A sick kid wanted his mama for the second time in a matter of hours. After helping him get comfortable, I laid back down to return to sleep. Of course anything after 5 am and my mind switches ON. I struggled to fall back asleep and resigned to sneak down stairs. My heart and mind have been heavy lately. There is just so much going on. Tragedies, bigotry, politics… This post could comment on any number of these worldwide events but at this moment, it isn’t the heaviest thought running through me. Friendship….. that is what’s preventing me from falling back to sleep this morning.

It starts out so easy. As kids, you could enter a playground, look for other kids your age, ask them to play and even if you never see them again, you had a friend for the time you needed one. As you get older things change. I remember the first time I was hurt in a friendship. I was in 4th grade and I hung out mostly with these 3 other girls. The 4 of us were all close, but I was best friends with one in particular. I started noticing her and one of the other girls drifting together more often and choosing one another. Then the tragic day occurred, when my bestie decided to tell me that I was no longer her number one. I was still her “BFF” but that friend number 2 was now her “BBFF” that stands for “best, best friend forever.” I was ousted! Shortly after, my family moved and I think it taught me a bad pattern for friendship because we ended up moving  a bunch more times after and I left behind quite a few best friends in the process.  I started building walls, as a 9 year old girl. Truth be told, I probably built up walls before that but I think that’s when I recognized it.

Fast forward a few more years, and 6 schools later. I had 6 more best friends. I was hurt by a few and I’m sure my moving also hurt some of them. My best friend going into high school was a girl that everyone loved. She was gorgeous and had a boyfriend and I was the chubby sidekick. There was some hinky stuff going on with that guy and it gets super complicated but in the wreckage of all of that, I was left behind.  I spent the latter half of freshman year alone and hanging out with a group of “plan B friends.” That sounds harsh, but we all have them! In this group of girls I was only really friends with one of them and she ushered me into the group. I didn’t have anything in common with the other girls but I tried to find a new best friend in her anyway. Then, we moved again. But this time, I was starting a new high school without knowing a soul.

I ended up making a wonderful best friend and we were like sisters for a few years. It was me that hurt her this time, when I went off to college and made new friends, I kind of let our friendship fizzle and fade over time.  But like I said, I learned this life pattern of hardening my heart and moving on. And that may not be entirely fair either, we were both growing in different directions with our own goals and they just happened to not line up. But I was probably more calloused about it, as I reflect now.

College of course brought new challenges. I made best friends and then graduated. As adults now, things are different. Graduating college ushers in the new era of Adult friendships! Friends get married, have children, work full time jobs, move far away…Priorities are just different. So while it was not ONE thing particularly, most of my college friendships and myself, just changed. I adore those women with all of my heart. But in the day to day, they aren’t my best friends anymore. In my heart they are! But practically, it has been almost a decade since college ended and a few visits or conversations here or there,  does not a best friend make.

So, Now I am married to a man that is my best friend that I have 2 wild children with. I love that he is my best friend, but I still long for that sisterly connection. I only have brothers so I have always had to outsource a sister. And recently it has been a tough few months. I have had my feelings hurt, felt left out and forgotten, moved (yet again) and been essentially friend dumped. None of this by any one person or “best friend” just various women pals who, I’m sure, never intended to hurt me. It is probably a lot of my own doing. I am less “available” than some, I live further, I am an introvert with awkward social skills and 2 kids that are stubborn wild things that not everyone can handle. My husband keeps pointing out that I’m investing in friendships that are just not the right ones. It really is like dating. You get invested and it turns out she’s not Mrs. Right!

I have been trying to be vulnerable and not let recent stinging arrows prevent me from continuing my search for a best friend. I am in a place in my life where I see how valuable and sacred a best friend is. I took them for granted in my life, assuming I would just make new friends again.  I don’t have the luxury of youthful easy relationships anymore. My time is now divided between my husband and children but I’d love to share some of this life with a best friend in similar circumstances.


This has made me look at my children too. I was thinking about planning Lilah’s 2nd birthday party when I realized she doesn’t even have any friends! There aren’t many girls her age in her life. And as I think about Linden, we are seeing that those playdate pals are forming their own preferences and best friends now and he isn’t it. Like me, he is being ousted for better “BBFF’s.”  He is pretty clueless of this fact currently, but I see it. And I hope I can protect his heart from that same hurt I’ve experienced, to some extent. I believe that starts with my example. I need to have solid friendships in my life to model that for my kids.

So this isn’t a pity post. Or an online advertisement for a friend. This is just me sorting out emotions and finding threads that tie together. I’ve been hurt, betrayed, back stabbed, and talked about by other women. But I’ve also abandoned and hurt some friends myself. I hope to grow in this area and not build higher walls to “protect” my heart. I hope to find my tribe or my one kindred spirit.  I know I’m not alone and that many of you have similar struggles in the friend department. I pray that we all find our “bosom friends” as Anne of Green Gables would say.

And I hope I look nothing like Lucy the bear from Peter Brown’s book, You Will Be My Friend! It’s funny how books you pick for your kids at the library turn out to be just what you needed to read. IMG_1927

Check it out, it’s actually a pretty cute story. 🙂

Linden Turns 4

10 Nov


Two weeks ago, my sweet baby boy turned 4. He basically planned his party months before and TOLD me that he wanted a Toy Story party and instead of a cake he wanted a GIANT COOKIE! Awesome, less planning for me!

We slacked on the pictures this year and missed out on some of the details that I wanted to share, like the food!

I will just tell you what we served, instead:

Buzz Lightyear’s gluten free rice crispy Rocket treats

Zurg’s Intergalactic Rocket Crackers (aka Trader Joes Rocket crackers)

Ken and Barbie’s fruit and fruit dip

The Round Up Gang’s veggies and dairy free ranch dip

Pizza Planet Pizza


and  for dessert:

Army Men allergy friendly cupcakes and a humongous M&M and chocolate chip cookie.

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There were 17 kids and 2 babies at the party this year, so our activities were a bit chaotic at times.

We had a felt Mr. Potato Head where the kids were blindfolded and got to put the body parts on him.

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Steven borrowed a cowboy boot from his lovely boss and the kids tossed little rubber snakes into the boot. It was a play on one of Woody’s catch phrases, “There’s a snake in my boot!”


A few years ago Linden received a riding horse for a gift from his Gam & Pa and it was the perfect time to have it out for the kids to ‘Take A Ride On Bullseye’


There was a jar of army men for everyone to take guesses on how many were inside.


I also made a claw game filled with treats and toys for the kids to add to their favor bags. We had a little snafu with those bags and the claw game, however, and they somehow got ransacked a bit early, oops! There were candy, favors, and toys EVERYWHERE! At least they had fun!

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Because Linden’s birthday is October 29th, we like to have costume parties. We choose not to celebrate halloween, so for us it is a special time to celebrate Linden and use that as our day to be in costume and have treats. This year we didn’t require costumes from our guests but did encourage it. The Colo clan is another story! We all dressed up like a character from Toy Story.

I dressed like one of the aliens from the claw game


Steven dressed as Sarge the army man


Lilah was Barbie (she had a pink belt on but kept taking it off)


and Linden was Buzz Lightyear (of course)


No party is complete without an Etch A Sketch photo booth

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We had a great time this year. I love having big celebrations and letting everyone run around like crazy. It makes the perfectionist in me have to let go and surrender to the anarchy.

**In case you were curious, we found most of the costume items at value village/Goodwill. I made my alien hat from a $0.50 beanie, styrofoam balls and a hot glue gun. I did order my tights and Lilah’s leg warmers on Amazon though. I was fortunate to receive the banner and huge toy story poster for free from my local Buy Nothing group. With the help of the dollar tree and Michaels the rest of the projects were quick to put together.

Two Thirds In?

22 Jun

Saturday was 2/3rds of the way into this 3rd round of Whole30. My previous 2 rounds I was much more diligent in doing weekly updates. This round, however, I haven’t felt the need to update so often. Let me explain: previously my intention in doing weekly updates was for accountability. It was much harder to stick with the plan and having the motivation of an update to record my progress gave me that extra push to keep going. This 3rd round is so much different. I have lost track of the days. I have surrendered to the process. I am honestly not counting down the days to the “end”. I feel amazing! I think the countdown mentality of previous Whole30 rounds was a great set up for my overall failure post Whole30. Instead of it being a push for daily clean eating, it was a race to win and finish. Something has switched this time around. I am not counting the days till I can have toast or cheese. Not that I don’t miss them! I just feel this round becoming more about lifestyle instead of a challenge with an expiration date.

I believe part of the reason for the change is that I now have more variety in my food options. A few months ago I started including organic and pastured chicken into my diet. It was a very hard choice to make. I became a vegetarian at the age of 9. I was also vegan for 6 combined years (3 years in high school and 3 years post college) I am 31 so if you do the math, that’s 22 years without eating meat. I started adding fish into my diet 2 years ago and eggs a few years prior to that. It has been a slow process of adding humanely treated, good quality animal protein into my diet. I do make sure I consume wild caught fish, pasture raised organic eggs and now the same for chicken. After being a vegetarian for the majority of my life, it is so crucial to me that I make these responsible choices in sourcing animal protein. Not only for my health but also for the health of the animal. It has taken me a while to get used to the texture and flavor, but I think I am slowly getting more comfortable with it.

Some of you may be asking, why? Why include animal protein? For years I thought I was doing things right and getting enough protein. I also consumed a lot of soy. As a young person I didn’t yet know about the dangers of GMOs and the estrogenic properties of soy. I have suffered with my own hormonal and gut issues in response to that. I eliminated soy from my diet about 6 years ago (except for the occasional organic tempeh or tofu less than a handful of times a year). I saw immediate positive results in my mood, hormones and skin around that time. That was also around the time my eyes were opened to the world of GMO’s and our corrupt food system. I eliminated soy and was left with a hole in my protein source. That is when I added eggs back into my diet. I thought that eliminating soy and adding in good quality eggs would be enough to help heal the damage to my body but it was not. As a vegetarian my diet has been very grain based. Grains, legumes, dairy and sugar are all major no-no’s when healing a leaky gut. But without adding in additional animal protein there would not be a sustainable way to consume less grains and heal. I think this will be a longer process and I may eventually need to follow some auto-immune protocols and eliminate eggs and night shades to determine trouble spots for my body. But for now I am focusing on just adding in more protein.

If you are still reading, thank you! hahaha All of that ties back into what I said in the beginning. The addition of chicken has given me so much more variety with eating grain/dairy free that this round of Whole30 feels much easier and sustainable for long term.

{Check out some of the yummy foods I have been eating on my Instagram.}

Making Asian style halibut in parchment pockets. #hellosaturday #whole30

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The only thing that isn’t sustainable, is the amount of dishes created while doing a Whole30!!!!!


A New Chapter

1 Jun

Well, well, well…. Hello old friend! It has been a long time since I have posted. Four months to be exact. A lot has happened in the past few months which has prevented me from updating. To sum it up, we were crazy busy getting our home market ready, listed and sold!


IMG_1043{Our now ‘old’ neighbor created this gorgeous watercolor of our 1st home. Check out her amazing etsy shop!}


We have since moved into a rental house, paid off student loan debt and gone on vacation. Now that we are finally getting settled into our new place I am ready to get back to things that make me happy, like blogging and creating new designs for Linden&Lilah. I want to do some posts recapping our total experience with selling our house eventually. It was/is an emotional experience that I think I still need to process. For now, I am embarking on my 3rd round of Whole30 because selling your house and moving is a sure fire way to flush healthy habits down the drain. Time to get back to it!! I will be posting weekly updates mostly for my own accountability but I’d love it if you followed along too.

Lilah Rae Turns One!

14 Feb


Our little Lilah Rae turned one year old today! I CANNOT believe it has already been a year since this spunky chunk made her way into the world. She is such a light to our family. I am in constant laughter because of her feisty behavior and pterodactyl like growls. She is tenacious, in good and bad ways. We can’t keep a book on a shelf or a shoe within her reach, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Little Lilah facts: -she still only has her two bottom front teeth -she is still a champion nurser -she wears 18 month clothes -since being in the nursery with Linden she has been a better sleeper and recently started sleeping through the night again! -Lilah has finally come around to liking almost all food. Her disdain for mango has been transferred to avocado. -She has the tiniest feet. I think she is technically still a size 2 but it’s difficult to know because wearing shoes is war torture. -her favorite pastime would probably be walking around the house naked and in circles whilst holding an article of her clothing in each hand, waving them around like victory flags. In celebration of our sweetie turning one, we threw a vintage Snow White themed birthday brunch. Let the photo dump ensue!

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Lilah is 11 Months Old!

22 Jan

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Our precious Lilah turned eleven months old last week! I can’t believe there is only 3 weeks until her first birthday. She officially became a walker at 10 1/2 months. She still only has the two bottom teeth. This girl is the sweetest thing on the planet but also a bit of a drama queen! She plays hard and thanks to her big brother, she is a tough cookie. Her favorite things these days are: playing tug-o-war with Edgar, walking everywhere with a toy in each hand, eating cheese, growling and blowing raspberries. She is a miniature MacGyver and can get out of anything baby proofed. Life is pretty crazy at the Colo house lately and thanks to Lilah, I am always busy.

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