Saturday, May 8, 2021

Favorite Hair Products for Naturally Curly Hair - Italian American Girl Edition

 

Its' May! Time is flying and I feel like we've been locked up in the house forever, oh wait... we actually have.. how did all of this happen? ..So crazy.  

Well with the newer positive changes happening, we're starting to get out and back to some sort of normalcy. 

 For me, this means going back to the salon and taking care of my hair and actually doing my hair to go somewhere. Who else has gotten to used to buns and scrunchy looks just because you weren't or had to do or go anywhere? ugh.. Well enough with that. 

Today I'm going to share with you my top three styling products for naturally curly hair.  I started using an organic hair care line, which I absolutely love. If you have naturally curly hair you know that it can be coarse, unruly and sometimes can dry out faster due to 'cheaper' products.   I always get asked what I use on my hair because I manage to make my curls very separated, and not dry looking.  So, I'll tell you though one of the major secrets is actually having great hair color on your hair, that is ..if you color your hair. My hair behaves so much better when its colored and high-lighted.. that is also an organic hair color line.  

So with out further delay here are my top picks: 

O&M MAINTAIN THE MANE SHAMPOO (12OZ)


O&M MAINTAIN THE MANE CONDITIONER (12OZ)


OWAY CURLY POTION (240ML)



Do you have a favorite brand that you use?  Drop a comment below and let me know. 
~Margaret 



Monday, May 3, 2021

Top 3 Best Pasta Dishes!

 

Over the last year since we've all been home and figuring what to do with our home bound lives, I've found some more peace and fun in cooking and trying new dishes.  Since I was always at work for the last 100 years, I never had time really to cook or spend more on time on experimenting unless it was a weekend.  So based on my Instagram statistics, I pulled the top three pasta dishes that you and the Italian American Girl audience interacted with most!  



  • Linguini with sauteed brocolli -which consists of some olive oil and a dash of red pepper which is my personal favorite. 


  • Believe it or not a simple dish yet so amazing is peas with pasta.  I usually cook with gluten free pasta by the way. The peas were sauteed with onions and then incorporated with the pasta.  This also has the flavor of the olive oil while it sauteed.

  • Lastly, I love grilled zucchini with garlic and olive oil over a dish of pasta.  I also add fresh sauce at times, just depending on how I want that dish.   
So many varieties and flavors to making pasta.   Tell me your favorite pasta dish or make a recommendation for any pasta brand or products you love most. 


Friday, April 30, 2021

Making Black Olive Bread - Pane Alle Olive Nere


Well, it's time for a new post and I wanted to share an amazing baked bread that my brother Santo made, its a black olive bread, Italian style.  I believe many Italians make this in many variations as we like to experiment and also be simple with our staple dinner element.  

My brother has since baked a few loaves since this original loaf pictured here, I believe he wanted to perfect it and it almost seemed to get better each time he baked it.  

Now, once he made it, we had a chance to warm up the bread and enjoy with it with extra virgin olive oil and red pepper flakes.  

The next day I cut a slice and made a very glamorous avocado toast, which was amazing.  Pictured to the right I also made a plain authentic pizza type snack.  My brother followed the exact recipe from Orsara Recipes linked here: Black Olive Bread  Leave a comment if you have a good bread recipe to share!