Changes to the {2nd} Degree

I’m so excited to unveil my new header (those on a RSS reader, come on over and check it out!).  I have been meaning to change my header ever since I started this blog, but was content with the other one until I figured out what I wanted.  To be honest, dealing with CSS code is not my favorite thing in the whole world, so I was kind of putting it off.  Fortunately, I made the decision a few weeks ago that I wanted something better and more in line with my vision for the blog and got the fabulous help of Caitlin over at Lark Creatif.  I’m so happy with it!  Of course, I’d also love to hear what you think as well, so feel free to leave your thoughts below.

Blogging Over Thyme Header

As you’ve probably noticed, the entire layout and color scheme of the blog has also changed.  Unfortunately, changing the header was a bit more complicated than I predicted with my original layout, so I had to make the move.  I’m still tweaking the rest of the layout a bit, you’ll notice a few things are in different places, but everything has pretty much stayed the same.  I am missing the splash of colors, but am liking that it’s bit more simplistic, clean-lined and less busy, all things I like.

On to the next!

What do all 4 of these items have in common?

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They are all remedies for {oven} burns!

And from the looks of what occurred at the bakery this morning, I’m in need of anything I can get my hands on.  Yep, those would be two huge red circles, received when I reached my arm way back into the industrial size oven to grab a piece of foil that had flown off a baked good.  I think extra-long oven mitts may have just gone to the top of my Christmas list.

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From my quick google search, I learned that there are a ton of natural (and weird) natural burn remedies.  And believe it or not, a hefty majority of them are foods that you probably have right in your pantry.  So if you run out of Neosporin or aloe vera (these will become regular items in my purse from now on), don’t fret.  Here is a fun list of natural alternatives.  Some you may have heard of, but I bet a bunch of these will surprise you!

  • Olive oil or Vitamin E tablet (squeeze the oil out!)
  • Witch Hazel or Aloe Vera

And the less familiar:

  • Honey
  • Mustard
  • Broccoli, Potatoes, or Citrus Fruits (to eat! Don’t be caught rubbing these on your burns, you’ll just look silly)
  • Egg whites
  • Milk
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Toothpaste

Of course, in the spirit of trying these out (I was obviously a willing and needy patient), I tried mustard, honey, Neosporin, and Benadryl just for kicks.  My thoughts?

changes-to-the-2nd-degree3The order (from left to right):  Mustard, Neosporin, & Honey.

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The mustard started burning right away, so I wasn’t too impressed with that one.  The honey and Neosporin didn’t burn at all and immediately took some of the pain away!  Mission accomplished.  Yet another reason to stock honey in the cabinet (or within arm’s reach).

After the excitement of baking for 6 hours straight today, returning home and tending my wounds (literally), I sat down to my new routine of eating a huge bowl of plain vegetables as soon as possible.  Seriously, working in a bakery has made me crave vegetables like never before.  This could be a problem considering half the items in my Holiday Challenge are baked goods.  Any one wanna learn how to steam spinach instead?  Didn’t think so…

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Another reason for this new routine is that it only involves a microwave and I can’t burn myself using a microwave.  Or at least, I don’t think I can.  Uh oh.

I know that this was probably the most random post I’ve ever written, but I promise, I will be sharing new and tried recipes soon!  And as you can probably guess, it will most certainly not be a baked good. At least, for now, that is…