Sandra Vaughan's Best Potato Salad

Garnish with sliced hard boiled egg and a sprinkle of paprika.

Garnish with sliced hard boiled egg and a sprinkle of paprika.

Sandra Vaughan is one of the co-founders of Earth Bands, Every Bead Tells Your Story. An eco-ethical company located in Siskiyou County and making an impact worldwide!

Lauri: Earth Bands are a clever bracelet. Tell me how you came up with the idea.
Sandra: My brother Mark was driving Southbound on I-5 highway, from Mount Shasta to the valley. He asked himself a question. What could I do to remind people how cool it is to be here on the planet earth, and as tough times are pronounced, he wanted to inspire people to tap into the wonder,  the vibe, the place you love! And the right then while thinking about his question, he sees the deep red earth off the side of the mountain. That’s when he thought about making a bracelet with the earth from all these amazing meaningful places, states, beaches, colleges, etc.. He pitched the Idea to me and my buddies and together we finally figure a way to make the bead with the earth or sand from every special place!

Lauri: It’s hard work growing a business. Where do you get the inspiration to keep doing what you do?
Sandra: That is so true, just when you think it can’t be any harder, think again, lol, there are more levels of hard to overcome.

What keeps me going is simple, the joy our bracelets bring to people and that is from the buyer who loves Oregon and finally has a small piece of home to carry with them.

Then there is writing a check to one of our 3 favorite Earth and givebacks programs, and getting the heartfelt thank you so much letter, that lets us know we are contributing.

Even buying our eco-ethical materials from the US companies, we know we are supporting them as well. And finally, the fact that I know how powerful and genuine the product is and that our company has a beautiful impact on planet!

Lauri: What is the best thing about sharing a meal friends and/or family?
Sandra:  Laughing with friends and family is always the best part of every meal more than the food, it’s the company we keep!

Lauri: What’s your favorite meal from a local restaurant?
Sandra: I love the Chili Relleno Burrito at the new La Perla de Nayarit Mexican Restaurant in Dunsmuir.

Lauri: What's your go to out of town eatery?
Sandra: When in LA, I love eating at Reel Inn, fish tacos, off PCH and Topanga Canyon in Malibu.

Lauri: Do you have a favorite eatery on the I-5?
SV: In and Out burgers, but that is rough to eat and keep driving. 

Lauri: What’s your favorite road book on CD?
Sandra: I listen to road books. I love old school.  Women who Run With the Wolves

Sandra’s Best Potato Salad

The Secret is in the Pickle Juice!

Perfect side dish for a picnic, barbecue or lunch time sandwich.

Perfect side dish for a picnic, barbecue or lunch time sandwich.


12 medium red potatoes – cooked and drained
6 hardboiled eggs – chopped – save one for garnish
4 Stalks of celery - chopped
1 can of black olives - sliced
1 medium purple onion - chopped
1 medium jar of sweet pickles - chopped  
1/4 cup of sweet pickle juice – saved from the jar
1/2 to 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
1 tbsp mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Paprika to garnish  


Once potatoes are cool enough to handle cut into medium size chunks and put them in a large bowl then pour sweet pickle juice over potatoes and toss.  Add eggs the celery, olives, onions and pickles to bowl. Start with 1/2 cup mayonnaise and mustard adding more mayonnaise as needed until all of the ingredients are coated and the salad has a creamy consistency. Salt and pepper to taste.

Mix with clean hands and refrigerate overnight. Garnish with sliced hardboiled eggs and paprika.