Thursday, May 26, 2011


i find it hard to eat breakfast. don't get me wrong, i LOVE breakfast foods; it's eating in the morning that i don't enjoy too much. example: i can't have just eggs in the morning; my tummy will get queasy. to be able to stomach food in the morning, the meal either needs to be very neutral (like toast or an avocado) or just the perfect combo. i think i found the perfect combo. it is full of flavor, yet not too many flavors that conflict each other. the ingredients in the sandwich add up perfectly.
the perfect breakfast sandwich
2 slices gluten-free bread (i use udi's for this meal)
1/2 avocado
1 egg, fried over-easy
2 slices turkey meat
1 slice raw mild cheese (i used monterey jack)
1. place cheese and slices of turkey on one slice of bread.
2. place bread (both plain slice and slice with cheese and turkey) onto baking sheet and broil in oven until lightly toasted and cheese begins to melt.
3. after placing bread in oven, crack an egg and start frying on medium low.
4. while bread is toasting and egg is cooking, mash 1/2 avocado with fork or potato masher.
5. take bread out of oven and spread avocado on slice without cheese and turkey.
6. egg should be done (over-easy) by now; place egg on top of turkey.
7. taking the slice of bread with avocado, place on top of the rest of the sandwich.
8. slice on the diagonal, making sure you are slicing into the yolk of the egg.
9. let sit for a second before spreading sandwich apart so sandwich can soak up most of yolk.
- of course, if you get queasy with over-easy (heh), you can always sub with a scrambled egg. that would be good too.
- don't let bread toast too much, you want the bread to be able to soak up the yolk.
- to make sure you aren't cooking the egg too long, while frying, tap yolk every once in a while with spatula. if it is still jigglin, then it's still easy. you don't want an over-well egg. talk about a dry sandwich.

Friday, May 20, 2011

to whom it may concern: part 2.

don't mind me, it was just another pet-peevy day.
dear 'new neighborhood' sign:
i get confused when you say that there are houses from the low 200's. 200's what? OOOH you meant 200s. you see, using an apostrophe denotes ownership. we only learned that in junior high. next time, use an editor before you pay for advertisement that thousands of people will see.
concerned citizen

dear average junior higher:
sorry, but your parents have a responsibility to 'control' you. they pay for your clothes. your food. your fun. no, you are not entitled to anything. anything at all. just because you want something doesn't mean you should have it. you should help out around the house not for money, but because your parents gave you life. look around you. life is beautiful.
praying for you,
the previous generation

dear duck-face users:
no. it is not cute. it will never be cute. (if you're making kissy-faces to your newborn baby, maybe that can be cute. but probably not.) especially when i can see your camera and i know you are taking a pic of yourself in the mirror...not cute. if you must take a pic of yourself in the mirror, smile. you look pretty that way. i promise. right now you just look constipated.

dear hubby:
when i say 'what?' i need you to repeat what you said, but at a higher level. i couldn't hear what you said the first time, so say it louder the second time.
istillloveyou :),

dear airplane stewardess:
kindles do not turn off. they just don't. even when i put it to sleep it uses the same amount of juice (barely any) to display a 'screen saver' as it does when it is on a page of a book. i want to scream this at you every time you ask me to turn off my electric device. you guys need to take an e-reader awareness class.
i just want to reaaad,

dear college students that hate school and just want to graduate already:
no you don't. the real world is hard, man. "stay there. stay as long as you can. for the love of god, cherish it."

college grad '08

p.s. name that movie!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


chimichurri is an argentinean sauce that is very versatile (think of a latin version of pesto). there are sooo many ways to make chimichurri. here is one of them!
parsley chimichurri
1 cup curly- or flat-leaf parsley, packed
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
5-6 large garlic cloves
1 or 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (i like mine a bit spicy, so i used 2)
1. combine everything into food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
2. add sauce to dish, and serve.
- chimichurri is good with steak, fish, chicken, potatoes, other veggies, and even eggs. chimichurri can also replace salsa on breakfasts tacos for a fun change.
- once again, i like mine spicy, so if you can't take the heat, try 1/2 tsp red pepper, then move on up from there.
- store in fridge for up to a week.

Monday, May 16, 2011


sorry for the absence. since thursday, i've been in san marcos, tx enjoying graduations, graduation parties, an engagement party, friends, the river, the sun, food, volleyball, frisbee, and fun. i'll be returning to my regular blogging soon.

but i had to make an important announcement. we got to bring our son, quinn (great dane), with us this weekend. at the river one day, he waded into the water willingly!!! can you believe it?! he loves chasing the frisbee when people throw it back and forth, and i guess that is what tempted him!

it's just so amazing. i'm so proud of him. okay, i gotta go now, i need to record this in his baby book. 

jkjk. ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


ahh, spring. a time when flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, the sun is shining... and brothers get together and come up with new ways to hurt themselves.

yes, that is my hubs, along with his older brother, matt (driving), and younger brother michael. can't you just feel their joy? ;)

happy hump day!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

this week's honor roll - DIY homemade maps

i told you there was gonna be a part two. i love maps. and these homemade maps are so great. 

1. u.s. travel cork map via design sponge.
2. scrap map via see kate sew.
3. world map mural via quirky momma.
4. u.s. interactive cork map via crate paper blog.
5. world map wall art via save it for a rainy day.
6. u.s. topographic cork map via design dump.
7. world interactive map wall art via kojo designs.
8. world travel cork map via man made.

Monday, May 2, 2011


my lovely sister-in-law, jana, introduced me to this amazing hummus. while i can't take credit for the recipe, i AM going to share it with you, because it's awesome.

mark and i are still trying to find ways to eat more raw veggies, and this recipe may even have me eating raw celery! it is super healthy and it even tastes cheesy, but there is no cheese in it whatsoever.

spinach & artichoke hummus
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
3 tbsp water
3 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp canned or jarred artichoke hearts
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 medium garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2  tsp salt
2 oz frozen spinach, thawed
1. in food processor or blender, blend first 8 ingredients for about a minute, until smooth.
2. add spinach and pulse, until just mixed.
3. serve with your favorite veggie for dipping.

what are some fun things to dip in hummus? i've come up with the following:
raw carrots
raw bell peppers
raw celery
raw cauliflower
raw broccoli
raw asparagus
raw onion
cherry tomatoes
sliced zucchini
sliced yellow squash
sliced cucumber
sliced jicama
sugar snap peas
chips or crackers
toasted bread
spread on grilled veggies
spread on a sandwich

what else can you think of?