Friday, January 17, 2014

One Thing I've Realized I Will Never Master

There are a few things in life I've come to accept, that are things I will never do right. Over easy eggs are one of those things.

I love eggs. I eat them all the time. Breakfast or lunch or dinner...sometimes two meals in one day! My favorite type of eggs are over medium, not super runny, but just a little, to get the toast extra yummy. Now for years, I'd been able to to make them easy-peasy. Perfect centers, just the right amount of crispy on the very edges. It was great.

However, about 2 years ago, we realized the grossness of cooking on Teflon covered pans and switched to all stainless steel cookware. These pans are THE BOMB! So nice, you can pretend like you're a real chef when you use them! I can cook pretty much anything in them, even saute like a boss. But over easy eggs? NOT A CHANCE!

This is basically how it goes down...
I "non-stick" the pan with either butter or olive oil. Either way it doesn't me, I know!
I get my eggs in there real nice, but then....they all combine together in one big egg patty.  So, I use my spatula to separate them. That looks like this:

They are already too stuck down to even figure out what to do at this point. Again, I use the spatula to scrape them gingerly off the bottom, to hopefully not break the yolk when I go to flip them.
But, alas, when I flip them they break. Every. Single. Time. That looks like this:

And of course, because they are totally stuck I end up with a pan that looks like this:
Ain't nobody got time for pans that look like that! Right!?!? I've tried EVERYTHING! Oil, butter, keep the temp low, keep the temp at medium, keep the temp higher, watch them closely....none of it matters! The outcome is ALWAYS the same. I refuse to switch back to Teflon, so it's OK...I've come to terms with it. I'll order over-easy eggs when I go out to breakfast. At home we'll all eat broken scraggily almost medium fried eggs.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Current Thoughts While Being Engaged

On December 27, 2013, my very handsome, very wonderful boyfriend popped "THE" question! It was very romantic and wonderful and I was TOTALLY surprised!

I have basically been on Cloud 9 ever since and continually get distracted by my ring.  I'll be doing something, anything really, and suddenly see that sparkly goodness out of the corner of my eye. All of a sudden I find my hand out stretched and my eyes staring in wonderment at how pretty it is!
Every. Single. Time.
Needless to say, I'm a VERY happy girl right now!

So, because I'm one of those super weird chics that's had a Wedding pinterest board since I opened my pinterest account, I have a pretty good idea on wedding stuff that I like.

However, real wedding reality has started to creep in...

Guys, did you KNOW that weddings cost like a billion dollars!? I mean, seriously! Suddenly the reality is, we HAVE to stick to a budget. Not that we want anything super extravagant. We don't need ice sculptures or a famous rock band. We're even OK with a small intimate wedding. The mister & I like that kind of thing. Simple & romantic is our game.

I keep requesting pricing from different vendors, just to try & get a handle on what everything costs. I swear EVERY SINGLE thing STARTS at $2000! It's like the magic wedding number or something! I was suffering from a really bad case of sticker shock!

Don't get me wrong, you get a LOT for your bucks! Every pricing list I've looked at is jammed packed with services that are included. But I only have so many $2000 dollar bills laying know?

So, I've been researching budget weddings and am starting to feel better. Both him & I are creative people. Between us we've got three creative children, lots of helpful family & friends and the overall attitude that this wedding is going to be AWESOME!

Now that I've settled into my role of DIY Bride to Be, I'm feeling happy and excited and cannot stop looking through wedding blogs! Got any good ones you'd recommend me reading? I'd love to hear about them.

So far, we are like 95% set on a date. We've already chatted with our photographer & I'm fairly confident that I've found the dress style I'll go with. Things are shaping up! I've got my evernote app working overtime & trying to stay organized as well as possible. I'm so excited and am going to enjoy this entire process!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

25 Random Things About Me

 *Please excuse the crazy stare. The sun was blinding and I was trying not to blink!

A few years ago I did THIS blog post.
I think it's time for an updated version.
So here we go...

1. I am blessed with a small group of true friends.

2. I have a 13 year old daughter that is AWESOME.

3. I'm almost always punctual.

4. I'm a little obsessed with Pinterest.

5. I have an alarming amount of grey hairs.

6. I run a small social media firm, for small businesses looking to be noticed.

7. I will be turning 40 on Oct. 10th, 2013. *gulp*

8. I haven't baked anything in over a year, and this makes me sad.

9. I truly, TRULY enjoy my coffee in the morning.

10. I'm totally in love with my boyfriend.

11. Our family's dog recently passed away and my heart broke more than I ever thought it would.

12.  Watching cute animal videos on the internet makes me happy.

13. I consider myself a bit of a craft beer snob.

14. I am aiming to have a four day work week.

15. I wish I could afford to buy everything organic.

16. I am addicted to blueberries. No, seriously...addicted!

17. I still love Ryan Gosling.

18. I enjoy watching foreign movies with subtitles.

19. Making decisions is not my strong suit.

20. I am a Libra though & through. I sometimes apologize, even when it's not my fault, just to keep the peace.

21. I am a little over zealous about flossing my teeth.

22. I want to go whale watching.

23. Having an iPhone has made me lazy. I never bring my "real" camera anywhere anymore.

24. My favorite body part on myself is my eyes.

25. As of her last checkup, I am officially shorter than my kid.

Now that I've told you my weird things, it's YOUR turn! Share some random facts about yourself and let me know where they are posted. I can't wait to read them! <3

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Summer Is Winding Down.

Well, that's it. School starts TODAY!
The kiddos are back in class and I'm feeling sad.
I never want summer vacation to end!

We spent some glorious time on the water this weekend, in a last hoorah to summer. Kayaking, snorkeling and all around super fun day.

At least I'll have something to look back on, once the piles of homework and projects start happening. *sigh*
All these photos were shot by the kiddo with her GoPro camera. Even this fun little video!

Happy first day of 7th grade to my beautiful baby girl!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Confession Time

I've eaten a package of organic blueberries every single day this week.
Dude! How good are blueberries? Am I right!?!?
They taste like summer and goodness and perfection and I want to eat them ALL!
Just call me the Blueberry Queen, emkay?

Wait, did that just happen?

**Warning: This post is a rant**

Have you ever had one of those moments where you're like, seriously, is this happening right now?
I totally just had one of those moments.

I'll start with the back story:
I've been eating dairy free for almost five years now. I've never been to a doctor about it, but through the process of elimination I figured out that the pain in my tummy was caused by things made of dairy.
This was a long process. One I didn't want to believe and I retried dairy several times, in several different ways, "just to make sure". I discovered that as long as I don't eat things made with milk, life is good.
It's my choice, I don't make a big deal about it, I just don't eat it.

Now for the real story:
This afternoon the kiddo asked if we could grab some food on the way home.
She decided on Panera Bread.
When we ordered she saw a picture on the menu, showing that they offered smoothies.
*I forgot to mention, The kiddo is also dairy free.
I asked the lady behind the register if their smoothies were made of milk.
She said yes. Then this other lady (and by lady, I mean 18 year old girl), in a manager shirt, pipes up and says "no. our smoothies are made with yogurt, not milk".
Um, ok...
I then said, "that's actually what I meant, dairy in general", and turned back to the lady at the register.
Than, 18 year old manager lady says, "Oh, are you intolerant of dairy?'
Me: "Yes".
Her: "You can have yogurt".
Me: "No, I can't".
Her: "Yes, as long as it has a good number of live cultures you can eat yogurt".
Me: "No, I can't. I've tried many times. I have been this way for five years".
Her: "Well, I've been this way for 18 years!"
Her: "You should really get some yogurt, and read the lables and see if it has live cultures. Then you can totally eat it".
Me: Turning back to the lady at the register "We'll have the turkey sandwich and a cookie, thanks".

Somehow I missed the memo that getting to wear a manager shirt at Panera Bread makes their employees an expert on my body. I mean, I wish I had known earlier!! I have SO many questions she could have answered!
She was so in my face about it, I swear I wanted to punch her so hard!
And scream, I wanted to scream! I mean, seriously!??!

Rant over.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Another Wonderful Weekend

We spent another wonderful weekend with my mister and his children.
I love our time together as a family.
My heart is happy <3

We loaded up on sugar and was pretty perfect!

We took WAY too many pictures, but if you'd like to browse the other 4 billion images they are HERE.
How was YOUR weekend?