Sunday, April 21, 2013

Incredible egg cups

Do you like my fancy egg plate? 

And so, back to the usual....

Recently, I realized I never posted what I've been eating for breakfast.

I pinned this recipe on Pinterest a long time ago, and have tweaked it since to fit whatever I have on hand. It makes about 8-10 egg cups. I cool them and put them in a freezer bag, and ever since I started doing that, I have eliminated random trips to the vending machine at work and also, toaster pastries which were doing nothing for my morning!

By the way, I did try it with wheat bread, but I like it better with the crescent rolls. Probably not as healthy, though!

Egg cups

1 can reduced fat crescent rolls
1/2 onion, grated
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup frozen broccoli, or chopped steamed fresh broccoli
3-4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 t. Greek seasoning
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Grease muffin tin. Divide the crescent rolls among about 8-10 cups. You don't have to cover the entire inside of the cup, just the bottom and a portion of the sides.

Mix up the remaining ingredients, and pour into the cups about 3/4 or a little more full. Have extra? You can pour it in the cup and bake it without the crescent -- just make sure the tin is well greased first.

Bake about 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Turn out on wire rack. Once cooled, put in freezer bag and freeze for later. Microwaves in about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Instead of broccoli, you can also use spinach, kale or asparagus. You can also change the type of cheese -- parmesan is great! I eat this for breakfast with fruit, or for an afternoon snack to up my protein and veggie quotient for the day. It's wonderful with coffee!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Like a marathoner

I remember when a friend of mine was in labor, and we were talking about how the birthing process is the total opposite of how flight or fight works. It's incredible pain (we both thought it would be, anyway, at the time -- she knows better than I do now) and yet, you have to run at it like a marathoner, even as it gets worse, because it's the only way to get to the other side.

I thought about that today. A high school classmate died last weekend. I didn't know her very well at all. And yet, what I remember is a person who was always (always!) smiling. Who said hi and how are you to a girl who was never smiling, really. And who was sincerely nice and meant it. Who had wonderful family and friends. Who, I learned, had two beautiful children. Who will go on without their mother and miss her everyday. Who will have a totally different life now.

I thought about that with the Boston Marathon. My brother in law ran it a few years back and for a few moments I couldn't remember for sure -- he's not there right? Right?? And he wasn't. But, oh, so many were. And now some are not here anymore. Others have had incredible pain and loss, and they will have a totally different life. Still others will struggle to recover from the very experience. We, all of us, will look at the world differently, yet again.

It hurts our hearts to know that there is pain in the world, and it hurts worse when it becomes a reality for those we know of, and certainly those we know. It's not fair and it's certainly not how we picture it, but sometimes, you have to run toward the pain like a marathoner. Because it's the only way to get through the tunnel. For some of us, that tunnel is the darkest of places. We are taking it on faith that there is a light at the end. That there is, in fact, an end.

Maybe it's not an end so much, as the start of something else. A new time in life. A new marathon to run, perhaps. So, we go on, with tears, remembering the previous race, wondering what we're in for with this one. Hoping, always, that it will be better this go 'round. That it won't be so painful. Loving, again, despite the risk of loss.

Hope. Faith. Love. Run toward it like a marathoner.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Las Vegas eats and treats

That is one honking electric bill.

Well, I just downloaded all the photos from my camera since January. So, here are a few from Las Vegas! I was there for work, but I thought I'd share what all we ate, because if there's a famous restaurant in the U.S., there is probably a facsimile in Vegas.

Pizza at Grimaldi's

First up was Grimaldi's. I hadn't heard of this place before reading Gala Darling's blog, but when I read that she cut a Grimaldi's pizza in lieu of cake for her wedding, I was intrigued. And, it was awesome. We started with the antipasti platter, and then had individual pizzas, which we could have shared with each other! Crisp crust and a fantastic tomato sauce with seasoned toppings. Excellent!

Next up was Bouchon Bakery. Now, I've heard the waffles at the Bouchon restaurant are to die for, but what I was interested in was the macarons. Call it homesickness for Paris. In any case, but raspberry and the chocolate macarons were chewy, crunchy and downright delicious. I heard later that they have a peanut butter and jelly macaron. Darn it! :)

The colorful ceiling at Senor Frog's

We bowed to convenience one night and went to Senor Frog's. That place is crazy! And they try to be! But the enchiladas are great, and they are nothing if not bent on making sure service is stellar. So, despite the crazy karaoke and dancing, it's kind of a neat place to eat. Maybe because they are crazy? :)

At the end of the week, we finished off with a short tour of the Palazzo. One great stop was Bauman Rare Books. I had just missed seeing a first edition of Pride and Prejudice (grr!), but did see some quartos from Shakespeare. It was breathtaking. Other books I saw included a hand-illustrated, hand-tied book of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Awesome!

It's always a bit too early in Las Vegas.

Not many people saw awesome about rare books in Vegas. But isn't that why Vegas is great? You never know what you'll find.

Anyway, from there, we went to Godiva, which I highly recommend, and then we had lunch at i"heart"burgers. I had the i"heart"bacon burger, which has a "blend of brisket and applewood-smoked bacon, crispy bacon, bacon mayo, smoked gouda and onion strings." Artery-clogging, I know. But sooooo good!

Sadly, from now on, a simple bacon cheeseburger will probably never be enough for me. But that's the kind of sacrifice I'm willing to make. So, there is a short list for your next Vegas trip! Recipes next time!