Monday, May 31, 2010

Bacon and Cheddar Deviled Eggs

Okay I know I am in the minority but I have never been fond of Deviled Eggs. I thought they were kind of blah even though I really like hard boiled eggs and egg salad. A friend on Facebook liked the Incredible Egg website a while back and I saw this recipe for Bacon & Cheddar Deviled Eggs and that made me decided to try them again.

I halved the recipe as it is only just the two of us. And we loved them. They are definitely a keeper. They would be great for a summer grill out or picnic!

Bacon & Cheddar Deviled Eggs
Adapted from Incredible Egg

I halved recipe full recipe on the website

7 Hard Cooked/Hard Boiled Eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream (used low-fat sour cream)
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice (didn't use it as I didn't have any around)
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1/8 cup finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (1 oz.)
1 tbsp. chopped fresh chives OR green onion tops

* Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Remove yolks to medium bowl. Reserve 2 white halves. * Finely chop remaining 2 white halves.
* Mash yolks with fork. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice and pepper; mix well.
* Add chopped egg whites, bacon, cheese and chives/green onions; mix well.
* Spoon 1 heaping Tbsp. yolk mixture into each reserved egg white half.
* Refrigerate, covered, to blend flavors.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for...
1. a fabulous Mom whose birthday was yesterday!
2. calls, emails, cards, notes and comments from friends and family during this hard time. I appreciate everyone kindness.
3. a holiday weekend - we are going to go up to the Mesa on Sunday
4. the kitty cats - who are just adorable and make me smile
5. Michael's toe finally starting to heal. He had a fight with the refrigerator door and he lost. His toenail didn't survive. But he is finally healing from it.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Gratitude Friday

I need to really do this as I found out the beginning of the week a friend of mine from Ohio died. So I have 2 people I am close to die within 10 days of each other. I am having a hard time dealing with the overwhelming feelings of grief.

So I am forcing myself to do this...and see...

I am thankful for...
1. Lemonade
2. Old movies and popcorn
3. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
4. Mickey Mouse mug to have a nice cup of tea in
5. Love from family and friends

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Michael made sure I was distracted all weekend. We watched A LOT of movies (one being Avatar as we hadn't seen it) and then went shopping. I had some left over money left on a Kohl's gift card and then had another one from a promo they sent. I wish there was SMELLO-Vision as the candle we bought today are so amazing. One is Eucalyptus Mint and the other is Jasmine Basil.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Gratitude Friday

I am thankful for....

1. a note I found. A year ago my friend sent me this tiny tiny tin that I just assumed was empty because it was so light. So I didn't open it. And I opened it last night and found a note from my friend to me. It was very sweet - and just great to find.

2. organizing as it helps quiet my mind

3. finding an old birthday card that my Uncle wrote in. It was just a little note about what was going on in my Aunt and Uncle's lives but I still enjoyed reading it again. Also it is a funny card - that was very much my Uncle's sense of humor. So I am happy to have found it.

4. a key that I will be writing about again.

5. an audio tape that Michael says he can convert to a cd for me

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Greyson Chance

So I posted this link on Facebook this is AMAZING.

And then producers of the Ellen show contacted him to be on Ellen...

(mouse over the image to see the play button)

Thinking of My Family

I am thinking of my family today - especially my Aunt and cousin. I wish I could be there but I will be sending love to them.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

My Uncle John

It is said that the Eskimos have 32 different ways to say the word love....the feelings of love I have for my Uncle go well beyond those 32 different words. He was such a vibrant, loving man who meant the world to my family and I. I am very sad he is gone and miss him greatly.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Am I Here?

I left the 29th of March to go to Minnesota and then returned on the 5th of April. Michael says he had a trip to Denver then. And I honestly don't remember it but really with so much on my plate I am not surprised. Then after that I left for North Carolina. Five days after coming home from North Caroline, Michael left for Austin. He arrives home tomorrow.

I write all that out because that is where I have been...when I have been at home I have been working to get a clients website up. And start work on the next one.

And now I will probably be heading to Minnesota again soon.

Some good things in my life that I am very thankful for...Michael - he is my rock so supportive of me during this difficult time, I had a fabulous time in North Carolina with Jessica and my baby sister is getting married!

Monday, May 03, 2010

North Carolina (Part 1?)

I have been meaning to write about my trip to North Carolina but have been working hard to finish up a work project before starting other stuff.

Before I arrived at Jessica's house - she wrote me asking me many questions about my likes and dislikes so that I would utterly comfortable at her house.

Going to break this into some topics....

Nervousness - I was talking with Michael on the phone as I came down into the baggage area. I saw her right away and started squeeing on the phone. He thought it was cute. I wanted to run and do like a movie type hug in the airport but I also didn't want her to think I was a dork. But we did hug and squee. And we were a little nervous. So after we got to her house, I did show and tell right away - hoping that talking about a topic - would help us both calm down. I took out a photo album I have from my time in Cleveland, Ohio. And then some loose photos of J and I as teenagers, Michael and I, family and so on. I wanted her to be able to see the faces of people I talk about.

House - After show and tell, we both got comfy and then she showed me around her house. Her house - so amazing. Living room walls are 2 shades of green, her dining room walls are a burgundy color and then her kitchen is sunflower yellow. That is what I think of at least when I walked in - sunflowers. And you see those colors no matter which of those 3 rooms you are in so it is just very bright and cheery! Then she has art everywhere. Amazing art - but all of it says Jessica..

She told me to help myself to anything in the kitchen but not just that she showed me where things are at in the kitchen. People say that often "help yourself" but often don't show you or tell you where things are at so I really appreciated that she said "here are tomatoes, deli meat...." and so on just telling me where everything was so that I could really help myself.

The kitchen has what is called the "snack drawer" and it is amazing! It was filled with banana chips, different kinds of nuts, protein bars, chocolate and several others things. (I am not sure if she always has chocolate but that was something I put on my likes list.)

Talking, Talking and more Talking - After show and tell we sat in her living room in our pjs, eating peanuts - and talking. Until 3am. And that started the non-stop talking from the time I got there until I left. Thursday when we got up, started our next day of non-stop talking. We sat and talked in our pjs until 4pm - an hour before her husband got home from work. Everyday we talked all day and at night we laid on the guest room bed - talking until late.

I feel like the trip was for me to get a lot out. I have so much going on right now that I just felt/feel like everything is so tightly kept inside that I was/am going crazy. And Jessica, let me get it out. She is the type of person that honestly listens. She is thoughtful and kind. She is poses questions and doesn't judge. She doesn't always get why I do the things I do but she accepts me for -me-. Also her house is the kind of house that lets a person be comfortable and safe. And I am so grateful for her to let me really often "dump" things on her.

Food - Something Jessica likes is to expand peoples food experiences - so likes them to try new things.

I had posted a recipe link on Facebook for ceviche. Now I just looked initially at the picture, the ingredient list and saw all the beautiful seafood and flavors - and said yums! I didn't read the recipe. If I had, I probably would have never posted it. I am glad I did post it though as Jessica - from that moment - had it in her mind I should try ceviche and I am glad I did. Ceviche is basically raw fish that is marinated in citrus juice. That citrus juice "cooks" the fish. Jessica said that the ceviche we had, wasn't that good - not as good as it usually is at least. But I thought it tasted good. It was hard not to look at it and see raw fish and go - "no! no! no! I am not sticking that in my mouth." But I did want to try something I have never had before while there. And I know how much Jessica was looking forward to me having ceviche. And really I enjoyed the flavors. I think that if/when I try it again - it can only be a better experience.

Every place we went - had good food. I was in food heaven. Thai food - oh yes how I love thee! And the last night I was there we went to a place that had a salsa bar and I had a steak torta that I am still dreaming about. Yums!

More to come in later....some things I want to talk about...sketch books/art journals, documentarian, her husband, cats, trees, tattoos and I am sure other things I am not remembering just at this moment.