December 28, 2008

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December 27, 2008

Pizza Eggs

Mmmmm. Nobody in my family knows exactly where this recipe originated, or why the heck we call it pizza eggs (there is sausage and cheese, but that's about where the similarities to pizza end). But it is seriously delicious.

It is a must-have on Christmas morning. And easy to make ahead of time!

Pizza Eggs
From the kitchen of Mom

8 eggs
1 lb. hot, spicy sausage (browned & drained)
6 slices bread
2 c. milk
1 c. sharp cheddar (shredded)
1/2 t. salt
1/4 c. diced bell pepper (red & green are best...and festive)
1 t. dry mustard

• Break eggs into large mixing bowl and beat with wire whisk
• Add milk
• Coat bottom and sides of 9x13" baking dish w. vegetable spray
• Pour mixture into dish
• Refrigerate overnight or freeze up to a month
• Preheat oven to 350ยบ
• Bake for 30 minutes (or until slightly brown & knife comes out clean)

Mom says, "I use RB Rice Sausage and 1-inch cubes of stale challah egg bread."


December 26, 2008


As of Christmas Eve, Murphy's been a member of our family for eleven years! She's pretty cute : )

Ginger Biscotti

My momma made some Ginger Biscotti.
It's really pretty. And gingery.

It's so nice to be home for the holidays!

December 12, 2008


Pikachu! (Gesundheit!)

This year I celebrated a non-traditional Thanksgiving with Scott's family. We joined up with the fam in Long Island, then trekked into Manhattan to get a peak at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We all agreed that it was even better than expected! We saw more than we thought we would, and the crowds were fantastic. We wandered around mid-town and the Bryant Park holiday shops, and finished up the day with a steak dinner out on the town. I dare say it was tastier than turkey...

I missed my own family traditions, but it was nice to feel so welcome. Plus! I have some fun new memories, pictures and recipes to share the next time I'm back with my ol' clan.

Lots to be thankful for this year! Lots of people to love!

: )

December 3, 2008

December 2, 2008

December 1, 2008

These boots are made...

...for ME! I've been coveting western-ish boots for years now, seriously. Mom could vouch for that. But I could never really find what I wanted – some kind of a cross between fashion boots and cowboy boots to wear with dresses.

Well I finally found them! And I got a smashing deal on them, too!

Behold, the Steve Madden Gimbal:

So only they were listed for $140. I've never spent that much on shoes. So I felt all smart and I found a 10% off deal online, but decided to go try them on at the store first, since that's still way more than I've ever spent on shoes. I'd never done Black Friday weekend shopping before, but Scott and I decided to give it a go (no early morning lines or any of that craziness, though).

We walked into Steve Madden and they gave us these scratch-off lottery-type cards. I won a 25% discount! Then the girl told me they were 10% off already. Then we saw a sign on the counter that said 10% student discount with student ID – which Scott conveniently had with him. She said we could combine all the discounts, so I scored my dream boots for $70. Totally reasonable (especially considering I was ready to spend $126). And no tax in Delaware!

Just had to share : ) Probably more than you needed to know.

So I like Black Friday shopping in extreme moderation – when you set out to find something specific and get a great deal.

Oh and by the way, $70 included two boots, despite this pic ; )

November 29, 2008

Book Recommendation

Scott bought me this book for my birthday: Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin. It is awesome!

It explains several printing techniques step-by-step, with pictures, and lists of necessary materials. She gives an example of a project or two for every technique, too!

I am developing quite a little wishlist at Dick Blick.

I'm so inspired! Hopefully by next year I'll have my own little Etsy shop.

Thanks Scott : )

November 25, 2008

Vote for Orange Element!

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Wall Wear

So cute! $65 by neawear.

November 24, 2008

Etsy: Garbage of Eden

I really love Stephanie's little Etsy shop, Garbage of Eden. She upcycles materials into fun, funky jewelry like these plastic-bag-wrapped bangles. So cool!

Even better yet, she donates 10% of your purchase to a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Upcycled Plastic Bangles, $18.

November 21, 2008


it doesn't cost a thing to smile
you don't have to pay to laugh
you better thank God for that

there's hope

stand up for your right
keep shining your light
and show the world your smile

There's Hope / India Arie

November 17, 2008

Fells S

Found in Fell's Point, while looking for a new home.

November 14, 2008

Perfect Rug

I've had this Urban Outfitters Hooked Wool Rug bookmarked for months, now. If only it would go on sale, grr!! The perfect colors.

Geo Diamond Hooked Wool Rug, $148.

November 12, 2008


No, I did not make that blanket, but I want to learn how!

I decided I wanted to get back into crocheting – mainly because I picked out a color palette for my room, and I have no blankets. Sooo I want to make a blanket for myself with my new colors.

I was planning on basic stripes (that's all I know how to do), but then I came across these gorgeous wave/ripple patterns. I watched a few tutorial videos online, but they make it seem too complex for me (even though people say it's simple?).

Do you know how to do this? Can you show me?

November 11, 2008


A bit about Prop 8. I think this is really powerful.

Farm Party

I got to go to Matt's Farm Party this year! We had a BLAST : )

Above – a pic of Pocahontas and Joe the Plumber.

November 10, 2008

Tree Vase

Love love love this vase.

$40 from Sprout Home.

Fightin' Blue Hens

UD Homecoming! My second as an alum.

We played a little dizzy-bat at Scott, Kiersten, Courtney & Rachel's house. I was the first to fall. It's rough, man!

November 6, 2008


These little key cover monsters crack me up.

$5.99 @ perpetual kid.

Aloha Tokyo

Always a good time. I love this picture.

November 5, 2008

Cute Carafe

Do I need this? Nah.
Do I want this? Yes : )
Would I use it? Every night!

Cora Carafe, $9.95 at CB2.


Some of the OE ladies at Ande's annual Oktoberfest in her backyard. I'm sad we didn't get a pic of the whole gang! The brats and the beer were delicious : )

Wish come true!

So proud of AMERICA!

Photo from abc news.

November 4, 2008

I voted!

Did you?

Book Darts

These book darts are nifty.

2 Years

Scott and I celebrated 2 years together – he took me to a cute little winery about 45 minutes from my house. It was such a gorgeous day outside together!

Flowers from a produce stand that we found on the drive home.

November 3, 2008

Birthday Wish

Check out Design For Obama to see more FREE Obama posters.

November 2, 2008


Marielle sent a link to this cute little bag to me a while back. So simple. So lovely.

Scott got a job!

Scott recently accepted a position at Gore – he'll start next summer, after he graduates. He interned there this past summer and loved it. Yay!

The pic above is from the night we celebrated the good news : )


So, apparently I forgot to blog in October. Oopsies.

This week I'll recap the highlights : )

October 30, 2008

September 30, 2008

Bon Iver

Skinny Love by Bon Iver:

This album makes me want to slow dance in the kitchen.

But Bon Iver (Justin Vernon) says this about the song's meaning: "Part of the trouble with the old haunting love, is that it [messes] with your future loves, and can damn and/or ambush your relationships."

Lately I've been getting frustrated because I am attracted to the way a song sounds, but the lyrics aren't what I want them to be. Does that ever happen to you? I fall in love with the sound of a song before I have a chance to pay attention to the lyrics, but then I realize it's about drugs or something sad. I guess a lot of great songs are, and that's what makes many of them interesting.

September 29, 2008

Do I know you?

I had a strange experience the other day. I was out for a walk/jog on Saturday morning at a park. On my way home, there was a guy standing near the entrance of the park, facing me. As I got closer to him, he started smiling and chanting, "Sar-ah! Sar-ah!" As I was about to run past him (looking perplexed I'm sure), he took off running, right past me, in the opposite direction. I can't remember if I said anything, because I was so confused.

I don't want to be rude, but I can't figure out how I know this guy. I was wearing my Obama shirt, so I thought maybe he recognized me from my blog? Do I know you???

Please comment or shoot me an email.


Sunday lunch. With croutons made from rosemary bread.

September 28, 2008


Gray or Blue by Jaymay:

Jaymay on MySpace. Hey look, she's playing at Blue Hill in St. Louis on Nov. 8th. Too bad I'm in Baltimore : )

September 27, 2008

Longneck Vases

These vases would be a wonderful excuse for me to buy myself 3 flowers every once in a while. Gerber daisies and spider mums would look great.

$3.95 each from CB2.

And I really love this photograph.


This photo recreation (right) of Klimt's The Kiss (left) is so fun:

What makes it even more cool is that Scott and I just saw this painting last month at MoMa : )

From here, via notcot.

September 26, 2008

Tweet tweet

I'm really into birds lately.

Bird art print by mincingmockingbird ($13), chirp pillow by CB2 ($29.95), magnetic birdie by see Jane work ($16), little wings necklace by locallibrary ($30).

I am so tempted to snatch up that magnetic birdie!

September 24, 2008

Hello Yellow

Drool. I freakin love yellow. LOVE. This shade, too. Macaroni.
Wanna buy me some macaroni things? Pretty please?

September 22, 2008

Summer Pasta...with a twist

Mamma Z made some delicious "Summer Pasta with a twist" while we were in Connecticut. Yum! I love new combinations of simple ingredients.

Scott and I recreated it last night. It's fresh, easy, and sooo tasty.

Summer Pasta:
• Shell pasta (large shells are best, but sometimes hard to find)
• Fresh tomatoes, diced
• Fresh basil, coarsely chopped
• Fresh garlic, minced
• Olive oil

With a Twist:
• Add fresh corn on the cob

With a double Twist:
• Add goat cheese

Cook the pasta, cook the corn. Cut corn off the cob. Heat olive oil & garlic. Toss everything together. Feast.

PS Don't ever let Mama Z see you using pre-minced garlic. (Don't worry, we used fresh garlic for this).

September 21, 2008

I can't believe

...that this was only a year ago.
Loved those late-summer walks with my Mom and Murphy.

So much has changed for me in the last year!
Mostly good stuff, except for being so far from the fam.

I think I'll try...

Straight hair again for a while.
And I'm done with red, at least for now.

Scott calls this my "trying-on-hats-face." I'm not capable of making normal faces when I take pictures of myself. Or when I try on hats, apparently.

Two of my favorite dudes

Tipping back $2 you-call-its on a glorious Tuesday at Grottos.

September 18, 2008

New Camera

I treated myself to a new camera, because I'm tired of editing my photos in photoshop to make it look like they were blurry on purpose.

They weren't blurry on purpose.

My old camera has just been blurry for months, and I just kept making them blurrier so that you thought it was some kind of artistic statement. Did I fool you?

I do sometimes like that style. Just not ALL the time.

Anyway, Einstein is one of my first photo subjects for the new toy.

Canon PowerShot SD870 IS. 8 megapixels. Nice wide angel.
Dad's recommendation.

Gobble Gobble

We came across these wild turkeys in Connecticut while Scott and I were in search of a place to go berry-picking. Never did find any berries, but the search was fun.

And I got out of the car to chase the turkeys.
They didn't seem to care much for me.

September 17, 2008


Pfefferkorn's Coffee

Just because I like the colors. Taken on Fort Ave.

$12 Obama Shirt

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September 15, 2008

Please Register to Vote.

The voter registration deadline is fast approaching.
Please register to vote.

If you aren't sure if you're registered, find out (at the same site).

September 14, 2008

First, You Take the Graham...

You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the mallow. When the mallow's flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the other end...

Then, you scarf.

–The Sandlot

September 12, 2008


We played in the creek : )

September 11, 2008


Thinking about New York today. We had a good time around there last weekend – took this at MoMA.