December 27, 2008
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!
From the kitchen of Mom
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 350º
• 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
December 12, 2008
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 1, 2008
...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
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
November 24, 2008
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
November 14, 2008
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
November 10, 2008
November 6, 2008
November 5, 2008
November 4, 2008
November 3, 2008
November 2, 2008
So, apparently I forgot to blog in October. Oopsies.
This week I'll recap the highlights : )
October 30, 2008
September 30, 2008
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
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.
September 28, 2008
September 27, 2008
September 26, 2008
September 24, 2008
September 22, 2008
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.
• 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
September 18, 2008
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.
September 17, 2008
Click this link to get your Obama T-shirt: