Archive for February, 2013

February 25, 2013

five steps to eggcellent

The first time I really needed to succeed at hard boiling eggs, I was preparing for my sister’s story book themed baby shower. In addition to gifting my unborn nephew with a library of classic stories, all the food at the party was going to reflect an aspect of a children’s book. That’s where green eggs and ham came in. How complicated could it be to boil some eggs and drop a bit of food coloring into the yolks?! Surprisingly harder than it would have been to track down Dr. Seuss himself. I will admit that I was an amateur at hard boiling eggs, but I never dreamed the struggle between me and the stubborn shells would cause a near panic attack 20 minutes before guests arrived. I mean how can it be so ridiculously impossible to peel a freaking egg??? I didn’t have a panic attack, but instead made peace with the fact that my perfect spread would include hard boiled eggs that looked like they had been through the garbage disposal. I made peace and vowed NEVER to hard boil eggs again.

That’s when I discovered the best kept secret EVER. Baking them. I have to credit Pinterest and my good friend Calli for this discovery. If you ever prefer eggs hard boiled (great for lunches or to have in the fridge for a quick snack), this simple process comes highly recommended from a girl who has had serious hard boiling struggles. AND of coarse I wouldn’t be recommending this if it didn’t make peeling SO MUCH EASIER. So many perks I can’t stand it. They peel and you know exactly how long to cook them so they’re perfectly done. Follow along and bake something eggcellent!! (How cheesey is that, right? I love it.)

STEP 1: Grab a dozen of your favorite, farm fresh eggs and your standard muffin tin. Place one egg per muffin cup.
STEP 2: Once your oven reaches 325°, place the eggs in the oven and set your timer for 28 minutes.
STEP 3: Once the time is up, grab each egg out of the tin (salad tongs work great for this because the eggs are HOT) and place in a bowl of cold, cold water.
STEP 4: Admire your eggs.
STEP 5: Put in minimal effort to peel and eat! YUM!!!

February 23, 2013

loving, eating, reading, planning


LOVING  subway tile  //   along with our never-ending home search comes my never-ending decorating and re-decorating of rooms in our (currently imaginary) house. since the very first day we began house hunting (2 years ago), my decor style has changed quit a bit. i am looking forward to navigating my endless bookmarks, pinterest boards and scouring the neighborhood garage sales to select the perfect pieces for each room. and i really can’t wait to settle in to a neighborhood. HOUSE! hurry up and find us already!!

EATING  grapefruit  //  typically i buy grapefruit and end up throwing them away a few weeks later when they no longer look edible (because they always seem like so much work — laaaaaayzeeeee). something got into me this week and i ate one every single day. it was the best timing for so many reasons. every time i cut one of those juicy fruits open, it drove me back to a warmer time when the outside temperature reached above zero. it was nice for the 5 minutes it took me to eat it. not to mention, they’re great for you. so if you need a little splash of summer or vacation, or just a load of vitamin C, grab a grapefruit!

READING  enjoying the small things – dash’s birth story  //  Kelle Hampton of Enjoying the Small Things has been one of my favorite bloggers/writers since i was introduced to her work a little over a year ago (thanks for the intro, Ame). when i first read her blog she was writing her first book (Bloom – highly recommended). to be extremely brief, it is about the birth and first year of her youngest daughters life. well, she’s had another baby (first boy, third baby) and each birth story she writes is completely captivating. somehow she makes you feel like you were there. or at least like you wanted to be there to celebrate, to cry, and at the very least to hold the tiny little baby she’s just welcomed. her writing will bring you to tears and make you crave your family. it is beautiful!

PLANNING  palo alto  //  i have the pleasure of heading out to Palo Alto, CA this week for the first time ever to snap head shots of our team who keeps that pretty city looking so beautiful. i am thrilled to take a mini break from the minnesota winter! and of coarse to use my camera.  i often find myself defaulting to capture everything on my iphone to avoid lugging my big bag along (bad excuse, i know). when i bring it with me, i’m always so glad i did.

photos thanks to 1, 2, 3, 4

February 11, 2013

good vibes

good-vibe-fridaymonday is the perfect day to spread some good vibes for the week. here are some of my latest favorites (via pinterest). happy week!

February 6, 2013

cake boss was here

sister-weekend-2another successful sister weekend is in the books! along with a few workouts from jillian michaels herself (addison), a game of memory and the super bowl, being equipped with frosting and plenty of sprinkles seemed to be the highlight of our weekend together. definitely the cutest baker i’ve ever seen!

February 1, 2013

sister weekend

It’s Friday and I’m officially off juice and onto Sister Weekend!! My baby sis and I have been having Sister Weekends long before she could talk, crawl, or sleep through the night! I love this one to pieces and now that she’s getting older (and sleeps through the night) our weekends continue to be more and more fun. This time around Sister Weekend will be spent in Stillwater due to her carefully arranged Super Bowl bash, complete with Valentine’s for every guest. She’s been planning since last week. And I’m serious. We share that “I love to plan” gene. Looking forward to a weekend filled with Cake Boss, Webkinz, interpretive dance and a cushion bed! xo