Everything Awesome This Week

A jumble of cool stuff I saw this week that you might like to see, too!

Woodpecker Comp

This woodpecker has been knocking on the library windows all week. He’s nothing if not persistent!

Roger Federer cut his hair this week. I’m doing my best to deal.

This cool lady spent her 30th birthday doing 30 nice things for other people!

Amazing interactive graphic with every recurring joke in Arrested Development, episode by episode. That was a freebie!

This is an incredibly neat idea if you’re throwing a party where lots of attendees won’t know each other.

I am so guilty of the self-limiting “I’m not a real …” statements. I loved this inspiring call to get out there and change that story, already!

A thoughtful list of questions to ask  yourself.

Thanks to my sister for sending me this nice breakdown of common grammar errors (even if he did ding our beloved Avett Brothers).

Downton Abbey. With farts.

Really, you guys. Coolest astronaut ever!

Vintage etiquette videos.

Summer’s here! These Firecracker Ice Pops might be just the ticket.

I can think of a list a mile long of things I’d like to spread this Ricotta with Honey and Herbs on. Or dip in it. Or drizzle over it. Or… you get the idea.

Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms with Goat Cheese. Ideal.

These Baked Rosemary Chicken Thighs look like a wonderful quick supper. So does this Asian Sesame Salmon.

Peanut Butter and Fig Jam Cookies? Be still, my heart!

Finally, you’ve probably seen This is Water everywhere on the Internet this week, but it really is worth watching.

Everything Awesome This Week

A jumble of cool stuff I saw this week that you might like to see, too!

dahlia

I went shopping with my mom at the garden center yesterday, and we bought matching pink dahlia plants. Lovely, no? I’ll try not to kill mine.

Since Mother’s Day is almost here, take a moment to reflect on the greatness of your mom’s advice and your grandma’s cooking. I have benefited greatly from both.

If you have some time to kill, may I suggest GeoGuessr?

I want to go to this outdoor screening of a chosen-by-fans Friday Night Lights episode at the Austin Television Festival SO BADLY. I would vote for Mud Bowl.

Walking Dead. Bad Lip Read. Hilarious.

Open Letters to the girls of Girls. The only problem with this advice is that if they took it, there’d be no show.

Be honest. You’re going to binge-watch all the new episodes of Arrested Development when they come out. You may as well binge-eat Arrested Development themed food while you do it.

Whether or not they all come from the same proto-language, the fact that so many languages have cognates for certain words is just fascinating.

I don’t recall language inventor or address decipherer being presented to me as options on career day.

I recognized a lot of these 20 signs that you’re an adult (I got kitchen knives and cooking pans for Christmas this year and I LOVE THEM). I suppose I should consult a doctor. A possible #21 is that you feel a need to improve your negotiation skills.

A good reminder for everyone – You Should Date Someone Who Cares About You!

Slick Write is a neat little writing critique site. Paste your text in and it evaluates it and gives you some fun stats to play with.

Trust me, you have time for this 5 minute video on the history of typography. The visuals are so neat that you don’t realize you’re learning until it’s almost over. Sneaky!

Being a southern girl, I’ve made some cobblers in my life. But this Mango Cobbler with Coconut Whipped Cream would be a new one.

Incredibly cool idea for Riceless Risotto – it’s made from asparagus!

Wow, this Sweet Potato and Spinach Curry looks amazing. I can’t decide if I’m more excited about the color or the flavor!

I want to hug whoever thought up Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal.

And, finally, Jennifer Lawrence. Rules the world.

Paleo Frittata Muffins

Paleo Frittata Muffins with Egg and Bacon

I don’t know about you, but mornings are a bit of a challenge for me. It’s hard to fit everything in. There’s only so much time, and bed is just so… bed-like. You succumb to the snooze button a couple of times, and before you know it, you’re late, your hair’s still wet, you have a lost-keys situation, and you’re lucky if you can grab a sad granola bar on the way out the door.

But breakfast is important, y’all. Truly. If I’ve got a good breakfast in me, I’m more energetic and focused, and I’m less, shall we say, irritable as the lunch hour approaches. I’m also more likely to make good mid-day food choices that don’t involve drive-through windows.

So these Paleo Frittata Muffins are amazing! They are simple to make, endlessly adaptable, and incredibly tasty! They are Paleo-friendly, so if you’re eating like a caveman, or just trying to reduce your carbs, they’re a good breakfast option.

I make a batch on Sunday and reheat them all week long. 90 seconds in the microwave while I’m fixing my coffee, and breakfast is on the table!

So, how do you make ’em? Like I said, it’s easy!

First, get your ingredients together. Grease a muffin tin or two (I use non-stick spray). You will be making about one “muffin” for every egg you use. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

ingredients eggs bacon onions mushrooms spinach bellpepper

Chop the bacon into pieces about one inch wide and start cooking it in a nice-sized skillet or dutch oven.

While the bacon is cooking, chop up your vegetables. I used an onion, a yellow bell pepper, and mushrooms. You want them in small pieces, about a half-inch. Try to make them all the same size so they will cook evenly. You don’t have to chop the spinach. It will reduce in size when you cook it.

chopped

Once the bacon is cooked, take it out of the pan and set it aside on a paper towel to drain. You may want to pour off some of the bacon grease so that your vegetables don’t get soggy. You really just want to leave enough so they won’t stick.

Cook the onion, pepper, and mushrooms for about 10 minutes, until the onions are soft. Then, add the spinach and stir while it cooks down for a few minutes. When the spinach has cooked down completely, add the bacon back into the pan and season the mixture with salt and pepper. Then, take the pan off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Make sure you stir it well to evenly distribute the bacon & spinach!

saute

Now, spoon the bacon/vegetable mixture into the muffin tins – it’s best to cover the bottom of the cups completely, but try not to fill the cups more than a third of the way – you need to leave room for the eggs!

filling the tins

Whisk your eggs together until the yolks and whites are combined, then season with salt and pepper. 

Pour a bit of the egg mixture into each muffin cup, leaving about an eighth of an inch of the cup empty.

ready to bake

Bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes (22 is usually just perfect), then remove and let cool.

Ta-da! I like mine with sriracha!

egg muffins are ready

Notes: As I said, these are endlessly adaptable.

I use whatever vegetables I have on hand. Asparagus, any color of pepper, zucchini, tomatoes, jalapenos… the possibilities are endless!

You can also use sausage instead of bacon, or leave the meat out entirely.

Adding cheese is also a great option! Grated cheddar, crumbled feta or goat cheese, even brie would be delicious!

I use whole eggs, yolks and all, but you could use fewer yolks or all egg whites in this recipe and it would work just fine.

I have had the most success, by which I mean I have made the least mess, by using a measuring cup with a spout to pour the egg mixture into the pans.

This recipe can be easily adjusted to make as few or as many muffins as you like. I usually make two dozen.

You may have some of the vegetable mixture left over – it’s great on a baked sweet potato!

These keep for about a week in the refrigerator. They also freeze well, so if you make a big batch and can’t eat them all in a week you can just stick them in the freezer and reheat them as needed.

Paleo Frittata Muffins

makes 24 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 dozen eggs
  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • large bag of fresh baby spinach
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Chop bacon into one-inch pieces. Cook over medium heat until done but not crispy.
  3. Remove bacon from heat and set aside to drain. Pour bacon fat from the pan until there is just enough so vegetables will not stick.
  4. Cook the chopped onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms until the onion is soft, about 10 minutes.
  5. When the vegetables are cooked, add the spinach and let it cook all the way down, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  6. When the spinach has cooked down, add the bacon back into the pan and season with salt and pepper. Remove the pan from the heat and let the vegetable mixture cool for a few minutes.
  7. Whisk together the eggs and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Spoon enough vegetable mixture into each muffin cup to fill it about a third of the way.
  9. Pour enough egg mixture into each muffin cup to fill it almost to the top, leaving about an eighth of an inch of space.
  10. Bake for 20-24 minutes.

Enjoy!

Everything Awesome This Week

thisissand

A jumble of cool stuff I saw this week that you might like to see, too!

SAND ART! There’s a website and an iPhone app (I made the one in this post on the app). I am in love with both.

Jason Collins came out this week. First publicly gay NBA player. I found his article, cowritten by Franz Lidz, very moving and inspiring. I hope his bravery, honesty, and pride in who he truly is will help others have an easier path to self-acceptance.

This Guy is a watermelon ninja. And now I really want watermelon.

Punctuation for the Modern Age. I am so on board with these.

7 Words Brought to You by British Colonialism. I would never have guessed that “swastika” had its roots in Sanskrit.

Why Your Supermarket Only Sells Five Kinds of Apples. I recently read The Seed Underground and it really opened my eyes to the community of seed-savers and the importance of preserving agricultural biodiversity.

You have until July 1 to submit a haiku and have your name included on a DVD sent to Mars. This is as close as I will likely ever get to space travel, so I’m going to have to brush up on my poetry skills.

Love this Pew Research Center report on parents, kids, and libraries.

Wow. The ancient city of Heracleion, sunken for centuries, now rediscovered. Amazing pictures.

Downton Abbey: The Musical!

What Gross Food Stuff Did You Do as a Kid? Oh, these cracked me up. I used to eat spoonfuls of butter (margarine, actually) straight from the tub, and my sister used to make ketchup, mayo & mustard sandwiches. On frozen white bread.

Pull-ups! Science! Strong Women! Hooray!

Great essay about fitness goals, and how you’ll probably be happier when you’re thinking about what your body can do instead of how your body looks.

Grit. The all-important trait.

I ate at Cochon Butcher earlier this year and could not stop eating the bread and butter pickles. Imagine my joy to find the recipe on the restaurant’s blog!

Had a delicious plate of Vegetable Jalfrezi at a local Indian place last week. Might try to replicate it at home, probably with Jamie Oliver’s recipe.

Hello, Blueberry Lemon Greek Yogurt Bread. And may I say you look delicious!

Oh god these stuffed mushrooms look amazing.

Margarita + Pie = YUM

I made this Addictive Brussels Sprouts Salad last night. The name, it is apt.