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Mornings are hard and sometimes making good choices in the morning are even harder. I am lucky enough to have a husband who makes sure that I have a healthy breakfast every morning, but he rarely extends that courtesy to himself. I wanted to do something for him, but I well understand my limits so I knew this would have to be strategic. I’ve seen lots of people making “egg cups” online, and it seemed like a good place to start. So this past Sunday I read a bunch of recipes on Pinterest and decided to give it a shot.
- 7 eggs
- 1/8 cup of milk
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 1/2 cups mushrooms
- 1/4-1/2 cup of cheese (I used goat cheese, but you can use whatever)
- Salt & pepper to taste.
*I also through in some garlic and a little Mrs. Dash seasoning 😉
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease the muffin tin.
- Slice mushrooms and chop spinach.
- In a large mixing bowl, scramble the eggs and then mix in the eggs, salt, and pepper.
- Stir in the veggies and divide the mixture between the muffin cups.
- Sprinkle in the cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Allow to cool and then you’re good to go.
- You can store the extra in the fridge for up to a week,
- To make sure that I was getting a less biased reaction, I took a couple to my friend Cassie; both she and Andy really liked them. 10 out of 10, would try again. I, on the other hand, have a weird texture thing with eggs, and they were just a bit…squidgy for me.
- I think these would work with so many other mix-ins; Andy and I have already talked about some other variations we’d like to try. One of my friends is thinking of trying a super protein packed option for her husband.
It’s Easter egg time! I’ve loved decorating eggs forever. When my brother and I were very little my mom would set up the dye cups on our front porch and we’d don our art smocks (one of my dads old shirts) and go to town. Eventually we were allowed to dye eggs in the house, but the when I think back, the front porch dye sessions are the first memories that come to mind. The feel of the cool concrete under my bare feet and carefully carefully caring my egg in that little wire spoon from color to color. Pretty basic stuff, but if you feel like being a little fancier, here are some great DIY’s to get your Easter Party started.
Speckaled Pastel Easter Eggs – 100 Layer Cake-let
Silly Face Easter Eggs – The Paper Mama
Cascarone Easter Egg – The Paper Mama – my favorite!
Natural Dyed Easter Eggs – The Sweetest Occasion
Indigo Dyed Eggs – Henry Happened
Confetti Dipped Eggs – Studio DIY
Pineapple Eater Eggs – Studio DIY
While I am guilty of using the $2 all-in-one egg dying kits from the supermarket (I found one that has glitter, wax sticks AND stickers), I also understand why many of my health conscious friends refrain from indulging in this festive holiday tradition. What’s the point of a healthy organic diet if your going to ingest a bunch of artificial dyes around the holidays? And lets face it, no matter how hard you try, some of the dye always leaks through to the eggs. To my delight, after a little research, I discovered that there are plenty of all natural dye options already in your kitchen.
Mix 1 cup frozen blueberries with 1 cup water, bring to room temperature, and remove blueberries.
Cut 1/4 head of red cabbage into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon.
Peel the skin from 6 red onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.
Peel the skin from 6 yellow apples. Simmer in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer 4 oz. chopped fennel tops in 1-1/2 cups of water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Take the skin of 6 yellow onions and simmer in 2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 3 tsp. white vinegar.
Stir 2 Tbsp. paprika into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Rich yellow: Simmer 4 oz. chopped carrot tops in 1-1/2 cups water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Mustard-yellow: Stir 2 Tbsp. turmeric into 1 cup boiling water; add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Various shades: Steep 4 bags of chamomile or green tea in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes.
Pale yellow: Chop 4 oz. goldenrod and simmer in 2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Faint yellow: Simmer the peels of 6 oranges in 1-1/2 cups water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. vinegar.
Simmer 2 Tbsp. dill seed in 1 cup water for 15 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 cup strong coffee.
Faint pink: Chop 4 oz. amaranth flowers and simmer in 2 cups water; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Simmer the skins from 6 avocados in 1-1/2 cup water for 20 minutes; strain. Add 2 tsp. white vinegar. Mix 1 cup pickled beet juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Dark pink: Cut 1 medium beet into chunks and add to 4 cups boiling water. Stir in 2 Tbsp. vinegar and let cool to room temperature; remove beets.
Mix 1 cup grape juice and 1 tablespoon vinegar.
Not overly complicated, and this way everyone can have fun.
Bunnies, bunnies and more bunnies! With Easter only a few days away I figured it was okay to do a couple holiday themed posts. Even if you don’t any religious connection to the day, with bunnies (did I mention bunnies?) and candy I think Easter still has a little something for everyone. At the very least, it’s an excuse to have brunch, and who doesn’t enjoy brunch?
I love these little place card holders by The Sweetest Occasion. They’re festive without being overly girly, and you could switch out the bunnies for other animals if you wanted to use this idea for non-Easter related gatherings. Cat or Corgi card holders anyone? (Stefanie, you know what i’m talking about)
- plastic bunnies
- needle nose pliers
- gold spray paint
- drill with a 1/32″ drill bit
- wire or old ornament hook
Drill little holes in the tops of your bunnies, holding them securely with the pliers. Be extra careful to let the drill bit do the work – it is a thin drill bit and if you press too hard it could snap. Also, when you reach your depth, keep the drill spinning as you pull straight out. This makes it easier to remove the drill.
I formed the wire before painting, but you can do it after, too. Straighten your ornament hook, or cut a small length of wire about 2 inches.
Grab the end of the wire in the needle nose pliers and wrap, leaving about 3/4 of the length straight. This will be inserted in the bunny, creating a holder for the place card. Spray paint the bunnies gold outside on a piece of cardboard, using about 3 thin coats. Let dry after each coat. For each coat, lay the bunnies on varying sides, to ensure you get good coverage around those little ears and feet.
Another fun idea is to skip the wire inserts and use these little gold treasures as Easter egg prizes. Sadly, I don’t know if I could convince Andy and his friends to hunt Eater eggs with me. I did briefly consider telling them one of the eggs had a $20 in it, but then I had visions of four overgrown man children shoving each other and tearing apart my backyard.
Images and original tutorial from here.