Thursday, March 31, 2011

Adorable Mini-Frittatas

One of my favorite gifts from our wedding was a set of four white ramekins. I love them, but I never know what to use them for. Tonight, like usual, I had very little in the fridge and no plans for dinner. Then, in a moment of inspiration scraped together these Adorable Mini-Frittatas. Great for when you don't have much in the house and perfect for one person. Finally, a use for the ramekins that doesn't involve putting out mixed nuts for guests.

(Takes about 45 minutes and serves 1-2 people)

Approximately 1 1/2 – 2 cups of chopped veggies, whatever you have on hand. I used red pepper, one small zucchini, and a handful of spinach.
3 eggs
1/4 cup of milk
One clove of garlic (or half a small onion, whichever you have available)
One slice of swiss cheese, sliced into smaller pieces and divided
Generous tablespoon of olive oil
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set out two ramekins.

Over medium heat, saute garlic (or onion) in olive oil.
Add veggies and saute for 2-5 minutes, just until soft.
If using spinach, save out and add at the end after you've removed from heat, just to wilt a touch.

While sauteing, beat eggs and milk together in a small bowl until frothy.

Divide half of the sauteed veggies into each ramekin.
Add sliced Swiss cheese over the top.

Pour half of the egg mixture in each ramekin. Add salt and pepper to taste. Leave some room at the top of each ramekin. They will puff and could overflow if they don't have enough room to rise. I put a pan under mine in the oven, just in case.

Pop them in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, until puffed and set in the middle.

Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before enjoying. Yummy and easy, the cheese rises to the top of the egg mixture and forms a gooey, delicious crust. Add a side salad, and you have a perfect meal for one and a leftover frittata for breakfast or lunch tomorrow!


Here's what else I ate today:

Breakfast: Oatmeal with Almonds, Dried Cranberries, and Cinnamon; Organic Green Tea
Snack: Greek Yogurt
Lunch: Open Face Sandwich, Lightly Toasted Bread, Swiss Cheese, Hummus, Mixed Greens, Feta

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pike Place and Paleo

Today I went downtown to try out a new doctor. I loved her and hope that she'll be able to help me with a major issue I've been having for awhile. I'll spare you the details, but in addition to lab work, she indicated I should see a nutritionist and improve my diet right away.  She recommended the Paleo Diet. Have you tried this? What was your success?

The hardest thing for me is deciding what to eat and then preparing it. I get stuck and desperate and end up eating something unhealthy and easy. I've said it before, and will again. I do not cook. Merely entering the kitchen elicits screams and squeals, and sometimes tears. Here are the things that I can make without a major meltdown: Scrambled Eggs, Noodles, Coffee. Oh, and toast. Like I said, not so healthy.

I'm hoping that a good book on the Paleo diet will help me with meal plans, recipes, and ideas. I checked Amazon and think I will order one tonight. Here are the books I'm considering. Are there any specific Paleo Diet books that you have had success with?


After my appointment, I braved a windy, downpour and walked down the hill to Pike Place.

I stopped and watched this guy make cheese at Beecher's Handmade Cheese. I'll have to try this soon (eating it, not making it).


Then I walked through the market and looked at all the spring flowers. We got the flowers for our wedding at Pike Place Market, before driving up to Orcas Island to get hitched. So the Pike Place flower market holds an even more special place to me. We were married in August, so the flowers in the market were very different then, but still fun! (Sorry for the shabby photos. I didn't plan this impromptu excursion and I only had my iPhone with me.)

Now, if you'll excuse me, I better go make myself dinner. I think I'll have...egg noodles. Oh, man, I need serious help.

Me: A-to-Z

Thought it was time I complete the fun A-Z bio that's making it's way around the blog world!

A. Age:

B. Bed size:

C. Chore you dislike:
Is there one that I like? Most disliked: Cooking, cleaning the shower, folding laundry.

D. Dogs:
Not yet, but I really can't wait to have one!

E. Essential start to your day:
Waking up

F. Favorite color:
Right now, yellow. But this changes at least annually.

G. Gold or silver:
I like both pretty equally.

H. Height:
On my driver's license: 5'5"; But in reality, probably closer to 5'4"

I. Instruments you play(ed):
Ukulele (trying to learn now); Flute (in elementary school/junior high); Piano, very poorly

J. Job title:
Current: "Freelancer"
Desired: Creative Manager/Project Manager

K. Kids:

L. Live:

M. Mom’s name:

N. Nicknames:

O. Overnight hospital stays:

P. Pet peeves:
when people describe everything as “cute” when a more accurate description would be better

Q. Quote from a movie:
"Not you fat Jesus." -The Hangover

R. Righty or lefty:
right, but sometimes I eat with my left.

S. Siblings:
Tim and Chris and some great sis-and bro-in-laws. But personality-wise, I definitely have only-child syndrome.

T. Time you wake up:

U. Underwear:

V. Vegetables you don't like: 
 baby corn

W. What makes you run late:
I am a very punctual person, but public transportation is occasionally unreliable.

X. X-rays you’ve had:
broken arm, age 6 (on the day of the Challenger space shuttle disaster)

Y. Yummy food you make:
cooking is not my forte

Z. Zoo animal favorites:
flamingo, galago, polar bear, elephant (but sometimes it makes me sad to see animals in the zoo)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Updated Blog!

Hey Everyone! So, now that I'm officially on the West Coast and have some extra time on my hands, I thought it would be a great time to refresh the style and layout of my blog and add some new stuff. Not to mention, start updating it more frequently.

You'll see I've added some new tabs too: About Me, Goals, Travel, Blogroll, Read, Fitness, and Food. It's a work in progress with content to come in some places, but let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Official Seattlites

After months of planning, more than a fair amount of stress, one 3,000+ mile POD shipment, and a couple of months of staying with my very generous parents we are finally official Seattlites!

Here's our yummy first meal in our new place. Though I don't really recommend the Dry Rhubarb Soda.
Can you believe we now live walking distance to this famous view of Seattle? I predict many future photos on this blog of this view.
Here's another tremendous view near our place! I feel so lucky to finally live here. Now I just need a job. And possibly a dog.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Moving Day

It's hard to believe I'm moving tomorrow, what with all my clothes scattered across the bedroom and all our worldly possessions in a POD somewhere. What will this new adventure hold for us? Good things I hope! We'll see. Mostly I'm a tad bit stressed about fitting two bedrooms worth of belongings into a one bedroom apartment with only two closets. Wish us luck!