Monday, December 8, 2014

Scrambled Egg Breakfast Puff


Morning! I hope you didn't eat breakfast yet! If you did, don't worry you can save this for later but you are definitely going to want to make this. I'm not even kidding. Especially if you LOVE breakfast like I do.

 Who doesn't like a good breakfast? Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I could eat it all day. I don't know why really, It's just so comforting. Since working more of a regular schedule, I haven't had much time to do some crazy cooking, so I've been trying to at least go all out for breakfast on Sunday.

I'm actually going to gift myself a mini freezer. I'm not sure if it's going to be for my birthday or for Christmas but after working all day, then running around to pick Jake up, shop, appointments,  there just isn't much time to cook. I've been relying on a lot of take out lately which I HATE because that is part of what got me to gain weight in the first place. Plus I just don't feel that great when I eat takeout all the time, my body is super sensitive.  My freezer is teeny so I can't really do Prep cooking right now, so getting a mini freezer will give me the space I need to make all kinds of meals and snacks, so I will be able to just pop something in the oven when I get home.

So yesterday, I made Scrambled Egg Breakfast Puffs. You hungry? Good. Because these were oh so very tasty and VERY filling.



Scrambled Egg Breakfast Puff (makes 3)

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs

In a saucepan add water, butter, and salt. Bring to a boil; stir in flour. Let cool for about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs one at a time. Beat until combined and dough is smooth and shiny. Drop spoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Bake at 400° for about 35 minutes until golden brown.

Cut a slit in the top and fill with scrambled eggs prepared to your liking. Here is how I did mine:

5 eggs
A few sprinkles of cheddar cheese
1/4 cup of onion chopped
1 large baby portabella mushroom chopped
1/8 cup of chopped green pepper.
Salt and pepper to taste

Oil or butter a skillet, sauté onion, mushroom, and pepper for about 2-3 minutes. Pour eggs onto skillet, sprinkle with cheese; add salt & pepper to taste. Cook until desired doneness. Add onto previously baked puff.

Serve with sausages, hash browns, fruit or anything else to your liking. 

This semester is almost over. My english class is DONE! I'm sure I didn't so so well on my final, so I'm hoping the paper that is due this Wednesday will make up for that...hopefully.  After that, it's DONE DONE DONE. There were a few books assigned out of the 11 that I found very interesting but I didn't really get the chance to do anything more than skim them, so I am looking forward to curling up on the couch and actually reading them. 



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Monday, December 1, 2014

Basic Grey Warehouse Box Contents & Ramblings


Hey! I have yet to finish that mini album that keep saying I'm going to show…I did work on two pages but other priorities have taken up my time. It's getting there and I will show it eventually. As positive  and upbeat as I have been lately, I've been feeling slightly overwhelmed. There are so many HUGE changes going on right now I'm just trying to figure everything out and the best way to go about some things.  I just need to start scheduling my life…I'm very organized, but I have a very 'take life as it comes' attitude and I've never been in a position where I've had to actually schedule things. Now I'm scheduling everything…even bills so I don't forget them, lol..

 I'm due for some fun though…It's been a while.  Just a day or even a few hours just to forget about responsibilities…Hahaha..A girl can dream? Right. That day will come. :-) Eventually. I am hopeful. Since that night isn't tonight, I'm taking a few minutes to blast some music and write this post.  I have so much to write about and talk about now…I just don't have the time to update this as often as I'd like…I'm even working on a new digital kit and would like to reopen my Etsy store sometime in the new year.

Here's a peek of the most recent one. I finished the coffee kit which I am very happy about. I will say though, I like this kit better. With each kit I make I learn new techniques. Practice makes perfect!



Here is another peek of the much anticipated Basic Grey Warehouse Sale Box. I was so excited to get this in the mail. I am never disappointed. I'm such a cheapskate when it comes to buying things and I always talk myself out of buying stuff -- especially scrapbook stuff -- if I don't absolutely need it. That is why I love these Surprise boxes. They are loaded with so many things that I wouldn't normally buy because I talked myself out it. Here are just a few pics of the stuff I received.





So what else have I been up to. With all the weirdness/changes present in my life, Holidays this year are going to be pretty low key. I didn't really do anything for Thanksgiving. I made a smaller version of the typical Thanksgiving meal. Then the weekend before I took Jacob to see Arenacross. 



He LOVES motorcycles and we had a good time. Front row seats too. In a few weeks, when there is a home game, I'm  going to take him to go see an AHL hockey game. That one I am excited about. Hockey is about the only sport I like (it's because I understand it. Football is like a foreign language to me. lol) and have not gone to a game since…umm I was in high school. Like I said, with all these changes, I am remembering to think about myself and doing more things that I enjoy. I just didn't expect everything to happen so fast and to fall in to place as they have. It's overwhelming but it's all good. I am confident that I am headed in the right direction.

Until next time! 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful


I know I've been absent from this blog recently but I just wanted to write a short thing about being Thankful

I am so thankful for every experience and every person that I have encountered throughout my life but even more so this year. This year has been filled with  A LOT of awareness within my self and what I REALLY want out of life. This whole thing started in 2011 when I got sick and decided to take care of myself better and have a more positive outlook on life but...holy crap....this year has been the most eye opening. This year my perspective on people has changed for the positive as well. I've been given a lot of great advice and encouragement from a handful of people that probably will never know how thankful I am for the words that they've said to me.

For so long  I was depressed because I wasn't getting support from the people  'that are supposed to support me'.  But then I thought, Why should I stress over the people that don't? Why not be Thankful for the people that do?.  And that's what I did.  I am so grateful for a handful of people I've met in the past year (some even strangers that just happened to say what I needed to hear at the right moment ) because without those conversations and encounters I wouldn't be where I am now.

Things are not going to be easy in this coming year, I know that. BUT I know that everything will work out in the end and it's going to get me where I want to be.

What are you thankful for?



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Friday, November 14, 2014

Bucket List: CHECK




Eeek! I did it again! Fridays seem to be the day I get around to blogging. The last few months have been a bit crazy. 11 books. 1 class. Need I say more? Once I'm done with this post I'm going to get some photos gathered together for that mini album I've been wanting to throw together, shower then hit the books..I signed up for 3 classes next semester but I don't think the three of them combined will take up as much time as this reading is taking me. I'm counting down until December 3rd. I don't think I've been so happy for finals!



So what's going on? Nothing really. I'm boring. I'm reminded of that everyday. It's a good reminder that I need. It goes with the whole "New Vanessa" theme. Honestly. There is reason I am boring a big part of that has to do with my relationship…and one of the big factors to this divorce. In all honestly it's just easier to explain to say "I'm boring" than to explain because I'd have to start at the beginning.  All that matters is that I'm doing the things I need to do and I'm working towards changing and living how I want to live. It's hard to be honest. Very hard. Especially for someone super shy like me. 



So, I checked something off my bucket list! Going with this whole theme, I've been wanting to have more of a social life. I just don't know how since I pretty much I work, go to school, and take care of Jacob, do housework, etc…so for the last 6 months I've been reading and rereading an article I have saved about putting yourself out there. It suggested joining a Meetup group. Being me, I kind of have always just put it off. Well, I added it to my bucket list and after another stint of me answering the "Any exciting plans for the weekend?" question with "Oh, just hanging out" and feeling totally pathetic, I created an account, signed and joined a few groups that sounded appealing to me, and signed up for an event in one of them. I'm a bit anxious though because I'm not good at putting myself out there and meeting new people.

Another thing is checked off, which is the goal, right?  This book I have is a combination of random facts about me, and things I'd love to do. Some are big, some are small, some are sill and some are more personal things that I'm not going to share with the world. Here are a few pages from my book.


 
Have a mud fight, experience Christmas in NYC, Kiss under a mistletoe (silly! But I want to lol), Visit Yosemite national park, and go parasailing.


 
I have a silly story about the first line in here: I love driving. When I went for the interview for this job I have now, we were walking to the office and my boss was asking me about the commute and if it would be a problem, etc. I mentioned that I actually loved driving, so no, obviously it wouldn't. He started laughing and told me I should be a taxi driver. Lol. I've gotten that a few times, but no. I don't want it as a career.

I believe everything happens for a reason

Sometimes I care too much

I love dressing up but at home it's yoga pants and tank top…or tonight it's leggings, pink sweatshirt, and pink fuzzy slippers.  lol

Well that's all I've got! Have a fantastic weekend!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Just Some More Ramblings


Holy heck! Where did the time go? I have just been so busy. I honestly don't know what I've been doing besides working, but I've been busy. Work is going great so far. I'm learning a lot and hopefully soon will be picking up some more tasks.

Besides work, as I've mentioned my life if going through lots of changes. Sorry for being vague, but it's just a lot to summarize as to what led me to this point because it started my senior year of high school and that was, uh.., 12 years ago. (HOLY CRAP). Eventually I'll post about it I'm sure. It's nerve-wracking but that's exciting and kind of a roller coaster ride. I will admit, it's hard stepping out of my box and putting myself out there. I'm trying to just figure out where I fit in and what next steps I need to take. Some days I get overwhelmed but I really try not to stress because it's all for the better. I've stressed out for far too long and it has never gotten me anywhere, so I just smile and laugh at everything now, and take life as it is.  I'm pretty much starting my life over from the ground up but I think I'm off to a good start.  I'm expecting 2015 to be the year I will finally get to the point where I am 100% comfortable with everything...I'm hoping.

 I saw this quote on Pinterest and it's oh so very true…



For pretty much the last ten years I was living in the past. I let a handful of cruddy situations and insecurities determine my entire life up until this point. Then my eyes were opened. I saw another quote on Pinterest that rang true as well. 



The truth sure did piss me off, and I was so angry with this particular person for telling me what I essentially knew, but didn't want to hear. After thinking about it though, I had to come to reality realizing I couldn't ignore it forever and let the past run my life. And that's how this whole "New Vanessa" thing started. And it's so weird because since this realization, I've run into people (even complete strangers!) that have said the exact things I've needed to hear at that exact moment. It's been so weird. Maybe I'm just more open to change now and finally listening? That's probably it. lol 

Okay, so I have nothing crafty prepared to post about. So, here's some random photos :) Here's my desk at work…Coffee of course :)



And during my recent trip to TJ Maxx, I found this little gem. 



I love 'coffee table' books. This is just a book of happy things, and motivating quotes on every page. This will be making its way onto my desk.




Well, that's all I've got! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. I will be back next week, hopefully with a finished mini album and…the contents of my Basic Grey warehouse box, that I gifted myself. I can't wait until it comes in the mail!

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Monday Ramblings


Monday is over! Whoo. It went by fast. Mondays are usually good for me  - *knock on wood* don't wanna jinx it-- I was a little nervous going into work today…I was doing a new task today. New is always scary. I did okay though. I hit a few bumps along the way, but in the end it all worked out. I felt a little bad though because I could tell my boss didn't want to give up this task completely. Believe me though, I totally understand,  it's so much easier to do thing by yourself when you know what you're doing. I'm grateful though for being given the opportunity to learn something I know very little about.

So, what's going on? Not much really. Jake and I are coming down with a cold. I just ate a spoonful of honey and I'm sitting here with a box of tissues choking down some nasty tasting throat coat tea hoping it doesn't turn into a full blown sore throat/cold. It's that time of year though! I probably should just go to bed, but I need some me time!




I'm also busy with school. When I first applied, I had my positive pants pulled up way over my head, thinking I'm going to get honors, straight A's, do extra credit, be involved in everything….Hahaha. Now that I'm exactly a month away from the end of the Semester I realize the need to be realistic. I'm doing okay. Not straight A's but I'm passing so that is a plus.  All I know is that I'm doing the best I can with the resources and time I have. Now, if I were straight out of high school, free from any obligations such as work, and taking care of a child, that goal would be realistic. Now though, I'm happy with what I'm getting. Taking this English class was a slap back to reality…with 2 books to read this week plus 2 chapters in a third book, plus a 300 page book I have to read essentially by the end of next week in order to write my final 5-7 page paper on…I've decided I need to pretty much 'wing it' in every other area. I will be happy with any grade I receive in this class, as long as it is passing. Which I'm not worried about because my midterm grade was 85 and I don't think my paper was horrible, so I'm hanging somewhere in the 80's and that I'm happy about. I will be glad when it's over.

I'll need to celebrate. I've really been thinking about throwing a party or get together of some sort lately. Hearing all the conversations at work lately, I really feel like the most boring person on the planet. I used to have parties…not wild ones, lol…tame ones, just hanging out, eating, talking and having a couple of drinks. I miss doing that. This may be the perfect time. I've got to think about it. 

 What else? Hmm, I did a little bit of scrapbooking/paper crafting. I haven't finished that mini album I mentioned here  yet…I planned on showing it some time this week but I need to get some pictures developed which I have yet to have a minute to edit and send off to get printed. This thing I did today, took less than an hour. It's just a quote. I may hang it in my cubicle. I love quotes and sometimes I need reminders. 



Now I'm going to take a shower and browse Pinterest until my hair dries…I should probably read though, huh?

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Apple Buttermilk Waffles


Hey there! It's starting to feel like fall here. The weather is really starting to cool down. I really think I can smell snow coming. Eeeek! Earlier in the week there was snow in the forecast for this weekend, but Thankfully it hasn't happened. I didn't even know about it until a co worker mentioned it. Cooler weather I will take - snow can hold off for a little bit. I'm not ready for that.



With all the craziness going on within the last few months, I didn't get a chance to go apple picking. Luckily though, there is an apple orchard barely 10 minutes away that is open year round that sells apples year round in their store. Yum. Even though I didn't get a chance to pick them directly from the tree, that didn't stop me from my normal Fall baking. This morning I decided to make some Apple buttermilk waffles.
Apple Buttermilk Waffles

1 1/2 cups flour
2 TBS sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup oil
1 1/2 cup chopped apple

In a large bowl combine dry ingredients. Stir in apples. In a separate bowl, beat eggs; whisk in milk and oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir only until moist.  Add better to preheated waffle iron. Cook according to manufacturer's instructions.

Serve with butter and syrup.

Enjoy!

Here are some more Fall themed recipes for you to try out.










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