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Savory eggy oats

Hello everybody!

****cut to pretty much the best movie ever****

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.  Ours was pretty eventful, but I’ll get to recaps in upcoming posts.  Today I wanted to tell you about a breakfast that Dave and I eat quite a bit, it’s called “eggy oats.”  We tend to use the recipe from ‘running with spoons,’ this girl knows her oats.  The best part about this recipe is that it’s a base and you can do so much with it depending on your preference.  I’ve had it sweet with banana or berries along side some sort of nut butter, but I have to admit that my favorite way to have it is savory.


I just realized that you can’t see the eggy oats at all in this photo.  Believe me, they’re there, under all those delicious toppings.  We like to make our eggy oats savory by topping it with a quarter of an avocado, some cheese, an over easy egg, and a little bit of salsa (season to your taste with pepper-this photo doesn’t reveal it, but I’m a pepper fiend).


Once you break into it, the yolk makes everything that much more creamy and delicious.  Plus there is so much protein in this dish, when I have it for breakfast I’m always full until early afternoon.

Let me know if you make it, and if you have any suggestions or feedback.

Be well,


Strascinati Pugliesi ai Broccoletti


I was really excited when I found this pasta at Marshall’s, I love trying new-to-me types of pasta.  I especially loved that the label indicated which region this type is typically found in.  This type is from the Apulia region, which is just south of Abruzzo the region my family is from.  I have yet to visit Italy; however, I find that learning about my family history, attempting recipes (like Dave’s Uovo en raviolo), and teaching my dog commands in Italian makes me feel like I’m in my own little Italy.



Have I told you all about nonna’s peppers?  “Nonna” is Italian for Grandma, and let me tell you, mine is an amazing chef!  If you like spicy then you would love her hot pepper sauce (aka ‘nonna’s peppers’).  I’ll have to ask her if she minds me sharing the recipe 🙂 until then, I’ll just have to tease you with this delicious image.




This recipe was adapted from serious eats


Strascinati Pugliesi ai broccoletti

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 16 oz bag Strascinati Pugliesi
  • 12 oz Trader Joe’s pre-cut broccoli
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 7 fillet anchovy
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp of butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1-2 tbsp Nonna’s peppers


  1. Begin by boiling 1 qt of salted water.  While water is coming to a boil cut the excess stalk off of the broccoli pieces, cut off rough parts, and cube.
  2. In a skillet heat olive oil and add broccoli stalk, onion, garlic, nonna’s peppers, and anchovy.  Saute on medium-low heat until onions are translucent.  Place to the side.
  3. Once water has come to a boil add your pasta, cooking for 17 minutes.  4 minutes before your pasta is done add the broccoli florets to the boiling water.
  4. Drain the broccoli & pasta and add to the skillet.  Add butter and half the parmesan and gently stir to coat.
  5. Plate and add a sprinkle of parmesan.


Recent Eats

I’ll admit it, I love seeing a glimpse into the daily eats of the bloggers I follow.  I’d love to know the psychology behind my interest in knowing what people put in their face holes, but alas all I can tell you is that the curiosity runs deep!  I also think I just like looking at food, putting it in my mouth, and taking pictures of it.  So it seems the logical next step would be to share them with you, here are all the things I ate yesterday.  A burrito was involved, so yup, it was a good day.

  • The day started off with a massive glass of water along with a piece of toast topped with a fried egg, avocado, and chipotle salsa.


  • I made Dave a smoothie and my OCD makes me feel like I should only put 15 almonds in it, so I had these three left over in my hand that I needed to eat.


  • I was in need for a mid morning snack so I had some peaches and soy milk topped with unsweetened shredded coconut.



  • Dave whipped me up a soy latte (using All City Coffee espresso); buh, he do a pretty gooda job! **she said with an Italian accent**


  • I’m not gonna lie, I felt snacky all day, so I grabbed some Beanitos and salsa/cottage cheese mixture.


  • As soon as I started feeling more snacky I decided it was time for tea-intervention, it totally did the trick and my hunger was staved off until dinner (BTW, this tea is amazing, super creamy and delicious)


  • Once dinner rolled around it was decided that we needed burritos in our bellies.  Perla’s Taqueria is auh-mazing!  We still haven’t checked out taco Tuesday (though we hear it’s great), but the chipotle fish burrito is to die for!


Good day of eats, I hope you enjoyed.  Also, I hope you thoroughly feel as though you need to go get a burrito!!!!!

Be well.

Pool Nights and Pizza Pies

Hi e’rybody!!!

Last night I tried a couple new pizza recipes.  The first was a heirloom tomato pizza, find the recipe here.  I used trader joe’s white crust, but I think it would also be delicious with the garlic herb crust; OR you could be a better Italian than me, and make a homemade crust!



It turned out sooo tasty, and everyone raved about it.  I will definitely make it again.  The second pizza was from Martha Stewart, find the recipe here.  Ironically my dad and I were just talking about her, it’s wild to me that she committed a very serious crime, served time, and continues to have a fairly successful business.  Anyyyyways, I probably shouldn’t talk smack when I used her recipe and loved it.  As many of you know I’m pescatarian so I just swapped the sausage for the faux Italian sausage from Trader Joe’s, and again I used the pizza dough from TJs (this time whole wheat).

DSC_0003 DSC_0004Now this one didn’t go over well with the kids as much as the adults, but then again there was broccoli on it…  “Congratulations San Francisco, you’ve ruined pizza!”  The adults enjoyed it though, I’ll take what I can get.

Then it was pool time.

These two wanted Josh to jump in, then he did a canon ball and splashed them both.  Wish I would have got a better shot of the aftermath, but look at them just asking for it…


Dave was the wave.




Isn’t she adorable!?!


Sometimes I have to pinch myself and remember that yes, I do in fact live here.  It’s been pretty amazing thus far. Come swim with us!!!!


Be well.

National Dog Day & almond butter-honey granola

Happy National Dog day everyone!!!!  I know so many dog lovers (I find they make the best kind of friends), so I know many of you are celebrating your sweet little beasts right now.  Give them a big squish for me!

Here are some recent shots of my babies at my grandparent’s lake cabin:



Pretty much the best ever!!!!!!  Hope you are giving your dog a little love right now, and maybe a bone.

On to some yumminess I’ve been indulging in lately.  I recently made Jen’s honey almond & coconut granola, you can find the recipe at her blog: Peanut Butter Runner

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I highly recommend this granola, it’s slightly sweet and super delicious.  A little bit goes a long way, so it makes a great parfait topper or sprinkled on a smoothie!

Granola 3

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday!

Be Well.

Uovo en raviolo da capo David

I think I’ve mentioned on the blog before that Dave loves to cook, and when this guy cooks he goes ALL out!  The other day he told me he was going to make Uovo en raviolo, and so naturally I said, “awesome, I’ll invite my friends and you can make it for all of us.”  He freaked out a little bit, but he took it on like a champ.  He used this recipe, and he had a stroke of genius when he substituted pistachios for the pancetta (gotta love a great cook who can be clever with recipe modifications).

The first thing he did was prepare the dough.  He made a beautiful egg well.


And then formed that into a into a lovely dough ball


Then we went for a bike ride (needed to work up an appetite).  By the time we got back we needed something to snack on while Dave got things going, so in true Italian fashion we had some rosemary bread dipped in oil.


Dave called upon his sous chef, and I assisted with the dough.


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I’m gonna drop a little Italian knowledge on ya, you ready for it?  ‘Raviolo’ is the singular of ‘ravioli,’ and the reason this recipe uses that form of the word is because each raviolo is gigantic and you’re really suppose to have one in a serving.  The filling consists of a ricotta/parmesan mixture and an egg yolk.


There were definitely some tricky steps in the recipe that were good learning experiences for the next time we make them.  You should flour the parchment paper that you put the ravioli on, because if you don’t, once you’ve sealed them they will surely stick to the parchment paper.


While I assembled the ravioli, Dave prepared the sauce.


Each raviolo needed to be sauced.


And plate


Soooo delicious


Of course we had some beggars, always hoping a scrap of something will fall to the floor.


They’re so cute it’s hard to ever stay mad at them.

Good food, good friends, and good conversation…the Italian way 🙂

Be well.

Stagette weekend

One of the most amazing weekends of my life was September 20th, my cousin/friend, Katie, and friend-for-forever, Tara, threw me some amazing parties.  There was help from a lot of other ladies as well (namely Emily, Luisa, Lauren), but I’m gonna avoid the grammy’s thank you speech and just fill your eyes with the amazingness that it was.

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The ladies rented a beautiful house in capitol hill, and the weekend started with a dinner at Barrio.  It was a great surprise because I hadn’t heard great things about Barrio and was pleasantly surprised when the food was amazing.

The next morning I was pampered to the extreme.  I went on a walk for coffee with my friend Jill and my cousin Spencer and when I came home I was greeted by Emily.


I was told to go downstairs and await.  Which I’m so glad I did because when I was allowed to come up all the beautiful decorations were up (*Kate and Em are amazing, they should start a business).




I wish I would have snapped more pictures of all the amazing things they did.  I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of the yogurt bar (with Ellenos yogurt!), bloody mary bar, quiches and baked goods from Bakery Nouveau, and Victrola Coffee.  I have to add that the amazing planners came in from out of town…pretty amazing that they found the most delicious Seattle goods!


We played some great games and I received some really lovely gifts from all my friends and family 🙂


This photo is thanks to my lovely friend Tiffany 🙂

There was a brief intermission which allowed me to go on a run (while the planners got back to work…those ladies were working non-stop all weekend), and then come back and get into my sexy gear….


All attendants were given bags containing treats and items to alleviate any party induced ailments.  Featured item in my bag….the penis wand, it was in full force all evening, but really shined during the dancing portion of the evening.




We played some great games!  I really appreciate all the planning and effort that went into both parties 🙂  After the structured portion of the night we went out for some dancing.


The penis straws were in full force!  As was the dancing 🙂


Such an amazing weekend.  I can’t thank the friends and family in my life enough.  There’s a quote that a good friend of mine shared with me (I don’t know who it’s by, or if I have it accurately, but I’m gonna share it), “A good friend makes you feel like you have the better end of the deal.”  My friends are constantly making me feel like I’m getting the better end of the deal, and I just couldn’t live without them!

Be well.


French Onion Soup

The other night I made French Onion Soup and man oh man was it aaamazing (if I do say so myself).  I wanted to share with you all the order of operations and the edible images (well some of them) that I captured.  I’m waiting until after the wedding (25 days!!) to purchase myself a nice camera.  I’m gonna take that thing all over Japan, and then share all the beautiful images with you!  But I digress.  I used Tyler Florence’s recipe because it was the first one that popped up on my google search which sounded delicious, wooow that sounded super lazy.  Well let me tell you, making this recipe was anything but lazy.

So you start by melting a stick of butter in a large pot:


After that you add onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper. Cook for roughly 25 minutes, or until onions look all caramelized and shiz.


I’m gonna tell you the honest to goodness truth, I sometimes don’t use red onions because I don’t think they’re very pretty.  This time I used them because it was all I had, and honestly, who cares?

After this you add red wine and bring it to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook until all the liquid is gone, or about 5 minutes.


Then remove the bay leaves.


Dust the onions in flour and give them a stir (yup that’s Dave’s hand, he’s a good sous chef).  This is my first time adding flour, and I think it really made an amazing difference.


Turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 minutes to cook off the raw flour taste.

Now add the ‘better than bouillon’ fake beef broth bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes and add salt and pepper to taste.


Now when it’s time to eat preheat the broiler.  I like to place a slice of french bread on top of the soup (in an oven safe bowl) and add a slice of provolone.  Then place in the oven for 3-5 minutes.


I was really happy with how it turned out.


Another nice thing about this soup is that it tastes just as good without the bread and cheese and is roughly 80 calories per cup!

Here’s the ingredients you’ll need:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 fresh thyme sprigs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle
3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 quarts beef broth
1 baguette, sliced
Slice of provolone

Be well.



Labor day camping!


Time to get on the road!  It’s wild how much stuff it requires to sustain 5 humans and 2 dogs for the weekend.  A. Lot.  The car ride was filled with the usual, ABC game, stories about conception, and witty banter.  The newest addition: Family Feud.  Super fun game 🙂


First things first, let’s get the Wifi


Just kidding, no wifi and no reception for 3 full days.  Well except when we went into town to buy me a sleeping bad because I had forgot mine.  #camping101 #wheresmyheadat

Next up, Charlie gettin’ cozy time.


Time for a little cribbage

IMG_6666I was thinking of just letting you guess what this next picture is about:

But then it would be WAY more fun to tell you about ear candling.  It is 100% not recommended; the research says that it’s not harmful, but that’s it’s also not really effective.  Although, we all tried it this last weekend and it was very relaxing and seemed to work.  It’s a hollow candle that you light on fire on one end and put the other end in your ear.  Essentially it’s suppose to clear out excessive cerumen from your outer ear.  It. Did.

Chillin’ yo!  You may notice the propane fire, yeah there was a ban on wood fires, which we figured out the second night (I’ll let you connect the dots on that one).IMG_6663


Time for bed, let’s get cozy.



I basically slept with yoda this weekend.

IMG_6660Breakfast on the way home always tastes super delicious.   Breakfast lovers!!!


I feel like there is a direct correlation with the number of days you’ve gone without showering and electronics and the level of satisfaction derived from that first shower when you get back home 😛

Camping was awesome, can’t wait for the next trip!  I have a ‘camping workout’ to share with you all soon!

Be well.




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