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Fritatta Breakfast Sandwiches

3 Jun

I started a new job a few weeks ago.  It’s absolutely perfect for me right now – doing precisely what I was looking to do in exactly the place I was looking to do it – and my coworkers are super supportive of my business too.  But my time is seriously at a premium.

To tell you the truth it’s been a tough transition – to go from working full-time on my business to working full-time plus my business.  I’m starting to find a balance, though.  One of the most important things for me to get control of was how we were eating – for the first week that I was back I think we did nothing but eat out, because we just didn’t have anything prepped.  Now we’re trying to plan our meals out on the weekend and at least make sure everything is in the fridge.  We’ve actually been more on top of everything this week, including doing dishes after cooking.  Getting ourselves re-trained to manage time has been good for us!

One of the things I started doing the first week of work was preparing protein for breakfast.  I notice that I’m far more awake and alive if I eat something substantial in the morning (I tend to just gravitate towards toast and coffee otherwise).  And we’re trying to get more vegetables and fruit worked into our diets (we’ve actually started to pack “salad wraps” – lunchmeat + veggies in lavash or tortillas – for lunch).

This is my favorite breakfast so far – and it’s so easy to make.

Fritatta Breakfast Sandwiches

  • 8-12 oz portobello or crimini mushrooms, cut fine
  • One 10 oz bag fresh spinach
  • 3-5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-5 pieces turkey bacon, cooked, cooled, and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2-3 oz Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 tbsp cream or milk
  • 12 toasted English muffins or sandwich thins

In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat for 1 minute.  Add garlic and cook until softened (1 minute).  Add mushrooms and cook for about 5 minutes or until soft.  Add spinach and stir until wilted.  Put spinach mixture into a medium bowl.  Add bacon, cheese, eggs, and cream and stir well to combine.  Pour into a well-greased (I used Pam spray) 9×13″ baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until set.

All I can say is that it might not look pretty but it tastes AWESOME.

All I can say is that it might not look pretty but it tastes AWESOME.

The result is less than 1/2″ thick but it’s packed with flavor, protein, and vitamins.  Cool, pat dry, and cut into pieces.  If you’re using sandwich thins you can cut the fritatta into 12 pieces and it will be perfectly sized.  For English muffins you may even be able to cut it into 16.  Place one piece onto each toasted bun/muffin, bag, and freeze.  When you’re ready to eat it, you can bake or microwave it for a yummy breakfast that is lower in fat and calories than any fast food sandwich with more flavor and one serving of veggies!

This is possibly the best breakfast you will ever reheat.

This is possibly the best breakfast you will ever reheat.

This recipe is great because there is no mess – unlike making homemade McMuffins, where all the ingredients are stacked and tend to squish out when you bite them, you can take a bite of egg, cheese, veggies and meat all at once!

Halloween Party!

4 Nov

A few weeks back, we were at my parents’ house.  It was a party they were having for the annual Air Show at our local Marine Corps Base – their backyard is right in the flight path and it’s always a spectacular show, with planes screaming over just a few hundred feet overhead – you can even read the pilots’ names at times, if you’re quick enough.  Anyway, the point is that my parents invited my best friend and his wife to come along to the party, and we were sitting at the table with them.  We happened to ask them what they were up to for Halloween.  Nothing, they said, so we suggested they come over to our place.

We always have tons of trick-or-treaters, so even though Halloween is my least-favorite holiday (something to do with scary masks the year I was three, I think), we thought it would be a fun way to spend the evening.  Later in the month, we happened to be hanging out with two other couples and mention the idea of coming over to them too.  Suddenly we had a party on our hands!

First, decorations.  We’ve only got 2 boxes for Halloween (as opposed to about a dozen big Rubbermaid tubs for our Christmas stuff), but we were able to do a little bit of decorating.

I love these guys... I bought them about 5 years ago at Big Lots, and haven't seen any scarecrows cuter since!

Above the television sat my two gorgeous pumpkins, a bunch of our photos (including this one from our first anniversary, courtesy of Melissa McClure Photography!) and these little cuties, picked up for us two years ago by my grandmother.

I spent a lot of the morning cooking, including spinach artichoke dip.  A couple of years ago I posted a recipe for this, but I tried to make this a little more standard:

Elisa’s Spinach Artichoke Dip

  • 1 bag (16 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped (they have these at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic or 1 medium garlic clove, chopped fine
  • additional mozzarella for sprinkling over the top of the dip

Mix all the ingredients except the additional mozzarella in a bowl.  Smooth into a greased baking dish and cover with additional cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees until cheese is melty and browned.  Notice that I didn’t say what size a dish to use – that’s because you can really use anything it’ll fit into.  It depends on whether you want a lot of brown bubbly cheese on top (use a wide dish) or just a little (use a deep one).  This will feed 4-8 people, depending on whether you use it as an appetizer or a side dish.  Serve it with toasted baguette or tortilla chips.

Waiting to be uncovered and eaten... Spinach artichoke dip with chips!

I also made these babies, gorgeous fluffy cupcakes from one of my favorite blogs, Patent and the Pantry

Pretty and tasty!

I did make a couple of adjustments to the recipe, specifically the spices.  I used 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (mostly because I actually don’t have ground allspice, plus I actually like the mixture), and a pinch of ground cloves.  I’m not a big fan of ginger in pumpkin dishes – I’m not sure why, I just have never really liked it.  Anyway, these were originally a Martha Stewart recipe, and sometimes her stuff is a little too fussy for me but these were quite easy and really delivered on flavor.  With the cream cheese frosting (at the same link), they were perfect.  Honestly.  My sister commented that they tasted like pumpkin cheesecake.  Which gave me an idea…  I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’m pretty excited.  Let’s just say that if my idea ends up being good I’ll post it next week.  Anyway, I digress.

Our dinner was a pizza bar.  I didn’t get any good photos, unfortunately, but I made a TRIPLE batch of my basic bread dough recipe.  I mixed up the dough Saturday afternoon and let it proof in the fridge overnight in two huge bowls, and then Sunday morning I took it out and let it warm up to room temperature and get all beautiful and puffy.  I divided it into roughly the same size pieces and rolled them into 1 1/2″ balls and pulled them into odd-shaped thin crusts by hand and poked them with a fork so they wouldn’t rise too much in the oven.  I made five or six dozen of them, dusting the bottoms with corn meal and baking them in batches, 5 minutes at a time.

The beginning of our pizza bar, with plates and sauces. The pizza crusts are in the big basket at the back!

The rest of the pizza bar was made of various sauces, meats, vegetables, and cheeses, laid out and labeled (you can see the cute little labels I made in the photo below).  On the menu:

  • tomato sauce (bottled – the best one I’ve found is by Barilla)
  • BBQ sauce (our favorite is Sweet Baby Ray’s – it’s very sweet but full of great flavor)
  • Trader Joe’s curry sauce
  • garlic oil
  • homemade pesto (no real recipe for this one – I just blend up some basil leaves, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil in my food processor)
  • roasted garlic
  • carmelized onions (cut and mixed with a little butter and salt, and placed in the crock pot on low overnight)
  • roasted eggplant from the garden
  • roasted zucchini
  • roasted sweet peppers
  • garlic mushrooms (sauteed with a little butter)
  • artichoke hearts
  • spinach
  • olives
  • cut basil leaves
  • figs
  • cooked chicken
  • Trader Joe’s sweet Italian chicken sausage
  • Trader Joe’s pepperoni
  • garlic shrimp
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • cheddar cheese

I know it's a poor photo, and this was before I dished out the meats. But you can see our toppings and the labels I made!

I had planned on using goat cheese too, my Mexican hot sauce, and fresh tomatoes.  But I didn’t realize the goat cheese had been opened the week before (and it was no good, sadly) and forgot the tomatoes and hot sauce completely.  Even so, one of our guests said there were just too many choices!  I say there are never too many…  Especially during a party like this, it’s totally worth giving people lots of options.  Each person grabbed one (or two, or three!) pizza crust and decorated it with exactly the toppings he or she wanted.  My favorite was roasted vegetable; my husband loved the BBQ sauce with chicken sausage and figs (no one ever said he was conventional!)

Of course I got to wear my Wonder Woman costume again, this time with a modification to the belt.  It still sort of flopped down, but at least it wasn’t unsticking all the time.  You can also see the “golden lasso” I got at WalMart for $1.75 (that Iaccidentally left at home on Friday).

I love this costume!

I also made my hubby’s costume – he was Clark Kent, wearing a blue shirt underneath his button-up that I applied an iron-on Superman logo to.  Since he used mostly clothes he already had, this was an $8 costume, thanks to Old Navy.

We had an awesome time with our friends, even though L&J couldn’t make it.  We had over 200 kids come to the door, gave out lots of pencils and plastic spider rings (what can I say?  we learned how expensive candy can be at our house on Halloween, plus it’s kind of fun to be different), and watched Halloween cartoons (including my very favorite “Disney’s Trick or Treat”, with Donald and his three nephews and Witch Hazel!  Thank you ABC Family for showing it this year!).  By the end of the night we were totally exhausted, but it was such a fun time that hubby suggested this might be an annual event.  We’ll see…  More than 6 people in our teeny living room would be a bit of a stretch, but maybe by next year we’ll have a new place?

Anyway, since we had costumes, we suggested our friends dress up too, and we took this on my camera’s timed setting:

Happy Halloween!

I’m Dreaming of a Crafty Christmas…

14 Dec

I’ve been neglecting my blog the last week or so for one major reason – I’ve been SO busy!

Between cooking – making marshmallows from scratch, and batches and batches of graham crackers, and three or four sets of various breads, and a big Asian-inspired feast complete with boba tea (oh yeah if you make Chinese steamed buns, make sure you put parchment paper on the bottoms or you’ll be cleaning your steamer for a week…  I know first-hand!) – and crafting – cards, ornaments, basically anything anyone will let me near – and decorating – our house, the neighbor’s house – and nursing a very sore knee (dangit I have no clue what I did), I’m pooped!

I wanted to share some of my handiwork!

First, the Christmas lights (yes, this is technically mostly my hubby’s handiwork, since the’s the monkey who gets on the top of the ladders)…

On our house:

Big chunky colored lights on the top, net lights on the bushes, and my $5 thrift store vintage light-up Santa that I adore 🙂

And our neighbor’s house:

This is the fourth year we've helped the neighbor across the street with her lights. She really goes all out and we benefit because we get to see our handiwork from this vantage point every night!

And our tree:

We went out to a tree farm in Potrero to pick our tree this year. They didn't have my Noble Fir - only Monterey Pines. It's pretty and it smells good, but this tree is DROOPY now, despite having been cut the day we got it and put it up (we think it's just the type of tree because it's taking in lots of water). Anyway this is the night we put it up.

Last night we went to hubby’s work Christmas party.  They do a gift exchange there.  One of our gifts was these “Super-Special Star-Shaped S’mores”:

Homemade s'mores kit!

I finally made the marshmallows and graham crackers from Smitten Kitchen (and trust me, it’s totally worth it, they’re amazing!) and we packed them up in little cellophane baggies with skewers and instructions and everything.  In one of the baggies, we also put this baby:

S'mores ornament!

I know it’s a pretty horrible photo – to tell you the truth, I’d have sworn I took a better one until I went looking throug my recent photos to put this post up.  Now I’m sad because it was a really cool ornament.  It was shaped just like the s’mores in the kit – with the same star-shaped cookie cutter – and the “marshmallow” had a thin webbing on it that looked just like it was melty and roasty.  I put a lot of work into that thing!

Speaking of putting work into ornaments, here are a few others I’m working on (they’re all Christmas gifts, so if you’re family please look away or at least don’t give away the surprise!):

"Home 2009"woodgrain detail - the mantle has the same woodgrain, made from smooshing and stretching together several colors of brown all at once.

the stockings, hung by the chimney with care (with mini candy canes!)

Mistletoe Mooses

Moose details 🙂

Snow Family 200

Snowgirl detail

Teddy bear!

He's beary cute (sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Puppy!

I'm totally proud of this killer bow!

Penguin - I love his body but I'm not totally sold on his eyes...

OK - this one's not a gift. It's for me. Eeyore, because he reminds me of my sweet kitty who died in '05

I love this tail!!!

I’m seriously wishing I’d gotten my start sooner.  I’ll barely have time to finish family presents.  I’d hoped to start an Etsy shop, because this is really fun and they’re turning out really, really cute.  I am having an easier time with every piece (these were not posted in order of when they were finished) and getting details and technique down.  Model Magic is kind of a pain in the butt, because it’s very sticky – you can probably see in the moose details shot where her face stuck to his sweater – but it’s also very malleable, incredibly blendable (I mixed most of the subtle colors), and very light.  Which means even the big ornaments won’t fall because they are too heavy.  The other thing is that it glues well – so even though I’ve had a couple of oopsies (like Eeyore’s ears, that fell right off the day after I made him), they were easily fixed with plain old Elmer’s.

Now on to the cards…  We have 84 people on our Christmas card list this year.  I don’t even know HOW I got that many people to send cards to!!!  A few of them will be getting special cards – parents, siblings, great aunt and uncle, grandma, grandpa – but most will be getting “regular” cards.  Except that our regular cards this year – with the exception of the two I gave out when I saw some family members before we were finished making these – will be handmade by us!

We actually made cards in 2007 – we picked up a kit and put the cards together in all sorts of ways – but this year we went one step further.  Most of the cards we made this year were from scrapbooking supplies, not a kit (16 of them were kit cards, though).  I made about 90% of the cards – hubby was busy and just wasn’t “feeling” it, but he came in and made a few, with his unique creativity, in the end.  These are some of my favorites (but don’t feel badly if you don’t get a favorite, because I love them all and every single one is unique):

Joy

Snowball Fight! (the snowballs are bits of glitter glue... I had fun)

Just For You

Do Not Open Until Dec. 25th

And because I’m a total nerd, I took fancy photos of all the cards we made:

Hubby's handmade cards (including one featuring a dog trying to get the cat who climbed the tree and one featuring a cat sitting in front of - but looking like it's being incinerated by - a fireplace) 🙂

The "kit" cards - red-and-green style (I actually used a bunch of stickers and embellishments from other sources on these cards, but the cards themselves were colored and are quite a bit smaller)

Blue "kit" cards

A duo of cards featuring my hand-done art. Yeah, there's a reason why there were only two!

"Scrap" cards - where I took bits of paper from other sources and sort of stuck it all together. I really love the one featuring the penguin (on the left).

Dark blue cards

Light blue cards

Muted colors

Red and Green cards

White cards (I made the poinsettia on the right side out of scraps of red cardboard!)

 

Today’s assignment?  Lots of dishes, some laundry, and (hopefully) finishing up the Christmas shopping and wrapping, making the last of the ornaments that we’re planning to ship, getting the Christmas list ready to merge, and finishing signing Christmas cards!  Tomorrow we’d like to get the cards and the package to the East Coast sent off…  Whew!

Bad Dinner Planner… Good Leftover User!

22 May

So I know I posted a couple of days ago about our awesomeness in dinner planning…  Of course, practically the minute that I posted it, I deviated from it!  Two nights ago, we had Italian sausage, white bean, and spinach soup (which really did use the fresh spinach we’d bought, plus leftover frozen sausage and ground turkey, and the chicken broth I’d accidentally made…  EDITED TO ADD: the recipe and photos are at the bottom of this post!  What a gorgeous soup!) and last night…  I decided it was more important to use up leftovers than to go with the original dinner plan.

Instead of either Italian or crabcakes, we had chicken salad sandwiches.  I’d made a perfectly fluffy and beautiful loaf of white bread the night before to go with the soup and we still had half of that lying around, and I’d put the boiled chicken (the “oops, I boiled the chicken when I meant to poach it, but hey I came up with chicken broth” chicken) in the fridge.  We had plenty of celery too, since we bought it for the crabcakes.  And last weekend, Ryan had cut up a whole sweet potato to make my sweet potato un-fries.  So we had leftover sweet potato sticks too (which got turned into another batch of the yummy fries…  I cannot even say how satisfying and incredible these things are… they don’t need any sauce or condiment!).

I am happy to report that the chicken, though fairly stringy and tough, shredded extremely well.  And, when mixed with mayo, mustard, and lemon juice (not to mention the copious amounts of dry herbs and celery), the chicken was not nearly as dry as it was by itself.  So – yay – I have a use for accidentally-boiled chicken (although I would guess that it would go well into any application that involves a good saucing – enchiladas, pasta, etc.)!

I actually think I am going to make a homemade lasagna tonight or tomorrow – I have this bizairre desire to make homemade pasta (though in truth I’ve only ever done it once without my grandma) – and probably save the crab cakes for my dad’s birthday celebration on Monday (I promised my grandma that I’d bring them to the next family gathering, and they travel well), to which I’m also bringing a DOZEN – yes, count them – huge artichokes from my eight-by-eight foot bush(es – there are actually four).

Anyway, even though the plan deviated, it’s been nice to have a decent idea of what’s going on, and to have all the ingredients for it.  And, to tell you the truth, using up leftovers is another problem I’ve been having – so it all works hand-in-hand.  I’m loving this whole “being economical” thing…  Next week, maybe I’ll tackle the giant slab of ribs that I just had to get on sale a couple of months ago (that’s been sitting in my freezer, taking up space, ever since!), and all the fish Ryan got on special at Henry’s last month!

Italian Sausage, White Bean, and Spinach Soup

  • Approx. 6 cups chicken broth (I had to add more to leftovers, as the ingredients kept sucking it up, but if you’re serving 4-6 people immediately you’ll probably only need 6 cups)
  • 2 links Italian sausage, cut up (of course, I only had one link, so I used 1/4 pound of ground turkey and added 1 egg, some dried herbs, and a bit of panko because the egg made the mixture too wet… then I rolled it into meatballs; in the photographs, the darker pieces are the sausage and the lighter pieces are the meatballs)
  • 1 can white beans, drained
  • large handful of fresh spinach, cleaned, with stems removed (approx. 1 cup, packed)
  • 1/2 cup dry orzo pasta (or any other small pasta)
  • small handful fresh parsley
  • parmesan cheese
Sausage, white bean, and spinach soup!

Sausage, white bean, and spinach soup!

  • Heat chicken broth until simmering.
  • Add sausage and parsley and cook 1-2 minutes
  • Add pasta and cook until nearly done (mine said 6 minutes, so I waited 4)
  • Add beans and spinach and cook 2-4 more minutes or until spinach is wilted and sausage and pasta are cooked through.
  • Serve garnished with parmesan cheese.  (Serves 4-6)
YUM!

YUM!

UPDATE 05/27: I had frozen the last leftovers of this soup and took one container to work today.  The pasta and beans just completely exploded, so the soup was very cloudy and a bit mushy, but still tasted nice.  I do have to say, though, that while the bits of sausage were chewy and tough, the little meatballs I made on the fly were super-super tender.  So I’d say the meatballs are winners all the way!

Planning Dinners Has its Benefits

20 May

We went on a shopping trip to my new favorite market, North Park Produce, on Sunday.  I can’t believe I lived a little over a mile away from this place for three years before I realized that they were the pinnacle of ethnic food and cheap, fresh produce awesomeness.  For under $30, we got enough produce, plus rice, bread, carne asada, and pasta, to last us through the week (we had most of the meat already in the freezer).  While shopping, we decided to plan out our dinners (and, consequently, lunch leftovers) for the whole week, and so far we’ve really enjoyed knowing that we had all the ingedients to go in all the dishes we plan to make.  We haven’t officially assigned days to dishes – so our menu may shift – but even just the simple act of saying, “Okay, we’ll have Italian one day and Chinese another” was super-helpful.  We tend to buy whatever looks good and not think about a whole meal – and then we lack inspiration and don’t use up the food we’ve bought.  But we were super-excited to plan out our meals this way!  Our meal plan and purchases are listed below:

  • Monday: Poached Chicken with Soy-Ginger Glaze, served with jasmine rice ($1.29 a pound!), garlic-wilted bok choi, and snap peas with bell peppers and onions
  • Tuesday: Tequila-Lime Carne Asada burritos.  I made so many of the veggies that they didn’t fit in the pan with the meat – but that was okay, because there are leftovers for Saturday’s brunch!
  • Tonight: Italian sausage and white bean soup with homemade chicken broth (I unintentionally made chicken broth while poaching my chicken breasts on Monday night; there was a piece with skin and bones, two excellent components of a broth, and at one point the heat got too high and boiled…  When I removed the chicken from the pot, I realized that it was awfully chickeny, so I added some onion, carrot, and celery, and boiled it for another hour…  We had the sausage in the freezer and the white beans in the cupboard, so tonight’s meal is ready to go!).  I think I’m going to make homemade bread and salad on the side, since there aren’t many veggies in my version.  I’ll take pictures if I remember!
  • The other two choices:
    • Crab cakes with orzo and salad (I’ll try to post my crab cake recipe when I make them; we always buy crab when it’s on sale at the grocery store for under $10/pound and this is one of our favorite treats!)
    • Spaghetti with ground turkey sauce and salad
  • And then, of course, for Saturday brunch, last night’s leftovers will become either a Mexican omelette or a quiche.

It’s no huge feat, but for someone who likes to cook on a whim, it’s a pretty cool accomplishment.  And it’s actually a really nice feeling (I know, I know…  everyone’s been telling me for years!) to know that I’ve got dinner in the fridge and it’ll be a really fantastic, well-balanced meal.

We also got fruit – peaches, strawberries, and apples – to bring as accompaniments for our lunch-sized portions of leftovers.  I’ve been eating a peach-strawberry-blueberry salad topped with vanilla yogurt every day during lunch, and it’s just about the best thing since sliced bread.  Now to make plans for next week…

And so it continues…

27 Oct

You know how when you are single everyone is always asking you, in Bridget Jones fashion, how your love life is?  Have you met someone?  Been on any dates lately?  If you’re not dating someone, are you secretly gay (or straight, I suppose, in the spirit of equal opportunity!) and trying to hide it from your family?

Then once you meet someone and start to date, the air is suddenly full of more questions.  Is it serious?  Is he/she the one?  And even fun personal questions like “so, how is the sex?”…  Soon, your friends and family are starting to push.  Have you talked about marriage yet?  Do you think he’s getting ready to propose?  My favorites were when people would tell me that he was never going to decide to commit, so I’d better just break up with him.  Honestly, there were times I felt like they might just be right.  But who’s to say what’s the best thing for me?

Then, the very second you get engaged, that very day before you can even really tell everyone the good news, the next set of questions begin.  When’s the big day?  Where are you going for your honeymoon?  What’s your dress like?  We literally were asked within one day of the question “being popped,” so to speak, whether we’d set a date.  Like it’s simply unacceptable for anyone to enjoy where they’re at in life without scheming about the things to come.

Once we set the date, we started to get subtle pressure (mostly from my elderly female relatives, and I suppose with good reason) surrounding the whole question of when we were going to start a family.  We weren’t even married yet and already there was fierce discussion as to whether my husband would be celebrating Father’s Day next year!!!  (By the way, the answer is no – as much as I adore the grandmother figures in my life, I am not yet ready to produce and care for a great-grandchild).

Of course, since we’ve been married, the questions have good and truly started to fly.  It’s as though I’ve morphed overnight from a woman – complete in myself, intelligent, and able – to a baby incubator, good for only one purpose.  Oh, and a husband feeder – as though it’s my only other purpose in life to put some meat on those skinny bones (despite the fact that he eats a mountain more than I do on any given day and I’ve been cooking for him for years – but that’s another topic for another blog).

It started with the grandmother figures.  Then a colleague asked me (not so delicately, I might add) when the first baby was expected.  Of course my mother has a softer touch, but her first reaction to seeing photos of my husband as a child was “I will have the most adorable grandchildren!”  (Of course, I tend to agree with her!)  Now I suspect that the rest of the world is in on it.

You know those targeted ads?  The ones on Facebook or MySpace or your e-mail that get into your internet history and show you only things that they think you’ll be interested in?  I see them daily – ads for Cole Haan shoes and Lane Bryant and Avenue, for the San Diego Symphony and (inexplicably) Betty Crocker cake mixes…  When I was wedding planning, I had constant ads for photographers, David’s Bridal, various wedding websites, and even wedding blogs.  Even up until last Friday, I was getting a few “wedding” targeted ads a week. 

Well, it’s offically begun – the rest of the world is in on the pressure, the joke.  I opened Facebook this morning to check my messages, and there, as clear as day, was an ad with a giant pregnant belly.  “Trouble getting pregnant?” was the caption underneath.

No, thank you.  Just trouble with everyone thinking I need to be.

Another Distraction

20 Oct

So it’s one month today that I’ve been married.  The living room is still full of boxes – wedding supplies, wedding gifts, things we’ve attempted to clear out of the cupboards…  The office is still full of Hubbys books and paperwork…  My clothes are everywhere as I attempt a wardrobe update.  I haven’t written my wedding vendor review, printed my photos, or written a single thank you note.  In fact, my name is changed on my Social Security Card but not yet on my Driver’s License, the utilities, or my insurance.

But of course I need one more distraction.

I’ve thought about starting a blog for a while.  But would I have anything interesting to say?  Then one friend started hers.  And another.  And even when they didn’t have “something” to say, it was still interesting.  So I’m going to make an attempt at expressing myself verbally online and see if it’s worth reading.  This may last a week, or a month, or a year.  I may never write a single entry again.  I may hide every entry I make so I don’t get yelled at by friends and family.  I may be all full of hearts and flowers (I am a newlywed, after all!).  I’m just not sure.  But if you’re willing to read, I’ll do my best to keep writing!

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