Avocado Deviled Eggs + a new recipe

I invented a recipe!

I made up a recipe. I made something taste good without following a recipe… except the one I made up while I was cooking!

I felt so giddy about it.

Last Saturday, I found a recipe for Avocado Deviled Eggs. I hate deviled eggs, but I thought adding the avocado would make it OK for me.

Nope. Still hate them.

(The deviled eggs are not the recipe I invented. I’ll get to that.)

Avocado Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 Tbs. mustard (Added to the recipe on Husband’s advice.)
  • 1/2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 Tbs. finely minced red onion
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped cilantro
  • A few dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • A few grinds of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Directions
How to hard-boil eggs: Bake them in a muffin tin in the oven at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Get a huge bowl of ice water. Use tongs and put the eggs in the water. This stops the eggs from cooking and turning green. After they cool, 10 minutes, you can peel them.

Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Carefully scoop out the yolks and put into a medium bowl. Put egg halves onto a platter and put into the fridge.

With a fork, crumble up the egg yolks. Cut avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the avocado flesh from both halves and add it to the egg yolks. With a spoon, mix well, until the yolks and avocado are creamy. Add lime juice and mix well. Add red onion, cilantro, Tabasco, pepper and salt. Mix well to combine.

Remove egg halves from the fridge. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop avocado yolk mixture into the egg halves. Garnish with a single cilantro leaf. Serve immediately, or before the avocado browns.

deviled eggs recipe

Husband loooooooves deviled eggs, and I wanted to make them for dinner, but we couldn’t JUST have deviled eggs (especially since I hate them).

Now, the recipe for deviled eggs called for one tablespoon of minced red onion. Red onion doesn’t really come minced in one tablespoon portions.

I had a whole onion left!

What to do with a whole onion? Saute it! And then invent a delicious recipe.

 

I sliced the sweet red onion, chopped up a peeled sour apple and sautéed them butter. A little salt and pepper, a pinch of brown sugar, a dash of thyme and a bit of Dijon mustard, and I had a chunky sweet and sour onion sauce.

I sautéed five thin pork chops in the sauce mixture and served them together.

Pretty. Darned. Tasty.

Pork Chops with Sweet and Sour Onion Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 medium sour apple, cored and peeled
  • 1 medium sweet red onion, sliced
  • dash each of salt, pepper, brown sugar and thyme
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 4-5 boneless pork chops

Directions
Heat the butter in a large saute pan. Saute the red onions and apples in the butter. Add the remaining ingredients and allow the onions and apples to get mushed. Push the sauce to the sides of the saute pan.

Salt and pepper the pork chops and saute them in the center of the saute pan, about 2-3 minutes per side depending on the thickness.

 

 

My desk job might be killing me

I love my job.

I hate my desk.

Did you know your desk might be killing you? I am pretty sure my desk is killing me.

I dropped by my friend Jordan’s house last weekend to pick up the jewelry I ordered at her party. We had barista-made mochas and a fun talk about work and weight gain.

We were talking about Halloween costumes in preparation for her upcoming Halloween party. I told her I’m going to be Lady Rambo so I can wear sweat pants because most of my other pants don’t fit right, and she said: “Desk job.”

I agreed with her.

She’s been in the working world longer than I have, and she understood why I hate my desk.

Sitting at a desk all day is awful, and my desire to exercise usually occurs midday. We’ve already discussed why I can’t get sweaty in the middle of the day, but I have to do something to satisfy my need to move in the middle of the day.

I found six stretches that every desk worker should do throughout the day to loosen stiff muscles and prevent excess strain on the neck, shoulders and back. Every stretch highlighted in the guide is a move we do in my Power Yoga class.

Speaking of Power Yoga…

I am often absent to my Power Yoga class. When I show up for a day, I’m sure everyone is like: “Whoa! She’s still alive.”

I attended last Saturday, and I felt like a BEAST. Maybe it was because we had a substitute instructor, and he went a little easier on us than Jill usually does. No matter! I destroyed that yoga class!

Yoga does, however, highlight glaringly all of my “trouble spots.” Reverse Warrior… Side Angle Pose… Any and all twists… My waistline addition is very obvious (to me, no one else is paying attention) when I try to do those moves.

Obvious and uncomfortable.

I’m used to moving parts of my body to get into a yoga pose. Usually around my chest area, but I cannot move my core to make a yoga pose work.

It’s my core.

It doesn’t go places.

I’m working on my waistline now. Working hard to get it whittled away back to a healthy circumference, one that works with yoga poses I used to love.

Wish me luck!

 

I do not drink Diet Coke anymore, and here’s why

When I was in high school, I became addicted to Diet Coke. I hated all other soda, even Sprite and 7-Up when I was sick.

I just wanted Diet Coke.

I drank in excess of two Diet Coke’s almost every day, which is just… a lot. It was ridiculous.

When my husband and I got engaged, I significantly reduced the amount of Diet Coke I drank (and increased the amount of coffee). When we were married, I barely drank any soda (but I drank a lot more coffee).

But that didn’t mean I still wasn’t addicted to Diet Coke. I WANTED IT. I didn’t order soda when my husband and I went out to dinner because he didn’t, and I knew he wasn’t a fan of soda.

Good role model, that one.

I’m thankful for his influence. I do not often drink soda, and when I do, it’s usually one of those “all-natural” regular Sierra Mists or Sprites.

I have stopped drinking diet soda.

Go me!

You might ask yourself: “What about all those calories and all that sugar in regular soda?”

I’m not terribly concerned about calories and sugar in regular soda because I don’t drink it too often.

And I have discovered some pretty interesting stuff about diet soda, and by interesting I mean disturbing.

Kidney problems, weight gain caused by a loss in metabolic rate, cell damage and rotten teeth are just a few of the reasons I don’t want to drink Diet Coke anymore.

With my normal abdominal issues (lactose intolerance and wonky hormones), I don’t need to add kidney function decline to the mix. My teeth are not awesome genetically, and past soda habits have not helped.

Plus, I am trying to lose weight.

Regular soda causes weight gain because of the amount of sugar. Diet soda causes weight gain because of aspartame, a fake sugar. In a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center, individuals who drank more than two diet sodas a day saw a 500 percent increase in their waist. The aspartame raises glucose levels, and the liver converts excess glucose into body fat.

I’m less OK with that than I am with normal sugar.

Have you given up diet soda?

Hand-me-down furniture for newlyweds

I am truly grateful for all the hand-me-downs that fill my home.

When Husband and I got married, we had very little. Our gift registry provided us with a lot of the household items we needed, such as dishes, kitchen appliances, towels and thoughtful decorative items.

The pieces of furniture we needed, however, could not be a part of our registry. We relied on a lot of hand-me-down items from our families. For example, my mother- and father-in-law gave Husband and I A LOT of the furniture in our house. As an engagement present, they us a bedroom set: bed, dresser and bedside table.

My mother and grandparents filled our house with decorative items and books they no longer wanted. (Of course, I still haven’t gotten my old bedroom set from my mother’s house yet. I will. I promise. I’ll have a guest room some day.)

Husband already had his parents’ old couch and Laz-E-Boy recliner as well as a small dining room table before we got married. We still use the couch and the chair, two staples in our living room for three years! The small dining room table was replaced with a larger table of the same design that we got from his sister.

We earned two rugs from his sister, too, when we moved into her old rental house. She moved into a house with carpet and didn’t need the rugs. When we moved into a house with carpet, we took the rugs with us. Right now, they’re in the basement waiting for someone to need them.

Our more recent additions include a coffee table, another bedside table and a gorgeous bookshelf.

The coffee table, a large sepia painting and a couple of tall candlesticks were given to us because they were too big for their original homes.

A coffee table gifted to us. (Those are WSU coasters I got as a graduate present from my old boss and coworkers at University Relations.)

A sepia painting gifted to us.

Two tall candles sticks and candles gifted to us. (Pretty sure that painting was  gift, too. I can’t remember where it came from, but I’m sure I didn’t garage sale it.)

Some of the furniture we received from Husband’s grandparents after they moved cross-country to live near his uncle and aunt in Washington.

This bedside table is in our living room right now, but it’ll soon move upstairs (after I get up the courage to paint and distress it).

This hutch is in our kitchen right now. I can’t decide how I want to dress it up.

Some of my favorites are my desk and our newest addition: the bookshelf!

I love this desk. It’s so lovely.

BOOKSHELF!

If you remember, Husband and I moved from a house with built-in bookshelves to a house with zero bookshelves. We had SO many books without homes.

Recently, my in-laws replaced this bookshelf with a hutch and asked if the hubs and I wanted it.

Yes. Yes, I wanted it.

I haven’t filled yet. I’m still deciding which books and items I want where. Such a difficult decision, and one I’m happy to make!

I love my home filled with hand-me-downs!

 

 

 

Get paid to exercise… wait, what?

Online fitness trackers have never worked for me.

Mostly because I am too lazy busy to get online to track my calories in and calories burned. You’d think that would be the easy part of tracking calories in and burned.

I’m sure if I had a little incentive to fill out an online fitness tracker, I’d turn in my normal journal for an online version.

A new fitness tracker called Earndit works with other online fitness trackers, including MapMyFitness and Foursquare (checking in at the gym), to turn workouts into points and points into rewards.

With Earndit, you can get PAID to work out. Rewards range from fitness gear and healthy snacks to providing vaccines for children in third world counties. It’s like running a marathon for breast cancer research!

Mission: Get points. Get rewards. Earn it.

Other interesting fitness apps:

What are your favorite fitness apps?

It is FINALLY time for fall fruits and vegetables

Fall is my favorite season, and, this fall, will be the best.

Why? What makes this fall the best fall season I have had?

No school.

For the first time in years, I am not a student. Fall used to mean new classes, new textbooks, projects, papers and tests.

No more.

Never again.

I couldn’t love October more right now.

Fall, however, has been my favorite season for quite some time. I love the weather, the outfits (most of mine are made for fall) and the food!

Fall produce is in season!

I’ve never enjoyed an apple so much. Last summer, apples tasted like wet cardboard. I missed the crisp snap and flavor of a fall apple. I know the best of fall apples have yet to hit my supermarket, but I’m sure my next grocery trip will yield a true treasure.

 

I mean look at the size of that one! It’s huge, and it was delicious.

This fall, since I’m not busy with school and since I have a new-to-me gas oven, I have plans to bake my first apple pie.

From scratch.

According to Eating Well, the best apples for cooking and baking are McIntosh and Granny Smith, which might be why I’m not a fan of eating either of those apples with covering them in cinnamon and sugar.

Learn something new every day.

What is the best apple to eat? Honeycrisp. I completely agree. SO GOOD.

I’m already enjoying the flavor and health benefits of several fall vegetables. I ate a head or two of broccoli almost every week during September, and I haven’t stopped the pattern.

Husband hates broccoli so I get it ALL to myself. He wants to like broccoli, he really does, but he just hates it. Poor guy. He’s missing out on all those delicious nutrients: vitamins A, C and K, folate and fiber.

Husband does, however, love cabbage, potatoes and some squash. Our fall dinner menu is looking fabulous.

Horror at Homecoming at Mayhem High

I attended the Homecoming celebration at Mayhem High last weekend!

Mayhem High is a quiet high school in the middle of… somecoughtown… in the great state of… somecoughian… with absolutely LOVELY students. The entire class was excited for the Homecoming dance and to discover who had won Homecoming King and Queen. We gathered at the dance, had some punch and danced to the music of the 90’s. (Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC, yo.)

Sarah Social and I, Clerical Katie, put the Homecoming dance together and took care of the voting for King and Queen. And by “took care of,” I mean fixed.

 

 

Peter Prez, the student class president, and his “girlfriend” stabbed me in the back. He was supposed to take me to the dance… not her. I couldn’t let them win Homecoming King and Queen, but they were going to win. The votes said it all! No! Bobby Backer and Dolly Dancer paid Sarah and I off to win, and I made sure it happened.

That’ll show Peter.

But then… something horrible happened at the dance… Everything was going so well until… After Bobby accepted his crown, he was murdered!

Horror at Homecoming Theme Party

I was shocked! I was appalled! I was… so… nervous I’d get caught! I had to cover my tracks and figure out who really killed Bobby.

Because I didn’t do it.

Well, according to my character description, I didn’t do it.

Last weekend, a couple of my friends put on a Horror at Homecoming theme party in which all guests were given characters to portray throughout the night. Our goal was to discover who was the murderer…

…who happened to be the nicest, most lovely student at the school: Cindy Sensational. Who was also our host of the party, along with her husband. (Their dog’s name is Pupcake. I die.)

Theme parties are a hoot! I had so much fun pretending to a vindictive you-know-what and trying to frame my fellow students for murder in order to protect my own butt. Husband had fun, too.

Yes. I dragged my husband to a theme party.

AND HE HAD A GOOD TIME.

Blew my mind.

Have you ever been to a theme party? What kind?

Today is my jewelry party! See photos and recipes soon!