Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Healthy Egg McMuffin

So, remember that Key Lime Pie I mentioned in the last post? Well, it calls for 4 egg yolks and I started feeling bad for throwing out the egg whites, before I even cracked the eggs. So I quickly googled whether or not I could keep the whites. Well, lo and behold, the answer is YES! So I kept them in a tupperware and figured I would eat them this week.

I finally decided to use half one morning and half the next. So, I put half of the egg whites in a ramekin, along with turkey sausage and a little cheese. Baked it on 350 for 25 minutes. Toast an English Muffin while the ramekin cools. And voila! You have a delicious and healthy breakfast :)

Egg white Egg McMuffin

Monday, September 19, 2011

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

My new obsession :)

Broccoli and Cheese Casserole (from! Jose had a few people over for dinner the other night and I've learned over the past year that that normally means there will be meat and that's it. So, I took it upon myself to make a side and of course my final Key Lime pie of the year :) As for the side, I wanted to make something different and that ended up being a Broccoli and Cheese casserole...who knew though that it would be tough to find one that didn't include Velvetta or Cheez Whiz! Finally, thanks to, I found one!

It was so easy and I think all of you should try it as well! Here are the EASY steps below, in the second batch I made for someone for dinner, I added 3 cups of an already roasted chicken!

1. Let Broccoli Thaw. Cook rice. Add all ingredients to a pan.

2. Cover with cheese.

3. Mix all ingredients together and let the cheese melt.

4. Put all ingredients in a casserole dish.

5. Voila! Bake an hour at 350 and you are done!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Homemade Pizza

Some days I get crazy cravings and want to create my own food. This happened a few weeks ago and I had actually planned to make this for Jose's birthday, then we went to Chuy's. I did make it last week though and it is so good. Meet my most recent craving: Goat Cheese, Mozzarella, and Prosciutto Pizza!It's so easy, here are the directions:

1. I cheated and used pre-made pesto, but feel free to use your own. Same goes for the pizza crust, but this was great, but not as great as the cheap frozen dough I found once and can't find again...I also found this Mozzarella with prosciutto and basil wrapped in it! Yum!

2. Slice your mozzarella

3. Spread the pesto on the crust thinly. Lay out mozzarella and crumble goat cheese! Bake for 9 minutes and viola!

I slice it in 8ths and eat 2 slices at 4 different meals throughout the week! Enjoy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cake Balls 101

After watching both of my roommates make cake balls effortlessly, I decided it was my turn...two weeks in a row. (Hence why the cake batter changes in the middle of my blog :) It is definitely not as effortlessly as it seemed :)

My co-worker Jennifer was due September 19 with a little girl, who decided to surprise everyone 2 weeks ago. She is doing great though! With that aside, the week before Jen actually had little Reagen, we threw her her one and only shower that she was able to have :) Per Jen's request, I made cake balls...of course they had to be pink inside for a I chose strawberry. A few days later I made another round for Jose's birthday and for my other co-workers...this time funfetti. Enjoy the pics below:

1. Start by making the cake either from scratch or from the box. Cook as directed and let cool completely. (Sorry no picture of the cake)

2. After the cake has completely cooled, crumble it in a bowl with either pre-made icing or your homemade icing. Mix together.

3. Next I roll out all of the cake balls. Let me tell you...this was the most tedious part. I had to rinse my hands about every 8-12 cake ball. They started falling apart if I didn't. After that, I then put them in the fridge for a few hours (my second batch I left in there overnight and just covered with foil).

4. This is where the pictures change from one dough to another...after I pulled the cake balls out of the fridge and laid down wax paper/foil, I melted my candy coating a few blocks at a time and started dipping! (I melt only a few blocks at a time because the candy coating hardens quickly, so you have to work quickly!) This takes quite awhile, but they dry quickly so it makes it that much more worth it.

5. Decorate as you wish. I had the funfetti sprinkles that I put on top. You HAVE to do this while the chocolate is still in the process of hardening. In the last picture, I ran out of candy coating, but had enough to dip the top in and add sprinkles!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

What Happened to Me?!

I've been reading friends blogs lately and have wanted to pick it back up. I will slowly though, I have a lot I want to blog, but don't want to overwhelm everyone on day 1! So much has happened since I last blogged...I don't even know where to start. First and foremost, I moved into a house with the amazing Kristin and Kelly in May 2010. Of course we had to re-sign our lease when May rolled around this year because we enjoyed each other so much. Here we are at Kristin's bday this past year, for some reason it's only one of three photos we have together...

There is so much more, but I won't bore you right now. Be watching for food blog updates as well!

Friday, January 01, 2010

2009 in Review.

Here's my annual review of the year. This one has had it's ups and downs, but I wouldn't ask for it any other way.

Rung in the New Year playing Rockband with my best friends. Started my last semester ever of college, with no clue where I was going to be. Continued Children's stuff at UBC. Gained a few new friends through it and couldn't ask for more. Learning and growing. Worked on a project for PBS Waco. Spent Spring Break in Waco and couldn't have wanted it any other way. Made life-long friends. Got a job in Austin, TX. Graduated May 16, 2009. Moved to Austin May 17. Started working a few days later. Met amazing people. Moved into a new apartment, which is home. Gained Stupecki baby #6, my 3rd nephew! My parents moved to Quincy, Washington. Learned about transition after college. Struggled. Spent most of September and October going to Waco. Still loving, embracing, and living. Blessed by the community I've found in Austin even if I work every Sunday morning. Great 23rd birthday with old and new friends! New Thanksgiving traditions with my immediate family in Houston. Random trip to Fredericksburg for a day. Gained an internship. New Christmas traditions. Random trip to Amarillo to see 6 amazing girls. Lost the internship I hadn't even started. Completely encourage and loved by my Soma community. Finished 2009 at work and then with a few great people.

What to look forward to in 2010:
-Hopeful prospects of jobs
-Learning more
-Loving, embracing, and living
-Watching one of my best friends get married and being part of it
-Continued growth with the Soma community
-Hopeful trip to Ohio to meet the newest addition and see my sisters!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ephesians 4

Yesterday was quite possibly one of the most blessed days I've had in a while. Below is what I read yesterday morning and it's all my heart could focus on all day. It turned out I got to spend the afternoon with two great friends on two separate adventures. I then followed it up with my love for the game of volleyball. Followed by a good time with a few more friends. God's funny sometimes in His timing, but I guess He knows best right? I'm going to leave you with Ephesians 4, I think it sums up an end to a few hard weeks.

Unity in the Body of Christ

1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says,

“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”

9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

The New Life

17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.