Saturday, April 22, 2017

Too Many Eggs In One Basket

I have a confession...

As much as I LOVE to cook and experiment...I can't boil an egg to save my life. Or cook rice (without the assistance of a rice cooker). There. You now know what keeps me up at night (joke).

With Easter gone, I'm often left to figure out what to do with all the eggs. I mean, I love eggs...but only so much. I usually ask my sister to boil them for me because I always either under cook them, or over cook them...or tear them to shreds trying to peel them. I am the person that goes in the grocery store and buys the eggs that are already boiled and peeled because I suck lol.

And yes, I've tried every method on Pinterest (including the oven baked ones) and still I manage to not get it quite right. I'm OK with this mostly. Tonight, out of somewhere around 24 eggs, I only managed to mangle like 4...I ate one.

Anyways, on Easter I never made it around to dying the eggs so I left 18 home and still managed to bring home at least another dozen. I ate some for breakfast and cut some others up on salads. Today I looked in my fridge and figured I'd better do something with the remainders so they didn't go to waste.

I love pickles. Hot, sour, sweet, dill. I love them all. Growing up I ate almost everything I came across pickled. Pig feet, eggs, hot sausages, almost everything. As I've gotten older I've cut out the pig feet and only occasionally will eat a hot sausage. I haven't had a pickled egg in years. Off to Pinterest I went to find a suitable recipe. I hope it's suitable anyway.

I had taken an empty pickle jar from my sister's house (the same one that boils my eggs) and sterilized it (washed it thoroughly and boiled it). It took me forever to peel the eggs! No lie! The brine smells so good though. I used the recipe from Damn Near 40 (2011) and modified it a bit.

Have you ever been to a bar with pickled eggs and sausage? Me neither, but I've seen it on tv and always thought it would be something I'd like, so I gave it a go. I literally just put the brine on the eggs, so they will have to sit for a few days before I can let you know how they turn out, but I have high hopes!

My modifications were: I didn't have fresh garlic so I used chopped garlic that I had for all of the garlic; I added already pickled jalapenos because they seemed like a good idea; I added red pepper flakes; and I used smoked turkey sausage. The sizes of my eggs varied, so I'm not sure how many I actually got in there.

What do you do with your leftover eggs?



Pickled Eggs


INGREDIENTS:

18 boiled eggs, peeled

1 large onion, chopped into large pieces

1 "rope" length link or 4 bun length links fully cooked sausage of your choice, sliced

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and left whole

2 cloves of garlic, chopped

2 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

3 cups water 

2 Tbsp pickling spice

3 bay leaves

INSTRUCTIONS:

Layer peeled eggs, sausage slices, whole garlic cloves, and onion in 3 quart jars or one gallon jar.  In a medium sauce pan, combine vinegar, water, and pickling spice. Bring to a boil and add chopped garlic and bay leaves.  Remove from heat and pour hot mixture into jar(s). Seal and refrigerate for 5 days to 2 weeks before serving.  ENJOY!!
XOXO
RoJo

Monday, April 10, 2017

Disneyland!

In an amazing twist of fate, I was able to go visit one of the most magical places on Earth! I had never been to any Disney park! People always looked at me crazy when I said that, but now I can't say it anymore. We grew up poor. I'm not ashamed to admit that. It is the driving force behind me working to be able to do some of the things I wasn't able to do as a child, so there.

I. Did. Not. Take. My. Child. Why? Well, because I didn't want to buy a full price ticket to fly her to California and two because my sister and I needed some bonding time. Again, I had never been, so I wanted to see what I would be getting myself into when I take her later, to the Florida parks.

I. Had. A. Ball! It really is impossible to have a bad attitude. Even when you are being ran over by strollers and motorized wheelchairs and waiting in impossibly long lines. The atmosphere is remarkable! The weather was perfect!

What did I love?
The rides. Hyperspace Mountain (INSANE), Toy Story Mania (I think this was my favorite), Radio Springs Racers, Soarin' and the list goes on. We had so much fun!

The only ride I did NOT like was It's A Small World. Why? Because I felt like someone had force fed me psychedelic drugs and made me look at these creepy dolls that were singing the same song in different languages and it was just a sensory overload! I didn't like it and I wouldn't do it again!

The food. Some of it was like really good and some wasn't. What I enjoyed?  Breakfast at Carnation Cafe'. The potatoes stole the show. In the California Adventure Park, they had Pineapple Cotton Candy. PINEAPPLE COTTON CANDY!!! It was delicious! And apparently seasonal and has no affiliation with Dole Whip...which...OMG! Every blog I read told me that I HAD to try the Monte Cristo sandwich. I tried it. I ended up picking the meat and cheese out and just eating that. I think that says more about me than it does a dozen bloggers though!

If you have never been, do go and have a ball. I look forward to taking #babymagic because I know she will absolutely lose her mind.

We did 2 day park hopper passes and honestly could have gone several more times. We didn't get to see or do everything, but it was truly magical!

What would I recommend?

1. Don't take your selfie stick. You will have to throw it away. I learned this the hard way because I didn't read the rules before going!

2. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Pack a poncho if you are going to do water rides.

3. Take your own drinks and snacks. Not so much that it would add too much weight, but those snacks are NOT cheap. I mean definitely eat some of the Disney food, but not all Disney food.

4. Pack your patience. Lines are long for everything. Use the FastPass system. Get FastPasses for the most popular rides first thing in the morning.

5. Go for multiple days. You can't fit it all in a day. Especially if you have little ones. They wear out fast. I wore out fast. LOL

6. HAVE FUN!

We were also able to eat at the famous Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles and it was delicious! I almost ate the chicken bones!

Until next time..
RoJo

Kiks and I

Pomme Frites (eat these!)

Pineapple Cotton Candy

Monte Cristo

I ate Mickey's ears

Gumbo Crepes

Fritattas from Carnation Cafe
PS- I must also share my disdain with the lack of merchandise available for the ethnic Princesses. I mean, I couldn't even find Tiana in New Orleans Square.

Monday, January 30, 2017

I Miss You!

Hey y'all!

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and every other holiday that I've seemed to miss! I don't have much time to write these days, regrettably. I miss it and hope to be able to catch back up with you all soon!

Life is good. It's busy, but I won't complain. I hope you are all doing well and we will catch up soon! Maybe if someone invites me to a super bowl party I'll at least have a recipe to share LOL!

Stay safe!

XOXO
RoJo

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hypothyroidism Update 85452146

Sheesh. This illness is never ending. Like for real.

I saw my wonderful endocrinologist last week...who is always running behind on his appointments because he likes to talk and get to know you. My meds had to be adjusted. Again. So now I'm back to my 3 month rotations of seeing him. I mean I like the guy, but I don't want to see him that much! I thought I was doing well until I wasn't. I think me actually putting forth effort to lose weight is what kicked this whole thing off. So my daily dilemma is whether or not I should just accept this pudginess. Nobody in their right mind wants to be pudgy. It sucks that my body attacks itself.

Sigh. My weight fluctuates so drastically  that I have 2 sizes of clothes in my closet. This week I'm in the bigger size. Grant it, I have been eating like a maniac. Apparently also a side effect of Synthroid not being at the proper dosage. When is it ever going to get there and stay there?! This process is super frustrating. But at least I'm not hiding under my desk to sleep at 10am. That's an improvement LOL!

Despite all that, I'm happy that the season is changing (on the calendar because it's still hot). I'm looking forward to the fall. Cooler air, boots and baggy shirts LOL. Cocoa and blankets...I'm looking forward to it!

I hope you all are doing well!

XOXO
RoJo

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Healthy Baby Home Party

I was chosen by Seventh Generation to host a Healthy Baby Home Party.

What is it, you ask?

Well, I was sent a bunch of goodies (free of charge) to discuss with my friends and family. Each family in attendance was given a bag of samples and coupons so that they could decide if moving to natural, healthy products would work for their families.

We had a great time! We ate, played games and discussed the goodness of things...and some of the badness of things too.

One family received diapers and wipes. There were coupons for Babble bottles, seeds to plant, dish washing liquid and a bunch of other cool stuff!

We played bingo and ate...did I say that already? LOL What's a party without food? Right?





Thanks Seventh Generation for providing such amazing party products!
I'm seriously in love with the lavender flower and mint dish washing detergent! It smells amazing and honestly, it cleans a whole lot better than I expected! I think it also calms my nerves while I'm doing my least favorite chore!

Thanks to everyone that attended! I hope you are putting your samples to good use! These products don't contain harmful chemicals like some of the top name brands. Anything to make my family healthier is a win in my book!

XOXO
RoJo