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Sausage, Egg & Cheese Braid

6 Feb

Before I do anything on a weekend morning, a cup of fresh-brewed coffee is a must:

Now that that’s settled, I found a recipe for Jalapeno, Sausage, Jack & Egg Braid in Cooking Light.

Seeing as I’m not that huge of a pepper fan, I decided to modify it a little. First up, the ingredients:

  • Refrigerated pizza dough
  • Shredded Cheese (pick your favorite, I used Colby Jack)
  • Eggs (I used Egg Beaters Southwestern Scramble)
  • Sausage (pick your favorite, I’m a huge fan of ANY Jimmy Dean sausage)

Pretty simple. Brown up your sausage:

Roll out your pizza crust on a cookie sheet either lined with parchment paper or sprayed with Pam:

Scramble your eggs:

Toss a bunch of cheese up the center of the dough, leaving about 3 inches on each side:

Toss your eggs and sausage on top of the cheesey goodness:

Side note: I “strain” my sausage by dumping it on a plate lined with a few paper towels before eating. You’ll be amazed how much grease this cuts out…

Using a sharp knife, make 2 inch slices every inch on both edges:

Braid it, weave it, do whatever makes it look pretty:

Brush some egg whites on it, toss it in the oven at 425 for about 15 minutes, and out comes this beauty:

I overcooked mine a little, but it still tastes fabulous. Enjoy!


Sporadically Perfect Evening

12 Dec

Ever been in one of those moods where you feel like blasting some music while you cook? Last night, that was me. I brought the Macbook into the kitchen with me, and Michael Buble set the scene.

Once I had my playlist set, I got to business:

Tonight’s dish? Baked Chicken Parmesan made with panko crumbs, whole wheat pasta and organic tomato sauce. And of course, there was wine:

I’m a big fan of the Coppola Diamond Label wines. And the best part? There was a $2 off coupon on the bottle! Can’t beat that πŸ˜‰

To start, I made about half a box of whole wheat rotini. Boil, baby, boil:

And I breaded my chicken…

And I mixed it up into a baking dish:

Plopped the chicken on top (whoops! forgot that pic!), and placed into the oven for about 35-40 minutes on 375*. When there was about 5 minutes left, I pulled the dish out and smothered it with part-skim mozzarella.

And you can’t have Italian food without garlic bread:

Somewhere in the midst of my cooking storm, the Hubs walked in the door with some daisies. What a good man! πŸ™‚

And the finished product:

My eyes were definitely bigger than my stomach! I didn’t finish my plate, but we did finish the bottle of wine. We spent the rest of our evening listening to Christmas carols (mostly by Michael Buble). It was just one of those sporadic, perfect evenings. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. I’m a lucky girl πŸ™‚

Garbanzo Pasta Salad

2 Dec

I modified this recipe from one I found in Self this month. I meant to swap out Cannelini beans for Garbanzo beans, but I didn’t mean to ditch the broccoli for mixed veggies. I just happened to skip right over that item on my grocery list. 😦

The recipe itself is pretty simple.

Drain and rinse a can of organic garbanzo beans:

Boil some whole wheat pasta (I used about half a box):

Grab a tub of feta:

And some EVOO:

Steam some frozen veggies that you thankfully had on hand (unpictured).

And a few containers if you’re portioning out lunches (I made 4):

Strain your pasta and mix it all up!

A delicious, nutrious and fairly clean lunch!

Bowing to Worship the Pioneer Woman

25 Nov

It’s no secret that I love chocolate. Nor is it a secret that I love cake. So, of course I love chocolate cake. Simple math, folks! And I love any cake recipe that involves 4 sticks of butter and 8 “heaping tablespoons” of cocoa. Can we say “yum”? All together now…. YUM!

When I came across the Pioneer Woman’s Best Chocolate Sheet Cake EVER recipe, I knew I had to make it as soon as possible.
Quick Run-Down of the Ingredients:

CAKE Ingredients (I love that she has to specify):

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • ΒΌ teaspoons Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • Β½ cups Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Beaten Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla



  • Β½ cups Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 1-ΒΎ stick Butter
  • 4 Tablespoons (heaping) Cocoa
  • 6 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 pound (minus 1/2 Cup) Powdered Sugar (this woman is after my heart)

Here we are, all ready to go:


Mmm… Melted butter…


Flour and sugar mixture… Notice I used whole wheat flour in a feeble attempt to make this a little healthier (why do I even kid myself?)…


And this is the point where my camera started to die. I decided to save what battery juice I had left for the final picture:


Mmm… Warm, delicious, cakey goodness. Thank you, Pioneer Woman, thank you.

Giveaway Alert!

21 Oct

Ashlee from Ash Is Fit is giving away a copy of her cookbook!

I realllly need to buy myself one of these πŸ™‚


13 Oct

Good evening!

I just want to pimp the awesome BlogPress app on the iPhone for a moment. It’s made it so much easier to keep things up to date! Love it! I just wish it were easier to insert links into my posts instead of good ‘ol fashioned HTML.

I started off my evening with an easy 3 mile run. It was brutally hot and humid. Surprise, surprise. I’m complaining about the weather again! Afterwards, I made some yummy pumpkin cake:

-1 box Jiffy yellow cake mix
-1 egg
-2 tbsp pumpkin pie seasoning
-1/2 c. Canned pumpkin
-1/2 c. Water

Mix it all up and bake on 350 for 35-40 minutes.

At one point during the evening, not one, not two, but all three of the dachshunds in this house decided my lap was a perfect place for a nap:

And some sweet close-ups…

Meet Kayne:

And the love of his life, Lucie:

And Jill:

Yes. They’re ridiculous. But I love them.

Time for bed! I’m exhausted and could use some quality sleep.


Painting Is So Much More Fun With Beer!

3 Oct

First off, the good news: Yesterday, my husband’s transfer to Jacksonville was approved! Now, when our lease is up on our apartment in Melbourne at the end of the month, we don’t have to worry about where he is going to live. He’ll be moving up to Jacksonville! We don’t have to be apart anymore! I cannot even begin to explain the amount of happiness and relief I feel.

Last night, when I got to Melbourne, we hit up Outback Steakhouse for dinner. I tried a Cooper’s Sparking Ale, and I must say, I like my beer like I like my vampires… Sparkling!

This morning, I met up with my old co-worker and friend, Dana. We got coffee at an AWESOME local place, The Sun Shoppe.

It was great to see her! Always a pleasure catching up with friends. She’s one of the people I’m really going to miss in Melbourne.

Brandon and I spent the day cleaning, packing and fixing our apartment to move out at the end of the month. Sadly, I had to paint my beautiful accent wall back to white. Here’s what it looked like before I uglied it up:

Makes me sad to see it all white again. About an hour into our day, we decided to ditch my long run tonight and drink beer to make painting and packing a little more fun:

For dinner, I made Maple Pretzel Chicken from Pineapple Grass. It was absolutely delicious and pretty easy to make!


We actually got a lot done today. Its weird seeing our dining room covered in boxes:

And of course, Kayne was exhausted from all of his hard work today:

Busy day! I’m off to relax, and get all rested to tackle 8 miles tomorrow morning. Good night!