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Month: April, 2016

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 It s time for

Friends, I’m writing you from a  new world. I am officially done with dental school!!! My patient list is zero, I’ve terminated my clinical privileges and all there is to do now is drink copiously in celebration. When I’m not tossing back drinks, I’m hoping to make the most of my remaining time in Philadelphia. Today I checked out the Science Festival at Penn’s Landing, bought some groceries at the Italian Market and am going to shop in Center City. These are good times, people. Good times. If you’re lazying about at home, here are some things I’ve been browsing recently:

90 days to managing

When friends are family.

Ooh savory oatmeal for breakfast.

When the rent is too good to be true… 

I want to learn how to be an avocado magician

This springtime cobb salad looks too good to  be healthy.

BALL PIT. I’m totally getting this for Zooey’s next birthday.  

This up close footage of a kangaroo is honestly kind of terrifying. 

Everybody is just looking for a human connection. In Japan especially. 

Behind all those blurred naked private parts is a business like the Blur Man Group.

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Saturdaysurf

Fluffy flakes of snow are drifting today, folks. I made a run out to get groceries but my game plan is to stay indoors the rest of the night. There are plans to go out out dancing but two games of Slap Cup did me in yesterday so I think a night of guilty TV shows might be my medicine. If you’re staying indoors, here are some of my web browsing highlights for this week:

A recipe for tamale chicken pot.

Rewards that aren’t food or shopping.

I’m a huge HGTV fan and love these summer home ideas under 30K.

Michael Pollan’s documentary series Cooked was a fascinating watch this week.

I just recently discovered firefly flights and some great ways to decorate with them.

When I exercise, I usually do a lot of HIIT so I am a huge fan of these workout routines.

Tomorrow is Sunday aka BrunchDay. Here are some mimosa recipes to consider trying.

Apparently Chik-Fil-A’s secret for chicken is pickle brining?! Here’s a recipe to try that out.

This week I made chocolate chip cookies which were good but I want BETTER. I’m going to try one of the recipes mentioned here.

By the way, if you’ve never heard of Slap Cup- like me until yesterday-it’s mentioned here as one of eleven drinking games. I’ve played seven of them so far. Yay?

Pictured above is a cocktail from Fado, Center City, Philadelphia, PA.  

bacon + leek frittata

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I am extremely basic when it comes to brunch. Is it my deep love of bacon and sausage? The fact that I find eggs the most versatile of food products? When I’m not swimming in debt and if hashtags are still in, I will be repping #ladieswhobrunch so hard.

Unfortunately, the side effect of my basic love is that others share it. I’ve got competition when I go brunching! It’s not a cute amble with your gal pals into an adorable cafe. You’ve got an hour waitlist. SOMETIMES TWO. We are breaching lunch time now and someone is going to get hangry. It’s most likely going to be me.

You know what the solution is: brunch at home. Invite your chickas over. NO WAITS! DRINK AS MANY MIMOSAS AS WANT WITHOUT JUDGMENT! TALK ABOUT ALL THE INAPPROPRIATE THINGS YOU WANT WITHOUT FEAR OF BEING OVERHEARD! Wait, is that just my friends and me? Please tell me it isn’t.

Anyway I’m talking a frittata today. Because, you know, the above mentioned: bacon + eggs. I like the idea of French toast but will ALWAYS go savory over sweet. Enjoy!

bacon + leek frittata

  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 cups leeks, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup onions, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used soy.)
  • 1/2 cup cheese, shredded (TJ’s Parmesan, Romano and Asiago Cheese)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Set oven to 350 degrees.

Cook bacon on skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Add leeks. Cook for two minutes. Add tomatoes, onions and garlic. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent. Pour into a baking dish. Top with half the cheese.

Beat eggs with milk, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Pour into baking dish.

Top with remaining cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until egg is set.

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SATURDAY

Happy Saturday!

Today’s all about taking it slow: putter around the house, put away those piles of clean laundry and figure out what’s actually edible in my fridge. Before I do that though, I’m sipping a mug of hazelnut coffee and catching up on Grey’s Anatomy. If you’re all caught up on your shows, here are a few things that caught my eye this week:

On why we chill our eggs.

This bread is on my to try list. 

Thoughtful questions to ask before marriage.

I love these stories of animal/human connections!

I have a pasta machine so it’s time to crank out some ravioli dough. 

Here are some ideas for cardio body weight exercises to use next week. 

Let’s make something easy and sweet. Perhaps a strawberry mascarpone tart?

I’m not big on sports but I found this story on the influence athletes have for big business intriguing.

Remember choose-your-own-adventure books? Now apply it to a K-drama and you get this. Like whaaa?!