Archive | April, 2014

Colored Eggs

18 Apr

This is the time of the year that all the Easter eggs come out!  Each year we color wayy to many of them and that is the best part.  By the end of the week you are so sick of egg dishes but as of right now I am craving the hard boiled egg! I should make 1 disclaimer – I will only really eat hard boiled eggs, I very much dislike them any other way or most things that have eggs in them, such as french toast.

Colored EggsAnyway, on to the fun part!  Every year we get an explosion of colored tablets that are just dropped into vinegar and water.  This has to be one of the cheapest crafts that you can make and really not a whole lot is wasted since you will be eating the eggs afterwards.  Eggs run about $1.50 a dozen and they are usually on sale around this time of year.  Those color kits are about $2 and the vinegar is about $1.  For less than a footlong from Subway you can create little edible masterpieces.

My favorite thing to do with hard boiled eggs is of course to make deviled eggs.  Every time I make these I just basically dump things together into a bowl and keep tasting it until I think it is delicious.  If you asked me how to make egg salad it would be this same combination of random ingredients except with the egg whites mixed in as well.

Here is the recipe for Nicole’s Deviled Eggs – pick and choose which ingredients you like:

For sweet choose sweet ingredients/Hot and Spicy – Use all the peppers

Hard boiled eggs with the yolks removedDeviled Eggs
Yellow mustard, dijon mustard or honey mustard
Hot sauce or buffalo wing sauce
Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip (if you like it)
Red pepper flakes
Cayenne Pepper
Dill pickle relish, Sweet pickle relish and pickle juice
Vinegar – any kind
Sugar
Salt and pepper
Garlic
Bacon
Cheddar Cheese (more for egg salad)

Add everything in a big bowl and wet it with the vinegar until it is a paste consistency and then put it in a plastic bag, cut the corner off the bag and squeeze it into the empty egg white shells.  You will end up with delicious deviled eggs and they will never be the same twice!

Spilling the Fruit

17 Apr

FruitI often hang out with my neighbor and many time we get on the topic of fresh fruit (he is a nutrition major).  More than once he has tried to explain to me that the food group that most college students miss out on daily is fruit.  I tried to explain to him that fruit is expensive and I don’t really like it.

After he told me that I started to really watch to see how much fruit I did eat.  Turns out I eat alot of fruit flavored candy but not much actual fresh fruit.  I just don’t love it.  Then, I came up with a solution.  I started making smoothies.

It turns out this is a great way to get a serving of fruit, yogurt and milk with minimal effort.  Fresh fruit is the most expensive to buy and I usually steer clear of it – I only really eat apples and every once in a while a green banana or two.  However, I went to a larger grocery store and found a huge frozen fruit section!  You can get all kinds of berries, mangos, pineapple pieces and even some exotic fruits that are frozen and you can literally just dump them into your blender and there you go.  Or in some cases just eat them frozen – I brought frozen raspberries with me to class every morning for like a month….

The other thing is the price of fruit. The frozen stuff isn’t as bad, while it will still run you more than the typical pizza and it is not necessarily a meal, you won’t be missing out on all the nutritional stuff – like vitamins and minerals (or whatever healthy stuff is in there.)

So next time that you are in the store, check out the frozen fruit section and see if there is something that you might be willing to give up and extra Tony’s pizza for but if not then head over to the canned fruits and check out the peaches and pears usually 10/$1 or better!

On the Tweeter or Twitter

1 Apr

TwitterI have a twitter, I have had one for many years now and every once in a while I will post a random thought.  But I do not use twitter, I really don’t tweet and any tweet that I might have on there probably came from either this blog or my Instagram or some other service that I have pushed the post to.

Let’s face it.  I just don’t understand.  I use Twitter to follow important games when I am not close to a TV or am just not that interested in the actual game or if some major drama is going on – such as a gmail fluke.  Other than that I feel like Twitter is mostly used for starting drama between celebrities and posts about things I don’t care about.

Overall, most of the internet is that way and I get sucked into site that just lead me from one article to the next and I end up spending so many hours on their site.  HuffPost Weird News section, is one of these, Imgur is another.  I could spend my entire day on those sites but Twitter, I can’t spend more than 5 minutes on there.

I follow all kinds of people on Twitter and all kinds of people follow me, but I have nothing to say and nothing to share with this strange group of anonymous followers.  With the ability to look up everyone’s first tweet, that I heard about a few weeks ago I really started thinking, why do I care about any of this?  The answer is that I don’t.  I am on Twitter because it was the “cool” thing to do at one point and here I am, being “cool.”

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