Friday, April 26, 2013

Where I would be

I have today off, and I've done just about
so far!

Well, I have washed two loads of laundry and
dried one,
so I'm getting somewhere but nowhere fast.

let's just say I had the following:
a. no obligations
b. a good wad of cash

With such things, I would take
a. my husband
b. myself
to somewhere warm
somewhere tropical,
somewhere with a beach,
and somewhere my expired passport wouldn't matter.

I'd go to any of these places:

File:El Morro Castle, San Juan, Puerto Rico.jpg
San Juan, Puerto Rico

The U.S. Virgin Islands


That is where I would be.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


I was looking over my blogs from the last 3 years, and boy,
writing was a lot easier way back when, huh?! 

I don't know what really to write, and I
am dealing with this thing where I just don't feel like going to bed even though I'm so,
dang tired!

Meh, perfect time for rambling, huh??? :)

Here's some favorites of mine lately, in a "as it comes to me" order:

- helping my husband run for the grad. student VP of Student Life position at TIU - so fun!
- daffodils popping up everywhere
- leaf buds (whenever those things show up)
- classy and feminine dresses
- lace [almost] anything

- Contemplating Arminianism
- "Rick Steves Europe"
- "Keeping Up Appearances" (on Amazon Prime/PBS/interwebs?)
- Spring, when it happens
- "The Amazing Race"
- Violets
- Safron flowers
- Trinity Wives Fellowship
- seeing babies smile
- conversations with kids
- not moving (residences, that is)!
- vacation
- Genesis, I & II Samuel, Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Solomon, Matthew, John, Romans, 1 Corinthians, Philippians, James, Revelation. No, I'm not reading all of those right now...actually, I've been in Mark this semester and not much else.  Thanks TWF leadership!
- Haircuts at Aveda
- $20 coupons at Aveda
- Rivers
- Gardening
- Sporadic capitalization in lists
- Dragonflies
- fresh sheets
- letters
- fonts
- Our Victoria Secret shopping bag-patterned couch.  Yes, it's a real thing.
- The faithfulness of God
- the afghan my Grandma B. made me long ago
- good lip balm
- the games Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Agricola
- the games of football, baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer, competitive swimming, running...etc.
- chocolate
- dry wine
- the beach
- seeing friends
- seeing family
- home
- love
- Love.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

TTC T: National Infertility Awareness Week

It is rough being infertile.

Second only to the pain caused to both me and my husband when we are sans baby is the feeling of being totally and utterly alone.

"Oh, you're not alone."

Of course I know we're not actually alone, but try to comfortably explain your feelings to a room of beaming new moms.  That's what alone feels like, to be sure, regardless of your or anyone else's intentions.

Try explaining your feelings if you're in a room of beaming new and 2nd-or-more time moms, especially if you've already had one baby, and boy oh boy, prepare for looks of total confusion!

But check this out, it's National Infertility Awareness Week.

Call me a hermit when it comes to publicly talking about this, but I had no clue that
this whole kind of week existed.

So, if you're out there, and I do mean this to
the few people who stumble upon this blog by habit,
let me know if what you think about this week, if you know anything about it at all!

And no - that is not some idle invitation.  :)  Say something if you want! 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Yum 1 - Baked Eggs

Baked Eggs.  It's savory, simple, and scrumptious. 

Before I post this recipe, I just wanted to say that I'm considering shifting completely back to Feisty - Like I ought to be.  My blog isn't uploading to other people's lists so easily, as far as I can tell from the bit of research I've done.  Additionally, there is already another "warrior wives" blog, and while they do not talk at all about military things, fighting against the hurt cause by experiencing infertility, or most of which I want to write about, I know that our blogs could get confused and I want to find a respectful way to make us distinct.  Also, I'm going through a lot of "blogger's block" right now, so that doesn't help. 

Anyway, here goes this recipe!

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen, because I didn't have enough people for the full recipe (4-6) or leafy greens (1.5 pounds!).

Baked Eggs with Hollandaise Sauce - Serves 2

This is super easy, guys, and even if you've never maid hollandaise (I hadn't!), you will be able to whip this up, no problem. 

Baked Eggs
  • 3 oz or a half-bag of baby spinach
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 T. of Butter, plus more for baking dishes
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1/4 c. 2% or whole milk, or 2 T. of half & half or heavy cream
  • 4 eggs
Hollandaise Sauce
  • 5 Tb melted (but not very hot) butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1-2 t. lemon juice
  • a little salt and pepper (not sure if this is usually included, but it happened)
  • Dash of hot sauce, or, if you don't have that, a good pinch of cayenne if you don't have
1. Chop the spinach into "ribbons," as in vertical strips.
2. Rinse the spinach and then throw half of it it into a pan, wet, on medium-high to wilt it.   If you use baby spinach, this will take about 2 minutes, 4 or 5 with regular.
3. Once it's wilted, take it off the heat and get rid of the excess liquid that is in the spinach.  I did this by putting it into a small strainer and pressed it with a spatula.
4. Chop the onion, melt the 1 Tb. of butter in a pan on medium, and sautee the onions until they are soft and golden brown, stirring frequently.
5. Add the garlic to the onions and stir for just under a minute, then add the salt, pepper, and nutmeg and stir again until all incorporated.
6. Add the spinach and mix it with the onions, et. al.  Add the milk/cream and mix together completely. Remove from the heat.
Note - if you're using milk, let it thicken.
7.Heat your oven to 375.
8. Put half of your mix into one buttered baking dish.  This could be a ramekin, but I also have some high-lipped, flat bottom bowls that I used.  After the mix is in the two ramekins and flattened out, crack 1 or 2 eggs over each.  My bowls are pretty wide and flat, so 2 worked perfectly. 
9. Add a little salt and pepper to the top if you like.
10. Put these both into the oven on the middle rack for 15-18 minutes until the whites are just set but the yokes are still soft.

1. While the eggs bake, melt the butter for about 20 seconds on full power in the microwave (I did this in a small liquid measuring cup for easy pouring).  When the time is up, take the butter out and stir it until it is all melted.  Don't let this boil.
2. Crack 1 egg and separate it from the yoke.  Put the yoke in a blender with the lemon juice.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper and a dash of hot sauce.
3. Start the blender on the lowest speed.  Slowly pour in a teaspoon of butter, then a little more than that, and then a steady stream until the sauce is thick and creamy.
4. Pour the sauce into a serving dish and keep warm.  I did this by putting the serving dish into a little water bath.  No worries if it gets a little solid - just stir it again.
5. As soon as the eggs are done, pour about half of the sauce onto each egg dish, or as much as you would like.

Serve with toasted bread (I toasted a sliced-up bun in the oven while the eggs were baking).


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

TTC T - Wheatgrass

from: Wikipedia Commons
Trying to Conceive (TTC) Tuesday (T):
Wheatgrass - 
a super food and fertility booster?

Ah, super foods.

Really, what is a superfood, anyway?
and who decides what foods get the elevation to the status of "super?"

While you go and Wikipedia that for me,
let's consider wheatgrass.

For someone trying to conceive (TTC), there are likely no shortage of suggestions you've heard before.

I have a natural-food, natural-meds, natural-almost-everything-loving mom-in-law. 
She read once that wheatgrass may help boost fertility, and I paid attention to the suggestion but never acted on it. 

It's pretty clear that a plant so pungent, brightly green, and...interesting-tasting must be good for you, right?  That, and all of the nutrients in it must help with overall health, including restoring the body's pH balance.  For more information, check out the two articles below:

Live Strong Article | E-How Article

I'm thinking of taking the plunge myself, particularly because it is so good for you more so that it might boost fertility.  I say that because I think that it may be better to approach this with overall health in mind rather than some kind of quick-cure for the mystery that is infertility. 

So here's my question to all you google-searching people who've landed here:
If you've tried wheatgrass before, what was your experience?  Would you ever try it?