4.23.2013

For early mornings: Freezer Breakfast Burritos

While I absolutely love my husband, there's about a 0.1 percent chance of me getting up with him at 4am to make him breakfast.  Enter: Freezer Breakfast Burritos.  There are about a million variations of these floating around online; this is my take on them!  My husband loves just being able to grab one of these out of the freezer and microwave it after he's rounded on his patients...because who can honestly eat breakfast at 4am??

Can you tell I've reused this bag several times??


Breakfast Burritos 
Ingredients
1 onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 cup mushrooms, diced
1/2 cup ham, chopped
8 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup shredded cheese
8 wheat tortillas, fajita size

Saute the onions, pepper and mushrooms in olive oil to desired doneness.  Add in the ham and seasonings; cook several minutes longer.  Beat the eggs and pour into your skillet with the veggies & ham.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until eggs are set.  Mix in the cheese and let melt.  

Tear off 8 pieces of aluminum foil.  Lay 8 pieces of paper towels over the top of the foil, and lay down the tortillas on top of the paper towels.  Scoop 1/2 cup of the egg mixture onto each of the tortillas.  Fold the ends of the tortilla under and roll up.  Then wrap the paper towel around the burrito, followed by the foil.  Seal tightly and place in a freezer bag.  

To reheat, remove the foil and put the paper-towel-wrapped burrito into the microwave.  Reheat for 1-2 minutes.  


Here's how I fill the tortillas:


Delicious, healthy (at least healthier than a doughnut!) and quick for early mornings on-the-go. 

4.20.2013

On endings, death, destruction and new life.

(While I know the title of this post eludes to deep and meaningful writing, please do not get your hopes up.  It will be a random smattering of bullet points). 

  • On endings: We sold our motorcycle.  It was an exceptionally bittersweet decision to make, but we couldn't realistically ever see ourselves getting a babysitter to go for an afternoon ride through the country (and apparently taking a baby on a motorcycle is frowned upon).  Also, my sweet husband decided that he'd feel like quite the schmuck if he became roadkill while riding to/from the hospital and left his wife and newborn alone in the world.  So onto Craig's List she went, pretty and overpriced.  She had a down payment three days later, and was gone from our arms garage in five.  Baby did have their first (and last, until the age of 21) motorcycle ride the day Isra left us.  Just around the apartment complex, since pregnant women really shouldn't ride motorcycles, in my opinion.  Particularly when it is snowing.  And without a helmet.  Don't judge me, it was a slow half mile loop. 
 


  • On death: Two absolutely wonderful women in my life lost family members this week.  One was an expected death of an ailing parent, the other a tragic and untimely loss of a sibling.  I am eternally grateful that these women know Jesus, as I don't understand how one gets through such loss without him.  
  • More on death: Obviously, Boston.  Unreal.  I happened to have the news on last night when they apprehended the second suspect alive, which I never thought would happen.  'Merica.  
  • On destruction: Our world is flooded.  Well, at least our little corner of it is.  In the month of April, we've had 14 consecutive days with measurable rain - totaling 9.84" - making it the rainiest month of April in history...and we still have 10 more days!  Then yesterday, just to top it off, we got a half inch of snow.  Our county is in a state of emergency.  The river that runs through the center of the city hasn't crested yet (it should on Sunday), but there's already massive flooding of buildings along the river, resulting in some condos and apartments being evacuated.  Roads are closed all over the place.  Practically everyone's basement is flooded if they own an older home.  (Chalk up another point for renting!).  
  • On new life: Amidst these endings, death and destruction, I am continually reminded of the hope of new life, as this little kickboxer/gymnast inside of me jabs and twirls and pokes at my bladder.  We had our first baby shower last weekend with my girlfriends from around here, and my side of the family is throwing one this weekend.  We are overcome with the love and generosity towards our little bambino already.   
  • More on new life: Despite the lack of sunshine, things are starting to bloom.  Lots of daffodils and I even saw some hyacinth.  Spring will come.  
(Random bullet points complete).

4.06.2013

Some (delicious) breadsticks

Let me introduce you to some bomb awesome breadsticks.  Using restaurant comparisons, they are a combination of Olive Garden Breadsticks and Pizza Hut Breadsticks (I know, right?), as I combined/modified both of those recipes together to end up with this version.  

That's all I'm writing, because you should stop reading and go make these.




Some Delicious Breadsticks
Breadstick Ingredients
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
3.5-4 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. salt

Topping Ingredients
2 Tbsp. melted "butter"
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. oregano

Directions
In a large bowl, dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes, covered.

Add salt into yeast mixture and combine, then slowly add in flour until you have a soft dough.  Pour out and knead dough until smooth, adding flour as necessary.  

Grease a cookie sheet.  Pull off 10-12 pieces of dough and roll into strips; place on cookie sheet.  Cover and rise for 45-60 minutes.  Bake at 400 degrees for 6 minutes.  Meanwhile, prepare the topping by combining all of the topping ingredients.  After the sticks have cooked for 6 minutes, remove from oven and brush with half of the topping.  Return the breadsticks to the oven and bake for another 6-9 minutes, until golden brown.  When baked through, brush with the remaining half of the topping mixture.  

Enjoy your garlicky deliciousness!


Please don't do anything silly and try to make these healthier by using part whole wheat flour or anything like that, like I always do with recipes that call for only all-purpose flour.  I did it once.  My husband almost cried.  These are absolutely delicious, and they really shouldn't be messed with.  Unless you want to add some Parmesan cheese to the topping mix, because that sounds great for those of you who fall into the dairy-eating population.    

These delicious breadsticks will be shared with some of these fun link parties this week! 

4.01.2013

The bright side of surgery


You know what my most favorite thing about surgery is?

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Yes.  Scrubs.

Don't get me wrong - the concept kind of grosses me out, particularly when they are brought into our home.  But you know what I love about scrubs?  I don't have to wash them, and more importantly, I don't have to iron them.  Not looking at a pile like this awaiting ironing every week is super appealing:


I'm either a perfectionist or the world's slowest iron-er (or both), because ironing takes me for-ev-er.  So long, in fact, that I started to wonder if I could potentially stop ironing the sleeves and backs of my husband's shirts, since they are under his white coat all day anyway.  Tempting, but I never did.  

Any other bright sides to surgery that I'm missing??

Happy Medical Mondays!  Join in the fun and meet some other medical friends :)