Sedona

imageThis week our family is on vacation in Sedona, Arizona.   The wi-fi here is really, really slow.  I mean 1990’s slow!  I have been trying to do some blog posts, but because it was so slow, things weren’t loading at all.  So forgive me!

I will share some pics as best I can while I am here, and if not I will post them when I get back home.

We are staying at The Ridge on Sedona Golf Resort.  It is a timeshare property through Diamond Resorts International.  The property here is beautiful, and it is set along a golf course amidst the beautiful redrock formations.  We are here for a week and are planning on going to the Grand Canyon which is a couple hours away, as well as different excursions.  Stay tuned for more!

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My husband and I @ the Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Scrambled Eggs

If you read my previous post from yesterday, you know that I was gifted four big, marvelous duck eggs…that I had NO CLUE what to do with.

Well, as you can already tell from the title, I scrambled one for breakfast!  My husband insisted that he would NOT be eating anything to do with duck eggs…and swore I was going to try and sneak it into his breakfast somehow!

Haha…even though I thought about it, I gave him 2 over easy chicken eggs 🙂

I was so curious to see what the duck eggs would taste like, yet a little apprehensive.  I cracked one duck egg in a bowl along with one chicken egg…and look at the difference!

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I mixed them together and scrambled them in a pan with cooking spray, serving them with some potato latkes that I got from Trader Joes.

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Sooo…duck eggs…taste…surprisingly…like………………..chicken eggs!

Maybe since I mixed the duck egg with a chicken egg the taste was diluted, but it tasted very close to regular eggs to me!  It did have a slightly richer, almost more flavorful taste, and when I mixed them, it looked more creamy.  My husband even wanted to try it after he saw me eating them.  He agreed that the duck egg tastes very close to chicken eggs, and even said he would eat it again!

Maybe next time I will try something more creative…

Here’s to eating outside of the box!  If you don’t try it, you’ll never know!

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Duck Eggs

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The oral surgeon who works in my office walked in today and said, “I brought you some duck eggs!”  I thought he was kidding at first, and since Easter passed recently, I thought he was bringing me some Easter eggs.  With a puzzled look, I opened the container that he handed me and low and behold…four big, beautiful duck eggs!

I know what you all are thinking…that the container has chickens on it!

Well, he just put them in a regular chicken egg container to transport them safely to their final destination.  I am very grateful and somewhat puzzled at how I am going to prepare these eggs.  Can anybody give me a suggestion?!

I looked on Pinterest and found some interesting info about duck eggs, so I thought I would share it!

9 things to know about duck eggs by Heather Jackson

  1. Duck eggs vary in color.  Don’t be alarmed if you get a gray one, or one that will not wash up to the clean white you were expecting.  That’s just the nature of the egg.
  2. Duck eggs are sought out by cancer patients because, unlike chicken eggs, they help create an alkaline environment in your body.
  3. Duck eggs are generally larger than chicken eggs.  If you get particularly large ones, you may have to adjust your recipe accordingly.
  4. Duck eggs taste similar to chicken eggs, but the flavor is slightly richer and deeper.  Also, the yolks can also be a darker orange color than you expect.
  5. Many people with egg allergies are actually only allergic to chicken eggs and can tolerate duck eggs without a problem.  (Of course if you have a severe allergy, don’t try this without talking to your doctor!)
  6. Duck eggs are excellent in baked goods and are prized by many bakers for the additional “lift” they give to breads and cakes!
  7. Duck eggs have very thick shells that are harder to crack than chicken eggs.  The harder shells help the eggs stay fresh longer than chicken eggs.
  8. Duck eggs can be very expensive in stores, but you can usually get them for a reasonable price if you find a farmer who raises ducks.  (Yet another reason to make friends with your farmer!)
  9. Duck eggs beat chicken eggs in almost every nutritional category and are a powerhouse addition to your diet!
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One of the duck eggs!  Much bigger than chicken eggs.

I’ll let you know what I do with the duck eggs and how it turns out!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Lace-ups

I swore that I would never, ever, ever, buy a pair of espadrilles!

Crap, I can hardly even spell espadrille.  Good thing for word-check!  Throughout my years here on earth, I have avoided this type of shoe with a passion.  Why, you may ask?  I have always associated this shoe type with hippies and flower children, and wholeheartedly alienated myself from this genre of style.  I used to think that my style was preppy, then I thought I was a skater, then I thought I was a hip-hop head…shoot, I have gone through so many different phases in my life  I have come to realized that I am a mixture  of everything…thus the name of my blog!

And low and behold I saw these cute shoes online from Nordstrom, and I had to have them!

 

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I wish that I had some cute pics of me wearing this shoe with a cute outfit.. but my husband keeps on promising that he will help me take pictures for the blog…and keeps on flaking 😦  But anyhoo…this espadrille is surprisingly comfortable and I am excited to wear it with a cute spring or summer outfit!

One of the new fashion trends for this season is front lace-up shoes.  Flat lace-ups, espadrille lace-ups, heel lace-ups, and wedge lace-ups.  I have gotten hooked!  I have purchased almost one of each!  I will post the links to the lace-up shoes that I bought with the coordinating pics!

Bought these flats, and they are very cute!  Plus they are only $48!

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I love wedges!  As I have gotten older, I find that wedges are the most comfortable “high heel” that I can wear.  The ones below are from Target and are a steal!

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Last but not least is the lace-up heel.  I did not buy this shoe, but I saw it on one of my fave fashion bloggers @emilyanngemma who writes “The sweetest thing blog”.  I wish I could wear heels easily, I would totally get them!

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Which are your favorites?

Go get some lace-ups and have a sexy summer!

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Family weekend in Avila Beach

Now that my sister and I are all grown up, married, and working in our professions, my mom is having empty nest syndrome!!

We have been planning little vacations so that our family can relax and hangout every few months.  A couple weekends ago, we booked rooms at a timeshare in Avila Beach, near San Luis Obispo.  It was raining the whole week before, and the forecast was not looking too promising.  It rained all day Friday, but low and behold, the sun came out, and we spent Saturday canoeing, hiking, and chillaxing…here are some pics!

Avila Beach is a cute little town between SLO and Pismo.  It has a mellow vibe with spas, hot springs, and wine tasting bars along the main strip.  If you are looking for a deal, you may be able to find some wine tasting coupons from your hotel concierge.  We used one for a free tasting…and one stop was enough!  The tasting room we went to was Alapay, and they let us try 10+ different wines!  Did I mention that it was FREE?!  Nothing like wine tasting in Napa/St. Helena…where a tasting can cost more than $100 and requires reservations.  Talk about stuck up!  Come down south to San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles…sip and sea…

Avila Beach…

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Morro Bay…

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We canoed from the Morro Bay Marina over to the sand dunes and took a hike over the dunes to the beach on the other side…the sand was so pretty!

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Saturday night we went to check out the nightlife in downtown SLO.  We hit up this new spot called Blast 825 Taproom.  Check out all the beers/wines on tap!  They give you a wristband linked to their system which you scan on the bottom right flame…and then, you pour!  They charge by the ounce so you can try whatever beer/wine they have on tap.  My fave was the Belching Beaver Peanut Butter Stout…mmmmmm  good!  Along with that they also do a pick-your-pizza, where you choose your toppings for a pizza that they bake in their 825 degree oven…what goes better with beer?  Check it out the next time you are in SLO!

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