Fourth of July Weekend // 2015

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hey, all. Happy belated Fourth of July! I ended up spending the weekend with my friend Victoria's family, and it was a blast! We kinda just relaxed and had a barbecue with lots of delicious food, whilst listening to the wonderfully patriotic music. Anyway, I just thought I'd stop by with some photos :) I actually didn't get many of fireworks this time (unlike last year when DC fireworks made for incredible photos), but I do have some from an impromptu photo shoot that Victoria and I had during the barbecue. Enjoy our silliness!

Victoria being a total babe as always.

Fact: I actually dislike getting my picture taken. I know. I need to get over it.

July 4, 2015: the day I became a pirate with a hook hand.

Insta photos are the best :)

Annnd...for the fashionably curious: Victoria's top / my top / Victoria's lipstick / my lipstick

Friday Faves // Vol. 13

Friday, June 26, 2015

1. This video of a cat on the ASOS catwalk. Guys. I have a really simple sense of humor sometimes. And when it involves cats? Even more simple. Here's to all you cat lovers who want to laugh for 22 seconds.

2. This girl's Etsy shop of watercolor LDS artwork. It's called Artwork by Celeste. Just click over and try to pick your favorite, I dare you :)

3. The new Credo Beauty store in San Francisco. Two things I love about this. 1) It's another push for natural beauty products, which often also means a push for cruelty-free beauty products (fun fact: I try to go cruelty-free as much as possible when selecting makeup. I'm kinda passionate about it.) And 2), the store is super stylin'. I'll be honest...the price points you'll find there are a bit out of my budget, buuut it's something I was gawking at this week nonetheless. Anyway. Ima stop talking about this because I feel annoyingly vain when I think about makeup too much.

4. This story about a stray dog who joined a Swedish athletic team in a 400-kilometer race. I came across it on Pinterest, and good gosh, stuff like this just warms my heart. In case you didn't know...I geek out over animals. A lot.

5. This quote: "I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell." From Walt Whitman's "Song of the Open Road." So so true.

20 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Eggs

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hey, guys! I have a wonderful, wonderful post written by my friend Whitney lined up for you today.'s 20 unique egg recipes. In one post. I was actually just thinking about how I could be more creative with my fried eggs, and I think this list is the perfect solution. So. Without further ado...


Eggs are a high-quality protein and eating eggs regularly can help you maintain a healthy weight. Eggs are also a great source of B vitamins that help prevent muscle loss. Eggs contain so many nutrients, in fact, that they are considered one of the most nutritious natural foods available. Did you know eggs can even help protect against dry skin? In addition to being extremely healthy, eggs are also inexpensive. As a low cost, high impact food, you can’t go wrong with eggs.

So how can you sneak some eggs into your diet? With the detailed instructions listed below, this post is equivalent to 20 different delicious egg recipes! And don’t let the basic subtitles deceive you. Read on as you may find a delicious twist to try with one of your favorites. So try out a few this week and be sure to bookmark this post for later use.

1. Omelette in a Bag. Place 2 eggs in a zippered sandwich bag. Add favorite omelette toppings (ham, cheese, veggies, etc.). Close bag and mix items well. Boil bag in boiling water for 15 minutes. Remove from water, cut off bag, and serve.

2. Spinach & Cheese Omelette Cups. Whisk 12 eggs. Add frozen or fresh spinach to egg mixture. Mix in ½ cup of shredded cheese, a dash of salt, and a dash of pepper. Pour mixture into greased muffin tin cups. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

3. Pesto Quiche. Use baked pie crust. Spread ¾ cup of shredded cheese over crust. Combine 6 eggs with 1 cup of milk, ½ teaspoon of salt, 3 tablespoons of prepared pesto, and a pinch of pepper. Pour mixture over cheese. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

4. Ham & Cheese Mini Biscuit Quiches. Flatten out individual refrigerator biscuits. Place in greased muffin tin and form rims at tops. Place shredded cheddar cheese and diced ham in bottom. Combine 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons of milk, a dash of salt, and a pinch of pepper. Pour egg mixture into biscuit cups. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

5. Strawberry Almond French Toast. Add 3 drops of almond extract to traditional egg mixture. Top with fresh strawberries, sliced almonds, and whipped cream.

6. French Toast PB&J. Sprinkle french toast with cinnamon while cooking. Spread cooked french toast with peanut butter and jelly (or honey) and add a second piece of french toast to make a sandwich. Melt in microwave or return to griddle to heat through.

7. French Toast Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Place sliced or grated cheese of choice between two slices of cooked french toast and use microwave until cheese is melted.

8. Herbed Potato Hash. Use leftover baked potatoes. Peel potatoes and dice. Saute with olive oil, chives, garlic powder, and seasoned salt. Whisk eggs in bowl. Add to potatoes. Top with cheese.

9. Scramble. Whisk eggs in bowl. Dice up favorite meats, veggies, or even leftovers. Scramble everything in skillet. Add shredded cheese at the end. Top with sour cream and salsa.

10. Biscuit Sandwich. Scramble or fry eggs. Place on half of warm biscuit or english muffin. Top with cooked sausage patty, bacon slices, sliced ham, pastrami, and/or sliced veggies. Add cheese and condiments of choice like mayo, ranch, bbq sauce, or pesto. Place remaining biscuit half on top.

11. Egg Salad Sandwich. Boil 6 eggs and let them cool completely. Mash eggs and add ¼ cup of mayo, 1 tablespoon of mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Add relish or curry powder if desired. Refrigerate for three hours before serving on favorite bread.

12. On a Burger. Prepare your favorite burger and add a fried egg before serving. Consider topping with other fun additions like pastrami, ham, avocado, or grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce.

13. Chef Salad. Prepare boiled eggs. Meanwhile, cut ham and/or turkey into thin strips. Slice cheese into thin strips. Chop celery, green onions, and cucumber. Prep favorite salad greens. Top with all ingredients. Add cherry tomatoes, bacon bits, salad dressing, and croutons.

14. Breakfast Burrito. Combine rinsed black beans with diced fresh tomato, canned sweet corn, cilantro, and a squeeze of fresh lime. Set aside. Scramble eggs until cooked. Add shredded cheese to skillet. Add diced avocado to bean salsa. Place scrambled eggs in warm tortillas. Top with bean salsa and sour cream. Roll up and serve.

15. Quick & Easy Breakfast Bowl. Tear deli ham slice into small pieces and place in small bowl or ramekin. Beat one egg. Pour over ham. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave for another 30 seconds. Top with shredded cheese.

16. Easy Deviled Eggs. Boil 6 eggs. Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks. Combine with 4 tablespoons of mayo and 1 teaspoon of mustard. Place mixture back in egg whites. Sprinkle with black pepper and paprika to taste.

17. Fried Rice. Use leftover cooked rice that has been refrigerated. Add a small amount of oil to skillet. Cook rice in oil until warm. Whisk eggs in bowl. Create hole in middle of rice and pour in eggs. Scramble eggs and fold into rice in skillet. Add frozen peas, shredded fresh carrot, and diced ham. Cook through. Season with soy sauce to taste.

18. Sausage & Hashbrown Casserole. Brown sausage. Mix sausage in bowl with one bag of hash browns, ¾ cup of shredded cheese, and dash of salt. Transfer to greased 9x13 baking dish. Combine 8 eggs with 2 cups of milk. Pour over potato mixture. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Top with more shredded cheese.

19. German Pancakes. Set oven to 400 degrees. Place 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine in 9x13 glass baking dish and put dish in oven to melt butter. Meanwhile use blender to combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk, 6 eggs, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Pour mixture into buttered pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve with syrup, jam, or fresh fruit.

20. Bagel Spread. Boil 6 eggs. Peel and mix eggs with 4 ounces of softened cream cheese and half a packet of ranch dip seasoning. Spread on bagels and serve.

San Diego // Part 2

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Alright...part two of the San Diego photos coming right at ya. I definitely wasn't as good at documenting this part of the trip, but that's probably because I was too busy having an awesome time, right? On Saturday we started at Balboa Park, which just haaaappened to be having this international food festival where you could go and get authentic cuisine from any of the international houses. Micaela and I had lunch in Sweden, she got an egg roll in China, and then we both had dessert in Germany. So that was another happy accident during our travels... Then we went to the Mormon Battalion Historic Site—it was definitely really cool to learn more about the Mormon pioneers and how they helped shaped the southwestern United States. And thennn we went to Sunset Cliffs. And ate Clif bars on the cliffs. After that we had to get Mexican food since we were so close to Mexico, so we went to this place called Lucha Libre and had some way good tacos served on frisbees. I'd personally recommend the Tap Me Out from there.

I just realized I'm not very good at summarizing a day's activities without rambling a ton.

Sunday: San Diego temple duhhh. It really is so beautiful in person. And you can see it from the highway, which is actually kind of distracting.

Anyway. Enjoy this conglomeration of fotografii (random shout-out to Russian there).

The bird had one leg! Poor little guy.