ryan broke the deviled eggs then made them better deviled eggs

Deviled Eggs

So Val made some bland deviled eggs which I tried to fix. I then made them inedible. So I decided to improve upon deviled eggs.
  • eggs (we used 6 for this batch – makes 12 deviled eggs)
  • 2 tablespoons of capers (rinsed and dried)
  • 2 slices of bacon (cooked to a crisp, we were lazy and made microwavable bacon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried “special thyme” blend (our “special thyme” blend is a mix of mother of thyme, orange thyme, and lemon thyme)
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon green peppercorn dijon mustard
  • olive oil (1 teaspoon or more, 1/2 a teaspoon or so is for the egg mixture)
  • 1/2+ teaspoon hungarian sweet paprika
  • smoked paprika (enough to sprinkle on top of eggs)
  • salt
  • tarragon leaves

Heat up a small pan to medium heat, add olive oil to it, heat up olive oil. Add the capers, they will sizzle and pop. Cook them for about 30 seconds to a minute. (If you didn’t use microwave bacon you could probably use the bacon grease to cook them in). Set the capers aside to cool.

Prepare the eggs as you normally would, boil them (I boil mine for 10 minutes), cut them in half, dump out the yolks. In a bowl mix the yolks, thyme blend, and mustard. Mash them with a fork, as you mash them drizzle in some olive oil until they get to a consistency you like (you can also use something like canola oil). Add salt to taste (keeping in mind bacon and capers will add some saltiness). Scoop the mixture into the egg whites. Top with capers, bacon, a sprinkle of smoked paprika, and a leaf or two of tarragon.

It must have worked, because when she tried one she declared, “You just Top Chef’d that s*#t!”

Deviled Eggs

by Ryan | 11.27.14 | Recipes | 1 Comment »

giving thanks, part I

Thanksgiving Flowers

I have so much to be thankful for! I picked up these lovely flowers (alstroemeria, tulips, and rosehips) and enjoyed putting them together in this birch bark container on our dining room table, in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow. And I had enough leftover for this sweet little arrangement of rosehips below too. We are so lucky to be able to spend our Thanksgiving this year with family and friends in our home. I am counting my blessings and giving thanks for loved ones near and far.

Rosehips

by Valerie | 11.26.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Holidaze | No Comments »

Spatchcock?

Thanksgiving 2012

Above is a photo of our Thanksgiving table from two years ago; one of the things I love about owning our own home is that I can now easily access, use, and enjoy my mother’s china for special occasions like Thanksgiving. I love setting a pretty table – with candles, flowers, and special linens, silverware, and china! I am looking forward to this while we have my mother-in-law visiting for Thanksgiving this year too. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes? Below is our Thanksgiving menu:

Turkey (breast and dark meat, prepared with a dry rub and grilled)
Buttery Basil and Black Pepper Mashed Potatoes (a.k.a. “Mama Talbott’s Mashed Potatoes”)
Gravy
Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Shallots
Cornbread Stuffing with Onion and Celery
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Deviled Eggs
Pumpkin Pie with Bourbon Whipped Cream
Rolls

And in preparing for Thanksgiving, now just three days away, here are some fun things you might enjoy browsing:

by Valerie | 11.24.14 | Holidaze | No Comments »

cozy day in

cozy evening in

We picked up Mom from the airport last Friday and have really been enjoying her visit; we are so glad she will be staying with us for the Thanksgiving holiday this year! We visited a few of our favorite restaurants and did a little shopping over the weekend together, but (besides a trip to the grocery store for some Thanksgiving supplies) we stayed in by the fireplace on Saturday as it was very icy outside. I don’t know about you, but I for one can certainly appreciate a relaxing, cozy day in on a cold day. We made chili and watched movies and it was so nice to just spend some down time together. Watching Ryan chasing Melody…chasing a squirrel…on ice was entertaining too. And ice skating down the sidewalk with no skates on was an experience. #winterainteasy

On Sunday, before heading to brunch, we took advantage of the above freezing temperatures for the day and cleaned out our gutters. Ryan climbed up on the roof with a bucket attached to a rope and lowered it down when it was full so I could dump it in the compost bin – our system worked well. Now we’re bracing ourselves for another cold front to hit – I’m looking forward to more cozy days in!

Cleaning the gutters

by Valerie | 11.24.14 | Around our home, For Funsies, Princess Puppy Pants | No Comments »

#winterainteasy

our view here this morning...

The photo above was taken looking out our guest room window this morning… And, on that note, I’ve come up with a plan to help us make it through another Michigan winter, more for my own amusement than anything; I’ll post things that happen (or silly things that Ryan says/does – this happens more often than not!) in relation to the winter and the cold weather with “#winterainteasy” so that I can keep track of them throughout the season. Things like this…

  • I just witnessed Ryan unlock his cell phone by entering the passcode with his nose.
  • Ryan just mowed the lawn (in his shorts) in the snow…

In other, non #winterainteasy news, we saw some pretty spectacular skies last week, picked up some lovely holiday greens from the farmer’s market (I love my boxwood wreath!), and were able to tackle a good house cleaning in preparation for Mom to arrive this Friday.

Sunset 11/10/14

Holiday greens

Holiday greens

by Valerie | 11.17.14 | Around our home, For Funsies | 1 Comment »

weekend haps

Leaves as big as yo face!

“Leaves as big as yo face!”, some lovely flowers from Pot & Box (see photo below), daylight savings time, Target is partnering with Faribault Woolen Mill, and it really did snow here on Halloween…

I’m already planning for the upcoming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays; doing my best to get a head start on Christmas gift shopping and thinking about what we might do to entertain family visiting over Thanksgiving. I have quite a few Halloween and Christmas movies, but not so many Thanksgiving holiday movies as they seem harder to come by. Any suggestions on some good Thanksgiving films?

P&B

by Valerie | 11.03.14 | For Funsies, Holidaze | 2 Comments »

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