Monday, May 25, 2015

morels.

I spy a toad!! ^^

awhile back, brady and i went down to parts of the mississippi river and hunted for morels. morel mushrooms. we didn’t have high expectations, but we found a few. we were pretty giddy.

note: before you go out and forage for any edibles out in the woods, be sure you know what you are looking for. there are some things that aren’t the best of taste and you can get real sick. brady did more of the researching part, i brought along my smart phone so in case we needed extra help, we could quickly look it up. luckily, i had service down by the river and that my phone was handy at one point. but yes, we are not experts, so please, please, consult an expert or do a thorough research. it will be fun if you are doing it correctly/safely.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

camped.

we had the best view of the lake! look at that!

i think it's adorable how he has been wearing these ankle bracelets for the past three years. my mom made it for him for a spiritual healing. probably why i keep getting sick because i took mine off. whoops.

this spider hanging out on our tent like rent is free.



just a few photos from our first camping trip [of the season] around the boundary waters canoe area from a few weekends ago.

it is the best feeling ever when we are up there. both brady and i felt so relieved once we got onto the gunflint trail. no cars tailing us, no phone service for people to contact us, and being able to just enjoy ourselves and what nature has to offer us.

the first night was loud because the loons were up late having a ball. it sounded almost like wolves howling, i admit, i was kind of scared, but i knew my knight would have been able to fight off any monster. the second day was gorgeous that i basically hung out in my one piece all day catching rays! brady and i also dipped into that 35 degree F water. It was cold and i’m sure the water wasn’t completely thawed. we didn’t see much wildlife animals besides the loon and eagles. oh yeah, let’s not forget our cute little chipmunk friend that stuffed its face to the max with our droppings of bacon and toast. whoops. luckily, no bears!

i can’t wait to be back up in the north country. it’s always refreshing and peaceful.

do you camp? where is your favorite camp site?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!!


So thankful for my mom. That beautiful lady that sometimes I annoy and that sometimes annoy me. I love her through and through.

Also thankful for the beautiful moms in my life - my sisters, my girl friends, my colleagues, Brady's mom, my Blogger mamas, my Instagram mamas, my Facebook mamas, and all the other moms around me. Thank you for nurturing me, listening to me, giving me advice, and for just being the best mom. The work you do is irreplaceable. ♥

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms and moms-to-be. Know that you matter. ♥


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sausage Egg Bake


. . . because breakfast is just as important to us as dinner

. . . because we don't get to see each other for lunch
(because we do this thing called work so we could have shelter and cook at home)

. . . because i know that he'll get caught up with work and won't eat until dinner

. . . because i hear breakfast is the "most important meal of the day"

. . . because i feel that breakfast should be "warm" and not cereal

. . . because it's the breakfast of champions and we are champs

. . . because if i can, i will


i turned the oven to 375 degrees F. i precooked three sausage links in a cask iron pan then seared half an onion (sliced). in a bowl - i whisked up six eggs, a cup of milk - sprinkled salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes - mixed in fresh spinach, bacon bites, sliced tomatoes, and cheese. give it another good mix and add it to the cask iron pan of the sausage and onions. cook for half hour or until you stick a tooth pick in the middle of dish and hardly anything sticks on. allow to cool and enjoy with others because i ate only a quarter of it.

and yes, i actually do get up that early (6am - not bad) to make a non-cereal breakfast. it probably took 10-15 minutes for prep and half hour to bake in oven.

it's a toss up, him or i cook, or even both (team work). breakfast is so good! i hope you all get to enjoy a hearty breakfast, too! if not on weekdays, at least weekends, it's so good for the heart and soul! ♥

i hope this inspires you. . . what will you cook up for breakfast next?

Friday, May 1, 2015

pita pizza!



set your oven high. brady set the oven at about 425 degrees F.

the pita bread was bought pre-made at the local grocer. i sliced and cooked spicy sausage links and garlic. i then layered sliced mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, the garlic and sliced sausage, arugula, and spinach on the pita bread. finally, i put the pita pizza in the oven, straight up on the rack for about 5-7 minutes until crisp. allow to cool and enjoy!!

of course you can add anything on your pita pizza. it's a simple meal and cleaning is pretty breezy!

cook more, cook together, and enjoy!

have a great weekend, friends!

j.