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Blood Orange and Roasted Beet Salad

Lately, I’ve continually been bombarded with blood orange and roasted beet salad recipes – like this one from Gimme Some Oven, or this one from Delicious Knowledge.  Or at least, it seems that way.  I finally pulled the trigger last week and roasted up some beets and grabbed some blood oranges while at Trader Joe’s in Tallahassee.  My version of the salad was improvised a bit, but totally worth it!

Wheat is definitely NOT into Meatless Monday, so I pulled a bag of shrimp we had out of the freezer and sauteed them to top the salad with.

Side Note: How To Roast Beets

Per the instructions on Delicious Knowledge, I scrubbed the beets, drizzled each with olive oil and wrapped them individually in tin foil and roasted them at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to an hour (I took a couple smaller ones out first at the 45 minute mark and let the rest stay in for a solid hour).  Unwrap them a bit, let them cool, then use a paper towel to sort of squeegee off the skin.

Then I roughly chopped them up and threw them on top of a bed of spinach along with the sauteed shrimp, sliced blood oranges, cubed avocado, and feta cheese.

We prefer to generally dress our salads simply with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper.  This was a pretty darn easy week night meal, and really, really healthy to boot.

Not to mention, PRETTY!  The more colorful the salad, the better.

What are some of your go-to salad toppers?  I’m in need of yet another refresh.  I’m currently topping mine with leftover roasted sweet potatoes and carrots, which is delicious, but now I’m ready for something new again!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

Eggs Baked in Avocados

 I hope everyone has survived Christmas and that you all had a very merry one!

If you’re like me, you feel like you gained 25 pounds over the holidays.  We had Christmas and all the parties leading up to it, then my sister’s wedding the Saturday after Christmas (blog post coming soon!) and we have two more weddings this week (can’t wait to celebrate Jon and Rachel and Ashley and Gary!!) so I don’t see it slowing down just yet.  So in between, I’m attempting to eat as healthily and cleanly as possible.  Enter: Eggs Baked in Avocados.

Spicy Baked Eggs in Avocado | Oysters & Pearls

I am at a loss for what else to call these little guys… Egg in a Hull maybe?

Baked Eggs in Avocado | Oysters & Pearls

Whatever they are, they are a quick, easy breakfast or lunch that I enjoy from time to time.  Basically, I just want to eat avocados all the time.  And this is a lunch-time alternative to avocado toast.

Recipe for Baked Eggs in Avocado | Oysters & Pearls

Eggs Baked in Avocado Recipe

ingredients (serves 1)

– 1 avocado
– 2 small eggs
– salt and pepper
– red pepper flakes or sriracha (or hot sauce of choice)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slice avocado in half, remove pit.  Using a spoon, scoop out enough of the avocado to accommodate one egg.  Cook’s note: it will require scooping out more than you think!

Place avocado halves on a baking sheet, crack an egg into the center of each one, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  The yolks will be slightly runny and the whites will be set.  Leave them in longer if you like your yolks more firm.

Remove from oven, top with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes or hot sauce (or whatever you’d like!).

Recipe for Baked Eggs in Avocado | Oysters & Pearls

So savory.  So good.  And you can pat yourself on the back for eating paleo, if that blows your skirt up.

Healthy Baked Eggs in Avocado | Oysters & Pearls

Wish me luck that I’ll make it through the rest of the week!  I’ll be back to share some pictures from all the wonderful weddings (maybe next week) once I’ve recuperated.  Until then… Happy New Year!  Thank you all for being a part of my 2014.

Until Next Time

Friday and Avocado Toast

Happy Friday!! TGIF, for realz, y’all.   It’s been a long week.

Drink Up


Today’s post is going to be sort of random (clearly – you read the title), so bear with me.

ALERT!  Sunday is Mother’s Day!  In case you’re buying for someone special (I’m a mom to two fur babies, right Wheat?), I thought I’d share this PSA:

Christina Jervey Jewelry Mother's Day Sale | Oysters & Pearls

I’m in love with my bangle from Christina Jervey, and I hope to add many more of her classic pieces to my collection in the coming years.  I especially adore that they’re handmade by Christina in Charleston, South Carolina!  (PS: this isn’t sponsored, but I’m completely open to any sponsorships or promotions Christina wants to shoot my way… just sayin’.)

Our Bainbridge bees were super ornery yesterday.  :(  Wheat and I both got stung for no apparent reason.  But that didn’t stop me from watching them drink from the bird bath.  They will always fascinate me.

Honey Bee Drinking from Bird Bath | Oysters & Pearls

Next to the bird bath, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a Garden Flag Stand on Amazon.  Totally necessary for this precious garden flag.

Garden Flag, Benefits the Bainbridge Humane Society | Oysters & PearlsHere’s the story on the flag: local animal-lover Jordan Harris passed away last year in a tragic car accident, along with two of her friends.  It’s been pretty rough on the entire town, but her family has asked that in lieu of flowers, family and friends donate to the Bainbridge Humane Society.  Even a year later,  her family had this painting that Jordan did in high school turned into garden flags and donated those to the Humane Society for us to sell and raise money.  I’m so proud to finally have it hanging in our yard.  If you’d like a garden flag in honor of Jordan and to benefit the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society, please visit our website.

Wednesday afternoon I spent some time with the lovely and sweet Marina at Anhaica Bagworks headquarters down in Tallahassee.  Look for her waxed canvas badassery (my favorite made-up word) on the blog here soon, and in the mean time pop over to her website, shop, read her blog, and do some  general ogle-ing.

Anhaica Bagworks, Handmade in Tallahassee, Florida | Oysters & Pearls

Finally, I’m going to share my absolute favorite breakfast/snack/light supper with y’all.  I’m hooked on avocado toast.

Avocado Toast | Oysters & Pearls

Avocado Toast Recipe
serves 1


– 1 piece of bread
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1/2 ripe avocado
– 2 teaspoons or so (a splash) of lemon juice, or to taste
– Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
– red pepper flakes, to taste


Preheat over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Drizzle bread with olive oil and toast until crunchy.  In the mean time, smash half an avocado with lemon juice, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl with a fork.  When toast is toasted to desired toastiness, schmear it with the avocado mixture and top with red pepper flakes.

Enjoy.  So good, and so good for ya.

Avocado Toast with Heartwood Forge Knife and Southern Restoration Furniture Cutting Board | Oysters & Pearls

I happen to think it looks particular awesome on my Southern Restoration tobacco slat cutting board next to my Heartwood Forge knife

And finally, because you can never have enough kitty pictures in one post, I give you lazy Wallace.

Wallace Lounging | Oysters & Pearls

Wallace, Close Up | Oysters & Pearls

And one last thought that gets me through some hard days, plus one of my favorite verses:

Preach a Sermon with your Life | Oysters & Pearls

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven. Matthew 5:16

Until Next Time