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Egg Salad

So long before I was pregnant (or knew I was pregnant) I was eating a hard boiled egg with a 100 calorie pack of Wholly Guacamole every morning for breakfast.  It’s Whole30 approved, and I’ve read a lot about eating protein very soon after waking helps with weight loss (which I can attest to – I think this trick helped me lose the 30 pounds I lost over the last year or so), plus it’s quick and easy to grab and eat on my way to work, not to mention tasty.

So luckily, even when I didn’t have much of an appetite for a few weeks and couldn’t figure out why (being knocked up throws off your appetite, apparently ;) I was still forcing myself to eat my egg and guac every morning… and I’m so glad!  Eggs are pregnancy super food and all the time super food and we should all eat them more often.  Since Whole30, we’ve been buying at least a dozen organic, free range eggs a week, and I’ve been trying to eat them every which way I can.  Lately, I’ve been craving this particular egg salad I’ve been whipping up!

I know, super stellar food photography here these days. :/

And if you always accidentally get that dreaded green ring around your yolk, click back to how I boil perfectly cooked eggs, every time.

Anyway, here’s my jam:

Favorite Egg Salad Ever

ingredients

  • 3 Perfectly Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Wickles Relish
  • 1 dill pickle, chopped (or more if you’re feeling super pregnant like me)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (yellow, dijon, deli, honey, spicy, whatever blows your skirt up)
  • 2 tablespoons Duke’s Mayo
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

instructions

Place all ingredients in a bowl, including the whole hard boiled eggs.  Using a fork, mash the hard boiled eggs into the rest of the ingredients and then stir until mixed.  Eat with a fork, serve on top of a salad, or on white bread slice in quarters… the world is your oyster!

In other news, the bedroom we are turning into our nursery was painted yesterday… I am so excited to share the nursery in progress at some point in the near future!

Until Next Time - oysters and pearls

DIY Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Happy Good Friday!!

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I hope everyone has wonderful plans for this Easter weekend.  This is our first Easter with a niece!  I’m pretty excited about that. :)  I also love this phone background from the She Reads Truth Lent Study.  Feel free to snag it!  And check out shereadstruth.com to join in.

Easter was my Grannie Peacock’s favorite holiday.  I think.  She really liked a lot of holidays.  She just plain liked parties, I think. :) She always had a birthday party for my Grandpa on St. Patrick’s Day (it really was his birthday), and not long after, she hosted Easter for our entire huge, crazy family.  Some of my fondest memories EVER are of eating breakfast at her house and then spending the day hunting for Easter eggs.  Consequently, Easter is probably my very favorite holiday.  As an adult, it now signifies a lot more than just hunting eggs (ahem, see above), but it still is the official start to spring for me.  Also, bunnies are my favorite, too.

Each year, I treat myself to something from Williams Sonoma’s Easter entertaining collection, even though no one comes to our house for Easter.  (One day!)  Got to build my collection somehow, right?  Side note: I’m still kicking myself for not treating myself to the bunny cake stand last year. Anyway, this year, while perusing Walmart’s Easter section for kicks, I made a fateful discovery: dyeable, ping pong ball-like Easter eggs that you can decorate and keep forever!  They were 97 cents for a dozen possibilities, so naturally I grabbed four dozen.

DIY Golden Eggs - Oysters & Pearls

As one does, I decided to paint them gold.  I had seen and loved this extremely complicated DIY tutorial via Pinterest before – and let’s be honest, they’re gorgeous, but that’s just a Pinterest-fail waiting to happen – and y’all… this gal ain’t got time for gold leaf.  So, I just used Liquid Gold (also purchased at Walmart; this Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding is the same thing) and a cheap paint brush to create this dough bowl full of impressionistic gilded goodness.  I painted a couple of the eggs solid gold, and the rest I just dabbed gold on here and there for an artsy look that wasn’t too gaudy.

You could also dye these eggs like regular eggs, THEN paint gold brush strokes over them.  Or paint designs!  Or stencil your kid’s cameo on in gold!  Or write your Easter guests’ names on them and use them as place cards/favors!  OR WHATEVER OTHER IDEAS YOU CAN DREAM UP!

And as if those possibilities weren’t overwhelming enough, THEY ALSO COME IN CHALKBOARD FLAVOR.

Just FYI: I can’t find them on walmart.com! :(

DIY Gold Reusable Easter Eggs | Oysters & Pearls

I’m afraid I don’t have a table full of place settings just waiting for a family decked in Easter finery to sit down to pastel plates full of deviled eggs to show you.  I have a super simple centerpiece that brightens my days leading up to Easter without a lot of bright colors.  I plan to enjoy them for years to come, too!  Maybe when I build up that collection (and a family to sit around it) I’ll have more to show you.

DIY Gold Reusable Easter Eggs | Oysters & Pearls

But until then, it’ll do, pig.  It’ll do.

 (Babe the Pig reference anyone?)

Until Next Time

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)

instructions

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