Miscellany: Lovely Eggs, Mindful Magazine, Gift Wrap and Fizzy Water

DSC_0010Since my days are pretty full-to-the-brim with work and family and real life, and since my blog is just a little hobby and I’m not a professional cook, photographer or blogger, and since I don’t have a staff, I sometimes have a backlog of things I want to post, but don’t have the capacity to pull together.  Sometimes I find a recipe that we add into our heavy rotation but I can’t photograph it or style it nearly as beautifully as the original blogger- or don’t want to wait to share until I find the time and good lighting in which to do so!

I love reading, tasting, trying new things and sharing ideas and it’s hard to resist the urge to share! My pastor quoted C.S. Lewis in Reflections on the Psalms, about the joy that sharing something you love brings, and this completely resonates with me, and why I even do this blog.

“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed. It is frustrating to have discovered a new author and not to be able to tell anyone how good he is; to come suddenly, at the turn of the road, upon some mountain valley of unexpected grandeur and then to have to keep silent because the people with you care for it no more than for a tin can in the ditch; to hear a good joke and find no one to share it with.”

So, I have decided to create some simple posts that will be more of a curated list of things I want to pass along than in-depth stories or detailed recipes.  I am calling these posts Miscellany.  The definition of Miscellany is: a miscellaneous collection or group of somewhat unrelated items: a collection of articles or entries.

1. A Simple yet Amazing Recipe: Slow Creamy Scrambled Eggs

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I have recently learned this simple technique for making soft, creamy, rich scrambled eggs with only butter, eggs, salt /pepper and a rubber spatula.

The key is slow and low. The consistency of the egg is completely different than a quickly cooked egg.

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It’s lovely on top of toast or this week we split day-old Bran Muffins and toasted & buttered them to go alongside our eggs.

Slow Creamy Scrambled Eggs
Turn burner to medium-low heat.  In a bowl or cup with a spout, add cracked eggs (however many will feed your eaters), add a little coarse salt and stir with a fork until well mixed.  In the meantime, take a pat of butter and swirl it in your pan over the medium-low heat until fully melted.

Then pour eggs into the pan and with a rubber spatula, swirl the eggs in little circles all around the pan for a couple of minutes until the eggs start forming curds. At that point change your motion to a pulling/scraping motion all over the eggs to keep them moving- and incorporating the cooked egg into the liquid parts.  Do this until the eggs are shiny but not liquidy.  Take them off of the heat and continue to swipe with your spatula off the heat until fully cooked.  Scoop rations of the eggs onto plates and top with a little more coarse salt, a grind or two of black pepper and some chopped fresh herbs if you have them.  There are lots of instructions/videos online for these.  This was our favorite method: https://youtu.be/PPLa3yIAoUo and this beautiful video from Bon Appetit! is fun to watch: https://youtu.be/LVcS0JM32gg

2. An Inspirational Find: Breathe magazine

It is one of my favorite gifts of this year. Our friend David ordered a subscription to Breathe [the original mindfulness magazine for a calmer and more relaxed you] for us for Dave’s birthday last year and it has been the gift that keeps on giving. It’s beautiful and inspiring. I am hoping to use some of the articles and ideas from it in my courses this year. It’s produced in the UK, so of course it’s lovely. Here is the website with all of their beautiful things: https://www.breathemagazine.com

3. A Thrifty Tip: Wrapping with Paper MapsDSC_0020.jpg

DSC_0055Wrapping with street maps is one of my favorite “repurposed gift wraps”.  I have found them at AAA, and at Goodwill outlet, for close to free. They are a good wrap because the paper is sturdy, it works for gifts for guys and is interesting.  This spring I wrapped graduation gifts in it, symbolic of their new adventures ahead!

4. A Hosting Tip: Refreshing Drink Station

Last summer we hosted a book release dessert party of our friend for a small group of people. It was a HOT week and with the menu being all desserts, it seemed the beverages should be cold and less sweet! So, we decided rather that just serving ice water, we would have sparkling water with add ins in addition to coffee and still water.  With not much work or cost, we were able to have a pretty and refreshing make-your-own fizzy water station to go with a plate of desserts.

(I dug around in the cabinet for containers- small but varied heights for the set up of fresh  fruit, herbs, and sliced fresh ginger.  I also decided liter bottles of sparkling water would go further than cans and be less cluttery on the counter.)

Hopefully one of these ideas might be inspiring or come in handy!

 

 

 

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