EATS | BREAKFAST

I haven’t been able to get enough of this sandwich. There may have even been a day a couple of weeks ago where I ate it for both breakfast and lunch in the same day. Dave gives me supreme credit for making this, but its just a simple ol’ breakfast sandwich. I think tomato and spinach would be a nice addition, but I’ll have to keep waiting for the tomatoes.

Our garden is rockin’. We’ve been enjoying lettuce, herbs, and radishes for several weeks. We have many banana peppers ready to pick as well as a few green peppers. Our tomatoes are in the green stage, and we’ve been picking green beans hoping the plants will produce more. We have plenty of cabbage and broccoli. The brussel sprouts and cucumbers are further behind but definitely trucking. We’ve been busy and the past couple of days have been hot, so we have not been keeping up with the weeding as we should. I kind of feel like a bad mother.

Back to today’s eats: We buy our bread from the local grocery store and bakery down the hill. Dave usually has some ciabatta or a baguette on hand, and I just try not to eat it. If I am having some carby-goodness, I opt for this wheat levain loaf. It’s whole wheat sourdough. I dig it.

From there, I slice and heat chicken sausage in a skillet. Once its heated and beginning to brown, I take the cast iron off of the heat to cool the pan. Next, I add one scrambled egg, salt and pepper. Cast iron holds heat really well; sometimes I’m able to cook the egg without ever turning the burner back on, otherwise a med-low temp is good. When the egg is cooked, I top my toast with organic butter, egg/sausage, smoked cheese, fresh parsley, and more pepper. And then I try to eat it slowly and not make a second one :)

HEALTHY BLUEBERRY MUFFINS

 

Num, num, num. I love muffins! Here’s a good, hearty muffin recipe that is sure to leave your tastebuds (and colon, ha!) satisfied! The oatmeal and chia seeds give it a rich chewiness. Add a lemon icing to zip it up a notch if you like!

OATMEAL BLUEBERRY APPLESAUCE MUFFINS
Adapted from Joy the Baker via Sweet Cheeks in the Kitchen

Yields 12 muffins

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour + more for coating blueberries
1 1/4 cups oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup homemade greek yogurt
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp chia seeds + 3 tbsps water (or 1 egg, lightly beaten)
3/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
optional additional chia seeds or oats for topping

Method:
Combine the chia seeds and water, and set aside for at least 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners.
In a large bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
In a medium bowl combine applesauce, yogurt, sugar, oil and chia gel. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and add applesauce mixture. Stir until just moist. Toss blueberries in a couple of tablespoons of flour to coat. Fold blueberries into mixture. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle any additional seeds or oats for topping.

Bake for 16-18 minutes or until springy to the touch. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.

You may enjoy your muffins immediately, or if you’re feeling a little decadent (which I most often am), mix up a little icing with lemon juice and confectioners sugar, and pipe it on top.

NEW FRIEND

Look at this lady dear! I have been wanting a Staghorn Fern since the day my cousin Stuart told me I should have one! I didn’t know what they were at the time, but I was smitten at first glance! It was a while ago now that my friend Carrie told me she spotted some at Seed, a local gardening shop. Within thirty minutes of her text message, I was strutting my fine stuff through their door with cash in tow. I couldn’t have been more excited :)

I water her once a week, she couldn’t be an easier friend.

EASTER 2012

Better late than never? :) I just wanted to share a few photos of some fun we had this spring planning and creating our church’s Easter service. There are so many components to a special service like this, but I was able to be a part of planning the decor. A few of us made string art featuring “un” words that only begin to describe the awesome Man, Christ Jesus. Originally this started as an idea for the event invitation, but when I saw how cool “unbroken” turned out by my friend Carrie, I had to get in on the fun! By about the third letter on my first piece, I couldn’t believe what I was doing. If I hadn’t committed to doing this, I probably would have stopped right there. I love how they turned out, but it was a lot of work :) (If you are thinking of creating some string art, I’d be happy to share a few pointers I learned a long the way.) We displayed the string art on easels throughout the school where we meet.

Next, our visual arts team came up with this incredible idea for a back drop. We started by ombre dying over 100 yards of fabric. We used the fabric to create a backdrop but we also hung it in the trees outside the school and on a drift wood cross made by another team member. I wish I had pictures of this to share with you. It was truly breathtaking blowing in the morning air.

I could gush about how amazing this service was but it wouldn’t do it justice. You had to have been there :) (You can head here for bits and pieces of the morning. Search for “Easter”)

Well, friends, tomorrow I’ll have an ambient video for you, shot and filmed Dave. Stop back by to check it out!

AROUND HERE

Hello my friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I had to cut one thing off my to do list towards the end of April because I was immersed in planning decor for our friends’ anniversary party and vow renewal. It was a surprise for the bride of 10 years, all planned by her husband. I’ve so wanted to share details over these last 9 months of planning, but I couldn’t breathe a word! Whew! The party took place at the beginning of May. I spent a lot of time brainstorming and chatting it out with other friends who were helping to create a party that I knew she would love. It was awesome, but I won’t lie to you, I was surely stressed. It felt so good going to sleep that night not waking up with an urgent to-do list rolling through my brain, haha :)

Since then we’ve been enjoying summer. We took a road trip out to Virginia and then up to DC to celebrate with some friends who got married. We camped with my family a couple of nights over Memorial Day at the same lake where we’ve been camping for over 20 years. My mom and I were trying to decide just how long it’s been – but at least that long. Something inside me is set so right being on the water. I’m not sure if it’s about finally feeling like it’s summer because we’ve always done it or if it’s because being on the water is calming. I love it.

On Friday we leave with part of my family for some real vacation time. We’re off to North Carolina for a week on the beach, and I couldn’t be more excited! Because my parents are awesome, I’ve seen most of the United States, but the ocean is where I find myself needing to be. Last year, Dave and I drove to Montana to experience the beauty of the Big Sky State and to visit McKenzie. It was beautiful and soul-warming, but a grain of sadness crept in knowing it would be another year before I made it to the ocean.

That reminds me, though I haven’t been around too much on this here blog, I have been around! If you want to see what else I’ve been up to or check in on us on our upcoming trip, feel free to check out my Instagram (@mpoyzer). I haven’t been over there very long, but I am finding that it might be my preferred platform for social media.

Talk to you soon!

Mariah