Spicy eggs in marinara

Hey, welcome to the blog today!  I always appreciate you visiting.  How is your week starting out?  I am doing alright over here, I have been keeping an eye on the news related to the recent hurricanes and the ongoing impact these storms have had.  My thoughts are with all of those impacted.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been all about the breakfast recently.  I made this spicy marinara and eggs dish a few weeks ago on the fly while trying to use up some odds and ends that were in the fridge.  It ended up being awesome, and I knew that I would want to make it again so I could share it with you.

This dish is super easy, sneaks some veggies into breakfast and was quite the crowd pleaser at our house.  Even my baby girl was all about it and eagerly ate up all my toast as she soaked up the marinara.  This is more of a guideline than a strict recipe, everything can be customized to taste.  It is a hearty vegetarian breakfast that has become one of my new favorite weekend breakfasts.

Spicy Eggs Marinara

Ingredients:

  • For the crostini
    • sliced baguette
    • butter or ghee
    • Italian seasoning
  • For the egg dish
    • marinara sauce – if making 3-4 eggs in a large pan, about 1.5 cups, for individual ramekins about 1/2 a cup.  You want about 1/3-1/2 inch of marinara in the bottom of the dish
    • 1-2 handfuls diced greens – about a cup of whatever you have on hand, I used kale for the pictured one, I have also used spinach
    • Crushed red pepper
    • Italian seasoning
    • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 350.  Pour marinara into pan or ramekins.  Mix in diced greens and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper (add to your taste preferences).  Make wells for eggs and gently crack an egg into each well, trying not to break the yolks.  I used one egg for my smaller ramekins and found that three fit perfectly in my cast iron skillet.  This is a smaller skillet, a larger one could likely hold four eggs.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Put in the oven.  Bake for approximately 25 minutes for a runny yolk.  You may want to check on them periodically, as ovens can vary in cooking time.


For the crostini.  Slice the baguette into approximately 1/2 inch slices and lightly butter one side.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and bake with the eggs, remove from the oven once lightly browned.

Let me know if you give this a try.  Do you have any now favorite recipes that you came across by accident?  Or while using up leftovers?

Are you much of an egg eater?  I wasn’t really into eggs until my first pregnancy, now I eat them all the time.

Hope you have a great day!

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Weekend recap – All the breakfast

Here we are at the start of another week friends.  How was your weekend?  Mine was pretty laid back and enjoyable.  It started out with some awesome Dia de los Muertos finds.  These pillows were only 5 bucks a piece and got me super excited for fall (Halloween) decorating.  I also got a door hanging that I am loving.


Friday night the hubs worked, so after the babies were in bed, I caught up on the Netflix that only I like.  I have been watching iZombie, which is a total guilty pleasure type show.

Saturday morning started with a delicious breakfast, courtesy of the hubs.  I had a breakfast salad, plus bacon, a blueberry veggie muffin (still tweaking the recipe, hopefully coming soon), and fruit.  It was basically my ideal breakfast.


After family breakfast, I headed out to teach class, then met a friend for breakfast number two.  It was awesome catching up and planning many more get togethers over the next few months.  The highlight was sharing these delicious pumpkin pancakes.  It might still be hitting the 90s every day, but my heart says bring on the fall foods.


Saturday afternoon we took a family trip to Costco, where we ran into a couple of friends. Costco was bumping on Saturday.  There were some great samples, and we were able to get in and out pretty quickly despite the crowds.  We then went home and played in the backyard with the babies until their bedtime.

Since we had snacked so much at Costco, no one was really ready for an early dinner, so we fed the kids some good snacks before bed.  Then the hubs and I had a late, dinner and a movie at home date after the kids were tucked in.  We made a Blue Apron (ignore the paper towel napkins).  I have really been enjoying these at home dates recently.  I love going out, but it’s nice to relax and connect at home as well.  Also, it’s a date I can enjoy in yoga pants.

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Sunday morning kicked off with a 7am Orangetheory class. I am glad I went, but it was super hard getting up and going.  The babes both choose Sunday as a day to sleep in and I really wanted to also sleep in.  In the end, I’m glad I went though. It was an endurance/power day and kicked my booty in the best way.


After class, I came home and cleaned out the fridge to make breakfast created this masterpiece.  It is a scramble with eggs, zucchini, a few leftover French fries, bacon and lots of Cajun seasoning, with a side of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread.  It was delicious!


After breakfast, we loaded up the kids and headed to the playground.  We made a quick pit stop at Starbucks on the way.  So I could jump on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, and the kiddos could have a little post breakfast dessert in the form of cake pops.


During playtime, I also snuck away to a quiet spot in the park to do a 5 minute guided meditation.  A friend of mine has been telling me all about the benefits of meditation and I set a goal of taking at least 5 minutes each day to meditate for the rest of the month.  We shall see how it goes.

Later in the day, I went to book club while the hubs braved the grocery store with the babies on his own.  My book club read The Traitor’s Wife.  Which is a historical fiction novel about Benedict Arnold’s wife.  I enjoyed it, good summer reading.  I also enjoyed lots of socializing and snacks, which is always something I look forward to.  Look at this plate of carby goodness.

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Sunday evening was spent preparing for the week and relaxing with the family.

What did you do this weekend? Any fun adventures?

Friends impacted by Hurricane Irma, and recovering from Hurricane Harvey.   My thoughts have been with you.  Hope you are safe.

Friday favorites

Happy Friday friends!!!! How was your week? Mine was a short one, but I am still totally ready for the weekend.  I think with it being shorter, and me having jury duty on Wednesday, that I never really got in a good groove for the week.  It might also have been that I tried to jam a whole lot into my mini week, mostly fun stuff though.

This week I was loving catching up with friends.  On Tuesday evening, I met a friend to watch Food Revolution.  Which is a documentary primarily about GMOs.  It was narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson and I felt like I learned quite a bit from it.  Also, the director is apparently from Tucson.  I always love seeing my hometown peeps succeeding.


On Wednesday after the babes were tucked in, I went to a friend’s for a girls night in.  We sipped wine, had snacks and chatted, it was a great time! Kourtney (the hostess) put together a delicious cheese and chocolate tray for us.  I forgot to take a picture, but it was great snacks and company (thanks for having me Kourt)!

In food and drink related favorites, I have a new favorite La Croix!  I don’t know if the mango flavor is new or just new to me, but it is delicious!

Being downtown on Wednesday also gave me the opportunity to have lunch at the downtown El Charro, which aside from having great food, is a sentimental spot for me.  The hubs and I had our rehearsal dinner there.


I have been listening to more and more podcasts recently and have been really into Casefile this week.  Thanks to Erinn for the suggestion!

This weekend, I am looking forward to a celebratory lunch with a friend (she just passed a big exam and I am SO proud).  I also have book club on Sunday.  I am going to have to hustle up and finish the book, but I am really excited to see everyone.  Especially since I ended up missing last month’s book club when the kids and I got sick.

What are you looking forward to this weekend?  What was one of your highlights from the week?

Hope you have a great one!

Weeknight Cauliflower Fried Rice

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Hey, friends!  How was your Wednesday?  I got summoned for jury duty, and it was a loonnnggggg day.  I did not get selected but was not dismissed until the very end, and then had a bit of a drive home.  It was interesting to see the legal system in action though, and I did get some good reading time in while waiting around.

Today I wanted to share another super fast meal idea, my weeknight cauliflower fried rice.  This is a 10-minute dish that is a perfect way to get extra veggies in.  It is one of the kids’ favorites.   I love things that make them want to eat veggies, so we have it pretty regularly.  It is great on its own, but you could also add some cooked chicken, tofu, shrimp or any other preferred protein.  It also makes a good side.  I made this not too long ago and served it with my Weeknight Egg Roll in a Bowl, and the whole family was full and happy.

Weeknight Cauliflower Fried Rice

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 bag (12 oz) frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1/3 cup frozen mixed vegetables (I was out of mixed veggies and just used frozen peas on the pictured batch)
  • 1 egg
  • 3-4 green onions, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2-3 tablespoons Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce, or coconut aminos, depending on your preferences)

Directions: Add sesame oil to a frying pan and heat on medium-high heat.  Add riced cauliflower and vegetables to pan.  Begin to stir and heat, adding garlic powder, onion powder, and ground ginger.  Continue to cook until heated through and beginning to brown slightly (about 8 or so minutes).  As it cooks, crack the egg into a bowl and beat.  Make a well in the middle of your pan, and pour the egg into this well.  Allow the egg to cook in the well for about a minute, then scramble and mix in with rest of ingredients.  Pour in the liquid aminos and add the green onions.  Mix thoroughly and serve.

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Let me know if you give this recipe a try.

How is your week going so far?  Have you ever had jury duty?

Fall bucket list

Hello, welcome to the blog today!  How is your week starting out?  I was off on Monday for Labor Day and getting back to reality yesterday was definitely a little rough.

Now that we are in September, I am super excited that it is almost fall!  With all the decorations out in stores and pumpkin recipes making their reappearance, I feel like I can almost pretend it is fall now (almost, it was a 104 today!).   Fall is by far my favorite season.  There is plenty I enjoy about the other three, but I have also been a sucker for the crisp autumn air and all the Halloween festivities.  Also, being in southern Arizona, fall marks the first time in months you can be outside without feeling like you might melt.  I have been mentally creating a fall bucket list for the last month or so, and thought I would share it with you today.  Please play along in the comments and let me know what is on your fall bucket list.  These are in no particular order, some are fall specific, others just things I am aiming to do this season. 

Apple/pumpkin picking:  We had an awesome time peach picking back in July, and I am looking forward to taking the kids back to Apple Annie’s to pick apples and pumpkins.

Make apple sauce: After picking our apples, I want to make some homemade apple sauce.  It is so easy to make in the crock pot, and the kids and I loved it the last time we made it.

Pumpkin decorating:  My little guys are not quite ready for pumpkin carving, but I think they are both big enough to grasp pumpkin decorating!  I am super excited to decorate pumpkins with them.

All the Halloween things!:  I have always loved Halloween. I love costumes, I love haunted house and Halloween festivals.  Trick or treating is a blast, and I am a huge candy fan.  I am already scoping out Halloween events in our area and am hoping to attend lots of them.  The baby girl and I spent about 15 minutes standing in front of this display with her saying “Woah, it’s cool” over and over again last weekend.  I think she is going to be a Halloween fan like her momma.

Speaking of the little lady, she has a birthday coming up.  We are looking forward to planning and celebrating her big day a little later in the year.

Fall cleaning and house projects: This summer was about a million degrees here in Tucson.  It is hard to find the motivation to do much deep cleaning or projects around the house when you feel overheated just making dinner.  I am hoping to get through some projects and clean out/organize closets before we get to the holiday season.

Bake:  Last fall and winter I pretty much always had some sort of healthy-ish baked goods at the ready.  We made lots of muffins and oatmeal bakes.  It was great because the house frequently smelled like delicious baked goods and the kids loved being able to have muffins and the like for breakfast and snack.  As it cools off I want to get back to making some sort of baked good each week.

Take a 90-minute Orangetheory class: The studio I go to has a weekly 90-minute class.  I have no intention of becoming a regular 90-minute class participant (the 60-minute class is killer already).  But want to check it out and think it could be a good occasional challenge.

Read a non-book club related book:  Being in two book clubs means that I always have 1-2 books to read each month.  I love book club and reading books that I would not have necessarily picked for myself.  But, it can be challenging to find time to read other books that catch my eye.  I shared my want to read list a few weeks ago and am hoping to get to one of two of them over the next couple months.

Whats on your fall bucket list?  Do you have a favorite season?  

Weekend Recap

Hey, guys! How was your weekend? Was it a long one for you?  Any fun getaways?  We stayed in town but made the most of the long weekend. The hubs and I kicked it off with an at home date night on Friday.  After we got the kids to bed, the hubs put together this awesome cheese plate for us. That’s warmed Brie, roasted garlic, apple, baguette, and peach preserves.


We poured some drinks, and settled in for an evening of movie watching and chatting.  It was the perfect low-key start to the weekend.

Saturday started early.  I headed out to the first available Orangetheory class of the day.  Then headed home for breakfast with the fam before going to teach my class.  I wasn’t sure how attendance would be on the holiday weekend but had a large and energetic group.  It was a blast.  The rest of Saturday morning was spent running some family errands.  I fell in love with these two and plan to keep an eye on their price and hopefully snag them when they go on sale.

After baby naps, we headed over to see some friends for a play date and dinner. I didn’t think to take any pictures, but we had a great time hanging out and catching up as the kids played.  We can home just in time to tuck the babies into bed.  Then caught up on a little tv before calling it an early night ourselves.

Sunday morning once again started with a bright and early Orangetheory.  I do not normally do Orangetheory multiple days in a row and my legs were definitely feeling the fatigue.  After class, I stopped by a local bakery/deli and picked up some treats to share with the family.

We then headed over to a local nursery.  They had recently expanded and we were in the market for some new rose bushes, so I wanted to check it out.  Also, I really like looking at plants.  It ended up being a real highlight of the weekend.  They have expanded to have a huge indoor and outdoor area.  I loved the hanging terrariums.

There were also tons and tons of butterflies fluttering about, which was cool to see.  The kids were pretty excited to see so many of them!

The rest of Sunday was not especially interesting but was super productive and great family time.  We hung out at home, got lots of cleaning done and I had some craft time with the kids.

Monday we continued to work on things around the house.  We did end up getting a couple of rose bushes on Sunday, so the hubs planted those.  I made some muffins I was hoping to share here on the blog, but they are not quite where I want them yet, hopefully soon.  We had planned to have some friends over to BBQ on Monday, but they had to cancel.  We ended up cooking out with my in-laws.  My mother in law had been on vacation in Ireland over the last few weeks, so it was nice to catch up and hear all about her trip.  I also really want to plan an overseas vacation now. The hubs grilled up chicken sausage and corn, and I made watermelon margaritas to sip on.  I also made deviled eggs, which always seem like the thing to make for summer holidays/BBQs.  It was a nice afternoon of visiting and playing with the kiddos.

Overall, an excellent weekend.  We had some great family time and got to do some actual relaxing, which feels rare these days.  On the workout front, I was pretty active, getting in two Orangetheory classes, and teaching two total body classes.  I had wanted to hit up a yoga class, but it did not end up happening.   I did do about 20 minutes of freestyle yoga at home on Friday and Monday though, so I am counting that as a win.

Now your turn.  Tell me about your weekend.  Was it a long one for you?  Any end of summer trips or BBQs?

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!!!! We made it friends (if your week is not Monday-Friday, I hope your Friday comes soon).  How has your week been?  Other than feeling endless, I really don’t have too many complaints about this week.  I have been enjoying the (very) slightly cooler weather and trying not to rush the last of summer in my excitement for fall.  This has been kind of hard this week since fall stuff seems to be everywhere.  It is fall in stores already for sure.

Per usual, I thought I would share some favorites of the week today.  I would also love to hear about your current favorites, so please play along in the comments.

First up, Nutella! I hadn’t had Nutella in probably a couple of years, but got a jar on Monday and have not been able to stay out of it this week.  Why is it so good?!?


In pending fall related goodness, I have been enjoying a spoonful of this Pumpkin Chai Latte mix in my coffee each morning. It is delicious! Also, my Trader Joe’s carries it year round.


I was super excited to see Dia de los Muertos decorations out at Cost Plus this week.  I have mixed feelings about how early the Halloween stuff comes out each year, but I have a real soft spot for Dia de los Muertos stuff.  I have dreams of decorating my whole house with it one day. So really, I consider it all the time stuff.


Not necessarily an awesome thing, but a “this is life moment,” my child put a sock in my tea this week.  He didn’t seem to understand why I might take issue, or not want to drink the tea after.  Fortunately, there was still plenty of (sock free) tea to be had and there were no resulting spills to clean up.

Around the Internets, I have enjoyed the following:

I am probably going to live forever: Coffee can increase life expectancy.

Protein cookie dough made out of chickpeas? This looks like a snack I need in my life.

I have not actually seen What the Health on Netflix yet, but I feel like I learned so much about health and nutrition from reading Kelli’s review and some of the related articles attached.

Now your turn! What did you enjoy this week? Do you have a three-day weekend coming up? Any big plans? We have a couple of friend dinners planned, which I am really looking forward to. We are working on a couple little things around the house, so hopefully knocking a few things off my to-do list.  I am also looking forward to some OrangeTheory, and maybe a yoga class (fingers crossed).  I will be taking Monday off but will be back on Tuesday.  You can always catch me on Facebook and Instagram as well.

Hope you have a great weekend!