Pin-Testing: Avocados

As I was pinning late last night, I came across a photo of an avocado with an egg in it.

Exhibit A:

The Original Pin

The Original Pin

I thought it looked pretty tasty and I repinned it so that I could try it the next day. So, today comes, and I remember the pin, and I also just so happen to have an avocado and some eggs in the refrigerator. I retrieve the avocado, try to remember when I purchased it (I can’t), and proceed to cut it open. No bueno. Too squishy, weird color, and now considered trash.

But, I was bound and determined to make this healthy avocado masterpiece, so off to the store I went! My husband and I picked up some organic avocados and headed home. We preheated the oven to 180* and I cut open the avocado. Success! I got the golf ball sized pit out of the middle without butchering the superfood and went to grab some eggs. The pin suggests making the hole a little bigger so that you can fit the egg in, and that’s exactly what you should do. So, I excavated a little more and sprinkled a little sea salt and pepper on the bare avocado.

What they don’t tell you is that you also need to get rid of a lot of the egg white to get it to fit. My first try was a disaster- there was raw egg white everywhere and I broke the yolk. The next one was much much better, but there was hardly any egg white in there. Oh, well.

Now for the cooking. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get this lopsided avocado to stand up in the oven without spilling the egg. My first thought was a muffin tin, but upon searching the cupboard, I’m pretty sure I lent it to my mom ages ago and I haven’t seen it since. Either that, or it’s buried in the catastrophe I call a cupboard. But, lucky me, I managed to find this weird snowman tin. I think it’s used to make snowman-shaped cakes or something, but we have never used it. (We inherited it from the previous tenant). This weird tin did the trick, though! We stuck them in the oven and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

In reality, we probably didn’t wait that long, but I was impatient and hungry. It seemed like it was taking a million years just to cook the stupid egg yolk, so I turned on the broiler for a minute. And when I say a minute, I mean a minute. After several very dry and overcooked pieces of meat, I have learned that broilers are nothing to mess with. I didn’t think that the yolks were quite down on the bottom, so I left them in the oven and jacked the temperature up to about 275*. And, voila! Two minutes later I had a super breakfast. I let Chris have the good looking one, and I ate the broken-yolk one, but I snapped a picture for comparison first:

The one on the left is mine, the one on the right is from the pin.

The one on the left is mine, the one on the right is from the pin.

Overall, I think it looked pretty similar. I used just a little bit of pepper and some seasoned salt on top because I didn’t have any cayenne pepper, but it tasted pretty good! We both liked them and we will probably try it again.

Very easy, pretty tasty, über healthy.

Remember When?

A couple weeks (months?) ago, I put up a post about Kindle vs. Print.  I listed pros and cons and I actually got a lot of comments on it. I am a staunch supporter of print- but recently I have been thinking about another pro of Kindles: those books are cheap most of the time, and a lot of them are FREE! Obviously I knew this before, but now that I am not working full time, I can’t really afford to buy books as often as before. I decided (just now) that I am going to delve a little deeper into the digital world with my reading habits, and I need some help.

So, I am calling out to all of my followers: Do you have any recommendations for cheap or FREE books available in the Kindle store? I am bored with what I have to read now, and I need something a little exciting. Let me know your favorites, and maybe they will become my favorites, too!

Observations and Changes

Image via WANA Commons by Natasha Hanova.

Hello ladies and gents, it’s been a while. I have distanced myself a little from my blog for a couple reasons, but we will get to that in a minute.

Let’s chat about a couple things:

1. There is absolutely no need for the temperature to ever get into the triple digits. Ever. It seems like every time I have gotten into my car this week, the thermometer tells me it’s like 102* and that just isn’t necessary. I have always been a lover of autumn. Honestly, summer would probably be my jam if it wasn’t so hot! I like the carefree attitude of summer, but what good is it if I have to stay inside to avoid a heat stroke?!

 

2. I am obsessed with baby blogs. Really, it’s only two. Some people might be reading this and worrying for my mental health, but I want to let you know: I have no intention of starting the baby process any time soon. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be in that position in life– but I’m not. I haven’t landed a full time job, my mom still has me on her health insurance, my husband is still in college, and we still live in an apartment with a roommate. Not ideal circumstances for child rearing.  Until those things are out of the way and thriving, I will stick to living life vicariously through some baby blogs. My favorites (I mean like I’ve-read-every-post-ever favorites) are Dear Baby  by Melissa Jordan and Little Baby Garvin by Jessica Garvin. I have loved reading about the ins and outs of their pregnancies and the awesome (and not-so-awesome) aspects of raising their little ones. But, these blogs really have more to offer (at least for me). I get a lot of fashion inspiration and I think a little more about my values and spirituality and marriage and what is really important in life. Thanks to Jessica, I am already thinking of fun new ways to celebrate and decorate for the holidays (eventually with kids!). And, thanks to Melissa, I am trying to take some fashion risks and really try to figure out my style and not just buy from the same stores over and over because they are convenient. But most of all, these blogs are helping me visualize what kind of family Chris and I will have one day, and what we want that family to look and feel like. Melissa and all of her wonderful words are really getting me to start thinking about how I feel about God and religion and all of the things I have been sort of ignoring in the past. The lessons I’ve learned from them? The best is yet to come.

 

3. I have not been feeling overly excited about reading lately. This one has really been weighing on me. Reading is a part of who I am and who I want to be and how I want to get to that point. I love books. Goodness, I even married a writer! But lately, I really haven’t been as much into reading (excluding blogs) as I used to be. At this point, I am chalking it up to being poor and not being able to indulge in some new books for my ever growing collection. A lot of it is stress too. The more stressed I seem to be, the more I tend to want to get away from some of the stressful situations in the fictional novels I’m reading. I know, I’m a loon. All I can think about is that line from the Blind Melon song: “It rips my life away, but it’s a great escape.” That’s kind of how I feel about books. Most of the time it’s a wonderful escape and I can’t get enough of it, but I think some of my stressors (mostly me not having a full time job and always seeming to be low on funds) are following me into these escapes. I can’t shake it. However, I am optimistic about a recent application I put in for a communications firm, and so I am trying to be positive about my life.

 

4. The future is terrifying and exciting all at the same time. I know you guys are probably thinking “Duh, Casey” but I have never believed this more until now. My husband is still in school and in August he will start going five days a week. Typically, he has usually just gone every other day, but this semester stacking classes just didn’t work out. I know that he needs to do this and I will support him 500%, but I’m just terrified about our financial future. With him being in school a little over an hour away M-F, he will only work on weekends and I will be the sole breadwinner. I don’t have a full time job. I don’t make a ton of money. I don’t know if I can do this. In order to keep this anxiety in check, I have been applying everywhere possible, and I am trying to stay positive. A lot can happen in a month.

 

5. My stance on lying during interviews. In truth, I am really anxious when it comes to job interviews. I don’t want to fudge the truth about where I want to be in ten years, but I often think that the truth might turn potential employers off from me. I don’t want to stay in this area my whole life, and neither does my husband. But, employers want people that will stick with their company. It’ funny, in my Organizational Communication class (see Dr. Lyon, I was listening!), we talked about how the workplace used to be rigid and hierarchical and that once people got jobs, they stayed with that company for the rest of their career. Then we talked about how nowadays people are always looking to advance themselves and they really don’t stay within one company for too long. I feel like those two frameworks are sort of coming together. Companies want a competitive environment, but once the get you, they want to keep you. Forever. And ever. SCARY.

 

6. I’ve been rethinking this blog. This whole thing is really very specific. The blog is called Bookcasey: Confessions of a Bibliophile, and that implies BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS! HEY, BOOKS OVER HERE! That’s great, but I don’t think I can live up to that right now. I already told you about my current reading dilemma (it’s really not that bad), but it’s other parts of the process, too. You may have noticed that I am not the most regular poster, but that’s because I readreadread and then I promise reviews, and then I just want to read but there are so many books piling up to be reviewed and then I just ignore the problem and keep reading. Then I hide. And you don’t see me for weeks. And it makes me feel guilty. So lately I have been contemplating changing the name of this blog and just making it sort of a general thing. However, this new blog format would still include me talking about books and the occasional review. The best of both worlds, right? THEN WHY AM I STILL THINKING ABOUT IT. I am a deliberator. (sp?) I can’t not think the death out of something. As my husband might say “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

 

And there you have it: I am a basketcase and I am quickly unraveling…and re-raveling….and unraveling….you get it. One of my professors once told me that the year after he finished his undergraduate degree was the hardest and most depressing of his life, and he’s right. I wish he wasn’t, but this is a time of transition and I really just have to try and make the best of it.