Food Geek Friday: My Favorite Egg Concoction

Today’s dish is super-uber-versatile. You can use practically any sauce, veg and/or meat. It comes together quickly and makes excellent use of leftovers. I made something like this is while back and then was reminded of it when one of my closest friends posted a pic of something similar on Facebook. It has a real name but I forget what it is so we’re just going to call it “My Favorite Egg Concoction.”

As if it weren’t versatile enough already, you can also whip it up for pretty much any meal you need to: breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, linner, midnight snack. Even if you’re tired it’s so quick and easy that there’s pretty much no excuse to not make this unless you just don’t have the ingredients. If that’s the case, get thee to the grocery store immediately if not sooner!

So without further delay…

My Favorite Egg Concoction

Ingredients:

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  • Sauce (marinara, pesto, arrabiata, etc.)
  • Cooked veggies
  • Cooked meat

Directions

  1. Start with skillet over medium heat. If meat and or veggies aren’t cooked, do so now. Once cooked, add sauce of choice. If using leftover sauce and veg, heat up until heated.
  2. Create holes in the sauce. Crack eggs into holes.
  3. Continue to cook until eggs are desired doneness. (I usually finish off under the broiler to make sure top gets cooked without overcooking the yolk.)
  4. Enjoy!

Possible combos to start you off:

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Sautee cooked chicken apple sausage and mushrooms. Make two holes and crack an egg into each hole. Mix pesto and coconut milk (or cream) together. As whites start to set, pour creamy pesto around yolks. Sprinkle all with parmesan. Cook until eggs are done. (Finish off in the broiler so that bottom of eggs don’t over cook.)

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Chop bacon and fry until done. Remove bacon (leaving grease) and add sweet potato chopped small. When they are relatively close to done, add mushrooms. When sweet potato and mushroom are done, throw bacon back in. Create two holes and crack an egg into each hole. Mix pesto with coconut milk (or cream)and pour around dish. Top with parmesan. Continued cooking until eggs are set. (Finish off in broiler so bottom doesn’t overcook before top.)
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Started by heating up leftover spaghetti sauce (Browned hamburger. Added in mushrooms to cook. Added favorite jar of marinara, red wine and spices. Simmered until cooked through.) Once sauce is heated, make a hole in the center to crack an egg. Cooked until egg is fully set.

So as you can see, the only limits here are the ingredients you have on hand and your imagination. If you make this, let us know what you think as well as any additional variations in the comments!

Makeover: Junk Room to Home Office

Today’s home makeover is brought to you by the letter “J” for “Junk Room.”

The before on this room is a little different from most junk rooms. Typically, the client doesn’t have a goal set for a random room so it ends up being the dumping ground for everything. This particular junk room, on the other hand, started as an organized home office. However, my client was doing a full-blown redecoration of the entire home – this room included. Usually when we’re redecorating we do it a bit piecemeal as we find new things.

This client is not a usual woman.

She decided to just dump everything she hated.

That turned out to be most of the room.

Because she had this full home redecoration project going on, this room became the staging ground for all the transitions taking place around the house. After the rest of her home was done, it was time to tackle what was now a full-blown junk room. Because it had been staging ground and transition space for so many other things,  when she looked at the room she was at a loss and no longer knew where to start.

And that’s when she called me:

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As with the majority of my really chaotic rooms, we started at the doorway and just made our way around the room.

Our first step was to make sense of the chaos. We sorted like with like: office supplies, filing, books, photos, etc. As we sorted, if there was anything that immediately came up that my client knew she didn’t want then she went ahead and put it into the trash, recycle or piles for donation. We also pulled out all non-office related items.

Pro tip: once setting the goal of your room, remove all items that aren’t associated with that goal. 

Once everything was sorted into its respective categories, my client went back through each pile and started purging anything else she didn’t need.

Pro tip: Purging through paperwork is much easier while watching a movie and drinking a glass of wine. 

Once we were narrowed down to only the things my client needed, used, and loved, we mapped out how her new office would look. We wanted to set up the desk in the “power spot” which would be facing the door with the built-in bookshelf behind her.

(I love built-in bookshelves!)

The bookshelves would house media and certain office needs (in the lower right hand corner so they’d be hidden by the file cabinet when you first walk in the door), as well as photos, decorations and mementos. The new filing cabinet would sit on the wall to my client’s left-hand side. The closet was already perfectly outfitted to store office supplies and excess photos, decorations and any other random storage.

From there, we started situating the things into the bookshelves and closet. This way we’d have the space to bring in the new furniture as well as a super-quick finish out with the remaining items.

Then it was time to shop! First things first was taking measurements. No use in falling in love with any pieces that weren’t going to fit! After much online and in-person scouring, we found the perfect white desk and lateral filing cabinet. They were just the right size and style to have presence in the room without overwhelming the small space. We brought everything in (she’d set up a makeshift office in the dining room to get her through the transitions), set it all up and voila!

 

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A whole new office!

Total hands on time: 15 hours

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Blog Search: Permission to be Fabulous

Permission to be Fabulous

Recently someone came to my blog after using the search term “permission to be fabulous.”

Well Sunshine, here it is.

Although the truth is you don’t need permission from me or anyone else. The only person who has to give you the permission to be fabulous is yourself.

Now I get it. Sometimes that poses quite the challenge. Old friends may wonder who you are or what you’ve done with the duller version of you. They may be scared that you’ll leave them. They may start calling you names or say you’ve jumped up on a sassy horse or gotten “too big for your britches.”

Now there’s a Southern phrase for you!

But here it is, Sunshine. That’s all *their* issues. Not yours! Your REAL friends – as in true, loyal, only-want-the-best-for-you friends – will want to do better, be better and succeed and be FABULOUS. They will be excited to see you shine because as we shine, we allow others to be fabulous and shine with us!!!

To those that don’t like it and would you prefer that you not be fabulous, I like to employ one of my favorite phrases from my advertising degree:

“You, my dear, are obviously not in my target market.”

Will we always have the energy to be fabulous? Hell no! But sometimes curling up on the couch with some wine and a marathon session of our favorite TV show is pretty fabulous too. After all, we need proper rest to be properly fabulous.

Fabulous Exhaustion

So to the Sunshine out there looking for permission to be fabulous, wherever you are, here it is.

Not that you need permission from me…but I’m happy to give it.

Whose Crap Is It, Anyway?

Melinda Massie:

Nice shout out from our friend Kelly. She also offers an excellent piece of advice to think about when you’re packing up to move.

Originally posted on willworkforfoosblog:

1:59 AM. That was the last time I looked at the clock before sleep finally overtook me last night. Or this morning, if you want to nitpick.

I was still awake because I stayed up to work on a project for my Epidemiology class. And before that I had been packing. I was also awake because I’m just not sleeping much these days.

It’s not because I’m not tired. Tired is pretty much a 24/7 thing for me. But even when my body is worn out and eager for rest, somehow I just can’t get my brain to put up a “closed” sign and go home for the night. Or morning. Whatever.

I’ve been down this road before. It’s nothing new. It’s just your typical case of pre-move stress. Only this time, it comes with a nice heaping side order of grad school. In grad school, nobody cares if you’re…

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Organizing on a Budget?

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Redheaded rant alert. Sassy pants officially on.

Today I want to talk about a pet peeve of mine. I see articles, advertising and all sorts of whatnot about organizing on a budget. How do I get organized on a budget? This cheap item will help you get organized. That cheap item will help you get organized.

Guess what, Sunshines? It’s all B.S.

You know why?

ORGANIZING IS FREE!

(Obviously not if you hire a professional, but that’s because we’re professionals. You’re paying for years of experience, research, and ideas as well as motivation, coaching, accountability, and focus.)

I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it until I’m blue in the face, run out of air, steam and/or cocktails.

Organizing has NOTHING TO DO with bins, baskets, shelves, labels, and any other tool out there that someone is trying to get you to purchase.

Organizing is ALL ABOUT LETTING GO of things you don’t need. First physically and the mental/emotional clutter will almost ALWAYS follows suit. After all, where there is physical clutter there is almost always emotional and mental ties wrapped up in it. So the beauty is that it doesn’t cost you one lovely dime to let go of the things you don’t need anymore. As a matter of fact, it can even make you money in the forms of:

  • selling your good items
  • tax write-offs for donations
  • savings from prevention of duplicate/multiple purchases
  • savings from monthly storage unit costs
  • found checks and gift cards

That last one perk your ears up? Almost every single one of my clients have found missing checks, cash and gift cards in their clutter.

Impromptu free dinner out for ditching the clutter? Yes please!

Now will you want to purchase a few things to keep your organizational systems their most pretty and functional? Perhaps. You may also unearth some gems in your clutter that can be repurposed to do that job too. But all of this is just gravy after removing the clutter.

We all would love a quick, easy, and cheap fix to the clutter. Well…I can’t give you quick (especially if you have a lot of clutter) and it may not be easy (if you’ve got a ton of negative juju lurking in the clutter) but letting go and getting rid of the clutter is freeFreeFREE baby!

So look around the house and find five things to let go of. Share what you ditched in the comments!

Own Your Hot Mess

Own Your Hot MessLast month I talked about switching your perspective in the approach to anything negative – especially clutter. There’s also another very important step that we all have to take before we can truly deal with and release said clutter.

Sunshines, it’s time to own your hot mess.

Now I know that it’s easier to lay blame elsewhere. My husband doesn’t care what the house looks like. The kids are cute, little chaos creators that leave their toys all over the house. My maid ran away with the neighbor’s butler and the place just hasn’t been the same since.

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Quick Tip: Expiration Date Your Files

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Yes, this is one of my car accident files. Yes, I labeled it to the minute the accident happened. But we’re not really surprised by this are we?

One of the most popular questions asked during organizing papers is “How long do I have to keep this?” If – like me – you go through and weed out your files at least once a year…

You are weeding your files out once a year, correct?

No?

Bonus quick tip: Weed out your files once a year! I like the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s not like we’re doing much else that week anyway and I like the feeling that I’m creating new space for the new year. Once your files are properly set up (which may take some time), a yearly weed really doesn’t take too much time at all. Sit down in front of the TV with some coffee or a cocktail and it’ll be done before you know it.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

When weeding out files, we often wonder how long we have to keep things. Instead of having to look it up every time, just put an expiration date on your file. You could get super-detailed with it and add the date to the label. So the example in my photo would read:

Car Accident – 1 Nov 08 – 6:45pm
Keep until 2015

Or you can do just as I have and slap a post-it on the front of the folder. How you do it and how pretty it looks is totally up to you. Since this is sitting in my archive files until next year, I don’t really care what it looks like. Bottom line, this step that only takes a couple of extra seconds will save you quite a few minutes looking up the guidelines every time you wonder if you can toss a file or not.

The next time you go through your files (or when you finally properly set them up), take an extra moment to note when it’s OK to let go of the file for good.

Switch Your Perspective

Switch Your PerspectiveI’ve been conducting a personal experiment this year. I’m working on changing my perspective and purposefully indulging in what doesn’t necessarily seem indulgent.

Here’s the thing. We’ve been conditioned to think that “work” is “work” so it should suck. “Fun” is “fun” and so it certainly ISN’T work, and never the twain shall meet.

I don’t buy that. If you’re a fellow entrepreneur, I’m betting you don’t either.

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FedEx Small Business Big Grant Contest

FedEx Small Biz/Big Grant - Please vote for Organizing with a Side of FabulousHello Sunshines!

I’ve recently entered into the FedEx Small Business Big Grant contest. The winner will receive a $25,000 grant. Part of the deciding process is how many votes each small business receives. I would be ever so thankful and drown you in a champagne fountain if you’d please vote for me! You may vote every day between now and February 23rd. This could be a big game changer for my business. I intend to use the money towards marketing locally and in other cities to help grow my business nationally, hire staff to help me take care of all the new clients, and create a system so that hoarders have one stop to find all the help they’ll need.

Please vote (early and often) and share (if you see fit)!  Thanks again!

See the Organizing with a Fabulous entry and vote here.

Things I Love: Todoist

On Monday I discussed how to create space in our to-do lists. Today, I’m going to tell you a little about the current app I use to do keep up with that.

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I switched to Todoist a couple of months ago. My go-to list app for the last couple of years did a fine enough job, but every time they did an upgrade I would be without my information for an unknown amount of time. Or, in the case of the last upgrade, I could get to it from my phone but not my computer.

First world problems for sure, but I was nervous that in one of these upgrades they’d lose my info forever. Not. Fabulous.

So after doing some searching, I landed on Todoist. It has all sorts of features like sharing, adding due dates and getting email reminders, as well as upgrades with their premium service. I, however, keep my usage of it pretty simple.

What can I say, I really prefer a paper or white board to-do list which is where the majority of my professional to-dos are. But for my personal to-dos, I use a combo of white board and Todoist.

The design is simple and elegant. Overall usage is fairly intuitive. There are “projects” that are your main categories and then under each project you can add “tasks.” For my home redecoration project, it’s perfect for setting up what I want to do room by room. You can also indent certain tasks so your list is set up outline style. I mainly use the app for my errand lists, and it’s perfect to come along with me at the grocery store or wherever I am.

As you mark things off your lists, you even earn karma points!

As I said, my usage of this is for basic needs. However, I love that you can break down the larger projects into smaller tasks – perfect for nixing procrastination and actually taking action on these tasks. And the sharing functions are great when you have a team working together on a project. I can easily see myself upgrading and using this app in different ways when I hire staff.

I know many love Evernote for lists and notekeeping. I’ve recently heard awesome things about Any.do and want to check that out as well. However, for right now, Todoist is fitting my needs just right.

What is your favorite way to keep track of your to-do lists?