Saturday, January 28, 2017

Breakfast Pizza

Have you seen that Pillsbury* now has crescent roll dough without the perforated triangles?! Please tell me I'm  not the only one geeking out about this!?

Without the perforated lines in the crescent dough you don't have to worry about cracks and leakage of contents. I make a number of dishes with (yes I'm admitting this) Pillsbury refrigerator dough - homemade pork burns, pork chops and applesauce, pain au chocolat, and this time....BREAKFAST PIZZA!  The family loved it!

I precooked the dough to ensure it was crisp and flaky, before topping it with soft scrambled eggs, fresh baby spinach, breakfast sausage and grated mozzarella cheese.  Pop it back in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese. Add hot sauce, ketchup, salsa...whatever tops your pizza. 

The options are endless - sweet, savory, spicy.... I can't wait to try out another recipe. I promise to share.

*Not sponsored

Saturday, January 21, 2017

BurlyCon 2016

I can't believe it's already been two months since I attended my first BurlyCon!

"BurlyCon is an annual community-oriented professional growth and educational organization for burlesque performers, producers, fans, and aficionados. Our aim is to further the current development and historical knowledge of this unique American art form, especially in light of burlesque’s resurgence worldwide. BurlyCon is committed to providing an affordable opportunity for performers of all levels to learn, grow, and develop their skills."

I had heard about BurlyCon for years, from following a number of burlesque queens on social media and my various pinup photo shoots, but 2016 was my first time attending. As an introvert it was challenging (but sorta the point) to break out of my shell. Overall though? The experience was brilliant.

From classes on hair and makeup tips (think how to make it stay with gallons of sweat), history of Burlesque in the 1990s, group chats on balancing stage life with your "Muggle life" (a term used many times, and it made me giggle every time) and book signing sessions.

There were so many types of people at BurlyCon - genders on the spectrum, ages spanning time, beginners to founders. It did make for some interesting conversations. In the "Burlesque in the 1990s class" there was a man (not sure who he was or his intention for attending) but he was looking to put strippers and burlesque dancers into boxes. "I'm not a prude" was been repeated a few (too many) times. Oh boy did it make for some feisty dancers!

I'm still  not sure if I'll return or find the place within me to get on stage and shake my tatas. But BurlyCon will forever be a memory I hold dear.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Peppermint Patties

One of my favorite flavor combinations is chocolate mint- York...Junior Mints...Girl Scout Thin Mints...any brand really.

So why I only make homemade peppermint patties during the holidays is beyond me! They should be a treat all year long but perhaps it's that chocolate/mint is everywhere during the holidays.

I've tried a few different recipes over the years and have made some tweaks each time. Here is the process I used this year that worked so fantastic!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snow Day (Part II)

Holy smokes Portland!! Enough with the snow days already! Haha.

Mostly because
1) I don't want to shovel anymore snow
2) I'd like to walk down the road and not worry about falling
3) I haven't had a full 5-day work week since just after Thanksgiving

I work for a college and we've now had 7.5 "closed for inclement weather" days in the last month. This past weekend we had an ice storm come through closing campus on Monday. The Tuesday night over 7 inches of snow fell and the whole city has been close since. The mayor has declared a state of emergency as Portland borrows snow plows from Seattle.

It has been beautiful. Sitting in the family room looking out the back windows, watching the snow fall, listening to the stillness. We've all gone out and played in the snow, my sister and her BF made an adorable snow fairy.

It is lovely to play in now and then....but I'm done. I'm ready for weather I'm accustomed too, that I can function in with out having anxiety attacks (I fall every winter but haven't yet....trying to keep this luck).

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Snow Days

I was born and raised in Southern California where winters just meant rain. When I lived in San Diego, winters included throwing on a hoodie but still wearing sandals. So when I moved to the PNW snow wasn't necessarily something I had too much experience with - minus a few small snow days and day trips to the mountains.

My first winter here there were a few days of 19 degree weather and I, jokingly, asked my family if they had brought me here to die. Haha. As the years go by, this is my seventh winter, I'm still not completely accustomed to the cold. Despite layers upon layers - socks, pants, sweaters, jackets, earmuffs - I still much prefer to be inside on snow days.

This winter the snow days are more than ever before. In the last month we've had three "storms" and my school has closed five/six days. Luckily today is Saturday and the snow isn't as heavy.

Still a perfect day for snuggling on the couch, watching NCIS and recovering from this head cold.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Seasonal Gifts

My family actual celebrates two holidays during the winter season. We were raised with celebrating Christmas (Santa and my Episcopal Grandmother) and Yule (as we were raised by a Wiccan Mother) and have continued to celebrate both as we got older.

Generally we get together on (or close to) Yule, as a large family, eat amazing food, read stories of the solstice and exchange presents. Christmas is reserved for stockings, Christmas PJs and Santa presents with the little ones. We have had years where the gifts (from everyone) have been handmade only, other years we do secret-Santa exchanges, but always stressing it's not about "things" but rather being together and sharing love.

This  year my family knew me way too well - Harry Potter, kitchen gadgets....

...socks that swear and a childhood favorite book.

Okay so the couch was a present to myself (and the house). The day after Christmas we went to the local thrift store to drop off a number of donations and went inside to browse (everything was 30-75% off how could I not) and I ended up coming out with this gorgeous Ethan Allen turquoise blue couch. LOVE IT!

How was your holiday season? Did you treat yourself to anything special? What was your favorite gift?