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Egg Mummy!

Mary Poppins was a good show! We were both very tired and I think will admit that maybe each closed our eyes through a scene or two... Friday nights are rough!  In other news: I tried a new breakfast recipe that I stole from Kate... it's easy and delicious! Isn't breakfast the best meal of the day? I just love it. Pipping hot coffee, eggs, fruit, pancakes, bacon, sausage, french toast, muffins, biscotti... I could go on. Here's this recipe :)

Egg Mummy (in honor of Halloween)
8 eggs- scrambled  diced onion 5 oz. frozen spinach, thawed. frozen potatoes, cooked. 1/2- 1 C cheese  1 pkg Just add water Betty Crocker pizza crust mix
Make pizza crust, set aside. saute onions in pan, add whisked eggs. scramble. Roll out pizza dough into a rectangle, layer spinach (make sure it is drained), potatoes, egg/onion scramble, and cheese in the center of the dough. cut slits and wrap any way you like! brush with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Pop it in the oven for 25 mi…

Dream Kitchen.

I ADORE this kitchen. Here are my reasons why: The Kitchenaid is the only thing on the counterI can just picture my friends and family conversing around the island. Telling stories and eating dips and drinking wine.There are multiple shelving units for Cookbooks and magazines and an ipod dock.The nook in the corner with the cake sign above it screams -- "drink your morning coffee here while you plan out your weekend and reflect on your life"Because of the neutral color pallet, you could easily dress this up for any holiday - Christmas time? add a few red and green spectacles. Birthday? Hang a giant banner. Thanksgiving? pumpkin city.With that much counter space I could make dinner and dessert at the same time.The lighting is spectacular, especially for making a detailed Birthday cake.I would be able to hear the sounds of my future children playing in the toy room next doorI spot a dishwasher over by the sink. No more hand washing EVERY. SINGLE. DISH.My home would be complete…

Mary Poppins.

Pretty excited about tonight... Sten and I are going to Mary Poppins at the Cadillac Palace Theater downtown. Can't wait!

I love going to the Theater! I think this is one of those things I will remember forever.


Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Today I am home alone as Sten is in Batavia on Thursday's. It's the perfect time to blog and catch up on things that I don't like to do while he's around because it takes away time from being together. I made these cupcakes on Tuesday night and brought them to work on Wednesday for a co-workers Birthday. I got rave reviews! They take no time at all and only a couple of ingredients.

Here's the recipe:
Cupcake-  Spice Cake Mix15 oz. Pumpkin Puree Mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 20- 25 minutes.

Cream Cheese Frosting-
4 oz. Cream Cheese1/4 Cup Butter2 Cups Powdered Sugar1 tsp Vanilla1-2 Tbls Milk1tsp Cinnamon Beat cream cheese and butter until creamy add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Frost liberally!

Unfortunately, my mom and I are challenging ourselves to "no sweets until Thanksgiving" so I didn't get to try these little goodies- but I've had them before and I know they're good!

Happy Halloween weekend to everyone! xoxo. erica

Weekend highlights and insights.

Talk about a PACKED weekend. Here are the highlights:
Celebrating Kate's Birthday with lots of friends downtown.Relaxing on Saturday after work while the sun blazed and the blue skies took my breath away.Taco Pie with Sten's family in Geneva!Listening to Sten give his FIRST sermon ever.Running in the sun today in shorts and a tee. (Oct 23rd might I remind you)Eating pizza with Sten and talking about the weekend.
 Celebrating Kate's Birthday downtown is a great memory I will have forever. We met at her brothers pent house on State St. and had champagne and snacks before heading to Quartino's for dinner. The walls are all glass and make for perfect city-gazing.
I just love this girl. She is the most generous person I know and does an amazing job of making you feel like the most important person on the planet. I don't know what I would do without her- she makes life so much more colorful.

This morning Sten preached at church. He did an absolutely incredible job and I a…

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies.



In an attempt to do some Fall baking I set out on a quest for the PERFECT Fall recipe. And I think I found it. Katie and I got right to work (after a quick stop at Jewel for the essencials). This recipe is seriously easy and SERIOUSLY good.
Do you love whoopie pies? Kate and I do. We made them the first time for a Women's Ministry Cookie Exchange with the church I went to at undergrad. The older women just about died when we told them the name. But, I am pretty sure they were the FIRST thing gone AND the most delish. Ever since then, W.P.'s have had a special place in my heart.
Enough stories, here's the recipe. Make and then re-make and then re-make.

Cookies:
2 1/2 C all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cardamon
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt
1 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C butter softened
1 lg egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 C pumpking puree

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 C butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1…

Monday, Monday!

Happy Monday. Can't believe the weekend is over. O.V.E.R. It ended prettttty abruptly when I climbed back up the stairs and took my window seat on the Megabus for my 8 hour journey home. Luckily I was prepared this time with 3 magazines and a book I've been wanting to read "Hunger Games". It wasn't such a bad ride overall. Yes, the girl next to me spilled sticky pop on the floor, yes, I was in the middle of 15 Moody College kids talking about their Fall break... but on the whole $30.50 for a round trip ride to Minnesota for: a night out with Laura... a morning of pumpkin pancakes with "m and d".... a baby shower... walk with mom... before dinner girl chats with my sis and my mom... dinner and games with the 'rents, the Bernards and the Erica... an early morning run in the Grove.... church with my dad bringin' it!... and lastly a quick bake sessh with Emily. Phew!

Back to reality this morning when the alarm went off.  After work, Sten and I and m…

weekend recap.

Words can't describe this weekend. It was just perfect in so many ways. The weather was out of this world, the people and conversations were spectacular and the productivity was great as well. Here are some highlights:

Overnight with Elin. That girl can sleep! She was so much fun and I think she really loves sleepovers at 5151 N Christiana-- I mean, truthfully, who doesn't?Painting Mim's garage. It was the perfect day to prime a garage and Sten and I deducted we primed about 80% on Saturday afternoon.3 bags are ready and waiting to go to Good Will. We did a major room clean before heading out to the soccer game on Saturday night.Wheaton vs. North Park Soccer. We met Pete and Anne for dinner at Chili's (nostalgia) and then got a good spot on the bleachers. It really was one of those nights that's just good old fashioned fun! I teared up a little when we won- mostly due to the amount of school pride I felt. I am proud to be a North Park Viking!Church on Sunday was up-…

a day off and some apple crisp.

Yesterday was pretttttty amazing. I woke up to the sunshine in my face and Tre Kronor on my mind. Sten and I hit the streets and walked the 0.5 blocks to our destination. I ordered the waffle and Sten ordered the roasted bell pepper and brie quiche. wowza. The food was simply amazing- as was the company- as was the view out the window.

I went for a long run in the sun after running some errands and laying out in the sun. I then began Barefoot Contessa's Apple Crisp. The perfect dessert for a large group on a Fall evening. Top it with some ice cream and you are GTG!



Recipe: Apple Crisp
From the Kitchen of: Barefoot Contessa
Yeild: 12 generous servings
10 small or 8 medium tart apples peeled, diced and cored.
1 t. Lemon zest
1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 C flour
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 t. ground cardamom (my addition)

Topping:
1 1/2 C Flour
3/4 C. Sugar
3/4 C Brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 C Oatmeal
2 Sticks cold butter

Preheat over to 350 degrees.
sl…