Atrium B&B Potato and Boursin Frittata

Here is the recipe for that breakfast dish I mentioned in my last post!  As I said, I have already made this twice since we have been home from Mendocino, and I think I could eat it again this weekend. It's beyond. I made it for Cheryl and when I asked her if she preferred this or baked oatmeal, and she didn't think before she emphatically replied "THIS!".

Atrium B&B Potato and Boursin Frittata

Serves about 4 people

Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt and pepper (each)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 5-oz package of Boursin garlic and herb cheese (this is what makes it!)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together eggs, salt, and pepper until just combined.

Heat oil in an ovenproof 9-10 inch skilled over high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add the potatoes and scallions to the oil, stirring once, then cover and cook until beginning to brown (about 4 minutes).

Stir the potato mixture once more, then cover and cook 3 minutes more.

Pour beaten eggs evenly over potato mixture and crumble the Boursin cheese over the eggs. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake, uncovered, until set and just cooked through (about 15 minutes).

Slide onto plate and serve.

Optional: accompany with sliced smoked salmon or prosciutto.

Mendocino Bike Sprite Weekend

Thankfully Brent didn't choose a career path in sales, because initially he didn't do a very good job of selling me on a weekend trip to Mendocino with the Mendocino Bike Sprite.  Once he explained the details... staying in an old farmhouse, tour groups for beginner level riders, and meals included, I was all for it!  I was still a little nervous since I imagined I would be one of only a few women in a large group of experienced male riders, but much to my surprise and joy, the group was mostly women... and what a fun, fabulous, and helpful group of ladies they were!  I'll share more photos from our weekend once I get them all edited, but I really just wanted to dedicate a quick post to say what a freaking wonderful time I had!  I learned so much, I pushed myself physically, and I got out of my comfort zone on SO many levels. I'm working on keeping that stick out of my butt all the time... baby steps!  A big THANK YOU to this group for a fabulous weekend, and hopefully many more weekend rides together to come!IMG_8314  

Summer Bucket List

I love that I love summer now... a time I used to dread in Arizona is now my favorite time of year! Being here during the summer reminds me of that indescribable excitement that hung in the air in the last couple weeks of school as a kid. There is just something magical about summer time, and I am so thankful to have that feeling back again! This summer is going to be doubly special because it is the first official, full summer Brent and I will be in California together.

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Here is my 2013 summer bucket list (some uncompleted tasks from 2012 carried over):

  1. Host outdoor movie nights at our cottage - Build a fire, pop some popcorn, and set up the big screen. I would love to make this a bi-monthly event until it's too cold to host it anymore. Brent already called Jurassic Park as the first movie, so now we just need to pick a kick-off weekend.
  2. Explore up the coast - I imagine it only gets prettier as you drive up...
  3. Go camping in Big Basin and/or Big Sur - yes please.
  4. Hike the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail
  5. Bring back Sunday beach bonfires
  6. Birthday on the Boardwalk - again! 
  7. Take a dance class with Brent
  8. Go wine tasting in Carmel
  9. Master a new song on my ukulele 
  10. Read at least the first two books of the Game of Thrones series - I already have a good chunk done of the first, so this shouldn't be difficult.
  11. Send fun summer gift packages to my pen pals
  12. Bike camping... this was obviously Brent's choice when I said I needed one more thing for my list.  We'll see.

Happy Summer! :)

Just checking in...

I would apologize again for letting so much time pass in between posts, but I fear my words will mean less since I clearly am not sorry enough to keep up.  I have a handful of post ideas and plenty of pictures to accompany them, it's simply a matter of time and choice that has me home at 8:30 each night after a workout, and in bed by 9 so I have time to read Game of Thrones. When to blog...? This morning I thought I would write a quick note while I wait for water to boil for coffee, before I slip on my stretchy pants for yoga class.  I'm trying out a new place in Scotts Valley that looks small and loveable... I'm hoping it becomes my home for Saturday mornings.

Life is just as wonderful as ever; I love my job, I love the cottage, and I love having Brent here every day to enjoy it with, even if he is semi-crippled at the moment.  Have I written since he broke his arm at Sea Otter two weeks ago?  I guess not.  I haven't minded doing house chores and the dishes all on my own, even when he leaves smelly remnants of his bean burritos in the sink, and I still love him even though he buys single-ply toilet paper (I guess that has nothing to do with his broken arm, but I felt it was worth mentioning).  I do love alone time but Brent makes me laugh more than I make myself laugh, so I appreciate having him around.

We are headed on a quick day trip up the coast today, stopping to explore Pescadero and to check out a brewery in Half Moon Bay... I must remember to mention to Brent that there is a seaside bowling alley all the way up in Pacifica that I always thought looked like fun.  I'll take pictures but I won't promise that they will be up here any time soon, since clearly my word means nothing anymore at this little Wordpress address.

Well, my tea kettle is whistling and I can hear Boo in the other room choking on what is soon to be a fresh pile of cat vomit for me to clean.  I don't have a picture of Rudy to post at the moment, but we did take this little gem of video footage last weekend in Henry Cowell.  Enjoy :)

Life Lately

I'm sorry to say blogging has fallen to the end of my list lately, but it has been for a LOT of very wonderful reasons.  I have never been so happy to be so busy!  Here's a bit to get you caught up... Rocky's has become a bit of a favorite weekend tradition for me... I'll have to do a whole post to highlight this sweet little roadside cafe. photo-24

Gingers unite!  I dyed my hair red... something I've been thinking about doing for a long time.  Ginger is not in to my picture taking habits...photo-23

She prefers giving slobbery kisses.photo-22 It is starting to warm up around here, and flowers are beginning to bloom.  Now I'm getting anxious for the warm, magical summer season!photo-21I took a quick weekend trip down to Santa Barbara to meet my Seester for some fun wedding preparation errands.IMG_7641 I have been busy with some lettering and calligraphy projects as well - this was the setting while I addressed my sister's save-the-dates :)  I think I could sit and do calligraphy while watching period pieces forever.IMG_7691 Last weekend Brent and I enjoyed a seriously beautiful morning at the cottage together.  Living in the redwoods will never get old.IMG_7700Toby has been, well, interesting lately.  I can't decide if he's extremely stupid or extremely evil, but last weekend he decided to leave a little "treat" on the bathroom floor in front of the shower.  I stepped in it, and once I realized what was jammed between my toes was in fact poop, I couldn't find the source since it was perfectly camouflaged on the brown bathroom rug.  A massive manhunt for the source of the mysterious toe-squished poop ensued with no results and just as I was about to give up, I stepped in the turd AGAIN.  Toby seemed pleased with himself for the rest of the day. IMG_7716

Rudy on the other hand, has been just as sweet as ever and has not left any strategically or otherwise placed poops in the cottage.IMG_5390

I bought myself a new toy last weekend so I'm no longer on that evil single speed when Brent and I go riding together.  This bike called out to me at REI, with her sparkly sage-green frame, 29-inch wheels and GEARS!  Oh gawd, the sound of her gears clicking is music to my relieved thighs.  I smile on the uphills now, especially when I see Brent up ahead struggling, pumping away on that single-speed monster.  I took her out twice last weekend and got her nice and dirty.  I even rode right smack-dab through a giant, steaming pile of dog crap. Which, by the way, happened literally 30 minutes after the camouflaged Toby turd incident.  Seriously, I can't make this sh*t up.  Poop pun for the win!IMG_5563

It would seem I have been bitten by that darn cycling bug, although I'm not ashamed to admit that a lot of what I like about riding is the guilt-free beer I enjoy afterward. IMG_5536

Things at work just keep getting more and more wonderful.  I feel like I am learning so much and developing my creative mind and eye, which is such a pleasurable way to spend my days.  Last week we got our beautiful letterpress business cards in from Alissa Bell Press.  Cheryl and I also had the pleasure of visiting her studio and meeting Alissa... more on that to come later :)IMG_5552

Much of the reason why I have been busy is because I have been spending so much time practicing hand lettering and calligraphy after work.  I have too many ideas constantly swirling in my brain... and a new dream and vision for my future and career path.  I have some exciting projects coming down the pipe!  More details to come on that later, too.

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Through it all coffee has been my life's blood, keeping me buzzing and happy.  Here's hoping it continues to get me through the next few months - I have a lot planned!IMG_5509