A Brunch Sandwich: Ham, Egg & Gruyere on Toast

Happy Wednesday, All!

I’m coming off of two consecutive snow days from school and absolutely loving it!  It’s been nice to work from home for the past few days; sipping coffee in my pj’s on the couch and grading the seemingly endless pile of exams in front of me is absolutely delightful.  Lucy has been keeping my feet warm while I work.

I’ve also had some time to experiment in the kitchen!  I’ve had to be creative because I can’t get to the grocery store because of the snow.  This recipe was dreamed up because it was what I had in the pantry.  I hope you like it!

A Brunch Sandwich: Ham, Egg & Gruyere on Toast

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Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices thinly sliced deli ham (I used Trader Joe’s Rosemary Ham)
  • thinly sliced Gruyère cheese (Swiss or Gouda would work, too!)
  • 2 pieces of bread, toasted (I used multigrain.)
  • 1 tbsp. mayonnaise (more or less, to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • salt + pepper, to taste

1. Toast two pieces of bread.

2. Heat frying pan over medium-high heat.  Lightly coat a frying pan with non-stick spray (butter, margarine or olive oil work, too).  Crack egg into pan and add salt + pepper to taste.  When bottom of egg is solid, break yolk.  Fry 2-3 minutes until ready to flip.

3. Flip egg.  Add ham to pan (alongside the egg).  Place cheese on top of egg.  When ham is hot, place on top of cheese to melt.  Let egg cook until cheese is melted and yolk is firm (but not dry).

4.  While egg, ham and cheese are frying, spread mayonnaise on one side of bread, then spread mustard on top of mayo.  Transfer egg, ham and cheese to plain bread, cover with the mayo and mustard slice.

Ngorongoro Crater // Favorite Photographs

I returned from Tanzania 5 months ago and I still think about my time there every day.  As part of the travel series of the blog, I plan do document my travels, (past and future) through words and photographs.  I already blogged about my travels to Africa here, here, here and here, so I won’t bore you with more details.  But, I recently went through my photos on my new computer (yay!) and made some small edits.  That’s the best part of digital photos, isn’t it?  That you can relive the best moments in your life over and over again.  Sometimes I go searching for one photo and get caught up going through the whole album and looking at all of them.  Anyway, without further ado, here are my 10 favorite photos from the safari I went on to the Ngorongoro Crater.  Enjoy!

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Happy 2014 friends!

I’ve never been a huge fan of the New Year hype.  I would much prefer to snuggle on the couch with a glass of wine and go to bed promptly at 12:01am.  And that’s just what I did (sort of).  Dan and I went to a swanky restaurant for dinner (Butcher and Singer), thanks to a gift card from Christmas.  We decided late that we were going to go out to eat and most of the places we called were booked for the whole night, but we got lucky and got a table without any wait.  Pretty lucky.  We ordered fancy cocktails, fried oysters, steaks for dinner and Baked Alaska for dessert.  We ended up bringing home a good amount of food, which was our brunch AND dinner the next day.  We had planned to meet up with some friends, but had to drop the food off first (duh!).  When we got home the couch was calling our name, so we sat down and never got back up.

I can’t remember if I’ve ever made any resolutions before, but I’m going to go for it this year.  I’m not going to put any numbers or be too specific, because I don’t want to feel too bogged down or add any stress to my life, ’cause I’ve got plenty of that already!

So, without further ado, here are my goals for this year:

1. Read more.

I LOVE reading.  Love, love, love.  It’s actually a problem sometimes.  When I actually pick up a book, I can’t  put it down.  I don’t get out of my pajamas, don’t shower, or eat.  It’s bad.  So, maybe if I read more, I’ll actually be able to function like a normal human.  I’m already off to a good start; I read Gone Girl last week (in two days) and loved it.  Scary and crazy, but good.  I’m currently on book 2 – The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom.  Has anyone read it yet?  More book recommendations are welcome!

2. Practice more yoga.

I LOVE yoga.  It makes me feel good.  It makes me feel happy.  It makes me feel strong.  But the thing is, I’m SO tired when I come home from work that I can’t get my bum out the door.  But I need to because it’s good for me.

3. Drink more water.

When I was marathon training, I drank lots of water because I had to.  But now that I’m no longer running crazy miles each week, I forget to drink water and I feel crappy.  Probably why I feel so tired at the end of the day (see goal 2).

4. Learn to knit.

I have always wanted to knit.  I love hats and scarves and mittens and I want to make my own!  My Nana also was a beautiful knitter and she was a pretty special lady, and I wish I had more patience when she tried to teach me.  So, here I go Nana.  This is it.  I WLL LEARN! (I’m off to a good start, so far…I think I have the basic stitch down and purling is up next!)

5. Use my summer vacation to relax.

I have never ever, in six years of teaching taken a summer off and done things that I want to do.  I come back to school tired and burned out and I refuse to let myself do it again.  Don’t get me wrong – I’ve done some really valuable and enriching things in the summers, but I need one to just relax and to be.  To travel and to be.  And, to soak up the sun.