Breakfast: Baked Eggs (in muffin pan)

Aren’t Sunday brunches the best? I love them a lot! Its why this recipe (even though I made it for a quick dinner solution) works great for this morning’s post!

I’m all about making food quick and simple and I’ve been seeing these muffin tin recipes for a while. I kind of improvised most of this myself, which seems like a norm nowadays since I just have to work with what we have as I’m too tired to go to the grocery store especially on the week nights after work. Excuses aside, This is how it turned out!

Eggs in Muffin Tin

Baked Eggs

Ingredients:

Eggs
Green onions, chopped
Cheese, grated
Herbes de Provence
Pepper

*Quantity of each is as you please, except for the egg which is one per muffin cup

Baked Eggs

How to make it:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and oil the muffin pan to prevent sticking.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the ingredients. Separate the chopped green onions and cheese into each muffin cup space (whatever you call it).
  3. Crack an egg into each space with ingredients.
  4. Season with Herbes de Provence and pepper.
  5. Cook in oven for 10 to 15 minutes (or until cooked).

This is my own recipe that I put together so nothing changed or substituted. However, if I were to redo it, I might cut the shallots smaller or place less in the version I made. However, the taste of it all was really good. I like Herbes de Provence as a seasoning and a bit of pepper always brings out a nice taste to food. I used lactose-free cheese but whatever cheese you fancy probably works.

Short Story: A Zombie Christmas by Anthony Renfro

Christmas is just over 20 days away! I’m not prepared at all for anything on the blog for it. Luckily, there’s always something to highlight.

Today, I’d like to do some promotion for a fellow blogger Anthony over at Poetry, Books, Movies and Music with one of his short stories set during Christmas! Anthony has released a lot of impressive and entertaining short stories that I’ve personally liked a lot! This one is one of my favorites. You can check out my review HERE.

A Zombie Christmas
by Anthony Renfro

A zombie Christmas

Synopsis

This short story is about three men who risk life and limb in a Zombie Apocalypse in order to bring happiness to surviving kids on Christmas Morning.

Excerpt

Mike Beem lowered his rifle, put his right eye on the scope, and closed his left eye. The zombie he was about to shoot was an ugly sucker. From what Mike could tell, this zombie used to be a man around five foot five or six, maybe seven. Hell, he couldn’t tell the exact height from just a tiny scope. Its suit was disheveled, full of dirt and blood (it looked fresh, a recent feast perhaps), and half of his face was gone. This zombie was currently investigating Mike’s Santa Claus and reindeer display. The zombie was studying it like he knew what it was or remembered what it was.

Where to get it

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GUS7WS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004GUS7WS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B004GUS7WS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0
CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B004GUS7WS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

Music Obsessions [December 2016]

We’re taking it easy on the writing this week! What better than to move up a few days the Music Obsessions post on a relaxing Friday (maybe not so much until after work but still…)

December is usually a fantastic Christmas music post! This year, its feeling a little scarce but that’s okay, since I went all random in November. I’ll do a Christmas special Music Obsessions later on in mid-December and just let this one be actual music I’ve been listening to on repeat every single day!

Can I Get A Witness – SonReal

Dangerously – Charlie Puth

Home – Gnash (ft. Johnny Yukon)

Starboy – The Weeknd (Beatbox Cover) -KRNFX

Twenty One Pilots Mashup – Acapella ft. VoicePlay

There you go! Now I’m going to go listen to those songs again!

Happy Friday!
What songs are you listening to lately?

My Weekly Adventures #33: NaNoWriMo Recap!

We’re in the last month of 2016! December is finally here!
I’m still trying to process that. But then, I’m still trying to process a lot and I just wrote 50,000 words so you know what? Vlog time!

I know I always bail out but this time, I actually do have something I feel I can only express verbally to recap NaNoWriMo properly. Its been a long time since I’ve vlogged so excuse me if it turns out bad.  Here we go!

Links:
Parlor of Horror
Poetry, Books, Movies and Music

Related posts:
Black Friday Haul

Thanks for watching! Hope you enjoyed!
Would you like more of these vlog style My Weekly Adventures? 

Also, forgot to mention but the holiday marathon is coming up soon! Just need to get some last minute planning done!

Mini Black Friday Haul!

Retail therapy probably couldn’t come at a better time, am I right?

With NaNoWriMo being in its final few days (last Friday), there is nothing more than incredible stress going on right now. It is a little crazy that Black Friday sales went on even before. Not so weird for Amazon because its always been Black Friday week but other stores are also doing that. Its a little unbelievable. Or maybe its a statements about the spending power of the society in general. A little too deep for a shopping haul chat? Yeah..maybe.

I do most of my Black Friday (and Boxing Day) sale online when I can, mostly because I fear one day, I’m going to get killed. Luckily, I go on a very relaxed after work event instead of say, the literal doorcrasher crowds and even so, Canada doesn’t seem to go as crazy. Not sure why. Regardless, this year, I had one goal in mind as just one big expense and its why this year is not so much buying smaller items than I usually would. Plus, I’m trying to declutter my house so I have stagnated buying books, have bought very little new physical movies (mostly everything is via Netflix or renting from Play Store) and video games are more through Playstation Store and Steam.

Amazon

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Although first in line here, I’m actually still waiting for one more item from my order to arrive. The first two items came in and its a new card game for party night with friends. I’ve always wanted to try out Exploding Kittens so I’m pretty excited for the next hangout. Compared to previous years, and if you know me, even though I said I wouldn’t get movies this year, I actually ended up getting two movies. There’s this one up there called Hidden that I’ve been wanting to get and waiting for the price to go down. The next is Pitch Perfect 2 which I’m waiting to arrive.

Steam Sale

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Add on an extra purchase of the full version of Geometry Dash and The Black Watchmen: Season 2 and Mother Russia DLC.

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Does that mean these will be on Game Warp soon? Not necessarily. Eventually would probably be more like it.  I just haven’t been able to play PC games until recently so I’m taking advantage of that. Plus, I’m by the computer more than having to move down to the Playstation to stream, I sometimes like the recording on PC part of life. I’ve had my eyes on these few games for a while. Plus, they were on the most cost efficient end.

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Right before the Steam sale ended, I decided to cave in and get Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition also. Seeing as I had caved for one, I did think about just getting the close runner-up, Seasons After Fall, which are from the same developers but decided against it. If I had more money, SuperHot might be on there as well. Regardless, I’m happy with these choices and can’t wait to give them a go.

Dynamite Clothing

Dynamite

I’m not sure about everyone else but I have the hardest time to find pants. At this point, most of my pants, especially for work are almost about to just rip apart. It is a serious constant fear I have so whenever there’s a sale, I try to get a pair. The reason for this post going up later is also because I was waiting for the order to arrive and kind of take a picture of it. It fits really well. I wasn’t expecting it to be high waist but I don’t really mind. To fill up the order to get free shipping, I got a discounted candle. Why Dynamite is selling all this funky stuff is above me but hey, it smells pretty awesome!

Google Play

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Playstation Store

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Aside from these games, thanks to a sponsorship from my husband, he also picked up Mad Max and Assassin’s Creed Unity (I think). I believe he also picked up the physical copy of Battlefield 1 which I’m sure I’ll give it a go because I was uber busy when we had the beta and only he got the chance to give it a go and I only looked at the captured footage on Twitch.

 NCIX
(before Black Friday)

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The big purchase for this time is a new video/graphics card. I’m not so technical that I know all this. Regardless, I had some awesome friends that helped me out on deciding to get this and seeing if my computer was compatibility and could support it. It’s been a huge restriction on my part, growing in Game Warp, to not also have access to PC games as a lot of cool indie games are first distributed on Steam. It isn’t anything special or like super high class gamer gear but for what I’m doing now, its a good step forward.

Aside from these, it was just some more Christmas decor and batteries for said decorations, which will as usual be in a separate post during Holiday month! That is something to look forward to soon. Shopping and NaNoWriMo wrap-up  along with the general chores is what has been keeping me busy. I am slowly progressing on the holiday decorations.

Its a mad dash to the finish line….

Today is the day. At least I hope today is the day that I wrap up NaNoWriMo. I’m sorry for these random posts. I have it all planned out today to write up a movie review and yet those take the most out of me when I’m trying to construct the words to wrap up the novel and can’t really figure out how to get from where I am to the end point. In after thought, I could have put up the recipe post I had planned later on. Hmm…oh well, we’ll just go with it at this point.

Here’s a few fun videos while I wrap up and catch up.

And maybe another shameless promotion…not sure why I’ve been into escape the room games whenever I stress.

Happy Tuesday!!🙂

Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner (Ottawa, Canada)

Lots of eating posts lately, eh? Expect a few more! Actually this one is rather timely!

While I normally would be sitting at home on the last weekend of NaNoWriMo doing word sprints and just in small, writing till my wrists hurt and ending this thing, I’ve been oddly relaxed about the whole thing. I’ll talk about it further in the recap post whether I finish it or not. However, I ended up having a little brunch date with a friend! It was a fantastic day where I drove two hours in the morning to get to her place, had a little time to hang out before heading out to breakfast at this little joint she took me to called Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner.

Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner

Chesterfield’s Gastro Diner is definitely a little cozy joint. There aren’t a whole lot of seating and it was bustling with line-ups at the front door. We ended up waiting for maybe about fifteen to twenty minutes before getting a seat, which is pretty good. The kitchen is open in the middle and you can see the chefs and staff walking around doing their stuff. The seating is pretty original with odd pieces of one thing or another to sit on. Some look like rather rustic yet elegant pieces but with some antique-ish feeling to them. The waitress we had was friendly and the service was pretty fast.

Tea

Chesterfield's Gastro Diner

They had a pretty nice selection of tea choices. I took the green tea. It isn’t any fancy brand but it was a good tasting one. What I’d like to show here is the cute little tea cups and the tea pot that they used. It has a pretty older style to it.

Breakfast/Brunch Meals

Chesterfield Gastro Diner

Traditional: Two Eggs (over easy) with bacon and a side of roasted beets

Chesterfield's Gastro Diner

Classic Benny’s with a side of roasted beets and pita chips

I took the traditional eggs since I wasn’t too hungry and can’t be too full to head back on the road later on. Mine actually also comes with toast and homemade jam. I have to say that the jam is pretty good. The flavor was raspberry. My friend took the classic benedict which came with two sides. She told me about how this was super delicious even before she ordered it. Unfortunately, hollandaise sauce, I believe, has milk so its a big nono for me. (I’ll have to research that later on.)

Overall, a pretty nice little breakfast joint. I’d recommend a visit. The menu is pretty extensive unexpectedly and I’d probably eventually come back to give something else a try. However, maybe earlier hours going would be better than when we went at busy breakfast/brunch time on the weekend. Still, we had a nice chat and it was a delicious meal and the portions were great.