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Happpppy Monday!

Hope y’all had a GREAT Easter weekend! I did.

I made the Boo and I a little Easter dinner just for the two of us. In between the 5 services he had to do at church yesterday, we had a couple hours to enjoy dinner.

Of course, I forgot to take pictures of everything.
Whoopies!

I managed to snap a few pictures from my iPhone–so that’s what you get.

I don’t think this recipe will be too useful to you now that Easter’s done–but hey, there’s always next year, right? And who knows, maybe you’ll make deviled eggs a weekly staple for you?
No?

Deviled Eggs

What you need:
6 hard boiled eggs
1 green onion
1/3 cup mayonaise
1 tablespoon of dijon mustard (regular mustard will suffice if you don’t have dijon)
2 dashes on hot sauce
1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar
salt & pepper, to taste
paprika, for sprinkling

It starts with hard boiled eggs. Here it is, the secret recipe. It’s tricky, are you ready?

1. Put 6 eggs in a saucepan.
2. Cover the eggs with cold water–1 inch higher than the top of the eggs.
3. Put 1 tablespoon of vinegar in the water. (This keeps an egg from spreading if it breaks open. It helps it coagulate.)
4. Bring the eggs to a boil.
5. Let them boil for 1 minute.
6. Remove from heat and cover.
7. Let sit in water for 14 minutes.
8. Move eggs to a bowl of ice water–this will stop the cooking.

Tada! Perfect hard boiled eggs.

Okay. So, after the eggs have cooled, cut them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks into a bowl, and put the eggs on a plate.

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To the yolks, add the rest of the ingredients besides the paprika.

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With a fork, mash up the yolks and mix all the ingredients together.
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Put the filling into a piping bag, and pipe into the eggs. If you don’t have a piping bag, cut the corner off a ziplock bag…. Or you can scoop it in with a spoon.
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Sprinkle the eggies with paprika, and serve cold!
Yum yum.
I literally had 3 of these. Paul ate the rest. 
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Not bad pics for a phone, eh?

Speaking of my iPhone. I got it 4 days ago. Immediately I ordered a phone cover off the internet.

The next day, I got insurance on it from Best Buy. (It’s pretty sweet insurance, it’s only $15 a month and you can break your phone as many times as you want and they just send it in and in like 3 days you get a new one. FANTASTIC, right? )

I’ve been doing realllllly well, trying to protect my phone.

Today–I dropped it. On the cement.
It shattered.

3 hours later, I got my case that I had ordered in the mail. Convenient.

ARG!

Well, tonight I went to the mall to send it into the Best Buy to get it fixed, and I decided to stop by The Apple Store quick, to see if there’s anything they could do. (They did replace Paul’s iPad (FOR FREE) when he left it on top of his car, and it fell into the middle of one of the busiest streets in town and got ran over several times before Paul went searching for it several hours later)

Welp, Apple is good. They fixed my phone. For free. No sending it in. No waiting. Fixed phone. No cracks. Free.

Yay Apple. Recommended, for sure.
(Nope, they didn’t even pay me to say this to you.)


Remember last week when I was making my pretty flower pots? …Well, there was a bit of a mishap. A small hiccup in my plans…

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I had planned to plant my herbs (cilantro, basil, and parsley), and some marigolds for the front stoop. I also thought I’d give a shot at growing my own tomatoes this year. After a trip to Lowe’s for some planters, soil, and seeds, I was ready to give my green thumb a go.

Here we were, Gracie & I, just minding our own business on the back porch, painting pots, planting seeds, and enjoying a glorious day.

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My herbs and marigolds were sunning on the rail, and I was just finishing taking pictures of everything to share with you lovely folks when, suddenly, the unspeakable happened!

My tomato seeds went missing!
GASP!

Now, let me tell you, I searched high and low for this mysterious, disappearing seed packet. I thought, maybe the wind blew it off the porch and it was floating around down below. I searched, and searched, and search…No seeds were found.

Finally, I gave up my search. 

I cleaned up the porch, and went inside to put my pots in the windowsill, when, finally, I found the culprit.

DUNDUNDUN

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Case closed. 
Oh, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the other plants that are warming in my kitchen.
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This one time, I performed brain surgery.


But first, I played with the macro setting on my new camera 🙂
Then came the brain surgery.
Poor Squeekers* played a little too rough.
They call me the Derek Shepherd of the Yerrick Household.
Gracie watched on, a look of concern in her eyes.
Have no fear, Gracie! Mommy’s the best in the mid-west!
All done and ready to play!
[No toy were harmed in the photographing of this blogpost]
*Names have been changed for patient confidentiality reasons.
Update: Less than 2 minutes after the surgery, Squeekers* was fatally wounded–her face was ripped off.


Everyone has these obsessions. I know you do. I get so obsessed with a product when I see them on informercials on TV and I just can’t stop thinking about them. I get sooo excited when I see the commercial on TV and it takes every muscle in my body to not get my credit card and just order it. Even worse, when I see the “As-Seen-On-TV” section at Target, Paul automatically knows just to pull me the opposite way or else he’ll be standing there with me for approximately 20 minutes while I read all the boxes and labels and beg him for a new present. Past As-Seen-On-TV obsessions of mine have been items such as:
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I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Snuggie by now. It’s the blanket with sleeves so you don’t have to uncover your arms while reading a book, or to answer the phone while you’re cuddled on the couch watching a movie. It may be kind of dorky, especially to wear to a sports game with your family like on the commercial, but it really is quite genius and you know you want one too.

I LOVE Sham-Wow…don’t be fooled by imitators. Granted, I don’t actually have one, and I’m sure it’s probably not as cool as it looks…but how temping is that!? He soaks up a WHOLE BOWL of water…and it cleans carpets too! I don’t even know what I’d really use it for–we don’t use paper towel too much, and when we do it’s for stuff you’ll definitely want to throw away after.
Now, this next one wasn’t really an obsession for me…but…..When we moved we discovered that our 1 and a half bathrooms are connected with a door in between (that doesn’t even go all the way to the floor), I decided that this was necessary when I saw it at Target (Paul wasn’t with me to distract me from the section.)
It doesn’t really work. It might be because it’s an interior door and its not very thick. The product is poorly made–it’s just two styrofoam tubes inside fabric, easily made better from home. t would almost seem better if I filled it with rice rather than the lightweight foam to better block noises and drafts. At least it came in brown to match my bathroom towels 🙂
And finally…I have come to the moment to reveal my latest As-Seen-On-TV obsession….

I realllly want this product. As a sufferer of very thin, flat hair, this product would be my refuge–especially working in a field where I have to wear my hair in a ponytail everyday. Some people think this product is a bit crazy, but if you use it the right way I think it could be successful. Paul will have to try his hardest to keep me away from this next time I go to Target or we might be out $9.99.