A Few More Things

baked avocado eggs!

baked avocado eggs!

 

1. Do you like avocados?  Do you like eggs?  Do you have both in your refrig at this moment?  Then, by all means, try this wonderful dish for breakfast, or lunch, or an indulgent (and much-deserved, I’m sure!) snack.  Cut an avocado in half and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  Crack an egg into each half, again salting and peppering.  Bake in a pan (as shown) for 15 to 20 minutes at 325, or until your own particular preference level of egg-firmness is reached.  These lovelies go well with salsa and sour cream (especially if you’re celebrating something) and perhaps a big hunk of homemade bread for dipping.  A bit of shredded cheese sprinkled on the top right for the last few minutes doesn’t go amiss, either.  Your day will be better after you eat one of these, I promise you that!

Sonia, me, sisters Anne and Mollie:  tell me, did we pull it off?

My lovely daughter-in-law Sonia, me, sisters Anne and Mollie pose as Mt. Rushmore: tell me, did we pull it off?

2. Perhaps we are the only family in town that may have dull moments during a family reunion.  Perhaps not?  Somewhere between the dessert and the “well, we’d better get ta moseying down the road” there may, perchance, be an odd moment or two of dullness.  This doesn’t happen often, mind you, because our family is pretty lively, generally.  But when this odd occasion arises, what do you do? Take a nap?  Reach for another cup of coffee and another slice of double-fudge chocolate cake? Well, this is what we do:  we pose as the Mt. Rushmore sculptures and then take lots of pictures.  So there’s you idea for your next occasion that may drift towards dullness.  It’s tons of fun. It will wake you up. And you’ll have pictures to share on your blog someday. (And you’re welcome.)

Go Uncle Mark!!

Go Uncle Mark!!

3. It has been nearly a year ago now since my big brother Mark ran the Lincoln half-marathon. He was brave and gutsy (’cause he’s even older than me!) to do this, and my sisters and my daughter Bethie and I all went along to cheer him on. It was one of the most fun mornings ever.  I’m usually running these silly races, and this time I got to stand on the sidelines and cheer myself hoarse for my brother, and that was awesome.  Little Mack made the sign above, which we waved.  Don’t you love it?

Go Uncle Mark!

Go Uncle Mark!  Little Mack insisted that those stars indicated “speediness,” not pain.

(The resemblance of this little figure to my brother is, in a word, remarkable.)

A Few More Things

Here are my sisters Anne and Mollie, with my daughter Bethany between them, in their usual state of “having way too much fun.”

We actually got a few dirty looks from the runners, which tells me that a. They perhaps were taking all their blood, sweat and tears a little too seriously, or b. We were being annoying.  I choose a.

Here's my brother Mark running in the half-marathon.  He's the one on the left, with the cute legs.

Here’s my brother Mark running in the half-marathon. He’s the one on the left, with the cute legs.  

Honestly, my brother Mark has the cutest legs in the family, which is blatantly not fair because he also has the biggest brown eyes and the longest, curliest eyelashes.  Totally not fair, don’t you agree?

Amalia, Adam, Josh and Hannah

Amalia, cousin Adam, Josh, and Hannah (photo credits to Hannah Rohda)

4.  This picture warms my heart every time I look at it.  My daughter Amalia is the cutie on the left, and her cousin Adam played her husband in the melodrama that we just finished putting on.  Here he was joking with her backstage, and I love the expression on her face when this picture was snapped.  The expressions of Josh and Hannah watching are priceless, too.  Honestly.  Doesn’t it just make you melt, too?

Little Mack takes his egg-dying responsibilities very, very seriously.

Little Mack takes his egg-dying responsibilities very, very seriously.

5.  The day before Easter, we dyed eggs for two hours straight.  It was one of those things that Mack had been waiting for days to do, and he was not going to be denied the fun!  We started out trying to fit it in quickly that afternoon, but eventually we all relaxed and had a fun time, brewing up tea for dying, using salt and an oil/water mix for marbling, basically pulling out every trick in the book. I had forgotten to buy the egg-dying kit from Wal-Mart, but as it happened, we didn’t even need it!

See--aren't they pretty?--you can do a lot with some food coloring and random other things with color from your kitchen!

See–aren’t they pretty?–you can do a lot with some food coloring and random other things with color from your kitchen!

Well, I think that probably qualifies for “A Few More Things” so I shall let you go now. Have a lovely day, you, and thanks as always for reading!

 

 

26 thoughts on “A Few More Things

  1. Julie Jordan Scott

    Oh, my gosh. I love the “pose as Mt. Rushmore” idea. I think I might use that when I am out and about for First Friday. What an ice breaker that would be, eh?

    It is barely after 6 am here in California and I am posting earlier than my norm here at the Ultimate Blog Challenge and I am so glad I took an extra moment to comment not only two above my post, but three above my post and two below.

    What a fabulous Friday! Enjoy yours… and thanks for the inspiration!!

      1. The Great Gordino

        No, you don’t.

        I love that your posts are full of pictures and stories, sort of like a ‘real’ blog.

        Does that make sense?
        I use my blog for waffling about all sorts, but can be guilty of trying to make points too often.

        Before blogging I used to do an old fashioned email newsletter, which was much more similar to what you’re doing, and think I may go back in that direction, as I do enjoy reading your tales!
        G

        1. dramamamafive Post author

          GreatG,

          I think it takes awhile to find your “voice” in blogging, as in any kind of writing venture! Give yourself time (and write lots) and I’m sure that you’ll find your direction and voice, as well. I’m still working on finding mine.

  2. Chef William

    We use a lot of avocados in our kitchen so this is a natural. We also make a dish that is made with torn tortillas and chili sauce for breakfast. I believe the two will work very well together. Nice pictures, thanks for sharing a few moments in time.

  3. Cher

    Great post as always Amy, I love to spend time taking photo’s too but that won’t surprise you will it 🙂 I have to agree – a man with good legs and curly eyelashes is definitely out of order! hehe 🙂
    Best wishes x

  4. Regina Walker

    I absolutely cannot wait to try that avocado recipe! Neither can my youngest boy, he likes eggs, avocado, and cheese! We may find a “that’s all he’ll eat” food with this one. LOL Thanks for sharing!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thanks Suerae, my family nearly always has a crazy time when we’re together. Thanks for your sweet words.

  5. Minette Riordan

    I am so envious of how much fun your family has together, what joyful delight. I love the photos and great ideas. My husband and I are introducing our kids to Monty Pythons Holy Grail tonight, lots of giggles here.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Anita-Clare, my husband read about the egg and avocado (I made them when he was at work) and he came to me all sad–when are you making me that egg and avocado I saw on your blog? So I think I’ll be making more soon!

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Hahaha! I think the HOW was that we were (true confessions) bored, and you know how creative you can get when you’re bored!! Thanks for your nice comment.

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