Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Yummy Veggie Frittata…For Breakfast!


Fritatta
I woke up on Saturday morning craving a delicious breakfast. Now in Germany, a typical breakfast includes typical German “Brötchen” to be eaten with various meats, cheeses, and jams. It is a type of breakfast that will always have a place in my heart…but sometimes I just have to spare myself the carbs! 

This spin on the frittata is healthy and oh so satisfying!
Ingredients:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 zucchini, chopped.
  • 1 tomato, roughly chopped.
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • dash of parmesan cheese
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt, to garnish.

Instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the eggs, eggwhites and whisk until frothy.
  • Add the vegetables, basil, garlic, salt and pepper and mix together.
  • Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • Add the egg mixture, spreading it out evenly throughout the pan. Allow it to set for a minute or two and then loosen the edges with a spatula.
  • Let it cook over the stove for two to three more minutes before transferring the entire skillet to the oven where it should cook for about seven more minutes or until golden brown.
  • Flip the frittata onto a plate, top with sour cream, slice it up and serve! I added a dash of cayenne pepper for color and spice!

This recipe was easy and delicious. I will definitely be making it again!

Monday, January 30, 2012

What I (didn't) do this weekend



This weekend was blissfully uneventful.
I did not go to Luxembourg as originally planned.
I did not get dressed up all fancy.
I did not go on any crazy adventure.
I did not blog.

I took a break from just about everything.
I spent time with my husband.
I cuddled. I kissed. I laughed.
We planned a few trips over the next few months, 
caught up on some much needed rest, 
and just enjoyed life.

I don't have much to offer you guys today, 
because like I said before...my weekend was uneventful.
And I loved it.
So I invite you now, to tell me about your weekends, what you did and who you saw and what events transpired.
I really want to hear! 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pretty Sure I Terrified My Husband Today.



Last week, I told you all the final "chapter" of our pre-marital love story. Given that, it seemed appropriate that today I would tell you about my wedding.  I've had "wedding story" scheduled in today's box in my little blog calendar for weeks.

But, just as in life, sometimes things come up, and I feel impressed to talk about something else today.

This morning, I was ready to bite my husband's head off. 
We didn't fight, per se, but I was one angry woman.
About what, you ask?
Sweatpants.

I clearly have some hormonal anger management issues.
I have been trying to motivate myself to go running each morning. I managed to go running on Tuesday, but it wasn't until about 11 AM. This morning was the first morning I woke up and actually felt a proper amount of motivation to get up and go.
Pulled myself out of bed, do a little stretching, and go off in search of my running gear.
I absolutely can not find my sweatpants anywhere.
I look for them, high and lo, and I finally find them hidden behind a bag full of my husband's clean laundry that he still hadn't put away yet.
But by this time it was too late to go running - if I did, I'd be late for my German class.

I became unreasonably angry.
So angry, in fact, that as Steven got ready for work I sensed him avoiding me and hurrying around.
He confessed later that he was, indeed, rushing because he wanted to run away from me. 

Now I attribute most of this ridiculous reaction of mine to hormones, 
but my behavior was still incredibly inexcusable.
I ruined both our mornings because I chose to be angry about something incredibly tiny and ridiculous.
I chose to be angry at my husband, when the poor man hadn't done anything wrong.
I chose to be angry.  

After realizing that this entire morning of not nice feelings was indeed caused by sweatpants, 
I dropped to my knees in prayer, and suddenly everything was put into perspective.  It is so important to remember where priorities truly lie. There are things in life that I can be angry about, sure, situations in which I would be justified to be annoyed, but misplaced running pants certainly is not one of them. And even if the situation was, say, about something a little less frivolous
Why should I I let myself be bothered?
Why should I waste precious time being upset about something, when I can be working to fix the problem instead?
Or, better yet, doing something enjoyable with my time?

Today, whatever happens, I choose to be happy.
Join me?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

That Time I Modeled Wedding Dresses









As a younger girl, wearing these dresses felt magical.
Like I was in a fairytale.

Now looking back on it,
I know it absolutely can not compare to the real thing.

Seeing the look in my love's eyes as we promised ourselves to each other forever, well.

That's a moment I'll cherish for the rest of my life.





Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Every Day is a New Adventure


Hey Lovelies!
As I'm sure you know, My blogger friend Alyx and I are both living in Germany. We do awesome things together, like take day trips to France, eat giant schnitzel, and light off extraordinarily dangerous fireworks on New Years.  We thought it was time that we introduced each other on our blogs, so after reading about the lovely Mrs. Alyx, go check out my guest post on her blog here!


Hey there, readers of Roots, Wings, and Other Things! My name is Alyx, and I'm a blogaholic. I blog over at Every Day is a New Adventure. 




I live in Germany with my husband, and it's pretty sweet. We go on adventures to places like Prague. 




Or France.



We've also visited Munich, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, and lots of other random German towns.



Sometimes we just close our eyes and point at a map. That's how we ended up going to Marburg a couple of months ago. 




When I'm not traveling the world, I'm probably wishing I was. You see.... I live in a town surrounded by corn fields. Don't believe me? Ask Daryl. She knows. I wish I was living in a bigger city like Frankfurt, but alas, I am not. 

Why not, you ask? Because I'm here on a Fulbright grant teaching English to eager German students. Sometimes they say funny things. Sometimes I accidentally teach them inappropriate things. Either situation is okay with me - it gives me something to write about on my blog. 

You won't find inspirational entries on my blog (unless the post deals with Nutella, in which case you will be inspired to whip out a spoon and go to town). 

You won't find crafts (unless you count poorly drawn stick figures as something crafty). 

You will find recipes, but they probably won't be healthy (unless, of course, you think peanut butter, nutella, and massive amounts of cheese [not all together] are healthy). 

You will, however, [almost] always, leave my blog with a smile on your face. I tell ridiculous stories, I take ridiculous pictures, I confess ridiculous secrets, I rant about ridiculous things [like the lack of evil stores like Walmart], and I share my thoughts on those ridiculous [but oh, so loveable] Germans.
 



So hop on over here, and stay a while! 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Food For Giants (Weekend Update!


Oh hey,
I drank that whole thing, in case you were wondering.
It's Ginger Ale, by the way.
Pretty sure I'm still on a sugar high, three days later.
I'm pretty sure the people at the table across from us thought it was beer, 
which would explain their baffled looks as I drank and drank and stayed my cute little sober self.

To celebrate my wonderful husband's 24th Birthday,
We and our 20 closest friends and family members headed on over to Waldgeist,
a restaurant in Hofheim where the food (and drink, quite obviously) are served in epic proportions.

The American that I am,
seeing all of these ginormous portions was nothing short of amazing.
AMAZING I TELL YOU. 
And despite the fact that we all left feeling as though we were about to keel over and die,
I still stand by my firm approval of this institution.




By the way, schnitzel is the food of the gods.
I am going to go run twenty miles now. 
Except not really. Running is for healthy people.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Love Story, Continuing on!



Last week I told you all about how the wonderful Mr. S proposed to me. 
Now I'm here to tell you what came next.

I went into wedding planning hyperdrive.
It was like crack to me.
In fact, it still is...I have four wedding boards on pinterest. FOUR.
We applied for Steven's fiance visa, and bureaucracy reared its ugly head.
Our visa application was rejected because when filling out the form about our previous spouses, Steven and I wronte "N/A" instead of "None."
Really, America? Really?!
And so, the plan to spend the beginning of our marriage in Germany was born.
Still, with no Fiance visa, Steven had to leave Southern California in March and head on back home to Germany. We made plans for him to return in June on a renewed tourist visa so that we could get married.

I want to say that saying goodbye to him at the airport was one of the more difficult moments of my life...but the truth was it happened too fast to be difficult.

I pulled my Volvo up to the curb at the terminal, managed to put the car in park to give the love of my life a tearful kiss goodbye. Traffic had made us a bit late to the airport, so it was mere moments before he had to rush off to go catch his flight. Ushered away by a traffic cop, I got back in my car and drove off with tears in my eyes, trying to keep my vision clear enough to prevent from crashing.
For those of you who have ever navigated the 405 freeway, you know that it's important to keep your full attention on the road. 

I'm sure I'm not the first to say this, but long distance is TOUGH.
With the time difference, I was only able to talk to him for a few minutes each morning before heading to school or work, or very late at night as I was falling asleep. I didn't understand how the three months we'd spent together felt like nothing more than a week or two, and the months ahead of me I was about to spend without him seemed to be an eternity.

And then came the problem of the visa.
We were made aware that when Steven returned to the States on a tourist visa, the customs officer would be alerted that he had applied for a fiance visa and had been rejected. Because of this, the customs officer would have grounds to deny Steven entrance to the country, for fear that he was trying to stay illegally.

It seemed as though we wouldn't be able to get married.
All of our plans would have been for nothing.
I was a wreck.

But, the crazy kids that we are, we decided to risk it. Not even knowing if he would be allowed in, I continued picking out flower arrangements and cake flavors and praying and praying and praying that everything would work out and I could marry the love of my life. 

Three months passed.
When the evening came to pick Steven up in Los Angeles, I was a nervous wreck. He didn't have a cell phone, I couldn't call him, I seriously had no idea what was going on. I was terrified I would hear my name on the intercom and be summoned to some secondary inspection office where I would be notified Steven was on his way back to Germany. I was actually near shaking as I stood among the crowd of people waiting for the return of their loved ones.

I waited for almost two hours.

And then I saw my gorgeous, amazing German man walk through those doors. I beamed and bawled and collapsed into his arms. 

"I'm here," He whispered in my ear. "I'm here, honey, we can get married now." 

And get married, quite obviously, we did.
To be continued.


P.S. Enter to win this adorable cameo hair accessory RIGHT NOW!



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Menswear on a Sushi Date.


The Look:

Blazer: Zara
Sweater: Husband's (Shrunk in the wash!)
Scarf: Husband's, from C&A
Necklace: Gifted
Jeans: Forever 21
Socks: C&A
Boots: German Shoe Store (name forgotten!)


I spent my Tuesday night here.
I've eaten Sushi on numerous occasions in the past, 
each time somehow still a little surprised about how much I like it,
but it was my first time at a conveyer-belt-style sushi bar.
What fun!
I was totally fascinated with all of the different decadent rolls gliding past me.
I swear I'm like five inside.
We had an awesome time. We were right downtown, and through the huge glass windows at the front of the restaurant we could look out at Frankfurt's gorgeous ginormous skyscapers, towering over everything and twinkling in the dark.
Why did we go out on a Tuesday night, you ask?

Well, we were celebrating six amazing months of marriage.
I love you, Mr. S.
Thank you for the best six months I've ever had. 


End Piracy, Not Liberty.

Chart: “Congress, Can You Hear Us?”

I choose to quote a friend of mine:

"To put it simply, SOPA hopes to end online piracy. This is mostly coming from the movie industry, and while a noble cause would have serious repercussions on the free web as we know it. In order to prevent online piracy, the bill essentially gains the ability to punish websites for copyrighted material that their users posted or for the government to censor entire websites.

This could be Facebook, Google, Youtube, Twitter Tumblr, Reddit and any other website around. (like blogger!) The only way to prevent that would be a moderation system, where every post would need to be checked for illegal materials and given the population of some of our favorite websites, they might as well just close up shop if the bill passes.

So if you're one of the millions who check your friends walls, or enjoy being able to "like" whatever you want, do your part and read up on what SOPA is and if you oppose it (as you should) sign the petition (which takes two seconds) to say you don't want SOPA to pass."



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

All You Need is a Little Perspective



Sometimes we are dealt a not so desirable hand.
Sometimes, it sucks.
Today I encourage you to look at the hand you've been dealt,
and decide what to do with it.
Don't stumble and fall with your trials, 
use them to build up those around you and make you stronger.

Perspective, my friends, is everything.
Sometimes those lemons life throws you truly can make the sweetest lemonade.



Monday, January 16, 2012

Adorable Hair Fascinator Tutorial & A GIVEAWAY!!!



Hey gorgeous readers, 
I am so pumped to introduce you to my dear friend Bethany today. She's been my big sister figure and friend for years and lives a beautiful life in wonderful southern California with her sweet husband, sassy toddler, and two awesome dogs. Bethany is quite the crafty girl - in addition to making my bridal veil for me, she also handcrafted all of the bridesmaid's belts and accessories. She's here today to teach you how to make a fabulous hair accessory of your own, and one of you awesome readers will receive one of her gorgeous handmade creations. For those of you like me who are sewing-intolerant, this can be made with a sewing machine OR glue! I'm totes busting out my hot glue gun for this.



Hi beautiful people! I'm Bethany from Lil' Bit & Nan. Daryl is my amazing friend from back home in the States. She has asked me to host a tutorial and share my fun talents with you. Not only am I sharing a tutorial, but I am also presenting a giveaway! YA!!!!!!! (that's what I picture all of you saying out loud as you read this....)

I am going to show all of you lovelies how to make your own fascinator, and one lucky reader will win a unique fascinator made by moi. 


First you will need your supplies: 
hot glue gun and glue sticks,
fabric of choice measuring 4in by 20in, 
safety pin, 
alligator clip, 
trimmings like ribbon or lace, 
and a decorative button or jewel.
(psst, I also used a sewing machine, but you don't have to - the glue gun and glue sticks will suffice)



Step 1: Take your long strip of fabric, fold it in half length wise and sew or glue it down.




Step 2: Take your safety pin to one open end of your folded fabric, pin it to the top and scrunch your safety pin through your fabric until you can pull it out the other open end.



Step 3: Lay your fabric flat, seam side down. Now here is the tricky part. Fold your fabric back and forth, like an accordion, but not with equal folds. Like a zig - zag motion or a wave. However you prefer, because this is your unique fascinator.



Step 4: Pin it down to keep it in place, then glue it down how you like it. glue the ends down too so you don't see the seams/open edges.







Step 5: Glue on your decorative jewels, buttons, trims, or lace however you please. I chose these pieces because I knew I would wear it often.




Step 6: Now cut off 2 extra pieces of fabric, one the length of the top of your alligator clip, and the other the length of the inside bottom piece of the alligator clip. Make sure not to glue your clip shut as you glue on your fabric to the clip. One on top, the other on the inside.



Step 7: Glue the top of your clip to the bottom of your fascinator. Practice how you are going to wear it and how your want the clip situated in your hair before the actual gluing part.


Step 8: Wear it proudly! This is your creation!


Now for the super fun part! I'll give your attention back to Daryl, so she can tell you more about the giveaway and how to enter. Thanks for having me!


One lucky winner will receive this handmade cameo & lace fascinator from my dear friend Bethany! Here's how to enter:

MANDATORY ENTRIES:

1. Be a follower of Roots, Wings, and Other Things via GFC
2. Be a follower of Lil' Bit & Nan via GFC

Additional Entries:

1. Like Lil' Bit & Nan on Facebook.

Leave a seperate comment here for each thing you do!
A winner will be selected randomly on Friday, January 27th.

Happy Monday!

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