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weekly snippets 04

It’s Thursday night. I just got back from a concert. I got the chance to see Adams Wilson perform live. They’re a little bit country, a little bit folk, and have some pretty powerhouse vocals going on. You should go listen. This is not part of my weekly snippets. I’m just preparing y’all because I have something to say. It’s so. cool. to get to watch people do things they love. No matter what it is – music, sports, cooking, designing – whatever it is. It is so. cool. to watch it happen. It’s so cool that sometimes, in between all the random crap that happens we get that moment. Our moment. Where everything is good in the world. On that note. Here are 10 things that happened this week:

  1. It was Ben’s 29th birthday on Friday, so he got to choose what we did all day. And by all day I mean the hours that we weren’t working…
  2. We wished my friends Jai & Phil farewell and safe travels as they depart on the (up-to-a) year long adventure around the world with good beer at Brauhaus Schmitz.
  3. TICKETS TO THE BLOG CONNECT WENT LIVE after an awesome planning meeting with our lovely creative director, Sarah, and our awesome sponsorship coordinator, Melissa. I’m so excited for this conference. It’s going to be my baby for the next two months. (Y’all should buy tickets while we’re still in early bird mode.)
  4. I got to watch Grease Live at Ben’s parents house on Sunday because I don’t have television. I was really impressed you guys. And just keep being reminded of how badly I would love the chance to be Rizzo in a show. Vanessa Hudgens did a great job with her, the whole cast did an awesome job actually. And I loved all the cameos. Can anybody gush about it with me in the comments? I haven’t found anybody else who has watched it yet.
  5. I ran a mile during lunch on Tuesday.
  6. I met up with my friend Victoria for drinks and blogging chat on Tuesday. At Good Dog again. It’s slowly becoming my neighborhood spot.
  7. I got my taxes done on Wednesday. If you’re looking for someone to do them in Philadelphia check out Creative Business Accounting & Tax Services.
  8. I did a photoshoot of the lovely Bekah from That’s Normal this morning. Can’t wait to share photos on my photography facebook page.
  9. I tried a new cafe this week – Front Street Cafe, and I really liked it.
  10. Even though my roof is now fixed every time it rains I get worried that the rain is coming in. Yay paranoia.

And that’s all. That’s what happened this week. What happened with you? I’d love to hear all the exciting things (or not so exciting things) below.

CUPID Numbers: P41, D72

valentines greetings with minted

You may or may not know that I sent over 200 handmade greeting cards over the course of the holidays last year. That said, you’re probably not surprised to find out I am pretty much done mass producing handmade greeting cards for a long time.

Hower, sending Valentine’s Day packages is one of my favorite things, so I knew I needed to find a way around this somehow. It’s a great chance to let the people in your life know you care about them, and it’s a fun excuse to send snail mail (not that I need an excuse for that). Lucky for me, I found an excellent alternative to handmade cards this time around. They’re super pretty and they’re from Minted.

This year Minted is not only offering photo cards, but they’re also offering super adorable, awesomely punny, smaller, classroom Valentines (at a pretty reasonable price actually, $14 for 15 cards). I went ahead and ordered three of them. One set to send out with my Valentines Day packages, one set to give to my co-workers, and one set to save for summer goody bags (because who says you can only tell someone you love them on February 14).

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I made cute envelopes to put the Valentines packages in (the classroom Valentines themselves are too small to mail) by following this YouTube video.

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Then, realizing I didn’t have too much room to write on the back of each of them I came up with a song title that reminded me of the person or had a message I wanted to share with them. If you can read any of them, which one would be the one you want? I quoted Disney movies, musicals, boy bands, and more.

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I’m still putting the final touches on the packages, but I’m really quite excited about them. Are you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day this year?

Realizing I still have to make a card for Ben. I’ll get around to that eventually…

This post was sponsored by Minted.

CUPID Numbers: U27, D73
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how to make a flipping awesome burrito

How to Make a Flipping Awesome Burrito via Chrystina Noel

I don’t know if you know this or not, I didn’t before October, but Colorado has flipping awesome breakfast burritos. The secret lies in the green chile. To be 100% honest, I think there’s a green chile/cheese combination that is really the answer to all of life’s problems.

I’ve been to eat healthier. Also, I don’t really like cooking meat, and that has left me trying to master the green chile vegetarian breakfast burrito. I’m getting so good at it. Good enough to write a blog post about it. That said, I was again reminded why I’m not a food blogger. I got all the way to the end and had a flipping DELICIOUS, but it didn’t look pretty at all. I also have no idea how to write a recipe. All that said, I’m going to show you how to make a burrito:

Ingredients:

coconut oil
onion to taste
1/2 a sweet potato, diced
1/8 c. water
1/4 c. black beans
2 handfuls of spinach
2 eggs
a splash of milk
cheese to taste
1/3 an avocado
salt to taste

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Step 1: Put coconut oil in the bottom of the pan, because it’s greasy and tastes like coconut.

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Step 2: Dice sweet potatoes to be bite-sized.

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Step 3: Dice as much onion as you want. When I realized I could just use this tiny little bit of onion it got a lot better.

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Step 4: Take two eggs out of the fridge.

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Step 5: Beat the eggs, add a splash of milk, beat again.

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Step 6: Add onions to pan and cook until they’re translucent. Then add sweet potatoes.

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Step 7: Add 1/8 c. water and cover it. This will steam the sweet potatoes. This was also a game changer in my life. Had no idea this was a thing. Let it go for approximately 7 minutes (but feel free to taste one), make sure you don’t run out of water in the pot. If you have too much water in the pot after this time dump it in the sink.

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Step 8: Add spinach and black beans to the pan. If you’re making a whole can of black beans heat them in a separate pot, leave them in the watery stuff so that they don’t burn in the pan. The spinach will wilt down.

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Step 9: Add the eggs into the pan.

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Step 10: Heat your burrito in the microwave for 10 seconds. This will make it easier to wrap. I didn’t do it this time and regretted it later. Then scoop some avocado onto it.

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Step 11: Slice some cheese. Or get some shredded cheese. Just find cheese. This is a crucial part to creating the green chile cheese sauce that is so excellent.

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Step 12: Add the cheese on top of the eggs right before the eggs are all the way cooked so that you get a nice cheesy sauce.

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Step 13: Scoop everything into your burrito on top of the avocado. Make sure to get a good, even distribution across the burrito.

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Step 14: Add the green chile on top. I bought this one at Trader Joe’s (clearly). I really like it, but I’m excited to shop around for variety’s sake. Add a little bit of extra cheese on top of the green chile.

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Step 15: Scrape off the bottom of your pan, add more coconut oil, roll your burrito and toast it for a few minutes (approximately 3).

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Step 16: Flip it over and hope it doesn’t fall apart. If it does fall apart, eat it with a fork. It’ll still be delicious, that’s what I did.

And that’s it, how to make a burrito. How do you make your burritos? Step by step instructions with pictures would be appreciated. Because that’s the only way I learn.

If you’ve gotten your CUPID board don’t forget to write the numbers on it, take a picture, and use the hashtag #chrystinanoelcupid to “activate” your board. No one has submitted yet, so consider these two numbers freebies.

Today’s CUPID Numbers: P35, D68

weekly snippets 04

weekly snippets 04
Photo taken at breakfast on Wednesday morning. Such cute little flowers.

Happy Friday! Today I am tired. All the tired. I got up at 7am today, 5am Colorado-time, to make a nice breakfast. But for good reason! It’s Ben’s 29th Birthday today (happy birthday, Ben!), so we will be celebrating today and this weekend, quite possibly after a much-needed nap. Other than that, the week was good! I was snowed in for two days (thanks, Jonas. No sarcasm.) and in Colorado for four, and that’s pretty much how it went down. Here are some things that happened this week:

  1. I watched 63 episodes of New Girl last weekend. I actually don’t even know how that’s possible, but it is. I made it all the way to season 3 episode 12ish. I’m excited to finish it soon. Thanks, Netflix!
  2. I’m pretty sure I found the lunch sponsor for The Blog Connect conference and I’m really excited to work with them!
  3. I’ve been trying to drink less beer recently, but the problem is that I really actually like the taste of it. I’m not quite sure how to handle this situation going forward in 2016. Especially while traveling in Colorado. Do you have any idea how many craft breweries are in Colorado? A million.
  4. I made the Valentine’s Day BINGO cards, aka CUPID, to play with blog folks this past weekend. I think they came out pretty cute! If you want to play, just let me know.
  5. I went into JoAnn Fabrics to buy a sheet a stickers and walked out with $50 worth of items to send out to a few friends for Valentines Day. Oops?
  6. I have yet to be able to capture the beauty of Colorado’s mountains in a photo. I’m pretty sure that’s because I’m always in a car. I’m going to have to make an effort sooner than later with a real camera to make it happen.
  7. I got to hang out with my friend Kevin in Colorado, which was pretty wonderful. Who’s Kevin you ask? My fourth grade crush, ninth grade boyfriend, and still good friend. We had a discussion about how somehow our middle school class (which I need to say since I went to a different high school) is really quite incredible at staying in touch. And part of me is really happy that the boyfriends I picked years ago are still really really good people. (That almost definitely holds true across the board.)
  8. I had an hour-and-a-half-long much needed heart-to-heart with Kajal on Wednesday night. I feel like I haven’t really talked to anyone in weeks. I have no idea how that happened, but it felt really good to say a lot of things out loud that needed to be said.
  9. I got upgraded to first class yesterday on my flight home. This means that I get served lunch on the flight, which is pretty wonderful. Fun fact: I actually really like the food that you get on airplanes. I literally ate (and always eat) pretty much every bite. Yes, I’m a weirdo.
  10. I was in Colorado for FOUR whole das and only managed to track down one breakfast burrito to eat. It was pretty good. I’ve seriously been going through withdrawal on the east coast.

How was your week?