Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ms. Bear's Kitchen:'s what's for dinner!

What's that, you say? Ms. Bear has made something she has never made before? Will wonders never cease?

Ask anyone who knows me: I have several staples that I make all the time -- toast and deli meat, fruit compote, sloppy joes, pasta salad, chicken from the deli and rice and beans. Hence, when Melissa asked me to do this column, I was rather shocked. But, the good news is she has made me branch out a bit, so I don't look incompetent with what I make!

Today's recipe is called Farmer's Casserole. Ironically enough, I had just taken one of those silly Facebook quizzes that Melissa and I are addicted to. The quiz was about the occupation I would have had in a previous life, and guess what? I got farmer! Right after that is when I saw the recipe, so I figured it was meant to be. And, we have been wanting to have a breakfast-for-dinner night, so here we are!!! Here's the recipe...the only thing I changed was I used leftover spiral ham instead of ham chunks, and I added some green pepper...

*3 cups frozen hash browns
*3/4 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
*1 cup cooked ham, diced
*1/4 cup chopped green onions
*4 eggs, beaten
*1 can, 12 oz., evaporated milk
*1/4 t. pepper
*1/8 t. salt

Grease a 2 qt. baking dish. Put in the hash browns, evenly, and add the cheese, ham and green onions, and peppers if you are using them. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, evaporated milk, pepper and salt. Pour the egg mixture over the potato mixture. You can cover and refrigerate the dish if you want for a few hours or overnight.

I just stuck it in the oven for 45 minutes....if you are baking it chilled, you bake for around an hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Serve with whole grain English muffins and strawberries for a nice breakfast-for-dinner treat! Yee-haw....enjoy!!!!!

Must-watch: Kevin Bacon on the '80s

Funny alert: Here's Kevin Bacon tries to explain the decade of shoulder pads and parachute pants to Millennials in an effort to promote '80s awareness. He's perhaps the '80s personified, so you know it's going to be good.

[Via Jezebel]

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Breaking News: I'm a legit blogger!

Well, not that I wasn't totally legit before, but after five years of blogging, I finally put a business card on it (get it? Not that funny...?). I about jumped for joy last week when I opened the mailbox and saw this little package tucked inside. And once I tore open the box (I have very little patience when it comes to opening things...), I could barely contain myself.

There were my shiny, crisp new business cards staring back at me. I couldn't be happier with how they came out. I chose's Luxe style, so they're sturdy and professional.

I know they're just business cards, but I feel more official now. I'll just have to keep myself from handing them out to every random stranger I meet. Thanks again to Kate from Smitten Blog Designs for the awesome design work! I'd highly recommend her if you're looking to take your blog or business to the next level.

(Please note: This post is not sponsored by The business cards were purchased by me)

How I Feel (In 5 Photos) Wednesday.

"Take it! Take another little piece of my heart now, baby..." --Janis Joplin

[Photos via My Summer Twist]

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wise Words From Readers: On your go-to karaoke song...

I must have music on the brain lately. We talked about movie soundtracks last week, and I also asked you to think about your go-to karaoke song. I thought it would be fun to put on our metaphorical dancing shoes, and it seems like you were ready for a good old-fashioned singing party (yes, I just made singing parties a thing)...

*Jewel's "You Were Meant For Me" because the last time I sang it I was so epic, strangers were recording me and grown men were singing along.

*"World's Greatest" by R Kelly. It's just awesome! I feel on top of the world when I sing it!

*"These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" by Nancy Sinatra. Don't do karaoke too often, but my daughter and I do a pretty good job on that one!

*"These Days" by Rascal Flatts. About a guy who works a boring job and thinks about his former life and girlfriend all the time. I relate.

*"Read All About It, pt. III" by Emili Sandé. It's my new favorite because the song tells me to sing! Sing it out! :)
Whew! SING IT. Sounds like a good idea, don't you think, friends? Makes me want to find a room with perfect acoustics and belt out some Journey. Until then, here's next week's question...

What is one thing you wish the opposite sex understood and why?

Visit So About What I Said on Facebook and Twitter to share your smarts -- and don't forget to use hashtag #WiseWordsFromReaders. See you there, friends! :)

[Photos via We Heart It]

My Spring Must-Haves: Kimmie from That Girl In The Wheelchair

Lately, I have really been getting in the mood for all things spring and would love to share some of my simple spring beauty must -haves. As a fellow disabled blogger, I love your message (especially your pieces on relationships and disabilities) and enjoyed our last effort! Using Polyvore, I have made a composite of some of my spring must-haves! The items range in price from $6 to $59, so everything is fairly affordable!

*Women's denim belted shirt dress, $28
*Bright yellow Jonathan Adler for TOMS women's classics, $59
*ALDO Seligman clutch, $25
*Women's cateye sunglasses, $14
*Pacifica color quench mineral lip tint, $6
*Naked3, $54

--By Kimmie from That Girl In The Wheelchair

Landscapes from above

Happy Earth Day, friends! In honor of this most glorious day, how awesome are these photos by photographer Alex MacLean? He captures beautiful landscapes -- pools, farms, highways -- from thousands of feet above the ground. "I generally like photographing places I have never seen before and trying to understand both the settlement and its natural forms and how they relate to each other," he said.

It makes everything look almost majestic, doesn't it? Are you doing anything to celebrate Earth Day? Have fun and enjoy the weather! xoxo

P.S. Earth Day 2013, snow day adventure, One Day on Earth and nature photos.

[Via The Weather Channel]

Monday, April 21, 2014

Family Photos: Easter weekend...

Confession: I'm not quite sure where the last four days have gone. It's been a blur of relaxation, a leisurely lunch at Applebee's and a bit of Target shopping thrown in for good measure. Good thing I snapped a few photos to capture the moments, starting with my musings in Barnes & Noble, above. I saw that bag at the checkout, and couldn't help but wonder: Is that me? Isn't that all of us sometimes?
The hair -- the before-and-after shots really demonstrate my desperation, don't you think?
Of course I wore my best polo shirt for Easter day!
And according to my mother, you're never too old for a little visit from the Easter Bunny. Who was I to argue with her? She's pretty convincing.

How was YOUR weekend, friends? Got any Easter loot to share? xoxo

Man Candy Monday.

Happy Monday, friends! Have you recovered from the sugar rush of Easter yet? My mom has the day off today, so I'm looking forward to extending my weekend a bit. Now, speaking of today, this guy is an interesting Man Candy pick. He's always flown under the radar (remember him in this show?), and his current TV character isn't very endearing. But something tells me he's nothing like his character in real life. He's got a sweet smile. He seems incredibly humble. And he seems decidedly "un-Hollywood"...


"I was, aged nine, the go-to kid in Minneapolis for a commercial voice over."

Friday, April 18, 2014

Have a lovely Easter weekend

Happy long weekend, friends! What are your plans for Easter? We'll be spending time with my father's family, so it will be nice to see everyone. Plus, we were talking this morning about how it's been years since we've dyed Easter eggs, so we just might have to add that to our to-do list this weekend for old time's sake. Hope you all have a wonderful, family-filled, candy-filled Easter, and here are my favorite finds from the wonderful Web...

Ha, if Don Draper had Twitter in the '80s.

A writer reflects on her father's death from AIDS 22 years ago.

22 common phrases we all secretly hate.

How to make homemade Peeps!

Would you break these dating rules?

Dream Vacation: Paris in the springtime.

How fun are these cross-stitched microbes?

Some lovely Easter inspiration.

Remember how awesome Anastasia was? I loved the music too!

'90s school supplies.

Dream Home do or don't: Wallpaper in the kitchen.

Everything Carrie ever wondered about on Sex and the City.

A Supernatural spin-off? How interesting...

Oh, Ryan Atwood, how I love you!

Candy bars, ranked.

Apparently these co-stars didn't get along...

I write like...

How well do you know your vocabulary?

19 signs he wants you.

Woohoo, looks like there could be hope for How I Met Your Mother fans.

And as always, feel free to connect with me on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and now YouTube! See you there, friends! xoxo

[Photo via Pinterest]
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