Last Dance With Mary Jane

by Heather on March 28, 2010

Morning!  How was y’alls Saturday?!  Mine was fantastic:  we got to ski an amazing powder day at one of our favorite mountains with great friends!  Let’s back it on up to Friday night though.  Dinner was BREAKFAST (“Binner” as our friend Ben calls it :))  We made scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrown casserole, and cinnamon roll French toast!  I was hungry, so I piled my plate up with eggs and hashbrown casserole:

Not a ton of color, but it was yummy!  I was so jealous of this plate of cured breakfast meats that everyone else got to partake in:

Anyone who’s a vegan might be cringing at that one, but I was definitely a little sad :(  7 more days till I can eat meat again, and the closer to Easter it gets, the harder it gets to refrain!  I know I’ll make it, but as much as Lent has helped me to appreciate the foods that come from the ground and has shown me how I don’t NEED meat, it’s also just reinforced how much I enjoy meat!  Good thing I didn’t give up dessert though because this was AMAZING!

To get the completely artery-clogging recipe, just click here.  The pecans on top are hand-picked by my parents from Texas (probably what makes it so darn good ;))  I had 2 small slices, but probably should’ve stuck with just one since I was pretty full.  Community group was a lot of fun, and it just felt so good to share life with my good friends!  I love them all :)

Yesterday morning we went to Starbucks for breakfast (I did a short iPhone post) and then David, Emma, Nate, and I headed out to Winter Park.  It snowed pretty much the whole way there, and we were so excited to see 7 inches of fresh powder on the ground!  It was a great day of skiing, but I was kind of sad since it was likely my last time out to the mountains this year.  I was pretty excited to go ski the Mary Jane side of the resort though!  It’s a little more difficult and less traveled, but SO much fun!  My knees were starting to ache, so Nate and David went and skied a bowl while Emma and I stopped to rest and snack.  I was STARVING so I got the only vegetarian option they head:  mac & cheese in a bread bowl (no picture, sorry, I don’t know where Nate put my point and shoot).  Really?  My inner Carbzilla rejoiced, but I was a little disappointed in the lack of options.  Oh well…I ate the pasta and little bread and threw the rest away before I could mindlessly eat the rest.

On the way back home we stopped at a gas station to use the restroom and grab some coffee.  In the bathroom I totally sliced my thumb open on the toilet paper holder!  SO gross, and it was bleeding everywhere.  Good thing they had band aids there.  I think my thumb nail is bruised too though = no fun.   Regardless, we decided that homemade pizza sounded AMAZING for dinner.  As soon as we got home Nate was the best husband ever and took over cooking since my finger hurt so badly!  We made a batch of dough from one of our cookbooks and then cut it into 4 pieces to make 4 small pizzas with.  Here’s Emma’s:

She was so sweet and made a slice without sausage on there for me!  ‘Twas delicious. I had a Guinness while I waited for my pizza to bake:

And then I wrapped my Guinness bottle in the fake fur liner for the hood on one of my ski jackets.  Totally normal, right?

What it comes down to is I just love playing with different ways to photograph stuff and saw the fur on the table (I zipped it off since I thought it might snow).  So much fun!  Then pizza was ready:

It had marinara, mushrooms, asparagus, red onion, Roma tomato, fresh mozzarella, and parmesan!  SO good…and I ate all but one slice.  That’s right, don’t be scared :)  Nate was also amazing and made a slice of his that didn’t have meat on it, but I gobbled that down before I took the picture.  Oops!  After dinner David and Emma left, and we snuggled on the floor with the dogs before hitting the sack.

Breakfast this morning is a smoothie that has spinach, but is not even a little bit green:

  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 9 frozen cherries
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 packet hot chocolate mix

I just used the last of the spinach I had in the fridge, which wasn’t a lot compared to what I normally use.  It’s delicious anyway!  The rest of the day is just going to be going to church (where I’m serving the nursery – YAY BABIES!!!) and then likely relaxing/cleaning/grocery shopping the rest of the afternoon.  Should be a fun day!

I am so excited to have been featured on Tastespotting twice this week!  I always get rejected (I think they could use a better word) by Foodgawker, but Tastespotting is very easy to use and they are very communicative via email as well!  Being on there has made me realize that I want to work a lot more on my photography.  I have the equipment to do it, and I think it would be a really fun, creative endeavor to improve my pictures on the blog (today is obviously excluded :))  I look forward to seeing what I can do!

Are you interested in photography?  What sort of camera do you use?  Any special editing software? For the majority of my pictures I use a Nikon D200 with a Nikon 50mm F1.8 prime lens.  I also use Photoshop and Lightroom for editing!


If you’re married, what did you and your husband/wife dance to for your first dance? We danced to Jack Johnson’s “Better Together” :)

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Salah March 28, 2010

I dont know anything about cameras but a nice one :-)

Obviously I’m not married, but my first dance I want it to be choreographed to some crazy song and have the whole wedding party apart of it….haha like on Rock the Reception


2 Salah March 28, 2010

btw…..I want that cinnamon roll french toast and hashbrown casserole in my stomach right now!


3 lpskins March 28, 2010

What are the chances of slicing your finger on a toilet paper holder! Hope you’re okay. I hate hand cuts because they throb.
That dessert in a sin. I want it all. Nice work staying true to your no meat policy. what a hard thing to do.


4 musingsofthegranolagirl March 28, 2010

those pictures look great! I love the beer bottle one!


5 foodlovingpolarbear March 28, 2010

Yum. Your pizza looks good :)


6 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self March 28, 2010

I love that Jack Johnson song! Dave and I danced to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds. :)


7 Emily March 28, 2010

Oh, you’ve inspired me! I will have breakfast for dinner sometime soon–and it will include hash brown casserole! It’s been so long since I’ve had it. The french toast looks amazing, too!


8 FoodCents March 28, 2010

That is great you got in a wonderful day of skiing, freshie powder is the best and then get the beautiful weather today.


9 Picnics and Peonies March 28, 2010

I so want to get into photography… Need to purchase a good camera! Just found your blog and I love it! Happy Weekend.


10 thedallasceliac March 28, 2010

Right now I use a Canon Powershot SD990IS which I’m pretty happy with, but I want a Nikon D5000. Maybe later this year.

We danced to Tim McGraw/Faith Hill’s ‘It’s Your Love’.

Oh and that Cinnamon Roll thingy looks sooooo good.


11 Beth (fatbustermack) March 28, 2010

What a musical post, I love Tom Petty’s Mary Jane’s last dance, we danced to when the stars go blue-the bono and coors version.

Congrats on Tastespotting! I agree that foodgawker is much pickier. I use lightroom and photoshop elements, I wish I had the 700 to spare to buy CS4!


12 rebecca March 28, 2010

we had two. we danced to shania twain’s “you’re still the one” and then right after danced to the adam sandler song that he sang to drew barrymore on the airplane at the end of “wedding singer.”


13 Gabriela (froyolover) March 28, 2010

Wow – you´re talented, girl!
Such amazing pics! :D
Have a great week!
Brazilian XOXO´s,


14 theprocessofhealing March 28, 2010

That pizza looks amazing!!! Homemade pizza is one of the best things, for real.
Glad you had fun skiing! I’ve actually never been skiing before.
I would also love to work on my photography skills. I wasn’t interested in it at all until I started blogging and it’s so fun!!! But I have a long way to go.
Much love!


15 Jess March 28, 2010

My hubby and I danced to Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic.” That song makes the world stop for me.

My Dad actually just bought me a Nikon D60 – it should be here in the next week or so. I am SO excited! I am actually looking into a class to really learn how to use it. Can’t wait!


16 Jennifer March 28, 2010

Ahh that pizza and dessert look amazing. Even if your post had beautiful pictures of veggies and fruit and you had a blurry picture of dessert and pizza, I would still choose them instead. :)


17 Christie {Honoring Health} March 29, 2010

I need to try getting something on Tastespotting again.

I use a Canon Rebel Xsi with a 50 mm f1.8 lens. I am still learning how to use it and really want to take a class or something. I feel like I have a good eye for good photos but really don’t know how to use all of the functions.


18 Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 29, 2010

I love photography, but I’m such a newbie! I’m just using a point & shoot now, but a DSLR is on my wish list :) I just got photoshop – I can’t WAIT to start playing around with it!!

And the hubs and I’s 1st dance was “Lost in the Moment” by Big & Rich ;) I love everytime it comes on the radio!


19 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 29, 2010

we didn’t have a wedding dance


20 Brittany March 29, 2010

You drink Guiness? Are you Nuts? I LOVE the fur, this is one VERY classy beer.


21 louisianagrown March 29, 2010

I have been craving pizza BIG TIME, and your homemade ones look delicious. For photos, I use either a Sony Cybershot or a Canon AE-1 35mm camera. I love the vintage look and feel of film, but I do hate waiting for it to get developed!


22 Jacqui March 30, 2010

We danced to Maroon 5 “She will be loved” random but very much us.


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