Be more present.

It was a regular Monday evening.  I rushed home from work to start making supper -- we were having grilled chicken, asparagus, and brown rice.  While the chicken was precooking in the oven, I scrolled through various social media platforms.  About half way through my feed, the oven timer went off – it was time to transfer the chicken to the grill.

The chicken had just baked in the oven for 40 minutes.  That means, I just spent 40 minutes mindlessly scrolling through Instagram & Snapchat & Facebook.  I took a moment to realize how ridiculous that just was.  I could have used that 40 minutes to get some housework done, or exercised, or better yet – played with my pup who just spent nearly 10 hours in her kennel.  Instead, I wasted it scrolling through photos & reading captions from people I will never actually meet in “real” life.

The truth is though, after a long day of work, sometimes I just need a mindless scroll.  I need a second (or 40 minutes, apparently) to chill.  And actually, my Instagram feed is quite inspiring – I genuinely enjoy getting to sit down & scroll through it daily.

The other truth, though – is that I scroll through various forms of social media while I brush my teeth (morning & night), at various points throughout my day while at work (when I can connect to the internet), whenever I have to wait in line or in a waiting room, generally always while supper is cooking, often times while Zac is driving and I’m the passenger, and usually for about an hour or so in evening.

If you added up all that time, I bet it would equal nearly 2-3 hours every day.  How sad is that?

This got me thinking.  Our days are often filled with excuses like, “I don’t have time to cook.”  “I don’t have time to work out."  “I don’t have time to blah, blah, blah...”

This week though, I'm making time.  And I'm challenging myself to be more present.  To put down my phone, and make time for all the things I say I don't have time for.  Now that's not to say I'm giving up social media all together, but I am going to try to cut way back this week.  And I encourage you to do the same.


I'm anxious to see how I feel at the end of the week -- if I'm yearning to scroll, or if I'm perfectly OK with cutting out so much screen time.


I'd love to know -- how much time do you spend on social media?  Do you have any "rules" that you follow -- like No Phones at the Table, or No Phones in bed?  Share with me in the comment section below! 



Make: The Best Damn Egg Bake


Make: The Best Damn Egg Bake | My Darling Days



The other day, my manager brought in an egg bake for Treat Day. 

Ohh, you've never heard of Treat Day?  Well, sucks to be you then.

Treat Day happens every Wednesday on the cube farm where I work.  We make a rotating schedule at the start of every year with the people in our department who wish to participate.  It ends up that you have to bring a treat like 3 or 4 times a year, but get to enjoy a treat every Wednesday.
Needless to say, it's a nice little sumthin' sumthin' to look forward to on a Wednesday.

Back to the egg bake...

One bite into this deliciousness & I decided it was the best damn egg bake I ever did eat.

Make: The Best Damn Egg Bake | My Darling Days

I promptly asked my manager for the recipe, and I'm sharing it below.  Because it's that good.


Make: The Best Damn Egg Bake | My Darling Days

You'll need:
2 c. cheddar cheese
2 c. mozzarella cheese
½ c. diced green pepper 
1/3 c. diced green onion
2 tbsp butter
2 c. of diced ham
8 eggs
1 ¾ c. of milk
½ c. flour
½ tsp. basil
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
2 tbsp. parsley

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray cooking spray in 9x13 pan.  Mix the two cheeses together in a bowl & spread three cups of mixed cheese in the bottom of the pan.  Next sauté the pepper & onion in the 2 tbsp of butter.  Drain.

Put sauteed veggies over the cheese layer. Next layer the ham.  Then sprinkle the last cup of cheese over the ham & veggie mixture.

Mix together the eggs, milk, flour, basil, salt, pepper & parsley with a whisk and pour over the top.  Bake 30-40 minutes or until the middle is set.


Of course, you could add or omit all sorts of other stuff; bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.

I don't know where the original recipes generates from, but who cares?  Make this.  It is SO good.
Zac & I had it for supper last week.  And lunch the following day.  And for supper again the next day.

Because it's that good.  And, because leftovers are abundant when you cook for just two people.


Make: The Best Damn Egg Bake | My Darling Days

Make: The Best Damn Egg Bake | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy

It wasn't until talking with my mother-in-law while looking through our itinerary before our Euro trip, that I realized the correlation with Assisi, Italy & St. Francis (apparently I’m a lousy Catholic)…

In case you were clueless like me, Assisi is probably best known for the birthplace of Patron Saint of Italy, St. Francis.

Assisi is a wonderful little town -- we only got to spend about an hour there, but it was just enough time to visit the 13th century Basilica di San Francesco & get a glimpse of the quaint town of Assisi.

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Zac & Katie in Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Assisi is only home to about 3,000 people, but sees millions of tourists each year & rightfully so.  The town is filled with curvy medieval streets, roman ruins, & sacred shrines – definitely put this town on your list as you travel through Italy!  You can read more about the history of Assisi here.

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

I adored all the stone buildings & the darling shops that lined the streets.

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days
 
Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days
 
 
Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days
 
Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

Travel: Assisi, Italy | My Darling Days

 
I'm thankful for the hour we got to spend in Assissi, but I think a few more hours would have better suited my desires to explore a bit longer.  It was such a lovely place!


Read about our Roman adventures, here, here, & here!


Happy Sunday (and Happy Easter!)



Happy Easter! I hope everybody gets to enjoy time with their family & friends today!


I made this cake for Easter, but accidentally ate half of it already.  Opps :)

An inspiring read: "A goal without a plan is just wishful thinking" 

The Business of Blogging & the power of social media.  Like it or not, this girl is doing somethin' right.

Currently obsessed with Clare Dunn's 'Tuxedo'.

Also, Courtney Cole's 'Drunk' is topping my playlist as well.






Current Happenings

Post idea inspired by Emily's 'Five Things' posts, at Cupcakes & Cashmere.
(a great way to stay active behind the camera, to document the little things)



I'm using this picnic utensil holder from Home Goods as an organizer for our office desk -- works great!



Obsessed with Papa Murphy's Chicken Garlic pizza { thanks Bethany! ;) }



 I got a six pack of these colored glass jars at Christmas & they're all I use to get my water intake lately, so fun!



Magazines are littering our end table -- time to get reading!



Easter decor from The Vintage Garden that I am likely leaving up all year.