Monday, September 5, 2011
Back To Basics and Scrambled Eggs!
So, it appears as though I've been missing from blogging for one week. It just seems weird for me. To say I've been all over the place would be an understatement. Our family is now back in Atlanta. We decided that this is where we have to be right now. I will leave it at that. If you have any questions, you are welcome to email me. So, I have been packing and now unpacking again...

It's weird unpacking this time. I don't want everything from before. I feel the need to reorganize and regroup. I want to completely redo my pantry too. I have so many gluten free flours and nut butters! I feel like there's a better way to do things, but I'm not sure what that is anymore. I did a major donation of clothes, but I still feel like there are more things that need to go. Life is full of clutter and it's time to get rid of the clutter!

Well, there's nothing like getting back to basics, with life and food. Most of my stuff is everywhere, so we went with good ol' fashioned scrambled eggs and toast for our first meal back home.

There was no bread in the house, but there were hoagie rolls, so we made do. Not too bad with a nice schmear of Smart Balance Light!

I do have a secret when it comes to fluffy creamy scrambled eggs. Add a little water to your whipped eggs (I do 2 to 3 per serving), milk makes them heavier. Heat a little butter or dairy free butter of your choice in a skillet and then cook the eggs on a lower temperature, carefully folding them into the center of the pan. When the eggs are just about cooked through, add a splash of dairy free milk (unsweetented) to the top of the eggs and turn them off. Perfect every time! Light, creamy and delicious...don't forget a little Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Ok, so pantry any suggestions? I need some help.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 5:00 AM  
  • At September 5, 2011 at 5:14 AM, Anonymous Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga said…

    You're back in ATL??!! Ok, obviously things have gone a bit differently than planned and I don't want to bug you for the details b/c I am SURE your life is hella crazy right now but just hoping for the best for you guys!!!! :)

  • At September 5, 2011 at 6:10 AM, Blogger Fallon said…

    WOW didn't you just move too?? It seems you and your family know whats best. It will all work out in the end!

    I love using jars/mason jars when reorganizing my pantry, helps keep bulk bin items neat and it is fun to display!

  • At September 5, 2011 at 6:48 AM, Anonymous Jessica said…

    You know my thoughts are with you and your family. Hope the move is going well, and I'm glad you guys are doing what's best for you all.
    I can understand feeling the need to declutter, too! I have tons of old glass peanut butter jars and some mason jars, so I store nuts, seeds, dried fruit, baking supplies, grains, etc. in those. I think it looks neater, and they're easier to access than twist-ties on bags. For flours I've got some ceramic and glass flip-top jars that were pretty inexpensive at Bed & Bath and a yard sale. "Overflow" can just stay in the back of the pantry. Much easier to measure from out of the containers, though!
    As for scrambled! I'll have to try your method. I usually add just a splash of water, but never thought to add the milk after!

  • At September 5, 2011 at 6:51 AM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    Those do look like creamy perfect eggs!!! And once again - so sorry to hear all the craziness going on for you right now. Look forward to getting the chance to catch up!

  • At September 5, 2011 at 9:04 AM, Blogger Emily said…

    I hope that you guys settle in, Sarena! I have no tips for pantry organization...I could use some help myself. :)

  • At September 5, 2011 at 9:29 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    You know that I'm very happy that you're back home. I wish I could help unpack or something. Try to enjoy being back and not worry so much about the unpacking. It'll happen.

  • At September 5, 2011 at 10:31 AM, Blogger laurenabishop said…

    I'm so glad you're back, Sarena. I can't wait to see you!

    P.S. Those scrambled eggs look delicious! <3

  • At September 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM, Anonymous H said…

    Sarena I'm glad you are where you need to be. I'm sure you are super stressed so I hope you take some time today to just breathe and try to relax. I know it is tough. And getting rid of clutter and stuff is a great way to hopefully clear up your mind a little bit.


  • At September 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM, Anonymous Holly @ The Runny Egg said…

    Sorry Sarena, that last comment from H is from me, not sure what happened!

  • At September 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM, Blogger Stephanie said…

    I love using the old fashioned glass containers with glass lids and wide mouth mason jars for bulk staples. I love how the rice and sugar look setting out on my counter in those old fashioned containers :) I think that for a pantry those BPA free tall rectangular containers would likely be more space saving though!!

  • At September 5, 2011 at 3:37 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    I hope everything is ok!
    The pantry org is a major problem of mine--I just moved and got rid of so much stuff just because it felt like it was cluttering both my home and my brain!

    I store lots of things in the pantry in mason jars--if it fits in one, it goes in one. That way I can line them up and stack them. I also use rectangle baskets to put "messy" things in (like flours, etc.). It just feels neater, even though the contents of the baskets are messy!
    Thanks for the egg trick :)

  • At September 5, 2011 at 3:56 PM, Anonymous Kristina @ spabettie said…

    I'm glad you all are where you need to be. <3

    wish I could come help you organize, just to lend a hand and moral support. (laughs and fun, too, and some good cooking...)

    XO take care!!

  • At September 5, 2011 at 6:11 PM, Anonymous melissanibbles said…

    I'm sorry things are so crazy for you right now. Things will settle eventually and you'll feel content. As far as clutter, I know a good clean out and throwing things away makes me feel good and less stressed. I'm thinking of you :)

  • At September 5, 2011 at 6:38 PM, Anonymous Estela @ Weekly Bite said…

    I feel like such a bad blogger friend as I have no idea what's going on :( I'm so sorry you are going through a tough time, but it sounds like everything is slowly falling back into place :) Sending lots of positive thoughts your way :)

  • At September 5, 2011 at 8:32 PM, Anonymous Madeline- Greens and Jeans said…

    I know you guys are doing what is best for you and for your family and I hope everything is okay!

  • At September 5, 2011 at 8:45 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    back in ALT?? wahoo closer to us :)

    hope all the packing and moving goes smoothly, thinking of you guys!


  • At September 5, 2011 at 11:46 PM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    Sending hugs to help you get settled again, Sarena! There's nothing like back to back moves to make you look at your stuff completely differently. I used to change offices so often at my previous job that I whittled things down greatly. I was happy to pare down my stuff even though the moves weren't always fun. ;-) That guidance about only keeping stuff you love and/or use is good. That might help in simplifying your pantry, too. :-)


  • At September 6, 2011 at 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Y'all have had a crazy couple of months. And truly, only you know what's best for your family-- it sounds like right now, that's Atlanta! I sympathize with you-- moving is stressful any way you cut it-- and you just moved TWICE!

    Of course, I am sad that we're no longer neighbors...but ATL is only a three hour drive from us! :-)

  • At September 6, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    OMG, I've totally bookmarked that trade secret. I've never liked scrambled eggs, but your fluffy version might be the trick!

  • At September 6, 2011 at 1:34 PM, Anonymous Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said…

    I know that unsettled feeling. Sending you wonderful organizing unpacking vibes and wishing you and your family the best! I have been on a de-cluttering rampage as of late. I just feel like life is too full of unnecessary stuff. It feels good to donate things that others would truly appreciate.
    PS I wish I had some magic pantry organizing ideas for you. I need some help with that cupboard stuffed with gf flours myself! ;)

  • At September 12, 2011 at 1:40 PM, Anonymous Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli said…

    Oh wow sweetie! To say you've been busy IS quite the understatement! I'm sorry to hear the plan for Tennessee didn't pan out...but I hope you guys are all happy with the end result. I can imagine the boys are probably content with staying in the comforts of Atlanta...I remember when my family had a big move when I was in eigth the time, I was devastated (but of course everything at 14 years old seems like a HUGE deal, right?)

    I am having the same dilemma with my pantry. I purged a lot of "junk" when I moved, but I still feel like the pantry AND kitchen is just too cluttered! I swear I could never be a true "hoarder"...removing clutter from my life feels too darn good!

    And now I seriously can't wait to make some scrambled eggs and use your little trick! I've never heard of adding water before!

  • At September 14, 2011 at 8:28 PM, Blogger HEAB said…

    Still sad you're back in Atlanta, but sounds like you are happy to be home. I completely understand - it was the dishwasher that prompted your return, right? ;)

    Never knew this great secret to perfectly scrambled eggs. Thank you my friend! Will try soon as you know I love me some eggs!

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