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How to make perfect (& easy-to-peel) hard boiled eggs

A little over a year ago, Arrash & I moved into our first place together and all of a sudden I couldn’t make hard boiled eggs anymore.

The shell kept sticking to the egg, so it’d take off half of the egg white when I peeled it.

It was so annoying and such a waste. It didn’t look pretty, as you can imagine, & it threw off the texture of the egg because the egg wasn’t smooth when I peeled it.

I couldn’t figure out what was different—the stove? the heat? the eggs?

I tried adding more salt to the water while I boiled it, but it didn’t work. It was still sticky. So then I thought: OLIVE OIL.

IT WORKED.

Now that we’re in our new place, I still use this trick. The other day I hard boiled eggs for us & Arrash even mentioned how easy they were to peel.

He said I should put it on the blog. Lol, I said, “I know” ; ) So here we are.

Such an easy tip:

To make perfect, easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs, bring water, salt & OLIVE OIL to boil. The olive oil is KEY for making it easy to peel.

Once the water’s boiling, add the eggs, and lower the heat to medium. I usually use a spoon to lower the eggs into water, slowly, one at a time. Depending on your stove, and how you like your eggs, you may want to cook the eggs for 4-8 minutes. If you want it softer or a bit runny, 4-6 minutes should work. After they’re cooked I put them in bowl of cold water to cool them down.

So simple.

Let me know if you give it a try, how it works for you : )

I love having hard boiled eggs in the fridge because they’re a great source of protein—6 grams per egg, which is 12% of the daily recommended value.

They’re easy to grab in the morning to have with coffee, or during the day as a snack, so I usually make a batch once a week.

They’re definitely one of those items we almost always have in the house.

Okay, I’m off to get ready for bed. I’m planning to start the day off early tomorrow—fingers crossed ; ) so I’m heading to bed a bit earlier. Sweet dreams! xx

<3,
Bita

Let’s get cookin’:

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Sunday Splash: So Much Food & Catch Phrase

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[ Fresh coconut water on the beach. ]

This weekend definitely had a theme ⇢ lots of food—& A LOT of CATCH PHRASE ( my newest obsession! )

Do you guys know Catch Phrase?

For those who don’t… It’s a word guessing game—there’s usually two teams, and you’re trying to get your teammates to guess whatever word or phrase you’re given without saying the word or phrase… You have to explain it to them verbally.

You can find it on Amazon or you can use an app, like “Phrase Party” on your phone ( that’s the one we used ).

Once your team guesses the word or phrase correctly you pass it on to the other team, kind of like Hot Potato, and you keep doing that until the buzzer goes off. Whichever team is holding it when the buzzer goes off, looses the round.

Not surprisingly… We got super into it, and pretty LOUD. LOL. It’s really fun.

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[ ‘Hot & Cold’ cocktails at Shell Shock in Mountain View—SO GOOD! ]

To start the weekend we went to this DELICIOUS restaurant in downtown Mountain View called Shell Shock Restaurant on Friday, and it was perfect because I really wanted fresh seafood & a spicy / refreshing cocktail.

If you’re around Mountain View, you HAVE to check it out.

Order their ‘Hot & Cold’ cocktail if you like spicy drinks. It has Hornitos Plata, cucumbers, jalapeños, & fresh lime juice… It’s really good!

I spent Saturday with family… We BBQ’ed, caught up with each other, shared stories, and played Catch Phrase ( Phrase Party ) until a little after midnight. It got pretty competitive. ; )

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[ A HUGE Ponderosa lemon from my aunt’s backyard. ]

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[ A delicious Bloody Mary at Kitchen Story SF—spicy, just the way I like it. ]

The theme continued on Sunday. The girls & I went to brunch at Kitchen Story SF and then had a little picnic at Dolores Park… With more Catch Phrase. LOL. It’s addicting!

By the way, I felt very San Francisco-y spending the day at Dolores Park. AND… THERE ARE SO MANY CUTE PUPPIES THERE! I basically oohed & awwed the entire time we were there. Minty came with us too, obviously. ; )

But… Let’s not breeze through brunch because brunch at Kitchen Story is AMAZING.

Since I’m not having eggs ( aka no Benedict for me—I’ll share more about this soon ) I ordered their Veggie burger without cheese and without ailoi. It was DELICIOUS—so was their Bloody Mary. It was spicy, just the way I like it.

How was your weekend…? What are you looking forward to this week?

If you need a little pick-me-up or retail therapy ; ), check out these super cute home picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

xx,
Bita

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[ Check out my favorite home items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here. ]

Shop my weekend look + CATCH PHRASE ( LOL ):

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Love List: Holidays That Make You Indulge in Guac (LOL) & Snapchat

 

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HI GUYS!

You know what’s fun about social media (particularly Instagram)? You hear about the wackiest “holidays”. Like today was National Pig Day (haha, WHAT?) & Peanut Butter Lovers Day, LOL. I feel obligated to give Minty peanut butter now… No? ; )

Since I do social media marketing for a living, I consider these holidays when making content calendars & creating content for my clients—if there’s a wacky holiday that’s likely to trend on social, and it’s in line with my client’s brand/products, I’ll create content around it so my client can contribute to the conversation.

BUT! I have to tell you there are some “holidays” that I’m just like… WHAT?!? A day to celebrate PB lovers or pigs is fine… But what is Take it in the Ear Day? YES. That’s a thing, apparently.

EW.

LOL.

Any who, most are fun, like this one that made me indulge in a lil too much guac. ; ) What’s your favorite wacky holiday? Comment on Instagram or LMK below. I love this stuff!

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[ Hands down fav store bought guac. ]

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[ Shared a step-by-step tutorial on Snapchat on how to make “fake” pancakes. Username: JOYFETTI. LMK if you want me to do a full post on this! ]

I’ve also been having A LOT OF FUN with Snapchat lately.

Are you guys on there?

I’ve been sharing recipes, snack ideas, workout inspo, cute/funny vids of Minty (of course!), snippets from the books I’m reading ( like “The ONE Thing“) and other musings. My username is JOYFETTI—If you’re on there, add me & snap me any questions/requests.

See you on Snapchat! : )

XO! <3,
Bita

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Take me back to… Cleveland!?!

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When I think about traveling I picture breathtaking seascapes in Greece and charming cafes with bright, blossoming flowers, and fresh, mouthwatering foods.

What I don’t picture? Ohio.

BUT! I’d love to take another trip to Cleveland! I spent 6 days (& 5 nights) in Cleveland back in August for work and the city surprised me, in a good way.

They have a booming food scene, places like House of Blues and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and gorgeous sunsets. Plus, there were two games happening while we were there so it was extra lively—I love when there’s lots of people out & about! (aka Summer ; ))

Charcuterie Board and Cheese Plate at Urban Farmer, Cleveland_joyfetti.com

So the food… OH. MY. GOD!! Urban Farmer. I went to Urban Farmer 3 times in less than 24 hours. IT WAS AMAZING.

Their Charcuterie Board + Cheese Plate… GORGEOUS. DELICIOUS. I can’t rave about it enough! If you’re following me on Instagram, you already know I’d travel back to Cleveland just for that. It was THAT good.

Even their simple, Local Greens Salad was AMAZING (it has popped quinoa! YUMMY!). Can you tell how much I enjoyed this place? Ha!

I flew into Cleveland on a redeye, and got in super early Tuesday morning, and was planning to head home almost just as early 5 days later.

Sunday morning was interesting… I missed my flight. I woke up 10 minutes before it was scheduled to take off. (We had a long night at Urban Farmer… LOL. We stayed at Westin most of the trip.)

I was furious at myself.

Upset.

REALLY upset.

I wanted to see Minty.

But after I had my little meltdown, I decided to make the most out of the day (the next flight to SFO wasn’t until later that night). So I showered, got dressed, and went downstairs to Urban Farmer (surprise!) for a relaxing & delicious brunch. Their team is amazing—so sweet, so thoughtful! They make the experience that much better.

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[Cool decor inside Urban Farmer]

Eggs Benedict and Fruit at Urban Farmer, Cleveland_joyfetti.com

Bloody Mary Bar at Urban Farmer, Cleveland_joyfetti.com

While I was chit-chatting with one of their hostesses, she recommended their Bloody Mary bar—I’m not one to turn down a recommendation, so I took her suggestion. ; )

You’d think with all the brunches I’ve had, I’d know what to do… NOPE! I was a deer in the headlights at the Bloody Mary bar. I had NO IDEA what to do. The first thing I put in my glass (they give you a tall glass with vodka & ice, and you build your drink from there) was an olive—BAHAHAAA! It was the only thing I recognized right off the bat. But once I poured in the tomato juice I got real creative (aka no inhibitions, at all.) I put in a TON of fresh-squeezed lemon and lime juice, a TON of hot sauce (I only like ’em spicy!), and some other yummy looking ingredients, and of course celery, because that’s what makes it cute, more olives & a lemon for garnish. It was delicious & spicy. I think I did pretty well… What do you think??

Bloody Mary at Urban Farmer, Cleveland_joyfetti.com

If you’ve been to Cleveland (or live in Cleveland), LMK what recommendations you have for my next visit. Because I’ll definitely be back! (Hopefully after I visit Europe… ; ))

<3,
Bita

Make your own DIY Bloody Mary bar:

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Birthday Brunch @ Mission Rock Resort

Yellow umbrellas at Mission Rock Resort in SF

Brunch is my FAVORITE!

What’s not to love? You’re sipping an ice-cold coffee & cocktail (<< yes, both, haha), enjoying a delicious Benedict (mmmm), chatting with friends, and enjoying the sun and fresh air…

IT’S. THE. BEST.

Bloody Mary at Mission Rock Resort in SF

Lately, I’ve been a big fan of Mission Rock Resort. Their Fresh Dungeness Crab Benedict is DELICIOUS & their Bloody Mary (The Bacon Bloody) is one of the best I’ve had—plus, they’re by the water, which I LOVE!! And you can easily walk to AT&T Park from there.

Planting succulents on joyfetti.com

So to celebrate my birthday we kept it super casual and enjoyed some of my favorites: brunch, cake (mmm), rooftop pool/hot tub, and planting succulents << haha, aren’t these so cute & teeny!?

Here are a few more pics from the day : ) 💕

Minty peek-a-boo

Cutie Minty playing peek-a-boo 🙈

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Adorable birthday cards 💌

Birthday Cake

Cakeeeee!!

Speaking of cake…

Minty reaaaaally enjoyed her (doggie) cake during her bday photo shoot… And with her doggie friends last Saturday… And again, the next day on her birthday… Haha! So… It’s family detox time? LOL.

<3,
Bita

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Open-faced PB&J (with superseeds!!)

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Don’t you get warm fuzzies when you think of PB&J?

Think elementary school, recess, lunches by the jungle gym, opening up a packed lunch from mom, with crusts cut off (HA!)

This classic is too good to pass up just because we’re adults now!

Open-faced PB&J with superseeds on joyfetti.com

SOI’m super excited to share my take on the classic PB&J!

I give up the excess sugar, make a few tweaks, and invite my buddies, chia & ground flax seedshello, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber & magnesium! It’s a party in your mouth, without the guilt.

Here’s what you need:

+ Organic Gluten Free Brown Rice Bread (I get “Food for Life” from Trader Joe’s), toasted (I like it super crunchy!)
+ Trader Joe’s Organic Raspberry Fruit Spread
+ Trader Joe’s Organic Peanut Butter, creamy no salt (For JOYFETTI PB, mix in chia and ground flax seeds—so good!)
+ Chia Seeds
+ Ground Flax Seeds (I like Spectrum Essentials Organic Ground Flaxseeds)

I hope you enjoy it!

<3,
Bita

 

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