October Haul, Back to the Gym, + Ham-Asparagus Strata

The only thing I purchased last month is this super soft Asymmetrical Drape Collar Terry Cardigan by Caslon from Nordstrom. I love that it's so comfortable yet looks chic on thanks to the draping of the collar and it's 40% off now!


This zip cardigan would go as nicely with black skinny pants and booties for work as black leggings and sneakers for the gym. Speaking of which, I've just started to go back to the gym on a regular basis and I have to say that it was so hard the first day I went back after 2 months at home with the baby. When 8 lb weights were no sweat for me before I got pregnant, I was struggling with 5 lbs in the same sculpting class. It's crazy how weak I've become even though I've been lifting 10+ lbs everyday because of baby A. I hope to get back to how strong I was during my wedding or better yet, even stronger than I was before.


Here's a recipe for a super delicious breakfast of ham-asparagus strata:

HAM-ASPARAGUS STRATA
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 50 minutes
Stand: 15 minutes
Ingredients:
8 oz asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 2" pieces
5 cups French bread cubes
2 cups shredded Gruyere or white cheddar cheese (8 oz.)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped chives or green onions
8 oz. cooked ham, diced
10 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add asparagus and cook for 5 minutes until bright green. Drain and place in a bowl of ice water to cool; drain.
2. In a greased 3-qt. baking dish, spread half the cubes. Top with cheese, onion, chives, and half the ham and asparagus. Top with remaining bread.
3. In a bowl. whisk together four od the eggs and milk. Evenly pour over layers in dish. Press bread pieces into egg mixture with the back of a spoon. Top with remaining ham and asparagus.
4. Bake, uncovered, in a 325 degrees oven for 30 minutes. With the back of a spoon, press six indentations in top of strata. Pour a whole egg into each indentation. Bake 20-25 minutes more or until a thermometer inserted in center of strata registers 170 degrees and eggs are set. Let stand 15 minutes.
5. Cut into squares to serve.
Serves 6-8.
Nutrition facts per serving:
454 calories
34g protein
22g carbohydrates
26g fat
21mg cholesterol
2g fiber
936mg sodium

Leaving you with the quote of the day, "I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."-Thomas Jefferson

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