Shutterbag and Quiche Wontons

I was so busy at work yesterday and we had storms last night so the computer had to be off, but I am excited for everyone who is jumping on board with your May goals!  Maybe just print out the picture of the salsa to keep you motivated!

Guess what?  Tony and I are going on vacation!  We are going to Austin to visit my brother and his family and my step-son and his life.  I cannot wait.  For financial and health reasons, we haven’t been on vacation since 2008, so this is long overdue.

But as I was thinking about it, this is the first time I am going to pack for myself in years.  Hannah basically was in charge of that.  She’s been packing my suit cases for the last 12 years!  I think I’ll be okay though.

My one concern was that I carry both a purse and my camera bag.  While I am pretty good making sure I have both when we leave places, I thought it might be cumbersome to carry both on vacation.

In comes the Shutterbag.  Half camera bag/half purse!

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I like to be fashionable AND functional! Open-mouthed smile  Here’s the outside:

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The inside is big enough for my camera, an extra lens, purse stuff:

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One outside pocket is for makeup (or Chapstick!)

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The other outside pocket has my diabetes supplies, glucose monitor, etc.:

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And then another outside pocket for my wallet:

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And it’s got a super long strap so you can wear it over your shoulder.  It’s super soft too.  Rich Corinthian Leather! Open-mouthed smile  Thanks to my brother Charlie and his wife because I used some of the birthday loot they sent me to buy it.

So I decided to make breakfast wontons for breakfast.  Usually I bake the wontons first at 350 for 8-10 minutes, and let them cool.  I’ll make whatever scramble on the side, and then I’d assemble them at work.  The wonton would still be nice and crunchy.

Yesterday morning I decided to see if I could just bake the egg mixture and wontons all at once.

Quiche Wontons

  • makes 10 – each one is 79 calories, 3 fat, 195 sodium, 5.4 carbs, .2 fiber and 6.7 protein


  • 10 wonton wrappers
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 cups liquid egg white
  • 1/4 cup non-fat buttermilk
  • 2 ounces cooked turkey sausage
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 ounce of cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper

Heat oven to 350.  Put wonton cups in the muffin tin, pushing down gently to make sure the bottom is flat.  Mix the egg, egg whites, buttermilk, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper together.  Divide the cooked sausage among the cups, followed by the spinach.  I used my 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup to combine the egg mixture, and then just poured the egg mixture over each wonton.  Bake for 20-23 minutes, until the eggs are set.

I actually left my SD card at the office, but I emailed pictures to my sister so I just pulled the pics off email:


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The only problem?  I let these cool in the muffin tin at home, then just wrapped up the tin and took it to work.  I don’t know if its because they sat in the tin for 45 minutes or so, but the bottoms were soggy.  But, I had a solution!  I flipped them upside down, bottom side up, and heated them up on the broiler button in the toaster oven at work – crisped up the bottom beautifully!

One tiny problem.  Um, turns out my boss doesn’t like turkey sausage!  She found it to be salty, but liked the concept, so next time deli ham will step in.

I went to the gym.  I did Level 3 of 60 of the Volt Bodyweight Strength app.  It was 42 minutes long, but there are two sections of 4 minutes of stretching, so I skipped those.  It was all CORE yesterday – I did the first 15 minutes, then went to the treadmill.  One goal by the end of May I have is to run a sub 10 minute mile.

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I’ve got 43 seconds to shave off of my time.  I cooled down for 4.5 minutes to make it 15 minutes on the treadmill, then finished up with the last 15 minute strength app.  Nice 45 minute workout!

Of course, as I am leaving the gym, I see this sign!  .50 cent beers?!  Am I in college again?

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I don’t have any pictures of my lunch yet (I’ll add them when I get to work).

Biz, insert lunch pictures here! Open-mouthed smile

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We have a birds nest in our upstairs attic window.  Usually when I drive up, the bird just flies away.  She must be sitting on her eggs because she didn’t budge!  (and note to self, scrape and paint window sill!)  I didn’t even think there would be enough room!

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I had defrosted ground sirloin and asked Tony if he felt like burgers or taquitos.  When he said he didn’t care I said “taquitos it is!”  Well, this is what he was expecting:


But what I had in my head was PAM fried tacos!  Just a little bit different!  Mine had 1.5 ounces of beef per taco, purple cabbage, cilantro, cherry peppers and my baja fresh salsa, with 3/4 ounce of chips and salsa on the side.  (I am measuring my food again!)

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Still gets crispy with Pam!  And I love the giant piece of ginger sitting in the background.  That’s how you know I am a professional photographer.  It’s all about getting rid of negative space. Open-mouthed smile

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So it’s cold, 38 degrees this morning with chance of rain most of the day.  No grilling at work today, so I made a batch of my Buffalo Chicken Chili for Souper Friday at work.  Hopefully this will be the last Friday that feels like chili weather!

Alright, time to get my shit together for the day – Happy Friday – make it a great day!


30 thoughts on “Shutterbag and Quiche Wontons

  1. Be sure to go to Rudy’s BBQ in Austin!! when I live in TX in the Early 90s it was awesome, hopefully it still is! 😀 LOVE THAT TOWN!

  2. So glad you guys get to go on a vacation! And Hannah REALLY spoiled you…. 🙂

    • I have to add, when I said that we hadn’t been on vacation since 2008 – I meant Tony and I together haven’t been on vacation together. I have been to Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia in the past five years for family events – just happy to be vacationing with Tony!

      And yes, I miss Hannah’s organizational and cleaning skills desperately!

  3. How fun! Austin seems like such an energetic, quirky city.

    Your little bird friend seems super sweet. Maybe you’d be able to see the babies through the window from your attic?

    Also, I work on a college campus and was recently a college student so I feel qualified to say that those 50 cent beers are BULLSHIT. The cups are SO tiny and you often get 2 inches of head, which is gross.

    • I never thought to look through our attic window – thanks Alex! And yep, I was thinking the .50 cent drafts were going to be 6 ounce glasses!

  4. missmelbryant

    I love the bird—cutie!

    I am packing for a trip to Seattle next week and I’ve decided to leave my camera home and take my laptop instead. That’s going to be weird for me, since I take so many pictures every day, but I don’t want to lug everything.

    I knew you’d love that link. I thought it was great!

  5. I like Rich Corinthian Leather! 😉 Sweet bag – much nicer looking than a regular camera bag, plus, it’s a purse, woohoo!

    It’s freaking cold and windy here, too – WTH???

    • Ha, I was wondering if anyone was going to get the Ricardo Montalbon reference! I saw your email – we’ll have to figure some way to get together!!

  6. Yea for vacation!!! Your bag looks beautiful and those quiche wontons look DELICIOUS.

  7. what an excellent bag for the plane! Really great with the pockets and everything. I’d have splurged and spent an extra 25 cents for the summer shandy! haha Birds nests on your home are supposed to be good luck, I think!

  8. I’m definitely on board with the May challenge! I need to get back on the lose the baby-weight wagon. I’ve pretty much weaned the baby, so it will be a bit easier. I lost 10 lbs in Sept-Oct when I first went back to work…gained it ALL back. 😦

    My 25th HS reunion is end of June, so my goal is to lose 10-15 lbs by then. I’d like to at least get out of the 160’s and out of the 150’s and into the upper 140’s. (Ultimate goal: 132!)

    I am hoping to be able to train for the triathlon again this summer…missed it last year, busy having a baby…here’s the problem, i have to lose AT LEAST 15 lbs or the wet suit will not fit.

  9. Weighting For 50

    That camera bag is SEXY!!!!! I awww’d at the bird shot. So cute. Hopefully she hatches some eggs soon!
    Have a wonderful Friday Vat!

  10. I haven’t been on an official vacation in so long (one night over night in Kansas City hardly counts) but financially we just can’t swing it right now. There are so many other things to pay for; vacation just isn’t one of them. I just live vicariously through others! Have a great time in Austin!

  11. A beer side outside the gym? thats not nice! ;). That bag is super cute- perfect for vacation. I hope you two have an absolute blast. Your tacos are making me even more excited for cinco de mayo!

  12. I love the shutterbag, what a great idea! I’ll have to check them out. Sounds like a long overdue vacation will be awesome for you two! I hope you have lots of fun. I need to try the breakfast wontons, each time I see them I think they look so good!

  13. Those tacos look awesome. I will be making tacos for Cinco De Mayo on Sunday and maybe breaking out the Margaritaville machine for the first time this spring!

    • Hooray for margaritas! I’ve always seen those machines at Bed Bath and Beyond, but I’d probably use it once and it would live in my basement!

  14. findingradiance

    Hooray for vacay!! I really like that bag – sweet! I need one – and the camera to go inside it 😉

  15. Love that bag! And Austin should be a really fun destination. Great for food, too! Can’t wait to hear about it!

  16. Those taquitos look fabulous! And what a find with the purse! Cute AND functional. Win-win.

    I’ve never been to Austin, but we had a friend move there last year. We would love to check it out after hearing how much he loves it there. I’m so glad you have the opportunity for a getaway!!

  17. Hi Biz! First-thanks for the periodic check ins. I’m still around. I hope to be blogging again soon. SO busy. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that bag. I’m totally buying one ASAP before our summer vacation. I can’t WAIT to get one. I hate lugging my purse AND camera bag on vacation. I carry a small pocket camera all the time, but this would be awesome for trips. So excited. Glad you’re doing well. Take care!!


  18. I love cooking with wontons in muffin tins! I have some extra from the last recipe I did with them so I am going to try this egg scramble! Thanks for the idea!

  19. Let me know how it turns out! 😀

  20. So happy for the both of you that you are going on a vacation. When you say Austin, first name that pops up in my mind is Shelley. Are the two of you going to meet while you are there?

    Love your camera bag!

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