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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Freezer Mini Quiche

My friend had a little accident and I was thinking of ways to help. Food is always a good place to start. When you are in pain and have two little ones running around...cooking is not the most fun thing in the world. I didn't want to go the classic casserole, pasta, enchiladas route, and I got thinking about breakfast. who doesn't love a quick, healthy and warm breakfast? I know I do. I decided on a mini quiche recipe, since they can be frozen easily and popped in the microwave or oven at breakfast time.

Since I was making them, I went ahead and made some for my family too...we kind of love breakfast. It's my fault. I cannot start the day without eating breakfast. It's almost a ritual. We get up, we play a little, we eat breakfast, we play a little more...you get the picture. When it comes to breakfast, I need something hearty. Cereal or toast just doesn't cut it. Now my children are the same way. If I give them cereal, they eat it and then sit there waiting for the main course. We eat eggs, bacon, toast, juice, oatmeal, etc,etc...pretty much every day. Not only is it healthy to start your day out with a large meal to boost your metabolism, but starting with protein is super important to keep your blood sugar from crashing 2 minutes later and keeping your bellies full until lunch time (with a small snack or two in between, naturally).

These mini quiche were super easy and tasty!

Mini Freezer Quiche


18 eggs
1/2 Cup whole milk (or whatever milk you have)
turkey sausage and/or bacon
1 Cup spinach
1 yellow squash
grated mozzarella cheese
non-stick spray

(this made 24 mini quiches)

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step 2: grate cheese, grate squash, chop spinach, chop bacon, cook sausage
Step 3: crack all 18 eggs, stir in milk and whisk your little heart out!

Step 4: spray muffin tins
Step 5: sprinkle a little cheese in the bottom of the muffin tins, enough to cover the bottom. This makes a little foundation for your quiche, I got the idea here.
Step 6: pour your egg mixture into the muffin cups. I used my liquid measuring cup for a smooth pour.
Step 7: sprinkle your ingredients in. I did some with bacon/spinach, some with sausage/squash/spinach and everything in between.

Step 8: Bake for 12-15 minutes. Test them by sticking a knife in one, if it comes out clean, you're good. This batch made 24 mini quiches.

ENJOY! If you want to freeze them, let them cool on a cookie sheet, stick them in the freezer still on the cookie sheet, then wrap them individually with wax paper and stick them in a freezer bag. When you are ready to eat them, nuke them for 30 seconds, or bake them for 5 minutes. Viola! Instant egg quiche for breakfast.

Super Simple Christmas Card Holder

I got my first Christmas cards in the mail today! YAY. I love getting Christmas cards. In the past, I have opened them, looked at them, then put them in a pile somewhere, never to be enjoyed again! This year, I wanted to change that...SO...I made a super simple Christmas card holder.

Step 1: Use a wreath of any size. I bought a small one for $1 at my new favorite store, The Dollar Tree.
Step 2: Find a pretty ribbon. Tie said ribbon onto your wreath.
Step 3: Gather your cards and some paperclips/wooden clippy-things (what are they called anyways?)
Step 4: Hang your creation.

Now I get to enjoy my friends' beautiful faces every time I go to the pantry...which is a lot. Best part about this...it was ONE DOLLAR. Cheaper than freedom folks (According to Team America, it costs "a-buck-o-five).

Yes, I used my own family Christmas card. It needed one extra card on there to look right...that why you all should send me Christmas cards, so I don't look like a huge narcissist. Thanks. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Table Refinished

I am a slacker! I totally failed on my 30 Day challenge. I could give a thousand excuses, but I won't waste your time. I just didn't do it! I did, however, finish this table. I am super proud of it; it turned out exactly how I pictured it. It is too small for the space I bought it for, so I'll use it until I find another to replace it. I can always find a space for a cute table, right?

I found this table at a thrift store for $35 (it had 4 chairs also...still a work in progress). Since it was already white on bottom, I just sprayed some ivory colored spray paint on the legs, simple enough. I sanded the top with my orbital sander. You'll notice in some spots, the stain took a darker color. This is where I pushed harder with the sander and took off more layers. I like the way it turned out. To me it looks a little distressed, I'm cool with distressed. I used a dark cherry stain I already had. If my memory serves me correctly, I did 4 coats. After letting it dry for 24 hours, I applied 3 coats of a satin finish poly, with 1 hour of dry time between each coat. Much easier than I had expected! In total, let's just say the table was $20, the spray paint was $7 (two cans), and I already had the stain (but if you needed to buy it, a small can is around $10 or less!), so $27 for a new table! Boo-to-the-ya. I'll probably end up using it as a new desk for our family room. The old one will make you gag, so I'll spare you that.

This is the table BEFORE:

and AFTER:

chairs form the old table...not sure what will become of these.