June 2012

I am proud of you
I loved watching you do ……..
You create such beauty
You make me happy
Today was so much fun to be with you
I enjoy creating with you
I am so glad that you want to spend time together
Thank you for listening
I appreciate your help
I love you, always.

Our words are so powerful, and I have been spending a lot of time lately thinking of the things that could be said to make sure that my children always feel loved, always know how much they are valued. Time moves so quickly, and the older they get, the more important my words become.  When they look back on these years, I hope that what they remember me telling them was how much I loved spending time with them, how proud of them I was at their desire to reach their goals, how creating with them was always the best part of my days.

Our words are so quick to be spoken, but they hold the feelings that they will take with them for a lifetime.

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The Dog Ate my Blog Post

June 22, 2012

No really, he did.

I love my dog, my dog is awesome, but he also ate everything that I was photographing yesterday for today’s post. If he wasn’t so darn cute, I would have been really ticked off. Thankfully I did get a few shots in before the little monster grabbed all the goodness and ran.

Lately I have been on a kick of trying to get our meals as prepared in advanced as possible. I love the ability to wake up and pop a few small quiches, a fruit bake, or the ingredients for a green smoothie together for a healthy but quick meal. The first words out of my boy’s mouth is the mornings are “what’s for breakfast” (or course they ask about food all day long, so this should be expected by now).

All over the internet you can find wonderful examples of small food baked in muffin tins. In fact, I do believe that there is an entire site dedicated to this topic. Cooking in small batches can come in real handy for things like smoothie boosters, rice, beans, etc. that can then be frozen and used quickly and easily at another time.

For breakfast we like to make a few quick egg quiches in muffin tins, and then store them all week in the fridge for either a healthy and quick meal, or a high protein snack.

On Father’s Day I made a hash brown quiche that is a favorite of ours, and I had a bunch of hash browns left over. I had thought that I would just fry them up (when you grate as many potatoes as it takes to make hash browns, you can never waste them) but then I thought about those muffin tins, and wondered if I could replicate the quiche in miniature. The result was a set of fun pop in your mouth bites that can be made ahead, or enjoyed fresh from the oven.

Baked Egg and Hashbrown Bites

You can make these with almost any filling you want, from ham and cheese, to feta, chicken and artichokes. Simple adjust your filling to what you like, and watch your bake time accordingly.

4-5 cups shredded hash browns
5 eggs
1 cup of half and half
1 cup of cheese
Filling of your choice

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Spray the bottom and sides of your muffin pan with a non-stick spray. Place enough hash browns in the bottom of each tin to fully cover each. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside.

Meanwhile crack your eggs and combine with the half and half, cheese, and filling of your choice. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Lower your oven temperature to 350 degrees. Fill each cup with your egg mixture until it is right below the top. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until set.

Eat right away, or store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

 

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