Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Man Quiche

My peeps enjoy a quiche now and again.  For breakfast.  Along with other breakfast foods.
But if you try to pass it off as a main dish for dinner, they look at you sideways.  So I had to come up with a quiche that the menfolk would readily accept as dinner one day last week and I think I did good!  I pulled out one of my freezer pie crusts and a deep dish pie dish and got to filling it with eggs, half and half, cheese, spinach, sausage, and bacon.  It might not be a magazine-pretty quiche, but I barely got a slice of it the next day for my breakfast!
Rustown Quiche
5 eggs
1 1/2 c half and half
1/2 bag of baby spinach, wilted in a little bacon fat and cooled well
2 cups grated Swiss cheese
8 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 package brown and serve breakfast sausages (frozen)
1 pie crust for a deep dish pie

Preheat over to 350.  Cook bacon* and shred cheese and set both aside. Using a tablespoon or so of the bacon fat, saute the spinach until just wilted and set aside to cool.  Beat the eggs with the half and half and season with salt and pepper. Toss the grated cheese with a tablespoon of flour and sprinkle into the crust.  Layer bacon pieces next, followed by a layer of the wilted spinach.  Pour the egg mixture over that.  Top with frozen sausages.  Bake until set - about an hour and a half in my case.
I let this cool, then popped it into the fridge with instructions for them either to heat it a bit on their plate, or eat it cold.  I also had salad in there, but I can almost guarantee no salad was eaten...

*the easiest way to cook bacon is to go buy one of those microwave bacon trays!  Put 4 slices on the tray, cover loosely with a paper towel, and microwave for 3 to 3.5 minutes.  Perfectly crisp cooked bacon every time!  And the bacon fat pours out easily into a container you can store in the fridge...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mealplan Monday #23

Monday - Sloppy Joe's (freezer leftovers), chips, carrot sticks
Tuesday - Sweet Mustard Roast Pork (crockpot), mashed potatoes, veggie
Wednesday - Pesto Tortellini Pasta with Ham (we never had this a couple weeks ago)
Thursday - Jamaican Rice and Beans with mango salsa, corn
Friday - Cafe Rio Chicken Tacos
Saturday and Sunday - staying close to home since Mom is on call - maybe we will grill!

Friday, June 16, 2017

5 thing Friday - Brunch, rain, Firstborn, graduation, injury

 Weekend before last we attended a brunch in the vineyard at Torr Na Lochs.
It was cloudy but somewhat cool, so no one minded.  They served breakfast pastries, fruit, kolaches, and some white wine and rose sangrias.  It was nice to sit there and chat with other wine club members and enjoy an outdoor breakfast for about 2 hours.
Petite Syrah grapes!
Normally they don't let you wander amongst the vines.  The owner was also out there with us and answered everyone's questions about growing grapes - a very interesting process.  His wife remarked that once you got him started, you couldn't stop him.  He had a crowd of people around him the whole time.
Highlands is only 3 miles away.  The minute we got there it started storming!  Although we were inside Mabel, the rain on the barn was loud.  It was quite relaxing, though, and the lake really needs the rain.  After it rained we sat outside and got a bit of sun.  Then it was back to Austin to start the work week, but what a nice break.
I don't see this person very frequently anymore, but when I do, it's nice.  He's an adult in every sense of the word, but when I see him, I also picture him as a small child.  Weird, huh?  Your babies never stop being your babies, I guess.
Creeper photo bomber on the graduation bus!  On graduation day, the boys and I got to school early enough to ride an air-conditioned coach bus, so it was a nice trip to the Erwin Center.  However, it was a yellow school bus back from downtown in Friday rush hour traffic back to the school where we had all car-pooled from.  Can't win them all.
"Minor" mishap following graduation:  falling outside on the gravel sidewalk.  Week three at this point and it's still itchy and a bit painful.  If you want to see gory photos and read my tale of woe...go here.  Sigh.
Happy weekend!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Giant Jenga

It seems like wherever we go now, there's a giant Jenga set.  And it makes sense, because it's the perfect reason to put down the phone and play a fun game.  Takes very little skill and only about 10 minutes or so per game.  Hubby won most of the games we played last Saturday!
We want to make a set like this for Highlands.  Seems like the perfect outdoor game to enjoy at a picnic table in the shade.  We have plenty of wood in the garage left from taking the kids' playscape down years ago...This particular one was at Twisted X Brewery in Dripping Springs, but we have seen them at a couple of wineries, too.  People had signed them and doodled all over them and they were well-worn.  Very low tech, but fun!  What do you think about giant Jenga?  

Monday, June 12, 2017

Mealplan Monday #22

[Last week was all-around not much fun.  I didn't post but once - just wasn't feeling it.  This week will be better!  There are a couple of oven meals in the mix this week, but I'm thinking this may be the last week for that - too hot!}

Monday - Chili Dogs, chips, fruit
Tuesday - Cowboy Beans, corn muffins
Wednesday - Chicken Fajita Salads
Thursday - Swiss/bacon/spinach quiche, salad
Friday - Creamy Jalapeno Pork Chops, rice, corn off the cob
Saturday and Sunday are TBD

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Checking in on a hump day...

I'm not really sure of who all is reading my little ole blog, but I love to post here, and I haven't really been able to until this's been a very busy time since last Friday.  I had every intention of posting all about Bubbie's graduation, but things just got busy and I thought "oh, I'll never catch up!"
But I did take the time to "borrow" some pretty shots from my favorite photographer's blog:
 {I think these are the tiny flowers\weeds that cover the ground at Highlands}
Maybe in the next 5 thing Friday post I will re-cap.  Maybe this week.  I don't know - I feel a little frazzled still with all I need to do.  In fact, I need to get up from here and get ready to leave the house!
I've also felt under the weather - scraped my lower leg and had a big bout of vertigo.  So, in with all the other things I am trying to get done, I'll be visiting my doc.  {Gory pics might be posted on the other blog, we'll see.}  Life happens.  I'm pretty happy it's June and Hump Day!  Now to get on with the rest of my week...

Friday, June 2, 2017

It's fairly apparent...

...what this blog is not about.  You'll find bits and bobs about my family and myself, but am I trying to be an expert on how to raise kids?  Manage finances? Create Pinterest worthy meals and desserts?  Or decorate my house fit for a magazine spread.  No to all that!  Just a mom.  Trying to mom as best I can.
A lot of times I find myself throwing something together last minute, as I rush around the house getting ready to leave for work.  But somehow, I don't think Bubbie will view this little tableau as anything but a sincere effort on mom's part to make the house a little more festive on graduation day.  {more on that next week}  After all, it's the people that live in this house that are the most important - and they're the reason I document it here.  Happy Graduation Day, Bubbie.  I can barely believe it's here. 


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