Monday, September 21, 2009

How to Make Spinach Delicious

My little boy, who is usually good about eating, already has an aversion to green, leafy things on his plate. He can overlook crumbs and dirt stuck to a peach I had missed under the table, but will sit there and pick out tiny green leaves mixed in with his food.

I also needed a solution for the nights that Doug and I have things that aren't very toddler friendly and hard to eat.

One night, when Henry and I were on our own for supper, I tried a recipe for spinach pie. He inhaled it, while I only thought it was edible, until I had leftovers for dinner the next day and it tasted much better than the night before. It was the perfect solution: Henry loved it, it was easy, plus I could make it early in the afternoon. (This is the closest I will get to making separate meals for picky family members).

Secretly Delicious Spinach Pie - original version
My version:

1 flour tortilla
5 eggs
2 Tbsp. milk
1/4 tsp. lemon pepper
kosher salt, to taste
1 c. shredded mozzarella
2 c. fresh spinach

Place tortilla in cake or pie pan and sprinkle with about half of the cheese. Place spinach and remaining cheese on top and press down gently. Whisk together eggs, milk, lemon pepper, and salt, and pour over top. (I don't worry about it getting under the tortilla since we don't care that it's not crispy). Bake at 365 for 30-40 minutes or until set.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Beautiful Blue-eyed Boy

We've been remodeling one of three houses for the past 5 1/2+ years, and are still in the middle of a project on this house with many more to come. I've learned to accept the mess and the unfinished attitude that goes along with it, but sometimes I just want to see something done.

The two bedrooms and the hallway upstairs are finished (besides the hole Doug put in our bedroom wall while clearing out the storage room for insulation), but Henry's room is the only slightly "decorated" room in the house.

Doug's distant cousins from North Carolina stopped by when they were in the area and wanted to see our house since they were starting a major fix up themselves. They got to our bedroom and said we were minimalists. You see, we have a good sized room, with a walk in closet, but there is nothing but our bed in the middle of the room. There's blinds on the window, but nothing on the walls, no nightstands for the lamp and alarm clock. Even Doug once wished out loud that our home would look more "finished."

But, since extra money is going towards our remodeling projects, I can't go get a bunch of tables, art, plants, frames, and mirrors to make our home all stylish. So even though Doug wants to get away from the homemade look (all of the "art" in our previous houses were landscape posters in plain square frames he made, which is fine, but not the mature look he/we want), I thought I could make some of my own art for some walls.

I want to take some close up photos of plants, or flowers, or even just designs, but haven't gotten to that (along with a long list of other to-dos), so I started with what I do have - tons of photos of a cute little boy with gorgeous blue eyes. I thought I did a good job of making it artsy, stuck it in a make-do frame (out dated cabinet door samples that look like nice frames), but Doug saw it setting on my desk and called it creepy.

You tell me. Cutesy, creative, or creepy? Because I am biased towards the little boy in the photo.

PS - I'm going to do my best to post at least once a week.