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Last weekend was lots of relaxing fun.  Alex took me and the kids hiking in the mountains and to the “river” or “crick” as I like to call it.  I love being able to get out to nature, I just wish it was a little closer so we could do it more often.  The kids loved it, sort of.  They loved hiking, but they were acting like pansies when it came to the water and sand in their shoes.  HAHA.  It was nice to get up there because this summer was pretty uneventful compared to others.  We did a lot of sitting around.  With gas prices the way they were, and my truck being a gas guzzler…we didn’t go far that often.  Thank goodness for air conditioning!

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So, I am not so good at keeping up with my blog am I?  Before I know it, the weekend is over, I am knee deep in laundry (one pile clean, and the other dirty), it’s the middle of the week and I have still not updated.  School started last week, my new job is creeping up on me soon…and life just happens.  But, I committed to this blog not so long ago, and I promise you-my readers, that I will be more consistent.  “Consistency” that seems to be a word brought up in my life too often.   It’s my downfall, I am inconsistent.  But I am trying so hard to change that.  More from me later.  This blog post is quite a mess…I apologize.

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Hello everyone! Sorry it has been a few days.  This last weekend was awesome!  We got to stay home with Alex all weekend, and this has not happened in at least 4 months.  I planned all of our meals so that I wouldn’t have to hear a thousand times, “What’s for lunch??? What’s for dinner??? I’m hungry again, what’s for my second dinner???”  LOL.  So, my favorite highlights of the weekend were the fruit salad, the quiche and the “play dough.”

We’ll start with the fruit salad.  This is not your traditional fruit salad, and there are two ways I make it.

Way #1

2 Cubed Mangos

2 Cubed Apples

1/2 to 1 cup of Black Berries

Handful of finely Chopped Mint

1/4 of a squeezed Lemon

Mix it up in a medium sized bowl and serve!

Way #2, which is how I made it this weekend and was a totally different flavor, but equally simple and delicious.

2 Cubed Pears

2 Cubed Peaches

1 Cubed Apple

About a handful of Strawberries-Cubed

Handful of finely Chopped Mint

Mix it all up in a medium sized bowl and enjoy the fresh taste of summer.

Please don’t leave out the mint, it is really what makes the “Ooh and Aahh, and Mmmm.”

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Spinach, Zucchini, and Tomato Quiche

Next we have our quiche.  This was my first time making quiche, but I have always loved it.  I followed a pastry recipe I already had, and then winged it from there. Here’s what I got, and what I got was delicious!

Flaky Butter Pastry:

2 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour

1/2 tsp. Salt

1 cup of Chilled Butter, cubed

1/2 cup of Iced Water

In a mixer, combine the flour and the salt.  Slowly add the butter in until the mixture resembles crumbs.

Stir in the water until dough forms a ball.

Wrap the ball of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.  Well, I popped mine in the freezer for about 1/2 an hour while I prepared the rest of the ingredients and it worked just fine.

While the dough is getting chilly, move on to sautéing the following ingredients:

2 Zucchinis

2 Tomatoes

1 10 oz bag of Spinach

1/4  Cup of finely chopped Chives.  (I used the dehydrated ones because I had them on hand already).

1/2 Cup of Whipped Cream Cheese

1 1/2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 1/2 Cups Shredded Colby Jack Cheese

Cover the pan in olive oil and begin with the zucchini, then add the tomatoes and the chives.

Slowly add the spinach by the handful, covering the pan in between to thoroughly steam the spinach.

Once all of the spinach is cooked, begin added the cheeses, starting with the whipped cream cheese, until everything is melted in one big sloppy hot mess. 🙂

Turn off the heat, and set aside.

Now, Whisk together the following:

6 Large Eggs

1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk

2 tsp. Garlic Salt

2 tsp. Onion Powder

2 tsp. Pepper

Set aside

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Take out the pastry from the freezer, or fridge.  On a floured surface, roll out the dough to fit a 13x9x2 inch baking dish.

Cover the entire dish in butter or margarine so the pastry doesn’t stick to the pan.

Lay out the rolled pastry in the dish and pinch all of the sides under, as if to form a barrier at the rim of the dish.

I had left over dough, so I rolled it out and used tiny star cookie cutters to top the quiche.

In the dish, add all of the ingredients and slightly mix together.

Pop it in the oven for 40-50 minutes.

Here’s what it will look like about an 1 hour later, with 10 minutes cooling time and 5 hungry people.

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I made this for breakfast and had it done by 9:30 am, so you can do it, YES YOU CAN!  I think by 10:45 only half was left, and by 9 PM, about 2 large pieces remained.

Home Made Play Dough

I got this recipe for play dough from the Family Fun Web site and it worked out great.

CRAFT MATERIALS:
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
Food coloring, optional

Time needed: Under 1 Hour

1. Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until the mixture holds together (keep mixing or it will stick to the bottom of the pan).
2. When the clay is cool enough to touch, your child can knead it on a floured board.

When you are done playing with it, store it in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator.  It should last a couple of weeks.

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DSCN3322Who is this guy???  Oh it’s Hulk Hogan.  Wait, no, it’s my husband, that’s right!

Well, this is all the fun we had with our clay.  We made kittens, gnomes, and mustaches.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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