Saturday, April 25, 2015

Embrace the Ordinary

As much as I try to savor each special moment surrounding the birth of another child, after the first few days of newness, my heart yearns to return to some semblance of our familiar routine.

Problem is, my body can't quite catch up to my heart.

Patience is my most necessary companion and my biggest struggle at these times.

Each week that passes since our littlest one's birth, I feel stronger and stronger and this week I am relishing the fact that my boys and I baked together for the first time in just about a month.

It felt so good!

It was cloudy, windy, and cold outside. (Where are you Spring?) The littlest one was sound asleep. The aroma of pork roasting in the slow cooker filled the entire house. That's when the urge to bake hit me. When I told my boys we were going to bake bread to go with our pork dinner, their excitement just about equaled mine.

I asked my oldest son what type of bread he would like to make and he requested Apple Bread. We all cuddled up on the couch together, opened up Pinterest on the computer and found a recipe for Applesauce Bread (close enough ;).

Then we were baking just like the 'old' days before our sweet #3 arrived.

Measuring, pouring, stirring, (and wiping up spilled flour, of course ;)... such routine acts associated with baking were soothing to my soul.

That morning we enjoyed the smell of cinnamon as our bread baked. That afternoon we enjoyed the anticipation while our bread cooled on the counter. That evening we enjoyed the taste of sweetness while our bread filled our stomachs and nourished our bodies.

Baking bread. Such an ordinary act that is so often taken for granted. Such an important lesson in cherishing the moment.


Linking up with Gina today:

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pretty Happy Funny Real

~ capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~


Strawberry Season. 


No words necessary. 


Who needs television?


Love when we can correlate what we are learning into play: Yesterday's chapter of Little House on the Prairie, described how Pa built their log cabin in Kansas.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spinach & Cheddar Quiche with Whole Wheat Crust

We eat a lot of eggs in this house. (Hence the small flock of chickens in our backyard. :)

While I'm not one to tire of my usual spinach omelette for lunch, to keep things a little more exciting, every once in a while I change things up a bit and make this quiche instead.

Now most of the quiche recipes I've found call for either 'made from scratch crusts' that can be difficult or time consuming to make or 'pre-made store bought crusts' that are unhealthy and expensive. 

Well, this one is so easy to make it doesn't even need to be rolled out! Just press it directly into the
pie plate. 

I pack as much spinach into this quiche as possible. Such an easy way to get more vegetables into my family.

The best part about quiche is that it can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It also stores well in the freezer or refrigerator so I often make it in advance and simply reheat it before serving.

My older son insists that it is really called Quiche Pizza. I don't argue with him and I even allow him to eat it with his hands like pizza because I'm just happy he loves it that much.

{Spinach & Cheddar Quiche with Whole Wheat Crust}

for the crust:
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 t. sea salt
1/4 c. olive oil 
1/4 c. cold water

Prepare 9 inch pie plate with cooking spray. Mix flour and salt together with a fork in a small bowl. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together oil and water. Add flour mixture to oil mixture and use a fork to combine. Gently press dough into pie plate, folding and fluting any excess over the sides. Set aside. 

for the filling:
8 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
2 T. whole wheat flour
10 oz. baby spinach, chopped
1 c. milk
5 eggs, beaten
1/2 t. salt
pepper to taste

Toss cheese with flour. Add all other ingredients and mix well. Pour into prepared crust. Bake 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.