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Monday, February 28, 2011

Easy Egg Casserole

I found this is in a magazine and altered it to make it more kid friendly.

Easy Egg Casserole
adapted from Meredith

2 1/2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled
1 TBS unsalted butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
12 oz ham, chopped or torn into pieces
8 oz shredded cheddar
2 TBS flour
8 eggs
3 cups milk
salt and pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1. Boil potatoes over med-high, then reduce heat to med and simmer for 15-20 min until potatoes are tender. Drain and cool.
2. Melt butter over medium heat and cook onion until soft. (you can also add red bell pepper.)
3. Heat oven to 350F/180C. Spray 13x9 baking dish with cooking spray. With pairing knife, remove skin from potatoes and slice 1/4 inch thick.
4. Toss cheese in flour.
5. Layer twice in this order: potatoes, cheese, onion (optional), ham.
6. Whisk eggs and add in milk and salt and pepper. Pour over potatoes and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.
7. Bake 50-55 minutes until browned and bubbly. Center will set as casserole cools. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

V Day and Quick Baby Lunch

Preferably the night before, take butternut squash and cut it into 1 inch cubes. Add olive oil and salt and pepper and brown sugar and put in a container like this. Shake up. Either bake on a baking dish right then, OR you have it ready to go to bake later in the week. I roasted the squash and Soleil ate the soft little chunks and I had it as a side dish with my lunch. Easy!
Satisfied customer.
The night before Valentine's day, we decorated for Tate when he woke up.
And when he returned from school, we had this waiting for him! (Paul had to try it out while watching some kind of sports on TV.)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Some Hearts from Scupley

Can you see the flower texture? This is a little pendant I made from bakeable clay. It turned out pretty cute, though it flips around on my neck. I may have to add proper jump rings and use a necklace rather than embroidery thread.
It made me happy, though.And here is Soleil "helping" with making a quilt.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

All about Tate

This weekend, it was all about having Tate to myself. We were a team, the two of us for 5 years. And while we love our little Soleil, it has changed things in the house. Of course, I feel guilty even saying that, but Tate and I needed time to hang out and Paul and Soleil stayed at home during her naps. (Which meant some tv/computer/hang out in underwear time for daddy, which he was thrilled about.)

As I mentioned in the last post, we went to the cafe.
And practiced some spanish while drawing.After a welly walk.Tate's first lost tooth. This is his sister's pillow that she received from friends of ours, but she let him borrow it until I can make him one:)
On Sunday, we went to the Chinese New Year Events and ran into many of our friends. We had such a great time.
I do not want to leave Bath.

Monday, February 07, 2011

Springtime and Clothing

We saw this movie for Movie Night. I LOVED IT. A warning though....I didn't see that it was PG, though, and I did have a little boy afraid in a few parts.

It is set during WWII and a mother is left with her 3 children and 2 cousins in the English Countryside, waiting for their dad and uncle to return. It is a light hearted movie, with the war just being a minor backdrop, and many a lesson to be learned from Nanny McPhee about behaving.
One of the best parts about this movie was how colorful it was. And my favorite part of that was Maggie Gyllenhaal's clothes. It made me want to go out and find pretty, girly, durable day dresses and cardigans. Then again, I feel this way every spring.

Here is my favorite outfit, and this was the only photo of it that I could find. Love the shoes, too. (Notice, she has her coat inside out, which leads me to my favorite moment in the movie...)
The favorite part of the movie is when she answers the door to meet Nanny McPhee for the first time and keeps insisting (with smile on her face) that she doesn't need a nanny. That everything is fine. When she is clearly having a meltdown moment. (I've been there!)

I looked online for similar outfits, but couldn't find a lot of dresses that fit this description.

H&M, only about $20. LOVE IT!
And if I am really desperate, I may have to try and make one.
And another sweet dress I came across. This can be found on etsy under "airmail dress".