Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Last Week in Photos

This past weekend was so cold and I was also quite lazy. Not too much got done in the way of DIY. While I finish up a few projects, here are some photos of the past week.

[post-sunday-mimosa fun]

[i have glasses on my head but don't call me glasseshead]

[open house]

[FINALLY got a flu shot - bet you're happy mom]

[re-organized my bookshelf - big improvement over the chaos]

And my FAVORITE thing I got this week....

[measuring hedgies from anthropologie]

[i'm obsessed with them]


[glasses - it's amazing what I can see now]

Until next time! Projects to be put up soon! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

To Quiche or Not to Quiche

That is not even a question.

Recently, I've been had a bit of a hankering for...okay, obsession with eggs. I can't get enough of them, my cholesterol must be through the roof. Got an egg? You got a meal. I can do the normal variations - scrambled, fried, poached, omelettes, etc. I have always loved quiche and decided to try my hand at making one.


I used a combination of recipes and tips and came up with this guy. I wasn't that adventurous though - I did use a pre-made crust. Maybe my next quiche adventure will involve something more homemade. Anyway, I started with a refrigerated Pillsbury pie crust. Due to lack of quiche/pie plate, I used a round oven-safe dish. It actually worked quite well.

[cheater crust]

I lined the dish with my impostor crust and baked for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. I did NOT press the edges of the crust against the dish enough - or maybe I just needed a ridged pie/quiche plate. As you can see here, when I took the crust out of the oven, it had folded down a bit. I just pushed it back up (and took a little taste) which seemed to work fine. 

As the crust was in the oven, I mixed my ingredients:
  • sauteed green onions
  • lightly sauteed spinach
  • 4 eggs
  • about 2 1/2 cups of shredded pepper jack and parmesan romano 
  • about a cup of whole milk 
  • 5 slices of cooked bacon - chopped 

And now for the hardest part, waiting. I turned the oven down to 350 degrees and baked my quiche for 50 minutes. I must say I was a bit nervous about not having a quiche/pie plate but was reassured when it came out looking like this...

[look at those edges]

It was delicious! Cheesy, eggy, spinachy, and great bits of bacon. And the green onions. I loved it.

[almost gone]

I must say, I can't wait to make my next quiche. My wonderful mother has given me an old quiche plate and I can't wait to try that out. More quiche please! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Last Week in Photos

It's been another busy week but lots of projects...and half completed projects. Here's a bit of what's been going on as well as a sneak peek of some things to come! 

[curry a la paulus]

Last week we went to Target to stock up on some staples - namely, Paul's favorite curry. Perhaps with enough persuasion, I can get him to be my very first guest blogger and describe the process seen here. The curry was on clearance last week so we kind of binge bought...13 jars to be exact. 

PS. Paul is discovering the joy of the mini spatulas here. 

Dear Target, we love this curry! Please don't discontinue it. 

[my first quiche]

[buffalo wings-mmmm]
recipe to come! 


[ikea trip]

I finally made the trek out to College Park to hit up IKEA. I've been wanting a white Lack shelf to put over the sofa for a few months. Pictures to come once it is properly decorated! 

[board too big to fit in my car]

Last year when I bought my Rogue, I thought a small SUV would be a sufficient sized car for a five foot tall person. I did not factor in the lumber I would be buying! I bought this piece of wood to use as the base for my ongoing coffee table project but it did not fit in my car!! We ended up haphazardly tying it to my roof with some twine. After about 2 minutes on the beltway and visions of the shattered windshields behind us, we pulled off the beltway to the side roads. 

[spray polyurethane]

Apparently I like to crouch like a frog when working. I have multiple pictures of myself in this position...

Note: Please disregard my choice of shoes/socks. I didn't want to get spray paint on my boots and these were the only shoes I had at my parents house.

[window frame makeover]

Sneak peek of my newest mirror! 

[coming together!!]

[my beautiful sister]

As I was looking for old books to read in my sister's bookcase, I stumbled on a bunch of pictures of her younger self. This is one of my all time favorites. Brownie batter all over those cheeks.

[valet parking at the grocery]

I think this is a new low of laziness. 

It's been a big week - lots of work done and much more to do. Coming soon: window mirror, the long-awaited coffee table, recipes, and more! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Easy Peasy Pearl Onion Squeezy

In the past year, pearl onions and I have had a fast relationship. We met, I tasted them, hated them, then loved them. All in about six months, pretty serious huh? I've only eaten them in restaurants or in my mom's cooking so I decided it was time to make my own. They were an impulse buy at the grocery last week. I completely forgot that my mom told me they were terrible to peel and to always buy frozen(otherwise I may not have bought them). Nevermind, I persevered and decided that I was going to conquer these onions. I used Pinterest, google, and YouTube to research the best ways to get the skin off of these little guys. I'm thankful to say that my research paid off! Here is what I did to make my own delicious pearl onions. 

I started by chopping off the root end of the onion. Only a tiny little bit... 

        [discarded ends] 

Next, I plopped all of these guys into a pot of cold water (I read to place them in cold water first so their starchiness doesn't come out). 

I turned the stove on and let the water come to a boil. I left the onions in there for about two minutes. Meanwhile, I began the process of cutting up my potatoes and chopping the growing bits off of them. 

I covered them with olive oil and shook some salt, pepper, thyme, and rosemary on them then stuck them in the oven. Once my onions were done, I quickly strained them, put them back in the pot, and blanched them. 

                [ice bath] 

I let them cool for about 2 minutes and then got to work. At this point, I was so nervous that this was going to be a bust and had nightmares of the tears I would shed peeling these little monsters. 

LUCKILY it was really as easy as all the research I had done. The onions slid right out of their skin. (Enter victory dance here). 
Ta-da!! Easy as pie. Once again, in my excitement, I forgot to take a picture of the finished project. I did get a picture of those nasty little skins I so quickly banished... 

How do you like me now onions? I tossed these with a bit of olive oil and stuck them into the oven with my potatoes. They baked for about a half hour at 400 degrees and came out beautifully. I also sautéed a little garlic and stuck that in there too with about ten minutes left. We ate this with a roasted pork tenderloin. Delicious dinner if I do say so myself!  Until next time pearl onions, I am no longer afraid of you!

Last Week in Photos

Happy Tuesday!

It was a crazy week last week so I've been quite off the radar. Here is a abbreviated version of the week in pictures:

[Downton Abbey Season Premiere]

[Mom's Hunter Style Chicken]
Note: my new mini-spatulas!! 

[work holiday party photobooth]

[bacon wrapped chicken bites with brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and chili powder]

[buffalo chicken crescent ring]

[bloody marys]

[coat #2 of stain]
more details to come soon! 

Hopefully this week will be a little better, lots to get done and many more updates to come!