Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What I've been up to

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since I've written a post over here. Here's an update about what I've been doing. Last Friday was the last day of school at the Montessori preschool where I teach. Our Spring Program/Graduation was last Tuesday, my mother-in-law came to visit last week from Tuesday-Saturday, my last MOPS meeting of the year was last Wednesday, my oldest son's French program was last Thursday, we went out to Red Lobster as a family last Friday, my youngest son's last soccer game was Saturday morning, and I spent the weekend trying to choose a paint color because yesterday I spent the WHOLE DAY repainting my living room/dining room/kitchen. So.........I've been a little busy. I did try out a new recipe this weekend that was awesome. I Googled and found a recipe for mini quiches. My boys are not the best at eating breakfast and I thought making up a batch of these and freezing them would give us another healthy and fast option for breakfasts. The recipe I used is here. I have to say these were really awesome. The day I made them my oldest son ate three, my youngest wouldn't touch them. DH and I have since eaten the rest. After the first day, my finicky oldest son wouldn't eat them again. I think this would be a great recipe to freeze and take to someone. I make a lot of meals for people in my MOPS group who have babies and my standard recipe is a pasta dish. This would be a fun variation to give instead.

This recipe uses pie crust for the bottom. I bought refrigerated crust and used a drinking glass to cut it into circles to place in the muffin tins. You can use whatever fillings you want. I used cubed turkey (bought already cubed), chopped onion and broccoli, and shredded swiss cheese. The photo below shows the quiches with the fillings.

The next step is to beat together 2 eggs and 3/4 cup sour cream and spoon it over the fillings. Then you bake it. You can see them baking below.

And here is what they look like finished. Really yummy!!

As I said above, I also spent a lot of time trying to choose paint for my walls. My living room/dining room and kitchen all are one big space. Previously, the walls were painted light yellow. And I have a blue couch and red drapes that I haven't been able to sell on Craigslist. I bought a decorating magazine over the weekend and found a look I liked. It was a French country living room with yellow/gold walls and red, blue and gold decor. It's perfect for what I already have. So..............even though I already had yellow walls, I wanted to repaint. It's been 6 years with 2 boys since I repainted and it really needed it. I bought 2 quarts on Saturday to try them out. Didn't like either one. One was too peachy and one was too bright. I went to Hancock Fabrics on Monday to choose some fabrics to make new throw pillows. After that I took a swatch to Home Depot and choose another quart to take home and try. It was kind of dark but I kind of liked it. Then DH came home and said he DIDN'T like it AT ALL and that it looked like cat barf. (Direct quote) So...........yesterday morning I went back to Home Depot and bravely picked a new color and bought 2 gallons without trying it out first. And I LOVE IT!! Just for fun, let's have a little contest to see who can guess which color I chose. Below are the fabrics I bought for throw pillows. I'm also going to use them to make new dining room drapes. Following the fabrics are the 4 color candidates. Leave me a comment with your guess as to which color I picked, just for fun. Oh, and for those of you sewing junkies out there............this fabric was ALL decorator fabric and I got it for $2.80 per yard. That is unheard of. All the trims were on sale too for 40% off and I bought a bunch of fringe and tassels to make the pillows look really fancy. I'm probably going to start sewing those later today.

Choice #1: Behr Calm Air

Choice #2: Behr Cornmeal

Choice #3: Behr Honey Butter

Choice #4: Behr Sweet Maple

Keep in mind...........these look WAY different on the computer monitor than they did on my walls.

I'll close with this photo of what Buzz did during my paint-a-thon. I starting prepping to paint at 9:30.........started actually putting paint on the wall at noon. Finished actually painting at 6:30 with one short break at 1:00 to walk Buzz. Finished cleaning up and putting everything back by 8:30. So I'm serious that it took me ALL DAY. But at least now it's DONE! You can see that Buzz was really a lot of help!! At least he wasn't running around getting his tail and paws in the paint.


Anonymous said...

I'm voting for Honey Butter - although I think Cornmeal looks very nice too - at least on my monitor!

Diane said...

Based on your reasons for rejecting the others, I'm going for number 3, Honey Butter.

I think this is the first time I've commented here - hi! I'm quite new to the blogworld. Your other blog gives me inspiration for things to do with my little one when he's bigger, and this blog just appeals to my curiosity (nosiness??) about other people's lives. Keep up the good work!