Sunday, January 25, 2015

Improvisational Brunch

I made up this recipe last week to make use of some of the absurdly large yellow squash that came in my grocery order last week. Seeing as it turned out really well and wasn't difficult at all, I thought I'd share!

Yellow Squash Baked Frittata

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small yellow squash (or in my case, one very large one)
1 onion
1 bell pepper
green onion (to taste)
3 or 4 eggs
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
salt and pepper, to taste (approx 1/2 tsp)
herbs as desired (I put in basil, rosemary, and thyme)
1/4 cup parmesan

Slice up the zucchini and dice all other veggies. Heat olive oil on medium/low heat, add vegetables and all seasonings, and saute until everything is cooked thoroughly.. In a bowl, combine eggs with bread crumbs and mix well. Add in vegetables and parmesan.

Pour mixture into a greased 9" round dish or pan. Sprinkle some parmesan and bread crumbs on top if desired. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees F.

I also threw in some kale. I imagine spinach, tomatoes, or mushrooms would also taste pretty fantastic. Substituting/adding cheeses could also be good. Cottage cheese would make it more of a fluffy omelette/casserole consistency, if you're looking for that.

This is a pretty fail-proof kind of dish, so enjoy, and hesitate to improvise!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Thrifting Update

Happy New Year, everyone! I hope that you are able to look upon the 2014 with joy at some of the moments you've experienced, and look forward with expectation for more things to come!

I thought I'd share a few things I've recently discovered while thrifting. I've also found some really neat non-clothing items, but I'll share those in another post.

I found most of these at Goodwill--the shirts were $3.75, dresses $4.50, and the black blazer was $4. The polka dotted maroon blazer is brand new with tags from Loft, and I found it at a local thrift store for $3.75, because the whole store was on 75% to make room for new inventory.

With it being the new year, I was thinking about resolutions. I only half-heartedly support the notion of new year's resolutions because I think that any time of the year is equally as great a time to start something new. Regardless, I think I'm going to resolve to avoid buying clothes brand new this year, at least as much as possible.

There are a lot of reasons why I support thrifting, but perhaps that's a topic to delve into another time. For now, I'll just leave you with a challenge. Next time you're looking for a wardrobe update, check out a local thrift store before you shop online or go to the store. You might just be surprise what you'll find.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Last weekend I celebrated Thanksgiving early with friends before traveling home. My contribution was an apple pie--my favorite pie recipe of all time. If you're looking for a pie recipe, look no further.

Grandma Ople's Apple Pie (from Allrecipes)
1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.
2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.
3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Pie Crust (from Allrecipes)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold water

1. Mix shortening, flour, and salt together with a fork or a pastry blender until very crumbly. Add as much water as needed to hold together, and mix lightly with a fork.
2. Roll gently on a floured pastry cloth to about an inch larger than pie plate. Fold carefully in half, lift to pie plate, and unfold. Press into pan. For a single-crust pie, trim with a small knife to about 1/2 inch beyond rim. Fold up, and pinch so edge of pie is raised from rim.

Have a marvelous Thanksgiving everyone! I'm so thankful for you all and pray that you will be blessed this Thanksgiving, and be showered with joy in this season. Stay warm, eat lots, and be merry! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Patterns and Beige

Top: thrifted ($3.50)
Skirt: Lou & Grey, from LOFT ($20)
Cardigan: ($7)
 Shoes: Target ($17)

When in doubt, put on a striped maxi skirt with pretty much anything. You'll look like you made an effort when really, you're just being lazy and want to be comfortable. Or at least that's what was going through my head when I put this on....

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Autumn Art

A few days ago a friend shared this idea with me, and being the spontaneously creative, nature loving soul that I am, I tried it out the very next day. Behold, the fall foliage flower:

See this blog post for a fantastic photo tutorial, or this video if that floats your boat.

Have fun creating! I'm going to get a lot of weird stares from sidewalk passerbys in the next few weeks, since I now feel the need to pick up leaves wherever I go...