15 August 2016

Basil, Bacon & Beet Green Quiche

A few weeks back we started receiving our local produce packs again. It's something we signed up for last summer and we decided to do it again this summer (and into the fall). It's great to receive fresh produce each week and the fact that it's local makes it that much better.

I mentioned here that we had an abundance of beet greens and I wasn't too sure what to do with them all. And while I have yet to make the pesto that looked so good, I did whip up a delicious quiche! I basically took aspects from a whole bunch of different quiche recipes and this is what I came up with. We ate it up no problem and E even enjoyed it!

Basil, Bacon & Beet Green Quiche

- 1 Cup of milk
- 6 Eggs
- 4-5 Slices of bacon (cooked & chopped into smaller pieces)
- 1 1/2 Cups chopped beet greens
- 1 Cup grated cheddar cheese
- 4 Medium leaves of fresh basil chopped (less or more to your preference)
- 1 Clove of garlic - I had garlic scapes on hand from our produce box & chopped up approximately 1 tbsp worth - so add however much or little garlic to your pleasing!
- Salt & Pepper

*This is a crustless quiche*

To make:

  1. Whisk together milk and eggs.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  3. Grease a pie plate and pour in mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50min (uncovered) or until browned and cooked through completely (check the centre to be sure it's no longer jiggly & a knife comes out clean to be sure it is set).

And that's it. So easy and extremely tasty! I'm guessing swiss chard or kale would make great substitutes and some time I think I'll try making this with ground sausage.

I'd love to hear what tasty things you like to whip up using beet greens!

11 August 2016

Paris Grey Rocking Chair

So here we are, only eight months later and I'm sharing the results of Painting the Rocker Take II. The chair started off a dark brown with some painted embellishments on the top and was quite beat up (see a glimpse in the photo below).

Then if you recall, I decided to paint it white. However, before I had even finished it I hated it. It was much too stark. It sat half painted for the good part of a year and then in January I decided enough was enough. Instead of going with a creamier white (which I debated!) I opted for Annie Sloan's Paris Grey, and overall I love how it came out. It does have the ability, depending on the light, to look a little blue-grey; but for the most part it's grey ;)

Like I said, I painted it months ago. I did two coats of paint and had plans to add a coat of clear wax, but that never happened. I'm actually not sure I'll add the wax at all now as I like the end result as is. 

As you can see, the rocker lives in E's room (see her nursery at our last place here). It's not the most comfortable piece of furniture, but we decided to make use of what we had. By adding a chair cushion that I found at wicker emporium, and a cute little bunny pillow, it makes it a bit more comfortable for those middle of the night wake up calls. Plus, it adds to the cute factor. 

On to the next project. Since I have left over paint I'm thinking of using it to give the side tables in our bedroom new life! Stay tuned, and hopefully it won't be another eight months before I share the transformation of those!

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04 August 2016

Enjoying Cold Brew Coffee

In the summer I'm a big fan of iced coffee. I do still enjoy hot coffee, but many days I'd rather sip on something cold. You too?

However, when you make iced coffee from hot coffee you 1) get water downed coffee because the ice cubes keep melting and you have to keep adding more for it to get cold enough, or 2) have to make the coffee and then let it sit for a bit so the ice cubes don't melt. It's such a dilemma ;)

Enter, cold brew.

Have you tried the cold brew at Starbucks??? It's so gooooood! And, some friends and I were talking a few weeks ago about how easy it is to make your own at home. It was the boost I needed to make a batch and try out.

Making a batch of cold brew means no watered down coffee & it's ready to go when you need it. Here's how I made a batch of our own so we could just grab it from the fridge whenever we wanted some.

Cold Brew Coffee

  • 1 Gallon of water
  • 1/2 pound (approx. 3 Cups) of ground coffee - (We buy a large bag of coffee beans from Costco, but I measured out a 1/2 pound bag of ground coffee the first time I made this, and it equals out to approximately 3 cups of ground coffee. For those of you that buy in bulk, you're welcome).
To make:
  1. Measure out a gallon of cold water and place it in a container or large pot.
  2. Add the coffee grounds and stir it up!
  3. Cover and let sit on the counter overnight or approx. 8hrs (the longer it sits the stronger it'll be).
  4. Once it has sit, line a strainer with cheese cloth, and strain into a pitcher/container. 
  5. Store in the fridge and pull out whenever you're needing a pick-me-up! Of course, if you take cream or sugar in your coffee mix it up & add some ice! (If you find it a bit strong all you have to do is add some cold water and you'll be good to go!).

It's so easy to make, I don't know why I haven't made it before now! We will definitely be enjoying cold brew the rest of the summer, and maybe even beyond. 

02 August 2016

Kitchen Nook Design

Today I'm sharing a kitchen nook design I recently made in hopes to create a similar space one day. It's actually something I had in my head for our last place (this, or adding an island with a couple of bar stools). If you have a separate dining space, and a smaller kitchen space, this may be an idea for you too. 

This space has the exact vibe that I'd want in my kitchen. Happy, calm, inviting & a bit of cozy. I could envision some great conversations over coffee in a space like this! 

If you're thinking of creating a space like this, consider the following:

- For starters, pick a smaller table (depending on your kitchen size) that works for the space. I like the idea of a round table because sometimes they're a bit easier to maneuver around.

- If you have a wall you can work with, consider creating a banquette. Try placing a bench along the wall for seating on one side of the table (and if it's a bit longer than the table, that's ok!), and then pick a couple of chairs for the other side. Don't forget to accessorize your bench with a few pillows to raise the cozy factor.

- Lighting is another element to think about. Maybe swap out a current fixture for a new one, or add one above your little nook if possible. If it's not possible, try adding a small table close by with a lamp on it if you're able to. You can put a lamp in the kitchen.

- Sometimes we forget about putting art in our kitchens. Decorate with a bit of a personal touch by adding some art or photos to the space. Maybe even think about creating a small gallery wall.

- Accessories. Don't go over board, but consider adding a plant to the table or a nice floor plant near by. Also, mugs & teapots can also add that little bit extra to the space you're creating. Maybe pick up a few new ones that will go well with your new little kitchen nook.

- Lastly, think about adding a rug to the space. I know sometimes rugs in the kitchen can be a bit tricky, food & drinks spilling on carpet isn't exactly ideal (especially if you have kids!). However, if you can find an easy to clean rug (maybe an indoor/outdoor) it would really help to define your new space.

And that's it. Just a few easy ways you can create a kitchen nook!