Bacon Spinach Quiche








Bacon Spinach Quiche

1 pkg. deep dish pie crust
4 eggs
2/3 C. half and half or evaporated milk
½  of  3 oz bag of Real Bacon Bits (found on the salad dressing isle)
1 C. thawed, drained frozen spinach
2 C.Monterey. Cheddar or Swiss Cheese

Separate deep dish pies and set aside. Either put one back on freezer or double recipe and use both.
Beat eggs in mixing bowl. Add milk and beat till blended. Add remaining ingredients. Pour into pie crust. Cover with tin foil and bake at 400° for 30 – 38 min or until set.

Crust less Version
Alternative method (I double recipe for this) – Prepare as above. Line 9×13 glass dish with Reynolds Non-Stick aluminum foil. Pour mixture into baking dish. Cover with tin foil. Bake as above.



It has been raing off and on for several days. Yeaterday at sunset I went into the backyard and took a few photos.






















Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Found on Pinterest. I really use it now for all my dinner and baking needs. I am a visual person. Looking at the photos alone helps me decide to click or not. I tell everyone I know about Pinterest.

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins
Adapted from Baking Bites

¾ c sugar
1 large egg
1 ½ c all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ c vegetable oil
¾ c milk
1 tsp vanilla

3 Tbs sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly coat a muffin tin with non-stick spray. In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and egg until light in color. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Pour dry mixture into the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla, stirring until just combined.

Divide batter evenly into muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes clean, about 15-18 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes, then remove muffins from tin. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon. While the muffins are still warm, roll each one in the mixture, coating all sides with the cinnamon sugar.

Fun Weekend

It has been a fun weekend and now it is coming to a close.

My daughter’s (the youngest) friend came to visit from Canada. It was a busy few days and she is happy and sad now. She loved spending time with her dear friend and doing everything they had planned, but so sad (13 year old tear crushing sad) that her friend (and sweet family) flew back home.

































They backed a cake. Chocolate. The cake mix came all they way from Canada. I thought that was so cute.

































The next day we hit Old Town, Ikea and the Mall!

































And on the last day – 6 Flags in the Rain. Dad  on this excursion. He is more of a roller coaster person

than me. But no photos of the rides. Just animals.

Bobby’s Goulash (You Know – Paula’s Boy)

I want to give this a try next week. Here is the link.

Source: via Jill on Pinterest

Strawberry Upside-Down Cake

This is from my HY-Vee grocery magazine. It is called Cranberry Upside-Down Cake. But it is spring so I went with strawberries. Now I am in California, but my father’s side is from Ottumwa Iowa. I went to the Hy-Vee website and put in my name and clicked on  the address for “my local Ottumwa store” to get my copy and put my address in just to see if they would send a copy. As the kids say “squee” they have been sending it.

I took lots of photos while making it. On my! it was yummy. I made a plain cake also and it was very good too.








Topping: 4 tbsp Hy-Vee unsalted butter 1/2 c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar 2 tbsp Hy-Vee red plum jelly 2 3/4 c. cranberries, fresh or thawed from frozen Cake: 1 1/2 c. Hy-Vee all-purpose flour 1 tsp Hy-Vee baking powder 1/4 tsp Hy-Vee salt 1/2 c. Hy-Vee unsalted butter, softened 1 c. Hy-Vee granulated sugar 1 tsp Hy-Vee vanilla extract 2  Hy-Vee large eggs, separated 1/2 c. heavy whipping cream 1/4 tsp cream of tartar. Here is the link to the full  recipe.

I did not do the above topping. I bought a can of strawberry pie filling.  But, I should have used 1/2 the can. Live and learn.










Set oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan. Line the bottom with a 9-inch parchment paper round and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, blend 1/2 cup softened butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla extract. Add egg yolks, one at a time, blending well after each addition. Add the flour mixture alternately with heavy cream. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff peaks form with mixer. Gently fold egg whites into the prepared cake batter.

*Now I messed up here. Did not read that you add egg whites, kept thinking “wow this batter is thick”.








Egg whites added here in this photo. Much better.








*And then messed once more by not putting the strawberries in the bottom on top of the parchment paper. It was easy to fix I am glad to say. Here the strawberries are in the pan (just too much).








Gently spoon batter over strawberries in prepared cake pan, smoothing the top. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until the top of the cake has browned and the center springs back. Watch closely the last 15 min. Remove to a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Run a paring knife around the edge of the pan and invert the cake onto a serving plate. Cool before serving. *The plain cake cooked in 28 min.








Here is the plain cake.

Bad Night Good Night

I was going to post about a new chicken lasagna dish I made last night, but that dish kept me up all night and while it bothered no one else in the family, I just don’t feel like I can post it.

I was awake all night with stomach pains and and alternated between television (what a wasteland in the middle of the night) and being on my laptop. I listened to some music via You Tube, listened to some sermons on-line and watched my Twitter feed. By far the most productive was the sermons. I came across the South West London Vineyard church while looking up something else 2 weeks ago. Here is the link to the sermons. I clicked on Sermon Series and am listening to sermons from 2007 and will work my way forward.

I am feeling no better today. The family will have to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and March Madness (yep, we celebrate both) with out me being very much involved. The older kids can cook dinner. Even if I do feel better at some point, I got zero sleep last night and do not have much energy.

Click here to learn more about Saint Patrick.

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