Sunday, April 7, 2013


Aimee's nursery is famous! Well, sort of. The delightful folks at Hellobee (my favorite parenting/baby/kid website/blog/community) posted a write-up of Aimee's nursery as part of their "Real Nurseries" series. Pretty cool.

Check it out:

And for real, I am a big fan of helpful to have so much real life tips and tricks at your finger tips (and to know that you are not alone in experiencing the many trials and triumphs of parenting).

Spring Quiche

Spring is in the air—finally! Despite the lack of snow (I guess Aimee’s official “first snow” pic will have to wait until next year), winter seemed to linger later than usual this year. But the temperatures finally seem to be rising (for good this time?) and I am ready for spring produce. One great way to use it is in a quiche. Quiche is a great weeknight meal, it doesn’t take that long to put together (particularly if you use a pre-made dough for the crust) and it always seems fresh. It is also open to endless flavor possibilities. Just mix in some sautéed veggies and a little cheese and you are good to go. I like to get it ready and stick it in the oven right before I start Aimee’s bedtime routine so it is ready to go once she is down for the night. Easy and delicious (and if you happen to use a tart pan, pretty to look at too!).

Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Quiche
Adapted slightly from Smitten Kitchen

1 prepared pie dough (Trader Joe’s has the best but any frozen/refrigerated pie dough will work)
1 bag of baby spinach
½ yellow or white onion, diced
1 whole roasted red pepper, cut into strips
½ cup of shredded cheese (I am partial to swiss or gruyere)
4 eggs
1/3 cup half and half
3 oz cream cheese, room temperature

1. Preheat oven to 425. Press pie dough into 9-inch tart pan (or pie plate). Sautee onion in 2 TBL olive oil until translucent, about 5-6 minutes. Add in spinach, tossing until wilted. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. Meanwhile beat cream cheese until smooth. Add in half and half and eggs until well mixed.
3. Spread onion/spinach mixture onto bottom of the dough. Top with roasted red peppers and cheese. Pour egg mixture evenly over the top.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and set. Cool 5-10 minutes before serving.