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Simple Spinach, Mushroom & Havarti Quiche

My quiche is pretty simple.  You can pretty much use any filling you want in a quiche.  The one that I make the most often is: spinach, mushroom & havarti.  So damn good.
What you will need:
  • Frozen pie crust.  Lets be honest, I know you arent making one from scratch 😉
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • Milk (I use whole, but you can use your preference)
  • Fresh spinach
  • Baby portabella mushrooms
  • Small red onion (you will use about 1/3 of it)
  • Havarti (or any cheese really.  Cheddar is really good in this too, and so is gouda)
  • Spices: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder

Pic of my first ever attempt at making quiche. I used a homemade crust here.

  1. Put the still frozen pie crust in the oven at 425 F for about 10 minutes, and then let it cool a bit before you fill it.  That will get it a little cooked on the bottom, so it doesnt get soggy.  You could brush a little butter on the crust before you fill it, but that will definitely up the fat / cal content.  Reduce oven temp to 375 F.
  2. Use about 4-5 decent sized baby portabella mushrooms (they are the best!!!).  Dice them up as small as you want.  I like mine fairly small, I feel they go farther that way.
  3. Dice a little bit of red onion, about as small as you can make the pieces.  This will add a ton of flavor, but you wont be able to feel the onions when eating it, and the red onions are not spicy.  )But you can omit this one if want.  I am not a huge onion fan, but still feel like it wouldnt be the same without it in there.
  4. Cook the mushrooms & onions in a pan with a little olive oil, and add salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. (if you omit onion use a little more powder & vice versa).
  5. When the mushrooms are just about done, add in some chopped spinach.  Remember, fresh spinach will reduce in size a lot once you wilt it, so chop a bunch!  You can always add whatever you dont use to a salad later. 😉
  6. When its all done, you will need to use some paper towel and try to get quite a bit of moisture out of the pan.  The spinach will make it a little liquid-y, so that will make the crust really soggy if you dont try to get as much out as you can.
  7. Beat 3 eggs into a 2 cup measuring cup.  Once beaten add enough milk to make the mixture 1 1/2 cups.  Mix well.
  8. Place a layer of havarti cheese on the bottom of the pie crust.  I tend to break mine into pieces if I have havarti slices on hand, so its not one giant layer of cheese at the bottom.
  9. Put a good portion of the spinach & mushroom mixture.  Then add a little more cheese.  Add the rest of the mixture & a little more cheese at the top.  So its got a good balance of cheese to filling.
  10. Gently add the egg & mild mix over the ingredients (you dont want to shift everything around too much).  You should add just enough egg to cover the ingredients in the crust.  Too much egg and that is mostly what you will taste.  Too little and your filling will dry out.
  11. Use tin foil around the edge of the pie crust, to protect it from getting overly done.  You need to do this, since the crust has already been partially cooked. The easiest way to do this, is to take the foil and rip into 2 inch wide strips and wrap it round the outside of the pie dish.
  12. Bake at 375 for about 45 minutes.  You will have to gauge when its done by when the eggs are nice and fluffy and dont look runny at all.  I tend to over cook mine sometimes and sometimes the top gets a little too brown, but the middle is always still perfect.
  13. Slice like a pie and enjoy!!!

July 27, 2012 at 6:58 am 2 comments

I Miss the Ocean

The surprisingly warm Spring weather we had for a few weeks in Michigan, did wonders to get me out of my funk.  But somehow this week has just been terrible and Im feeling myself sliding right back in.  Im finding myself getting easily annoyed at any and everything.  Maybe its my cynical side coming out front and center, but people are driving me nuts.  Facebook is just a place people go to bitch and moan.  I dont feel like Im networking socially anymore.  Im only reading rants or hate speech most of the time.  The few gems on there that a cute or funny keep me coming back I suppose.  Or maybe its because I like reading about someone else’s trainwreck of a life.  That could be it.  But I had to start hiding a lot of posts from people, because I dont want to see that shit on my feed, and I just dont have the energy to get worked up and argue of anything.  And Im kind of wondering what the hell happened.  Have I lost that fire inside me, or am I just past all that?  Not really sure yet. Ill get back to you when I figure it out.

But I sit in my office, with my fingers freezing trying to type, and I just miss the beach.  The ocean, and the wide blue skies.  I miss palm trees and flip flops 10 months of the year (or more!). And i dont really know if Im missing Cali  more because of the funk Im in, or for a bigger reason.  

There have been so many changes in  my life in the past 3 years, and I havent had much of a say in them. But I made the choice to come back to Michigan, and from the second I got back I’ve been second guessing myself.  Why on earth was I so afraid of staying in Cali?  I also feel like a giant asshole when I miss it there, and want to go back.  My friends here are amazing too, and my family is here.  I sound like a fucking twit, and I get that.

One day I will be truly happy again.  For now, Im continuing to search for joy in every day.  

March 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

Also… just because…

I have been listening to some great music lately and I think everyone should check out this band if you havent already.  I have both of their albums and they are great.

❤ The Script

March 16, 2011 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

I got an email forward today from my father in law.  I checked it out on Snopes and its true.  The man in the email and the video above is truly a hero.

October 22, 2009 at 11:41 am Leave a comment

Once Upon A Time, There Was A Crazy Pregnant Girl…

I saw a super funny video about pregnant women yesterday that really got me thinking about my own pregnancy.  I decided to share some of my experiences with you.

First off, I have to let you know that I love being a mom.  My kid totally kicks ass.  She is amazing and I love her to pieces.   I’m not going to be talking about her per se, but more of my experience with her inside me.  Anyone that personally knew me during my pregnancy knew that I didn’t like it.  I didn’t care if I “glowed” or not.  (That glow by the way is from the excess oil that your body makes that ends up on your face that causes you to break out like a 15 year old going through puberty- again.)  And parts of my body hurt that I never thought could hurt.  Honestly its not all peaches and cream.  Yes, its a beautiful thing thats happening, and its wonderful to have kids…but lets be real.  Things ache, things hurt, things stretch, and things will never be the same.    

I will fully admit that my husband and I weren’t planning on having any kids when we did.  He just moved back to Michigan, we just bought a house, we were planning our wedding.  Thank you very much to the flu that I got that caused me to throw up everything for 4 days strait.  The lack of ingestion of birth control pills is completely to blame here.  Not the pills themselves, but my own failure to realize what was going on.  Lesson learned here: if you take BC pills orally, and then you throw up soon after, and it lasts a few days – use a backup method if you don’t want to have kids just yet (or ever).  I knew I was pregnant immediately.  Seriously.  My body was just off, and nothing felt like my normal cycle.  I took a test the day I was supposed to start and it took about 10 seconds for the bright blue plus sign to appear.  I wasn’t exactly shocked, but I had no idea what to do.  I was terrified to tell D.  I mean, we weren’t planning for this, what would we do.  Was he ready for this?  Was I?  He was so awesome about it, that I would never be able to fully explain.  We decided to postpone our wedding until the next spring because I didnt want to be a huge fat bride and I didn’t want a shot gun wedding.  I wanted my wedding on my terms.  But really thats a whole different story. 

The first few weeks weren’t bad.  In fact it was really hard to wrap the idea around my head there was a baby inside me. But the ultrasound at 4 weeks confirmed that I in fact had a baby tic tac growing.  We were ecstatic.  We didn’t wait to tell people, I could barely keep it in.  Then the morning sickness hit.  Seven weeks on the nose.  Morning sickness was 24 hour sickness for me, and I lost ten pounds in 5 weeks.  This was also the time that I learned about the food aversions that would continue until the lil bundle of joy was out.  I couldn’t eat chicken.  The thought of it, the smell of it, or pictures on a menu were bad.  Soooo bad.  Garlic was the enemy.  And I really do LOVE garlic, and we use it pretty heavily in all our cooking so that was a really hard one for me.  For nine months I ate a pretty odd diet, but it wasnt bad.  Turns out veggies were on the safe list, and so was peanut butter, and milk and powdered Nesquik (you love it). 

The first trimester was also known as “K is a Zombie” time. For about 2 months this was my day (literally): wake up, puke, drink a glass of water, shower, fight the urge to puke, throw on some clothes, brush my teeth, puke again, lay on the bed with D and fight back crying (really being sick makes me a b-a-b-y), go to work, barely do any work, drive home, pass out on the couch until about 8:00 when D would get home, go to bed at 9, repeat.  I wanted to kill people when they asked me “how are you feeling?”.  I had to fight the urge to scream at them – you don’t even really care what the answer is, because if I told you the truth you wouldn’t even know what to do with yourself now go the F*** away.  Why do people always  ask pregnant women how they feel?  Especially in the first trimester.  They probably don’t feel good and dont need a reminder of that!  Yeeeeah… I was ready to welcome the 2nd trimester with open arms.  According to everyone that’s when it all “gets better”.  I was hoping that my hormones would “balance out and” I wouldn’t be so sick & moody anymore. 


Well… a girl can hope.  Stay tuned…. Part Deux – Pregancy: Trimester Two

April 29, 2009 at 7:44 am 8 comments

"Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud." - Maya Angelou

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" - Maya Angelou