August 25, 2011

Yummy Healthy Quiche

So my sister discovered through a bunch of tests that she has a severe intolerance to yeast and a mild intolerance to gluten. Recently I have been exposed to so many people who are embracing the gluten free diet. I discovered that a lot of my fatigue, nausea, headaches, acne, etc. could be because of a food intolerance. Although this has not been 'officially' proven, my twin sister has it, so might as well try this new diet.

Last night I decided to make a quiche because I wanted to use up some vegetables we had.
*By the way, 3 tomatoes, 2 onions, a red pepper, a head of cabbage, a bushel of kale, 5 sweet potatoes and some chives cost us $10 at the Farmer's Market! So we will now be shopping there every weekend for our produce. And the farmer himself bagged our veggies, it does not get more local than that! The website: Nashville's Farmer Market will show you what vendors are there, times they are open and what is currently in season
I love quiche because you can use just about anything! It really is one of those 'kitchen sink' meals. 

1. I chopped up some tomatoes, onions, red peppers, chives and kale. 
You could also use zucchini, squash, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms- really most vegetables. 
You can also add bacon, sausage, ground turkey, and cheese. I added some cooked turkey bacon to my quiche. 

2. I then sauteed some garlic, added the onions, and then added the rest of the veggies. I let that cook for a few minutes.

Because I am trying to avoid gluten, I made a crust with sweet potato slices. 
3. Peel two sweet potatoes and slice them really thin. Arrange them in a pie pan like the one below:
4. Whisk 8 eggs together and then add your cooked veggies and cooked bacon/sausage to the eggs. I also added some sundried-tomatoes!
5. Pour mixture into your pie pan and season with some salt and pepper.
 6. Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 40 minutes- or until the eggs solidify.
7. Ta Da! Slice and serve :) 

It was delicious!

To summarize:
-Preheat ove to 350 degrees
-Peel and thinly slice 2 sweet potatoes, arrange in a pie pan
-Chop:      Kale
                Red Pepper
-Add to sauteed garlic, cook for 5 minutes
-Whisk 8 eggs together
-Add vegetable mixture, cooked bacon and sun-dried tomatoes to the eggs
-Pour into pie pan and season with salt and pepper
-Cook for 40 minutes
-And done, easy!

I will be experimenting over the next few weeks with other yummy recipes that make a gluten free diet doable! Send me some of your recipes!

August 23, 2011

Pillow DIY

So this guy likes this girl so much... that he decided to make her a pillow.

For those of you that need a starter DIY, here you go. It does not get more simple than this!

1. Find a pillow and measure it
(This pillow was $1 at Goodwill).

This one is 14 inches by 14 inches.

2. Cut out a square of fabric the same size as the pillow, this will be the front of your pillow case.

3. Then cut out 2 pieces that are about 4 inches smaller in width- so I cut out two 14 X 10 inch pieces. This is the back of the pillow.

4. *optional* For those of you who want to be extra creative, create your own design with scrap fabric on the front panel.

For those of you that want to keep it simple, just find some fabric with a cute pattern on it!

Here is Tyler's design:

 He created the Nashville/Seattle Skyline.


Sew the design to the front panel.

5. Hem the length of each of the back panels.

6. Lay the back panels on top of the front panel with front sides touching. The back panels should overlap by about 5 inches.

7. Sew all four sides together (I marked in yellow where you should sew)

8. Flip inside out and stuff the pillow.

Ta Da! A new pillow.

August 19, 2011

Handy Man

Michael never ceases to amaze me.
I am the crafty one in the house. I have a room designated to crafty things. I love to quilt, paint, draw, create, and everything DIY. Well Michael decided that he wanted to make a few things as well.

1. I found this picture on

Michael craigslisted "free pallets" and whipped together a couch for our new house:
With some arm rests and new pillows, it really worked out! I also love having the storage underneath for things like our cookbooks and magazines.

2. We needed a big dining room table so we could entertain big groups of people (We love to cook). Michael decided to tear down his families old tree house and reuse the wood:

After hours of sanding and a few coats of stain, we got:
He also made a matching bench so we could fit even more people around the table.

3. After hours of slaving away in the sun he painted our entire house and added cute shutters:
What would I do without my handyman??

4. My latest project... another scrap quilt!
I really wanted a quilt that was just simple squares. Funny how after all the quilts I made I don't have a single block quilt!

I love our new home and actual space to make things!

August 12, 2011

Round Two

I began a blog one year ago hoping to record life as a creative, young, newlywed. I created my first post and then decided it wasn't for me.

Here I am one year later ready to give it another shot.

My heart is to share the things we make, the home we've created, the places we visit, the food we enjoy, and our future adventures as two people happy in love.

So welcome.

(Our new home)