Tuesday, July 9, 2013

BLT Quiche

I know… it is a cardinal sin of blogging.  No pictures.  But I am so rusty it never crosses my mind to blog anymore.  This is a recipe that gets me back to the roots of why I started blogging.


So I could remember what the heck I did.

1 pound tomatoes
4 slices thick bacon
3 eggs
3 tbs milk
2 tbs good mayonnaise
Salt
Pepper
Parmesan
1 pie crust



I use a frozen pie crust.  I know…gasp.  After that it is easy.  Preheat your oven to 400.  Then mix the eggs with the mayo and milk and set aside.  Layer half the tomato (I used 2 decent sized tomatoes) on the bottom.  Cover with bacon, salt, pepper and parm.  Then add about half the egg.  Complete with another layer. Top with shaved parm or  a heavier layer of grated. 

We had a side salad for the L.  Let’s face it…it was good enough to get me to blog about it. 


Enough said.  


Enjoy!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

15 Days Left

Hey guys just another push for our indiegogo campaign. This is not food related but I am using my blogs to help promote because I know you guys can help!
Here is what you can do to help. Please share this link http://igg.me/p/184961?a=891101 on facebook, twitter, linkedin, googleplus, digg and other social media accounts. Or you can e-mail it to friends or colleges you think could help spread the word. Ask all the above to share with folks. Make comments on the campaign and ask others to.


So how does this help? Every hit or comment improves our page rankings. The higher our rankings the more exposure we have, the more people see our campaign, the more support we get. So please, please share the link and ask others to as well, it is that simple. You can also send good thoughts our way!
 


Vanessa

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Richmomd Parents Starting a Cooperative School

In my constant quest for a decent education for my children..please bear with me!!

Want a Private School Education but Can’t Afford It?

This Could Be Your Child’s Next School.

• Do you have a clear picture of how you want your child’s school experience to look?
• Do you see the current public school system as flawed?
• Do you want something more for your child but can’t afford the high cost of private school?
• Considered homeschooling, but it terrifies you?
• Do you want your child to see learning as fun?
• Do you want them to have an education where the SOLs are not the focus, a quality education is?

If this sounds like you, we would like to meet you!
We are a group of parents starting Richmond’s first cooperative school. And we could just be the answer you are looking for!


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Roasted Acorn Squash Pasta

I feel like I am back to where I started with the blog. No pictures, just a recipe. Sadly I have been so occupied with Sweet Cheeks, that not only has the blogging suffered, my cooking has gotten pretty basic and lax.

However, tonight Joel told me it was the best pasta he had ever had and “this is a recipe that I would tell you to remember how you made it.” And it reminded me of why I started my blog to begin with.

Luckily business has been great and growing, but because of that, I find it unlikely I will get regular at this for quite some time. However, until then…


1 acorn squash (halved and cleaned of seeds)
½ onion
½ stick butter
¼ c olive oil
½ cup dry white wine
¼ pine nuts
4-6 cloves of garlic sliced thin
1 lb pasta

I brushed olive oil on the squash, stuck them in a 425 degree oven cut side up and roasted for about 25 minutes (or until tender and a bit brown). Once squash is down, set aside to cool.

Once cool cut up squash into about 1inch cubes. Set aside.

Heat olive oil and butter and add onions and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent and add wine. Cook additional 2-3 minutes. In a oven safe dish combine onion and squash and put back into a 425 oven. Meanwhile, start water for pasta and salt well.

Let squash mixture cook for about 10-15 minutes or until golden and brown on top. Put pine nuts in and set timer for 5 minutes and turn oven off.

Once past is done add about ½ of the pasta water to squash mixture, drain pasta and toss mixture and past and sprinkle nuts on top.


Enjoy

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bumping Elbows

Okay, I know I am officially a bad blogger these days.  The reality is Sweet Cheeks has, gladly, taken major billing recently.  For those of you that like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (links to follow) you know this already.  However, so many of you I used to "talk" to weekly, if not daily, may not know and I wanted to share the news.

Sweet Cheeks was thrilled to be contacted by VH-1 Save the Music and asked to provide one of our products to be added to the celebrity swag bags for their Battle of the Bands.  I know!  We thought it was pretty cool too.  So I wanted to share some pictures with you. Wish us luck!!

Here are the photos Sweet Cheeks Swag Photos

And if you are interested in keeping up with us, like and or follow here:
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Winner!

Yet again, I have the same winner, Page. I am surprised no on participated! Clearly my fellow bloggers are more flush than I am…sigh ;)  So one person has netted over $100 bucks in free money. Not bad!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Clarification

So I got a comment on my last post “ Are we promoting Novica? Or Makindu? http://makindu.org/? it's not clear from your post whom we're supposed to blog/tweet about.”


And I as I often say to my husband, “What? You can’t read my mind? Ughhh.”


So apologies. I would like for you to promote Makindu. You can do so by tweeting, linking to this post, linking to the national geographic article, blogging, facebooking, digging, buzzing…. I don’t care, just spread the word and make it big.


Also I realized I did not put an end date. I am letting the contest go until noon 8/23. I will announce a winner after that.



Thanks all!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

What Can You Do With What You Have?

From Makindu News


So I told you I had some exciting news coming and here it is… I have yet another promotion to offer everyone. I got contacted by NOVICA to offer my readers a chance at a certificate to $75 to use on their site! In case you are not familiar with NOVICA they work with National Geographic and are one of the leading fair trade sites. For those that know me, know this was so up my alley. I was blow away by how amazing everything was. I think you will be as well. I saw a million things I wanted, but I also know this is where I will be going to finally find that gift for the person (AKA my dad) who has everything.


So how do you win a chance to win? You can help me promote a wonderful organization. I know you are thinking, “What? What organization? Please, please tell me more? “ So I guess I will.


I had the pleasure to attend a fund raiser to help raise money for Makindu Children’s program. The program’s focus is to help the children orphaned by AIDS in Kenya, which is estimated to be over 1 million children. The Center helps find the children families to live with and in turn support the child and family with meals, education, AIDS education and medical care. To support the efforts of this center every other year a group of people get together to raise money by going on “proper walk.” The participants of the walk pay their own expenses (roughly about 4 thousand dollars) to get there, and be there. They are also required to raise 10 thousand dollars that goes directly to the program. Amazingly every other year folks do it, and it seems to grow. One of the things I really like about the program is that it has been turned back over to the village and is now run by the village.


The proper walks themselves are amzing things covering 150 or more miles of uncharted terrain and have been covered by national geographic. The link will take you to the National Geographic article about the walks.

However, what blew me away wasn’t a bunch of crazy folks trekking across uncharted Africa, it was the statistics he gave that night. Frankly, while I sipped my wine and ate my catered food while sitting in a gorgeous home, it made me feel ill. I don’t have most of the statistic from that night but here is what I do know:

• In 2007 worldwide there were 2.5 million people were newly infected, 1.7 million of those were in sub-Saharan Africa.

• More than two-thirds (68%) of all people infected with HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa.

• The majority of people (61%) living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa are women.

• In 2007 more than three quarters (76%) of all AIDS-related deaths occurred in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nkosi Johnson goole images


The thing that has stayed with me most since that night was the story of a young boy, Nkosi Johnson- age 12. He was dying of AIDS. He addressed International AIDS Conference - Durban, South Africa and simply said:


Do all you can

With all you have

In the time you have

At the place you are


How often do we do that? I know I don’t. I do know, however, I should. I do know that I am not here just to take as much as I can and then die. I know that I am meant to do something. So here I am, doing something. It is not much, but is what I can do, with what I have (my blog) with the time I have (not much) and in the place I am. No, truly it isn’t much, it is however a start.


So I am asking you to do the same. Help me get the word out about this organization. Blog about it, link to this post, twitter, facebook, stumble. Dig, buzz. Just do it, do what you can. For each thing you do (just send me a link and/or tell me about it) you will get an entry to win the $75 dollars. Make a donation https://makindu.ejoinme.org/MyPages/ProperWalk2010/tabid/199365/Default.aspx(I am supporting Joshua) and I will double your total entries (meaning you twitter, facebook, stumble and make a donation you will get a total of 6 entries).


And as for the donation, this is really a matter of every dollar helps. So what can very little money do?


 $35 provides food, elementary schooling and medical care for one child for one month.

 $50 provides school uniforms and shoes for 10 children.

 $100 provides millk for 100 children for 1 month.

 $200 provides bulk food (maize, beans, oil, etc.) for 59 families for four months.

 $350 provides a high school education (tuition, boarding, books and supplies) for one student for one year.


Amazing sometimes, how little something of so much value can cost.



Please go check out these amazing links with Novica and dont' forget to let you know what you are doing!

Fair Trade

Green Gifts

Unique Gifts

Microfinance

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The Winner of Blueberry Heaven

Okay, this is a double post. First, the winner of the contest  Sadly very few of you (2 to be exact) took advantage of multiple entries. One of the folks that did, won. So keep in mind that you could have had 30 bucks to go toward this, when I tell you about the next exciting thing coming. I am not telling you yet, but you guys really want to stay tuned. It is super cool.  And now for the winnner....




So the other day the fabulous Kindness Girl asked me to go blueberry picking with her. I have to say that I have not been blueberry picking since I was about 10. All I recall is thinking, “God this sucks.” So I accepted the invitation but did so with high doubts of truly lovely times to come. Kindness Girl assured me it was lovely, loveliness. Humph.



First the ride there was lovely, down tree covered roads and past water. I felt myself easing into just being. We got there and the kids were off. Typically, that would make my shoulders go to my ears and me want to turn tail and leave. Somehow, I knew that it was okay.






We selected a path and soon I found myself in a blueberry room. The bushes literally formed a tunnel. A tunnel of blueberry lusciousness.




 The bushes dripped with berries. I mean really. They hung on the bush like grapes. To me, it was amazing. Then Kindness Girl said, “Too bad you should have seen them last week. I never left one bush.” 




It took me about 30 minutes, all while negotiating kids, to pick about 10 lbs of blueberries. Which sounds great, but I could have been there all day. It was truly, lovely, loveliness. We had a picnic and the kids “stole” blueberries. Dreamy.



Tonight, cantaloupe and blueberry sorbet. Sigh…

Friday, July 30, 2010

Talk About Coming Back With a Bang!

So I feel like my life really couldn’t get much more lucky than it has been of late. Then low and behold I was contacted by the fabulous people over at CSN about hosting a giveaway! I have seen it before on other blogs and was so happy to get the opportunity to host one myself.

So what makes this so cool? Let’s say you want a Dutch Oven, they have that. However lets say you really want an new smoker they have that too. And it is not just cookware, though what else would you want really? They have everything furniture, shoes, you name it, it is there.

So here are the details, CSN is going to giveaway $30 to one reader. How do you get it?? Easy. I want you to go to the following link and pick the Dutch Oven you covet most. Then leave me a comment telling me which one it was and what you would put in it in the comment section.  It is that simple!

For additional entries:
~Become (or be) a follower (1 additional entry)
~Follow me on Twitter (2 additional entries)
~Like me on Facebook (2 additional entries)

Just leave a comment letting me know you have liked and/or followed me (it can be in the same commment about the dutch oven so I can make sure to give the additional entries!

You have until noon August 6th. I will announce the winner within 24 hours. Good luck!
*Open to US and Canadian residents only :) There may be international shipping charges in the case of Canadian addresses.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Plant Some Kindness

This is not food related…well that is unless you want to center your ditch around food??? Let me back up…

I often am amazed at how I find the amazing people I have in my life. One person that continually amazes me is Patience. Patience has this way of looking a life that truly makes me wish she would have been my mom. She has a greater grasp on what is important than anyone I have ever know.

Anyway she, also, has an amazing blog called Kindness Girl. Periodically she does what she has dubbed Gorilla Goodness, and she is gearing up a new campaign, “The Great Ding Dong Ditch.” I have always wanted to do one, and finally am. I will post later the results of my “ditches.”
However, for now, no reason you couldn’t get in on the yummy goodness and plant a little kindness in your own back yard.

Just a thought.

Because, if nothing else ever does, Kindness really does change everything.

http://kindnessgirl.com/2010/06/30/guerrilla-goodness-12-the-great-ding-dong-ditch/

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Nay, Nay, Caprese



I am in need o f help from my fellow friends that dig on food. I was making a caprese salad. I go to whip out my balsamic and there is something freaky growing in it. I looks like a fungus? I am #1 surprised anything can grow in an acid base and #2 has this ever happened to anyone???

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New Toys, Tots and Pasta




Just recently in an effort to preserve my collards I tried my hand at making pasta. I thought, people make spinach pasta why not collard pasta. I must admit for the fist time making pasta, I was thrilled at the outcome. Especially since I could find no recipes so I had to make my own up.

My Dad, decided out of either kindness or because he didn’t like me borrowing his pasta maker, he bought me one of my own. So this morning me and the kids made pasta as a thank you. The kids had a ball and actually where very helpful! I made a citrus pepper pasta.

I send a pound a fresh pasta to their house and kept the leftovers. I had them for lunch.

This is again a non-recipe recipe, but here is what I did

Sautee about 2 tbs of chopped onion in about 2 tbs of olive oil.

Add 1 clove finely minced garlic.

Add 3 tbs slivered almonds.

Heat all until almonds slightly toasted.

Add…(these were leftover from the night before so I am guessing ) ¼-½ lb shrimp (mine were already cooked.

Add ¼ c. reserved pasta water (from cooking)

Toss with cooked pasta

Top with parm and a squeeze of lemon if you have it.


Joel I wish you were here for lunch!! :O

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chicken with a Kick

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I will say this was awesome and is my new favorite marinade!
I have
been terribly distracted, and hope to get back to the blog…however the other night we had our CSA chicken and I decided to marinate the old gal. This had a kick to it, but if you are not a lover of spice use less sriracha.

Marinade:

½ c. Ponzu sauce
½ c. rice wine vinegar
1/8 c (depending on like of spice I probably did between 1/8 c. -¼c) Sriracha sauce

Mix together in bag, throw chicken in and marinate for 2 hours.