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1  Spinach Feta Breakfast Quiche - Quick and Easy in Recipes and Cooking Tips by EerieNoodles on: October 21, 2015 08:35:14 AM
Hi everyone!

This is my first post here in a long, long time, but hopefully this is the beginning of my early New Year's Resolutions.

I'd like to start making/baking/cooking some of the many pins and bookmarks I've been collecting. I'm aiming for at
least one new thing every week and I think maybe posting my results here will help keep me honest and keep me making.

So here's my first...

Spinach Feta Breakfast Quiche
(in all honesty I've tried this one before)

This is my favorite go-to recipe to make on the weekend and freeze for fast and easy breakfasts all week long.
You can get 8 regular sized servings or 6 big servings out of one store bought pie crust.
I hate to do any work for breakfast. Sometimes zapping and stirring instant oatmeal is too much work, so this is perfect.
It feels home-cooked and good-for-you and only requires me to put it on a plate and zap it. The coffee and melon are
optional, but really add to the "breakfast experience".

Ingredient List -

1 Frozen Deep Dish Pie Crust - they usually come in packs of two so you get 2 weeks of breakfasts
6 Whole Eggs
1 cup Half n Half or Cream or Milk (any percentage)
3 to 6 Green Onions - Sliced - the amount depends on your love of Green Onions and their size
4 oz Container of Feta Cheese Crumbled - I use the Athenos brand that comes pre-crumbled cuz I'm just that lazy
12 oz Frozen Spinach any kind in a bag or box will do
cup Parmesan Cheese - Grated
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Crack all the eggs into a medium to large bowl. Use a whisk or fork to beat them till theyre well mixed.

Add all the other ingredients except the spinach. Beat after each ingredient to get them all mixed good
(they'll all settle to the bottom of the bowl as you work, but at least you'll know you tried).
I like to crumble up the bigger pieces of Feta, but be prepared for that stuff to stick to your fingers like glue.

Now after everything is playing happily together in the bowl you can add the Spinach. Be sure to squeeze it out good, really, really good first.
Just use your hands to squeeze it out, it's not as messy as it sounds.
Important - When you mix in the Spinach be sure to change to a wooden spoon or plastic spoon or whatever mixing spoon you use.
If you keep using the whisk the Spinach will get all tangle in the end and you'll have to use your fingers to tear it out and that feels
disgustingly like tearing the hair out of your sink strainer when it gets all clogged up, so use a spoon from here on out.

Now put your pie crust on a cookie sheet or whatever kind of pan you have that it will fit on and pour in the well-mixed-with-a-spoon filling.
The cookie sheet will make it sooo much easier to transfer the pie crust to the oven.

Bake it for 35 to 45 minutes. Start checking after 30 minutes cuz ovens are different.
You're looking for a nice color and the filling to seem set if you giggle the pan a little. It's going to balloon up a little, but it will settle back
down as it cools.

Let it cool to room temperature, slice it, bag it and freeze it.

I usually pull one out in the evening and let it thaw in the fridge overnight. In the morning just put it on a plate and zap it
for 30 seconds, more or less depending on your taste.

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2  Quick and Cheap - My "use what you've got" Halloween Mantle - Pom Flowers Added in Halloween Decor and Parties by EerieNoodles on: October 11, 2012 01:27:48 PM
I'mmm baaaack!
Like that's original.

So, I have a goofy little fake fireplace in my living room. My former room mate is making me keep it for her so I can't really do anything crazy with it. Usually it's just a drop off area for keys and library books and stuff. But the other night I got the urge to decorate... and having nothing to decorate with wasn't gonna stop me. I dove into my crafting closet and grabbed everything remotely Halloweenish I could find and got to work.

I started with a card I bought years ago just cuz I liked it.

But it needed a frame. So I stole snagged an old frame from my former room mates closet (she'll never remember it). God, it was awful, all fake wood and gold... so I painted it black. This took almost all night since I was working with a foam brush instead of spray paint.
Of course the frame was way bigger than the card so I made a sorta mat from some glittery spider web scrapbooking paper and put that on top of some brown paper. I crumpled the brown paper just cuz. A little glue sticking later and the picture was all ready.

An old candle found a home on the mantle with the picture.

I had another little picture frame and I filled that one with more of the glittery spider web paper. Inspiration struck and I cut a cute little pumpkin out of the other odd papers I had. Made it a stem by rolling some of the brown paper and glue sticking it on top. It needed a leaf, but I didn't have anything even remotely green... poor leafless pumpkin. More desperation inspiration and I used a green Sharpy to color some white paper, cut it out and my pumpkin has a leaf.

Next I grabbed a bottle of Jamaican Rum Cream (yes, I just got back from Jamaica), finished the booze, rinsed it out and wrapped it with twine.

I almost forgot... the first thing I made was a little bunting to hang on the bottom of the mantle. Just used more scrapbook paper and some twine I found in the laundry room.

Then I cut out some bats, just cuz I had some paper left and I had this really cute little bat template I wanted to use. I plan on hanging them with thread in the window, but till then they're just chillin' on the mantle.

That's it!

Nope... that's not it.
I really thought the twine wrapped bottle needed something so I made some pom pom flowers for it.

I think they add some needed height and interest. Don't I sound all designer-ish?

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3  Brown Sugar, Oatmeal Muffins into Cakey Bars Thingy with Recipe in Recipes and Cooking Tips by EerieNoodles on: July 21, 2011 10:13:26 AM

I have a muffin recipe that I've been making since my kids were little. I liked the recipe cuz it was fairly healthy, fast enough to put together, bake and have on the table while the kids dressed on a school morning and everyone like them.
Over the years the recipe has evolved from muffins into a cake/bar thing. This happened for a couple of reasons -
After a move I found myself without muffin tins and wanting a muffin fix.
I'm lazy and this makes the whole process even easier, no fussing with individual muffins.

Today I used chopped Dried Apricots leftover from Christmas baking. They've been in the frig all this time and they're still good... really... they are.


1 cup Quick Oats
1 cup All Purpose Flour
teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Baking Powder

cup Brown Sugar

cup Oil or Melted Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Whole Eggs
cup Milk

1 cup Golden Raisins or Chopped Apricots or Dried Cherries or whatever you have leftover from Christmas Baking

Heat your oven to 400 and prepare your muffin pans. This batch makes 12 muffins.
*Or use a 10.5 x 6.5 inch shallow baking pan. It might sound like a weird size, but it comes in handy alot. I like to use mine to make deep dish Chef Boyardee Pizza, the mix in the box.*
Combine all of the dry ingredients except the brown sugar. Mix well.
Whisk, or just stir well with a fork, together all of the wet ingredients, including the brown sugar. Mix until completely blended.
Pour the wet ingredient mix over the dry ingredient mix and stir just till its all combined, no longer.
Fold in the golden raisins or whatever you're using.
Divide the batter between 12 muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes.
I use the toothpick test to be sure theyre done.

Cool slightly and enjoy.
These also freeze well and its the only way to keep any around for breakfast the next morning.
Just cut the cake into bars and wrap them individually in plastic and toss them in the freezer. I've also used zip baggies when I'm feeling extra lazy and I have some on hand.

***When I use the pan I like to unwrap the end of a stick of butter and hold it sorta like a pencil and rub it all over the bottom of the pan. Then when it's done baking and still hot do the same to the top of the cake/bars thingy. This is a 2fer cuz you get great buttery taste and it releases from the pan easier.

Here's a picture of the Chef Boyardee boxed pizza mix made up deep dish style in the same pan... just cuz it looks yummy...

I think that's all.


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4  Merloc Turds...surprise your favorite World of Warcraft fan in Dessert by EerieNoodles on: December 20, 2007 10:25:59 AM
My friend, the World of Warcraft addict, asked for my help in putting together a Christmas box for some of the players in his guild. This is what we (I) came up with: we (I) made shrinky dink keychains from screenshots of their characters and cards. He bought some game cards and other items for them. And I made Goat Turds, which were quickly renamed Merloc Turds.

These have been a favorite in my family for years. The first time I made them my son was about 10. They were simply No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Cookies back then. I didn't like the spikey tops I got when I dropped them on the cookie sheet so I started rolling them into balls. After awhile I got tired and the balls became logs. Well, my son came in and saw them and immediately informed me that they looked like turds (remember he was 10 at the time). I added the goat part and there you have it.

Now, they have morphed again into Merloc Turds...


the really great box we (I) made

the turds in all their oaty glory

the lovely card I (by now we know it was all me) made

and one of the keychains, not the greatest, but by now I was tired
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5  The Candy Cane Mice are taking over!...with Template in Winter Holidays by EerieNoodles on: December 20, 2007 09:51:49 AM
These cute little guys came from Martha Stewarts Holiday Handmade Gifts 2007. I made them last year for just about everyone and again this year for everyone.
They're cheap, fast and easy...what more could you ask for? They make great add-ins for gifts you're shipping. And as you can see by the pictures I keep a bunch hanging around altho there never seems to be enough of them.

Ok...I tried the link to Marthas page, but it's not working. The only thing you really need to make these are the templates so I copied mine and here they are at the bottom of the pictures.
Wow! and they came out the exact size on my monitor. But if you're feeling lazy and decide to copy them directly from your monitor with a sheet of white paper and a sharpie marker be sure to have some alcohol nearby to clean the little sharpie marks off your screen quickly...I'm just sayin' is all.   Wink

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6  Felt Transformer Ornaments For My Son & A Star For His Wife in Winter Holidays by EerieNoodles on: December 18, 2007 04:53:49 PM

Every Christmas, since they were little, I make or buy (shhhh) ornaments for my kids. This way I figured when they grew up they'd have their own collections.
My son is a huge Transformer fan, he loved them when he was little and he still does now that he's 27. So, this year he gets a felt Autobot and Decepticon Symbol for his ornaments. And his wife, who is willing to put up with his obsession for all things Star Wars and Transformer, gets a lovely beaded star.

Here's the two Transformer Symbols complete with jingle bells. Cuz every giant alien robot car thingy needs jingle bells for Christmas.

close up of the stitching on the Decepticon

my Daughter-in-Laws Beaded Star

and a close up of the beading

These were my first attempts at working with felt and I think they came out pretty good.

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7  Beef Barley Soup to return a favor... with Simple Recipe in Recipes and Cooking Tips by EerieNoodles on: December 05, 2007 04:33:16 PM
A couple days ago a friend of mine made me a great fruit salad when I wasn't feeling well. Today I got to return the favor when my friend was suffering from a crappy headache and I made a big pot of Beef Barley.
Unfortunately I'm a vegetarian so I couldn't sample it, but I'm told that it's really good.

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8  Fresh, Healthy Energy Food & Dessert too! in Dessert by EerieNoodles on: December 04, 2007 04:23:55 PM

I don't know about you guys, but I always seem to overindulge during the holidays. After a day of running around, too many rich snack foods and not enough fluids I was feeling just a little under the weather. To my rescue came a dear friend with a luscious fruit salad. After downing the whole bowl full of watermelon, bananas, grapes and frozen blueberries I felt much better.
I thought I'd share this mound of fresh goodness with everyone. You can still see the frost on the blueberries.

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9  Knitted Kitty - Cute and Easy...what more could you ask? in Knitting: Completed Projects by EerieNoodles on: November 23, 2007 11:54:50 AM

One adorable knitted kitty using the pattern from here
It doesn't get much easier then this, he knits up with just two rectangles and the tail. Some shaping is involved, but not much.
The tail could be done using a simple I-cord or whatever works for you,  but if you follow the directions and use short rows it will curve up over the kittens back.
The first one I made using fuzzy white yarn and a stockinette stitch because I wanted it very soft and pliable. Knitting the correct number of rows in stockinette gave me a long rectangle which I thought was correct when looking at the diagram. But I got a weiner kitty. On this one I just knit till I had a square then added about 3 more rows...perfect.
He was made up using TLC Essentials worsted weight in High Plains with US 5, 3.75mm bamboo needles.

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10  One More Calorimetry in Knitting: Completed Projects by EerieNoodles on: November 23, 2007 09:50:47 AM

So I tried Knittys Calorimetry
to hopefully use as Christmas gifts.
It came out very nice and was really easy. The short rows intimidated me a little, but after I tried them I realized how easy they were to do. I did make it more narrow then the directions by using fewer short rows. I didn't wrap the short rows so that left me with six holes at the ends which work nicely as buttonholes and allow you to adjust the fit.
I used Caron Simply Soft Tweed in Violet, the color is actually a deep purple with flecks, on size US 5, 3.75mm bamboo needles.
I'd like to try it in something thicker and all wool for warmth.

please excuse the messy hair

I love the button from AC Moore
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