Saturday, July 23, 2011

Cats and Quiches

"She (the cat) hasn't had her full ration of kisses-on-the-lips today...she had the half-past-six one in the garden, but she's missed tonight's."

So we've been busy gardening, kissing the cat, making zinnia bouquets, watching the tomatoes starting to turn, cleaning up my studio, and savoring every moment of summer, no matter how hot it is! We try to have our coffee early early these days--before the heat! I saw a little green-striped snake in the garden this morning! Yikes! We've named him "No-Feet."

Easy Spinach Quiche
Spinach quiche and roasted rosemary-garlic-and-parmesan potatoes made a perfect dinner one night. So easy. Buy the pie dough. Line your pie plate, and bake it for five or six minutes at 450 degrees. Mix three eggs and about a cup-and-a-half of milk, sprinkle in a bit of salt and pepper. Cook a few slices of turkey bacon, and chop up 1/4 cup sweet vedalia onion. Add onion to egg mixture. I use a bit of frozen spinach, thawed, and water squeezed out of it. Then pour egg mixture into hot pie shell, place a cup-and-a-half of shredded sharp cheddar cheese around, sprinkle in the crumbled bacon, sprinkle the spinach around and put the whole thing back in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 to 50 minutes until done in the center. Make two and have enough for breakfast the next morning! Most store-bought pie dough comes with two pie shells.

We've been making plenty of pasta salad too--just waiting for more of our tomatoes to turn! Hurry tomatoes!

More things I love about summer:
getting a tan
lots of flowers to put all over the house
morning sewing sessions on the deck
music outside
coffee outside
long, long days
going to bed at midnight
the farmer's market
the gigantic butterflies I saw in my garden today!
big fat bees
late-evening walks around the neighborhood
watching movies with my daughter
dinner at our favorite Mexican place (teeny tiny joint) with my hubby
pasta salad, potato salad, fresh salsa, tomato paninis
a braid in my hair
ankle bracelets
long flowy cotton skirts
my favorite sandals
the look of white gold on tanned skin
a little sun-kissed streak of blonde
the beach, the pool, long baths
Joseph on my mini ironing board--not exactly pressed for time.
thunderstorms that pop up out of nowhere--like right now, so I should post this!

Have happy summer dreams everyone!

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