Friday, August 3, 2012

No-Quilt "Quiche Lorraine" Muffins

I've seen so many breakfast "muffins" on Pinterest, I had to give them a try. And I was planning to try the Egg White (Eat Clean) recipe I'd pinned. But then I had another idea. Why not make something similar to Quiche Lorraine, which I LOVE. So instead of spinach, red pepper and egg whites, I used broccoli, onions, bacon and Swiss.

Note that I was experimenting so I only made three muffins, but the total points for all three is only 5 points. Can't beat that. I ate all three. :)


1. Spray a muffin pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cook one slice of bacon and remove to drain.

3. In the bacon grease, saute a little broccoli and onion for about a minute. I used only two chopped (fresh) florets and a small wedge of onion.

4. Add to muffin tin.

5. Add the crumbled baon on top.

6. Top with egg whites, sprinkle with salt and pepper and divide one slice of Swiss cheese to lay on top. I also sprinkled a little shredded Parmesan (not shown).

Confession: I experimented here and filled one with Egg Whites (from a container) and the other two were egg whites beaten with one whole egg. I had to see if there was any real difference in taste. THERE WASN'T.

7. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes.

8. The egg puffs up beautifully.

9. Remove to a rack to cool if you're planning to store for later. Otherwise they might get a little soggy. Then store in the fridge in a plastic bag or air tight container.

10. They're ready to pop out and microwave for a few seconds when you need a quick breakfast on the go.

And honestly, I was amazed that I couldn't tell the difference between the muffin with just the egg white and the muffin with half egg/half egg white. I'll admit, the egg white concoction looked a little gross before it was cooked, but the end result was fantastic.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Teaching kids virtues in words they understand

Occasionally I work in the children's ministry at Northstar Church, and I love how they teach our children virtues in words they can understand. I took note of them so that I could reinforce those definitions at home and also share them with others.

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FORGIVENESS: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn't have to pay.

KINDNESS: Showing others they're valuable by how you treat them.

HUMILITY: Putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve.

COURAGE: Being brave enough to do what you should, even when you're afraid.

DETERMINATION: Deciding it's worth it to finish what you've started.

PEACE: Proving that you care more about others than winning an argument.

RESPECT: Showing others are important by what you say and do.

JOY: Finding a way to be happy even when things don't go your way.

INITIATIVE: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it.

HOPE: Believing that something good can come out of something bad.

UNIQUENESS: Learning more about others so you can know more about yourself.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Better than a gift card

My eleven year old wanted to give her friend "something cool" for her birthday, but also something that her friend could use. We know most kids like gift cards -- and let's face it -- today, kids are most pleased with cash. I was at that age!

But that seems so impersonal, and not the little bit creative.

So we decided to do something a little different. We converted $20 into silver dollars, both the old and new kind, and stuck them in a mini purse. Needless to say, it was a huge hit! :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wishing you LOVE and CANDY

Thank you, Pinterest, for once again, giving me a great DIY idea for the holidays. 

Rather than spend $5 on store-bought Barbie or Disney Valentine's Day cards, I took a picture of Nadia with my phone, did a little PhotoShop work to create a new background and add some text, and then uploaded my photo to Wal-Mart.

One hour later -- voila! A Valentine's card to give to her friends that only cost me 19 cents each to print. :)