Monday, August 30, 2010

Spinach Quiche

I recently posted about one of my favorite meals, Spinach Quiche, and have had a few requests for the recipe, so here you go:

1 recipe for single-crust pie (I do make this from scratch from a quick oil based recipe, but store    bought ones work great and are easiest)
1/2 C chopped onion (1 medium)
6 slices of bacon, chopped (I use turkey bacon)
8 beaten eggs
1/2 C dairy sour cream
1/2 C half-and-half, light cream, or milk (i use milk because that is all I have)
1/4 t salt
1/8 t white pepper
Dash of ground nutmeg
3 C lightly packed chopped fresh spinach
2/3 C shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 C shredded swiss cheese
Cherry tomatoes, cut up

1. Line unpricked pastry shell with a double layer of foil, bake at 450 degree oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes more or until pastry is set and dry. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet cook onion and bacon until onion in tender and bacon is crisp. Drain on paper towels

3. In a bowl, stir together eggs, sour cream, half-and-half, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in onion mixture, spinach and cheese
      (note: I placed bacon on top as I was cooking for a vegetarian, so I left bacon off a 1/4 of quiche)

4. Pour egg mixture into hot, baked pastry shell. Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. If necessary, cover edge of crust with foil to prevent overbrowning. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with cherry tomatoes if desired. 

(note: I usually end up baking over an hour because I do a deep dish version. I also bake the tomatoes on top, that is up to you)!



Sunday, August 29, 2010


This past week we were spoiled to have Grandpa and Mimi in town. Dad was working with some churches, and mom hung out with us girls. I got a glimpse of what it is like to have family in town. For those of you who are blessed to have family in town to help with kiddos, I hope you appreciate it.  It was such a gift to have an afternoon by myself running errands without little miss taking much of my attention. I forgot what it is like to leisurely walk around stores.

Mimi and Grandpa

Steve and I went to Wichita Friday-Saturday for a wedding. Our friends Nick and Marissa got married and Steve was honored to do the ceremony. I think he did an excellent job making the wedding very personal. It was fun to get away for the night, just the two of us. 

Marissa and Nick

Fun to see my husband all dressed up!

It was great having family in town. We love spending time with family and it is such a treat when anyone comes and visits us in KC. Our doors are always open if someone wants a visit to KC.


Monday, August 23, 2010

The results are in...

We are so thankful for the healthy baby inside my belly. The ultrasound tech was amazing. She was so thorough and walked us through each body part explaining how this baby was so healthy. My mom was in the room and it was her first ultrasound she has ever seen.

This baby is BIG! The tech said it is measuring at least 10 days larger and I asked the Dr if that meant I would go earlier and he said no, that just means I grow BIG babies. Thank you Southards family.

Well if you remember, the Intelligender test said GIRL, the poll on the blog said BOY (by 5 vote spread), many of you have had your opinions and the ultrasound said  ...








We are super excited, very thankful for such a healthy baby and surprised by the gender! I love knowing the gender of the baby because for me it is so much more intimate of a connection for me as I feel like the baby has more of an identity. Thanks for all your sweet comments today and well wishes.


Gender Day ...

Well today we find out Boy or Girl. For some reason I am more anxious with this ultrasound that I was with Payton. This morning in my quiet time I reflected on God's word in Psalms.

Passage Psalm 139:13-16:
   13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
      and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
   14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
      Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
   15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
      as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
   16 You saw me before I was born.
      Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
   Every moment was laid out
      before a single day had passed.

How precious life is. Everyone single one of us was created for a purpose, God knows our story before it even happens.  Being a follower of Christ I have such peace either way the gender goes. I believe God to know the greater story, He knows the life that is being formed inside of me, and He knows the story that will be written with this life. He knows how His kingdom can be impacted by this new life.  I have such peace, knowing He is in control and He is forming this baby for His purpose. I have my desires, but I trust the one who knows all!

It is a cliche that people often say, "we don't care the gender either way, we just want a healthy child." That line has been more real to me recently. My friend shared a few stories about women who found out at their ultrasound that the precious little lives inside of them would not survive after birth. I wept reading some of these women's blogs recently and it made me so thankful for healthy babies. I am grateful that we even can have babies, and get pregnant as easily as we do. So many dear friends struggle with infertility and I can not comprehend their pain.  If that is you, I do not understand why you are in the situation you are in, I just pray that you can turn to Christ with your questions and pain, only He understands the whole story and can bring peace to your lives. I do not believe I have blind faith, but I believe that God's knows the big picture, we get so caught up in what we are going through in the moment that we don't understand the greater story, I believe God is a good God that has your heart and desires in mind, He loves you and wants joy, peace, and satisfaction for your life. 

So today, we go to the doctor, they will tell us just a glimpse about our new baby. God has the story written out. I pray this baby be a dangerous threat against the gates of Hell. I pray this baby's life be used by God for His glory. I pray that God allows me wisdom as a parent to train this child up, then let this child go. God thank you for life, for every new life!


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Gender Test

Awhile back my friend LINDSAY (who is due with her 3rd little guy the day after me, Christmas Day) informed me about a gender test that you can take as early as 10 weeks and is 80% accurate. It is the Intelligender and I was thrilled that they sent me a sample to try.  It is a Urine based test and I was so excited to receive it in the mail and give it a try.
Check out HERE where at the bottom of the page there are a few different news videos explaining a little more about the test.

Well the packaged arrived, you have to take the test first thing in the morning and since I have started working out, it was nice and early and my eyes were barely open.  I did my thing and waited for the results.....







The test showed GIRL!!!

To be honest I am hoping for a boy, I went online right away and compared my test results thinking maybe it was green (Boy) and my eyes weren't working correctly.  Nope, yellow/orange it was, which according to them means Girl.  Lindsay's results said Boy and she has already done her ultrasound and it has confirmed Boy.  We are 4 days away from ours (Monday afternoon).  We will see if the test is correct.

If you haven't cast your vote, don't forget to vote for what you think the gender is. We will see how this post affects the votes :)


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Monkey see Monkey do

Payton has started to ask to sit on the potty. She has a small potty upstairs and the ring for the potty downstairs. She has yet to actually go to the bathroom while sitting on the potty, I just think she likes to act like a big girl. When I use the bathroom, she take the toilet paper off the roll, hands it to me and says "wipe." I am so thankful for her, otherwise I might forget :)  She also like to be the one to flush the toilet. The other day she asked to sit on the potty, as soon as she sat down, she pointed to the shelf across the room with magazines and books and said "book." I do believe she has seen her daddy one too many times sitting on the toilet reading. The best part was I handed her a book of Steve's (no pictures) and she proceeded to turn the pages and "read" the book for about 1 minute. She had me laughing so hard. 


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The last few days

Here is a quick photo catch-up of the last few days.

It is so nice that Payton feeds herself, I will have to readjust to taking the time to feed the baby when this little squirmy one in my belly arrives. 

I have had to learn to let go with messes as Payton feeds herself. When she is done eating (especially hot cereal for breakfast) I have to search all sorts of parts of her body for food, especially her hair and ears (everything goes in the ears right now).

We had friends over Saturday night to grill out. This is one of the few times Payton is with mostly boys, most of our friends seem to have girls, she is the oldest at this pool party and she stood her own, getting the 2 little guys wet.          

The girls. I have loved traveling but it is so nice to be home and get together with friends. I really love Olathe and our life here and it is nice getting ready for the fall and get back in the swing of things.
The guys working in the basement. Our sump pump went out, thanks to Mike put a new one in for us. It wasn't fun to come home to water standing in the basement. Luckily the water was in the unfinished part. 

Sunday Steve preached at all 3 services, then we headed to our friends Dave and Kim's house. They have a little guy born on Steve's birthday (almost 3 months ago) that we got to see for the first time. I brought them a meal and since Kim is a vegetarian and Dave and Steve like protein, I had to be creative. We ended up with one of my favorite dishes, Spinach Quiche and fruit pizza. I left the turkey bacon off Kim's 1/4 of the Quiche. It was a great night catching up with friends. 

Monday we had E-man (Ethan, but it is so cute how Payton says E-man) hanging out with us all day. He is 4 months younger than Payton and they play so well together.  

I love how kids can play with a cup, rocks and grass for 45 min. Who needs toys anyways?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Working out again

After taking the last few months off from working out due to be so sick and traveling, I am back at it this week. I am so thankful for my ladies I work out with, the accountability is what gets me out of bed way before the sun.  I have had to adjust my attitude towards working out, now that my body is working on creating another life inside of it.  I normally tend to want to push myself, lift more weight, run a little faster. I have to remind myself that being healthy is the most important thing right now, and asking my body to do something that hurts, isn't healthy for baby or me.  So I am back to my smaller weights, I run a little slower, I can't do all the moves and spend time stretching, and the best thing is, I am ok with it all. I am just thankful to be as healthy as I am and want to continue as long as possible staying active during this pregnancy.  It was right about now during my pregnancy with Payton that my doctor had me stop working out, not sure why, but my new doctor is fine with it and as long as I feel good, I am going to continue.  I am a little sore today, but that is good news, means even taking it a little easier, my body is feeling it.  Healthy, that is my goal :)


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

5 month baby bump

Well last week we hit the half-way point. Starting month 5! Time is flying by with this pregnancy. Here is the latest belly shot, I don't have a 5 month from Payton to compare. Less then 2 weeks until we find out the gender. Don't forget to vote.

By the way, this is the dress that I will be wearing all summer to anything somewhat formal. So far I have worn it to my reunion, and 2 weddings. I have 2 more weddings for the summer and this is one of the only dresses that is a little nicer that fits and is flattering, so don't worry that you will see it again soon :)

Please excuse the bra sticking out of the dress, I wish someone let me know that I was showing off my undergarments for the world. Some women love their boobs while pregnant. I am not one of those, I was quite content with my size before and due to the growth in that area, many shirts no longer fit. There are some women who understand that comment.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Colorado continued

This was our cabin for the last 2 days of our trip. The Bennett's are some friends that own this cabin built in the 1920's and were gracious to allow us to call it home for a few days.

So many cool features of this cabin including the built in table in the kitchen. Payton loved it because it was just her size.

Merv and Roseann, the owners, wanted to keep things as original as possible. Merv found this stove/oven and refinished it himself. It is partial gas and partial wood burning.

A stream ran right through the property and since rocks are one of Payton's favorite toys right now, she was in heaven digging for all sorts of rocks!  

Payton found a fruit to give blueberry's a challenge as her favorite, Wild Raspberry's! She went crazy with them.  In the background you can see a fire that came through about 8 years ago and wiped out so many trees in the area. It was sad to see, thankfully the cabin was saved by firefighter's foaming the roof.

Bath time in the old kitchen sink.

Monday we drove up to the top of Pike's Peak. It was a beautiful day as we started.

We stopped a lot to let Payton's ear adjust. She kept saying boo boo and pointing to her ears. I told her to drink some water and that would help with her boo boo in her ears, and she was so funny because she kept putting her cup up to her ear like pouring water in her ear would help.

By the time we made it to the top is was 46 degrees and foggy. We were glad to made it though. We had a snack and headed back down.

So foggy we couldn't see anything from the top.

Heading back down the mountain it was amazing to watch as we came out of the clouds and could see below. The mountains were just brilliant. 

Merv found us a much better carrier for hiking, so Steve was able to carry Payton. We went hiking on Gill Trail just a few miles from the house. It was only a couple miles round trip but there were some extremely steep climbs that it was enough of a challenge.

This hike I got to go hands free, just my extra pregnancy weight was enough of a workout for me climbing up those mountains.

We had a great time as a family. Thank you to the Bennett's for their cabin, Colorado is a beautiful place!


Glen Eyrie

The reason for our trip to Colorado was Steve was invited to speak at the Colorado Church of God Summer Camp Meeting. It was an honor for him to speak at this conference, the theme for the weekend was Shaped by God's heart. Steve did an excellent job talking about the fears that keep us from knowing and experiencing God's heart.  We enjoyed meeting all sorts of wonderful people over the weekend.

The retreat was held at Glen Eyrie.  Glen Eyrie is a 67-room Tudor-style castle built by in the late 1800's by General Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs. It is now used as a Christian Conference Center. This place is beyond description. Here are a few pictures from around the property. My subject for the pictures was a little less than excited about me dragging her around the property trying to snap photos. For a photographer who knew what they were doing, this place would be an amazing photo shoot. There were a few bridal parties that came to take pictures on the property while we were there.

The Castle

So much wildlife. Bighorn Sheep, Deer, and Turkey. All right on the property where we walked!

Payton ran through a doorway thinking she was hiding from me. Little did she know there was another door down the wall that I snuck through and scared her!

Old wooden bench

Thanks to the folks in Colorado who invited us and so graciously hosted us.