Family Weekend

August 15, 2008

My Dad & Annie were in town with my Aunt June (from Australia!) a few weeks ago and we were celebrating Annie’s birthday!

Why can’t my 80 pound dog come kayaking with me??!!

What would a birthday be without champagne??!!

This is one of my all time favorite photos of Strider. He looks VERY handsome 🙂

What might he be sniffing?

A little snuggy nose 🙂

Happy family 🙂

I’m off to Ithaca to shoot a wedding!
Robin Dini Photography

ah. i always feel relaxed after looking at pictures of yours 🙂 i miss you. lunch soon!

Val McCormick Photography

I really LOVE the shot of Strider where you thought he looked so handsome. He really does! The family portrait is great too 🙂

The family portrait at the bottom is great!

Amanda: Here are a few easy to make recipes if you like quiches and some pancake ideas too (I posted this also in the response to your recipes also. (Hope it's ok).

1) Spinach and Feta Quiche

6 eggs
1 cup light cream
1 tbsp. chopped onion
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
½ c. chopped spinach (frozen defrosted is fine)
½ cup feta cheese crumbled
An 8" pie crust

Pat the pie crust into 8" pie plate. Whisk together the eggs & cream; add the cheese and spices and spinach. Pour into the unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle top of the quiche with a dash of nutmeg. Bake 325 degree oven for 40 min, or until if you stick a tooth pick in the center, it comes out clean.
I use fresh spinach. I steam it for 2 mins in the microwave and I make crustless quiches in the individual 6oz. Pyrex cups. (This makes 8 individual )

2) Zucchini Quiche

4 eggs
½ cup wesson oil or whatever oil you use
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tbsp. chopped onion
1 tbsp. italian seasoning
1 cup bisquick
3 cups grated zucchini (usually one (1) medium size zucchini)
1 cup cherry tomatoes sliced (optional)

Whisk the eggs, oil and the cheese together. Then fold in all the other ingredients. Spray a 9” pie plate or quiche pan with Pam. Pour the zucchini mixture into a plate. Bake in a 350 degree oven
for 25-30 min. Makes 6-8 servings.
(I use this often as hors d’oeuvres and I bake it in mini muffin tins.)

3) Sausage and Pepper Crustless Quiche

6 eggs
1 c half n' half
1/2 red pepper- diced
1/2 green pepper- diced
1 small white onion
1/2 lb breakfast sausage
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp. fresh basil

Saute the sausage & peppers until the sausage is cooked and peppers get soft. Whisk the eggs and 1/2 spices together. Fold in sausage & peppers. Lightly grease an 8oz. Pyrex or glass casserole pan. Divide the egg mixture into the pans and bake 350 degree oven for 20 min or until set.

OKAY…Now for the pancake ideas:

1) Peach French Toast

1 stick butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. sourcream or water

Cook over a medium heat until the butter is melted. When it begins to boil, whisk in the sour cream and then pour into a 9" x 13" greased baking glass pan. Arrange 29oz. can of drained peaches on the butter mixture. Use 2/3 loaf cubed bread (oatmeal, potato, and buttermilk) or any desired bread. Cover the peaches with bread cubes. Sprinkle ¼ cup of chopped pecans on top.

Then, mix together:
6 eggs
1½ cups milk or cream
1 tsp. vanilla

Pour over the bread and refrigerate overnight. Bake 350 degree oven for 40 min. Cool slightly before serving. Great with a nice hit of whipped cream.

2) Lemmon Pancakes with Fresh Berries

1/2 cup lemon yogurt
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 egg
1 cup flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
1-2 tbsp. lemon zest

Whisk together the egg, yogurt, lemon juice and butter. Combine the flour sugar mix wet and dry ingredients together. Spoon onto a pre-heated griddle. Serve it topped with fresh blueberries, raspberries or use a frozen berry mixture. (Makes 10 large servings) DELISH!!

3) Caramel French Toast

1 cup brown sugar
½ cup butter
6 eggs
1 ½ cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. Corn Syrup
½ cup sugar & 1 tsp. cinnamon mixed
10-12 slices wheat bread

Melt the butter, corn syrup and brown sugar on your stove in a saucepan. Spread onto a greased 9 x 11” pan. Dip the bread in eggs & milk & Vanilla mixture. Layer the bread on bottom of the pan over the brown sugar mixture. Sprinkle cinnamon & sugar mixture between layers. Add the next layer bread dipped in egg mixture. Pour the remaining egg mixture over top of it all. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
The next day:
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-35 min. uncovered. Serves 8-10

Try them out and let me know. Enjoy!!!

Strider is such a love, he is soooo adorable and yes indeed good looking and such part of both of you..he is more like a human than a dog (just my opinion) but he is definitely one of the gang!! Jeff looks so relaxed and so happy. P.S. Your blog has been thus far the only blog that I comment on, as I feel like a tinsy tiny miniscule part of your life in a way and I always have a smile when I read it…I’m so glad I found you on this ginormous highway. Thank you Amanda for sharing your life. Have a nice weekend guys.

good energy, good vibes!

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