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Herbed Italian (crustless) Quiche and Chocolate Chip Cookie Graveyard Cake

Geoph ended up working a graveyard shift last night, and I (stupidly) tried to stay awake until four, when we thought he’d be getting home. That wouldn’t have been so bad, but he actually didn’t get off until 8 am. Wooooo man. Talk about feeling jumbled. He was home at 9 am, passed out, and went back to work at 4:30. He’s there again until 8 am this time, too. And then he goes back at 2 pm tomorrow. I’m fairly convinced that I’ve married Superman… anyway, he needed something fast that would give him energy for dinner, so I made him this…

Herbed Italian (crustless) Quiche

-3 eggs
-3 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
-1/2 Tbsp. Crushed Red Pepper
-1 tsp. Basil
-3 Tbsp. onion (diced)
-5 cloves garlic (finely minced)***NOTE: Geoph likes a LOT of garlic
-salt to taste
-pepper to taste
-2 white mushrooms, chopped
-2 cups of spincah (finely chopped)
-1/4 cup roma tomato (diced)
-1/4 cup green bell pepper (diced)
-1 Wedge Light Swiss Laughing Cow Cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crack the eggs into an oven-safe bowl or souffle dish.


Whisk eggs with 3 tbsp. water until combined & bubbly on top. Whisk in seasoning, red pepper, basil, salt, pepper, garlic, mushrooms and onion.


Fold in spinach, bell pepper and tomato. Dice the laughing cow cheese and tuck it into the layers of veggies. (when it bakes, they’ll be little cheesy pockets of awesome. =)
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-35 minutes, or until the top puffs up and pulls away from the edges.
OR, if you’re SUPER short on time, you can cook it in your microwave for about five minutes, (stirring in between every 60 seconds so that your eggs cook evenly and don’t turn out rubbery).

I typically bake grated Parmesan cheese on top, but I was running short on time and it totally skipped my mind. =/ Either way, it was DELICIOUS…

Ta-Daaaa! =)

 

I also want him to be able to come home to something comforting, delicious and nutrient-packed… so I concocted a fudgy, chocolate dessert that I am here-by dubbing
The Chocolate Chip Cookie “Graveyard” Cake” =)

oooooh yeaaah.

1/4 cup Pureed Pumpkin
1/4 cup Instant Oats
2 Tbsp. Whole Wheat Flour
3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar (more or less to taste)
2 tsp. Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp. Baking soda
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Light Blue Bonnet Margarine (can be omitted, but I like the added flavor)
1 Tbsp. Milk (I used Almond Milk)
3 Tbsp Chocolate Chips, more for melting on top. =)

Blend everything (except for chips) together in a food processor until very smooth.
Fold in the chocolate chips. (I chopped half of them finely and left the rest whole… I like the way it makes every bite ooze with dark chocolate goodness. =)
Bake @ 350 for 40-50 minutes, sprinkle remaining chips on top and allow to cool for at least five minutes.

Dark, chocolate, gooey deliciousness. =) The pumpkin makes gives this dessert an incredible vitamin-a boost, while making the dough cake fudgey and rich without the use of extra fat or calories. SOO awesome! =)

Xx-
Zoe

Proverbs 25:11
Like apples of gold in settings of silver
Is a word spoken in right circumstances.

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And there was a Friday…

Today was odd….
Whilst browsing the internet, I made a shocking discovery…

DEMI LOVATO HAS STOLEN MY HAIR! *dun dun dun DUUUN*
I really like this shot of her, actually… she looks like  a retro Ariel. =)

In all seriousness, today actually was pretty weird. Mainly because I woke up with a super angry stomach, and my husband was called in for a *possible* grave shift. I’ve just felt kinda jumbled all day. But after a quick hop on the elliptical (boy, do I love that thing), Geoph and I started structuring our day. We decided to get some work done and then make an early dinner together. Dinner is actually an extremely important part of our day… Geoph and I BOTH love to cook, and we’re both health and budget conscious. We experiment, mostly. The Clemmons Kitchen typically feels like an episode of “Chopped”. I seriously LOVE it…

Anywhoozle…
Geoph made a grilled salad with an army of roasted mixed veggies, garlic, a mustard blend and lettuce on whole wheat flatbead, topped with eggs and with greek yogurt on the side. Ohhh. It was scrumptious…

His & Her's

Mine is on the left, Geoph's is on the right. I don't like yolks, so he put my whites under my salad and gave me carrots and tomatoes. =) He's awesome.

I made dessert. I’ve been experimenting with vegan chocolate mousse lately. It’s delicious and velvety AND healthy, to boot. So tonight I made Geoph

Dark Chocolate peanut butter mousse.

-3 oz. tofu
-2 Tbsp. (divided) Peanut Butter
-3 tbsp. dark chocolate chips
-1 tbsp. cocoa powder
-1.5 tbsp. (non-dairy) milk (I use Silk Almond Milk, but you could use anything, really)
-1/4 tsp. vanilla
-Sweetener (I used 1 Tbsp. of half Splenda and half white sugar)
-pinch salt

Melt chocolate chips & 1 Tbsp. peanut butter, either in the microwave or on the stove.
Blend everything in a food processor or blender until mixed, add melted ingredients and blend until EXTREMELY smooth.
Pour into a dish and move to the refrigerator until set. The longer you let it sit, the more firm it will become. =) At first, it’s more mousse-y, but after a few hours, it becomes more fudgy and pie-like.

I topped the Mr.’s with whipped cream and my peanut butter chocolate sauce recipe. I’m thinking I’ll share that with you later in the week, though. =)

xx-
Zoe

Proverbs 24:13-14
My son, eat honey, for it is good,
Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;
Know that wisdom is thus for your soul;
If you find it, then there will be a future,
And your hope will not be cut off.

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Proverbs 22

I love Proverbs. The entire book is perfect. 31 chapters… 31 days in the month… 31 amazing sets of guidelines and reminders. They always have relevance, but I haven’t had a day where the ENTIRE chapter was this spot-on in quite some time. Exactly the encouragement and wisdom I needed today. =)

.::Proverbs 22::.
1 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,
Favor is better than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor have a common bond,
The LORD is the maker of them all.
3 The prudent sees the evil and hides himself,
But the naive go on, and are punished for it.
4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD
Are riches, honor and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards himself will be far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor,
And the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.
8 He who sows iniquity will reap vanity,
And the rod of his fury will perish.
9 He who is generous will be blessed,
For he gives some of his food to the poor.
10 Drive out the scoffer, and contention will go out,
Even strife and dishonor will cease.
11 He who loves purity of heart
And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD preserve knowledge,
But He overthrows the words of the treacherous man.
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside;
I will be killed in the streets!”
14 The mouth of an adulteress is a deep pit;
He who is cursed of the LORD will fall into it.
15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child;
The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.
16 He who oppresses the poor to make more for himself
Or who gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

17 Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your mind to my knowledge;
18 For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
That they may be ready on your lips.
19 So that your trust may be in the LORD,
I have taught you today, even you.
20 Have I not written to you excellent things
Of counsels and knowledge,
21 To make you know the certainty of the words of truth
That you may correctly answer him who sent you?
22 Do not rob the poor because he is poor,
Or crush the afflicted at the gate;

23 For the LORD will plead their case
And take the life of those who rob them.

24 Do not associate with a man given to anger;
Or go with a hot-tempered man,
25 Or you will learn his ways
And find a snare for yourself.
26 Do not be among those who give pledges,
Among those who become guarantors for debts.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
Why should he take your bed from under you?
28 Do not move the ancient boundary
Which your fathers have set.
29Do you see a man skilled in his work?
He will stand before kings;
He will not stand before obscure men.

Ah, yes. No matter what, as long as I’m living, life is most definitely good. =)
But now, bed is calling me… tomorrow is a new adventure. Sweet dreams, loves.

xx-
Zoe

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Not all days can be as grand…


Today I woke up with a skip in my step, the likes of which I haven’t seen in quite some time. Honestly, for the first time in a while, I was TRULY happy. I wrote Philippians 4:8 on my wrist to keep the positive thoughts flowing:
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

As the day progressed, I realized how important it is to actually focus on these things. Sometimes it can be SO easy to let the day slip away from you, to let dark thoughts and incredibly sinister things rule you. Sometimes, it seems so temporarily satisfying to plot vengeance out and to let hate reign. But all of those things will eventually destroy you. So if you do one thing today, take a deep breath, and think about all that is lovely, right, pure, true, noble, admirable, excellent and praise worthy in your life.
Let God do the rest. =)

xx-
Zoe

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You say “tomato”; I say “Yes, please!”.

Woo! It’s chilly! I don’t know if it’s the fact that I’m sick, or if my body is begging for Spring, but I just could NOT get warm today. Today was pretty relaxed, though. I’ve been getting all of my tax forms together and talking to clients. Get ready to see some exciting stuff on here in the next few months! =)

While I was sitting at home sneezing, sipping lemon-spiked tea and taking business calls in my Tranformer jammies, Geoph was at work standing on his feet all day. So I decided to make (my version) of comfort food for dinner. To me, comfort food is nutritious, warm and flavor-packed. I’ll take a big bowl of vegan collard greens over mac & cheese ANY day. I decided on roasted Brussels sprouts with mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes with garlic. One problem… I didn’t HAVE any sun-dried tomatoes.

So I made my own. =) A lot of the recipes I’ve seen for oven-baked “sun dried” tomatoes incorporate extra (and in my opinion, unneeded) oils and fats. So I submit, for your approval, my recipe for (fat free & low calorie) sun dried tomatoes! =)

Since I was only cooking for the two of us, this is a very small amount. However, this is more a post about method than exact measurements. Also, Geoph and I consume a copious amount of garlic. Feel free to modify as needed. =)

Mmm... come to momma....

Mmm... come to momma....

No fat added Faux sun dried Tomatoes!

– 2 Roma Tomatoes
– 4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
-2 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
– Sea Salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil and cover with cooking spray. Sprinkle a bit of salt on the foil where your tomatoes will be (this will not only add flavor, but will aide in the drying/baking process).

Slice tomatoes about 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick. (be careful not to make them TOO thin, or they’ll burn. The thicker they are, the longer they’ll take to fully dry.) Spread out your lovely little tomato discs on the foil, and be careful not to crowd them. Top with garlic and seasoning.

Bake at 350 for about an hour and a half, turning once after 45 minutes and keeping a close eye in the last half hour.

And walla! No fat added dried tomatoes. =)

Well, that’s it for me tonight, loves. Let me know if you try this, and what modifications you make! =)

xx-
Zoe

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Le Sunday de February 19 — Amber & Nick!

Happy Sunday, loves!

Geoph had to work the graveyard shift last night, so we slept this morning. But Psalm 19 is one of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible, and seeing how it’s the 19th, I thought I’d share verses 7-11 with you. =)

“The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward.”

I LOVE that passage. It gives me so much peace…

Anyway, after Geoph and I woke up, I had the pleasure of shooting my friend Amber and her boyfriend, Nick, on 25th St. in Ogden! =) Just observe the adorable!

Ah! =) Shoots like this make me remember why I love photography…

And now, I’m off to listen to the newest installment of “Underwood and Flinch” with my lovely husband. It’s a vampire radio drama by Mike Bennett that we’re addicted to. If you happen to be into that kind of thing, you should definitely check it out. =)

xx- Zoe

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