Thursday, January 31, 2013

Breakfast for 2 during the Week!

Being that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I try to make sure that both my hubby and I get a good meal in to begin our days, especially during the week!  I am NOT, by any means, a morning person nor is my husband.  We give ourselves the bare minimum amount of time to get up, ready and out the door to work in time

Thus, I've started making batches of morning meals and portion them out to eat for breakfast or even lunch if he or I prefer to eat throughout the week to make sure we both get something nutritious and fulfilling in our bellies every mornings!

Red Potato, Spinach, Egg and Cheese Hash
Disclaimer: I am by no means a photographer, let alone a "good photographer," so take these pictures with a grain of salt and give it a try if the ingredients are up your alley!
Sautee about 1.5 lbs diced red potatoes, washed and skin ON in about 2 Tblpson olive oil in a non-skillet over medium/low heat // Cover to speed up the cooking process if your pan has a cover and stir consistently so the potatoes get browned on all sides // Season potatoes with your desired portion of seasoned salt, pepper and steak seasoning (about 1 teaspoon of each)
When the potatoes begin to get tender, add 1/2 onion (white or red) diced to the skillet and continue cooking until potatoes fully cooked/tender and onions are transculent // Stir continuously for approximately 5 minutes
While the potatoes are cooking....

 Defrost a 10oz package of chopped frozen brocolli in the microwave in a bowl to catch the extra liquid
 Once spinach is defrosted, CAREFULLY transfer the spinach into a towel and wring out AS MUCH AS of the excess liquid over the sink as you can // Place back into bowl you cooked the spinach in after being rinsed and dryed out

Add your desired amount of spinach into the cooking potatoes and onions and stir together to mix everything together

Grab your eggs for the final portion!
 Push all of the potato/onion/spinach to one side of the pan, and add 3 or 4 eggs to the empty portion of the pan // Lightly season with seasoned salt, pepper and steak seasoning as the potatoes were // Whisk the eggs to scramble until cooked through
Once the eggs are cooked through, combine into the potato hash until everything is well assembled and taste to see if extra seasoning is needed // Season more if needed // Add a handful of shredded cheese (colby jack or cheddar) to the finished product to melt onto the potato hash
Let cool and portion into 4 different tupperware for a great morning meal during the weekend for you and your family, whether you heat it up before you head out the door, or heat up once you get to work a quick breakfast on the go.  
This was a winner with my husband :) and a great source of protein from the egg and cheese, all the nutrients from spinach and very careful to not over-season with saltNote: Always best to under season in the early stages and when you go to taste at the end and find you need more salt and/or pepper, you can add it then, but over seasoning 1. cannot be taken away when done too early, 2. negates the healthier aspects of the recipe, so really only need the salt and pepper you "need" to make the recipe taste seasoned enough as opposed to going overboard!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Updating our House -- The "Before" Office

We have been wanting to do updates to our house for so long, and many of which (i.e. completely re-doing the bathroom) are still out of reach financially, but gosh do I love my husband for all he accomplished this week.  

This house already feels completely different!

First off, we moved my desk/work area to his back office/the second bedroom, so now it's OUR office -- pretty sweet and cute, and let's us spend more time together :) 

Here are some before pictures: Have to finish painting to get the "after" pictures & post!!

My desk and laptop out in the living room with about 3-4 feet behind where my chair ended... Not ideal, but we made it work!
Another view of "my [previous] space"
My husband was working full time and getting his Masters in Library Science at the same time, so he deserved his own office space, which the second bedroom inevitably turned into since we don't have children (just our furry kiddos for now!)
My hubby's make-shift office from when we first moved in (He used a TV as his computer monitor)... and a mirror as our coffee table?! Yes, we pinch pennies!

Now we have merged all of our things and thanks to husbands amazing creativity, bargain finds at the new Goodwill store and some fresh paint.  We have a whole new room...
I'm keeping you in suspense for the pictures/post to come of our joined office :)


To top it all off, major love to my amazing husband:

Vacuum master with our Master Dyson! :) Love him for all he does!!!!


Friday, January 25, 2013

FRIDAY! So happy you're here!

FRIDAY! So happy you're here!

What a week.... and more so, what a day today! So ready to kick my feet up, relax and unwind!

1. MY NEW COMPUTER finally arrived... or rather, we were both at work when it arrived so my wonderful husband drive across town to pick it up at the UPS store :) The newest IMac and I am completely in love!
Isn't it a beauty? :)

2. So thankful for the short week and getting to spend a day and a special evening with my husband in celebration of Martin Luther King on Monday! Some veggie pot pie (see Budget Bytes for the recipe) and Spanish red wine next to the fire.
  YUMMY!!! We both had seconds!

3. My hubby bought and installed some very needed new blinds to replace our curtains. They're also weather proof to keep out excessively cold or hot temperatures = double bonus!
LOVE! And they let so much more light in than the bulky curtains we had!
4. We were required to attend a SAS seminar for my Biostatistics class to learn how to computer program and analyze data -- being a manager for a research study, I should have been more excited, but boy am I glad that I got that over with and am letting my brain deflate.... at least until I have to use it again and cry because my I miss 1 semicolon amidst thousands of lines of computer code and get a big error message when I run my data.  Already preparing myself for that one. My hats off to any computer programmers or statisticians out there and the very important and crazy difficult work you do!!

In case anyone is wondering what jibberish looks like... I believe it's something like this:
.... How I will be spending from now until April if you don't find me watching Environmental Science in Public Health modules. Looks fun, eh?... NO


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hearty Breakfast... or a Light Dinner!

Love these kind of versatile dishes -- Amazing breakfast quesadilla or amazing light dinner with a side dish... either way, AMAZING.  I got some pretty big brownie points with my hubs for making this for his breakfast today (and points I shortly used up tonight needing his IT help!), but regardless, this is a true keeper!!!

Creamed Spinach and Egg Tortilla
Adapted from Budget Bytes
Serves 1-2

In the line:
Homemade Creamed Spinach (recipe below)
Canola oil
1 burrito sized flour tortilla
1 egg
Small handful of shredded yellow cheese
Salt and pepper (to season the egg)

Homemade Creamed Spinach (also courtesy of Budget Bytes)
10oz box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained as much as possible
1/4 onion, diced
1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
Salt and pepper
  1. Melt butter over medium heat and sautee onions and garlic for a couple minutes (make sure to not burn garlic, so remove from heat/lower heat if garlic begins to burn)
  2. Now add the flour and mix together (will form almost like it's the start of a dough/bread)
  3. Add the milk and whisk until the clumps from the flour mixture have gone away.  
  4. Now just add your thawed/drained spinach and you're ready to rock!
This recipe is great to make and freeze if you cannot use within a week to keep fresh!

Add a heaping of this creamed spinach onto one half of the flour tortilla (hot or cold -- if you make this on another day than when you made the creamed spinach).   Then add a small handful of shredded yellow cheese on top of the creamed spinach.

In a small skillet, add just a bit more than a teaspoon of canola oil and raise to medium high heat.  Once the oil is heated, crack your egg and let it begin lightly frying.  I prefer to break my yolk before I flip it, but that's anyone's personal preference.  Fry for 1-2 minutes, flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper.  Once cooked through, add the egg on top of the shredded cheese.

Fold over the empty half of the burrito and add to the same skillet you cooked your egg in and brown the tortilla on both sides, flipping after 2-3 minutes to warm the outside and inside. perfection, I'm tellin ya'! The creamed spinach isn't at all heavy, perfectly salted, just enough cheese all inside a warm, golden brown tortilla.  Alex texted he wish I had packed a couple extra for him :) 

.... Husband approved = a keeper in my book!

Hope you enjoy as much as we did!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Turning into a blog follower addiction!

I LOVE blogs... I think my husband is about to send me to the AA version of someone with an addiction to blogs - I'm truly obsessed!...  Even blogs that don't necessarily relate to my life in any way, but I still love reading them for information or for their authenticity.  I just love what blogging has created for my generation, especially alongside Pinterest and all the advice and ideas these two sources provide! It's my second love to my husband/faith/furry kiddos!

I follow blogs that help me be more creative in my hair & makeup such as The Small Things Blog, blogs that help me save money and great recipe ideas to try out and give my own twist with what's in our fridge or freezer from the amazing Budget Bytes, fashion advice from the lovely Lauren to future pregnancy & parenting advice from Stephanie.  I just LOVE blogs more than I could say! 

I have never and will never consider myself within their realm and reach of blogging & followers, but I admire their consistency and all they offer to many of us in need advice from hair to cooking to birthing (at least as a child-less, cooking inspired wife).  All of these blogs, just a few amongst my many favorites, are truly inspiring!! I blog to share my recipes/stories/tips in hopes it may inspire even one person and it can truly be a hobby for those who enjoy sticking with it (for me -- that has been the hardest part!)

I love pictures, despite the fact that I'm definitely no photography expert by any means, I just LOVE taking photos of all things I love -- food, my marriage, our furry kiddos, etc. 

Follow me on Pinterest if you desire (ksundt), or twitter @KatieSundt or Instagram (KatieSundt) if you want to see and follow more of my day to day life. I just recently re-organized my Pinterest during my "not as productive as I hoped kind of day" so here's what you can find there :)

Hey, I tried my best -- food is the obvious theme!! :)

Have a fantastic rest of your week everyone!