Wednesday, January 28, 2015

gabe's baptism...finally!

finally posting about baby gabe's baptism!
sheesh.  only about a month late.
but, anyway, we had a great weekend with tons of family (mike's twin brother and sister-in-law were the godparents) and tons of friends!

we had a big brunch and a fish fry over the weekend and then on the very rainy and cold Sunday morning, while baby gabe decided to cry the entire sermon, he was baptized into the Episcopal church!

we are so very blessed to have such a wonderful church and family that joined us for this special day!

the boys even got an early morning duck hunt in :)

a great weekend!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

huffington post!

it's published!
go read it!
share it, tweet it, facebook it!
and then go follow our new travel blog,
that's where we'll be blogging and posting our whole trip.
so, when we leave, we'll switch to that blog.
for the next 4 weeks, i'm still here.
but go bookmark it and follow along! 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


lately, we've been...

enjoying texas winters!

going on lots of dates :)

being silly

loving some girl-time shopping

eating lots!

but mostly, just enjoying each other and our very blessed life.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

sweet potato encrusted spinach quiche

this is the best.
i don't even miss the flaky crust of a quiche when i've got the toasty, roasty goodness of sweet potatoes.
think of it like sweet potato french fries on the edges and soft, mashed potatoes underneath.
so. good.
and definitely put the spinach don't even taste it and you've got your greens intake for the day!

eat this with a nice green salad for dinner or with bacon for breakfast!

Sweet Potato Encrusted Spinach Quiche
Serves 4-8...serve in quarters for a meal, in eighths for a side dish.
Found from pinterest!
2-3 small sweet potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and sliced thinly
Cooking spray
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
10-16 ounces of fresh spinach, washed and de-stemmed
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat your oven to 400*F.
Arrange the sweet potato slices in a 9" pie pan (use disposable, as seen below, for a great meal to take for friends!).  Spray with cooking spray to evenly coat and season liberally with salt and pepper.  Roast in preheated oven for 15 minutes, until getting browned.  Remove from oven, set aside, and lower oven temp to 375*F.
Meanwhile, heat a large saute skillet over medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil.  Add onions and garlic and saute for a few minutes until soft.  Add fresh spinach and saute, tossing, until wilted.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Drain in a colander and press lightly to squeeze the excess liquid from the greens.  Set aside to cool slightly.
Add beaten eggs and cheese to a large bowl and carefully stir in warm spinach.
Pour mixture over roasted potato slices in pie dish.
Bake at 375*F for 30-40 minutes, until browned on top and set in middle.
Enjoy warm! 

*see those spaces between the roasted potatoes?  not a problem.*

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

new (travel) blog!

sorry i've been a bit absent lately!
we've been working on a new blog :)
we'll let you know when it's up and running.
and i'm not abandoning this one...just putting it on pause while we travel.
then, we'll be back in the gdkitchen :)
but, for now, bear with us as we construct the new one...
hope everyone had a great new year's!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

a wonderful Christmas!

we had a great Christmas season.
we spent a "first" Christmas down in san antonio, visiting mike's parents and grandmother.  mike's dad had a company Christmas party but unfortunately, due to a babysitter's emergency and a house alarm that wouldn't shut off, mike and i stayed behind to watch the kiddos.  so, we poured a glass of wine and watched Christmas movies!  on sunday, we filled the stockings with care and after church, opened our first Christmas.  the boys had a blast picking out the little dutch treats that gma had found in the little dutch store in michigan.  i had a blast sorting through all the essential oils that my mother-in-law had gifted me and setting up my awesome new waterproof, shockproof camera for south america!  we even squeezed in a trip to seaworld the night before we left!  fun!

we came home to a full house...uncle vince had made it home from med school in st. vincent!  the boys were beyond thrilled and even baby gabe fell in love immediately :)  we attended the family "midnight mass", at 5:30pm, and the boys gladly went to bed early, after setting out cookies and milk for santa.  it took them awhile to fall sugarplums dancing here ;)  Christmas morning was filled with surprises...wooden bird mobiles, handmade by nanny and paw paw, and a special surprise for us - a 1900's door handle from the now-demolished Jewish temple in marshall, that a former mayor had rescued and my parents snatched from an antique store!  the perfect "first gift" to our future house.  ...a house i've already started building in my head. :)  anyway, it was a joyous morning and was topped off with a Christmas ham, sweet potatoes (with marshmallows, of course!), and mulled wine.


the very next day, my grandmother came into town and helped us set up for baby gabe's baptism weekend!  my in-laws and brother and sister-in law arrived that evening and we all went out to dinner on the square.  we walked around with the kiddos and showed them the Christmas lights and had a merry time.  saturday morning was a big brunch at the house and then a (muddy) trek around the property, showing mike's family the greenhouse, chicken coop, pond, and the land that my parents gave us for our future house!  we all broke for a much-needed nap and had more friends over for a big fish fry that evening.  all the kids wrestled with mike that night and had a grand ole time.  but on sunday, it was raining and cold, the boys were in foul moods, and baby gabe decided to cry the entirety of the sermon.  not a great morning.  but he finally passed out in his daddy's arms and ended up sleeping through his entire baptism!  we got the boys doughnuts after church, said goodbye to gma, poppy, uncle keith, aunt abby, cousin daisy, and memere and headed home for a nap!

finally, on the 29th, my parents and brother watched all three kids and we headed out for a nice anniversary dinner and movie!  a great end to a very busy and very enjoyable holiday season!

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