Friday, October 24, 2014

Rice Crust Quiche

This has to be one of the best things I've ever made.
We had an abundance of eggs this week,
and it just felt like a great thing to do with them.
We also had some leftover yellow rice,
which is just Jasmine rice with a bit of tumeric added.
It's gluten-free, since cooked rice acts as the crust,
and it can be made vegetarian by keeping out the meat,
or dairy-free by substituting your favorite alternative milk and cheese.
Here's our version and a link for the original at the end of this post.
Get cookin'!

Rice Crust Quiche

Butter a 9" pan and press cooked rice to form crust.
Bake for 3 minutes at 350 degrees.

Add 1 C each of cheddar and Swiss cheese,
plus any cooked veggies you may have in the fridge.

In a bowl, combine 4 eggs, 3/4 C milk and 1/4 C parsley, along with these spices:
1/8 t paprika, 1/8 t onion powder, 1/8 t garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste.
Beat the liquids and spices together in a bowl and pour them over the rice crust mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

This is a great way to use up leftovers in the fridge.
What a wonderful alternative for those who are unable to consume the conventional flour crust.
The next time you have a truckload of eggs and some leftovers,
I hope you'll give this a try.

Here's the original recipe.

From The Farm Blog Hop

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thrifty Thursday-Dead Rack Plants

We don't shop much at the big box stores.
In fact, we try to make do with what we have around the homestead.
But I have to confess,
one of my favorite things to do is to hit the "dead" rack
at our local Lowe's.
There are several racks of plants that have seen better days,
all at 1/2 price or better.
I make a beeline for the back of the nursery whenever I have some time on the weekend.

On this past Sunday, when I left my mornings' work at the farm,
these lovelies were calling for me to take them home.
There were lantana, salvia and one cleome in need of some TLC.

This cleome, also known as cat's whiskers, looks like a pink variety.
Most of the time these bargain plants just need a good dose of water
and the right location so that they can thrive.

The orange lantana fits right in with our color scheme,
as we have mostly yellows, blues and whites in the garden.

These add not only a wonderful pop of color,
but also attract pollinators, such as bees, butterflies and moths.

The mailbox bed needed a bit of color,
as the Gerbera daisies are not blooming at the moment.

A few blue salvia and the orange lantana were planted
and will nicely fill in the space.
Since we water three days a week,
they should grow quickly.
The lantana be regularly pruned though,
as they tend to get leggy and we want to keep the area looking tidy.

Knowing I got these for a steal makes it even better.
Don't ya just love a bargain?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Maple Hill Hop 53

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)

This past weekend we made it to the 
Lake Mirror Classic Car Show in Lakeland, 
which is about 30 minutes from where we live.
Every year, this automotive spectacle allows us a peek
at vintage automobiles we could only dream of owning.
Some folks are seen dressed in period costumes,
which adds to the fun and frivolity.
Just look at these gems.

I'm drawn to the quirky cars.
This three-seater would be perfect for our family!

Simple, clean interiors really appeal to me.

Talk about the perfect delivery roadster!

This Isetta is one of the most fantastic vehicles I've ever seen and a family favorite.
What a treat to motor around town in this cutie.

One of the best parts of the show
is hearing about how the owners came upon acquiring their treasures.

Many displays brought back feelings of a simpler time.

Mirror Lake is home to many birds,
including the symbol for the city of Lakeland, the swan.

Lil' Guy (who isn't so little anymore),
enjoyed communing with the birds.

And a good time was had by all...

Whatcha been up to where you live?
Hop To It!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Rural Renaissance Book Review

Rural Renaissance 
by John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist

"Blending inspiration with practical how-to's, Rural Renaissance captures the American dream 
of country living for contemporary times.  Journey with the authors and experience their lessons, 
laughter and love for the land as they trade the urban concrete maze for a five-acre organic farm 
and bed and breakfast in southwestern Wisconsin.  
Among the many topics explored in Rural Renaissance are:

*"right livelihood" and the good life
*organic gardening and permaculture
*renewable energy and energy conservation
*simplicity, frugality and freedom
*green design and recycled materials
*independence and interdependence 

An authentic tale of a couple whose pioneering spirit and connection to the land 
reaches out to both the local and global community to make their dream come true,  
Rural Renaissance will appeal to a wide range of free agents, conservation entrepreneurs 
and both arm-chair and real-life homesteaders, regardless of where they live."

What struck me most when reading this book was the absolute awakening concerning creating a life that feels right.  By following one's heart, good things will happen.  The authors explain how they forged a unique trail 
for their bed & breakfast, unlike any other.  Rather than following conventional standards, they fashioned their inn after their own heartfelt desires.  

Some of the differences you'll find at their getaway are:

1)  Reused and repurposed furnishings
2)  The use of homemade, natural cleaners
3)   Homegrown, organic food
4)  An emphasis  on creating an environmentally
and socially responsible haven for guests. 

It's no wonder that those who flock to their establishment
are of like minds.  What a great way to not only enjoy a needed vacation, 
but to support a business that believes in doing the right thing.  That's a winning combination.
This book was an interesting read and it made me want to book a reservation.
It's definitely worth your time.