Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Spring! Eggs, eggs, and more eggs

As some of you may know, we have standard traditions that we do on the first day of each season. For the first day of summer, it's a campfire. Fall is a small pot of applesauce. Winter is hot chocolate in the dark. And spring, lovely spring, is planting seeds.
Only this year's first day of spring was so lovely, that we packed our lunch, put on our boots and spent a big chunk of the day at The Wilderness Center, one of our most favorite places.
We fed the geese and the fish, and for once I wasn't attacked by a large bird. It was already a good day.
We picnicked on the tower, to the sound of spring peepers, blue jays, crows, and more.
Even better, the babe slept for the last 2 miles, so we didn't have to drag her away from stopping to pick up every pine cone and rock.
It was a very good, nearly perfect day.
But the next day, we had to carry on our tradition. This year: egg heads.

We've done these in the past, and the dog has eaten them before we truly got to enjoy them. This year I'm keeping them on my kitchen window, safe from doggie harm. Making these are very simple-- just crack the egg on the point and pour out the innards. Gently snip the hole until it's about the right size with a pair of scissors. Rinse the egg out well and let dry completely. Decorate with permanent markers and fill with potting soil. Sprinkle generously with grass seed (rye will work best because it comes up quickly) and cover with a small layer of more soil. Water, set in a sunny place, and let the hair grow wildly!

And now, what to do with all of those eggs... How about a Meatless Monday recipe?

This is one of my favorite recipes because I normally keep all of the ingredients on hand, and it is so easily dressed up with whatever you want to throw in.

Spinach Parmesan Pie

1 large onion, chopped
1 package frozen spinach, thawed and pressed dry
4 eggs (hmm, where ya' gonna get those?)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
8" frozen deep dish pie crust

Heat your oven to 375. Saute onion in a bit of olive oil until soft. Add spinach and mix.
In a large bowl, mix the eggs. Add spinach mixture, cheese, and salt and pepper. Dump it in the crust.
Bake for 45 minutes or until edges are brown and center is set.

1 comments:

BECKY said...

Oooohh..this pie sounds wonderful! Would you tell me all the calories have been taken out?!

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