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Spinach Recipes

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this month, I thought I’d share some of my favorite “green” recipes that have spinach in them. I’ve been trying to get my family to eat healthier and have been sneaking spinach into our weekly meals. Here are the recipes: Check out the Spinach Smoothie from last years post from Cali. This is a family favorite. 

Instead of eating cereal in the morning, I try to eat something more substantial that will keep me fuller longer, this egg omelet recipe is SO good and SO yummy and Soooo healthy!

Spinach Eggs:
1/4 c. chopped onions
1/4 c. fresh mushrooms
1/2 c. fresh spinach
1 egg w/yolk
2 egg whites

Saute onions and mushrooms in skillet with 1 tsp. olive oil over medium heat. After they are soft, add spinach. (The spinach will cook way down) Then add the eggs and scramble together. Add salt and pepper to your liking and enjoy! You can also eat some whole wheat tortillas with these to make a total meal.

Spinach Southwestern Eggrolls:
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 can (15 OUNCES) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dried
1 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend – I use the Low fat mexican blend
4 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
1 package (21) egg roll wrappers
**1 egg beaten for sealing egg roll (can substitute water)

In a large bowl, combine everything but the egg roll wrappers. Place ~1/4 cup mixture in the center of one egg roll wrapper. Fold bottom corner over filling. Fold sides toward center over filling and continue to roll tightly to seal (see directions on egg roll wrapper). Using your finger, moisten remaining corner with egg. Repeat.
Place seam-side down on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Brush tops of egg rolls lightly with olive oil. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes until lightly brown. Turn them halfway through baking.  Serve warm with salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream.

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Valentines Cards and Scrapbook Paper Wreath

Isn’t this wreath cute?!  All we did was wrap a wire wreath form in burlap.  We took 1 x 4 strips of scrapbook paper, looped them in half and stapled the end.  Use a glue gun to attach to your wreath form, and voilah!
 Here is what we are making this Thursday for our monthly class.  Cute, huh?  I love Valentines cards!

 This is a class I’m offering the end of February.  You get to make 2 of each card for $12.
 And here are 2 more of my favorites we’ll make Thursday:
 All of these supplies you can find in the new Stampin Up! Mini catalog.  If you spend $50, you get a free Sale-A-Bration item.  Click here to go to my website and shop! 🙂



Strengthening Your Marriage

Have you seen this quote?
As Valentines approaches, Love and Marriage has been on my mind. We can’t afford to not protect our marriages.  I am always on the look out of ways to strengthen mine. My friend Becca from high school is on the “Stronger Marriage” board in Utah.  They are holding this awesome night of education and entertainment.  I think it will be really great.  The price goes up on Feb. 1st.

Also, I’ve been reading this book.  It is really awesome.  
There are a lot of interactive exercises that you can do together…
Here is a quote that I highlighted..”Turning toward your spouse in the little ways is also the key to long-lasting romance. Many people think that the secret to reconnecting with their partner is a candlelit dinner or a by-the-sea vacation.  But the real secret is to turn toward each other in little ways every day. A romantic night out really turns up the heat only when a couple has kept the pilot light burning by staying in touch in the little ways..”
There are difference quizzes you can take and different ideas you can do for connecting to one another.  Here are some of my favorites (there are 100+)
1. Reunite at the end of the day and talk about how it went.
2. Plan and host a dinner party.
3. Attend an event together.
4. Take turns planning your date night.
5. Do something you both enjoy (bowl, bike, jog, etc.)
6. Talk or read a good book together.
7. Play a board game or do a puzzle together.
8. Test drive new cars (This would be a labor of love in our family-my husband is truck shopping 🙂
Stay tuned for one more post on marriage.  There are so many great quotes and ideas in this book!