Our Family Update

Lots of good things have been happening lately.  I haven’t really talked about it, but since you all were with me through all the bad, you should definitely get to hear about all the good as well.

In February I finally went 40 hours a week at my day job, with the accompanying increased income.  That means that as of March 1 we are officially off of any kind of assistance.  It was such a relief to know that we can finally pay all our own bills again!!

Boo has moved out with her girlfriend. They are renting a house with some friends.  Boo is still a barista. She checks in with us regularly.  Art and I went to lunch with her two weeks ago.

Bud had sinus surgery at the beginning of the year.  After his recovery, he started applying for a few jobs.  His dream is to be a botanist, but he wanted to get some work under his belt before he went back to school.  He was excited when he heard that the California Conservation Corps was hiring. The corps was looking for someone to help out in the native plant greenhouse.  Bud interviewed and within 3 days he was on his way to CCC boot camp.

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Bud in his CCC uniform

While Bud was going through his CCC interview and bootcamp, Art was in Oregon.  His mom had open heart surgery and Art took the bus up to help parents through the surgery and recovery.

Soon after Art got home he got a new sales job.  Willow’s nanny job had ended, but she just found a new job with a six month old starting next week.  For the first time ever we are ALL employed!!

With all this good news comes a lot of adjustment since it all happened so fast.  But we can do it. We’ve come this far and are so thankful for all God’s blessings.

Butternut Squash Frittata With Crispy Kale

butternut squash frittataAs my regular readers probably know by now, I have been on a bit of a frittata kick lately.   They are super easy to make, healthy and you can customize them easily with whatever vegetables (or meat) you prefer.

Here is a list of my frittata recipes so far:

Zucchini Onion Frittata

Tomato Feta Frittata

Sun Dried Tomato, Mini Pepper and Spinach Frittata

Last Saturday morning, I was trying to figure out what to make for breakfast.  I had some leftover butternut squash, so I decided to go for it.  The original recipe I found (at Cookie and Kate) served more people and had a fried sage topping.  I am the only one in our house who eats frittata, so I always cut it down to 1-2 person size.  In addition, I don’t keep fresh sage on hand, but I had plenty of kale, so I decided to improvise.  Personally, I think it turned out great!!

Butternut Squash Frittata with Crispy Kale

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1/4 cup milk

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 1/2 cups butternut squash, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/8 tsp. sea salt

black pepper, to taste

For Crispy Kale:

1 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cups kale, chopped and rinsed

dash of onion powder

dash of garlic powder

dash of sea salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Whisk in about half the cheese.

In an oven-safe saute’ pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until slightly translucent.  Add squash and stir. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Cook until squash is tender and cooked through, stirring occasionally, approximately 8 minutes.

Uncover the pan, add a bit more olive oil, then raise the heat back to medium and cook until the excess moisture has evaporated and the butternut squash is starting to turn golden on the edges, about 5 more minutes.

Turn the heat down to low. Arrange the butternut in an even layer in the bottom of the skillet. Whisk the egg mixture one last time and pour it into the pan. Sprinkle the frittata with the remaining cheese. Put the pan in the oven and bake about 15 minutes, until just set in the middle.

While the frittata is baking, fry the kale: Heat oil in a large medium-size non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the kale, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and toss to coat. Let the kale get crispy.

Once the frittata is done, top with crispy kale and serve hot.

butternut squash frittataEnjoy!!