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Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts & Mini Frittatas

17 Jul

If you need an elegant and easy dish to make for a party, event or just for fun, try the recipes below. I made them both for the baby shower – I know, I know it’s getting old but trust me they are so delicious!

Everything I made for the baby shower was vegetarian, which is something new for me. Hey look at that a new hobby! Well not a new hobby because I don’t have the will power to be an actual vegetarian, plus I come from family who is in the ranching business. I do like to try new things and cooking an all vegetarian meal was a new adventure for me.

So please enjoy the below recipes, and others that I will post from the baby shower!

Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts

What you need:

4 sheets phyllo pastry

Olive oil

2 cylinders goat’s milk cheese

1 bunch slender asparagus tips, trimmed

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Brush the sheets of pastry with olive oil, and fold each into a rectangle. Place on a baking sheet. Crumble the goat cheese on top, leaving a border of pastry. Add the asparagus. Season and drizzle with oil. Bake for 12 minutes, until the pastry is golden-crisp and the asparagus just tender.

Cook’s tips: Ricotta works just as well as goat’s-milk cheese. Top with ruffles of smoked salmon trout or prosciutto, or add shavings of Parmesan.

Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts

Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts

Roasted Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tarts

Mini Frittatas

What you need:

1 medium zucchini

4 to 6 white mushrooms

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

16 large eggs

2 teaspoons salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon chopped chives

1/2 cup finely grated Gruyere or fontina cheese

Vegetable-oil cooking spray

Directions:

Lightly spray two 24-mini-muffin tins with vegetable-oil spray. Slice zucchini into 1/8-inch rounds. Slice mushrooms lengthwise into 1/8-inch pieces. Core and seed red and yellow bell peppers. Chop into 1/8-inch dice, and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, salt, pepper, and chives, and set aside. Arrange cut zucchini, mushrooms, and peppers in each muffin tin. Ladle egg mixture into each tin, just even with the rim, and sprinkle with cheese.

Transfer to oven, and bake until frittatas are set, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm, or reheat briefly at 325 degrees.

Mini Frittatas

Mini Frittatas

Oh yes! If you are like me and burn yourself on the oven – try these really pretty Band-Aids. I got them in my monthly Birch Box and they came in very handy! They are from Cynthia Rowley and they are fabulous – You can get them on her site or Target!

Cynthia Rowley Band-Aid

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Birch Box and New Beauty Test Tube – Solution for people who want to try it before you buy it!

1 Jun

In an effort to try new things, I subscribed to two make-up sample delivery services. This also allows me to receive things in the mail which I LOVE and you can read about here!

I am not good at picking out makeup and when I see something I like, I second guess myself until I get super frustrated want to cry and just leave the store. OR I will see something I like that I think is too expensive so I opt for a lower, cheaper version that really is not the same and sucks.

So when my friend Arantha told me about a service called Birch Box I thought that might be the answer for me. Another blogger friend SuburbanEyeFeast told me about another service called New Beauty – Test Tube. I didn’t know which one to try so I tried both. Below is a breakdown of both them.

Birch Box

For just $10 a month you get trial size beauty products from both well-known brands and new up and comers. You can buy what you like on their site at a slightly discounted price.

New Beauty Test Tube

This one is a little different because you get full-size and deluxe sample size products in your “test tube” It’s litteraly a tube. But, you only get the tube every three months and the prices is $29.95 (plus S&H). You also get a magazine and coupons to buy products on their site.

You can see specifics on what I got here.

For both sites you fill out information about your make up preferences. You also let them know what type of skin and hair type you have so they can customize the box/tube.

These are both great ways to try products before you invest in them. And it’s good for someone like me who can sometimes be afraid to try new make-up and is a little cheap!

Can’t wait for my next packages to come in the mail!