Saturday, December 30, 2017

Leftover Ham, Broccoli, and Cheddar Quiche

I luvvv quiche.  Love, love, love.  Not only is it easy to make if you have a premade pie crust, but it is hearty, filling, and packed with protein!  It's also packed with calories, which has led me in the past to try and make a "healthy" or healthier quiche.  Many people use heavy cream in their quiches, but I prefer the texture and taste of half and half, which is slightly less dense, but still tastes rich.  And the half and half it saves you a few calories.  Just be careful when making a quiche sans half and half or heavy cream because when you mess with the dairy component, you mess with not only the taste, but the texture.  And no one wants a loose quiche.

This recipe is great if you have leftover ham and want to make something other than a split pea soup (it reminds me too much of baby poop these days).  And don't worry about if your ham is sweet.  I used leftover Honey Baked ham and this was a hit. 

You can serve quiche warm or room temperature.  I like to make quiche for dinner served warm with a nice side salad dressed in olive oil and vinegar and eat the leftovers for breakfast.  Today I paired the quiche with a side of bacon. 
Today IS National Bacon Day after all...

Yes there is a "holiday" for everything.  

Feel free to substitute the meet, veggies, and cheese to suit your favorite flavor profiles and let me know how it comes out.

Leftover Ham, Broccoli, and Cheddar Quiche
 Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 onion, white or yellow, diced
  • 1.5 cups leftover ham, diced
  • 1.5 cups broccoli, florets only, diced
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 7 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • Frozen pie crust

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Melt butter in medium saute pan over medium - high heat and saute onions until caramelized, about 5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile heat broccoli until just cooked, but still crisp.  I microwave for 30 seconds - 1 minute.
4. In a large bowl combine cooked broccoli, onions, and ham.  Set aside.
5. Beat eggs, half and half, salt and pepper until incorporated.  Set aside.
6. Fold in 6 ounces of cheese into ham and broccoli mixture and add mixture to pie crust.  Top with egg mixture and sprinkle remaining 1 ounce of cheese over everything. 
7. Cook for 45 minutes or until eggs are set and cheese is browned.
8. Let quiche rest for at least 10-20 minutes before serving. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ebates for Holiday Shopping

The Holidays are coming and if you are like me than you probably do a lot of Holiday shopping.  So why not get a little something for yourself when getting things for others?  Enter Ebates.

I’ve talked about Ebates over and over again and if you have signed up for Ebates then you go girl (or boy… whatever).  But if you haven’t signed up yet, or if you have signed up, but “forget” to go to Ebates first before online shopping (hint, hint Mom) then shame on you!   So let me tell you about Ebates again. 

Ebates is a company that rewards you with cash back for shopping online.  Yes, it sounds too good to be true, but how it works per Ebates website is:
stores pay Ebates a commission for sending our members to shop at their websites.  Ebates then splits that commission with you, in the form of Cash Back.
There are tons of different stores participating with Ebates with varying cash back options.  And these cash back percentages change throughout the year (I've seen up to 20% cash back, right now up to 15%).  For example, It Cosmetics is offering 4% cash back right now.  If you read my last post (here) and decided to become an It Girl and purchase some of my favorite It Cosmetics products for yourself, then you would get 4% cash back for any purchase made through the Ebates website.  Basic math here: if you spend $100 you get 4% cash back or $4.  $4 to some may not seem like enough of an incentive to sign up for Ebates, but every purchase you make online adds up and free is free!  So maybe you are a baller instead and want to purchase the $1190 Soho Leather Gucci Disco Bag I've been dreaming of from Saks Fifth Avenue, who is offering 8% cash back on Ebates right now.  That is essentially $95 off the purchase of this gorgeous Gucci Disco Bag.  But $95 cash back doesn't entice you?  I forgot you're a baller.  You see my point...

Additionally, Ebates has a mobile app for on the go shopping and offers in store cash back options, which I've personally never tried, but plan to do next time I go to Buy Buy Baby.  I'll let you know how that works out.

I plan to do all my Holiday shopping though Ebates so mama can have a little spending money.  When you have a new baby, every penny counts including this Big Fat Check for $12.57 that I just received for my recent purchases through Ebates.

So have I convinced you yet to sign up for Ebates?  Use my referral link here and when you sign up and make a purchase you will get $10 free for joining and I will get $25 plus a chance to win $50,000!  And then after you have joined Ebates start referring all your friends so you too can get referral commission.  Everyone wins here.  Plus, if you sign up by November 19, every purchase you make through Ebates gives you an entry into a chance to win $500.  Now that would pay some of my Holiday bills, probably yours too... Fingers crossed!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

It Cosmetics Friends and Family Discount

OMG... It Cosmetics Friends and Family discount is here!  Can I get a WOOT WOOT?  It Cosmetics is one of my favorite brands of makeup because the products are high quality and easy to use while offering anti aging benefits.  Lets face it, we all want to enhance our appearance and a product that does just that while making my skin look better with continued use is a winner.  Since the Friends and Family discount is here I wanted to share the It Cosmetics products that I can't live without starting with:

Bye bye eyelash curler.  This mascara lengthens, thickens, and curls.  And the curl holds all day without flaking off or smudging.  Plus it contains collagen, biotin and peptides to condition your lashes.  If you try nothing else from It Cosmetics, try Superhero mascara!  

This is essentially a long lasting lip stain and hydrating lip balm in one.  Hydrated lips = fuller, youthful lips  I've been wearing the shade Je Ne Sais Quoi for years.  It is the most perfect natural pink.  I hope I get one of these in my stocking this Christmas... hint, hint. 

The It Cosmetics website says it best: Brow Power™ features an exclusive oval tip that works on both thin and thick brows to mimic the look of real hair.  Some makeup is obvious.  This eyebrow pencil, however, is extremely natural.  It gives me the illusion of the brows that I should have been born with and frankly without Brow Power I look unfinished.  Plus if you are a blonde this is the perfect shade for you (Universal Taupe).  I've tried a few different eyebrow products from It Cosmetics and I always go back to Brow Power.

If I could only have one makeup brush from any brand this would be it.  I use it for everything from applying (Celebration) foundation, concealer, and blush to contouring.  I always have this in my makeup bag because you never know where the day will take you.

This is my go to foundation during warmer months.  It literally gives you a flawless, matte face in a few seconds and lasts all day.  I also use it to powder my nose if I'm looking a little too dewy.  I recommend applying it with the Heavenly Luxe Complexion brush for the most flawless application. While I love this foundation for the majority of the year, I transition to CC cream during winter months when my skin goes cray.  Which brings us to my last must have...

The name says it all.  This provides full, yet natural looking coverage while soaking your skin with anti aging benefits.  When my skin is feeling dehydrated, like now, I turn to this product for added hydration and radiant finish that lasts all day.  I put this on and those fine lines are blurred.  Plus it protects my skin from the sun with SPF 50.  However, I can't wear this in the summer without a setting powder since I get a little too shiny in the T zone when its warm.  And if you are the type that likes a matte finish then you would need to set this with a setting powder. 

Use code ITFRIEND17 for 25% off your purchase of $30 or more.

For those of you who have tried It Cosmetics what are your favorite products?  For those of you who haven't, what are you waiting for?  In a few steps you can have flawless skin and with continued use your skin will look better.

I really think you will fall in love with It Cosmetics after you try it.  And if you do and want to spread the It Girls love sign up to be an It Girl.  It is free to join and you can win awesome prize packs with your social media posts such as this set here:
I want!  If you love It Cosmetics as much as I do give me some love and sign up here to be a It Girl through my personal link.