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Spinach, broccoli and bacon quiche

It's been ages since I did a recipe post up on here! Let's remedy that, shall we? Cause I made a quiche today and I figured I should share. The recipe, that is, not the actual quiche. Sorry. Well, I mean, I have leftovers, but... don't show up at my house out of nowhere to collect them, okay? That would be slightly creepy.

You'll need the following:

  • 4-5 slices of frozen pie crust dough, thawed (about 1/2 lb)
  • 1/2 lb of bacon, diced
  • 1 small head of broccoli
  • 3-4oz of spinach
  • 6oz of grated cheese
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 - 1 cup of semi-skimmed milk
  • powdered garlic, nutmeg, chili or cayenne pepper and mild paprika

Start by cooking the diced bacon in a dry frying pan. Depending on how fatty your bacon is, you may want to drain the bacon grease halfway through.

Cut off the broccoli florets and chop them into smaller pieces.You don't need the stalks for this recipe, but you can save them to make broccoli soup for lunch the next day. I was going to link you to my broccoli soup recipe here, since I was convinced I had written one in the past, but apparently I haven't. Huh. I think I may be posting another recipe tomorrow. :P Anyway, put your chopped-up broccoli into a microwave-safe bowl, add a bit of water, and pre-cook the broccoli in the microwave on high for about 4 minutes, then drain.

Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F). Grease up an oven dish -- you can use some of the bacon grease for this if you did drain it, otherwise use some oil or butter or cooking spray or whatever you'd normally use -- and cover the bottom and sides with the pie dough. Make sure to press the edges firmly together, and also, try to do a better, less patchworky job than I did.

Layer your ingredients on top of the crust: spinach, broccoli, bacon, cheese, repeat until you've run out of ingredients and are hopefully about a 1/2 inch away from the top of your oven dish. If you're way under or ran out of room, you picked the wrong size of dish, but it's a bit late to change that now. I picked a dish at random and got lucky, just-not-quite reaching the top and using up all my ingredients in exactly three layers of each. :P

Break your eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl and lightly beat them, either with an electric handheld mixer or a whisk.

Add about 3/4 to 1 cup of milk, a pinch of garlic powder and nutmeg, a tiny pinch of either chili powder or cayenne pepper, and about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of mild paprika powder. Beat again, then pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in your oven dish as evenly as possible. Bake quiche for 40 to 50 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the egg mixture has set.

Allow to cool and set for a few minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

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Friendship bracelets

So one thing I learned to do this summer is make friendship bracelets. Now, it's really quite easy, and you may have been doing this as early as primary school, but I never have. I attended the first-ever DutchStarkids meeting just a few weeks ago, and one of the girls there was wearing a homemade Starkid bracelet. She later pointed us in the direction of this helpful tutorial and I have since made multiple bracelets of my own.

I've been wearing them out and about and getting some questions on how I made them. Now, I could go and try to explain to you how it's done, but really, that tutorial does a better job than I ever could. It has pictures and videos and everything. Instead, I'll show you what I've created so far.

This was my first-ever try, and it shows. I mean, for a first time it's not even that terrible, I guess, but you can definitely see the difference between the beginning and the end, haha. It starts out all messy and uneven in width in both directions (yes, the vertical line of that R is just a single row of knots, not a double one...) and then sort of gets neater and more straight as it goes on. :P The pattern is also very simple, just using the basic letter patterns from the tutorial.

Then I created this glow* bracelet. I created a simple pattern of lowercase letters instead of the uppercase ones from the tutorial, plus a little star type thing. I drew it out beforehand, but I didn't bother to save it, so if anyone wants to recreate this, let me know and I'll see if I can redraw it for you.

It bothered me that my first Starkid bracelet was quite sloppy, so I decided to make a new one. I figured while I was at it, I might as well create a new pattern rather than using the simple letters, so I created this one based off the Starkid logo. And yes, if you compare the pattern and the actual bracelet, you can tell that I made a mistake... the final two pixels of the R should be one row higher up. Whoops. :P

Finally, I figured that you should be able to create more than just letters or simple patterns this way... surely you could pixel-art anything you wanted, right? Actually make a drawing using little knots? This turned out to be trickier than I'd initally realised. Doing line-art with just one colour is easy enough. Shading with a single colour isn't that hard either - just use more or fewer pixels per cm2 to create the different shades. But when even those lines and shades/tones have to be the same colour, things become fuzzy pretty quickly. Still, I feel it worked out halfway decent, in the end.

Crappy lightning is crappy. Remind me to take a better picture of this at some point. This was easily the most time-consuming one* to do; creating the pattern alone took me over an hour, I believe, and then actually tying the 2728 knots to make it took me another ~10 hours, spread out over three days. :P (*This is way too big to even be used as a bracelet. I've been mentally referring to it as a miniature tapestry.) In case anyone wants to attempt my insanity, here's the pattern for that as well.

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Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil & Lotion

Wow, I've actually managed to review all the products in a Glossybox before the end of its respective month for a change! ;) This is the sea buckthorn-based body lotion and body oil by Weleda. The sea buckthorn is a fruit-bearing shrub, and its fruit can be used to create an oil that is supposed to have invigorating and anti-aging properties. I don't know how much of this oil is present in the products, because these sample sizes don't come with an ingredient list.

The body lotion makes my skin nice and soft. It gets absorbed into the skin rapidly and doesn't leave a sticky film behind. I feel like it moisturises my skin quite well. It has a fairly strong scent; kind of like citrus fruits with a hint of something herbal or spicy. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the scent, but it isn't too annoying either.

I was hesitant to use the oil, because I hate it when my skin feels sticky or greasy, and in my experience, that's exactly what happens when you use oils instead of gels or creams. In the end, I gave it a go anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was hardly the case with this particular oil. Even though it got absorbed quite well rather than just laying on top of the skin, I feel like it wasn't as moisturising as the body lotion, however. I also felt the citrus-y smell was even stronger in this product (which probably makes sense, since I suspect the oil is more concentrated). All in all, I doubt I'd be buying this product; I still prefer a regular body lotion or butter. Interesting side note: I used this on a rather sunny day, and got quite a bit more tan than I usually do. It's possible than the sun was just very bright that day, I suppose, but I suspect the oil may also have had something to do with it.


Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Foaming Face Wash

This face wash arrived at quite an appropriate time, seeing as my old face wash is starting to run out. This face wash is based on the neem plant, which is a certain tree native to India. It doesn't just list that on the package and then proceed to have 1% of neem in it, either; the third item on the ingredients declaration is actually neem extract. So that's a good start. What's neem even supposed to do, though? Well, apparently it has an antibacterial effect and is used in ayurvedic medicine to treat skin conditions such as acne and eczema. This bottle of face wash does indeed indicate that it's intended for normal to oily skin types, and gives you clear and problem-free skin.

The stuff in the bottle is a clear green liquid, rather than a gel or creamy substance. However, the bottle comes with a pump on top instead of a regular cap, and when you press it, the cleanser actually comes out as a white foam, much like a volumising mousse. One ball of foam (as pictured above) is plenty to wash your entire face.

I do like this face wash! I've used it for a little over a week now, and most of the impurities I had at the start of that period have cleaned up since then. (Now, I do have to add that it's possible that that's purely a hormonal thing, since I started my period around that same time, which has since ended.) It leaves my skin feeling nice and fresh and quite clean indeed. A bit more "squeaky clean" than with my old face wash, perhaps, but I actually don't mind that seeing as I have quite oily skin naturally. It doesn't leave my skin feeling overly dry, even on that day last week where I decided it was just way too hot to wear ANY kind of moisturiser or foundation. :P It has quite a subtle fragrance; vaguely herbal, but for the most part I just don't smell much at all. Overall, I'm quite pleased with this product. :)