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Tastebud Tuesday: Gluten-Free Spinach Strata

In an attempt to find some headache and allergy relief, Matt has decided to try cutting gluten out of his diet. He's on week 4 of his gluten-free adventure, and I wish I had more amazing results to report. Unfortunately, he hasn't seen any remarkable improvement – but he's committed to 6 weeks before jumping ship. 

Meanwhile, I've been making slight adjustments to my cooking to accomodate his gluten-free needs. Here's a recipe I modified to used ingredients I had on hand as well as to cut out the gluten (the original recipe had called for cubed bread, which I simpy omitted). I wasn't sure if it would turn out okay without the bread, but it was delicious!!

Gluten-Free Spinach Strata

1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, chopped or minced
8 large eggs
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 cups baby spinach
4 oz feta cheese, crumbled

– Preheat oven to 350

– In medium bowl, combine olive oil through pepper. Whisk until well blended.

– Lightly grease a glass pie dish or casserole dish. Arrange spinach leaves on bottom of dish, then sprinkle cheese on top.

– Pour the egg mixture over the top and then bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until eggs have set. 

– Our whole family thought this was delicious as-is, but I'd also love to try it with some crispy chopped bacon mixed in, or some tomato slices on top!


I turned 31 on Sunday. Here are some highlights of “Life at 31” thus far:

– my husband (who is only 3 WEEKS younger, thank you very much) is now referring to himself as “cougar bait”

– my 2-yr-old son has successfully lodged a raisin so far up his nose that no manner of probing could remove it

– upon recommendation from a friend who is an expert in removing things from children’s noses, I successfully – and heroically, I might add – removed the aforementioned raisin from aforementioned nose by administering MOUTH-TO-MOUTH and essentially blowing out that damn raisin FOR HIM.

Yes I said damn. It was totally called for.


And here we are, all the way into February!

DSCN2614 Friday night brought us some fantastic snow! That, of course, meant that Saturday morning was full of fun times outside for Matt & Owen!

(and fun times inside for Molly & me!)


It never ceases to amaze me that my 2-year-old can look so big and so little all at the same time. You know all those people that tell you "they grow up so fast"? – yep, they're right.

Oh, and my new favorite phrase from Owen: "Mommy, watch this!"


Hard at work on Owen's first snowman!