Sunday, June 1, 2014

Friends that are Family and Artichoke Frittata

Jason and I struggled with going back home to Louisiana over Easter a few weeks ago. Easter in Louisiana means crawfish boils with our families and dying eggs with the cousins then hunting them, and me and my sisters acting silly and breaking out to hysterics in Easter mass. But when the busy weekends add up with travels and events, the thought of making one more drive seems more daunting than exciting. So we pulled the plug sadly and did what we knew we had to and that was to tell our family that we would be staying put here in Houston. Thankfully we see them so much more so they understood and let us off the hook!

We knew it was meant to be when we were invited to a crawfish boil here in Houston on Good Friday. See?? God knows our hearts desires!:) Collins loved being on the farm getting dirty and we loved eating crawfish with Houston friends.  We even gave a few crawfish peeling lessons:)

On Saturday we got to play with our sweet friends and let the babies dye Easter eggs together. It was just like we wanted to do in Louisiana! These two were a mess after the dying process was done. All Collins wanted to do was eat the eggs...

On Sunday, we got to attend church service at our home church and then off to Gabe's for Easter brunch, as well as a birthday party to celebrate her precious Ryan's first birthday and an easter egg hunt, too.  It was a perfect way to spend the day.....

 So in the end, we spent Easter weekend doing the things that mean the most on a sacred weekend but with friends that feel like family. Isn't God good like that? And Easter Sunday with a 16 month old was so much fun. While the Easter bunny did not bring much at all, the few things that were there (sand toys and 2 books) were waiting for her and she knew right away that those things were for her. She threw down her little sippy cup of milk and ran right over to her new treats.

For Easter brunch, Gabe told me to bring nothing but I had to bring something. This girl can't show up empty handed:) So knowing we would be in church on Sunday morning, I made an artichoke frittata that was so easy to prep ahead and pop into the oven before we left. And it was delicious!

Artichoke Frittata

2 cans of artichoke hearts, quartered
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup EVOO
12 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 pinch nutmeg
salt and pepper
lemon wedges for garnish

Preheat the oven to 400. In a bowl, toss the artichokes with the flour to coat.
In a skillet, heat the EVOO, over medium high heat. Add the artichokes and fry until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, cream, cheese, parsley and nutmeg; season with salt and pepper. Pour the eggs over the artichokes and cook until just set. 
Transfer the fritatta to the oven and bake until set and golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool, then slice into quarters and serve with lemon wedges 

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