Happy Friday! If your house has been filled with the adventures of Spiderman, Batman, Wonderwoman, and Superman, then you likely have a superhero obsessed toddler, which is just AWESOME! Audrey’s favorite hero tinkers between Aquaman and Superman. So, this year at Christmas our villain-fighting family got matching Superman shirts courtesy of Target, which made for the perfect impromptu family fun photo op. These shirts have become a staple in the Kimbrough house and I love it! Thank you, Audrey, for your infectious imagination. I too wish we could fly to the Fortress of Solitude, but running around with our capes pretending is second to best. Not to mention Daddy makes a fantastic Clark Kent, and I’m waiting for the day Dad actually wears his Superman shirt under his work suit, because how cool would that be. Target still has a variety of these shirts in all sizes (Batman here) if you are interested in capturing your family superhero photo op. It’s a phase I’ll definitely miss when it passes.
Good morning! Ok, it’s not yet the weekend, but maybe you shop in advance like me, so I wanted to share this in a timely manner. Recently, our family had another Saturday morning group playdate, and I wanted to bring my mom’s homemade zucchini quiche. The keyword here is wanted, because it was a great idea, but too time consuming. That being said, it is amazing…I’m talking butter and cream cheese in the homemade crust kind of goodness…so I will make it soon and share the family recipe. Instead, I decided to try Paula Deen’s Spinach and Bacon Quiche Recipe, which was a hit at the playdate. I’m a firm believer that you should always honor the chef and make the recipe as follows the first time, which is what I did. But, what I love the most about this recipe is it’s versatility and ease. I can’t wait to make this again using asparagus, ham, and swiss, or maybe spinach, feta, and tomato, topped with avocado…yumm. The possibilities are endless, but learn the steps below and you have an impressive yet easy weekend quiche in your recipe box.
Step 1 – Ingredients needed
1 1/2 cups of cream
2 cups of baby spinach
1lb of bacon
1 1/2 cups of shredded swiss, but I used a swiss/gruyère blend from TJ’s ( only slight change to the recipe)
1 – (9 inch) refrigerated pie crust
Step 2 – Cook your bacon
I bake mine on 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. If you haven’t yet discovered bacon in the oven, please do! It’s so easy, and hassle free. I line my cookie sheet with foil for easy clean up. Another quick option would be to chop your bacon before you cook it, and then fry it up. I choose to bake my bacon and then chop it up.
Step 3 – Fill the pie dish
Roll out pie crust on a 9 inch pie or tart dish. Follow with chopped spinach, bacon, and then cheese.
Step 4 – Blender time
Mix eggs, cream, and a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Whip for a minute until mixed and a little fluffy. Keep in mind bacon is salty, so I don’t think you need much salt.
Pour egg mixture over spinach, bacon, and cheese mixture. Once you add the egg mixture, it will be filled to the top of the dish, but that is fine. Nothing will spill over while cooking.
Step 6 – Cook
Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. I was able to cover it with foil, then take it to the park, and it was still warm to serve. Enjoy and let me know if you come up with any cool combos to try for a weekend breakfast quiche.
People often ask me three questions about raising children in San Francisco.
1. Do you like raising children in city life?
2. What activities do you do/where do you go?
3. What do you miss the most about the suburbs?
I haven’t lived all over the country, but I have lived all over California, southern, central and northern. Of all the cities I’ve lived, and if I had to choose where I’d be at this moment with my children, it would most definitely be San Francisco. You might say, it’s the obvious choice, you live there. And, it could be that I was raised in the burbs of Northern California, less that two hours from Tahoe or San Francisco, so I may be biased, but I whole heartedly love this city and what is has to offer families. It’s likely that one day we will move to the burbs to enjoy its offerings, and like many other families, we may be chased out due to the high costs of living, but that’s an entirely different conversation. For now, let me share four kid spots that may not top the tourist list, but are great activities for any family visiting San Francisco.
Golden Gate Park is loaded with goods for just about anyone. The Academy of Science, Japanese Tea Gardens, or the De Young are all an obvious must see. But, if you are in the park with kids, two free or inexpensive options are the Koret’s Children Playground or the Conservatory of Flowers. Whenever my niece and nephew visit, the first place they want to go is Koret park. From a merry-go-round, a huge climbing structure to a famous concrete slide (bring your cardboard), it offer activities for younger and older kids. This park has more than just the traditional swings and slides, which is why it’s such a favorite for my nephew and niece who are eight and ten years of age. Also in Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory is beautiful year round, but the flowers are gorgeous in March/April. The vast staircase makes for great toddler climbing, and it’s only $8-$2 (depending on age) to walk through the Conservatory. More often than not someone is playing the guitar, probably Cat Stevens, the Dead, or the Beatles, classic favorites for this gal. Pack a lunch and enjoy! This also makes for an amazing photo op. One of my all time favorite pics of Audrey is posted above at the Conservatory of Flowers. I can remember chasing her around with my camera, while people laughed and enjoyed watching this little human giggle with determination as she climbed to the very top step. I wasn’t fast enough to capture her sweet face turn back with pride once she reached the top, but if I close my eyes, I can be in that moment, which makes me sooooo happy.
A more recent discovery, and while not really appealing to children under three, it is truly something to see for anyone over the age of three. Boasting over 20 Exhibits with live artifacts from the movies, original sketches of the first Mickey, and a 12 foot model of Disneyland, you have to check this out! There is a $20 ticket fee for Adults, but children under six are free. Every month they show a featured film and a short in their very own theatre, and the films are free with admission. Recently, I took my daughter to see Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, you know, the perfect in every way Mary Poppins. Audrey must have asked me a million questions during the movie. Thankfully, we were two of four in the theatre. Why does Winifred Banks hair look like that? Why did Mary Poppins come on a cloud? How did they all jump in that picture, because they are superheros? Of course I couldn’t give great answers, so I decided that the superhero option would suffice for the time, and that sometimes women have funny hair. What kid isn’t obsessed with Disney, my daughter has been for two years, and is still obsessed with Mickey, so she couldn’t get enough! After touring the museum, have lunch at Crissy Field with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge. For older kids, pop into the House of Air at Crissy Field. Trampoline fun!
4. Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito
My friends and I have been taking our kids here since my first was six months. Technically just outside the city, the Discovery Museum is just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. The grounds have indoor activities as well as outdoor activities, making it an option no matter what the weather has in store. Creativity is at the core of the museums philosophy. There are art studios (Audrey was painting/cleaning a window in the pic above), a stream with fish and frogs (rubber of course), imaginative playgrounds, book readings, and more. The museum also hosts holiday events, musical and theatrical performances, and special guest speakers. It’s based near the water, so you can eat lunch and have a gorgeous view of the bay, and Golden Gate Bridge. Side note for parents. The museum is located just below Cavallo Point Lodge which is fabulous. Grab a drink at Cavallo’s Farley Bar after your fun-filled day. If the kids allow of course!
Answering the last question, I miss what you would expect about the burbs. To list a few…nature, quiet moments, less traffic, a proper backyard for the family, and not dealing with San Francisco meter maids, who I recognize do not have a fun job, yet I still want to go all ninja on them every time I see their tiny cars circling a street like little robots, waiting for that last minute to expire on someone’s meter!! Phew… sorry, I’ve been burned too many times before discovering PayByPhone. Anyhow, that will all come one day, and I know as cliché as it sounds, I will have left a piece of my heart in San Francisco. It’s more than just the iconic spots, like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghiradelli, and Golden Gate Park. It’s the less traveled spots that become family favorites, memories at the parks and beaches, and the local store owner who knows your family by name. City living has its pluses and minuses, but it’s a fantastic place for families full of creativity, culture, and exploration. I hope my children will have fond memories here.
New series – The Trendy Pea! I’ve always had a love affair with fashion, but pair that with little humans sporting some trendy duds and I just can’t hold back! I’ll be sharing kid style inspiration from the streets of San Francisco (and by streets I mostly mean parks or kid spots, but it just sounded more hip to say streets).
Look at these little feet. Livie and Luca has fantastic kid shoes. They are super stylish and durable. To save, buy sale shoes for next season!
Watching the busy streets of San Francisco, dreaming about his next adventure. Thanks for sharing your kid style today Anderson!
It’s no secret that closet space is a rare commodity in San Francisco. I’m always envious of my girlfriends who have beautifully organized, spacious closets. I’m a bit OCD about organization, so I’ve had to be creative in many ways. My husband says that the nesting phase women go through during pregnancy has never left me, ha! I think it’s just part of growing up and running a household to the best of my abilities, which we all do at some point in our lives. Mike just likes to laugh at my over-the-top moments, such as alphabetizing the spices or canned goods! I get carried away sometimes. Moving on…accessories make your outfits, so it’s important to be able to see what you have. I’ve been wanting to make a supersize DIY fabric pinboard for my room, so I finally tackled this project. I’ve seen many smaller pinboards but not many supersize ones, and the retail large pinboards are way too expensive! Personally, I think it would be perfect in a large closet, but I made it work as a piece of art/display in my bedroom because I don’t have the space in my closet. The key is to keep everything else clean and uncluttered.