Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Homemade Spanakopita

Found a wonderful recipe for Spanakopita, makes enough for about 15 large portion servings, so that takes care of a LOT of dinners.  Recipe:  4 tblsp. unsalted butter, 1/4 c. olive oil, 1 lb. phyllo pastry, 3 1/4 lbs. baby spinach, 1 1/2 c. scallions, 1 c. flat-leaf parsley, 6 large eggs, 1/2 lb. small-curd cottage cheese, 1 lb. feta, crumbled, 2 tblsp. dill, 1/4 uncooked Cream of  Wheat.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Mel butter and oil together. Brush an 11-by-15-by-2-inch baking pan with butter-oil mixture.  Layer 7 sheets of phyllo in pan, brushing each with butter mixture. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine remaining ingredients, except phyllo. Spread about 2 cups spinach filling over phyllo in pan. Cover with 2 sheets phyllo, brushing each with butter mixture.  Repeat layering 2 cups filing and 2 sheets phyllo brushing each with butter mixture until all filling has been used, about 4 more layers. Top with 7 more sheets of phyllo, brushing eacht with butter mixture. Press gently around edges so layers adhere. Prick surface all over with a toothpick. Bake 15 minutes, reduce heat to 300 degrees and continue baking until pastry is golden, about 1 hour. Let stand 1 hour before serving.  YUMMY!  
   Can't be beat with a glass of  red wine, preferably CabFranc and watching Julie/Julia for the 10th time!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Creatures in the Garden

Find the Moth

Been very busy with the house and preparing for my trip to Cumberland Island, so just a quick post to replace the sad post of last week.



Chocolate Morning Glory

Moth at Night

One of the Baby Rabbits my dogs found in a nest

My attempt to fence the nest off from the dogs and put babies back in


Obedient Plant

Writing Spider

Blue Tailed Skink



Butterfly on Tithonia

Monarch Caterpillar

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Sad Week, Indeed

In memory of one of my best friend's husband, Rick, who suddenly passed away this weekend.  Service will be held 8/16 at 2:00, Roswell Methodist Chapel.  Also in memory of another friend's father, Ernie Johnson, who also passed away this weekend.