Easy Quiche Recipe Tex-Mex style!

Courtesy of sugarcoffinart on deviantart. Made by hand! http://www.deviantart.com/art/Tex-mex-115051869 So gorgeous.

EASY Quiche Recipe, Tex-Mex style, quick and simple.  Anyone can make this, and only takes a few minutes to prepare, and a super-easy crust, because it’s premade!  Yup, yup, super simple!

I started a new tradition for my family on New Year’s Day.  New Year’s Eve has a very sentimental place in my heart, and I love to be surrounded by my loved ones on this occasion, celebrating midnight and toasting with champagne for the New Year.  New Year’s Day is just a lazy day for us all, so I decided quiche is a perfect solution!  I can make it, serve it up, and everyone can go for seconds, thirds, then leftovers.

We invited my parents over for brunch, and the day was so totally awesome! We all had plenty to eat, and it was a nice, affordable plate to serve to a big crowd.

I made several kinds, but I thought I would share the Tex-Mex creation that I threw together on a whim.  It was very good, and it’s a cool variation from the more popular versions.  And, here we go…

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Tex-Mex Quiche

Ingredients:

  • 9-inch pie dish
  • Deep dish frozen pie crust or Pillsbury Refrigerated Dough Crust.  (I used Pillsbury)
  • Slices of Monterey Jack, Jalapeño Jack, and Mexican Blend cheese
  • Your choice of grated cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 3\4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1\4 cup milk
  • Pre-cooked bacon and breakfast sausage
  • Fresh Pico de Gallo (I bought this premade at the grocery store) or Rotel, drained
  • 1 small can mushrooms  (this is Goddess Tex-Mex, and we do mushrooms in THIS house!)
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  • Precook your meat.  No need to cook your pico or canned mushrooms!
  • Mix your eggs, cream, milk, and spices in a bowl, blending well.
  • Cover the bottom of your pie crust with slices of your cheese.  Next, layer your pico and mushrooms.  Finally, layer your meat mixture over the vegetables and top generously with the grated cheese.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes, turning halfway through for even cooking, and threatening your loved ones NOT to continue opening the oven every 10 minutes hoping it is ready early.

I use the general “stock” for this quiche to make all of my quiche; I just change up what cheese, spices, and meat I may choose, so feel free to play around with this and see what you come up with!  Just remember sliced cheese on the bottom, then your veggies, then your meat, then grated cheese.

Enjoy!

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Free Photoshop Tutorial: Fix Pet Eye in Photoshop

Photoshop tutorial to fix pet eye in Photoshop.  Boring title, I know!  But I seriously couldn’t find any tutorials worth a darn on this subject, so I thought I would make up my own tutorial for people who end up with this problem. (And I’m trying SEO here.)

Most tutorials for this subject say, “ok, paint black over the green, now put a tiny dot of white over the black!  It’s fixed!”  Uh, NO, NO, NOOO!  U-G-L-Y!  That looks even worse! Good gracious people, really, you think that works?  Other tutorials say to “use the red-eye fix”!  Haha, ok, try it for pet eye.  Mhmm, doesn’t work well, if at all, does it?  Or… maybe you have an older version of Photoshop.

Stick with me, brothas and sistas.  I shall show you  the proper way! I will be as descriptive as possible.  That way if you are new to this, you won’t need to figure out “how”.  If you’re Photoshop proficient, glaze over the details and stick to the meat!

During Christmas pictures, all the dog pictures turned up with scary, demonic eyes!  It’s the flash, and the process is NOT the same as it is for fixing red-eye in people.  So…here it is, the fix you’ve been Google-ing for!!!!

Case in point:  Lana, my granddawgie, My daughter Chellicee, and Ed, her sweet little sweetie.  Yes, Ed’s eyes are glowing too, but the star of the show is LANA!  Behold the “before and after” awesomeness!

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OK, OK, so I used some more filters and stuff to enhance the image as well, but this tutorial is only for pet eye!  I may give away more wisdom later when I am feeling super sweet.  Anyway, let’s get started!

1.  Open your image, and zoom wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy in on the eyes.  I press the Alt key, hold my mouse over the part I am zooming to, and roll my mouse roller up until I am happy, but you can use the “zoom tool” magnifying glass at the lower left if you prefer.

Try not to stare!  Hypmotism WILL happen!2.  Now, look at your “Layers” palette to the right.  See where it says “background”?  We will copy this layer by hitting Ctrl+J.  Your layers palette will now look like below:layers pallet

3.  Let’s rename this layer for simplicity’s sake. Double-click the TEXT on “Layer 1”.  It will highlight the text for you, and you can rename it.  Let’s call it “eyes” (without quotes of course).  Now SAVE YOUR WORK as a .psd file wherever you choose.  We don’t want to lose our work!

4.  Now, let’s fix the eyes.  We want to do this on a NEW layer so we don’t mess with the actual image, and have a “go back” point if necessary.  Look up at the top of your Photoshop window, and click Layer/New/Layer.  And call that one “blacken.”

eyes5.  Ctrl+S to save again.  Yay!  Now, select your brush tool.  Make sure that you have a soft brush!  A hard brush is going to look really brushfake.  Look at the settings below….brushsettings

6.  Now, once you have the brush set right, (and your brush size will differ depending on YOUR picture) be sure that your foreground color is set to black.  Simply pressing the “D” button should do this, but if not, then you may need to do this manually.defaultcolors

See the “Like This!”  Pic?  Yeah, like that!  Ok, now we are going to paint over that glowing, horrible area.  Bleh!

Press your brackets keys to adjust the size of your brush to fit over the white area.  the ” [ ” key makes it smaller, and the ” ] ” key makes it bigger.  To tweak it a little more, you can click the dropdown menu at the top of the brush settings (located next to the number) and set it there, too.  eyebrushOnce you have your brush set correctly, press your left mouse button.  Most likely, it won’t cover the whole glowing area, so just push it a few times more to paint over it, NOT moving the mouse, only left-clicking!  Now, go to the other side, and do the other eye.  And SAVE your work!  Ctrl+S!

Now you have a black hawt mess over the dog’s eyes, which is particularly horrid.  But we will fix it, don’t worry!

7.  We need to add an iris into the eyes.  Please don’t skip this step!  Dog eyes have color!  Most dogs’ eyes are brown.  If you have a blue-eyed dog, then you can pick a shade of blue.  The setting of brown I have for my dogs is 3c230b.  If you don’t know what that means, then click on your foreground color and it will pull up a window like this:  colorpicker

Then you need to just enter the above value into the blank, which should already be highlighted.  After that, voilà, your foreground color is doggie eye brown!

Now make a NEW LAYER again.  Look at step 4 if you forgot how.  Name this new layer “brown”.  Reduce the paint brush size to a realistic size for the iris, and press the left mouse button to paint WITHOUT MOVING THE MOUSE. If you have trouble guessing your work, you can reduce the opacity layer of your “blacken layer” to get a better judgement of where that iris should   Opacitygo (See the pic to the left). That usually helps me a lot.  After you’ve painted over the black, you should end up with something like what is below:

WTH?  Seriously?  Now WHAT!

WTH? Seriously? Now WHAT!

Ok!  Trust me, it gets better.  Now look up top at the Photoshop dropdowns and select View/Actual Pixels.  Yeah, a little better, right?  Zoomed up looks worse, usually, but not as bad when zoomed out.  If you are happy with your results you can skip down to step 9.  If you’re a stickler for detail like me, then we will fix the edges for more realism.  Don’t forget to save your work again!

8.  Select your “burn” tool.burntoolrightclick  You may need to right click your dodge tool (looks like a lollipop) and select it.  Your settings should look like the image below:  burnsettings  Ok, now make sure your “brown” layer is active.  (It will be highlighted if it is.)  Click that layer in the layers palette to be sure.  Make the brush smaller, and hit just a few parts on the OUTSIDE of the brown circles.  Where doesn’t matter, seriously.  You can trace the whole outside, or do less.  It is up to you.  We just want some texture to the iris.

Now, if you want, you can select your Dodge Tool (the lollipop) and hit a few spots on the INNER part of the circle, to make it look like there are some reflections in the eye.  I’d turn that dodge exposure down a bit first to around 30% and reduce your brush size, but play around and see what you like.  You should end up with something close to this:cluseup Beautiful!  NOT!  Let’s pump down the opacity of that “brown layer, and make it look a little less harsh. (See step 7 if you forgot how.) When you are happy with that, it’s time for the white little reflection dots!  Woot woot!  Almost done!  SAVE YOUR WORK!

9.  Make another new layer and name it “left eye dot”.  We are going make these white dots on two separate layers.  That way, you can MOVE the dots if you decide they look googly or awkward, instead of having to repaint them over and over and OVER again.  Let’s start with the first part.

Press “B” for your brush tool.  Change your foreground color to white.  REDUCE THE SIZE of your brush to something tiny.  (See step 6 if you forgot how to adjust your brush.)  Press anywhere on the eye.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, because you can move that white dot further down the road.  Leave it for now.  We’ll tweak it later.  Now, we are going to duplicate this layer to use for the right eye.  Ctrl+S to save!

10.  In your Layers palette, right click the “left eye dot” layer, and select “Duplicate Layer” from the pop-up menu.  Name this layer “right eye dot”.righteyelayer  Whew!  Now where is the right eye?  Let’s move it and see.

11.  Press “V” to select your move tool.  Or, press the very first tool on the top of your toolbar.  It looks like the cross-hair with the arrow next to it.  Now click on that white dot, and drag it to move.  Ohhhhhhhhh cool!  Ok, so move it where you like.  Now, move the OTHER layer (the “left eye dot”) by selecting it in the layers palette and moving.  You can move in slight tweaks with your arrow keys.  Once you have the dots where you want them, lower each of the two layer’s opacities.  I set mine to around 74% each.   And for the love of everything that is beautiful in this universe, save your work!

You have now fixed your spoiled dog’s eyes to their adorable, wooby-boogie cuteness, and that great picture has been salvaged due to your newly acquired Photoshop skills!

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Macho Man Deveristility Reversible Hat and Cowl Set!

Oh goodness, where on earth did I go?  Life got busy for me!  Whooosh!  And didn’t slow down for the holidays, yet I managed to come up with a new pattern while crocheting up some gifts!

All crocheters feel it at this time I suppose…sore, stiff fingers, aching arms, a heavy head from looking down so long, ugh!  But it is worth it, is it not, for the ones you love?

And behold!  Some of the manly gifts I made for the holidays as eye candy, before the pièce de ré·sistance!

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That dashing macho manliness of a model would be my son, posing in all his coveted football player glory! Not sure why, but he refused to model the “girly” stuff.  Oh, well, you want to see my pattern, anyway…I’ll post more Fresh-off-the-hooks later!

I would like to thank my wonderful pattern testers!  Especially since this was my first pattern, they were taking on more than usual, and I am so very grateful to them.  Please check them out on Ravelry.  I will include links to their profiles of awesomeness below.

If you’d like to download and print a .pdf file of this pattern, you can do so on my pattern page at Ravelry. Just click below!

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mens-reversible-hat-and-cowl-set

And now if you will be SO kind as to imagine a drum roll, I present to you….my first pattern!!!!

Men’s Reversible Hat and Cowl Set

Contrasting Color done with Lion Brand Homespun.

Contrasting Color done with Lion Brand Homespun.

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Closeup of pattern, both sides, using Red Heart Super Saver

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Copyright:  All I ask, if you sell your work, is to link your selling page to my blog.  You may NOT sell this pattern or claim it as your own!

My blog link:  https://thecrochetgoddessblog.wordpress.com/

Etsy:  TheCrochetGoddess

Ravelry:  TheCrochetGoddess   Check me out here

Stitches Used:  Double crochet, single crochet, and crab stitch (a.k.a. reverse single crochet).  Crab stitch directions are included in the pattern. Gauge:  3 rounds of hat = 3 ½”
Materials:Hook Size:  I (5.50 MM)Yarn Weight:  Worsted, 10 ply (Brand I used is Red Heart Super Saver) and trim in 1st picture is Lion Brand HomespunTapestry needle to weave in endsScissors Terms:ch:  chainsc:  single crochetdc:  double crochet(RS):  Right side of pattern.(WS): Wrong side of pattern.MC:  Main Color

 


Special Stitch:  Crab Stitch (A.K.A. Reverse Single Crochet) 
  1. 1.        Insert hook from front to back, into the 1st stitch to the right.
  2. 2.       Yarn over (yo) and draw through the stitch.  You will have two loops on your hook, just as you would with a normal sc.
  3. 3.       Yarn over and draw through both loops on your hook.
  4. 4.       Repeat these steps for each stitch in the row.

 

Hat Pattern

Do NOT count your ch 2 as a stitch in this pattern.  I prefer to do a “step up” before the 1st initial stitch in order to fill the gap that is created with many hats with patterns that call for a chain and joining at the top of the chain in each round.

You will land on an increase at the end of each increase round in this hat pattern.

I prefer using a magic ring; this keeps the top of the hat closed without gaps at the top.  However, if you do not like to use magic rings, then chain 3 and join with sl st into 3rd ch from hook.

Round 1:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into ring 10 times.  Join with sl st into 1st dc. (10 st.)

Round 2:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join 2 times, 2 dc in ea. st. around, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (20 st.)

Round 3:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, *2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (30 st.)

Round 4: (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, dc into next dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 2 dc’s.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (40 st.)

Round 5:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, dc into ea. of the next 2 dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 3 dc’s.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (50 st.)

Round 6:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, dc into ea. of the next 3 dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 4 dc’s.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (60 st.)

Round 7:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, dc into ea. of the next 4 dc, *2 dc in next dc, 1 dc in next 5 dc’s.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (70 st.) Note:  Increase rounds stop here.  Each following round will have a total of 70 stitches.

Round 8:  (RS) Ch 2.  DC into same st as join, *dc into next dc.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  (70 st.)

Round 9: (RS) Repeat round 8.  (70 st.)

Round 10: (RS) Repeat round 8.  (70 st.)  For a larger hat, repeat round 8 for two more rounds.

Round 11:  (RS) Repeat Round 8.  Change to CC at ending sl st to prepare for round 12.  (70 st)

Round 12: (RS) With CC, ch 1.  SC into same st as join, *sc into next dc.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st sc.  Change back to MC.  (70 st.)

Round 13: (WS) TURN WORK.  FLIP HAT WRONG SIDE OUT, You are now working with the WS.  With MC, ch 2.  DC into same st as join, *dc into next sc in BLO.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  Change back to CC.  (70 st.)  flip hat back to normal, turn.

Round 14: (RS) TURN WORK. FLIP HAT RIGHT SIDE OUT, You are now working with the RS again.  With CC, ch 1.  SC into same st as join, *sc into next dc.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st sc.  Change back to MC.  (70 st.)

Round 15: (WS) TURN WORK.   FLIP HAT WRONG SIDE OUT.  With MC, ch 2.  DC into same st as join, *dc into next dc in BLO.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st dc.  Change back to CC.  (70 st.)

Round 16:  (RS) FLIP HAT RIGHT SIDE OUT.  DO NOT TURN.  With CC, ch 1.  SC into same st as join, *sc into next dc.  Repeat from * to last dc, join with sl st into 1st sc.  Finish off and weave in ends, or follow trim step below for trim option.

Trim:

After joining with sl st at the end of round 16, keep CC and ch 1.  Crab stitch into ea. sc around to end; join with sl st into 1st sc.  Finish off and weave in ends.

Cowl Pattern:

Be sure to make your foundation chain a little looser than normal.  This will make it easier for you to join your CC for the trim along the bottom in Round 14.

With MC:  Ch 80 LOOSELY, join.

Round 1:  (RS) With MC, ch 3.  *DC into next st.  Repeat from * to last st. Join with sl st at top of ch -3 taking care not to twist.

Round 2:  (RS) Change to CC.  Ch 1.  *SC into next st.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st at top of ch-1.

Round 3:  (WS) TURN WORK.  FLIP COWL WRONG SIDE OUT.   You are now working with the wrong side facing. Change to MC, Ch 3.  *DC into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st at top of ch-3.

Round 4: (RS) TURN WORK.  FLIP COWL RIGHT SIDE OUT.  You are now working with the right side facing.  Change to CC, ch 1.  *sc into next st.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st at top of ch -1.

Round 5: (WS) TURN WORK.  FLIP COWL WRONG SIDE OUT.  Change to MC, ch 3.  *DC into next st in BLO.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st at top of ch- 3.

Round 6:  (RS) TURN WORK.  FLIP COWL RIGHT SIDE OUT.  Change to MC.  Ch 3.  *DC into next st.  Join with sl st into top of ch-3.

Round 7:  (RS) Ch 3.  *Dc into next st.  Repeat from * to last st.  Join with sl st into top of ch-3.

Round 8: (RS) Repeat round 7.  Please note:  for a bit of a shorter cowl, you may eliminate this row.

Round 9:  (RS) Repeat Round 2.

Round 10: (WS) Repeat Round 3.

Round 11: (RS) Repeat Round 4.

Round 12:  (WS) Repeat Round 5.

Round 13:  (RS) CC FLIP COWL RIGHT SIDE OUT AGAIN. DO NOT TURN.  *Sc into next st.  Repeat from * to last st, join into 1st sc.  Fasten off, or if you choose to use the trim, keep CC and ch 1, then crab stitch in each stitch across, join with sl st into ch-1.

Round 14: (RS) Flip cowl upside down and turn. DO NOT TURN INSIDE OUT.  With CC, pull up a loop.  *Sc into next st.  Repeat from * to last st, join into 1st sc at end of round.  You may finish off and weave ends in here, or if you are adding the trim, keep CC and ch 1, then crab stitch in each stitch across, join with sl st into ch-1, fasten off and weave in ends.

Special Thanks To My Pattern Testers!  They gave great input and suggestions, improving this first pattern of mine so much for outside users!  Couldn’t have done it without them:

Livelaughove381 on Ravelry

kamah on Ravelry

kamahskereations facebook page

Donnisha2 on Ravelry