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Making It Beautiful and Asparagus Pesto Quiche with Goat Cheese

Hello dear ones!  I’m so glad we made it through another week, and hope you have beautiful things to look forward to this weekend. 🙂

The last week has been a rough one for me. The horrible pains and illness I experienced from mold in my last apartment returned with a vengeance, and after a week of agony I finally found the culprit: mold in my new apartment too. Arrrgh. I couldn’t believe it, and had awful visions of having to move again. Thankfully this time around it was easily dealt with and removed and I’m feeling heaps better every day. 🙂

I’ve been looking for ways to make everyday life just a bit more beautiful, and this week I:

Made myself a Narnian Tea.

Started reading a good story.

Used fresh herbs from my little garden and made a bouquet of chive blossoms.

Listened to books on cd while I did housework.

Made another Narnian Tea because the first one was so lovely. 🙂

And made Asparagus Pesto Quiche with Goat Cheese.

I also started a list of beautiful things I want to do this weekend, and I’m so excited to tackle it: cleaning up some old outdoor lanterns and putting them on my patio, making a new cd of favorite music, and finding pretty flowers to put in a glass jar.

I’m also excited because I won TWO giveaways in the past week! I hardly ever win anything, so this is fun!! The lovely Mia at Bright Morning Star gave me a $40 gift certificate to CSN, and I was able to get the tongs and microplane I’ve been needing. Yay! She has two more giveaways going on right now, so scoot over for a chance to win! My second one came just this morning from Mischa at Itinerant Tidewad for a selection of Kusmi Tea. It feels like Christmas at my house!! 🙂

What are things that you are doing to make life a bit more beautiful? I’d really love to hear your ideas. 🙂

Happy Weekending!!!

Asparagus Pesto Quiche with Goat Cheese


1 bunch asparagus, woody ends trimmed, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 cup cottage cheese

4 large eggs

2 scallions, sliced

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped

2 Tbsp pesto

1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme

1/2 cup goat cheese, crumbled


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F
  2. Place asparagus in saucepan, cover with water, bring to boil and simmer 3-4 minutes. Drain.
  3. Combine asparagus with remaining ingredients except for goat cheese.
  4. Pour into greased pie plate, sprinkle with goat cheese and bake for 30-40 minutes until edges brown.
  5. Serve warm or chilled.
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RamblingTart - I love the beautiful things you do, Joumana. 🙂 I haven’t been swimming in so long and I miss that lovely, peaceful feeling it brings. 🙂 I have started listening to music again, and oh, that makes me happy. 🙂

RamblingTart - I’m so glad you like the quiche, Ellie! It really is ridiculously flavorful. 🙂

RamblingTart - Thank you, Elra! Yes, I think we are definitely kindred spirits in the things we love. 🙂

RamblingTart - Dear Ksenia, I LOVE that you are listening to music every day! That made me smile and I started doing that this weekend. Wow – what a difference it makes in my heart and outlook. 🙂 I hope to get my sewing machine fixed soon so I can start creating again. 🙂 I love Bill Bryson books!!! I just finished his Australia one, and now I’m about to start his England book. 🙂

RamblingTart - It was dreadful, Joanne, so much pain, but it makes me grateful for feeling so good now! 🙂 I had a really great weekend, thank you!! 🙂

RamblingTart - Oh, me too, El! I was so discouraged at first, but the bleach seems to have made a huge difference and I’m feeling better than I have in a year and a half. 🙂

tasteofbeirut - I love that quiche and the fact that you use cottage cheese and goat cheese; also love everything you did to feel better.
I love listening to music and yesterday I went swimming in the pool; this makes me happy and feeling good. I also like to spend time with friends and talking to my kids about their dreams and aspirations.

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - Love this quiche! It’s pack full of flavour.

elra - Such a beautiful quiche, just like the way how beautiful your garden is. I think we have the same passion, cook, gardening, your herb pot look especially pretty.

Ksenia - I’m glad to know that at the end you could remove that annoying mold.

I love to create, so anything that involves some kind of art makes my life a little more beautiful: writing, painting, drawing and of course, taking photos. I’m also listening to music everyday 🙂

Unfortunately, now I’m studying for my entrance exams so all those things have been pushed into the background. But even if I have exams, I can survive without reading something nice (not only textbooks), it doesn’t matter how little free time I have. Right now I’m re-reading “The mother tongue”, by Bill Bryson, which I bought in Krakow last year in an English books shop 🙂

Joanne - I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been sick! Hopefully the mold problem has been resolved. I want you to get better!!

I loved reading all of the lovely things you’ve done for yourself this week. This pesto quiche looks quite delicious. Just the kind of thing I’d crave on a brisk spring day.

Have a great weekend sweetie!

El - I’m glad you were able to get it removed quickly and that you’re now on the mend. The quiche look wonderful and I love the addition of goat cheese!

RamblingTart - Jon, you are the best cheerer-upper. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re my friend and can’t wait to get to know you and your fabulous lady better. 🙂

RamblingTart - I’m SO glad you like it too, Paradis! It’s absolutely delicious and I felt so spoiled. 🙂 Hope your weekend is fabulous!! 🙂

mlle paradis - Sign me up for that towering cake! The whole thing is inspired.

Glad the mold situation got straightened out quick. And yes, now, back to the better things in life! Like winning giveaways! You go!

Jon - Blog posts like this is why you’re one of my new favorite people. 🙂

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