Spanakopita Bites

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Spanakopita bites for our “blizzard” snack today.  I am enjoying that we get to start our weekend early (the kids had a half of a day at school).  Did you know they named nor’easter storms? Apparently this snow storm is  Nemo.  Sounds vicious! ha!

I am about to make up some creamy turkey and root vegetable soup for dinner but firstly, I wanted to share today’s snack, Spanakopita bites! I’ve changed a few things in the recipe, I used leeks instead of green onions, ricotta and phyllo cups so that I didn’t have to deal with ripping the phyllo when I tried to peel it apart.  Here’s the recipe… enjoy!

Spanakopita Bites -recipe adapted from What’s Cooking Chicago? and CBS

1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 of a leek chopped
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach. thawed and squeezed dry
4 to 6 ounces domestic feta cheese, crumbled
1 cup  ricotta cheese
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste
pre-made phyllo cups, I found them more convenient!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add white and green chopped onions; cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix spinach, feta, ricotta and egg in medium bowl. Add cooked onions and season with salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Fill phyllo cups, and bake for 15 minutes or so.

Valentine Hearts 2013

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The Bean began working on her Valentine’s for her Kindergarten class this morning.  Cute, right!  Every five year old loves a glow stick, not to mention coloring and hearts is N’s favorites. Thank you, Pinterest!  As for O, well he is just too big all of a sudden to make his valentines.  These are “girly”, and “Can I get Star Wars or Angry Birds valentine’s?”.  So sad!  Totally a boy, and just growing so quickly…  we ended up ordering some Angry Bird valetines with tattoos.  I’m sure we could have made something but oh well!