Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bites and Something That Bites

Another version for the ever growing Eggface collection of "Bites" aka Crustless Quiches. This bite would be particularly good for breakfast. In fact that is what the leftovers will be tomorrow. Today I served them for lunch with a salad of baby spinach, goat cheese, almonds, and dried cranberries.

Shelly's Ham Fiesta Bites

1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Green Onions, diced
2 cloves Garlic, diced
1/4 lb. (about 4 slices) Ham, diced
5 Eggs
1/4 cup Chopped Tomatoes, drained (I use S&W canned)
1/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup Diced Green Chilies (I use Ortega canned)
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
Butter/Oil for sauteing

Preheat oven to 350 F. Saute onions till golden. Add garlic and ham saute 1 minute more. Set aside to cool. Mix all ingredients together. Be sure onion mixture has cooled slightly before adding eggs. Spoon (I use a small ice cream scoop) into a greased mini muffin tin. Bake for 30 minutes. Makes 24.

Something That Bites:

I have insomnia again.

I am up everyday at 1 AM (Day 4) yesterday I actually cried because I was so overly tired and frustrated.

I have no trouble falling asleep it's just staying asleep. Like clockwork I wake up and turn over only to see the glowing green alarm clock readout taunting me with 1:17 or 1:23 or some other ungodly hour. I run through some relaxation stuff... making my limbs limp, meditation, sniffing lavender, counting sheep, emu, freaking penguins, whatever... but nope. I am up.

So there I lay staring at the ceiling wide eyed until I give up and get up. I seem to go through this every few months. Remember the 3 AM Pancakes and Casserole week in March around the time I had my second round of plastic surgery.

It's getting me down.

So why is this happening??? I have no clue really. I have the same worries and crap as usual no more, no less. Like every single person in America... money, life, love (lack of), the future, the fact that we're all just hurling towards an apocalypse. Pleasant things like that.

I am trying to curb my coffee consumption after a certain hour so hopefully that will help. I am a coffee addict and I know that doesn't help matters. I'm getting plenty of exercise. Ya'll know I eat well. I go to sleep at around the same time each night, cool room, no TV, etc. I quickly drift off and then BAM.

Well if this keeps up expect some really killer casseroles to come out of it.

Highlights of the Day:

* It's started already... I made one of my favorites: Pastaless Chicken Carbonara Casserole. Wanna See?

* I've got the afternoon free so I'm going to try and take a nap and catch up a little of what I'm missing before I fall down.

* I downloaded some new music. I needed some new walking tunes.

Listening to: All Time Low "Poppin' Champagne" I heart little Blink wannabees.


Doug said...

Yeah, I pretty much have to stop caffeine input after about 3pm or I'll wake bolt upright sometime between 1am and 3am.

cggddss said...

I'm sorry that you feel bad. :( Get your rest when you can and I hope you feel better soon.


Amy said...

1mg of Melatonin about 1/2 hour before bedtime works for me. Melatonin is a hormone that we produce when we are young, which is why babies sleep so much. Once we are older we don't produce as much and sometimes when we get low on it, just a little added back helps get sleep regulated again. Let us know if it works for you.

tara said...

I've had the staying asleep problem for a few years now. I was on ambien, which worked great, but I didn't want to be zombiefied every night. I switched to 3mg melatonin - seriously try it!! totally works. I take one every night before bed.

chpdlivr said...

I have the same problem, and once and a while I take Benedryl. It's what's in most sleep aids. Tylenol PM, etc. None habit forming.

I stop caffeine by noon.
Waking up in the middle of the night sucks!!!

Donna said...

Hubs has the same issues. He quits caffein after 3pm and takes a supplement called ZMA. He used Melatonin in the past and it worked, but he thinks the ZMA is better. Get some rest and hope you feel better!

mm said...

I just don't go to bed until 12am, and that seems to do the trick.



Anonymous said...

Try getting one of those alarm clocks where the display completely shuts off until you wave your hand in front of it. I have a tendency to wake up and stare at the time on the alarm clock..and getting one of those has really helped.

Mysstwalker said...

Chicken Carbonara Casserole...I made it...ate it a lot for a week because I love it so...and weighed one week later....16 pounds gone in TWO WEEKS...its magic stuff im tellin ya! As for sleep, I use a lil computer program called I-Doser...sends me off every night, for all night.

Anjanette said...


My 12 yo and I both suffer with insomnia. We use the melatonin also but 1 tab from Trader Joe's...sends us to sleepy land very quickly.

I hope it works for you!

PS...we tried several of your ice cream recipes....the boys (12 and 9) loved them. DH loves your cauliflower and leek casserole also. Thanks so much for all of your hard work!!


Rebecca said...

Hi Shelly, I just now made these ham fiesta bites and all I can say is, holy heaven in a muffin tin! Do you have any idea what the nutritional info is? I made mine in normal size muffin tins (filled them 1/2 way) and it yielded 10. Thank you!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hi Rebecca, Yay so glad you enjoyed them! Here's how you find nutritional info on mine or others recipes: :)

Joseph & Tracie said...

I made these today using a 1/4 cup ham steak and swiss cheese. I left out the chilis. They are delicious! Thanks!

Taysidebell said...

Can the fiesta bits be frozen made them today and they are lovely

Michelle "Shelly" said...

So glad you are enjoying them! They can be frozen... they don't look as pretty but taste fine. They last 3-4 days in the fridge fine too.