Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dandelion Frittata- The TRULY Radical Food!

A few weeks ago, I decided to make a normal-person-type frittata.

This was apparently more than my 14 year old could tolerate, for he boldly declared- 
"You're becoming more radical, every month!"

"It's a just a FRITTATA!"   (?!?)

Imagine his delight this weekend, when I tried another frittata and put dandelion greens in it!

Thankfully, by then he had accepted my radicalness, and all was well.

the main ingredients  :)

quinoa, pre cooking

quinoa, post cooking!

simple dandelion greens frittata

and the REALLY radical frittata- dandelion greens, artichoke & feta cheese! mmm...

 Dandelion Greens Frittata

yield 3, because we're a family of 3  :)
recipe can easily be doubled or tripled

1 large handful of dandelion greens, rinsed, dried & chopped
2-3 tbs olive oil
1/2 sweet onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & pepper, to taste
4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs

*optional additions:
1/2 c chopped artichoke hearts
1/2 crumbled feta

preheat oven to 400 degrees

over medium heat, sautee onions in olive oil, till tender
add dandelion greens and cook till wilted
add garlic & cook 2-3 minutes
add salt & pepper, to taste

in large bowl, mix cream cheese, egss and quinoa
*I use an electric mixer.

add dandelion mixture and blend well
*add artichoke & feta, at this time too, if doing these additions

pour into single serving oven proof dishes or a small casserole dish

*I opted not to grease the dishes, b/c the edges turn brown more quickly.  
The frittatas seemed to stick, either way.

bake at 400 degrees, for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness of frittata
shallow dishes will require less time
ramekins require more (last photo)

All sorts of additions can be put into this frittata. 
If it tastes great with eggs, it'll taste good in this!

All measurements are approximate, as I'm a "just wing it" kind of cook and don't always measure.  :)

Notice that I didn't post the first frittata attempt, from 2 weeks ago?  That's because it was icky.
This frittata is GOOD.  The cream cheese addition was key.  Don't skip it!


*Want to see more dandelion recipes?  Check out this blog post! 

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The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Kim Winey Bootcamp Potluck Wrap-up!! {Saturday, May 18th}

What happens when you get together with multiple, fun, talented & friendly women, to learn about photography?

You want to do it all over again!

After the very first Bootcamp, I realized that we had not just discussed photography, we had started friendships and made great connections with other creatives!

It was a beautiful thing!

SO!  To continue the fun and further develop our skills, we will be having a Kim Winey Photography Bootcamp, Potluck-Wrap-up, on May 18th!

This event is open to anyone who has attended a Bootcamp (on any date, including May 18th).

We will meet at Hull's Spring Hills Farm, at 4:30pm.

This event is FREE!  Please bring a dish to share.  I will provide drinks, dishes, utensils, etc...

Dinner will be at 4:45ish.  After, we will talk about our photographic journeys, progress, questions, etc... From there we will have another time of walking, challenges and picture-taking-time.  Weather permitting, we may go to Lackawanna State Park (a few miles down the road).

Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 15th-

Can't wait to see you all!!!!

Just in Time for Mother's Day- Another Kim Winey Photography Bootcamp!

Mother's Day-   Sunday, May 12th.

The next Kim Winey Photography Bootcamp?  Saturday, May 18th!  {Location: Hull's Spring Hills Farm, 500 Kennedy Creek Road, North Abington Township , PA 18414 {Very near Lackawanna State Park}


Can you think of a better gift to give to your mom or the mom of your kiddos? 


While I can learn most things from a book or traditional teaching method, things come more easily to me when I can get my hands involved, visualize object lessons, recollect catchy phrases, and of course- practice.

This is how I learn.

And this is how I teach.

The Kim Winey Photography Bootcamp {Manual Settings- Simplified!} is designed to teach you, in a hands on manner, how to adjust your camera's ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, to achieve properly exposed pictures... consistently.   This class is perfect for individuals in the early stages of their photographic journey. Parents, grandparents, bloggers, small business owners, teachers, and life lovers will especially benefit!

Session 1  $300  {9:00am - 12:30pm}

Manual Settings- Simplified!

Join me for a non-threatening, fun-filled time of learning the who, what, when, where, and why of Manual Settings.  Visual aids & inspiring photos will be used to explain ISO, aperture and shutter speed, {as well as a few other techie camera topics}.

During each of the three main topics, time will also be given to a) learn how to adjust the settings on your own camera b) practice adjusting the settings & observe the results of the changes and c) ask questions.

*Snack & drinks provided

Session 2  $200  {1:30pm - 4:00pm, must have previously attended session 1, to join session 2}

Manual Settings- Practicized!

Practice your new skills, while we move around the cabin and weather permitting, the beautiful Hull's property.

Photo challenges will be given, to help you actively think about which settings to select.  I will be on hand with demonstrations, for private questions, to sneak you some chocolate, or provide extra help!

* Lunch will be provided from 12:30-1:30pm, for those who are taking sessions 1 and 2.

The Kickback Incentive- Attend a Bootcamp and have a photos session with Kim Winey Photography in 2013, and receive $50 off your photo session's sitting fee.  *Limit one Kickback Discount per person.

The Combat Boot Discount- If you or your spouse are a member of the military, a $50 discount will be applied to your Bootcamp fee.  *Limit one Combat Boot discount per person.

The Lamplighter Guild Discount and Incentive- If you are a Lamplighter Guild alumni, teacher or staff member; or are registered for the 2013 Lamplighter Guild, a $50 discount will be applied to your Bootcamp fee.  *Limit one Lampllighter Guild Discount per person. Visit for more information.

Questions and Answers!

Q: Should I bring a camera and if so, what kind?

A: Yes, please bring your digital camera!  Part of getting a good grasp on Manual Settings is learning where the dials and buttons are on YOUR particular camera.  You can bring a point and shoot or a DSLR, so long as there is a Manual Mode option.  It will appear as an "M", on your mode dial.  If you are unsure about your particular camera, please feel free to give me a call and we'll figure it out, together!  {717-689-3277}

Q: How should I prepare my camera?

A: You should have your battery fully charged, with a back up on hand, if possible.  Please bring a memory card or two, with LOTS of space to take pictures.  *If you can empty your card before the class, that would be fabulous!  Also, mental preparedness is key to any new adventure.  Please take a moment to warn your auto-setting that you will no longer be needing its services.

Q: Do I need to bring anything else?

A: Yes.  Please bring your camera's manual. You know... that little book that came with your camera, that you glanced at, got overwhelmed with and so now you're taking my class to decipher it.  Yes... that's the one.  For bonus points, mark the sections that explain how to change your ISO, aperture & shutter speed.  This may save us a lot of time, in class.  If, like me, you threw out your English version and only retained the Spanish copy, you can a) download the info from the internet or b) don't worry about it and we'll figure it out, at the cabin.  If you would also like to bring a laptop & cable to connect your camera to the laptop, you may.  There may be time, at the end of the second session for you to upload some of your photos for larger viewing.  This is optional and is not required.

Q: What should I wear and are boots required?

A: Dress comfortably!  I myself, will be wearing my work clothes.  No, not my striped, pink PJ's, though that is tempting...  jeans and a nice top.  Boots are recommended, as we will be in the country and the ground gets mushy, but they are not required.

Q: What kinds of food will you be serving?

A:  The good kind!  Cold and hot drinks will be on hand, all day.  Obbbbbviously, chocolate will be a special guest.  I will have fruit (at least) during the morning session.  And the lunch menu is still bouncing around in my brain!  Please let me know if you have any allergies or dietary needs.

To sign up for the Kim Winey Bootcamp {Manual Settings- Simplified!}, please email  Include your name, phone number, best time of day to be reached, and preferred Bootcamp date.   I will contact you during my next office day to continue the registration process {Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, typically}.  *A non-refundable retainer of $150 is due within 5 days of your registration date, to secure your seat.

I look forward to chatting with you and answering any additional questions, you may have!


Kim Winey

Thursday, April 18, 2013