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Spinach and Feta Quiche Recipe

Spinach and Feta Quiche Recipe

spinach and feta quiche

I’ve been eating a spinach and feta quiche from a local restaurant often, so I figured I would try making one at home. I came up with my own recipe to try. I used the following:

Spinach and Feta Quiche Recipe

4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tbs Flour
3/4 cup Athenos Tomato & Basil flavored Feta Cheese
Handful of fresh spinach
1/2 tbs of butter
Salt and Pepper
9 inch frozen pie crust

Beat eggs, milk and flour in a large bowel and season with salt and pepper. I sauteed the spinach in the butter just long enough for it to wilt. Then in the 9 inch frozen pie crust I placed the feta cheese on the bottom and the spinach and any butter from the frying pan. Pour the egg mixture over top and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 50 minutes or until center is firm. I used the tomato basil flavored feta cheese so I didn’t have to add additional seasoning, but if you just have plain feta, you could also season with dried basil or parsley. Fresh tomatoes would also be a great addition.

Quiche is a flexible food that can go well for lunch, brunch or breakfast. I eat quiche often, I started with a hash brown crusted quiche that I made all the time back in college using frozen hash brown patties. You can add just about any fillings. From bacon or ham, all kinds of cheeses. Try it sometime with your favorites.

Lenspen Review – Camera lens cleaner pen

Lenspen Review – Camera lens cleaner pen

lenspen

The lens pen is a digital camera cleaning device that has two sides. One side is a brush that is used to wipe away dirt and dust without scratching the glass of your lens. The second side is to use to wipe fingerprints and smudges that may be distorting your sharpness. I’ve had my lenspen for over a year and use it regularly to clean off my camera equipment. Unfortunately I misplace my lens caps frequently and I have a lot of dust buildup that I need to remove before a photo shoot. This pen comes in handy because it is small and easy to carry along in a camera bag. The best feature about the brush end of the cleaner is that it retracts so it doesn’t get dirty just sitting around or rolling around in the bottom of your bag.

Double Ended Cleaning Device
When you attach and change your Digital SLR camera’s lenses, you are bound to end up touching the glass. This can happen just from using the zoom or manual focus too. The one end of the lenspen has a carbon tip that wipes up the left behind amino acids from your fingertips and small dirt and dust without damaging the surface of your glass shown below.

carbon end

I prefer the brush end for removing dust. I only use the other end if I don’t have another cleaning clothe around because I have had it leave little black residue from the tip.

brush end

How to win at Words with Friends

How to win at Words with Friends

Words with Friends

I love playing Words with Friends. Here are some of my tips and strategies to increase your score and help you to conquer your opponent.

I play against a lot of random opponents and I almost always win. My final score is usually in the 400+ range. I’ve also gotten over 100+ words many times. One that I can remember was Judo on the right hand side with the J in a triple letter score and the word hitting the Triple Word as well. Here are some of my tips for getting higher scores:

1. Always try to make two words per turn. Add “S” to the end of other high value words on the board and build your new word in the opposite direction. Most words are going to be in the 15-20 point range with common letters, so this allows you to double your score during one turn. Also look for short words that you can build other letters onto like adding an E to the end or a letter in the beginning that creates a new word like ear add a “B” and get Bear.

words with friends

2. Plan your turn based on available DW & TW spaces. Less important are getting on the DL or TL spots, but these help too especially with big value letters like Q, Z and J.

3. Qi is the most commonly played word. If you have a Q, try to build off a current word that contains an “i” and add an “i” in the opposite direction to score double points. You can also add a “S” to the end to form QIS on an additional turn.

4. Play around with your letters and submit. Sometimes I create words that I don’t actually know just by moving letters around and testing if the word is valid. I always plan my moves based on DW & TW scores and try to make something fit.

5. Make short 2 letter words along side of other words. If you can build off a word along side it, you will score double for each letter. This is easy to do with words that contain a lot of vowels.

6. Block TW spots if you can’t use them. This is a defensive move, but if you see one of these spaces open and you can’t use it, you might want to put a word on that line that will block your opponent from using the space.

7. Save high value letters if you can’t make good use of them. Try to place these on DL or TL spots, if you can’t use them during a turn, save them for a better score next round. You don’t want to just get 10 points from these, always shoot for 20 or 30 points just from one of these letters.

A Look at Tessellations

A Look at Tessellations

I’ve always loved mathematics and geometry. One of my favorite concepts is tessellation. A tessellation is a geometric pattern of polygons fitted together to cover an entire plane without overlapping or having any space between the edges.

A very simple idea of tessellation is an arrangement of squares in a checkered board or a mosaic tile pattern.

The word “tessellate” is derived from the Ionic version of the Greek word “tesseres” which translates to mean “four”. This is because the first tessellations were made using four sided figures most commonly the square, or rectangles.

A Regular Tessellation is one in which all of the polygons are congruent and regular, with common vertices. The mathematician Kepler (1571-1630) investigated the possibility of filling the plane with regular polygons. Only three regular polygons can be tessellated in the Euclidean plane: the equilateral triangle, the square, and the regular hexagon.

Math Proof: 3 Regular Polygons Tessellate a Plane

Only 3,4,6 sided figures can fill a plane

Need to prove only these three regular polygons can tessellate a plane is:

tessellations proof
Let x be the number of sides for each polygon and y the number of polygons coming together at each vertex. Then the two expressions for the measure of each angle at a vertex can be set equal.

This means that only a 6, 4 and 3 sided figure meeting at 3, 4, and 6 vertices can be tiled to completely fill the Euclidean Plane.

POLYGON ANGLE DEGREES

Another way to prove it, for a polygon to completely fill the plane, each interior angle must be a divisor of 360º. Each angle of a regular triangle is 60º, a square is 90º, and a hexagon has angles measuring 120º all of which you can see divide perfectly into 360º. All other regular polygon do not have angles equally divisible by 360º

What shapes can form Tessellations?
Any 3 or 4 sided shape.

simple-geometric-pattern-tessellation

When considering non-regular polygons in the Euclidean plane, possibilities for tessellation become endless. Any three or four sided figure can be tessellated. When discussing these types of tessellations we must consider the movement of the polygons within the plane to allow for their tessellation. Figures can be moved using either rotation, translation, reflection, or glide reflection.

Rotation is movement by a certain angle around a center point. Translation is moving an object a certain distance without rotating, or reflecting it. Reflection is creating an object’s mirror image in respect to a line, and glide reflection combines a reflection with a translation along the direction of the mirror line. The movement of the polygons will not effect their angles, sizes, and shapes.
Tessellated Architecture Examples

british museum
Great Court of the British Museum One of the best examples of tessellation in architecture is the roof of the British Museum made of glass triangles. The Great Court tessellated roof was designed by London-based architects Foster + Partners. You can visit the British Museum official website if you are in the area and want to see it in person. The Museum has free admission.

Tile floors, patios and bricks are also other examples of tessellations that you may find in architecture.

Houndstooth-clothing

Tessellations are all around you and used in many common places in the world.

Pride and Prejudice Plot Summary

Pride and Prejudice Plot Summary

Pride and Prejudice Summary

A short summary of the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This page contains a short summary of the key scenes and plot points of the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I wrote this list in order to analyze how many different “scenes” occur in a novel like Pride and Prejudice. My friend and I are working on writing our first novels and were having a discussion of how to increase the length or how many different things needed to happen to keep the book interesting and feel like there was enough going on. I decided to use one of my favorite books Pride and Prejudice as an example to see how exactly the plot was laid out. With this quick summary you can see how many different parts there are and what all happens during the course of the novel. I don’t think I forgot anything major. I may have left out little talking parts or things that were not main events.

Summary of Pride and Prejudice

This list contains spoilers if you have not read the novel!!

  1. The Bennet family is introduced at their home of Longbourn and discuss new neighbor of Mr. Bingley taking the house at Netherfield.
  2. Country ball is held where Bingley & Darcy meet the Bennet sisters, Bingley is immediately taken by Jane, but Darcy snubs Elizabeth and refuses to dance with her.
  3. Jane is taken ill when she visits Caroline Bingley and must stay at Netherfield.
  4. Elizabeth visits Netherfield and stays there also while Jane recovers.
  5. Mr. Collins, a clergyman, heir to the Bennet estate visits and Mrs. Bennet hopes he will marry one of the girls.
  6. The girls and Mr. Collins meets Mr. Wickham and the story of his mistreatment by Mr. Darcy is circulated.
  7. Mr. Bingley holds a dance at Netherfield and Elizabeth and Darcy dance for the first time.
  8. Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth, she refuses, he gets engaged to Miss Lucas.
  9. Mr. Bingley and party leave to London.
  10. Jane visits her Aunt & Uncle in London in hopes of seeing Bingley.
  11. Elizabeth goes to visit Charlotte Lucas & Mr. Collins in Kent. They live in the parsonage next to Rosings Park, home of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy’s aunt.
  12. Mr. Darcy comes to Kent to stay with his Aunt at Rosings Park and spends time with Elizabeth. She learns from his cousin that he prevented Bingley from proposing to Jane and is very upset.
  13. Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth and she refuses based on his treatment of Jane, Mr. Wickham and his proud disposition.
  14. Mr. Darcy writes a letter to Elizabeth to try to defend and explain his actions.
  15. Some months pass, Elizabeth’s younger sister Lydia goes away with the militia.
  16. Elizabeth goes with her Aunt and Uncle on a tour of Derbyshire where Mr. Darcy’s has his estate Pemberley.
  17. Elizabeth runs into Darcy unexpectedly while touring Pemberley. They start to form a closer acquaintance.
  18. Elizabeth is notified by letter of the elopement of her sister Lydia to Mr. Wickham and tells Mr. Darcy the news when he visits her while she is reading the letter.
  19. Elizabeth and family return to Longbourn, Lydia & Wickham are forced to marry. The couple visit Longbourn before leaving to live in the North.
  20. Elizabeth finds out it was Mr. Darcy who was responsible for finding and making Wickham marry Lydia.
  21. Mr. Bingley and Darcy return to Netherfield.
  22. Lady Catherine de Bourgh visits Elizabeth at Longbourn in order to clear up the rumor she heard that Darcy and Elizabeth were engaged. Elizabeth refutes this rumor.
  23. Bingley and Jane get engaged.
  24. Darcy & Elizabeth get engaged.
  25. The couples are married and live happily ever after.

pride and prejudice quote

I was also curious how many words, chapters and typical page count Pride and Prejudice has in print, so here is a look at some of the stats:

Number of Chapters: 61

Numbers of Words: 121,880

Average Page Count for various editions: 275-300 pages