Saturday, May 31, 2014

What's For Dinner?

Quinoa




When I was at the grocery store the other day, I picked up a box of Quinoa. I had no idea what to do with it, but I'd been hearing so much about quinoa that I didn't hesitate to toss it in the shopping cart. Once I was back home and  my groceries were unpacked, I realized I had some research to do because although I'd heard of quinoa, I'd never cooked it before. So, I fired up the laptop and was all ready to get started. I was surprised at what I discovered from these amazing little seeds.


Did you know that quinoa is nature's super food? It's fast-cooking, highly nutritious and protein packed. It contains a ton of fiber, is rich in magnesium and contains iron. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. It's also totally fool proof and it cooks in less than 15 minutes... Wow!


Now that I was armed with so much information, I headed to Pinterest where I found a recipe that looked interesting. I wasn't sure if I'd like it or not, but I did. My husband liked them so much, he actually ate 5 of them. Yeah, meaning no leftovers... thanks a lot, hubby. So, since they turned out so good, I'd like to share the recipe with everyone. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.


Quinoa and kale patties


Ingredients:


2 1/2cups cooked quinoa
4 cups of kale
1/2 cup of chives
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp. of sea salt
2 Tbs of olive oil
3/4 cups of bread crumbs
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup of grated
Parmesan cheese
1/2 yellow onion


Directions:


Combine quinoa, eggs Parmesan, chives and salt in a medium mixing bowl.


Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in skillet on medium heat then cook onions and garlic approximately 3 minutes. Add kale to the skillet and cook until kale is bight green and soft.


Add kale mixture to quinoa mixture, then add bread crumbs and stir to combine. Place clean skillet on medium heat and add enough oil to coat bottom of pan.



Form patties using about 1/2 cup of quinoa mixture and place patties in skillet being careful not to overcrowd the pan.



 


Fry until golden brown on each side, approximately 5 minutes each side.





Remove patties, drain on paper towels and serve. 
 



 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Decorating interrupted



Do you ever start a new decorating project all eager with your head full of wonderful ideas only to be distracted by life and other fun stuff? Next thing you know, it's months later and you're not even close to being finished. Well, my living room is nowhere near complete and although I know that not everything has to be done at once, I also know that I need to get back at it.

Well today, I went to Home Goods for some inspiration. I really just went to browse, but these cute little fans caught my eye.



Here's a better view. See, there were only two left that were green, so I couldn't possibly pass it up. Okay, I could have, but I didn't want to. I felt like I was in a Pier One commercial, (only I wasn't in Pier One), but this little guy was just begging me to take him home.



When I got back home with my new purchase, the end tables that I ordered finally arrived. Yes! I felt like I was finally making some progress. Now where's hubby and his toolbox?


So, here is how it looked after hubby put it together. Now, I just have to figure out what I'll use to decorate the top and bottom shelves.


By the way, I'm not a drinker. For some reason, I never developed a taste for alcohol. So most of what's on the bar is non-alcoholic, except for my husband's favorites. Also, I picked up that little chalkboard at AC Moore for $1.00. In case your wondering what it says...


For the time being, I decided to put the fan on the other side of the couch. There's a floor lamp behind the table now, but my next purchase will definitely be table lamps.


Oh, I almost forgot. I juiced beets today, too. With the pineapple, apples and carrots added, it was pretty good.

 
 
Ooops... This picture was taken before I took the tag off the fan. Oh well...
 
 
  
 
Have a great day... :) 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day


I know I'm a little late, but I wanted to say, Happy Mother's Day to everyone. I was hoping to get this post out yesterday, but I was just too busy enjoying the day. This is the card my daughters made me from a poster board. They are so incredibly creative. I just love it!




We were up bright and early because I wanted to get to the early service at church. Afterwards, my daughters made me a wonderful lunch... chicken salad over a bed of spinach leaves and angel eggs. Yes, we stopped calling them deviled eggs many years ago.



Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to go to Lake Redman afterwards.

 
 
Lake Redman has boating, fishing, volleyball courts, picnic pavilions and there are a quite a few trails, too. This is the trail that we followed.
 
 
 
 
It took us through here.
 
 
 
 
  These little guys greeted us at the end of the trail... 
  
 
 
then they swam away.
 
 
 
 
Thanks for stopping by... :)

 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Still At It


Happy Monday! Yesterday, I tried juicing again. I still used spinach, but this time I added carrots, an extra apple, strawberries, an orange and 1/2 a lemon.



I took my drink outside and the book I'm currently reading. Once I settled down into the chair, I took my first sip.




Do you know what? The extra fruit really did sweeten it up and I actually enjoyed it this time. I want to thank everyone for all of the wonderful advice. I'm going to be trying different combinations of fruits and vegetables as I get into the groove of juicing. My goal is to have better control of my eating habits.

Also, for the readers out there, Even is a very good story. I'm only midway through, but that will change by the end of the day. If you like crime thrillers and lots of action and suspense, this is the story for you.



Have a blessed day!