Quinoa – the supergrain

Yesterday I downloaded a Kindle book called Quinoa Recipes – 170 Delicious Recipes  and perused it for some new recipes for my board. It’s available for $.99 today on Amazon for download. I decided to try “Savory Quinoa”.  Everyone loved it so I will share it with you. Savory Quinoa 2 T olive oil                 1 t lime juice 2 carrots                     2 garlic cloves 1 stalk of celery          1 zucchini 1 onion                        1 cup veggie or beef stock 1 turnip                       1 lb ground sausage Couple sprigs of basil   1 t turmeric ½ c quinoa                    salt to add to taste Chop all vegetables, heat olive oil in saucepan and add vegetables.  Cook for 5 minutes, then add sausage to brown.   Mix in quinoa, stock, basil & turmeric and cook for 30 min.  Then add lime juice and serve. Often referred to as the supergrain, quinoa (KEEN-wah) is high in fiber and high-quality protein. In fact, it contains more protein than any other grain while also packing in iron and potassium. One half cup of quinoa has 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. This superfood is classified as a whole grain and is naturally gluten-free. Quinoa is a tiny grain that cooks up like rice and has a mild, nutty flavor and a light, fluffy texture similar to couscous. You can find it next to other grains in health-food stores and your supermarket.  (from...

BBQ’d Chicken Wings/Legs & Sweet Potato Salad with Chutney

Picnic tonight!  What’s for supper?  My husband and I were in Cape May last weekend and enjoyed going to the Cape May Olive Oil Tasting Co and found a wonderful Peach Balsamic Vinaigrette that I am going to use on this salad. You can order your own at www.capemayoliveoilcompany.com BBQ’d Chicken Wings & Legs 2 lbs chicken wings      4 piece chicken legs ¼ c melted butter         1 c Organicville BBQ sauce 1 T Sea Seasonings       1 t. celtic sea salt 1 T garlic salt                1 t. all-purpose seasoning 1 T organic onion seasoning Put all chicken pieces in a gallon Ziploc bag, pour all seasonings on chicken and gently mix till all the chicken is coated.  Marinate for 1 hour or more, then place in baking dish and cook at 350F for ½ hour or until all juices run clear.  Then brush on BBQ sauce and cook until crispy. (Or you can cook on your grill)   Sweet Potato Salad with Chutney Vinaigrette   3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon ground ginger                                  3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2-1/2 tablespoons mango chutney 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon honey 1 medium garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Toss sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, cumin, and ginger directly on baking sheet. Roast, stirring occasionally, until sweet potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile,...
4th of July crochet project

4th of July crochet project

My daughter Kaitlyn has a website for her crochet and knitting projects.  It’s www.thecraftattic.com.  On there she blogs about projects she is working on or testing for others.  Today she created a dishcloth that looks like a flag in honor of Independence Day coming up this week.  Enjoy making this for your kitchen sink too! USA Flag Dishcloth Jul 2, 2013 by Kaitlyn Pattern by: Kaitlyn To celebrate July 4th, I’ve written up this dishcloth pattern! Enjoy! Materials: US H/8 or 5mm crochet hook Red, white, and blue cotton yarn scissors yarn needle Let’s get started… with red,  ch 30 hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across, ch 2, turn hdc across the row, switch to white, ch 2, turn hdc across the row, ch 2, turn hdc across the row, switch to red, ch 2, turn hdc across the row, ch 2, turn hdc across the row, switch to white, ch 2, turn hdc across the row, ch 2, turn hdc across the row, switch to blue, ch 2, turn hdc 13, switch to red, hdc 14, ch 2, turn hdc 13, switch to blue, hdc 14, ch2, turn hdc 13, switch to white, hdc 14, ch 2, turn hdc 13, switch to blue, hdc 14, ch 2, turn hdc 13, switch to red, hdc 14, ch 2, turn hdc 13, switch to blue, hdc 14 fasten off and weave in all ends using white yarn and yarn needle, sew x’s  onto the blue portion of the dishcloth to represent stars Optional: Join white yarn to the edge of the flag, ch 1, sc evenly around the flag...
Proverbs 31 teaching

Proverbs 31 teaching

These words I find so true and helpful as a woman, wife and mother.  My dear friend, Kristi, has many talents and gifts, being an encourager is one of them.  I wanted to share with you some of her thoughts that she had written in our women’s church newsletter and hope to encourage you also. The Perfect Woman? We’ve all heard lessons about the Proverbs 31 woman. And we’ve probably felt very insecure and found ourselves lacking when comparing ourselves to that “perfect” woman. Here are a few new thoughts to ponder.  First of all, there is one verse with which I’ve particularly had a problem. Verse 15 reads like this in the NIV: She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. Now, wait a minute! She gets up while it is still dark? Is that a requirement for living like the Proverbs 31 woman? I’m surely to fail. I’ve never been an early riser even after the sun has come up. But while it’s still dark? But on closer look at this passage, I’ve learned something new. The original Hebrew word used here for “dark” (or “night” in KJV), is figuratively used for calamity or misery in the books of Job, Isaiah, and Micah. So, this Proverbs 31 woman, in the midst of the darkness around her (trouble, pain, heartbreak, crisis, illness), still rises. It’s not about the time of day that she climbs out of bed, but rather that amidst the chaos of her life, she rises above the calamity and misery to continue to...

Apricot Lavender Butter

This is a new thing for me, fruit butters, but I’m excited to try!  I did not have Lavender so I used Chocolate Mint Tea that was growing in my garden.  It smells so yummy! This recipe, like the canning recipe, is from http://www.simplebites.net/honey-sweetened-apricot-lavender-butter-recipe/ Recipe: Apricot Lavender Butter 3 cups chopped apricots (about 1 1/2 pounds whole fruit) 3/4 cup honey 2 teaspoons food grade lavender buds Combine chopped apricots and honey in a bowl. Stir well to combine. Tie the lavender buds up in a length of cheesecloth so that none can escape and tuck it into the apricots and honey. Cover and let sit at room temperature for one hour, so that the lavender flavor can begin to infuse into the fruit. When the time is up, taste the uncooked mixture. If you like the current level of lavender infusion, remove the packet and discard. If you want a bit more lavender flavor leave the packet in for the first 10-15 minutes of cooking. Prior to cooking, prepare a small boiling water bath and three half pint jars. Place lids in a small pot of water and bring to the barest simmer. Pour the fruit, honey and lavender packet into a wide, non-reactive pot. Place over high heat and cook at a boil, stirring regularly, for 15-20 minutes. As it cooks, check the consistency regularly by sweeping your spoon through the butter and then holding it sideways over the pot. Watch how it drops off the spoon. If it looks runny, it isn’t done yet. If it looks thick and nearly spreadable, remove the pot from the...