A Little of This ‘n That

Here’s a random list of happy things and inspirations from my past couple of weeks.

This Quinoa & Black Bean Salad is healthy and scrumptious!
I found it here and have enjoyed it twice so far.
Quinoa is high in protein, gluten free, and low glycemic.
There now, even if you don’t care a bit about those three things,
I still think you should try this salad.
My children only care about the flavor & texture in their mouths,
and so far I haven’t had leftovers ’cause they scarf it.
 
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1 cup uncooked quinoa 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
 cup black beans (from 15-oz can), drained, rinsed
1/2 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
1 small tomato, chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 medium green onions, chopped (1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt
 
Place quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse thoroughly under cold, running water.
Heat broth to boiling in a 2-qt kettle and add quinoa.
Cover and simmer for 10-20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
Fluff quinoa with a fork and add remaining ingredients,
cooking for a few more minutes until thoroughly heated.
Serve with a dallop of sour cream.
 
Mmmm.
And I just think one of these days I’ll eat it topped with chicken or shrimp!
You?!
 
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Pillows
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{If you can give me a good interpretation of the french here, I think I’d be grateful.
As it is, I think I’ve got a pretty good idea . . .
and I’m thinking it might be more conducive to a powder room or dressing room,
but since I love word pillows and the mudroom bench needed something . . .
here she sits and makes me smile to see her.
 
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{This one came home on a trial basis . . ,. to my master bedroom.
I immediately loved the texture it added to the room
and even the goldish color has become the inspiration for my drapes and bathroom towels}
 
I wish I had the skill to make pillows like certain friends of mine,
or maybe the WILL to do it. Because they make gorgeous ones.
I have some of the materials on hand, so maybe ONE of these days . . .
Because my house could use a few more soft places to land!
 
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Time with my Dad & Mom and “Baby” Sister
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 I was 16 when she was born and loved her like crazy.
Now I love learning to know her as a young adult.
She has funky, quirky personality & style that looks quite exciting
next to my predictable, neutral-colors-are-safe, firstborn world!
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{Peppermint mochas & a movie marathon kept us occupied
for an entire afternoon & evening . . .
and continued into the next evening as well.
So fun! I mean, we just don’t get to do that kind
of thing together whenever we want to!!
 
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The kidders were pleased as punch to be dotted on, played with,
held tight, and spoiled real sweetly all week!
Besides many hours of fun and space to spread out
in our new accommodations,
we also did a little “field trip” to
Herr’s Potato Chip Factory,
which was a highlight for everyone!
And we shopped plenty:
the grocery discount shop,
the health food store,
the outlets,
the knife store,
the skirt shop,
and anything else we could think of
that these northern people don’t normally
have readily available to them. :)
 
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 {Grandpa & the Grands hanging out together.}
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 {Gramma & Claudia . . . they are a lot alike, I think!}
 
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 {Pajama-clad, bed-head peeps saying good-bye to
my parents early one morning.}
 
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Cabbage & Sausage Comfort Food
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Phil found this 5-star recipe and cooked it up for Sunday lunch
a few weeks ago when he was home with a sick child and I was at church.
The flavors pleased me so much . . . I made it again the next week.
{Who can tell, though, if it was as good as his cooking?!}
The first time we ate it with buttered egg noodles
and the second time the family ate it with mashed potatoes,
while I ate it just so.
I didn’t use flour to thicken it the second time around either.
just a bit of arrowroot powder . . .
and we used the link sausage we already have
in our freezer instead of polish sausage.
Let me know if you try it!
I just don’t get tired of this and similar recipes
where you eat vinegar & cabbage together.
Oooooh. So good.
 
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Meeting {long distance} Mentors
Phil & I, along with some of our friends,
were privileged to meet and hear Michael & Debi Pearl
at an all-day seminar last week.
 
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{Me, Debi, Marla}
 
We’ve read some of their books through the years,
and listened to many of his Bible teaching on CD or MP3,
so we enjoyed to opportunity to finally meet them
and hear them in person.
 
Three books we appreciate and have learned from . . . 

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Beauty in Print
And finally, I will leave you with this picture.
A magazine filled with beauty from cover to cover.
Life: Beautiful.
Tips, Wisdom, and Inspiration for women.
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Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely,
and may your whole spirit and soul and body
be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Happy Monday!
 
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4 Responses to A Little of This ‘n That

  1. clarita January 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    mmmmm, that salad makes me HUNGRY. it looks so wonderful!
    the pillows are lovely. i’m glad you didn’t return the french one. :) and i love the ruffly one too. i know it doesn’t help to say it, but *if we lived closer* it would be soo much fun to have a pillow-making-day together!
    time with your family… so happy for you. those are just little heaven-on-earth days.
    and you got to meet the pearls! we must talk. :) soon!

    xoxo

  2. Michelle January 14, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    The black bean and quinoa salad looks sooooo yummy .. and reminds that I’ve had a very similar recipe sitting around for almost a year now. I think it’s time to try it. It came on the same paper David picked up when he brought home a fanTABulous recipe for Cumin Infused Olives in Rye Garbanzo Bean Salad with Oranges. Anyhow, you’re quinoa recipe looks a little more simple than mine. I’m going to pin it so I remember to try it someday.

  3. Heidi January 16, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    I made the quinoa salad last night and we loved it! Thanks for the recipe! And it is wonderful with shrimp on top.
    All the pictures of family times makes me realize how much we missed out on over Christmas. I was trying not to think about it too much…

  4. Amy Showalter January 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    So full of good things.. I’ve been making both quinoa and cabbage lately! So fun to see how you’re making yours!
    The pillows are so pretty, i’d love to have a day of sewing with you. I’ve been wanting to put new covers on my living room pillows but in a crazy way the leopard prints i have now are starting to grow on me. hmm. i don’t know if that’s good or bad.

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