Saturday Random Recipe: Quinoa!

Here’s a recipe I’ve been meaning to share with you for a quite a while. For weeks I’ve been building up to it, so now I’ll finally get to it!

This recipe was a part of my collection of Summer Recipes, great for doing when you don’t feel like heating up the house, and generally enjoying the produce of the Summer. Unfortunately, Summer is practically over, and my thoughts are turning to soups and apples. However, I will share this recipe in celebration of Summer. September is generally the best of Summer anyway, when we can usually get access to good Summer fruit, and enjoy cooler days.

I think I’ve already mentioned this recipe, from Mireille Guiliano‘s cookbook, for Fruit Salad with Quinoa, which serves 4-6. Here it is:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (or lemon juice)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon zest lime (or lemon, or omit)
  • 1 pound mixed fruit (strawberries, peaches, grapes, melon, blackberries, raspberries)
  • Fresh mint sprigs

Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions. Drain and cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together the liquid ingredients

Prepare the fruit. Place all the fruit in a serving bowl and add the cooled quinoa. Add the liquid mixture and toss to combine. Garnish with mint and serve.

dscn7895First of all, this recipe is really flexible and fun. You can probably use whatever fruit you have on hand. I find I really like peaches or nectarines with it. (and don’t worry about measuring how much fruit you use. Just do as much as you want)

A few important things to know:

rinse the quinoa! I didn’t for a while, but it really helps to lessen the unusual, sort of bitter flavor. Also, the mint garnish is very important. It provides a fun, fresh flavor. Plus, be ready to add more lemon juice or honey, depending on what you want.

I also find that it’s not necessary to let the quinoa cool completely. I like how it softens the fruit a little when it’s warm, but this salad is best cooler.

I really, really like this salad. It kind of helped me get into quinoa, which I find has it’s own personality that you have to get used to. I also really like this recipe for get-togethers with friends (they have to be the right friends. If you bring a fruit salad with funny looking soppy bits, they may not get the idea). It provides a fresh, unusual, side dish thing that, conveniently, provides some protein, which is sometimes needed with these random get-togethers.

And there we go! That wasn’t so hard…

Oh, and keep Mireille Guiliano in mind, because I’ll be bringing her up again soon.

By the way, I’d love to hear what your favorite quinoa recipe is! I’m still trying to figure it out, so I’d love to hear from you!

Hope you continue to have a great weekend,


Friday Featured Favorites: Pretty Pretty!

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all had a great week.

We’re featuring a beautiful shop today. The name of this shop encapsulates the items you’ll find there: Pretty Pretty Jewel.

il_570xn-903431286_3fueI love the necklace pictured on the left! It’s beautiful, elegant and kind of boho chic. The creator of the shop, Kim, studied the craft of jewelry making, so it’s no wonder it’s so beautiful!

Much of her shop is silvery/gray/black, made with intricate chains, delicate beading and wonderfully diverse pendants (did I have fun writing that bit? Yeah! But then, sometimes its hard for me to describe something that’s so visually pleasing)


No, really, the pendants Kim uses are diverse. To me, one of the most important part of any piece of jewelry is the pendent (or, of course, charms), so I was delighted when I found that Pretty Pretty Jewel has several different kinds – the owl, the compass on the right, dragonflies, elephants, and even little sayings.

Kim mentions on her About page that she never mass produces, and her creations are one of a kind. They’re inspired by her faith, family and nature. Some of her favorite materials are sterling silver, semi precious stones, pewter, brass and vintage.

When I was taking a look at this shop, I noticed her descriptions of the items. She gives a detailed, conversational description. Quoting her description of her Gypsy SoulDragonfly Necklace:

Gypsy Soul~Dragonfly Necklace
So, I got these cool new medallions and when I saw this one that said Gypsy Soul, my mind went right to BOHO CHIC. I had some African Christmas Beads lying around and wa-la…
My newest design. Hope you like it. Truly one of a kind”

il_570xn-828608201_hvv4I asked her what’s her favorite time of day to do her wonderful work. This is an important subject for us at the moment, because we’re trying to figure out when is the best and most creative time to do our work.

Kim’s answer was that the best time of day for her to bead is daytime, when there’s plenty of sunlight coming in from the sliding door behind her. I couldn’t agree more, personally, because daylight is the most truthful light, and you can see what’s going on best

Here is a link to her Etsy shop: Pretty Pretty Jewel.

I loved looking at her work – definitely worth a blog post! – and I invite you to take a look at this one-of-a-kind shop!

Have a great weekend, everyone!





The Season of ….. Whatever Comes Along

Fall There and ThereHannah sometimes asks me if I dream. “Of course I dream”, I tell her. “Everybody dreams”. “But what do you dream about?”, she’ll ask. “The same thing everybody dreams about”, I tell her. “I dream about where I’m going.”

Yeah. I guess I dream about where I’m going- although, more often I’ll dream about a mash-up of The 100, real life and possibly the Muppets- but I do dream up plans about what I’m going to do, even within the next month (or week). And usually that’s all they are- dreams.

For instance, in the season in between now and Christmastime, I probably have so much planned that there would be 6 months before mid-November!

A Group of GeeseHave you ever had one of those days when you think over the time you have between now and a deadline, and you suddenly realize you’ve got a lot to do? What am I saying? Of course you’ve done that! I’ve done that plenty of times- in fact, just about at this time of year I’m coming up with huge plans, forgetting that I usually make a few things for my family for Christmas, I’ve got to get more Christmas stuff up on my Etsy shop and… I live in New Mexico. (To those who don’t live in the NM, that means one’s winter wardrobe is a bit dull and limited, because winter lasts about 2 months here)

So, having come to this time of year, when I need to make several things for the winter, either for myself, my shop or my family, I will go ahead and figure out a few things I have planned.

Abby, Raisin Fairy 3So, having thought over my various projects I want to do, I realized I am aiming to be unusual. I want to turn my wardrobe slightly upside-down (probably getting embarrassed in the process- don’t ask me why) with ‘artistic’, unusual dresses, complete a long-forgotten corduroy coat, make everyone rethink their idea of gift wrapping and surprise my family with unusual gifts.

Do I have a life outside of sewing? Yes. For one thing there’s the crochet poncho thing I want to make (for all our readers, I’m not the sister who can crochet with her eyes closed while watching Inception) And there’s also NaNoWriMo. Ah- NaNoWriMo.

Well, those are my plans for the next few months. And I haven’t even got it all planned out yet. My ideas are still in a jumble, as they usually remain until they’re completed. I have expectations, dreads and follies. And this is the stuff that dreams are made of.

Good luck to all our readers with this following season. May you get done what you hope, plan and dream.

P.S. just so you know, this is part of our 25 Blog ideas


3 Blogging Mistakes I’ve Learned in the First 3 Months.

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Ordinary Adventures

I’ve been in the blogging business for a little over three months now. While every fiber of my being screams that that is barely any time at all, I cannot help but feel like I’ve been immersed in this world for much, much longer. I have made it my top priority to take this hobby and turn it into my second job. Not in a money sense, not at all, but in a creative, time consuming, goal oriented way. For the past three months, almost all my free time has been poured into learning, crafting, creating, exploring, and making this blog into what I dream for it to be. I’m still working out major kinks, making tons of mistakes, and hitting every road block imaginable. During these first 100 or so days, there have been some huge, glaring problems that could not be ignored. But trust me, I’m learning. I’m…

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