Sunday, March 1, 2015

pinterest food finds. cheesy quinoa and broccoli patties

Intrigued?   My family LOVES these--I dream of these, they are delicious!


1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water
5 large broccoli florets
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup shredded cheese
1 large egg
Salt and Pepper for seasoning
Olive oil for cooking

1. First, cook your quinoa according to the directions on the packaging. I cooked mine by combining 1/2 cup of quinoa with 1 cup of boiling water, then letting it come to a boil, and simmering, covered for about 15 minutes. Once the quinoa has absorbed all the water (this shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes), put it on a plate and let it cool completely.
2. Next, saute your diced onion until it’s soft and translucent. Set aside and let cool completely. Cook your broccoli until it has softened a little bit, then let it cool as well. Once the broccoli has cooled completely, dice it into small pieces.
3. Now that you have everything ready, in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together, leaving the egg until the end. Mix well so you have a smooth, wet mixture that will allow you to make patties that will stick together.
4. Heat some olive oil in a pan, and make your patties. I made each using 1/4 cup of the mixture. Just make a ball out of the mixture, and squash it down a little bit. Cook each patty for about 7 – 8 minutes on each side on medium heat. You want the patty to develop a crust, but not to burn, so watch them carefully. Let cool for a couple of minutes before eating.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

a short story--the unsuspecting N.A.R.P.

    so I've been sort of all over the map BUSY lately--I shouldn't say lately but pretty much all the time.  I have a few minutes here and there to take advantage of the "ME" time--to do something that doesn't involve food, driving, doctor's appointments, the normal every day...
     ANYWAY, I did something the other day that I've been thinking about for a long time!  Writing short stories based on true events of my family.  I was inspired when my daughter came home and told me this story that had me rolling with laughter.  I knew I had to write it down--she read it laughed and gave some pointers/clarification.  Here is what I wrote (remember I am NOT a professional!)

The Unsuspecting N.A.R.P.
based on True events--February 19, 2015

Needed definitions to understand the story:

N.A.R.P.= Non-Athletic-Regular, Person
Alyisa=athletic girl, who does two sports; soccer and track,  and who takes a weight lifting class during her regular scheduled High School day.  At one point she could bench press 100 pounds.

On a school day--Thursday to be precise.  Mrs. X culinary class was killing time at the end of the hour, waiting for the school bell to ring signaling that their class time was spent.  All cooking utensils were put away, and the counters were wiped clean.  Most of the students were killing those last few minutes by either staring at the walls, the inside of their eye lids, their phones, or making small talk with each other.  One such conversation went like this.  

The N.A.R.P. conversing with Alyisa said, "hey, you want to arm wrestle?” In Alyisa’s mind she had a quick conversation, “um--NO!” but out of her mouth came these words, “no, I don’t want to beat you.”  The unsuspecting N.A.R.P., by all accounts was a little eccentric in his demeanor and dress, took this statement as a challenge and said, “well, now we HAVE to arm wrestle.”  With a few disinterested students looking on the arm wrestling match began.  Alyisa wanting it to end sooner than later jerked her hand toward her opponent.  The N.A.R.P. was not going to give up that easy!  He pushed back and the match stayed for several seconds where it began, in the starting position.  Alyisa bided her time while the N.A.R.P. pushed, gaining no ground.  Alyisa noticing the beads of sweat appearing on the N.A.R.P’s forehead.  She decided to end the arm wrestling match.  

Inside her mind there was a note of confident satisfaction-- “I won, just like I said I would.”  Her face bore that thought, in a self-assured smile.  The N.A.R.P. on the other hand was definitely surprised when another student; an observant young man; who knew not to challenge a girl to an arm wrestling match said, “You do realize that she takes a weight lifting class.”  The N.A.R.P in astonished disbelieve claimed that she had cheated!  “Ugh! No, fair!!”  In Alyisa’s mind, the words came, “Well, I told you I was going to win didn’t I?”  The bell rang signaling the end of class--the whole interchange lasted only a few minutes.  But there is a moral to the story, which is this: Don’t challenge Alyisa to an arm wrestling match--she will win.

So do you have ANY stories--family lore that you want to remember or your kids to remember?  WRITE it down--you don't have to be a professional--yes, it takes time but the effort is worth the pain!
Thanks for the visit today!

Monday, February 23, 2015

a few random cards.

I was looking through my pictures and I found some cards I made for birthdays that I haven't shared yet:

I made these fun cards with leftovers from several kits--it was sort of liberating to just PLAY with fun embellishments and paper.
Well, like always I am OFF and RUNNING--thanks SO much for the visit today!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

pinterest food finds. crepes.

so a few months ago I was at my SIL's house--she made us crepes, YUM!  I knew I had to find a recipe, PAN and make my own!  I now use this:

credits: Girl Inspired


1 1/2C. flour
1 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 C. milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbs. melted butter
for a fun delicious filling I use Honey Sweetened Greek Yogurt (I purchase it at either Costco or Walmart) I dollop a spoonful of yogurt in a bowl and then add lemon juice to my taste.  I add a spoonful to the cooked crepe then top with fruit--SO DELICIOUS!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

prom. 2013.

Product used: Today is Beautiful kit by Scrapbook Circle
what I like about this page:

*yes, I have scrapped these pictures before--I LOVE them therefore I scrap them.

*LOVE how the hearts do the talking.  There is a mix of heart shapes, product types and flat vs. pop dots.

*the gold painted background just visible underneath the hearts.

*the letters, I painted black on them with mist...

* the stripped paper--SO usable...

Well, I'm off and RUNNING again--thanks SO much for the visit!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

bullit kitty.

I am NOT a cat person.  I say that and then I think of my Nanny (grandma) who LOVES cats, she had one COOL cat named Bullit--he put up with us a TON--I found this gem of a picture and had to scrap it.  The background was based off of this (my Nanny was a quilter):
Isn't my hair FANASTIC?  I went through a faze that I wanted my hair cut short like Dorothy Hamill...LOVING the look of glee of my little brother's face as he SQUEEZES the cat around the neck--he in turn looks like it's about to pass out...GOOD times, VERY patient kitty....
Thanks for the visit today!!

I used the Today is Beautiful kit by Scrapbook Circle...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

pinterest food find. taco seasoning.

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so I ran out of Taco Seasoning!  What to do--turn to Pinterest of course!!  I knew I probably had all of the ingredients and was so happy to find this recipe:

credits:Gimme some oven


  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • (optional: 1 tsp. flour)


Stir or whisk all ingredients together until combined.  Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

***I have made this WITH flour and without flour, it doesn't affect the taste, it's more if you want it to be thicker.  I LOVE this recipe because there is NO extra STUFF--you KNOW what you are eating!***

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 13, 2015

happy valentine treat bags.

wanted to share real quick some fun little treat bags I made today:

I took pictures of the bags full of treats--I'm not always THAT patient! ;)  The papers and embellishments came from the Today is Beautiful.
Thanks SO much for the visit today!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


So we are coming up on Valentine's Day and I wanted to share another creation I made with thickers that are included in the Scrapbook Circle Today is Beautiful kit:
Super simple!  

1. I cut the hearts, scallops and banner with my silhouette (after measuring the letters to make sure that they would just fit)  
2. I did a simple zig zag stitch across the top.
3. I used pop dots to pop the hearts up off the background.  
4. little tip: because I didn't want the ribbon to tear through the paper I punched out two small circles. I adhered one to the back and one to the front for reinforcement--then I punched with my whole punch.
5. The gold ribbon used to tie it all together was purchased at Michael's (last year for a school project).