We have been on a bit of a quinoa kick at our house lately. Quinoa is an ancient seed but has just recently become popular in the culinary world. It is an amazing source of protein and so versatile. It is a nice healthy alternative to pasta or white rice. Quinoa might not be the most photogenic food but adds a lovely texture to a dish and is so good for you. Quinoa is easy to prepare – it is cooked just like rice. Two cups of water to one [Continue Reading...]
I served this salad at the tea party bridal shower I recently hosted. It was a huge hit. I first has this salad about a year ago at a neighborhood pot luck and asked for the recipe right away. I never got around to making it. I wanted to add a salad into our tea party menu and I remembered how much I loved the salad and so did my party guests. That evening, after the shower, at our neighborhood party, the neighbor who had given me the recipe originally [Continue Reading...]
About a year ago my 83 year old mother (sorry mom for revealing your age) started sending me recipes from a TV show called The Chew that she loved watching. I had never heard of the show but after I tried one of the recipes she sent me for Salt and Pepper Butterscotch Pine Nut Cookies that I shared on the blog, I figured I better check out this show. Glad I did. It is such a fun show. It is the perfect combination of a cooking show and [Continue Reading...]
One of the requests I got on Facebook when I asked what you’d like to see on the blog was one for more summer salads. I’ve got a good one for you over at Thirty Handmade Days. It is one of my favorite copycat recipes. Be sure and go over and get the recipe! Do you have a favorite restaurant copycat recipe you like to make? I’ll be back tomorrow with photos from our trip to Paris! Can’t wait to share.
I am not a big fan of mall food – that is unless we are eating at the Nordstrom Cafe. A delicious little cafe tucked away upstairs next to the Point of View Department at our Nordstroms. Their food is wonderful and my favorite dish to order there is their Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad. I was craving it the other day and didn’t want to make a trip to the mall so I decided to create my own version at home. I needed to take a salad to a St. [Continue Reading...]
This post was originally shared over at Time Out for Women Blog. I am the mom of four young adults and an empty nester. My husband and I are going on our second year of being empty nesters and we are still trying to figure it out. Some days I am better at being an empty nester than others. I love being a mom and I loved being part of my children’s lives, being involved in their day to day activities. I am a much better supervisor than I [Continue Reading...]
Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner! #57 – Wendy Webster Send me your contact info Wendy and we’ll get your gift certificate to you – congrats!! So will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a fun family dinner or with a romantic dinner for two? Ours will be a romantic dinner for two – isn’t that what we have every night now that we are empty nesters!!?? My husband asked if I wanted him to plan the evening or if I wanted to give him input. I told him he could [Continue Reading...]
One of my favorite things about summer is our weekly visits to the local Farmer’s Market and the daily trips to our own backyard garden. I love the fresh produce! This year my husband planted a whole bed of spinach and other fresh greens for the daily green smoothies he makes for us. It doesn’t get much greener and fresher than that! He also put in another bed of strawberries so we have fresh berries to eat and throw into the smoothies too. I love having all this fresh produce [Continue Reading...]