The Simple Joys of Life

 

Sometimes you have to remember to stop, smell the roses, and count your blessings.  It’s so easy to get caught up with the day to day.

A few things I’m thankful for today…

  1. The hubby.
  2. The family.
  3. Awesome friends.
  4. Having a job.
  5. Having a roof over my head.
  6. My iPhone.
  7. Coke Zero.
  8. Christopher Nolan- I LOVE that man’s ability to direct!

9.  Mochi.  I really love my cat. 

I don’t care if I sound like some crazy cat lady.  I love my cat.

For those of you who have never owned a cat, they are not the evil nemesis of dogs.  They are not plotting to kill you.  And if they could speak, they would not have bad grammar.  Well, maybe some of them would….

 

They are amazing.  They are loyal.  They are loving.  They are clean.  They are smart.  They are the best.

I mean, have you see Maru the Cat?  If not, please go on YouTube now…

*Kelson wants me to preface that I’ve never owned a dog before.  I don’t think that makes any of these statements less valid.

 

10.  Quinoa

I love the weird spelling.  I love saying “keen-WAH!”  I love the nuttiness.  I love that it’s protein filled.  I love the texture and the fact they’re little balls.  I love quinoa!

And to make room for you to just relax, enjoy end ends of summer, and count your blessings… I bring you a quick quinoa vegetarian meal to enjoy.

Quinoa Summer Salad (serving 6-8 people)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dry quinoa
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 chopped orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 tbsp spicy brown mustard
  • 5 minced garlic cloves
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

1.  Follow the instructions on the quinoa packaging and cook up the quinoa.  *My instructions ask me to rinse the quinoa in a mesh strainer until water runs clear.  Then cook in 4 cups of water and bring to boil.  Turn heat to low and simmer until water is absorbed and you’re left with a pot of lovely quinoa- approximately 25 minutes.

2.  Get a large bowl and throw in the quinoa.  Mix in the dried cranberries and golden raisins.  Mix in the bell peppers and cilantro.

3.  Dressing!  Get a small bowl and mix in the extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, mustard, garlic, and salt to taste.  Mix well.

4.  Pour the dressing onto the quinoa mix and toss lightly.  Get ready for some light, fresh, deliciousness for dinner!  Enjoy!

An Ode to Pinterest (and Green Onions)…

HI FOLKS!!!

Sorry, we’ve been missing in action.  You can tell even Mochi, our beloved cat, has missed our documentation in the deliciousness of life.  Doesn’t she look sad?

Sorry, we’ve disappeared.  We blame Pinterest.  Scratch that.  We blame Pinterest.  I blame Pinterest.  While Kelson has been busy cleaning our backyard, I started falling in love with… Pinterest.

For all of you who don’t know what Pinterest is or why people like me are glued to it, it’s an online pinboard that let’s you get a visual of all that you love online.  You can create “boards” for your recipes you want to try, for ideas you have for your home, for places you want to travel, etc.

I. LOVE. PINTEREST.

I swear this is the last thing I’m going to say about it.

….

Did I mention I love Pinterest?  Do you need an invite?  🙂

One of the things I love about it is that it has gotten us to cook more and work on neat little projects.  One of the simple things we learned and loved was how to grow green onions in a cup.  A cup!  No dirt needed.  No backyard.  All you need is sunlight, a cup, some water, some green onion leavings, and a little bit of love.

Trust me.  The little bit of love goes a long way.

An Ode to Green Onions

Green onions are wonderful!  They are cheap.  They go into everything I love to eat… green onion pancakes, dumplings, chap chae, salads, etc.  Green onions are great!  Recently, I noticed that my parents had green onions growing in their kitchen.  They have a windowsill full of beautiful plants and flourishing flowers, so I sort of figured my sad little bay window could just do some orchids and call it a day.

Then I came across a pin on Pinterest that changed everything.

How to grow green onions… Re-growth (courtesy of Homemade Serenity)

As I mentioned before, green onions have been grown indoors by folks like my family and others for awhile.  It is time the word is spread!  How many times have you just needed a few green onions to add some freshness to your food?  How many times have you had to toss out the green onions that were going bad or wondered what you could do with the ends?

Well, now you don’t have to chunk them into the compost or buy a huge bunch just for the few you need.

Instructions

1.  Take the ends of the green onions and put them in a cup of water.  A clear glass will give you the most sun exposure, but a mug will do with direct sunlight. Since we had so few roots to work with, I opted to use my favorite little mug.

2.  Fill the cup or mug with water (enough to cover the roots).

3.  Set the cup near a window that gets lots of sun exposure and wait a few days.  I kid you not that you will start seeing it sprout in a few days.  Again, that little bit of love goes a long way…

Ta-dah!  Check out the green onions you grew!  I’m sure all those that are not a fan of bugs and dirt are sitting pretty right now.

My parents eventually planted their green onions in a clay pot with dirt.  We’ve had friends who have done the same due to complaints of a smell from the water.  The smell is usually a sign that there’s too much water that may have caused some root rot.  Clear it out and change the water once a week.

Enjoy!