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curried quinoa

I've been on the hunt for tasty quinoa recipes.  I LOVE the stuff but Eric isn't so fond of it, so I'm trying to find more ways to cook it so it's a little more enjoyable for him.  He doesn't ever complain but it pushes me to research and find more ways to be creative in the kitchen.

I added a few veggies to the dish to give it some texture and added a little more chicken broth to cook the quinoa.  Other than that, I didn't deviate from the recipe and it was good.  It doesn't taste like a strong curry and it's not too spicy, however I did dilute the spices when I added the extra broth.

curried quinoa

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil, or as needed1 small onion, diced2 cloves garlic, minced1 cup quinoa2 cups chicken broth1 tablespoon curry powder, or to taste1 tablespoon ancho chile powder

LARGE chocolate chip cookies

Lately I've been on a junk food rampage, rummaging through my pantry for something sweet, something else salty, something crunchy, anything that isn't my normal healthy veggies.  I've exhausted my searching (and indulging in a candy binge) and resorted to baking with whatever ingredients I had on hand- cookies!!  
[seriously I'm hoping this nasty craving that's taken over me passes soon or my waistline will be unforgiving]
My eyes are probably larger than my stomach and I made them HUGE!!  ...so huge that it takes 20 minutes to bake AND you can only bake 6 per batch! ...sighhh, soooo, it took longer than a normal batch of cookies to bake.
BUT, they are SO delicious!  Totally hit the spot and subsided my junk food craving...for now.
[I should also side-bar here to tell you that I made a major baking NO-NO and answered the phone while putting my ingredients together and added more butter than the recipe called for... so my cookies flattened out more than they should …

Zucchini Bites

Simple Ingredients for a yummy and tasty appetizer!  Thank you to The Curious Country Cook for your Zucchini Tots recipe (adopted by The Naptime Chef)!  Straight out of the oven, it actually has a meat texture (for the carnivores out there) and doesn't really taste much like zucchini (for the veggie haters out there) which equates to a very well-rounded food dish that appeals to all!!

I doubled the recipe so I'd have a little more.


Zucchini BitesVia The Curious Country Cook & Recipe adapted: The Naptime Chefyields:
12 mini muffins

Ingredients
1 cups zucchini, grated
1 egg
1/4 yellow onion, diced
1/4 cup cheese (cheddar or Parmesan work the best)
1/4 cup bread crumbs - I used Italian style
Salt and Pepper

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a mini-muffin tin with non-stick spray, set aside.
2. Grate the zucchini and then place in a dish towel to squeeze out the excess water- like when using frozen spinach.
3. In a bowl combine, the egg, onion, cheese, bread crumbs, zucchini, salt…

Williams-Sonoma "New Flavors for Vegetables"

At the Nevada and California border there is my favorite outlet mall.  It's my favorite outlet because there is a Williams-Sonoma outlet.  There are always great sales and deals going on, so I like to stop by, ohhhhh once a month...

I decided to get this recipe book because it was half off.  $11!!  Go get the book!

I've never purchased a recipe book that

I didn't have to purchase special ingredientsEach recipe is so quick and easy; no complicated utensils or cooking apparatus's I've actually made more than half the recipesI've actually made more than half the recipes AND liked it!! Being a part-time vegetarian (I eat seafood) it's often hard to find TASTY vegetable recipes.  It's always the same stir-fry...  Additionally, I'm always curious about all of those vegetables at Trader Joe's and not have any recipes or the know-how to make it.  This entire book has Trader Joe's written all over it- it's all of those vegetables!!
I made wok se…

Chilled Sesame Spinach

Sooo super yummy and refreshing, this Chilled Sesame Spinach hits the spot!!

I found this recipe on WholeLiving.com and had all the ingredients on hand.  
Ingredients ·Coarse salt ·2 pounds spinach, stems trimmed, washed ·1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil ·1 1/2 tablespoons naturally brewed soy sauce ·1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar ·1 1/2 tablespoons mirin (rice wine) ·3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
Directions 1.Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; season with salt. Add spinach, and cook just until wilted, about 30 seconds. Drain immediately in a colander, and plunge into prepared ice bath. Let spinach cool completely, about 30 seconds; drain again. Using your hands, squeeze excess water out of spinach, and transfer to a work surface. Coarsely chop spinach, and place in a medium bowl; set aside. 2.In a small bowl, whisk together sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and mirin. Add dressing and sesame seeds to the spinach; mix to combine. Happy healthy…

I LOVE spray paint!!

I am HOOKED on using spray paint!!  A few days ago, I used it for the first time and it's so wonderful!

Living in Las Vegas and with the unfortunate downturn of the economy, there have been hotel liquidations selling furniture, accessories, kitchen items, etc.  I found a mirror for $25 and it was a gold color.  I envisioned it in a glossy white so I purchased the mirror and stuck it in the garage for another day.

I just got around to sanding it to create a more textured surface and spray painting it.  It's so quick and easy!

I wish I took a 'before' photo, but I jumped the gun and was too excited to use the spray paint.

Here it is!!  I'll show you once I find a home for it!

Happy spray painting!! (trust me, it's GREAT!)

Painting my Craft Room

Our home has been a work in progress and I've been having lots of fun with colors!  I've been surfing the web looking for craft room ideas.  There's SO many great ideas, paint colors, color schemes, organizational ideas, it's endless!!

I knew I wanted a teal blue, turquoise-y, bright fun blue.  I selected three different blue samples and tested them on the wall.

I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends what their color preference was and we all [most of us] chose the same color!

I painted three walls the solid blue.  And one wall would be my striped accent wall (blue and white).  I decided I didn't want uniform sized stripes, so I chose a pattern of 8 inches, 4 inches, 4 inches - alternating blue and white.  I measured my wall, which was 122 3/4 inches in length.  I knew that my last stripe would be a little short of 4 inches (124 inches total) so I decided that stripe would end right above the door; it won't be as noticeable, being such a small area.

...I gu…