Category Archives: food

keen-wah sah-lid.


Tomorrow, after church we are having a pot-luck lunch, so I thought I’d try out a new recipe.  

This one is a great quinoa and bean salad.  It’s light and it’s beany (mmmm! i love beans) and oh-so-proteinous (that’s my own word meaning “full of protein”).

Although quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is still relatively unheard of (in these parts at least….), it’s great to use in place of rice or other grains.  A part of the same family as spinach and beets, it is a complete protein (due to the presence of all 9 essential amino acids), so it is an excellent choice for the vegetarians and the vegans among us (like my friend Nate over at Vegan Dad).   And, the texture is unique (it gives a wee little crunch when bitten).  So it’s fun.

Anyway… I took this recipe out of Weekend Cooking by Ricardo.  A great cookbook that my honey Jeremy bought me for Christmas. 

Here it is: 

Quinoa Salad with Beans

1 cup (250 mL) quinoa
7 oz (200 g) thin green beans, trimmed
1 can (19 oz/540 mL) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and diced
1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil
3 Tbsp (40 mL) white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh tarragon, minced
a few drops of Tabasco sauce
salt and pepper

In a saucepan, cook quinoa in a large quantity of boiling salted water for about 15 minutes, or until the grains are tender but still crunchy.  Rinse in cold water, drain and set aside. 

Cook green beans in boiling salted water.  Rinse in very cold water, drain and set aside. 

Mix all ingredients in a salad bowl.  Season with salt and pepper. 

For best results, refrigerate salad for 1 hour. 


photo extravaganzzzzzzza!

Well, we’ve had a busy past couple of weeks at our casa.  First off, Joshijah went for his very first dentist appointment.  Very exciting?  Oh yes.  He wasn’t at all nervous.  Relaxed as anything.  Just look at his very relaxed posture in the super cool dentist chair.  😉


Thankfully the hygienist and the dentist were both so nice and let him pick out the COOLEST shades to wear!  This relaxed him somewhat. 

This was Jos trying to spit into the little sink.  He can’t figure it out still.  He just makes the noise of spitting, and lets the spit just head down the ol’ throat.  Ah well, all in good time.


The dentist.  Again, Joshijah looking very relaxed.  Clutching that chair for dear life!
However, it was a very successful trip.  Joshijah was a big boy and did really well!  YAY! 


With Uncle Cubby and Tante Jes reading stories at my Mom and Dad’s place.  It was my Dad’s birthday. 


Hosanna snuggling up with Poppi on his b-day. 

This was Joshijah’s birthday party.  Jos and Sammi.


Hosanna (or as I like to call her:  May-may-licious.)










Opening up the prezzies.

Yummy treats.  And that’s my friend Julie.  Everyone say, “Hey Julie!”


Markers and Stickers and Play-Dough, oh my!

Cupcakes a la Lightning McQueen.


Traditional birthday breakfast in bed. 

Joshijah with his bed-head. 

Cake!!  This time for the “family birthday party”.


“Uh, Mama?!  What is this?  You call this cake?! And ya’ll can show me some better singing than that.  C’mon.”

Jer and Steve shooting the breeze waiting for food. 


Tom being quiet and contemplative and playing a sweet tune on J-dog’s guit. 

My dad.  I love this picture of him. 

My mom!  All the girls were being Italian mamas in the kitchen making homemade pizza.  Well, Jes was laying on the floor.  It’s ok.  She’s pregnant.  She’s allowed to lay on the floor. 

My sister Sara with her sweet baby girl. 

Joshijah with his cool new airplane from Plan Toys.  Very cool toys.  They are my new favourites.  The kids love them too.  (that’s pretty important I guess)   
And he is wearing the beautiful sweater that my mom made for him.  He looks like a little euro-kid.  I love it!  Notice Jes is still on the floor.  Having a great time, might I add. 

Janna and I being pretty serious about making the pizza.     We had some pretty loud music on to help out the mood.  Sara and Amelie are dancing, I’m sure.   Janna’s gonna love that pic of her.  🙂

This is my Aunt Marion.  She stopped by yesterday to give Jos his b-day present.

Jos and May-May doing their thang with the new easel from Nana and Papa!
(Notice the large amount of snow hanging off the tree outside.  It just.keeps.coming.)





And this is me, taking my before shot.  I am getting my hair cut tomorrow. 
Tomorrow I will post the after shot.  Stay tuned!

G’night ya’ll!!

title-less wednesday

the sun is shining today, and i’m off to my friend julie’s for a play-date!

my baby’s gonna be 3 next week!  i can’t believe it. 

i guess i’m gonna plan a good ol’ lightning mcqueen birthday party!  whoot!

well, happy wednesday to you all….

coming up soooooooon:   100 things about me.   (i bet you can’t wait!)

oh, and here’s what i’ve been feeding my husband every morning for breakfast for the past 2 weeks…. he actually likes it….and feels better when he drinks it!


ingredients:    organic bananas (frozen)  1 or 2
                         organic apples  1 or 2
                         raw spinach   (handful)
                         raw baby field greens–mesclun mix  (handful)
                         dollop of honey 
                         teaspoon of ground flax seed
                         water (to engage the blender blades)

blend, blend, drink and enjoy!   the kids love these “superman smoothies” as well.