Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

This Southwestern Quinoa Salad makes a great side dish, lunch box food or even a dip! David has eaten it all three ways!  He says it’s a keeper. Salad Ingredients: 1 cup of quinoa, cooked to manufacturer’s specifications (1) ½ cup of grape tomatoes, cut in half (2) 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed (3) 1/3 cup chopped black olives ½ of a red sweet pepper, chopped 1 avocado, … [Read more...]

11 Examples of “Cleaning As You Go”

11 Examples of Cleaning as You Go

When I first heard the term, clean as you go, I wasn’t sure what that meant.  But once I heard an explanation, I realized I did that all the time. In case you’re not exactly sure what that means or want some more ideas about how to do it, here are 10 things I’ve noticed my husband and I do. While I’m waiting for my iPhone photos to upload, I tidy my desk – that mainly involves putting … [Read more...]

A Different Way to Use DIYLife Mapping Inserts

Ashley's Planner

My daughter-in-law, Ashley, has been using DIYFish Life Mapping Inserts for a while now.  She started out with two pages per day but found that was more than she needed.  She switched to a week on two pages and that worked well.  But now she finds herself busier and she’s running out of room on the week on two pages. I suggested the one page per day format but she still wanted more room for the … [Read more...]

Bunless Turkey-Spinach Burgers w/Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Bunless Turkey-Spinach Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Wow!  All I can say is, Wow!  This recipe was a BIG winner at my house on a couple different levels.  The burgers were delicious and the pesto was awesome. This is a gluten-free recipe but it doesn’t have to be.  Add a bun and you’re good to go. Ingredients for Sun Dried Tomato Pesto (1) 2 cups oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained (2) 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano (3) 1 cup … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper Week 70 – Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom Plumbing

There’s always a lot more boring work to be done before we get to the good stuff.  I’m ready for fixtures, furniture and paint in the master bathroom but the groundwork has to be done first - plumbing, electrical, etc.  Boring!!! But in case you’re interested, here’s some of what David worked on in the master bathroom this … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 158) & Cooking Tips, Too

dining room table

It was a crazy week and an even crazier weekend and that’s why I’m late getting today’s post done.  But here it is. Monday Smoked Sausage & Roasted Vegetables Notes:  This recipe tastes SO good and is really easy to make.  It’s one of our favorites.  I haven’t used smoked sausage a lot and I didn’t realize what I had been missing.  Delicious. Tuesday Creamy Sweet Potato & Wild Rice … [Read more...]

Chewy Chocolate Cookies (GF)

Chewy Chocolate Cookies 2

I don’t make a lot of sweets these days because of the low FODMAP diet David’s following, but this Chewy Chocolate Cookie recipe actually fit the guidelines.  I was pretty excited to make it and David was pretty excited to eat it.  It was a definite winner. Ingredients: 3 cups powdered sugar ¾ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder ½ teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla … [Read more...]