Good Afternoon everyone!!
I love enjoying the simple things in life. The taste of my morning coffee, the slight twitch of Chibi’s ear as she keeps me company while I type, and the soft feeling of my slippers keeping my toes warm. I just love Saturday mornings! After a long week, there is nothing better than giving myself a few hours to relax, work on some crafting and indulge in a most delicious coffee. There’s always so much to do on the weekends; cleaning the house, doing laundry, going to the gym, visiting family etc, that I often feel like I haven’t had much of a weekend at all! Before you know it, it’s Sunday night and back to work! So for me, it’s very important that I allow myself a few hours to do nothing. To just relax, and not worry about all the work I have ahead of me.
On of the projects I want to work on this weekend is a Valentine’s wreath. I was in Micheal’s the other day and I saw all these cute door hangins, ranging between $10-$15 and I was almost sucked in! Then I thought, wait a minute, this is a craft store! I should make one! Universe knows I have enough ribbon and flowers and what not. So all I needed was a few wooden hearts to decorate. So I popped down to the wooden section and picked up a few hearts for 49cents a piece! So For a few dollars I will make a most lovely wreath! On my way home I remember that I have a heart shaped wreath that I was going to turn into a spring one.. and I still might as I’d hate to use it for something that will only be up for a few weeks at most. But i pulled it out for some inspiration and promptly Chibi decided that it was a most comfortable place to sit. She’s still there right now, curled into a cozy little ball. I love my Chibi-kins so much!
Any who, I’m about to run to the gym for my weekend work out but before I do, I want to share with you my dinner from last night! It was my first attempt cooking Quinoa. My older sister cooks with it fairly frequently, and it’s always tasty, but I never have so it was high time I tried! Using The Edible Perspective’s recipe for Perfectly Cooked Quinoa, which is almost exactly how I cook rice, I gave it a whirl! And I was most successful. I added some garlic salt and spices while it was cooking cause I knew I intended to make a stir fry with it. But her advice to cook it plain so that you can use the left overs for anything is very valuable information.
I also used her Slow and Low Sweet Potato recipe and Oh. My. Goodness. Were they ever delicious!!!! Can you tell I’ve become a fan of Ashley? (The Mistress of The Edible Perspective!) Talk about the simple things in life! This recipe is seriously nothing more than olive oil and a pinch of salt. I can see that this is going to become one of my go-to side dishes. I think a lot of people stay away from sweet potato because they assume cooking a dish with it is bound to be a lot of work and I am here to tell you that nope! It’s amazing. Oh ya! So back to the quinoa, after i cooked it, I scrambled up some eggs, added some yellow pepper, onion and zucchini, and then added the cooked quinoa last. It was super yummy! Complete it with some steamed broccoli and bam! Dinner is served. If you’re not a fan of eggs, you could easily remove the eggs and use tofu instead. Or if you eat meat, some chicken or pork or what not. I really like the texture and taste of quinoa. I think it may just replace my use of white rice! (I know, i still was eating white rice?!) After some googling the subject, I see that it’s super good for you, and is rich in amino acids, proteins and all that other junk that is good for us. I’m hooked!
All right, all right. Enough stalling, off to the gym I go to torture my poor body!
Peace and Love!
Christine and Chibi <3