Thursday, August 20, 2015

Quinoa Lentil Salad

Beans or legumes combined with grains make a complete protein,  They also make nice salads, and are perfect in summer to serve as light, cool suppers, or side dishes.  You can easily take extra left over beans of any kind and grains of any kind and combine them with a variety of ingredients; veggies, fruits, cheeses, nuts and a nice dressing; toss together and you have a delicious salad.

I  have come to enjoy Quinoa over the years.  It is a nice variation from brown rice, and is higher in protein, fiber and many vitamins.  This salad is loaded with healthy ingredients and is so refreshing and delicious.

Dice all of your veggies: Tomatoes





And fresh Basil (or any herbs you like).

Combine in a bowl.

Drizzle with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil.

Gently Toss to combine.

Top with Feta Cheese and serve.

Quinoa Lentil Salad

1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1 1/4 cups cooked lentils
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 of a medium/small onion, diced
1 clove fresh garlic, crushed and diced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1/3 cup thinly sliced and diced celery
3/4 cup diced cucumber
1/3 cup fresh herbs, chopped ( I have used parsley, basil and dill, and sometimes a combination).
3 -4 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled


  1. Place quinoa, lentils and all of the chopped vegetables and herbs in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle with fresh lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.
  3. Toss gently to mix.
  4. Top with feta cheese
  5. Enjoy!


Monday, August 10, 2015

How to Paint Cats on Rocks

Last week was a busy week for me, with many things that kept me away from "blogland".  I am actually in Colorado as I type this.  I flew back on Saturday and am enjoying being with Steve and catching up here.  I brought my camera this time around, so perhaps I can get some more blog posts done this trip; we'll see. I had this post almost finished on Friday, but just now got a chance to get the last little bit done.  It was definitely a fun activity.

My Grandsons got a book out of the library recently called "Pussycats Everywhere"  It is a cute funny little book that they loved reading over and over again.  Winston even memorized all the names of the cats in the book (about 30 if I remember right).  We decided to paint some cats…and decided to paint them on rocks. I googled "painting rocks" and wow what a lot of great ideas and tiny works of art. I was very inspired and  had so much fun when we began painting that I had a hard time putting the paint and rocks away when we were done and I am still thinking up ideas of how we could paint rocks.  So here is our little rock painting day.  Perhaps it will spark some fun ideas for you.

Lay out a little wax paper, or newspaper for a painting surface and gather some supplies.

I let each of the boys tell me which kind of Pussycat they wanted to paint and which rock they wanted to use. We painted together at first.

Then I let them paint.

 How to Paint Cats on Rocks

smooth flat rocks
acrylic craft paint
paint brushes (don't get cheap kids brushes, get some detail brushes from the art supply store).
paper plates (to use as a paint pallet).
black Sharpie type marker (fine point)
wax paper
Mod Podge or clear acrylic spray paint

 You can search for rocks in your back yard or go to the dollar store and find a whole bag of them for "Guess how much?"… "haha, yes, just a dollar"; these were nice, smooth and clean; ready to go.

Here's how I painted the cats:
I found that starting with the tail helped me place face and paws better.

1. Dip a Q-tip in paint and swirl it down the side of the rock to make a  curling tail.

2.  Dip in paint again, then make  circles for cheeks.

3.  Dip again and make 4 smaller circles for paws that are tucked up under kitty.

4.  Paint triangles for ears.

5.  Fill in the ears with pink.

6.  Add a little pink triangle nose.

7.  Using the Q-tip again, dip it into the paint you want and make little circles for eyes.

8.  Allow to dry completely.

9.  Paint pupils with black paint using a very thin paintbrush.

10.  Allow to dry thoroughly.

11.  Put a tiny amount of white paint on a clean paintbrush, and add a dot of white to each eye and one to the nose, to create the shine accent.

12.  With the same brush, add fur and whiskers.

13. Use a paintbrush or a Sharpie type pen to add lines for toes, or any other details you like once all the paint has completely dried.

15.  Allow to dry several hours until completely dry to touch.

14.  Paint your creation with Mod Podge, or an Acrylic Spray to seal the paint and keep it from scratching or peeling off.

Tip:  If you don't allow the paint to dry completely before brushing on a sealer, it may smear a little such as happened to the kitty on the top right… he now has slightly green cheeks as well as eyes.

Pussycats Everywhere!

Here is the reason that the boys loved that little book so much.  He's Elizabeth's cat… well I should say He's Winston's cat (but we all sort of claim him).  He is a true work of art and a family friend… there are actually two family kitties around here, but this one always makes himself very available for photography :) Haha. Hope you all have a little fun with rocks and paintbrushes.  
Enjoy your week everyone!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Philly Cheese Steak Pie

When I was making the Peach Cream Pie  the other day, I ended up with an extra pie shell, and decided I would make dinner with it; but I was out of any good ingredients for a quiche.  The ingredients I did have were a large amount of red, green and orange peppers, onions and sliced roast beef… "Philly Cheese Steak Pie" was the result.  It came together in 10 minutes and was delicious.

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Slice 3 peppers and 1 medium onion and saute lightly in olive oil.

 Prepare  a pie shell.

 Fill with sautĂ©ed peppers and onions.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup shredded Provolone or Mozzarella Cheese evenly over peppers and onions.

 Top with 1/2 pound sliced and chopped Roast Beef.

 Add another layer of cheese (about 3/4 cup).  Cover with foil and bake in a preheated oven, approximately 40 minutes.  Remove foil and cook another 5 or 10 minutes.

Philly Steak Pie

1 single pie crust   (I used this one)
3 medium sized Peppers
1 medium sized onion
1/2 pound sliced and chopped roast beef
1 1/4 cup shredded Provolone Cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare pie shell and set to the side.
  3. Slice onions and peppers and saute lightly in olive oil.
  4. Spread peppers and onions evenly into pie shell.
  5. Top with 1/2 cup cheese.
  6. Add roast beef.
  7. Top with remaining cheese.
  8. Cover with foil and bake approximately 40 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and bake 5- 10 minutes more, until crust and cheese is just beginning to brown.
  10. Serve and Enjoy.