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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Quinoa Recipe and a Craft Idea...


Hello my dears....
 Hasn't this week flown?  
Terry has been working away over in Prince Edward Island and so it is a good time to get extra chores finished while he is away.... 
I wanted to show you this little craft that I have in a spare room here.. It is very simple to do..
 If you happen to have a wee bird's nest on hand (or buy one at the craft or dollar store) then all you need is an old Bible or book.  Place the little nest on top of the book with a couple of eggs. 
You can usually buy eggs at the dollar stores, too.. 
Look up an old baby photo   that is free from The Feathered Nest  and print it off.. Just click on either link...
Then just cut it out with a pair of small scissors and place behind the eggs..  You could cut out a little set of wings, too..
Many lovely blogs show much nicer crafts done with nests and eggs.  But this is just one I put together for a night table..
I also placed one of the battery operated tea lights behind the cutout.. I left the edge of it so you can see it if you look close..
The tea light keeps the little photo balanced or use a dab of glue.
 It is kind of sweet at night.. 

While Terry was away this week I made a dish that is not one of his favorites... I love Middle Eastern food.. He does not...smile..
But I thought you might like to try this recipe...
It is very good for you and your children..
We all need to eat more grains and I am not much of a meat eater..
When Dustin (our youngest) was small he used to say that Mom was an almost vegetarian.... smile....
Anyway, did you know that the grain quinoa contains more protein than any other grain?  Plus it is a good source of fibre, calcium, iron and other good stuff....

QUINOA SIDEDISH..
Remember this is a mixture of recipes that I combined to taste the way I like.  You can get many good recipes on the web..

First of all ... you need to place your quinoa in a strainer and run warm water over it until the water is clear... For a minute or two..
3/4 cup quinoa.. rinsed well
2 1/4 c. chicken broth
salt and pepper..
Place these in a pot and simmer on low for at least 20 minutes.
Meanwhile...
Saute in 2 T. olive oil 1 medium chopped onion until soft.  Then add 1 or 2 chopped garlic cloves and a pinch or two of red pepper flakes.  Add zest of l lemon, 2 tsp. cumin and 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley..
Saute for just a few moments and set aside.
When the quinoa has cooked for about 20 minutes then add the onion mixture .
Also add the juice of l lemon and more chicken broth if needed and simmer for 15 more minutes or until the liquid is absorbed..
You can add leftover cubed up chicken and cool for a salad.
Or leave out the chicken and serve as a sidedish with Grilled Chicken Breasts...  
I like to add more fresh parsley and a lemon slice...
Serve warm or cold...

I hope you get a chance to try this.... Let me know if you like it...


That is all for today girls except I thought I would share this ...

I listened to a message on a dvd  last night..It was excellent.  It was titled the ECHOES OF US....
It concerned how we echo off the people that we come in contact with..
Are the folks we meet each day receiving an echo of love from us or are we too busy with the cares of this world to allow ourselves to echo the love of God..
It is so easy to be so busy that we as born again Christians forget our purpose..
Our purpose is to spread the Good News..
That Jesus loves us...all of us.. everyone.. no matter what or who..  
He died for our sins.. all of our sins no matter what they are..
He arose again victorious over hell and the grave.
He gave us Hope for tomorrow..
He will live in our hearts today...
We only need to invite Him...
 Did you know that you can NEVER go so far that you can crawl out from under the long reaching arm of  the LOVE of Jesus...
We need to echo the Love of Christ to all we meet today...
He is coming soon..

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your sweet comments...
Hugs..


9 comments:

  1. What a precious thought about echoing Christ.
    I've never tried quinoa - is it like rice or couscous?
    Best wishes
    Christine

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  2. what a great dvd that must have been. Thanks for sharing . a great reminder of His love and our job.Where do you get the quinoa ,rice isle ? can't wait to try it. blessings Pat

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  3. Hi Christine.. quinoa is more like barley, I find. More texture to it than couscous and rice.
    And Pat... I usually buy my grains at the Bulk Barn.. They are organic and I believe cheaper...
    Thanks you ladies for dropping by...
    God Bless...

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  4. I'm sorry you've been alone this week, Faye, but it sounds like you've been keeping busy.
    (And eating good! *GRIN*)
    The recipe sounds yummy to me.
    I loved the last part of this post... I'm dealing with an unpleasant situation in my Hubby's family right now and it hurts to see him hurting.. and I think "Oh Lord, just please come and get your children and take us out of here..."
    But like you said I know there is still a work for us to do. Thank you, Faye...

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  5. Thanks for the recipe. I just bought some quinoa and didn't know what to do with it.
    Thank you also for the second part of your post!

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  6. Thanks for the reminder. I have always said I am a Martha but I strive to be a Mary. I want to choose the better part. Thanks also for the recipe. We all need to eat more whole grains and this sounds like a good recipe. Enjoy your day and God bless.

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  7. Faye, I love the little arrangement, it's so sweet, with all your posts you give us lovely thoughts. Never tried quinoa but I will as I like Middle Eastern food also. Love from Michigan.

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  8. That dish of food looks good!! So excited for Keepers in the morning, oh I thought that I would make some bisquits to bring. Oh I wish I had homemade jam to go with them HINT! HINT! lol!

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  9. The recipe sounds good! I think that the poor little birds nests are covered in snow today but I do intend to try a birds nest craft someday perhaps when the snow melts off them!

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