Monday, December 8, 2014

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Last week I posted a picture on my Instagram page of a new recipe I had tried.  I saw this recipe over on Ambers Blog and knew I had to try it. 

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I have a love hate relationship with quinoa…on one hand I know it is sooooo healthy for me and so I want to love it, but on the other hand I have tried it several times and just can’t get myself to like the dang stuff.   When I saw this recipe I figured…why not?!?! I pretty much love all things Mexican food, so maybe that would mask the quinoa.  I was sort of right.

We didn’t have all of the spices she recommends, but even without that it ended up being pretty good. Even my husband said he would eat it again.  For sure put the avocado on there…that really made it for us, and we used a crap ton of cilantro. I really enjoyed the plain Greek yogurt on mine, but Joe doesn’t care for either way we both like it. I wouldn’t say it was our favorite meal, like probably not gonna ask for this as my special birthday meal any time soon, but it was a great, easy and healthy dinner. 

Here you have it:

One pan Mexican quinoa:

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium sweet onion, diced

1 jalapeno, minced, seeds and ribs removed (I didn’t add this so Ellie could eat it too)

1 cup dry quinoa

1 cup vegetable or chicken broth

1 (15-oz) can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (14.5oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes (Joe later said he would prefer these pureed rather than chunks)

1 cup frozen corn

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (we didn’t have)

1 teaspoon cumin (we didn’t have)

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Juice of 1 medium lime

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 whole avocado, cubed

Light sour cream or 0% plain Greek yogurt

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add in garlic, onion, and jalapeƱo, and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are golden and the garlic is fragrant.

Stir in quinoa, broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, and seasonings.  Bring to boil; cover and reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through (soft to the bite, but not mushy) - 22-26 minutes.  Stir in the lime juice and cilantro.  Serve with 1/4 of the avocado (or more!) and a dollop of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt on top! 

some of the ingredients…and my glass of wine, obvi!!!

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The first few ingredients cooking up and smelling amazing!!

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Almost finished…makes sure you continue to stir a few times while you let it simmer, just to make sure the bottom doesn’t burn…not that that almost happened to me or anything…

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and wa-la!

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Give it a try…and if you want to see pictures of cute little two year old twins enjoying this meal then pop on over to Ambers blog.  She also has tons of other recipes that are family friendly and easy. 

Happy Monday!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ellie Lou Boutique

I mentioned in yesterdays post that I have been super busy getting ready to sell Ellie Lou stuff at an event, so I wanted to share with you what that is.

See the invitation below:

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My mom and her studio partner are hosting a holiday open house tomorrow, Wednesday December 3 from 5-9 and then again Friday December 5 from 5-9.  There will be appetizers (who doesn’t like food) drinks (again, who doesn’t like drinks) and local artists displaying and selling their creations (you should love local art!!!)

Wednesday is Miracle on Main in downtown Zanesville with the tree lighting and tons of fun things for families, and Friday is the monthly art walk…so if you are down for either, stop on over and check out the art…and more specifically check out my Ellie Lou Boutique creations for people of all ages! 

Let me give a tiny bit of back story to my new venture:  When Ellie was born my husband and I decided it was best for our family for me to stay home with her.  As she has gotten a little older and as I have looked at all of the cute hair accessories out there for kiddos, I realized I could do that!  I started dabbling in making rolled fabric flowers first, and now I have ventured into fabric bows and other fun things too…embellishments, bling…I am loving letting my creative juices just fly with these headbands and hair clips.  I hope to expand further into scarves and kids clothing someday soon as well!

It has been so fun starting this little business and I am super excited to see where it takes me.  I would love for you to remember me while doing your holiday shopping this year…these hair accessories are perfect gifts for the little or older girls in your life.  I also make bow ties too, perfect for your little guys holiday outfit!

love custom orders…so if you have an outfit for your little ones that needs the perfect addition just let me know and I can create something just for you!

Check out my etsy shop HERE and remember to visit me this week to see my stuff in person!

And now to tempt you…here are some examples of my work. cameranov6 040

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All the craziness on my desk…and yes I use old baby food jars to house beads!

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This was a custom order for my long time friends daughter, Annie. They had family pictures and needed something to match the super cute red converse they all wore. I love her fuzzy hair!!!!


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Happy holiday season!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Turkey Headbands and Christmas Lights

Hey guys, sorry I have been MIA for a few weeks!!!! I have been busy busy getting ready for a little event to sell my hair bows (more on that tomorrow)

We were also busy enjoying the holidays with family. 

This year was so much different having Ellie.  It is crazy how much your life changes when your schedule sort of depends on a little chubby human being you are responsible for!!! Typically Ellie is really easy going and loves doing things and watching people…and Thanksgiving was no different.  She loved watching everyone eat, and taking in all of the action.  She is ON. THE. MOVE. so the last couple of weeks have been all about exploring for her…and running around grabbing her for us.

She didn’t get to try turkey yet; long story…I don’t eat meat, Joe does…she has no teeth to chew yet so we have time to figure out the whole “will she eat meat or won’t she” thing…stay tuned…

We ended up going to my parents for brunch on Thanksgiving, then headed to Joe’s moms house for dinner.  We spent the night there and had a nice relaxing night, eating great food…watching silly movies…all the good stuff you should do for Thanksgiving.

Miss Ellie had, what I thought, was the cutest outfit for the holiday…and was comfortable, because this mama is all about comfort when it comes to holiday clothes! 

(tooting my own horn warning: I made the headband, which I thought turned out so cute!!)

And now to the pictures…cause you know I took some.


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I guess I didn’t really take very many of Thanksgiving…I must have been too busy eating.

In other news, we decorated for Christmas this year a week before Thanksgiving.  We are usually the weekend after Thanksgiving kinda people, but the weather was nice and we just felt in the Christmas spirit so we went for it.

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Awww, the fun things you find whilst unpacking last years Christmas stuff.

(we are still working on removing the lovely wallpaper you see in the background, uggg!)

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And since Ellie is on the move she has recently discovered our giant window in the living room. She can pull herself up and look out of it…and she does…all the time.  I spotted her doing it right next to the tree and thought it was just so cute that I had to take some pictures..duh.

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See her…to the left of the tree. She looks so little compared to everything!

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and she recently figured out how to wave…so I caught her waving to me, so flipping cute!!!

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and then I made Reggie pose with all of the lights Joe worked so hard to put up.

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Uggg, she is getting so big, so fast…I can’t stand it!!!!!

Well at any rate, I hope you all had a great holiday too.

Happy Monday!!