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why you make extra quinoa

As mentioned yesterday, when cooking quinoa, always make extra.

Here is one reason why.


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You might not think of quinoa as a breakfast food, but I assure you it can be.  If you cook it in water only, it’s easy to customize quinoa for any meal of the day.  If you’re making it solely for breakfast, I recommend using 1/2 milk + 1/2 water or 1/2 fruit juice + 1/2 water. 

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For this breakfast parfait, I piled on the following:

  • 2% Greek yogurt
  • nectarine
  • perfectly cooked quinoa
  • 2% Greek yogurt + sucanat + cinnamon + splash of vanilla
  • quinoa
  • banana
  • nectarine

Cinnamon sugar yogurt layer?  Oh yes.  It’s true.  And oh so tasty!

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Piled high with peanut butter on top.  Can’t forget my morning dose of nut butter! 

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Prepare to dig in + then realize you packed the glass way too full and need to dump it into a bowl.  Chow down!

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After a go-go-go morning and temps in the 90’s, a refreshing lunch was calling my name. 

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Summer smoothie, infused with chocolate milk!  I used half almond milk + half local/organic chocolate milk to really put this smoothie over the top.  I highly recommend you do the same.

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Then, after a go-go-go afternoon, I created a new donut recipe for the arrival of my parents!  It’s based off one of their favorite desserts.  Despite the heat, I turned the oven on and trust me it was worth it.

Beyond excited to have both parents in Colorado!!

[Mama Pea – Show P. Daddy this photo…you know why]

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Better, than the Peanut Butter Fluff Donuts

I swear.

I will leave you with one clue!!

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After a go-go-go day, this girl is completely wiped out.  Time to rest and then off for an adventure with the parentals in the morning!  Full report on where we go, tomorrow.  Or maybe I’ll share that donut recipe…



favorite summer smoothie

There is really nothing “summery” about this smoothie at all.

There are no berries, no peaches or nectarines, no watermelon and actually no fresh fruit at all.

What is summery about it, is how completely refreshing it is.  It’s like a milkshake, but it’s packed with nutrition, so we’ll call it a smoothie.

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Thick, icy cold, and packed with some of my favorite ingredients.  Let’s call it a cacao-pnut-banana-cinna-smoothie.  No one ingredient stands out too much though.  It’s just a nice smoothie blend, with an energizing kick from the cacao beans!

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Summer Cool-Down Smoothie

  • 1c milk of choice
  • 1.5 frozen bananas
  • 1-2c ice
  • 3T raw protein powder [opt]
  • 1T raw cacao beans
  • 1t unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1.5T creamy pnut butter
  • 1t maca powder [opt]
  • 1/2t cinnamon
  • 1/2t vanilla extract
  1. Blend until smooth!

The ice really helps make this extra thick + refreshing!  I always receive questions about the glass straws I use.  They’re from the company Glass Dharma and I was given a set to review about a year ago.  I absolutely love them!

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So what’s been going on with the house?

Lot’s of window taping, which took for-everrr.  The wood already looks painted, but don’t be fooled, it’s just pre-primed wood.  My uncle did all the trim work and we are in love with it.  He restored the trim to look like what was originally in the house.  I’m so glad we stuck with the old trim style.

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All of the edges had to be primed, where the wood was cut.  Also, the nail gun holes had to be filled in with putty then sanded.  After all of that dried, I got to painting.  These are the before photos, and the “after” look almost the same.  Since the wood was white, it doesn’t look too different in a photo.  However, in person, it looks much more finished.  Super excited to have that done!

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We’re so happy we have a small house [1015sqft] with awesome ventilation [14 windows!].  The sun never really blares into our house, but we still get a nice amount of natural light.  Even when it’s in the 90’s the house is typically at about 78.  With the 3 ceiling fans on, it’s extremely comfortable.

Even Kenna agrees.

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What am I up to today?  The parents arrive tomorrow [!!!], so I’m trying to get a few house things done.

Today’s task:  replacing electrical outlets + light switches

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It’s actually a super simple job, but it’s taking much longer than it should.  The walls are sort of crumbly where the outlets are, which makes screwing them into place difficult.  It’s also not easy getting the wires in + out of the box, but I’m managing to get it done!  Slowly…

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Don’t worry, I turned off the breakers and Kenna is keeping a close eye on me.

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Time for a smoothie, outlet replacing and finishing up that burger recipe!