Apr 21, 2014

Green Bean Salad

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This  green bean salad is a great way to perk up frozen green beans.


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Frozen green beans are what they are. Fresh is better but if frozen is what you have use them.


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So there were only about 4 leaves of cilantro out in the garden. it looks like this salad will be more parsley flavored.


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Chop up Tomato, feta, parsley/cilantro, and onion.


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In a bowl or something


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Add green beans,


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parsley, feta,


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vinegar, and olive oil.


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Toss together.


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Serve right away or make ahead.



  • 12oz. frozen or fresh green beans
  • a couple of red onion slices, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons red vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • pepper to taste


boil green beans until crisp tender.
Toss beans with vinegar, olive oil, tomatoes, parsley, onions, and feta.

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Apr 18, 2014

Eggcellent Chicks



I didn’t die any eggs this year but I do have fun making these guys!

For the recipe in pictures from last year  go here












Have an eggcellent day!


Stuffed egg chicks


  • Peeled hard boiled eggs
  • 1 tsp. parmesan
  • mayonnaise
  • mustard optional
  • capers for eyes
  • carrot for feet and beak

Slice eggs in half 1/3; remove yolks and set whites aside. In a small bowl, mash yolks with a fork. Add the mayonnaise, parmesan, mustard; mix well. Adjust ingredients for taste.

Stuff filling into bottoms of egg whites and place top on. Cut out feet and beaks from carrot slices. Use capers for eyes.

Make ahead or eat right away.

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Apr 17, 2014

April PhotoADay list



I’m a little behind but here is the april PhotoADay list (and how to play if you’re new).


1 something purple

Red Buds.


2 dirty


Don’t ask.


3 shapes

Frost on the window.


4 good together

Mini horses.


5 not mine

I saw this guy just sitting in a tree on the side of the road.


6 taste of spring


7 where id rather be



8 hobby


14 in my hand

These are gluten free kiwi key lie pie bites. SO good! I will be making them at some point.


16 reading this


If you want a laugh you can see how this dad and his son feel about winter here. He’s also a photographer with inspiring work.


17 something I learned


Don’t laugh, I just learned this. It’s surprisingly simple.

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Apr 14, 2014

Douglas lake at night



We had some beautiful weather this weekend  and here are a few photos taken with a 20.00 tripod.

It cooled off just enough that the mosquitoes went a away yet was still pleasant.






The moon was so bright it was lighting up the shore. 



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Apr 11, 2014

Pink cherry, Red dogwood and Redbud inspired social icons

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It’s been a while since I’ve given away free social media icons. Well, today I was inspired by the blooming trees to make some watercolor paint icons  in pink for the cherry blossoms, that are in full bloom.

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Red, for the red dogwoods that are just starting to bloom.

purple red bud icons

And purple for the red buds that are almost done.

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This free icon set in pink , purple and red includes:

Linked in
Google plus

download here

Hope you enjoy
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Apr 9, 2014

Red quinoa and Bulgarian yogurt smoothie

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Super creamy breakfast smoothie.


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This yogurt! If you like Butterworks plain yogurt flavor you’ll want to try this Bulgarian yogurt!


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I managed to completely forget to take one single photo of the cooked red quinoa!

So right here just pretend there’s a photo of red quinoa being put in a blender. Thanks.


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Spoon in yogurt.


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pour in some agave nectar.


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Toss in frozen orange pieces.


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Add avocado.


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Throw in ice.


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And blend it all up.


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Add fruit juice and blend until mixed.


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Serve right away or put it in the fridge for later.


Red Quinoa and Bulgarian yogurt Smoothie



1 cup cooked red quinoa

3/4 cup Organic plain Bulgarian yogurt or any kind of yogurt

1/4 cup Agave nectar

1 cup frozen orange pieces or other frozen fruit

1/2 Avocado

1 cup fruit juice

1 cup ice cubes


Toss in blender and blend until smooth. Adjust agave amounts to taste.

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