Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Autumn Harvest Quinoa

Absolutely yummy, and very healthy too.  It's very easy to make and is very economical too.  Perfect for breakfast, a nice change from oatmeal.

I found the original recipe here and tweaked it quite a bit to make it work for us.  It gives you the option of making it in the crock pot too, which I didn't but will try sometime.  Here is my version:
1 C quinoa

1 C water
1 C apple juice/cider
pinch of salt
1 med apple, cored and diced
1 med pear, cored and diced
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t each of nutmeg and ginger
1/4 C each of honey and molasses

Combine quinoa, water, juice/cider, salt and spices and bring to a boil,  then reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes.  Then add honey, molasses, apples and pears and continue to cook until all liquid is absorbed, approximately 5-10 minutes.  Sweeten with brown sugar to taste.  Makes 4 servings.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Dollar Store 1 Minute Necklace

I honestly don't even know if it would take you a whole minute even to make this, but you'll definitely want to try it!

 I started off with these hooks that I picked up from a garage sale for $0.25.  Yes, I know they technically didn't come from the dollar store.  However most of them carry decorative ornie hooks like these, so I'm sure you won't have trouble getting your hands on them.

You then just interlink them together, and before you know it you have a lovely little necklace!  Easy as pie, right?

These hooks were a lovely shade of gold, no paint necessary.  However it would be just as easy to spraypaint them whatever color you'd like, or you could even give them a spray of acrylic topcoat to add shine and prevent them from tarnishing.

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