I think quinoa bites are my new favorite snack. Easy to make, high in protein, and so versatile. I made some cheddar chipotle bites and then some sun-dried tomato & Parmesan.


My latest flavor is a ginger sesame. I wanted to try them with an Asian flavor combo and these ingredients are ones I always have on hand. You will notice that the ingredients are almost exactly the same as those I use for my Asian 4-1-1 dressing.

I also decided to bake them a bit differently because of a suggestion from a reader. It actually worked out great and there were less dishes to wash after. Always a bonus!

Ingredients
~ 2 cups cooked quinoa
2 egg yolks - I usually use whole eggs, but I wanted to also feed these to my 9 month old and it is not recommended to give egg whites to infants.
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp ginger

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated. I have been cooking these in a mini muffin pan, put I decided to cook them on a cookie sheet to make clean up easier.  On a cookie sheet, place a piece of parchment paper. Spoon a heaping tablespoons worth of mixture on the sheet, almost like making cookies.



 Bake for 25 minutes, until edges are brown.





I love enchiladas. Such great flavor with all the components. I usually always make them the same way - the way my mom did: chicken, tortillas, enchilada sauce, black olives, mild green chiles, green onions, cheddar, and Monterrey jack cheese.

Making enchiladas, although not difficult, is a process, and a messy one at that.


We have been getting a lot of kale lately in our weekly CSA bag, much to the dismay of #1. I sauteed it one week with garlic and olive oil, which turned out pretty good, but did not impress #1. My second attempt was baked kale chips. I love them! #1, not so much. Oh well, at least they will get eaten.


This is the second version of quinoa bites. My first version was southwest quinoa bites. I could not find the original pin that inspired me to do the last ones, but I did see a pin for this version.

This is the perfect time for an Italian-style bite because of all the fresh herbs I have growing.


Lately, this has been a go-to snack for #1 and I. I love quinoa. It has such a great, nutty flavor and it is much more filling than other grains.

I first saw quinoa bites on, where else, Pinterest and decided to try it. I looked through my boards, but I don't see the original recipe that inspired me. How did I not pin it? Well if I come across it again I will include the link in this post.


I don't get red velvet cake | suzyandco.com

Red Velvet cake recipes, and other interpretations of it - brownies, cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, pancakes, fudge, crepes, LATTE - can be found all over Pinterest and the interweb.



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But I do not get red velvet cake.

This post is a bit different than my usual. I guess it is just more of a rant, which I do not usually do. Nothing to share or learn except my opinion. But maybe it will amuse people.

It's chocolate cake people! With an exorbitant amount of red food dye. Well, I think it is exorbitant. I am not a big fan of food dyes. I am not convinced they are completely safe. There are lots of articles out there why, but here is one I liked. (oh look, I managed to include nutrition info)

Now you can get natural food dyes, but the color is usually not as vibrant.

Since I am all about trying to make things from scratch, you can always make your own homemade food dye. Most commercial food dyes are petroleum based, I found this product to help you.

Food Grade Hydraulic Oil
Buy here!
Appetizing :)

How about some healthier dessert options



DIY pom pom rug

This pom pom rug is the perfect spot to slow down, be present and enjoy simple living
Over the last several years I have grown to love and embrace simple living and appreciating the present. After making your rug, stick around to find simple recipes, simple nutrition and simple ways to natural health. 

This little DIY pom pom rug project took so much more time and effort than I anticipated. I thought it would take a couple weeks, but about 4 months later I am finally done. I actually finished it last month, but just got around to the post now. I think when I finally finished it, I just needed a break from thinking about it.  But it was worth it.

For this rug, which is about 40 inches in diameter, I made approximately 150-175 pom poms. I actually did not do a final count, but there were a lot.

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