You know those recipes that you pull out when you are in the mood to bake…apron and all? When you really want to spend time in the kitchen, mixing the ingredients, feeling the dough mold between your fingers? Well, this is one of those recipes. What it isn’t is a recipe to make when you’ve promised the kids homemade pop tarts and they are sitting eagerly at the kitchen table waiting for you to crank them out. Just sayin’…

This idea was sent to me by a friend and as soon as I read the email I was excited to try it.

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I don’t know if it my eagerness for spring or just the need for change, but I am craving lighter foods.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the comfort foods of winter, but I am ready for the fresh taste of produce that does not include root vegetables.  At the store the other day I walked past these beautiful mangos.  Their cheerful yellow color caught my eye and I quickly added them to my cart.

Yesterday, as I was contemplating what to make for lunch, my eyes landed on those beautiful mangoes and I immediately thought…salsa!

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On Friday we had a day off from school and thought we might head to the zoo. An overnight snowfall changed our plans.  Instead we bundled up and headed to a nearby trail for some fresh air and fun in the snow.

As pretty as the snowfall was I’m REALLY hoping it was the last one for the season.  Come on spring…we’re ready!

Alison

 

Yesterday was kindergarten roundup for Henry. My last boy will be heading to school in the fall. This past week I felt that I was going to be okay with it all.  I’d been focusing on all the positives that were ahead, trying to ignore the heavy, tugging feeling at my heart. As we walked up to the school, Henry at my side, I felt him begin to walk slower and quietly grab my hand.  That’s all it took.  The tugging I’d been trying to ignore all week welled up in my heart and brought tears to my eyes.  <Sigh>  I looked down at him and smiled through my tears, he smiled back, hugged my arm and we headed into the school.

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I got this recipe from my friend Amy. One Friday morning, not long ago, we sat at her kitchen table swapping recipes, talking food, and catching up on our week. I love those kinds of relaxed mornings. Good conversation and friendship…energizing and comforting all at the same time.

This recipe calls for quinoa (keen-wa). Quinoa is gluten free and very high in protein. It is light and fluffy with a bit of a nutty flavor. There are many ways to eat it, as in the dish above, or as a warm breakfast cereal with fruit. Because the quinoa pairs well with so many flavors the possibilities are endless. You can find it in the same aisle as rice/grains in the grocery store, or in the bulk section.

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