Saturday, July 28, 2012

Quinoa Walnut Salad

Mel Larson does it again.  Mel is the writer of The Larson Lingo, my favorite blog!  Her Summer Salad Swap is back and I decided to post this salad that I made a few years ago.  I think quinoa is still being discovered out there but it it bound for stardom with its health benefits and delicious taste!

Quinoa Walnut Salad

1 cup quinoa

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup frozen green beans, defrosted

1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

1/4 cup green onions, sliced

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and continue cooking until all water is absorbed.

In a medium bowl, combine cooked quinoa, dried cranberries, green beans, walnuts, and green onions until well mixed. In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic until well blended. Pour over the quinoa mixture. Toss until well blended. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving

Linking up with Mel HERE

Weekly Gratitude

For the American Neighborhood

For Successful Healing

For Making It Through The Lull

For 1 year of Professional Bliss and the Great Celebration We Had Last Week

For My husband's bliss at the lake

For QT with Mama

For the Gift of Motherhood

Insta Friday (July 27, 2012)

A Little Late This Week....Better Late Than Never?

life rearranged

Orange Tomatoes from Our Garden

Dora Bike!

Nothing says Summer In New England Like The American Flag!


Bistro Box Anyone?

One of Those "Pure Joy Moments"

More Gardening

Boston Fun with Mama

First College Visit = UMASS Amherst

Linking up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged

Friday, July 20, 2012

Insta Friday (July 20, 2012)

life rearranged

My week in iPhone pics.....

 The garden

Helping Daddy Heal

Lunch on the Deck

Jump Rope!

Sunday at the Beach= Girl's Day!

Lobster always makes Daddy feel better (especially this year with the awesome prices- $3.99 per lb at Market Basket!  We are fascinated with the story of how warm the waters have been this year so the lobster shed their hard shells much earlier and the supply is much great -we will take it!)

S'mores= Summer Fun!

Another "prop" for Man town- courtesy of an awesome wife AND Gingerbread Construction Company :)

Our first company Twitter page!!  Woohoo!

Pre dinner cocktail at Landana- LOVED that atmosphere

Testing out the deck for "future shows" ...she kills me

Summer Swag ;)

Hope you all had an amazing week!  Linking up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weekly Gratitude

So so so thankful that my husband's surgery was successful and he is healing nicely

So thankful for our supportive family and friends who have helped us during this chaotic time

So thankful for this last year of professional rewards

 So thankful for a special "girls" day with my Diana...mass and the beach...she truly was my little sidekick and didn't miss a beat!

So thankful for the next chapter we are starting...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Insta Friday (Friday the 13th of July 2012-ooohhhhaaaa!!!!)

life rearranged

My week....in cell pics

Blue Hydrangas- my favorite flower of all time- thanks to Mama for having the green thumb :)

My hubby (pre-surgery) watering our garden :)

Friday Night- Girls Night Out at Tuscan Kitchen- here are our bartender pals ;)

My pal Ann Marie

Apparently Papa Bob is the Princess Today

Sunday Stop at Starbucks

and my elementary school....the greatest ever

ZB turns 17...still can't believe it

Running through the sprinkler...pure Americana...pure childhood paradise

Putting on her new flip flops which she can't part with (even sleeping with them on despite the HUGE blister they have created-ugh)
 Cheerleading Moves with Ally  ;)
 Town Beach
Daddy's homemade collage for his future "Mantown" (captures shots of all of his past bands)

Making Seafood Fra Diavolo

and cheerleading moves with Kayla :)

Soccer with Daddy right before his surgery

In the OR...spending as much last minute qt together as possible :(
*Daddy did great!  Winchester Hospital took very good care of him and calmed our nerves- he is resting at home-we are managing his pain and taking good care of him!

Mimi raced around to cook all of Rob's favorites- chicken, broccoli and ziti AND molasses cookies- here she is teaching Diana how to make the cookies-she had so much fun :)

and our patient is home! :)

and our "free entertainment" ...does it get much better?

Blessed week- very grateful- linking up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged
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