Quinoa Chile

*One package pre-rinsed quinoa
*Jalepeno slices with juice
*One jar pasta sauce
*Chile powder to taste
*Water as desired

Place all ingredients into pot and mix. Place on stove and cook on high until the white circular germ is visible around the edge of the quinoa seeds. Add water while cooking to maintain desired chile thickness.

This is one of my favorite winter recipes! It is a fabulously hearty meal loaded with protein and healthy carbs. For an even healthier option (as opposed to my quick and lazy option), switch out the pasta sauce with two cans of tomato paste or whole tomatoes.

Selecting Artwork

When selecting artwork, first and foremost consider the style of the room and select pieces that either match or compliment that look. In rooms with modern furniture, for example, pure modern pieces and frames maintain the theme for an extreme modern feel while traditional ornate pieces provide a more eclectic look. Pay careful attention to the frames when going eclectic in a modern home so you can push the overall look of the piece far enough into the “ornate” category for the choice to appear intentional. Traditional homes can also incorporate a wide variety of art styles, but in this case, the framing should be kept within a more traditional theme for consistency within the home. There is nothing I love more than a cubist style painting framed within a huge rococo frame. The choice seems wrong, but it does pack a punch in the room when it is done correctly. In cottage style homes you can enjoy a wide variety of art styles so long as you keep the framing selections somewhat consistent. In my home, for example, while the frames differ in style and size, they are all painted black. This allows for a nice flow throughout the home even when the subject matter and color of the art changes from room to room.

If the artwork you are selecting is to be part of a grouping, you should decide whether the pieces in the group are to be part of a consistent theme and style, or if the collection will include pieces of varying styles and mediums. Artwork groupings of a rigid theme and color palette can be used to enforce the sense of a particular style in the room as shown in the photograph above. Filling an entire wall with all black and white photography can create a sense of unity in the group even if the subject matter differs from piece to piece. Color photography and artwork can also make a nice statement when a specific color is chosen and repeated. When framing an eclectic grouping of pieces, make sure to keep the framing consistent so the wall does not end up looking cluttered.

The color of the artwork can (and should) be chosen to compliment the room. I like to choose pieces that fall into the range of my main accent color to give the room more definition and allow for the eye to more easily move about the room. If you have more than one accent color, both of those colors can be incorporated into the artwork if you choose.

Potato Pancakes


*2 cups potato flakes
*1 1/2 cups water
*2 tbsp gluten free flour
*Black pepper to taste
*Garlic powder to taste
*Sea salt to taste
*Parsley flakes to taste
*Butter (optional)
*Safflower oil
*Greek yogurt

Just in time for the weekend mornings ahead! This is one of our family favorites, and I figured out a way to make it gluten free, easy and relatively healthy! Enjoy!

Place all dry ingredients into mixing bowl and add in water slowly while stirring. Shape mixture into 3″ round patties 3/4″ high. Coat a non-stick skillet or griddle with safflower oil. Place patties in oil and cook until golden brown on each side. Top with plain greek yogurt and serve.

Spicy Cheese Pasta


*Brown Rice Penne Pasta
*Grated cheese of your choice
(I used La Chulita)
*Tabasco sauce to taste
*Garlic powder to taste
*Salt (for pasta water)
*Black Pepper to taste

This pasta is a wonderful grown-up alternative to mac and cheese for those days when you need a little bowl of delicious comfort.

Cook pasta in salted water. Once at the desired texture (or if you are like me… when you remember you left it there) pour off excess water and mix in the grated cheese until it coats the pasta to your liking. Add tabasco sauce and garlic powder to the pasta and mix again. Place in individual bowls and add black pepper over the top.

Pumpkin Soup


* 2 tablespoons safflower oil
* 1 onion
* carrots as desired
* celery as desired
* 1 can pumpkin
* 1-2 sweet potatoes
* vegetable broth as desired
* cream sherry as desired
* optional cream as desired
* sea salt to taste
* 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
* 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Pumpkin soup is a great dish to grace the table at festive holiday events and warm you up on cold winter days.

Put all vegetables into the blender and mix until smooth. Place blended vegetables and all other ingredients into a soup pot, stir and simmer. That’s it, enjoy!

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