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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

This is Why I Don't Watch Scary Movies

I can get a the action.



Reminds me of the last time I went to a haunted house, got scared and grabbed my friend's hand and ran all the way through and out of the maze - only to find that I'd grabbed the hand of one of the performers and drug him all the way outside.

This is definitely why I don't watch scary movies.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Delicious (and Nutritious!): Cajun Shrimp and Quinoa

This is a seriously delicious meal - and my photo doesn't do it justice. We attacked the photo-worthy, fresh-from-the-oven version before I could snap a photo.

Oh well. Enjoy this photo of leftovers.

Cajun Shrimp and Quinoa
Original version here
My revised version below

  • 16 oz bag medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, slightly drained
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 t.minced garlic
  • 1 T. tomato paste
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 3 t. Cajun seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2.5 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1/3 c. queso fresco, crumbled

Rinse shrimp in cold water and drain thoroughly. Toss with 1 t Cajun seasoning together, set aside. Mix tomatoes with 1 T olive oil and 1 t Cajun seasoning, set aside.

Heat 1 T olive oil over medium heat in a cast iron skillet. Cook shrimp until opaque, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Add the remaining 1 T olive oil to the pan along with onion and garlic. Cook until tender, stirring often. Mix in quinoa, tomato paste, 1/2 t Cajun seasoning and tomato. Top with the shrimp and then sprinkle with the queso fresco.

Place in the oven and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. During the last 2 minutes, turn on the broiler to high and broil until the cheese is slightly brown and bubbly.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pets for Christians

Cats, Kelly announced, are the perfect pet for Christians.

After all, we're already used to having a master.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We Have Two

When our niece was here for her summer visit, she accompanied me on several errands around town.

(After all, the aunt needed to take advantage of mid-week shopping opportunities!)

One of those stops was at the pet store to stock up while food and litter were on sale. At the register, the clerk handed us a sample package of a gourmet cat treat - the sort of thing Ben and Bridget dream about but will never get.

Our niece looked at the treat package, then looked at the clerk and said:

But we have two cats.

Needless to say, Ben and Bridget think A is the best niece ever.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Salad Supper

The Hayleys are ready for summer to be over.

[To be fair, it's been a remarkably cool summer by comparison to most Texas summers. But after a week of upper 90s and low 100s, plus humidity, we're ready to say adios anyway.]

Heat = no desire to turn on the oven = salad supper.

In the spirit of working with what you have, I whipped up two simple salads: a whole wheat rotini pasta and a smoked turkey with apricots and almonds, served over baby arugula.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Pinteresting Test: Simple Silver Cleaning

I have a necklace that I love - a silver Coptic cross that was gifted to me during my time in Kenya by an m-family in Ethiopia.

It's unique and every time I wear it I think of both my faith and my time spent in East Africa.

Unfortunately, 17 years later the necklace was pretty tarnished. I still wore it, but it didn't reflect it's original beauty.

Then I saw on Pinterest that silver could be cleaned with Windex. Before testing the tip, I did some additional research and found that jewelers had the same recommendation. I felt safe to give it a go.

All that was needed was an old toothbrush, a cleaning cloth or paper towel and Windex.

Thoroughly spray the silver piece with Windex, then scrub with the toothbrush.

Rub dry with the cloth or paper towel - expect gross dirt to rub off. {Ick.}

And the result? Lovely clean silver!

Gosh, I still love this necklace - it's one of a kind.