Quinoa Salad and 1st Grade

Gina had her first day of First grade this past Tuesday. She got to ride the bus, for the 2nd time, as she kept telling me, because she took it to see a play in kindergarten. She also kept telling us “I didn’t think 1st grade would be so short”. I guess in a 6 year old’s world that is a good thing. I believe Gina will be like me, I always loved school and looked forward to going back at the end of the summer.


Casey starts preschool this coming Tuesday so maybe end of next week I will post his picture. (I know you are holding your breath 🙂 ).


And for your eating pleasure I have whipped up a quinoa salad. I believe I will name this one Summer Quinoa salad. The hubbs and I have been trying to cut down/out sugar in our diets, increase good carbs and protein. Quinoa is the only grain I believe that is full of protein, a super food as it has been labeled. It is easy to make, just like rice, it has texture of pastina (little pasta balls) cooked very aldente, and can soak up any flavor.

I have also been trying to go through my recipes and give gluten free ones to one of my best friends mother, who has arthritis, and has cut all gluten from her diet. Which as I can testify to does lesson the pain from arthritis. So Cindy, this one is for you!



  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water/broth
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of veggies of choice (meaning each veg was 1/2 to 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2-3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • S&P to taste

First rinse your quinoa (mine was organic from a local & cheap whole food type store). I read on line this is to take a bitter flavor it may have away.

IMG_1298Put 2 cups of broth/water in pot and add in rinsed quinoa, cover, bring to boil, then lower temp to simmer for 15 minutes or till all fluid is soaked up. (I used beef broth and added enough water to make 2 cups).

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Once quinoa is cooked the rest is simple. Cut up whatever veggies you want. Today I used mini sweet peppers, cucumber, left over zucchini, and onion. I added in the left over basil/tomato salad from last night’s dinner (which had a balsamic vinaigrette on it). Then I added in a little more fresh tomato, basil, and parsley. A pinch of salt, few cracks of pepper, the olive oil, and finally the balsamic vinegar (Oh and some roasted garlic cloves I found in fridge too). Mixed it all together well.




IMG_1315I also added some feta cheese and chopped olives to my plate, but not to the salad as  a whole seeing as I have a cheese and olive hating hubbs.

I am looking forward to see how much better it will be tomorrow. Tonight it was darn tasty!

Super easy to make. Enjoy!


Fire school and more

Brian and his youngest brother, Kevin, completed fire fighter school earlier in August. We had a party celebrating their accomplishment with friends and family. I thought I would share some of the photos from the party.

These first few pictures are from their actual graduation ceremony.


Can you see me through the flags?


Kevin lives in a different tow, hence different fire house, hence hence (I know that isn’t correct but was fun anyway) different “dress uniforms”.


All of us that were there.IMG_1217





Now these pictures are from the party held at Kevin and Karen’s house a few days later.

I did bake and decorate this cake, the fire/hat/hose picture is a fondant peal and stick I bought online. I am good but I ain’t that good. The fire hydrant, hat, dog, and boots are candles.IMG_1237

The fire hydrant is a bank I got while in Florida, the yellow hat is one of two of their father’s.IMG_1241

Posters Gina and Casey made.

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people partying and eating and drinking….

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Ice cream cake from DQ! IMG_1257

opening gifts ….IMG_1259

Four generations of Hearn/Fitzgerald firemen. from Top left their father, top right their great grandfather Fitizgerald, bottom left Grandfather Hearn, bottom right Brian & Kevin. They both were given this from their Uncle Mike, Aunt Joan, photos were supplied from Grandmother Hearn and Uncle Eddie Hearn.IMG_1262 IMG_1265 IMG_1266 IMG_1268 IMG_1269

Kids Cake and ice cream…nough said.IMG_1271 IMG_1273 IMG_1274

These flowers were my thank you gift from my grateful hubbs for putting up with 8 months of not being here on Saturdays….

IMG_1277 Enjoy!!!

2 hour delay

Last night we got some freezing rain, and while it does look pretty frozen on the tops of the trees (of which I did not take a picture as my camera just doesn’t capture the beauty), it was by no means an ice storm. However, the school district decided to enforce or impose (depending on your view) a 2 hour delay for school, with modified kindergarten. Seeing as Gina is in morning kindergarten, I had to figure out what this meant. With the age of everything being on computer these days, and no one really wanting to talk to you, let you know what is going on, I had to figure out what this meant. It is early, I haven’t had my cup(s) of coffee yet, my body is still in sleep mode, trying to read on the computer screen and find the information just wasn’t happening. So I txt a friend and she pointed me in the right direction of the school district webpage and I eventually found the information on the bottom of a page. But I mean really, in your voice message you couldn’t just say, AM kindergarten will start at 11am and end at 12:40pm today?

So I sit here waiting for the fighting and screaming to start, looking at all the other people who posted on FB that it means more sleep for them, wondering will I be in that club one day? Those that can sleep in a little more because they aren’t being asked for something the minute their foot hits the floor?

Any who, I have some posts to write up on a few dishes I made earlier this week. Pesto parm roasted cauliflower, which I am gonna morph into a wheat-less pizza crust as well.

I do you hope that you keep warm, I know I will be trying to keep warm. Hello middle of winter. I have already started thinking of spring planting, I think I am gonna start saving my milk gallons. I think that last springs seedlings started in milk jugs worked pretty good (go look in hobbies & stuff for this). I know basil will be planted, but do y’all have any ideas on other seeds that I could plant this year. I tried squash last year, may again. Shout out some veg or herb for me to try this year!P1020241Here is a picture from January of last year, look at those rosie cheeks!


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