Thursday, December 17, 2015

Breakfast Quinoa with Blueberries and Almonds!




I tried a new recipe this morning!

I got this idea from eMeals.com but I have tweaked it a little!

Ingredients:

1 Cup uncooked quinoa
1 tsp cinnamon
2 1/2 cups almond milk
1 cup water
1/4 cup agave (or honey)
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
Blueberries (or other fruit of your choice)
Sliced Almonds (or other nuts of your choice)


Directions:

1. Placed uncooked quinoa and cinnamon in a large sauce pan and toast on medium heat for 3 minutes.


2. Stir in milk, water, agave, vanilla and salt. Bring to boil then lower heat to a simmer.


3. Cover and cook for 20 to 25 minutes.


4. Serve quinoa mixture in bowls and top with blueberries and almonds.


I had this this morning and it is filling and yummy... of course you can easily make it your own with toppings of your choice.... you can also use regular milk if you like... I think the almond milk adds a nice flavor and creaminess to it!

If you try it, let me know how it comes out!

Michelle

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A New Day...

It has been a long time... But today I find myself, for the first time in a longtime, not employed. The last time I found myself in this position was 16 years ago when I had my son. I spent two years not employed back then, but still working very hard as an 18 year old with an infant.

2 years later I went back to work part time... Then full-time. In September of this year I found out that I would be laid off due to the sale of the company I worked for and today is my first day home.

I have no small children at home but my husband insisted I take a break and take the month of December off. If you know me, I like to be busy, always doing something...

So today, I am starting this new era of doing less for a little while. It is a skill that I am not familiar with or even necessarily comfortable with... But I know it's an important one. 

I am struggling already with not planning out every minute, over scheduling myself, getting myself busy... But today, day one, I am choosing to take it easy, be low-key and not schedule anything (except a peapod delivery)

Another thing I am not highly skilled at is dealing with is the unknown. As I sit this morning, finishing a scarf I have been working on, with two kittens and a dog taking a nap on the couch with me, I am beginning the next phase of trusting God.

Over the years God has proven to me that He is trustworthy in many ways, in this new season, I am going to have to learn to trust in a completely different way... It can be scary, but also exciting!

He has a plan, I know it's a good one and for my first day as an unexpected homemaker, I am choosing to trust Him with the quiet (which can be uncomfortable,) the calm (which I am learning to appreciate,) the un-business (which is totally out of my wheel-house,) and the unknown (I am a bit of a control freak) of this day one of the new chapter I am embarking on...

I know everyday will not be like this one, nor do I want it to be, but it's important to step back, refresh, and listen to what God has planned for myself and my family next...

Whatever you have going on today, whatever chapter or phase you are in your life.. Try trusting God with it... He will not disappoint... 

Taking a cue from these kitties today... Teaching me to do a little less today....