Friday, June 1, 2012

Keepin' It Real Fridays

Happy June everyone!  Can you even believe it?  Of course, it feels more like a fall day here but we needed the rain so I'll take it!

Today's installment of Keepin' It Real Fridays reminds me to be careful what I blog about.  You remember this post last week where I showed you a picture of Lucy's snack container on the ground, begging for ants to invade? guessed it.  The ants invaded! 

Tuesday night as Lucy and I were working on dinner I had to throw a few items away. We keep our trash under the sink and out of the corner of my eye I saw what looked like crumbs in the bottom of the cabinet.  But crumbs they were not!  Upon closer inspection I discovered hundreds of tiny baby ants roaming ALL over the cabinet!  I immediately called Pat who was on his way home from work and begged him to stop and pick up something to kill the ants.

By the time he got home our house was basically a zoo.  Lucy refused to do anything but stand at the counter and "help" which really means she just made a huge mess.  Pat was cleaning out the cabinet and discovering MANY more ants than I had originally seen and spraying and setting out traps for them.  Meanwhile I'm trying to keep and eye on Lucy, keep the dog away from the spray and oh, try to make dinner.


Eventually we got everything under control, but for about 10 solid minutes I thought I might lose my mind.  Don't worry though, I of course documented the situation :)

Nothing like poisonous ant spray with your baby and dog close by....
Lucy taking full advantage of a distracted mama and a drawer full of goodies!
Doesn't everyone do this on a Tuesday night???
In spite of all the craziness, the rest of the night was actually pretty great.  Sometimes life is funny like that!

In addition to our crazy ant story, I always wanted to share a super delish and easy meal!  Last night we had a Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Black Beans.  We also had a Tomato Bruschetta a la the movie Julie and Julia.  I am a huge fan of quinoa and believe everyone should try it at least once.  It's a little weird looking but it's packed full of protein and nutrients and just oh so good for you!  It's sort of flavorless which means you can dress it up however you want!  And the best part is that it cooks in about 15 minutes flat!  And the bruschetta....oh my!  Anyone who has seen the movie Julie and Julia has to remember the scene where Julie is chopping those gorgeous heirloom tomatoes and frying up pieces of french bread.  My mouth waters every time I watch her husband bite into the crispy toast with the tomato juices running down his face and he finally says, "This is good!"  And trust IS good!

Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Black Beans
Source-Lyndsay original


1 1/2 cups rinsed quinoa
3 cups water
1 clove of garlic minced
2 lemons, juiced
1 avocado, cubed
1/2 can of black beans, rinsed
handful of cherry tomatoes
1 Tbs pine nuts
1 cup basil, juilenned
1/3 cup feta cheese
Good olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Handful of spinach for serving


Heat 3 cups of water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.  Add quinoa.  Bring back to a boil and then simmer until completely cooked, about 12-15 minutes.  You will know it is cooked when it has absorbed the water and you see the little quinoa "tails".

Once quinoa is cooked transfer to a large bowl (or your serving bowl) and pour the lemon juice over it.  Add the minced garlic and stir together.  

Add your avocado, black beans, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, basil and feta cheese to the quinoa and stir together.  Top with good olive oil and salt and pepper.  Serve on top of a bed of spinach.


Tomato Bruschetta
Adapted from the movie Julie and Julia


1 multi-grain baguette, sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 clove garlic
4-5 Tbs Olive oil or vegetable oil
2 pints heirloom tomatoes, or any variety, chopped
1/2 cup basil, julienned
2 Tbs balsamic vinaigrette
1 Tbs good olive oil
Salt and pepper


Heat oil in pan on stove.  Once the oil is hot, add baguette slices and fry until both sides are golden brown.  Remove from pan and place on paper towel.  Rub garlic clove on each slice.  Set aside

In a medium bowl combine your chopped tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil a salt and pepper.  Stir together and let sit for 15 minutes.

Top each slice of bread with tomato mixture.  Enjoy!

Hope you all have a GREAT weekend!  Oh, and watch out for those ants! 

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