Friday, January 30, 2015

Quinoa and leotards

It was my older sister's birthday.  We were both just barely past our toddling years.  You know, the age when nothing is bigger or better than a birthday.  Nothing is better than the presents.

She opened up the most amazing leotard.  It was white, with a big brown bear in a pink tutu screen-printed on the front.  She got the prettiest, most perfect-of-pink tights to match.  My sister, Leah, looked so on top of the world in her new gymnastic attire.  I remember to this day standing in the kitchen, by the stove, with the afternoon sun warm and bright beaming in on her, beholding her new breathtaking style.

I knew what I wanted for my birthday.

If Leah got a leotard, then by all means, I wanted a Marie-a-tard.  Like, really badly.

Really.  Really.

My mother (bless her heart for not leaving any memories for me to recall of her laughing at my request) finally got it through to me that I couldn't have a Marie-a-tard, because they don't make them.  

They are all Leah-tards, I heard her say.

My little world was crushed.

I did not want a Leah-tard.  It just would not be the same as wearing my very own personal Marie-a-tard.  It would not be the same.  It would be entirely different.  Therefore, I never owned one.  
Either one.

I was reminded of this today when I made fried rice with quinoa.  I mean, what do you call it?  It really tastes so much like fried rice:  it's seasoned like fried rice, it has the eggs and the veggies like we like in our fried rice, we even splashed Worcestershire sauce in with the soy sauce because we like our fried rice that way.  But there was no rice.  I used quinoa.  But calling it fried quinoa just makes it sounds so different.

But it's really not that different.
It's really ok for quinoa to wear these flavors.  

Our Fried (Quinoa) Rice:

Like a Marie wearing a Leah-tard, it really is ok and works out just fine and makes perfect sense. 

If you're not 4 years old.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

On sharing love


My mom always made a big deal out of Valentine's Day.  
(Which is coming up just around the corner, by the way...)


She would make the dinner table fancy, even if we ate the normal fare.



On our plate she would often set a small gift or Valentine card.
(I always wondered where she kept these secrets.  I'm sure it involved the wee hours of the morning, if I had to guess.)  Maybe it was stickers, maybe it was socks.



She always made sure we were reminded that we were loved.





And now it is time to carry the tradition on with the Pickles.  
Sharing the tradition of making Valentines for friends, of making them for each other, of sharing love.


 

"This is how we know what Love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us." 

1 John 3:16


{Fortune cookies that are food allergen-free--
they're fabric,
they're adorable
and they are for sale from feedingpickle!  

Perfect for tucking in your own "fortune" note, a loving hello,
or maybe even an allergen-friendly candy,
 
these make the perfect surprise for 
classmates, co-workers, grandchildren, neighbors, mail-carriers....anyone!  
 
They also make lovely place card holders, party or wedding favors. 
 
Or how about a lovely dish of them to grace your end table and remind you to spread love this year?
Yes!

These sturdy fortune cookies are made of felt, and are lined with a variety of cheery Valentine print fabrics, while the grosgrain ribbon fortune "paper" makes them almost good enough to eat!  
(mmm, but don't--just share them with love!)

Contact me at feedingpickle(at)gmail.com for more information and to place your order!}

Who are you going to share Love with today?




Monday, January 19, 2015

Where Two Worlds Meet

The weather outside is just too cold, and icy, and sub-zero.  Roads are like glass mirrors of ice.  Icicles hang long and thick from the roof.  Snow shoveled from the driveway rises mountainous-ly high on each side.

oh well.

Grab the Camper Van--it's definitely time for a road-trip!


A look of confidence captured as the journey begins with the cock-eyed license plate.



Must've been a long trek, as indicated by the growth of a beard.  But no worries, it's all rest and relax here in front of the fire with a hot cup of coffee. 


 Mmmhhhmmm.  What a cozy fire.  Look at that chimney!  Where's there's smoke there's fire.  And of course, a bison skull over the mantel.



Breathe deeply of that fresh (non-snowy, non-icy, non-frigid, and non-make-your-eyelashes-freeze-and-sparkle) outdoor air.


Fully invigorated by his surroundings, who's up for a mini expedition?  Oh, this guy, of course.  He was totally made for this kind of adventure.


Mountain-climbing is no object.  Especially with the right gear.  And great traction on your feet.


Fresh mountain stream, a bridge over the bubbling brook and a bald eagle to perfect the scene.


A little spelunking yields a reward.  Red crystal-thingys.  Or red-gold.  Call it what-you-will, it's definitely the prize.


Heading back to camp, a winner for the day.  Road trip made.


 Lego sets featured by our imaginations here:



Where do you go when it's too cold to get out?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Weekend brunch

...or just a great breakfast for any hungry day of the week.

Two recipes that are great for young Pickle's who are learning their way around the kitchen!


Peanut Butter Granola:  Found here

Egg Breakfast Muffins:  Found here

Thursday, January 15, 2015

More Valentine Secrets


It feels like I'm running in circles!  Did you see the new "Feeding Pickle Products" tab up at the top?  Cool things are going on behind the scenes!  More to come--soon!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Warm Spiced Apples


Everyone gets all a-flutter about Pumpkin-Spice-This and Warm-Cinnamon-That ...in October.
But there's no need to let the excitement for the comfy-cozy flavors of spice to die down come January.  Here's a Pickle favorite:  Warm Spiced Apples.


Actually she's whipped them up for breakfast for herself and the rest of the Pickles these past two chilly mornings.  Perfect for topping pancakes, serving as a satisfyingly sweet side dish for dinner, or playing solo for breakfast, a morning that starts with the warm scent of cinnamon and vanilla waking up the house is indeed a good morning.

Warm Spiced Apples
5 apples, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a medium pot, combine tall ingredients.  Simmer over medium heat until apples are tender, stirring especially in the beginning to keep the apples from sticking.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Pinning Professional


Finish a few curtains was the goal for the day.


And a little Pickle joined in to help
.


Pinning is her specialty.


She practices every time the pins come out.


 And she's getting good at it.
That hem didn't move at all.

Good job, Little Pickle.  I'm grateful for your help.