Saturday, November 28, 2009


When everyone is asleep and you have some down time, what could be better than some homemade candy and a good book? Click here for some delicious candy recipes.

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Friday, November 27, 2009


I don't take enough time to appreciate just how much of a gift Rigel and Iz are--it's a bit too easy to get caught up in life's routine. I'd like to get better at savoring each moment with these two treasures, and spend less time attempting to balance all our daily details. Beauty is in the details, right? We just have to allow ourselves to be distracted.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Easy Couscous Recipe

We love visiting Shanna's house--the kids get to play with their pals Maz and Ava, and I get to witness Shanna's gifted hostess abilities. She can serve a kitchen full of people an impromptu meal and make it look easy! Maybe she should try opening up a restaurant... Oh, wait, she already did that. One particularly delicious dinner was a combination of leftovers from the night before, and it was so good that I have recreated it a few times since.
It is a blend of couscous, orzo, fava beans, salmon, fresh basil and tomatoes... yum!
Shanna's Salmon & Couscous
1/2 bag Trader Joe's Harvest Grains Blend
1 pkg of Trader Joe's frozen marinated salmon (or non-marinated wild salmon)
fresh cherry and/or grape tomatoes, halved
fresh basil, coarsely chopped
lemon juice
1/2 pkg Trader Joe's Steamed Six Bean Medley or Fava Beans (refrigerator section)
olive oil
salt & pepper
Parmesan (Trader Joe's shaved grana padano parmesan is great!)
chicken broth
Cook 1/2 pkg of harvest Grains blend according to instructions, substituting water with chicken broth.
Cook the salmon (either saute in olive oil, or broil).
Combine beans, tomatoes, basil and harvest grains, then season with olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Serve salmon on top, or mix in the salmon (in chunks). Garnish with parmesan.