Wednesday, November 14, 2012

quinoa stuffed mushrooms

I've had this post in my draft folder for a few weeks now and I'm choosing to post it today.  I have several posts to write, but every night when I go home I either get sucked into reading Wicked or crocheting.  I recently started a new crochet project and I get so excited to work on it.  Crocheting is very relaxing and I can do it while I watch tv! Yes, I know, my life is so exciting.

I made these stuffed mushrooms to take to the blogger book club back in October.

Quinoa Stuffed Mushrooms

gluten free, vegan

adapted from this recipe from Queen of Quinoa

2 small containers white button mushrooms
1/3 cup cooked black quinoa
1/3 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 leaves sage, finely chopped
small pile oregano (very exact measurement here)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
few slices sharp cheese (I used a cave aged mellage)

Saute onion, garlic, and bell pepper in olive oil till they just start to brown.  Remove from heat and add quinoa, sage, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.

Remove stems from mushrooms and clean with a damp paper towel.  Spoon quinoa mixture into mushrooms and place onto baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  Place thin slices of cheese onto tops of mushrooms and return to oven for 5 minutes (or omit for vegan).  Serve.  

These make a great appetizer and the red pepper gives them a great spiciness.

I love all things with mushrooms and these were no exception.  I actually have another recipe for stuffed mushrooms that includes things like cream cheese and crab and they are mouthwatering, but this version is a little more healthy.

And because I'm an enginerd I wanted to share these pictures.


Oak Park is home to the largest collection of houses and buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Frank Lloyd Wright is know for his unique and eclectic designs and is recognized as one of the greatest twentieth century architects.

I've seen a few Wright houses before in Wisconsin including the Taliesin in Spring Green. 


Friday, November 9, 2012

Fun Facts Friday

1.  It's almost 10 pm on a Friday night and I'm waiting for my boyfriend to arrive for the weekend.  I think it's been at least three months since the last time he was here!

2.  It's been a crazy work week for me.  I have two projects that are really keeping me busy.  I don't mind being busy but I was definitely ready for the end of the day today!

3. I've had some more random search terms this week
  • how to answer annoying wedding question (yes, you need this)
  • arg haircut (arg, that's what most people think after I give them a haircut)
  • diet mountain dew pet water dish (ummmm)
  • ragnar bathroom (ah, the lovely port-o-potty)
  • sexy triathlon girl (gee, thanks?)
  • toe hole slippers  (I have those)
4.  I finally have all my clocks turned back.  It only took me 5 extra days.

5. Dear Hawkeyes, please play a respectable game tomorrow.  Thanks.

6. I ask the boyfriend what he wanted to make for us to eat this weekend and all he requested was oatmeal bake.  Much too easy to please.

7.  Matt's here. I must go. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November Goals

Happy Election Day! This is sad, but I am excited to celebrate the end of the elections because I am very tired of the commercials, radio ads, mailers, debates and discussions.  I am very thankful to live in a country where I have the right to vote, but ready to not hear any more political mumbo-jumbo for a while. (I am extra grateful that I don't live in a swing state because they have it much worse.)

I enjoyed a very busy weekend in Iowa, but now it's time to get back in the swing of things.  Time to wrap up October goals and tell you about my November goals.


Goal 1. Budget, budget, budget. And follow that budget.  CHECK!


I was able to plan out my budget and stay within the reigns of that budget.  Budgeting is not really much fun, but saving money for a ski trip is a longer term goal for me right now.  I still allowed myself money to spend on shopping and fun things but  paid much more attention to what I was spending.  

I'll try to do a post soon on how I budget!


Goal 2.  Try a new class at the gym.  CHECK!

I went to a new yoga class at my gym.  I really liked the instructor and format and I have already gone back.  In fact, I will be incorporating yoga into my November goals as well.  The class was so tough because I haven't done yoga for about 3 months now.  

Goal 3. Send cards to 4 friends.  Fail.

I only managed to send one card this month.  I bought another Halloween card but then forgot to send it. It's a little to late now. 


Goal 4. Try a new recipe.  CHECK!

I tried several new recipes this month including butternut squash gnocchi and a butternut squash soup from my leftover squash (similar to this recipe but I made it spicy with cayenne).  I also made quinoa stuffed mushrooms for book club (which I need to blog about) and a new queso dip recipe for my coworkers on Halloween. It was a busy cooking month in October and I'm hoping to continue this in November!

November Goals

Goal 1.  Do yoga once a week.  


I hope to continue going to the Monday night class that I went to the last two weeks.  I already attended my class for this week which included lots of hip openers (last week we focused on chest openers).  It seems like this class will offer a lot of variety which I like because I get bored with the same routine in yoga.  

I am hoping that yoga will help prevent injuries as increase my mileage for the marathon that I signed up for! (Yup, I did it!)

Goal 2. Follow a cleaning schedule.  

I'm choosing this schedule and hoping to avoid the "all day clean-a-thon" on Saturday. If I spend just 20 minutes a day tidying up and cleaning hopefully my apartment will get clean and stay clean.  I really like the idea of setting the timer. I did my first cleaning session last night for 20 minutes.  My apartment is still a bit of a mess, but I definitely made progress.   

Maybe, just maybe, I can keep my living room from looking like this all the time.


Goal 3. Keep a gratitude journal.

This is something I've been seeing on Facebook that people are doing for the month of November. Each day I will write down one thing that I am thankful for.  It will be good to reflect on the day and think of the many positives in my life.

Goal 4. Run three times a week.

Like I mentioned above, I signed up for a marathon in April.  My running has been a little sporadic lately because I've been enjoying other forms of exercise including Zumba and several Jillian Michael's DVDs.  I want to add running back in while keeping up with strength training to keep me strong and injury-free for the next training cycle!

I've been somewhat successfully recently with getting up before work and working out.  With the ending of daylight savings time, it is so dark by the time I leave work that I don't want to run outside.  I can easily fit in 3 miles in the morning when the sun comes up.  

Like this except with a lot more clothes because it's cold.
That's all the goals I have for the month of November.  





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