Monday, March 17, 2014

Superfood Quinoa Salad & New Dishes

Today, I want to share a super yummy and healthy Salad with you. It is a current favorite in our family.
Nice green and slightly crunchy.
Recipe is below the pictures. 

My new dishes. They are baby blue. I like them so much, I bought them in different colors. 

My little dreamer, Tatum.

Meet the newest members of my family. They are 1 day old. I'm officially a mommy of 5 kids and 8 Chickie's :) Need names still. Any suggestions??

Superfood Quinoa Salad 

(serves 4)

4 cups Broccoli florets
2 cups Green Peas (fresh/or frozen)
2 cups Cucumber (sliced)
1 Avocado (diced)
1/4 cup Onion (minced)
1 1/2 cups Quinoa
200g Feta Cheese
1 hand full Alfalfa Sprouts 
1 bunch Cilantro (minced)
a little fresh Mint (optional)
6 tablespoons Olive Oil
Juice of 1 Lemon
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 cup mixed Seeds slightly toasted (Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame, Chia)

Cook Quinoa in water until soft. Let cool down.

Cook Broccoli about 5 minutes so it has a slight crunch. (I think I over cooked my slightly). If you are using frozen peas, add them for about 1 minute to the pot. Remove Broccoli and Peas and put in ice water for about a minute , so the color of the veggies remain green. 

In a bowl mix the cooled down Quinoa with all the veggies, and herbs. Make the Olive Oil/ Lemon Dressing. Mix into Salad. Crumble Feta cheese and toasted Seeds, add to the Salad.




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ahoy there

Calling all Captains, Sailors and Pirates!

I have great news for you today. Have you seen Ikea's new Summer Collection? No... Well, I'm glad you here. They have RIGHT NOW all these beautiful nautical merchandise, that make you wish for summer to come faster by. At least... that's what I wish for :)
Gorgeous, isnt it?

© Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2014

© Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2014

The LISEL textiles are inpired by fisherman villages, and Coast life. Designs are available in traditional nautical colors, Red, White, and Blue.
Lots of marytime detail. Nautical knots, Ropes, and Ocean life. 
© Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2014
Love the Hampton Style look without the hefty prize tag?
They have Bedding, Pillows, Dish towels, Tabletop wares, even Carpets.

© Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2014

These cute pillows (in form of a Makarel) are my favorites. I know my two little pirates would love to have them in their room.
© Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2014

... and how cute are the crabs. Love it.
© Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2014

© Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2014

I love, love stripes. The towels are perfect to take to the beach. The carpets are flat weaved, and made for indoor/ and outdoor use.
© Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2014

I'm off to Ikea.

xo, Diana

You can find:

Makarel Pillow here
Bedding here
Rugs here
Dish towels here and here

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Feather Decoration DIY

Hi there,

 today I have a nice spring decoration DIY for you.  It's a great "in between" Easter decoration idea. Or if you are tired of the same traditional egg hangers, I could imagine it as a Easter center piece as well. The best part is, you need very little to make these clay feathers, and they are so easy to make. Oh... and NO Mess!!

Take a small part (Walnut size) of the Modelling clay and roll it with a Noodle roller on a piece of foil. (The feathers will come easy of the foil, once dried). OK, so after you have rolled your clay thinly, you take an exactor knife and cut the clay in a shape of a feather. If you not good at cutting freehand, you always can find pictures on the Internet that you can print and use as template. Next, roll another (pea size) of the clay, roll it on your hand. This will be the quill, in the middle of the feather. Brush a little water onto feather, so the quill will stick.

Next step: With an Exactor knife (or needle) "scratch" lightly to make contour-lines. Make a few grooves and bend it slightly, so it looks more natural. Then make a small hole in the upper left , next to the quill, so it can be hung later. Let your feathers air dry, up to 24 hours.
Once completely dry, you can file the sides a little to smooth'en out rough edges.
Insert a string. Its ready to hang now. I like the look when the feathers are hanging on a simple dry tree branch. I think it looks even elegant. What do you think?

Happy crafting, and decorating friends!!

xo, Diana