A Magical Monday Morning

by HEAB on May 2, 2011

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I told you she is growing up too fast…

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From newborn to 6-months. Amazing, no?

For more photos from Summer’s 6-month shoot, please click here. My favorites are the black and white series Emily took of Summer sitting in CD’s lap. CD will rest his head on Summer’s belly, and she just giggles like crazy. While Emily and her husband, Chris, packed up after the shoot, CD started doing the belly trick. Emily heard Summer laughing and quickly grabbed her camera, getting a few final pics before we left for lunch. Emily, they are all magical. Thanks again for recording so many memories for us this year. :)

Another magical thing in my life?

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Breakfast!

Melissa suggested I try her quinoa flake power breakfast. Only problem? I was quinoa flakeless this morning. Solution: make my own quick cooking quinoa.

First, toast quinoa in a 350℉ oven. Watch carefully and remove when the aroma of toasted quinoa starts to fill your kitchen, 10 minutes or so.

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Allow to cool and then grind your toasted quinoa in a blender. Any blender should do, but you might have to stop blending and stir the quinoa with a fork a few times.

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Voila. Quinoa flour.

Quinoa flour can be subbed for whole wheat flour in any recipe, and it also makes a great hot cereal. For my breakfast this morning, I brought 1/2 cup of the flour, 1 cup water, 1 cup HEABified coconut milk, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt to a boil and then whisked over low heat until thick – less than 5 minutes. Toppings included more cinnamon and Ground Nut Butter Co. chocolate and plain almond butters. I love these nut butters!!! The chocolate tastes like chunks of a slightly bitter dark chocolate bar, and it melted all over my quinoa. Delicious. Why don’t my homemade almond butters ever taste this fresh? Not sure if it’s the almonds I use or my roasting time. Oh well, thankfully I still have a few more servings of Shawn’s samples – I don’t want them to end!

What made your morning magical?