Quinoa Fruit Salad

quinoa fruit salad

The secret to this remarkable fruit salad isn’t the fruit. And it’s not the nutty quinoa tossed in there with the fruit. Nay. It’s the magic dressing. Lime, mint, coconut oil, little bits of pony wings. This stuff is good. It’s easy to make ahead for a brunch, lunch or midnight snack, too. Not that I would know about that whole midnight snack thing

For the salad:

1/2 cup slices almonds 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar 8 cups quinoa, cooked according to standard directions 1 pint raspberries 1 pint blueberries 4 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup toasted coconut

For the dressing:

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed 1/3 cup brown rice syrup 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/4 teaspoon salt juice of 6 limes (approximately 1/3 cup of juice. Use bottled key lime juice if needed)


Place the almonds and turbinado sugar into a nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon of water. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the almonds are toasted and the sugar begins to caramelize onto the almonds. Turn out onto a sheet of parchment paper and allow to cool.

In a large bowl stir together all ingredients for the salad. Place the dressing ingredients into a blender, puree completely, then pour over your salad. Toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with almonds, if desired. Serve immediately, or store in fridge for up to 12 hours.


The glorious onion!

We had a wonderful visit with my brother and his family yesterday!!!!  Lots of great food and fantastic company! And of course WINE! 😀

Somehow we got onto the conversation of the variety of home remedies that have been around for hundreds of years for colds, I mentioned I’d read something about placing sliced onions in the “sick room” and my #1 sister-in-law said that her mother would put onion slices in her socks and at the end of the bed when she was sick and how it had really worked!

Did I mention she’s my only sister-in-law? 😀 😀 😀

I’ve had a stuffy nose for a couple of days,  so when we came home last night I sliced up some onion and put it on my night stand, it did smell pretty bad and I think the clothes in the closet may have an odor today….but I woke up this morning with a clear nose, it is starting to get a little stuffy again as my morning goes on, I’ll give it a few more nights to really give it a chance.

Last year I posted a recipe for Lemon Honey Tea Mix which also works wonders, as soon as I feel a scratchy throat or stuffed up nose I have a mug or two of this tea and within a day or two I’m feeling much better, it’s the “go to” tea when anyone in the house starts to get sick, and soon the onions will be too!

lemon tea

Here is the story I found online:

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu.  Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy.  When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).  The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and placed it under the microscope.  She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the virus, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

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The idea that onions may ward off disease through their potent therapeutic properties extends back thousands of years. Ancient Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine revered onions for their congestion-relieving properties. The Ancient Greeks rubbed onions on sore muscles and the Native Americans used them to ward off the common cold and flu. In fact, the World Health Organization has even recognized the onion for its ability to help relieve flu symptoms including coughs, congestion, respiratory infections and bronchitis

Some traditions have even recommended placing sliced onions beside the bed at night, or even just around the house, to help prevent yours from getting the flu. The theory was that the raw onion would absorb germs in the air, preventing them from entering the body. Even though, it must be noted, that one of the most common ways to get the flu is by contact with contaminated surfaces or people. So remember to wash your hands, especially before eating or scratching your eyes.

In an early 1900′s Los Angeles Times article, the following suggestion was offered to the public:

      “In a sickroom you cannot have a better disinfectant than the onion. It has a wonderful capacity for absorbing germs. A dish of sliced onions placed in a sickroom will draw away the disease; they must be removed as soon as they lose their odor and become discolored, and be replaced by fresh ones.”

Onions have many benefits. They are high in sulfuric compounds such as thiosulfinates, sulfoxides, and other odorous cysteine sulfoxides. These compounds give onions their pungent flavor and are what make you cry when cutting them. Research shows that the thiosulfinates in onions are responsible for their potent properties. Thiosulfinates have even been shown to kill off salmonella and E. coli. Sulfuric compounds also play a role in cancer and heart disease prevention, and therefore act as a great immune-boosting food for general disease prevention.

Onions are also extremely high in the antioxidant quercetin. Quercetin helps the body fight free-radicals, and boosts the immune response. A recent study from the British Journal of Nutrition showed that individuals who ate foods high in quercetin (onion soup was used in the study), had better immune responses and less likelihood for cardiovascular disease [2].

The Delmar’s Integrative Herb Guide [3] states that, “Onions help break up or clear mucous and other substances that block the immune system from doing its work.”

This season, if you feel a cold or flu coming on, make yourself a big pot of soup using this simple recipe.

Onion Soup Recipe:

  • 3 large organic yellow onions
  • 3 organic cloves of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of fresh, finely-chopped organic oregano
  • 4 cups of purified or distilled water
  • Add Himalayan salt, to your taste.

Preparation: Chop the onions and garlic into cubes. Bring water to a boil and add onions, garlic, and oregano. Let simmer for 15 minutes, or until you notice that the onions are translucent and soft. Drink the hot soup and allow the body temperature to rise enough to induce mild sweating.


Just a glimpse……

My crazy, yet loveable family….

Here is just a  glimpse into what I am forced to endure over the holidays.

😀 😀

Daughter #1 gave her sisters their gifts….it took the girls only 15-20 minutes to cut through the duct tape!!!

duck tape

And from my mother….a fabulous thrift store find .99 cents each and and additional 50% off I might add!!! 😀 😀


She and I buy tacky gifts for each other each year and spare no expense 😀

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As the title says this is “just a glimpse” into Christmas Day with my family…..and one wonders why I love my wine so much!
Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.
Off to visit my brother and his family today, I can hardly wait 😀 😀





  • 3/4 cup nonfat milk
  • 3/4 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua, or Frangelico
  • 3 cups ice
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • Shaved chocolate, for garnish


Combine milk and coffee in a blender. Add Kahlua (or Frangelico), ice and sugar. Puree until frothy. Divide among 4 glasses and garnish with shaved chocolate.   Non-alcoholic variation: Omit the alcohol and add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.


T’was the morning of Christmas

christmas racoon

‘Twas the early morn of  Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; cause Grumpy cat ate him,

The stockings sitting on the couch with care,

St. Nicholas had certainly been there

The teenagers were nestled all snug in their beds,

While visions of Ipods danced in their heads;

And mamma in her jammies, with coffee in hand

Had just settled down to write a her Christmas Blog

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my chair to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

Tore open the drapes and tripped on a gift

The moon on the breast of the 5 feet of snow,

The temperature damn near 30 below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a rather large racoon, and eight little ones ,

With a bag full of garbage, she grabbed it real quick,

I knew in a moment I’d have a big mess to clean,

More rapid than eagles I ran,

And I whistled, and shouted, and called them bad names;

Now, you rascals, you rascals you’ve made a big mess!

On with you, on with you go back to your nest!

To the top of the porch! To the side of the house they ran!

Now garbage was everywhere, everywhere, gawd such a mess!

As raccoons that before had entered my yard,

When I meet them again, shall send them packing again,

So down the driveway the little rascals did run ,

With a bag full of garbage, and my compost too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof

The skitter and scattering of each little foot.

As I pulled up my hood, and was turning around,

Down the chimney the little rascals came with a bound.

They were dressed all in fur, from their head to  their feet,

And their fur was all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of garbage they had in their mouths,

And they looked like they’d be having a feast.

Their eyes — how they twinkled! There cheeks how pudgy!

Their cheeks were full, their noses like a buttons!

Their droll little mouths were drawn up like a bows,

And the beards of their chins were covered in trash;

The stump of a pine cone she held tight in her teeth,

And the smoke it encircled her head like a wreath;

She had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when she laughed at me.

She was chubby and plump, a right jolly old racoon,

And I laughed when I saw her, in spite of myself

A wink of her eye and a twist of her head,

Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread

She spoke not a word,

And ran away; then turned with a jerk,

And giving a sniff with her nose,

And giving a nod, out of the yard she went,

She sprang to her feet, to her kids gave a whistle,

And away they all flew down the driveway like the down of a thistle.

But I heard her exclaim, as they ran out of sight

Happy Christmas to All!!!


Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season and a New Year filled with Peace and Happiness!