Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad – Great Grains!

Here's a recipe that makes a fantastic main course salad but would also be an excellent match as a side salad with grilled meats.  This salad is loaded with things that are good for you and its easy to make. Give it a try!I adapted my version from one at EatingBirdFood (and she adapted hers too!) I used a little less water for cooking quinoa and a little less oil to create what you see below.Roasted Broccoli & Kale Quinoa Salad is great served warm right when you finish making it, at room temperature, or straight out of the fridge (if you have any left overs the next day) Perfect for packing in a lunchbox.ROASTED BROCCOLI & KALE QUINOA SALAD   Ingredients1 cup quinoa (dry) 1 3/4 cup water (or vegetable broth) 1/2 pound broccoli cut into florets 1 medium … [Read more...]

Community Gardening – A Beginner’s Square Foot Garden – Part One

I joined a community garden this year.  Growing vegetables and herbs is something I’ve thought about for a long time.  But digging up the back yard to create a garden was never high on anyone’s list at my house.In a matter of happenstance, In April I noticed an advertisement in the local paper for a new community garden and knew this would be my chance.  I enlisted a good friend to share the plot so that both of us would have the ability to take summer vacations etc without being tied to tending a garden.  Community Gardens are a great way to garden.  Not only will you have a dedicated space for growing but you’ll have the resources of experience from other gardeners. Already I’ve found it fun to see what everyone else has planted and watch their plants growing too!My garden … [Read more...]

Sears’ New Shop Your Way MasterCard Means You Can Earn Points Your Way

Today’s Girls Night Out Might Be Tomorrow’s Sears Washing Machine!** Although this is a sponsored post, Blissfully Domestic writes about the things that interest us and new ideas we want to share with you - all the opinions expressed are my own.**As my kids have gotten older and more self-sufficient, I have truly discovered the importance of adult time, and especially time with girlfriends to catch up and yes, very important, have fun!As adults, it’s harder to make friends and more important than ever to have those friends who understand where you are coming from and where you are going to (or trying to go to).As important as time is with friends, in my house the budget is just as important. Like using coupons at the grocery store or making sure to cash in those extra … [Read more...]

Bring the best gift to the gift exchange – an Armor All Car Care Gift Pack!

Bring the best gift to your gift exchange - an Armor All Car Care Gift Pack!  Everything you need for a "wow" clean car!“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & Armor All but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ArmorAllGiftPack          http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV”We have a big extended family and giving gifts to everyone is really not an option.  For the adults in the family, someone suggested an exchange/auction years ago and it's become one of the highlights of Christmas Day.Each adult brings a wrapped unmarked gift which is collected in a big pile (big family = big pile) when its’ time for gifts, everyone who brought a gift draws a number. #1 goes first and picks a gift from the collection then opens it. … [Read more...]

A Perfect Dinner Party – for your Teen!

At a certain point, the themed birthday parties of grade school no longer fit the bill when you teen wants to celebrate a special day.  It's time to think outside the box.   Why not help your teen throw a dinner party ?We've done this with great success and you can too.  Here are some basic guidelines for throwing a Teen Dinner Party. Have the kids "dress up" - it's a special night (or day) and teens love to show off their style, so encourage guests to dress up. Decorations don't have to be fancy.  Simple white tablecloths, small flower arrangements, candles (battery operated), little holiday lights, and a pre set table all have a sense of grown-up elegance.Splurge on "wow" for the appetizers but keep the main course full of easy kids favorites.  We filled … [Read more...]

Charter Our Community – A Day to Give Back

“I am SO blessed” said the homeowner, standing on her front steps watching as the crews organized and divided up to tackle the day’s projects. On a beautiful weekend day, I had joined the Charter Our Community team, Charter Communications philanthropic initiative,which provides education, resources and financial support to improve homes in the Charter “footprint.” It’s a chance for their employees and other volunteers to make a difference in their communities. We were all there to help make two neighboring homes safe and healthy. While a good majority of the volunteers were Charter employees, there were off duty police officers and folks from other companies like Scripps, along with representatives from the Rebuilding Together team. Rebuilding … [Read more...]