Verse of the Week 06•28•15

Romans 1:16

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. 

Happy Sunday! Stay tuned in for this upcoming Wednesday! ❤️❤️

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Trip Pic Wednesday 📷

  
As you all know this week was our cross country trip home! I suppose God had other plans for us because when we set off on this seven day adventure we were anticipating seeing the beautiful Grand Canyon, the historic Alamo, and the good ole Cajun Baton Rouge. However, after all these unexpected events we are just ready to get home! 

Two hours into our trip, the hubby’s truck decided it didn’t want to leave California! 

  

After two hours of waiting in the 112* desert, the tow truck finally arrives and brings us to the closest shop 50 miles away! The next day we come to discover that someone has broken in our truck and stolen quite a bit of our stuff! Two days later we were back on the road with a new running truck!

  
  

Of course the little one is just as happy as a bug in a rug the whole time! 😄 

Welcome to Arizona!

 

Reason #1 why I very much dislike the desert! 

 

  Welcome to New Mexico!

Welcome to Texas!

 

MERICA

  

Gods country!

  
 

Obviously, the fish had to make the trip with us as well! His name is Beau, pretty good guy. 

Say a quick prayer for us and stay tuned in for next week, we will be discussing cutting your grocery bill! Happy Wednesday! ❤️

Love, Your Everyday Housewife

Five Ways to Use Quinoa

Quinoa is all the new rage! Why you may ask? Well, here are just a few fun facts about quinoa. (It’s actually pronounced keen-wa but I just pronounce it how it looks! 😄) Although quinoa does come from a grain crop, it’s technically not a grain but rather a seed. Quite oddly it is actually related to beets and spinach. Quinoa has 4x the iron than that which is in brown rice and 2x the amount of fiber than that which is in white rice. Just one cup of cooked quinoa contains 8 grams of protein! This super food is also very high in antioxidants! I’ll stop boring you with nutritional facts and get to the fun part! It’s super easy to incorporate into your diet; breakfast, lunch, & dinner! Here are a five fun faves!

Fried Veggie Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of broccoli 
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 cup of corn – frozen
  • 1/2 cup of peas – frozen
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of ground ginger
  • 8 oz of mushrooms
  • 1 onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tblsp soy sauce
  • 3 cups of cooked quinoa
  • some olive oil

Directions: Cut up all fresh vegetables and cook until done. Pour in frozen veggies next and cook for about 2 minutes until done. Next pour in scrambled eggs and cooked quinoa. Finally, stir in the ginger and soy sauce. Enjoy with hot sauce if desired. 😊

Chocolate Chip & Quinoa No Bake Cookie

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup of natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa
  • 2 tblspns of apple sauce 
  • 1 tblspn of pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips

Directions: Mix peanut butter with honey, vanilla extract, apple sauce, and salt. Put in other ingredients and mix well. Spoon out individual cookies and place in freezer for 20 minutes. Then serve!

Breakfast Quinoa

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 3 tblspns brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp of cinnamon
  • berries to top ☺️

Directions: In a small saucepan bring milk to boil. Pour in quinoa, bring back to boil,  reduce to simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in sugar and cinnamon. Cover and continue to cook for about 8 minutes until the milk is absorbed. Top with your favorite berries and enjoy! 😃

Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts (cut into about 2 in strips)
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • dash of salt & pepper
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tblspns of water
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease baking sheet. Mix flour, salt, & pepper in one bowl. In second bowl, mix eggs and water. In a third bowl, put cooked quinoa. Place chicken into bowl one, bowl two, and finally bowl three. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce! 

Quinoa Chicken Tacos (in the crockpot!)

Ingredients: 

  • fresh salsa – recipe below!
  • 1/2 lbs chicken breast
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 tblspn chili powder
  • 1/2 tblspn cumin
  • 1/2 tblspn minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 8 oz shredded cheese to top
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro to top

Directions: Place chicken at bottom of slow cooker. Top with all ingredients except quinoa, cilantro, and cheese. Slowly stir in 1/4 cup of water not disturbing the chicken on the bottom. Turn on high and cook for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Top quinoa with mixture and serve hot! 😍

Recipe for salsa: http://ralphsag.com/really-good-homemade-salsa/

Hope you all enjoy these recipes! Happy cooking and as always happy Wednesday! Stay tuned in for next week, trip pic Wednesday will be here!

Love, Your Everyday House Wife

Verse of the Week 06•14•15

Psalms 106:3-5

Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right. Remember me, O Lord, when you save them, that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may share in the joy of your nation and join your inheritance in giving praise.

The free gift of salvation is something so precious. We are blessed to simply say I accept and in turn be accepted! Feeling thankful today even through life’s trials and tribulations ❤️ Happy Sunday!

Traveling on a Budget

The how-to’s of traveling on a budget in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…

Prepare financially in advance (way advance)!

Save your money! You can go back to reference in our money section for tips and also our organization section for budget sheets! Have different “saving accounts” AKA multiple coffee cans for road trip necessities; road trip food money, road trip souvineers, road trip hotel accommodations, etc.

Pack your own snacks!

Buying snacks on the road is always too expensive and often times not very healthy. It’s always a bummer when you finally get to your destination and dont feel well due to junk food! Bananas, mandarin oranges, whole wheat crackers, string cheese, and raisins are all awesome snacks for on-the-go! There’s a link below for some jazzy ideas!

http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com/2015/04/40-road-trip-snacks.html#_a5y_p=3625439

Look for discounts!

Military, Triple A member, student… etc!

Hotel Rewards 

Always sign up for rewards programs! They often times have some great deals to steal. For example, we have gotten one night free for staying three nights at the Red Roof Inn! Holla 👏🏻 Hotels.com will also give you one free room every 10 rooms booked through them. An extra tip for hotel accommodations is making sure breakfast is included! 

Do the free stuff!

Take a walk, climb a mountain, explore the town, go swimming in the ocean. Take advantage of your natural resources and make memories doing so. ❤️

Those are our tips for today! Have a happy Wednesday and stay tuned in for next week, we will be discussing 5 ways to use quinoa! 

Love, Your Everyday House Wife