Intention on Film

September 3rd

Voila -- dinner for the boys

I am loving having my African house guests. It is so fun to come home and have hungry men to cook for. I know that sounds nuts, but it is a treat for anyone who loves to cook and is normally alone. There is only so much joy I get from feeding myself. But these two guys? Last night I introduced them to chicken fajitas and black beans. They were thrilled and I couldn’t stop smiling.

Quinoa love

We also ate quinoa for the first time and I can’t rant and rave enough about how amazing this grain is. (Even better than that barley kick I was on a while back.) I followed the directions on the bag and first toasted 1 cup of quinoa in a dry skillet. Then I added it to my rice steamer with 1 cup of water and 1 chicken bouillon cube for 30 minutes. The result was nutty, savory and delicious. I immediately started over and made another cup to eat in my lunches for the rest of the week.


I’ve never liked something so much that I was willing to immediately start over to cook more, but the process was so simple and results so divine, I couldn’t help it. So — my recommendation for the week — swing through your local hippie market and pick up a bag of quinoa. It should cost about $2. Go wild. You’ll thank me later. It’s high in protein and fabulous.

While things were cooking and I had the house to myself, I worked on that vision journal and a few of my other goals for the week:

Vision journal
Sneak peek
Aaron Brown is now teaching at ASU
Future crafting
This week's book
Frogged and ready to be knit

And to wrap things up a bit from the Palin comments yesterday — to be clear: my point was the national discussion should not be about her daughter but about the candidate. Regardless of what you think of her nomination, it is certainly an exciting time in American politics and I am incredibly blessed to be able to vote and be a part of it!


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  1. I can’t wait to see your journal! I’m going to start mine soon too. I’ll show you my vision board too! And, I’ll have to try quinoa. I’ve never heard of it. What store do you recommend? And, I agree that media should leave children out of it. (Remember how cruel everyone was to Chelsea? Or, Jenna got the spotlight when she went to a club?) Focus on the issues! ~D

  2. Love the action plan journal!! The boys’ karate teacher is always telling them that writing down their goals will make them more likely to achieve them. I’m glad you are enjoying your guests, it IS wonderful to cook for an appreciative audience. As for Palin, I’d agree – her teenage daughter should not be the focus, it’s really ridiculous. Also, if people want to criticize her position on abstinence/abortion/whatever, go ahead – but don’t do it on the grounds that her daughter is now pregnant. Which of us can exert complete control over almost-adult children?? And which of us never has made a mistake??

  3. I love your vision journal. I am at a point in my life where I need to re-prioritize, and really focus. I think a journal like yours might help me clearly define my goals. Thanks for the idea!

  4. I’m a quinoa fan, too. It’s really delish with a bit of lemon zest in it. Chopped sundried tomatoes are good, too.

    Your vision journal is inspiring!

  5. I love the concept of a vision journal! I need to start one. Having turned 35 on Saturday and feeling like my life is now half over, it would be nice to start planning for the second half 🙂

    Oh, the fajita stuff looks yummy too. Not surprised that they loved it!

  6. You are so clever with your journal! Glad you have peeps to cook for, that must be fun. The food looks delicious! Just a note: quinoa is a complete protein – which is a great animal-free alternative to those essential amino acids we need. Also, its really high in iron an potassium, which as active women our bodies could probably use more of (I know mine does!). Quinoa has so many benefits – an excellent addition to any menu. Guess what I’m cooking for dinner tonight?? 🙂

  7. I have never tried quinoa, it seemed too difficult. But maybe I’ll give it ago. Especially after Jessica’s information about the high iron, I need to get more iron into my daily eating.

  8. Look at that journal. Awesome! I have to ask where you found the felt flowers; I want to make those, too!

    And–I’ve been meaning to try the quinoa. Now you’ve convinced me. Thanks for the ricemaker tip!

  9. I love your journal. I have a habit of starting things like that (journal or board) and getting paralyzed half way through… it is a bit scary sometimes to put things in writing. But, I really need to try again.

  10. We went on an impromptu camping trip this weekend, eating only what I’d grabbed off the shelf and thrown in the car. For dinner that night I put 3/4 cup of quinoa in a cup and a half of water, boiled it, added dried mushrooms and a bunch of leftover soy sauce packets, then stirred in a tetra pack of soft tofu. It was mushy, but it was delicious! And it only took about 10 or 12 minutes.

  11. Love quinoa too! Loved it even better once I learned how to correctly pronounce it! I loved what you wrote yesterday regarding Palin — #1 none of that is any of our business and has absoclutely nothing to do with the running/election. I agree wholeheartedly and it was very well written Kelli. Love your journal — I haven’t done anything like that in yeARS. I am thinking it might be a good thing to start again. I know exactly what you mean about having people to cook for. Why I found myself in the food business for my acreer and why I love cooking at home for David, family and friends. The pleasure is always all mine!

  12. i think that your vision journal is a great idea! i have a binder full of fun things and ideas, but i like the thought of creating something that is specific for what you want out of life.

    i may just have to jump on that band wagon! 🙂

  13. Now that I have a visual of a vision journal I might just think of making one for myself.

  14. I’m sure they loved this wonderful meal and pushed away from your laden table feeling ever so full.

    I’m so glad you’re going to read that book; it’s wonderful and really makes you think.

    Your vision journal is really inspiring. I just finished a class in how to cover a journal so I think I’ll make myself one to record my own dreams and plans to achieve my goals.

  15. I’m a huge quinoa fan, but I don’t make it often enough.

    I really liked swimsuit B (was that the candy cane one?)

    While I could care less about her 17 year old daughter being pregnant, I would not vote for anyone, MAN or WOMAN, who had a child less than a year old. I have no idea what it means to care for a child with Down Syndrome, so I wouldn’t begin to speak to that. I never actually thought I had conservative values, but I guess they’re there… Is it conservative to think that parents with children that young should consider waiting till their children are older before running for one of the highest elected offices in our country? I wonder if might actually be easier on the child to not be aware of the public spotlight…

  16. try this. To the cooked and cooled Quinoa add chopped parsley, rocket, toasted sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds and almonds and cranberries that you have zapped in the microwave in a little orange juice for 30 seconds. I love love love this salad.

  17. I love quinoa! Here is my favorite recipe so far (I would add a little chopped cilantro and lemon juice to it):

    I’ve been meaning to say thank you so much for the book recommendations – I’ve been reading “Mindless Eating” and “Appetite” – both at the same time because they’re irresistible so far.

    I do think it’s incredibly sexist that a woman with young children is criticized for running for office. Look at JFK – he had young children and no one dared say he should be staying home with them. I’m not saying Palin is JFK by any means but it’s amazing to me how sexist it is that men can run for office if they have a family – but women can’t. Nobody’s saying that perhaps her husband should cut back on his work hour to care for their children.

  18. that quinoa does sound so good! what do you eat it with? veggies, chicken? can you just pair it with any random thing? (can you tell how little i cook with grains?? 🙂 )

  19. Oh, I love quinoa so much. And it so very good for you. When our oldest was a lot younger (he’s now 18), for some reason, he used to call it Sim-Sim. I have no idea why. All the kids have always liked it, though, which is a huge plus.

  20. I eat it for breakfast:

    rinse 1 cup quinoa and add to 2 cups boiling water. Throw in 1/3 c raisins, 1/2 cup chopped dried apples and 1 tsp cinnamon. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add 1 tbsp maple syrup (or honey, sugar, agave). Serve yourself a bowl, top with your favorite milk (I use almond milk) and some nuts. Refrigerate the rest.
    This recipe lasts for 4 days worth of yummy breakfast. I can go 6 hours without feeling hungry after eating this.