In my previous post, I mentioned trying to carve out more time for fun things like getting together with friends. Well, last Friday I got together with my friends, Anne and MJ. Anne had invited us to her home for lunch where we enjoyed a wonderful buffet of baked fish, quinoa cups, veggies, and goat cheese—among many other goodies. Anne is a very talented cook who's won many a blue ribbon at the Iowa State Fair, so you know you're going to get a good meal when you go to her house! I especially loved her quinoa cups (pictured below alongside my baked breaded bluegill—yes, she was kind enough to let me take some home to enjoy and so I did with my bluegill feast over the weekend). I can't wait to try to make these quinoa cups myself!
For dessert, we were treated to Anne's homemade carrot cupcakes (pictured below). Anne has a knack for making recipes healthier WITHOUT sacrificing flavor. She does so by reducing the sugar and replacing things like it and vegetable oil with more healthful alternatives (She was kind enough to give me some pointers on that that I can hopefully apply to some of my own recipes), and her delicious carrot cupcakes are one such example. They were incredibly good! It was guilt-free eating with these delights, which have fewer calories than the typical carrot cupcakes.
Well, I just wanted to stop in and say hello! And now I must get back to work editing the Summer 2014 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine! Plus, we have company coming for dinner. Have a good evening, everybody!