Friday, August 29, 2014


This morning while Nik was golfing, I spent time in the kitchen. Over the years, I have really learned to enjoy cooking and baking. That being said…I am not a gourmet-cook by any means…and I have to have a recipe! There is no “wing-ing it” for me in the kitchen. I admire those who can walk in the kitchen with no plan of any kind and no recipe and throw an amazing meal together in 30 minutes -  but that is not me!

I am also not a “foodie-blogger”!

But - I know there are a few of you who like to know what I am cooking/baking and might enjoy a little peak into my kitchen today….

So I took pictures!

First thing I made today was a Quinoa Salad. For the record, this is a very new food for me. It is a very trendy food right now, and is also what people call a “super food”. I really don’t know what that means, except I guess it is at least a little bit healthy. I’ll take it!

Anyway - I have made this salad twice now, and everyone has loved it, so I thought I would share it with you guys…


Cook per directions on box 
(I used 1 cup of vegetable broth for 1/2 of the liquid it calls for)

Once cooked, I let it cool

Then I cut up carrots

And mozzarella and stirred it together

I added about 1 cup of Zesty Italian Dressing…
and there you have it! Delicious.

Fresh, easy, light and very yummy. I took it as a side dish to a cookout today and it was a hit. Last week, Nik and I ate it with sandwiches for lunch. And Nik even ate it one night as a snack before bed!

Next up…Protein Bites. And don’t ask me how much protein is in each bite…I have no clue. I was given this recipe from a co-worker of Nik’s. But they are super easy and very yummy!

Ingredients: 1 cup Oatmeal, 1/2 cup Peanut Butter, 1 tsp Vanilla, 
1/2 cup Flaxseed, 1/3 cup Honey and 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Mix the ingredients together

Roll into balls and refrigerate to set...

Nik and I love these as well as Jaxen! He loves them as his afternoon snack or I will even give him one at lunch sometimes. They are a tasty little treat. I like to have one or two in the afternoon as a snack. 

I also made (boxed) brownies (boring), marinated chicken breasts in a steak marinade (such a great flavor) and a put together a salad with carrots, cheese and fresh cucumbers. I was making dinner for a friend who just had a baby so I was trying to get a head start because we had plans for the majority of the day. 

Everything turned out great! 

And if you were wondering what Jaxen was doing while I slaved away...

He played right next to me!

I should have taken an after-shot of my kitchen when I got done. It was a mess. Not from me…Jaxen pulled a majority of his toys in the kitchen and I could barely walk without stepping on something of his! But I’m glad he was happy and playing while I was able to accomplish a few things.

So…will anyone try one of my new recipes? Let me know if you do!

Are you interested in seeing more from the Davis kitchen? I know I always love to hear of what others do for meals and snacks. Keeps me from being stuck in a rut! 


  1. Ok - so here is my comments on this: GROSS!!! Carla - really? That first stuff looks like fish eggs beaded together with strings. Can you IMAGINE how that feels in your mouth? EWWW! Secondly, flaxseed? I know that is a big thing now, but I really miss hearing you talk about cakes, and cookies, and chocolate filled something or another. I love to hear what you are cooking! I love to try the things you tell me - BUT - I WILL NOT be trying these. I really got grossed out by that one fish egg picture. I can just imagine the little things rolling around on your tongue as you squish the cheese between your teeth and then getting a papercut from whatever those little stringy things are. AAAAHHHHHH! I better quit now.

    1. First of are cracking me up! Second, you cannot taste the flaxseed. Third....the Quinoa is like eating rice. That's the only reply I have because I'm laughing too hard!!!

  2. I really am going to google Quinoa RIGHT NOW. I am truly grossed out.

    1. What did you find out in your search? Ready to try it now?!

  3. Never! I dare you to try to feed it to Scotty while he is there. That would be too funny!