Happier days in NC. Sydney’s breathing gets so much better in that fresh mountain air. We were able to explore a little but needed to stay close to the hotel in case she needed a breathing treatment. She is so brave and NEVER complains about her illness. She is the strongest person I’ve ever meet. Imagine an asthma patient having an attack 24-7. That’s how she feels every single day. I’m hoping with prayer, hard work and maybe the kindness of strangers we can have more days like this. Sorry for the late post. This was from our trip in February. Looking for work there and exploring gods country. Truly miss you NC.




such pretty colors


cooked quinoa


juicing the lime. she thought it said two limes instead of two tablespoons. thank goodness she only used one lime or we would have been making some faces


the final result. it was actually pretty tasty.


goofing around. poor girlie all bloated from being on prednisone forever. praying that someday soon she gets better and never gets sick again…but that’s another post.

my daughter who is a veggie girl decided for the first time to cook dinner for us.  she’s helped me before with baking but this was her first “all by herself” dinner she has made.  she found a recipe for a quinoa salad.  I wasn’t sure what it was but to be supportive I agreed to try it.  it was actually very good. i was a bit scared by the quinoa because i have never had it before.  everything she did turned out top notch.  she just might have a talent for this cooking thing.  think i may have to hand the kitchen over to her.

heres the recipe directly from the website:

the only difference is that she omitted the cheese to make it vegan and added 2 bell peppers


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, well rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, defrosted, OR 1 cup of fresh corn, parboiled, drained and cooled (approximately the amount of kernels from one ear of corn)
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 1 green & 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, including tender stems, packed
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil


1 Put the rinsed quinoa, salt and water into a pot and bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer gently until the quinoa absorbs all the water, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Place into a large bowl and fluff up with a fork to help it cool more quickly.

2 While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the rest of the salad. Soak the red onions in the lime juice and set aside. Soaking the onions in lime juice (or lemon juice or water) helps take the edge off of them. Mix the prepped black beans, corn kernels, tomatoes, cheese, jalapenos, cilantro, and oil into a large bowl.

3 When the quinoa has cooled, mix it into the bean mixture. Add the red onion and the lime juice and add salt, more oil or lime juice to taste. Serve at room temperature.

Yield: Serves 4-6.



love going to farmers markets. love all the organic produce and unique things we can find. love hearing the music and meeting interesting people. our market is really small. hopefully soon our new home will be somewhere close to the mountains where the markets are bigger.

organic coffee

jams from sunrise jubilee farms. such a sweet lady. can’t wait to visit her farm.

never heard of this..sweet potato greens. cooks just like regular greens and has a hint of sweet potato

it was very hot so we weren’t able to stay too long. hopefully soon we will be moving to a part of the country where we can actually spend time outside without melting.

my daughter sydney and i had a great time at the farmers market this weekend. even though it was too hot for even the devil himself we still braved it. we found some great fresh fruits and veggies, meet some cool people and heard some nice music. we talked to a lovely lady at sunrise jubilee farm. she’s just getting started. she makes really great organic jams. we tried georgia on my mind which if you couldn’t guess is a peach jam. we wish the best for her, her farm and her family. check her out on facebook sunrise jubilee farm