I have been pretty quiet on the blog scene lately and that is due mostly to work-related factors. I have been busy working on a baby gift (that is now in the mail…whoo hoo) and it took me about a week to finish. Of course I can’t post pictures until they get it so you’ll have to sit in suspense for a while. I can tell you it’s something new for Joyful Noise Creations. I can’t wait to start posting some in my Etsy shop.
I also do plan on doing the second installment of Darius’ room this week. Probably not today as I have a bit of laundry and random clothes to find a spot for. On a sad note…he’s managed to pull of more vines!!! I told you they were easy to pull off didn’t I? hehehe I guess I’ll be back in there sometime this week re-ironing.
We’ve also had air conditioner issues (or maybe I should say rain issues). Our bedroom floor has had numerous floods over the last week. Last night being the latest. I do think the air conditioner is starting to go, as well. The continual dropping of water was a bit of Chinese torture last night. When I realized what was going on I had to turn it off so the ice could melt off the air conditioner. Yes, there was ice on it. Many towels later I had to turn on the fan to it’s lowest setting so I could at least get to sleep. I am one of those people who needs some type of noise to sleep. I can’t STAND absolute quiet. But, this morning the ice is all gone and we’ll see how things go. It did it once last year, too…so we’re not throwing it out yet. =)
But, I have titled this post “A Recipe” so I should probably actually give you one. =)
I received this spice blend in the mail as a free sample from Granny’s poultry company. It came complete with a recipe card to make your own spice blend (thank you!) and a recipe for Quinoa salad. I’m not much into quinoa so I used the spice blend on top of a regular salad (like a grilled chicken ceaser salad idea). So yum! Basically what I did was rub my boneless skinless chicken breasts in the spices and fried them (I don’t have a grill) then placed them in strips on top of our salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and green pepper. I added some pieces of French baguette on the side for a bit of carb. Best meal I’ve made in a long time!
Here’s the Moroccan Spice Blend (and I warn you, it is a tad spicy)
2 tsp. mild paprika 2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp dried chilies (optional)
2 tsp sea salt
It says to mix 2 Tbsp of the spice blend with 1 tsp of water and 1 tsp of olive oil. However, I found this was a very sticky paste and I added a tiny bit more water to make it a little thinner. So yum! I hope you all enjoy. =)