Monthly Archives: August 2013

Ultimate List of Quinoa Recipes

You know how to cook quinoa and where to buy it (affiliate Links: AmazonVitacost, Sam’s Club, health food store).  Now you need to know what to use it in. There is nothing more frustrating than having food taking up space in your pantry and not knowing what to use it in. You end up spending hours searching the internet to find the perfect recipe to try. To save you time I have collected a list of recipes and compiled them here. Hopefully you will find some that sound yummy. I know that I’ll be referring back to this list for my quinoa cooking needs. Quinoa Recipes I have marked which recipes are Gluten Free and Dairy Free for you convenience. Just make sure you use gluten-free oats and dairy free chocolate chips such as these Enjoy Life ones. (Affiliate Link) Most recipes would be considered real food or can be made so with a few easy tweaks.

Main Dishes

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While I Wait

Waiting. Life is full of waiting and longing for the next thing to happen.

Waiting to pay off the house.

Waiting after that to save up money to travel.

Waiting to save more money to travel again. (Sensing a theme here?)

Waiting for a baby to be born (12 days late).

Waiting for the newborn to sleep through the night.

Waiting to learn more, do more, and be more before getting started.

Don't rush the moment

I wait in fear of the future.

I wait in frustration of the hold-ups and what I view as inconveniences.

I wait in excitement for the big moment ahead.

Jeff Goins was the keynote speaker at Declare Saturday night. His book, The In Between, is about slowing down and welcoming the wait, enjoying each moment of life and not letting those seemingly small moments of waiting go to waste. (I suppose that means I should look up and notice the beauty around me when I am stopped at the red light I really didn’t want to hit.)  He challenged us to remember times in our lives when we had to wait and how it caused us to grow.

As I waited 12 days past my due date for our first child to be born I had to trust that God knew the perfect timing. I could enjoy the waiting and the last days with just my husband and me or fret and worry and spend all my waking hours wondering when the baby was going to come.

I’m waiting to pay off the house so we can travel. (Just in case the first paragraph wasn’t obvious enough.) This was a good reminder to not rush and forget that the memories we are making at home and on mini-trips around our state are worth creating. I’m being foolish if I miss out on the opportunities and excitement of a stay-cation because I’m waiting to step foot in England. My daughter doesn’t need to step on foreign soil to be happy; she just wants to spend time with her parents.

I spent months, and years even, thinking about blogging. Waiting to get over my insecurities and uncertainties. Waiting for I don’t really know what. Seven weeks ago I decided to go for it. I didn’t know what I was doing. I’m still figuring things out, learning to own my message, and embrace who I am in God.


I’m not sitting around staring out into the internet anymore waiting for the big moment to happen before I start. Even when I’m unsure, I’m going to open up my computer and enjoy my journey on this blog and all the waits it involves. I will savor the learning, growing and discovering.  

It’s important to remember life is in the waiting. I need to make it a priority to enjoy each moment.

Ecclesiastes 3 talks about there being a time for every matter under the heavens. Maybe that means there is even a time to enjoy the wait and seemingly small moments God has put in my way. Verse 11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

May I always see the beauty in waiting and not rush the moments but instead enjoy the present.

Menu Plan and Goals


There is no way it can be the last week of August! The good thing about time going by so quickly is that we’ll get to cooler weather sooner. I’m ready to be done with the 90s and 100s.


  • Muffins
  • Popsicles


  • Leftovers
  • Wraps
  • Salad



  • Blog Planning Bootcamp (Excited for this! Join in if you have a blog.)
  • Jog 3 times
  • Read in the 3 books I have going
  • Find 20 pieces of clutter to get rid of

Linking up to Menu Plan Monday.

How to Cook Quinoa

Quinoa is a little seed that packs a powerful punch. The World’s Healthiest Foods talks about the many benefits of this product.

Although you can find quinoa at your local Wal-Mart you will pay more for it. Sam’s Club has it for a great price or you can order it through (affiliate link) AmazonVitacost (this is my referral link – if you sign up through it you will receive $10 off a $30 purchase), or your food co-op. If you have never had quinoa before, you might want to buy a cup or two from the bulk bins in a health food store so you aren’t stuck with something else in your pantry you’ll never use.

How to Cook Quinoa

So, now that you’ve gone out and bought this little seed you might wonder how to cook quinoa. It is very simple and you can have it ready to eat in under 25 minutes. Doesn’t get much better than that. Even though the quinoa you buy has already had most of the saponins removed, there is enough residue left that rinsing the quinoa is very important! Don’t skip or you will end up with a bitter tasting dish. If you don’t have a mesh strainer fine enough, line what you have with cheese cloth. If you are making this as a side dish feel free to add sautéed onions, garlic, and herbs in with the quinoa and liquid.

Come back next week for a list of recipes to use your quinoa in!

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  • 1 C. Quinoa
  • 2 C. liquid (water or broth)
  • optional, ¼ t. salt
  1. Rinse quinoa well in a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Place liquid, quinoa, and salt in a pot and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
  6. Fluff with fork.


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From this Kitchen Table

Welcome to From this Kitchen Table! My name is Deanna Michaels. I’m a wife, soon to be homeschooling mom, lover of good books, natural living, and frugality. For more about me head over here!

What is From this Kitchen Table all about?


From this Kitchen Table is a place to share. Share what God is doing, stories, ideas, and pictures. We can do life together. “Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15 ESV. I want us to get to know each other.


From this Kitchen Table is a place to encourage. Encourage one another on this journey of life. The road isn’t always easy. “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 ESV. Some days I find myself discouraged and frustrated. Some days I need a kick in the pants. Some days I want to feel like I’m not alone.


From this Kitchen Table is a place to learn. Learn so we can manage our lives, our families, and our households the best we can. Learn so we can make educated decisions and not do things just because. There will be recipes, thoughts on real food, natural living, frugal living and more.

I hope that you will pour yourself a cup of hot tea or glass of ice water, grab a couple pieces of dark chocolate to snack on and pull up a chair as I share life From this Kitchen Table.

Deanna Michaels

Menu Plan and Goals

Another week that flew by. We got to hang out with friends, swim, and enjoy the unusually pleasant August weather. There’s nothing on the agenda for this week but things always tend to come up at the last minute.


  • Muffins
  • Yogurt and granola


  • Leftovers
  • Salad
  • Pizza (last time at a local restaurant before they close)


  • Dinner with friends (brought grapes and cucumbers)
  • Porketta, Peas Pilau and grapes
  • Salad x 2
  • Singapore Noodles
  • Homemade pizza
  • Garden Veggie Skillet with some twists

I failed miserably at most of goals last weeks, but will keep on trekking on.

Steam clean the carpets

Finish 1 book and start another

Update Facebook and Twitter once a day.

Exercise 4 times

Start Hello Mornings Challenge

Linking up to Menu Plan Monday



Declare What God Has Done

What a weekend.

5 weeks ago I stepped out and decided to go for it. I didn’t want to spend my life waiting. I didn’t want to let fear make decisions for me. I didn’t know how it was going to go. I still don’t know where it will lead but after this weekend I feel inspired, motivated and ready to move forward. I need to listen to God and be open to His plans for my life.


So what exactly happened this weekend? The Declare Conference occurred. It was a weekend spent with exceptional keynote speakers who shared their stories, hearts and knowledge. Jill Monaco, Mary DeMuth, and Jeff Goins anyone? Okay, so to be honest, I may have never read anything by or heard some of these individuals before but I left blessed by their messages and wanting to learn more from them. (A separate post might be coming on what their keynotes taught me.)

I attended breakout sessions to help my skills and writing voice (I can’t wait to listen to them all). The most delicious tangy key lime pie ever entered my mouth. There were crazy generous sponsors, a wonderful hotel,  and dozens of great bloggers all wanting God to use them. From the minute we pulled up in front of the hotel and were welcomed by the Declare sign inside and the smiling faces at the registration an amazing experience was had. 

See what I mean? It’s hard to top that.

The old me would never have stepped foot outside of my house to spend a weekend with people I didn’t know.  Sure, I agonized over whether or not to attend Declare for so long that I bought my ticket on the last day possible but I did do it. There was no turning back. I pretended that I wasn’t nervous those 5 days leading up to the conference so that I would hopefully not feel nervous. (I think it mostly worked.)

The old me could have missed out on this powerful weekend. The old me would have missed out on sweet conversations. The old me would have missed out on what God wanted to speak to me.

Follow me. Step out in faith. Don’t worry about what others think. Get out of your comfort zone. These are all things God has been teaching me the past years. (Goodness, am I a slow learner.)

He blessed me this weekend for going for it and I’m so grateful. May I not hesitate to follow His leading.

You are going to want to head over the the great link-up to read all the amazing stories!

Linked to Fellowship Friday and Essential Fridays

Menu Plan and Goals

We had a fun weekend away and am trying to get back in the groove. I suppose I have only been home for one night so I can give myself some slack. If I was smart I would have menu planned for this week before I left. Maybe next time. :-) All that to say, don’t be jealous of our rocking suppers this week.



  • Muffins
  • Yogurt and granola


  • Leftovers
  • Bean and cheese burritos


  • Baked Ziti (from the freezer) x 2
  • Grilled Cheese (I guess it’s better than take-out after unloading the car and coming home to an empty fridge)
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Smoothies and stovetop popcorn


  • Nuts, raisins, dates, pretzels

This Week’s Goals

Blog: Write 3 posts, update Twitter and Facebook once per day, Amazon Affiliate

Physical: Exercise 4 times

Reading: Start The Wall Around Your Heart (review and giveaway to come when I finish it)

Concert Series Job: List of Donors finished and e-mail

Linked-up to Menu Plan Monday

Afterward – Birth Story Part 2

This is the continuation of my very wordy birth story. :-) It could have easily ended with part one, but this next part, however small the details might seem to others, made me emotional enough that it will forever be a part of the story in my mind.

The Continuation

Everything was okay up until this point. They held the baby up and I see they are getting ready to cut his cord. “No, what are you doing? I don’t want his cord clamped yet, I want to wait.” The doctor’s response, “It’s already clamped. It’s fine, I waited long enough.” Seeing that it was clamped immediately after birth, I didn’t think it was fine – it wasn’t what I wanted and thought best for my child.  (See this Ted Talk for some information as to why I think delayed cord clamping is important.)

(This is not where I planned on having my child. I knew what choices we were planning on making and what I wanted for our hospital experience and selected a hospital where I’d be supported in those decisions. The decisions we each make for our labors and deliveries will be different – and that’s okay.)

All that to say, I started getting a little emotional at this point. There were tears. “Then I want Shaun to cut it.” The hospital staff was probably wondering what the matter was with the lady who should be happy her healthy child was just born but hurriedly got Shaun to cut the cord. They took our baby over to the little newborn bed the Labor and Delivery nurse brought down with her to triage and once again I started to get nervous. “What are you going to do to him?” She told me the list of standard procedures she was going to do. “No, no I don’t want him to have any of those”. She looks at me and says, “Well, you have to have this one because it is required by Oklahoma.” I’m very glad I had the birthing experience I wanted with my daughter so I knew that wasn’t true. “No, I don’t have to. I know I don’t, because I didn’t get it done with my daughter either.” The nurse just told me fine, but that the pediatrician would probably talk to me and that I’d have to sign some paperwork. The ER doctor stood next to the side of the triage bed and said,

“You’re crazy. You know, it’s parents like you I don’t like. You make decisions like these and I’m the one that has to deal with the consequences. They get sick and they come to the ER and I’m the one that has to treat them.”

It slightly (okay, very) irked me that someone would judge me as a parent and the decisions I make without knowing me – the research, time, thought that were put into these things. I care about my children. I have an almost 2 1/2 year old that is still rear-facing. Why? Because I researched and think it’s the safest.

I look at Shaun and whisper “I just want to go home.”

I still haven’t held my son yet, neither has Shaun. They were concerned because his body temperature was slightly low, 97 degrees, and wanted to get it up first. I didn’t fight for something different because I didn’t really know for sure, this didn’t come up in any of my research. Later, at my 6 week appointment with my CNM at the larger hospital I planned to deliver at, I discussed with her and she agreed that skin-to-skin would have warmed him up right away.  At their hospital they don’t worry unless the temperature is under 97. Next time I’ll be sure to push for getting to hold the baby immediately if at all possible.

We aren’t quite done yet. The ER Doctor says he needs to deliver the placenta. It’s been minutes since our son has been born. This is something else I don’t want. I want the placenta to detach on its own unless there is a medical reason for the doctor to pull it out. I let him know that I wasn’t okay with that plan and that I want to wait (once again I threw in there I did it that way with my daughter). By now, this doctor was pretty frustrated with me. (The feeling was mutual though.) He told me,

“Lady, you are holding up the entire Emergency Room. I can’t sit here and wait for you.”

I couldn’t leave the ER until the placenta delivered because it has to be done by a doctor and the on call OB said he didn’t want to come just to do the placenta. The nurses came to the brilliant solution of moving me triage to a normal ER room.


While in the ER room our daughter got to come in and be there as we held her less than an hour old brother for the first time and she gave him a sweet kiss. Things were feeling a little better now.

Except for I later wished that I would have refused to have that IV put in. Something else I didn’t read about in my research – Pitocin given routinely after birth.

Begin Side Rant:I do not like routine procedures. Not every one wants the routine. I believe a patient should be consulted before drugs, immunizations, antibiotics, etc are administered. A patient deserves to be informed. Some might not care and others will. I pay large sums of money for this care and I feel I deserve to know what’s going on and what’s being put in my and my child’s body. Give a patient the opportunity to decline or accept. End Side Rant. :-)

The placenta detached and was delivered and we went up to a regular room. The ER nurse told me I made her month and that she now wanted to be a labor and delivery nurse. Ours was the first baby she helped catch.

The remainder of the stay went smoothly – no more pressure to get procedures done, the nurses and doctors were all fine, and we ate your stereotypical yucky hospital food.

After a long day and half we were able to go home on Wednesday – we made it in time to eat leftover mac and cheese for lunch. :-) Home never felt better and we even walked to the park that afternoon.

As compared to child number one this birth was way easier, way less painful, faster (and number one was fast too), and recovery a breeze (not tearing makes a world of difference there) but the experience and emotional end of it was not near as pleasant.

Did your hospital or birthing team support you in giving you the birth you wanted?


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Menu Plan and Goals

I’m honestly not sure how our menu is going to pan out this week. Two of my sisters might be coming for a night or two but we don’t know when or if it will even happen. That to say, I’m sure there will be changes made but this is what I know so far.

At the end of the meal plan, I’m going to start putting my top goals for the week. We’ll see how it goes. :-)



  • Granola and yogurt
  • Muffins


  • Leftovers
  • Salad
  • BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


  • Fajitas x 2 (friends over and then we’ll have leftovers another meal)
  • Popcorn, smoothies, and cookies
  • Dinner out for our anniversary
  • Gluten Free Grain Free Pizza (made with coconut flour)


This Weeks Goals:

Blog: Write 3 posts and get ready for Declare

Physical: Exercise 4 times

Spiritual: Devotion and 1,000 Gifts daily

Educational: Finish Dave Ramsey

Linking up to Menu Plan Monday