Thursday, July 10, 2014


It seems I blog better when on vacation. ::grin:: 

Tuesday was spent on school, preparing for Wednesday and doing LAUNDRY after our lovely 4 day weekend. 

Wednesday was 12 1/2 hours outside of the house. The kids were troopers. We left to set up and serve at PWOC. We had lunch with a friend  - a working lunch for my friend, Stephanie and I. We continued to talk through her position in PWOC and the upcoming Fall Rally.  Then I rushed up to a 1.5 hour meeting with the PWOC Chaplain - Michael.  Yes, I DO schedule time to talk women's ministry with him - or it takes over our home life. It doesn't seem fair for him to work a 12 - 13 hour day, come home and have an hour of PWOC approvals and editing waiting at the door. ::snort::   

Wednesday I got a chapel key - the first one I've had in two years. I'm truly off the shelf now.  I also went shopping with two friends, Maria and Cynthia for an upcoming Chapel BBQ/Town Hall.  Unfortunately, we ended up a few minutes late for Family Bible Study - but we made it. We talked about walking in the flesh - enlightening. Next week we'll get to Walking in the Spirit...and I will enjoy that focus. 

Today? PWOC Monday seems to have migrated to PWOC Thursday. I'll have to see if that is consistent Beale thing. I must plan for this. There were a lot of dangling ends to tie up - and many I didn't finish. I just called it quits for the day - reached my daily volunteer hour quota. 

I worked on some PWOC stuff, then did some school with the kids. They had an option of lunch at home or with the S Family. They seemed to think the choice was fairly obvious! 

Who can feel too terrible about volunteer work when it leads to an afternoon with Rachel and her kids??!  Always great fun for all.....I think Zach and Nolan may have had the most fun in the pool. 

While the kids played - Rachel and I talked PWOC publicity/promotional material. It's time to get orders in before the end of the fiscal year and the freezing of our fund during the change over. ::grin:: We worked on a tri-fold, we wrestled with a t-shirt order, we looked at banners, lawn signs, brochure stock, business cards....I really am taken with the idea of a car magnet....I can see it on the back of the 15 pass van....."Follow Me to PWOC."   No, we won't order any from the FUND - but I may just have to order one on my own. LOL  I think we did other things but  my brain began to freeze up.....Rachel assures me SHE took notes and knows just what she needs to do and I don't have to do a thing at this point.  WAIT - I remember -  I do need to write some text for the brochure - tomorrow. 

Lest you worry that I'm not taking time for self-care....I simply couldn't resist when Joy brought Chicka Chicka Boom Boom out and said, "Gamma, read?" Or maybe it was "Gamma, READ!" In any event - it was time for a break anyway!  I read it to her once and told her I needed to get back to work with her mommy....but Stacia reportedly read it another 7 or 8 times. 

We grilled for the kids. Michael and I had salads and melon.

The boys and Michael packed - they're going back to Crescent City tomorrow. There were a few more chores they wanted to do for Mom Mary. Alex is worried about leaving Stacia and I being alone.

And NOW - I'm on Skype with these two.....more later. 

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Avocado Quinoa Salad (Vegan)

Stephanie had a quinoa, avocado, cucumber salad yesterday and it looked yummy. I went looking for a recipe tonight. This is good - I have no idea if it tastes the same but I'm about to title this one "Steph's Quinoa Salad" in our family lore. LOL


  • 1 Cup (250 mL) quinoa
  • 1 cup  (250 mL)  diced cucumber
  • 1/2 tsp  (2 mL)  salt
  • 1/2 cup  (125 mL)  diced red onion
  • 2 large or 3 medium ripe avocados, diced
  • 1 cup  (250 mL)  diced sweet green pepper
  • 1/2 cup  (125 mL)  chopped fresh parsley
  • Dressing: I use 1/2 of this - as I don't like my salad very "wet"
  • 1/3 cup  (75 mL)  lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup  (60 mL)  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp  (30 mL)  red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp  (10 mL)  dried mint or 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
  • Few dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 tsp  (1 mL)  salt
  • Pinch pepper


1. If not pre-rinsed, rinse quinoa in fine sieve under cold running water. In medium saucepan, bring to a boil with 1-1/2 cups/375 mL water. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer until water is absorbed, about 12 minutes. Fluff with fork. Let stand covered for 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix cucumber with salt; let stand for 20 minutes. In separate bowl, soak onion in cold water for 20 minutes. Rinse cucumber under cold running water; drain onion.
3. For dressing, in small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, oil, vinegar, mint, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
4. In large bowl, combine quinoa, cucumber, onion, avocados, green pepper and parsley. Mix well with dressing.
Notes: This is more dressing than I will use in the future. I didn't have mint or oregano but had fresh basil and subbed it.  Not sure why all the soaking - I didn't do the full 20 min but will next time. Found this at Fresh Juice.  I'll be checking out more recipes here in the future. 
Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...