All the big box stores are talking about opening on
Thanksgiving around these parts, rushing it do ya think?It is barely past Halloween and I already see
Santa’s at pumpkin patches!!How long
before we start seeing black Fridays in July?
It seems that every year Christmas shopping is getting
earlier and earlier and honestly it’s all about greed.Which big box will get the most sales…Wal-Mart,
Target, or another?But just for a minute
let us think about the poor souls who have to forego Thanksgiving and work just
to make the stockholders richer.
The mom and pop stores of the world are shuttering their
doors more and more and we, the consumers, are to blame.
If no one went to these sales on the morning of
Thanksgiving, they might just wait.If
people didn’t camp out with tents in front of he big box doors, they might just
wait.If our kids didn’t demand toys and
electronics that are available in small quantities (just to make the demand
larger) they might just wait.If
Christmas wasn’t so much about things and instant gratification, they might
I know I am steadily sounding like I am the Grinch who
discovered what Christmas was all about, but I didn’t need to steal all the
present in Whoville to come to this revelation.I’ve always known it and there is no way I will get up from the table,
tell my guests ta-ta and hit the stores on Thanksgiving.And if others would do the same, they might
You thought I forgot about the ABC book didn’t you?Actually I’ve been having a bit of time
with back issues and I have been a bit lax in keeping up with my blogs.I’m a little better so on to Q!
What in the heck is Quinoa –which is pronounced
keen-wah.I love just saying
it.It’s such a cool word.As for eating it well, I’ve had it and
it’s not bad but I am married to a man who will not really try anything new so
I haven’t had the opportunity to try many recipes with the stuff.
Quinoa is an extremely healthy protein rich grain (in
actuality a seed) and it’s packed with so many essential nutrients that I won’t
even begin to name them all here.It’
resembles cous-cous (which my hubby also won’t eat) but is pretty versatile and
is great for baking, side dishes, salads, and a substitute for rice.
Quinoa has a outer bitter coating to deter the birds and
most likely if you buy it from the grocery store this coating will be removed,
but check to be sure.If not you
will have to soak your quinoa.
Recipes are all over the Internet but here is a good one
from the food channel…