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Southwest Quinoa and Avocado salad

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It happens this way alot...I have what I think is an original great idea and I look it up on pinterest to make sure it is MY idea and 20 other (thousand) people have done it. *sigh*
At least with a recipe you have a degree of your 'own' about it. So enters MY version of an avocado quinoa salad!

Southwest Quinoa and Avocado salad

Into a big bowl-
1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
1 chopped red bell pepper
1 1/2 chopped avocado
1 can garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
1/2 large white onion, diced

Into another bowl
Zest and juice of one lemon
1 1/2 T honey
1/2 T cumin
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Chipotle Spread
salt and pepper

Combine and eat! Very tasty!! :)

Apology to Avocado...

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Dear Avocado,

I'm sorry.
I'm sorry that for years I blamed the fact that I had a bird (a sun conure) living with me that you could potentially kill on my aversion to you. If we are being honest with one another, it was your ugly exterior and your terribly green interior that put me off. I just didn't understand.
Well the bird has gone (he's not dead, just relocated b/c he hates my children) and I had no excuse. So I took the easy way into you...guacamole. And Holy Moly..it changed me. And now...now I can't get enough.
I find any and every excuse to incorporate you into my meals.
And you make my world a better place.

All my Love,
Suzy

This morning...my breakfast was simple and one of the best ones I've had in a long time.
Toast two pieces of bread then lightly butter (b/c you can't have toast w/out butter, it's a rule)
Top w/1/2 of an avocado mashed together with 1/4 of a chopped onion and some salt
Top that with an egg (2 pieces of toast, 2 eggs...)..…

Turtle Cheesecake on a Chocolate Chip Cookie Crust

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So I take a hiatus and come back to a totally different blogger layout...
sorry for the absence...I blame children, their birthdays, a husband and his birthday, my Dad and my in-laws and THEIR birthdays, and buying and rehabing not one, but TWO new rental properties. It's been a busy spring, I'm hoping it will be a more calm summer...although it's already too hot in my opinion...
I've still been cooking and baking (when the occassion calls for it)-I've just been sorely remiss in not documenting!
Have an apology cheesecake! Actually this cheesecake is a birthday gift for my best buddy Heather. She's the one that can perfectly pick out a present for someone (I think she should do it professionally)-I suck at picking presents, but I can pack lots of thought and love into a baked good. So it tends to be my present of choice!

I'll admit to cheating a bit on this to make it 'busy mom' friendly...the cookie crust is not from scratch, neither is the carame…