Quinoa Tacos

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If you’re looking for a way to mix up taco night, this just-spicy-enough quinoa-filled version fits the bill!


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 avocado
  • ¼ cup non-dairy sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 12 (6-inch) corn tortillas
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (for garnish)
  1. To prepare the quinoa, place in a saucepan with 2 cups water and the taco seasoning; bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover and cook a final 5 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Halve and slice the red onion and cut the bell peppers into strips. Add to the skillet, along with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; saute for 12 minutes, until lightly charred.
  3. Halve, peel, and pit the avocado. Mash the flesh in a bowl with the sour cream, lime juice, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. (Note: You can also do this step in a food processor).
  4. Warm the tortillas, and top each with the avocado sauce, quinoa, vegetables, lettuce, and cilantro.

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Beach Memento Wind Chime

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If your summer plans take you to the beach, bring a bit of the beach home with you with this neat project!

The first step of course is finding your treasures, so the next time you head to the beach, bring a shovel and pail; take a walk in the sand to comb through for the prettiest finds. We only found small pieces of shell at this particular beach, but they were a gorgeous assortment of colors – purples and whites and even gold!

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At home, find a sturdy stick and use twine to wind around your treasures, and then knot onto the stick. Travis loved “helping” with the winding and knotting.

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Once we had our treasures dangling in a row, we hung them outside where they could click and clack against each other.

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A super windy day made this project even better!

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Tree Jewels

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Here’s the perfect upcycling project for all your old CDs. This pretty and easy craft will make any tree sparkle.

Travis adores gem stickers, so I simply provided him with a few sheets of them and a pile of old blank CDs. He didn’t even pause before going to town.

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If you want to get more craft-y, you could glue on sequins as well, but we stuck with the sticky-back gems.

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We added a little bit of glitter glue as a final sparkling touch!

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Now find the perfect tree to hang them!

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If you save these for the winter, they would look fantastic on bare winter branches, or a Christmas tree.

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