A Fish called Dog…. & Quinoa Gnocchi


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“Doggy” has a Tunie toy (Dora the explorer) because he needs his “mommy” at all times!

Tunie B.

she wanted a dog

really really wanted a dog

but instead

I got her a fish

we named it dog…

she is happy…

I am happy…no cleaning, no walking, no vet bills…

when she is older she might

hold this against me..

I will deal with it then.

I will get her a metro card…

and name it CAR!


all kidding aside…

I am trying to do my best by Tunie B.

make her feel protected, well loved and make her empowered at 3

(hence giving her the “responsibility” of a pet as recommended by the sandcastle method)

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(the author is actually a religious Jew who I remember seeing on Oprah many many years ago and thinking wow – he is spot on – sadly so many years later I actually have to read his book but thankful his information is available and helpful to my situation)

How to deal with Kids who were abandoned during a divorce by one parent

is something that I am dealing with right now

My Tunie B. remembers and asks about her dad

on a daily basis

things like a blue blanket

that her dad would occasionally sleep with in warmer weather

she remembers…tells me it is her daddy’s blanket….he forgot it.

my heart breaks..every day

when I see her missing him

I am seriously surprised every day of how much and in clear detail she remembers of him… (she was without a doubt – daddy’s girl)

but she is half my kid & thank g-d she has inherited my better qualities..

she is one resilient, good natured – no pushover kinda kid with a huge heart & imagination.

She is a survivor…

I wish she did not have to be…and I could have let her live in the protected bubble she deserved to be in for way longer than 2 years old…

But, she is happy and thriving…

and hopefully…

our Fish named Dog

lives happily ever after …

with Tunie B. & me.


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What’s For Dinner Tonight?

Qunioa Gnocchi

In the theme of passing off something that really isn’t…I bring you my latest in “pasta recipes” the Qunioa Gnocchi!  

Lately I have been playing around with Qunioa & testing recipes. Why you might ask? well I always have had a love hate relationship with this grain – it truthfully doesn’t taste like anything – and most times I have eaten it has been in some sort of salad.

But with 2013 rolling in, I have really tried to explore and cook healthier options and quinoa is an essential ingredient to helping me cut out some of the white flour items that I consume.

Now don’t get crazy here – I am not totally cutting out anything, especially white flour, somethings are just not the same without it & thankfully I am not allergic to it. However moderation is the key for me, and if I can find tasty, healthy alternatives that will do the trick 4 out of 5 times – well then WHY NOT?

The first thing I promised myself when I started paling with quinoa was  – NO SALAD recipes!! – there are a million of them (some better than others) but I wanted something substantial on my plate!

One morning I woke up with this recipe – I had literally dreamed it the night before. Yes people – I dream about food  – I taste things in my head…YOU DONT?

That night I had a Cooking Demo I was doing with some local mothers here in Lakewood, and I decided to try it out with them. Not the smartest move – never test new recipes on a crowd -ia a smart general rule of thumb to abide by…..

But my RISK – had a HUGE payoff, because this Qunioa Gnocchi was a delicious success. – They loved it – I loved it – and it was SOO easy to make (way more easier than real gnocchi & pasta).

It has become my new obsession this past week, and I predict from now on, when I am in the mood for a cheesy, tomato pasta  – instead of going for the white or whole wheat flour – I will be making  myself a quick bowl of this delicious Quinoa Gnocchi.


Quinoa Gnocchi Recipe


1 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 cup mixed shredded mozzarella & cheddar cheese

1/3 cup whipped cream cheese (or you can use feta cheese)

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. garlic powder

pinch of salt & black pepper to taste


In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients until the quinoa and cheese form a dough like texture.

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 Then take a nice size portion of your qunioa mixture and shape into an oval log. Then cut into 1.5 -2 inch thick pieces.

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Place a small skillet that has been sprayed generously with non-stick spray on medium high heat, and pan fry your cut gnocchi pieces for about 1-2 minutes on each side.

Gently remove from pan with tongs into your pasta bowl and serve immediately with your favorite tomato sauce and parmesan cheese as garnish.

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