Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cookie Swap at Laura's and a Recipe

We came, we ate, we visited Laura from Decor to Adore and her adorable Storybook Cottage.

As you can see she is just as pretty and gracious as she is on her blog! So gracious she invited a group of Dallas area bloggers over to the Storybook Cottage for a cookie swap and luncheon.
Storybook Cottage was dressed in her holiday finest

Look at her sweet London inspired sunroom. It's precious isn't it? I did not want to leave it!

The table was set and everyone brought the yummiest of goodies.

Today I wanted to share the recipe for the quinoa salad I brought.
It is my version of the recipe for the quinoa salad from
Start Restaurant in Dallas
.It is delicious cold but just as yummy room temperature which makes it a winner for a potluck.

1 cup Fresh Parsley
1 cup Fresh Cilantro
2 cups Broccoli Crowns
1 cup Red Onion
1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 cup Pitted Kalamata Olives
4 cups Cooked Quinoa
Note:Use a good quality quinoa like Bob's Red Mill
1 cup Vinaigrette Dressing
1 1/2 cups Feta Cheese

Vinaigrette Dressing
1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 2/3 cups Canola Oil
1 cup Apple Cider
The Juice of 1 Small Lemon
1 tablespoon Minced Garlic
1/2 teas Dry Mustard
1/2 teas Black Pepper
1 teas Salt

I mix this in a shaker blender. It makes a lot and you will have leftovers but it is a very good basic vinaigrette so you will use it.

Chop Parsley, Cilantro,and Broccoli
Dice Red Onion
Slice Tomatoes in Half
Slice Olives
Toss Quinoa together with Olives, Parsley, Cilantro,Broccoli,Onion,and Tomatoes. Pour 1 cup of Vinaigrette over Quinoa mixture.
Fold in Feta Cheese and chill. Enjoy

On another note, yesterday was our beloved Jane Austen's birthday.

Happy Belated Birthday Miss Austen!
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Decor To Adore said...

Everyone NEEDS to make this salad. I thought I didn't like quinoa but I do IF it is Lisa's salad. The Mr. loved it just as much.
This book nerd celebrated Miss Austen too. :)
Can't wait to see you again!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Lisa, Oh what a grand time you girls had at Laura's. I hated to miss out on the fun this time but look forward to meeting everyone in the future. Your pics of Laura's home are gorgeous and I love the recipe you share. Yes, HB to Jane Austen. Have a wonderful weekend and Merry Christmas Texas Friend. xo

Linda said...

How fun!!! I am looking forward to meeting up with some of y'all in 2016!!

Gypsy Heart said...

Lisa, thanks so much for sharing these wonderful photos! I was so sad to miss this! Laura looks beautiful and her home decor always is. I do love Quinoa so thank you for sharing this recipe.


Saleslady371 said...

Love this post and I think it is so kind of Laura to open her beautiful home. Your photos are inviting. That you had a great time. Thank you bunches for posting the recipe. My daughters are big on Quinoa so I'm making it next week when everybody is here.

Stacey said...

Thanks for the recipe!! I will definitely be making it soon.

Laura's house is just amazing and you sure got some great pictures. :)

Rue said...

Hi Lisa :)

Laura is such a doll! I'm so happy you were able enjoy time with her. I only wish I would have had the chance to meet her when we lived in the same state.

Have a beautiful Christmas,

Estelle's said...

What a beautiful home and hostess! Now....I would just love to have a green skirt like that!! Looks so festive with fabulouse holiday food and friends! said...

Oh how fun!!! So glad you shared. Merry Christmas

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness! That is such a gorgeous home. Thank you for sharing your visit!

Unknown said...

What a fun little party! :) It was wonderful to finally see your sweet face after all these years! :)
I have your salad pinned!

Merry Christmas!

Katie Mansfield said...

It was wonderful to meet you, Lisa. Your salad was amazing! It was a fun day.