Three on Thursday

September 07, 2017

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Welcome back to Three on Thursday, my weekly even though I sometimes skip weeks list of things I'm loving at the moment that I think you should do, try, or buy.  If you're interested in past weeks, you can find those here.


1. Smoky Quinoa and Black Beans from Budget Bytes.  I'm not new to making quinoa and black beans for myself, but I never both much with spices.  Since I'm working on the pantry/grocery budget challenge, which is all about using what you have on hand and being cheap about it, Budget Bytes seemed like the best place to turn.  I love everything I make from that site and this quinoa bowl was no different.  Using only ingredients I had on had (we use smoked paprika for John's ribs, so I knew we had that spice), I was able to make the same smoky dressing she used and it was so good, and so easy.  I probably won't make plain quinoa ever again!

2. Target Throw Pillows.  It's only taken me like, over a year to replace the throw pillows on the upstairs couch.  Despite being allergic to the feathers that filled the little throw pillows that came with the couch, replacing them always ended up at the bottom of my to do list.  But then the little zip side starting opening and out popped two feathers Hawkeye started playing with and carrying everywhere so they finally had to go.  I ended up getting these gold ones, and I love them.  They work for all seasons.  Target had so many good options though, it was tough to choose.

3. Hoopla App.  I love the Chicago library, it has so many features.  One of my favorites being audio books (I can't read while commuting on the train or bus, I get motion sickness. Still. Like a 6 year old.)  You can check them out just like regular books and then listen on your device via the Hoopla app, even without any data or wifi service, since you can download each one to your phone.  It's not just Chicago - tons and tons of libraries are included, so check if yours is on the list and get yourself an account.  All the free books!

Happy Thursday!


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