Quinoa Noms and Some Refurbished Levi’s

Quinoa has become a staple in this household. You find it in almost every diet because it contains so much protein and it’s typically gluten-free. In my eyes, it’s yummy and also healthy so that means I can eat however much I want of it. 🙂 A couple weeks ago I found a recipe on Pinterest for quinoa pizza bites and they were DELICIOUS, so yesterday I decided to try and test out a recipe of my own. I like to call it Quinoa Casserole. (Original, right?) Here is a scruptious pic:



This recipe is SO easy.  Especially great for my fellow college students:


  • 1 cup mozzerella cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package of quinoa, any flavor (if no flavor, add garlic, pepper, salt, parsley, basil, etc,)


  1. Mix the egg, peppers and cheese together in a separate bowl.
  2. After cooking, add quinoa and spices.
  3. Spread mixture into grease quinoa dish, cover with tinfoil and heat at 425 degrees for a half hour.
  4. After half hour, remove tinfoil and sprinkle parmesan cheese over the casserole. Replace in oven for another 15-20 minutes.
  5. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Slice like a meatloaf and enjoy!

There you go! A healthy quinoa dish to enjoy for whatever meal you choose. In addition to this great quinoa recipe I am blessing you with a wonderful site to refurbish those old (or new) jeans stuck in the corner of your closet. I had a pair of jeans that were great fitting from the knees up, but the calfs were not fitting like skinny jeans should. I repinned a blog that tells you exactly how to make them into denim shorts and it worked FLAWLESSLY! Here’s the site:


In case these directions weren’t clear enough I made a picture of the steps I used. I forgot to snap a pic at some points, but you get the picture. I’m learning.

IMG_2742-tileCheck out that awesome sunburn I got…. (word from the wise: don’t use sunscreen from the previous year.)

So anyway, basically to start off, put on the jeans and decide where you want them to end. Add another 2 inches just in case and mark it (either with a pen, pencil, chalk, what have you).  The blog taught me not to cut both sides of the jeans at once. I have noticed in the past that this is what causes my homemade jeans to end up shorter than what I wanted because you end up having to trim them. Once you have the first leg cut, fold the short/pants symmetrically in half and cut the other leg to match. Once you have your pants cut into shorts, fold them once (or twice, which is what I did.) You can pin it or just trust that the fold will hold. (RHYME) Iron down the folds, and finally grab a needle and thread and sew down the folds. Make sure that when you are on the inside of the shorts the threading is long and on the outside (where it’s visible) make sure the threading is very short. And VOILA!  You got another pair of shorts for your summer wardrobe.

The website advises that the jeans you use are not tight. The ones I used were skinny jeans so they were fitted but not like suction cups. And of course, don’t use a pair of jeans you love. Because if you’re like me, you’ve ruined a couple of clothes because you think, “Oh, I could use this refurbished design so much more than I wear this pair of jeans/shirt/tank.” And then you ruin your favorite pair of jeans and never wear the cutoffs. So THINK IT THROUGH before you go cutting your $40 Levi’s. (On a side note: I only cut up these Levi’s because I paid $10 for them at the outlet. I’m a fairly stingey person.)

I hope you all get a great new pair of denim shorts to go along with a wonderful quinoa dinner from this blog post. Until next time…

XOXO, Sarah


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