A Little California Inspiration

I’m alive!!! I know it’s been a few weeks but I promise this beautiful recipe was worth the wait…. Plus I have updated everyone’s favorite wall in my house… The Chalkboard Wall is ready for Spring!

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Love it, don’t you? This was designed because of what all has happened over the past month. I have been truly humbled by God. I was wasn’t feeling as excited about my retail job as I once had coming out of this Christmas. Working six days a week with long hours through the Holidays had me longing for a more 9-5 type job. I have thought a lot about what I really enjoy doing…. Unfortunately most of my domestic interests don’t seem to be career interests. I prayed… and I prayed… really not sure what I was praying for. I knew I needed a change. The day before my birthday, a coworker/friend of mine told me of a position another coworker had applied for. Turns out, this was the position I have wanted since I first went to work for Macy’s. This is the type of job, I was once told, somebody would have to die for it to come available. It is also the one position in the company in which I could use my domestic/ creative skills all the time. It would be a way for me to get paid to do what I love, plan events full time. But there were a million reasons for me not to have the opportunity to interview for it, much less get the position.

Despite all odds I was able to apply for the position that wasn’t even posted yet with the help of my boss, and conveniently the supervisor of that position was in town from California the day I emailed it in to do an interview. I’m happy to tell you all, God has blessed me with this new position. There is no way around it, He is the reason I have this new job that fits everything I was looking for (some of which I didn’t even know to look for). It’s always humbling to realize God has something wonderful planned for you, that you wouldn’t have dreamed up on your own. This brings me to the California inspiration, due to the new job, I’ll be doing a little traveling. My first week was in California. Being the foodie I am, any time not working was spent looking for the next meal. Although there were many fabulous foodie experiences (follow my Instagram), it was a salad from Hugo’s that has inspired me to replicate it for you(with my own spin of course). I don’t know if I’ve ever really eaten beets much less cooked them before this, but trust me their is nothing to fear.

Beet and Goat Cheese Quinoa Salad
Salad for two

Ingredients:
Two Large Raw Beets
1/2 Cup Goat Cheese
1/2 Cup Carrots Chopped
1/4 Cup Scallions Chopped
1/3 Cup Walnuts Chopped
3 Cups Chopped Spring Salad Leafs
1/3 Cup Dried Cherries
1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
4 Tbsps Oil and Vinegar Dressing
Coconut oil for roasting

First Preheat the oven at 400 degrees. Then we must peel, cut the roots off, and chop these beautiful veggies (chop into eights)

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Put them on a sheet pan then cover them with coconut oil, salt, and pepper (a couple tablespoons should do).

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Stunning, right? Roast these for about 40 minutes in the preheated oven. The coconut oil gives them a slightly sweet taste. Let them cool and chop the beets into smaller pieces. Our sweet friends that watched Sophia while we were both on trips gave us these beauties.

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These were cleaned and chopped for our salad. I have a technique for making salads…. I don’t always make salads but when I do… I put all of the ingredients in a large plastic bowl and shake it. I like to make sure you get a little bit of everything in each bite.

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Mix these ingredients up and you get this gorgeous dish, it taste as good as it looks. It may look girlie but the hubby loved it (he added a little pretzel bread on the side)!

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From our home to yours, enjoy!

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One thought on “A Little California Inspiration

  1. Ashley, this is so exciting! God is so good and so faithful and has much more in mind for us than we could ever have for ourselves! Congratulations!

    Also, this salad looks delicious and I’ll most definitely be adding this to the salad rotation this Spring!

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