Summer Bean Salad

Enjoy this pretty picture of Steph’s yard from a year or two ago since I forgot to take a picture of my bean salad.

Last week our Women’s Business Social Group met, and for lunch we decided on a potluck. Sharlene made a delicious tuna salad from abalcore tuna she bought at Costco. It was so good I thought it was chicken salad! Steph made up some veggies and fruit for us, and had some lovely rice crackers that were very tasty. I decided to make some bean salad as a side. I will confess I took no pictures of our feast or of my salad. :( Oopsie! But the bean salad turned out so well I wanted to share my recipe with you.

I had looked up several recipes from my addiction, Pinterest. I really had a lot of stuff in my pantry so I didn’t want to go out and buy a bunch of extra stuff. So I took ideas from 3 or 4 recipes I found and added a couple of spices and created my own recipe. I was a little nervous about just jumping in and creating something new. However both ladies said the salad was really good.  I enjoyed it too!

So here is my version of Summer Bean Salad.

1-14.5 oz. cans of green beans, drained and rinsed
1-15.5 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1-14.5 oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1-14.5 oz. can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup finely chopped yellow or red onion
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon dill
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt

Open and rinse each can of beans. Chop your onion as fine as you like it. I tend to like mine very small, some people prefer larger chops. Your choice. Stir beans and onion together in a large container that has a lid which you can store this in. Sprinkle the cumin, dill and salt over the bean mixture.

Next you will mix together the vinegar, oil and sugar. Stir slowly until the sugar dissolves. Pour this mixture slowly over your spiced bean mixture. Also, I did use just a little less than 1/4 cup of sugar in my mix, and I will probably cut it down to 1/8 of a cup next time. It wasn’t super sweet, but I still want to bring it down some.

I placed the lid on my container to shake my salad up, but I did make the mistake of turning it over and caused some of my vinegar mixture to leak out, so be careful and don’t make the mess I did. :) You could also slowly stir the bean mixture around in the container being sure all of the beans and onion get into the vinegar mixture.

Allow your salad to marinate at least 12 hours.  Also be sure to shake or stir your salad a few times during this process to saturate all of your bean mixture. This recipe makes up to 16 servings, great for sharing!

Serve as a side with tuna or chicken salad, crackers and fruit or enjoy the salad alone.

I promise to add a picture the next time I make it. Let me know how it turns out for you. Do you have a favorite recipe just for summer? I would love to try it! Talk to you soon, Angela

*This post linked to the GRAND Social at Grandma’s Briefs


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Freshening Up and Cleaning Out


Out with the old, in with the new! Seems appropriate as I currently own my cleaning/sewing/writing business to freshen things up on this blog. For those of you that may not know, my business is At Your Beck & Call. :) But….probably most of you current subscribers know lol.

As to the freshening up part I have a new header, and will be adding subscription by email capabilities too. Stephanie Hobbs with Pixel & Paper Designs is helping me with this task. Be sure to check out her Facebook page if you haven’t already. Click here if you are new to my site and would like to subscribe.


I have missed interacting with you here on the blog. So much happened with my dad at the first of the year that I haven’t really been able to get my feet back up under me, as the saying goes. I had some creative plans, some business plans and some writing plans that I started the year out with. I just have been to scattered to pull the pieces of my life back together. Hopefully these changes will inspire me and give me steam to get going again.

I would love to hear from you as well. Let me know what you’ve been up to, how has 2015 been treating you? Hope to talk to you all soon! Thanks for hanging in there with me! Angela

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Where In The World Was….

paris street market 2

Carmen Sandiego? Waldo? No silly. Me. 😉

Right after I posted my Creative Exploration for 2015, my dad had a serious accident. He fell at home, ruptured internally and then had a 2-3 month recovery period. During that time I lived with him at his home. It was a lot of hard work, but I am happy to say I am mostly back to being at my home and just stopping by to check on him and help him once or twice a week. He’s 78, so the type of injury he had could have killed him or been a lot worse than what it was, so I am very thankful to still have my Dad with me.

I put a GoFundMe together for him to help with some needed repairs to his home, and so many of you reached out with help to him. He was and is so grateful, and was very touched that so many people would help him. It was great to be able to get the repairs done. I’m really glad he has recovered so well.

Needless to say, I have not gotten anywhere on my creative hopes and plans for this year. Not yet anyway lol. I do hope to start some of them later, but for now I am still creating my own business and working as much as I can to make ends meet. Just like you and your family do too I’m sure, whether you are gainfully employed or business owners yourself.

I hope this finds you all happy and well. I am thinking about my trip to Paris as it was 2 years ago this week that we went. The picture above is from an open air street market. I have a few others I can share too.

A fish market that was creative with their display
Random beautiful street art
This one makes me think of Narnia
A quiet corner…
An endless path…I hope it leads me back to Paris one day

Le sigh. Yep. I’ve got Paris on my mind. Talk to you later, Angela



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Creative Exploration for 2015

I was asked a question recently, was there anything I would like to creatively explore in 2015? At the time I honestly didn’t think there was, but the question triggered me to start thinking about it. I started talking to a few people online about it too, and several of them were prepared with a list and others, like me, were not sure if they had any ideas. After sifting through their comments and ideas and looking through some of my own Pinterest boards and notes I have gathered over time, I came up with a little list of things that I would like to share with you.

Some of these things I know how to do, or have instructions for. Others I don’t have a clue about yet. If you have any knowledge or instruction you could share with me, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know you can help. It’s always nice to get a little help from your friends.

Creative exploration for 2015

A. Art journaling with beads, fabric, ribbon, tissue paper, texture, collage. I’ve never really done a lot of this type of journaling. It felt more like scrapbooking to me, and I’m not into that too much. But so many people seem to enjoy it, that I decided this will be the year I give it a try.

B. Collage period. I love that. I have used collage already over the years making dream boards and fun stuff. The picture below is of a collage I made on a painting canvas a few years ago.

C. Book Binding – I love the ideas people have on Pinterest, especially for making their own books. I will be exploring that later this year.

D. Make a clutch from book – this is another idea I found on Pinterest by seekatesew. I have most of the supplies for this and plan on doing it soon.

E. Sewing on paper with old sewing machine needles. This was an idea I got from one of the women in the conversation. She likes to sew on paper, which I have only done once when I made a card for Boyfriend. She saves her used needles so she doesn’t dull any new ones doing it. It was very different to sew on paper for me.  I hope to do some more soon.

F. Small hand stitched fabric pieces maybe 3×5 or 4×6. Over at hens teeth, the artist does some beautiful small stitched things that I love. I have some old pieces of embroidery that are tattered that I think would work quite well for something like this.

Beautiful brooch from hens teeth

G. Sewing classes on Craftsy I’ve signed up for. I have bought a couple, and signed up for some free ones too. They are for areas of sewing that I’m not that strong in, like working on zippers. 😀

H. 100 Mandalas Project. This was intriguing and appealing to me, but I haven’t really gotten into it yet. You can find more information here.

I. Make videos of projects I do to share on YouTube. I really have no idea how to do this. If any of you could help me out with info, or share your own experience of how you do this, I would really appreciate it.

J. Work with broken glass or tile more. I made this collage a few months ago, and it was very interesting to work with the glass pieces. I had always been afraid of it before, didn’t want to cut myself lol. But the glue we used for this is also the same kind of glue I will use in the book clutch project, so when I purchased it for that project I knew I wanted to do more broken glass pieces too.

K. Learn how to make my own PDF patterns. This is another thing that I don’t know how to do, or really even where to start. I have found a few ideas on Pinterest, but the info is confusing and everybody seems to use different programs to do it with. I don’t want to buy a program until I know if it’s really a good choice for what I want to do. If you can help me out, again, thanks!

L. FLOW: 30 Day Journal Project (click here to learn more about it)
Lisa Sonora has been sharing journal prompts each day in January. I haven’t been able to use all of the prompts yet, but am gathering them and using them as I can and have time. I figure I can use them all year if I want to. :) It’s fun to have fresh ideas to help me write.

Do you have any ideas for creative exploration for this year? Are you like me and make ambitious lists that you may or may not be able to finish? Lol. I would love to know what you are working on and planning. Maybe we can help encourage each other to work on some of these projects. <3 Talk to you soon! Angela

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