Tuesday, April 25, 2017

R is for Rains of April

All the rain and dark skies might make it seem that the April showers are stealing the sun’s thunder.

Somehow, it makes it seem as if the bright daytime star in the sky is remaining stoic and detached from the day and though we try to grapple with the reality of this spring cycle, it tends to affect our mood a bit simply because gray skies create that kind of effect.

The storms can be a very jarring experience for some. Especially when the sky cries its waters in a steady downpour and is in the full flowering of its strength.  

Who doesn’t yearn for the sun to modestly shine when the weather is like that? To wake up determined to pursue the day, only for the soaking rains to be somewhat of a character assassination is something to consider. Don’t allow doubt to seek lodgment in your mind.  The clouds might be so bright that they blind the truth of what is ahead but trust me, the best is yet to come.

Maybe these days of April rains are the days when you can hone in on your strategy to
achieve your goals. While it is storming outside, let the storm in your brain, lead you to coming up with great ideas that you can write down because your vision of the future is worth thinking about and releasing into the earth. While the blue skies are being masked by gray clouds, think about ways that you can affect the landscape when the rainbows knock the rain out of position. Even if you feel that it is too wet outside to enjoy the fresh air, you can still embrace the front porch, plus, sugar doesn’t melt in water, it only sweetens it, so even if your umbrella does not work, a fresh supply of Mother Nature's water, watering plants, grows them; so keep that in mind.

Prepare for your escape while it is raining so that when the stormy weather ends, you can apply your outlandish ideas in broad daylight. That way, you never miss a beat, even if you miss being outside, because it is raining and you don’t feel like getting soaked up in it.

One thing to smile about with all the rain is to consider the end result. After the rain drizzles away, the flowers will rise out of the soil to a platform of prominence. Your toils are also seeds planted that rise like flowers to face the sun. Feels good to know that once we are truly able to cut the chains of misery, that our hearts of gold and our passions and efforts will also have the opportunity to sizzle like the summer sun. The rain is a good time to get your ideas or your inventory ready for those tender moments.

Here is another thing to consider while the rain is taking over the April days. If you are one of those people who have no choice but to splash in it like penguins, be careful driving in that weather. It seems, these are the days that people forget how to safely maneuver their vehicles. Road rage, though it might be a part of who we are instinctively can be pacified with the rain as it pacifies the overheating earth. 

If you have to take public transportation, be patient with the people all around you, all carrying baggage, their entire lives, luggage and umbrellas with them to get to where they want to go. Make sure not to let anger get the best of you just because someone else’s baggage might be heavier than yours. 

Maybe you can make some soup for the family so when they come in drenched, they can have something warm and hearty to eat. Add some good spices to it like turmeric, cayenne pepper, garlic, parsley or onions which is very good for your health.  So it won't just be warm and hearty, but healthy as well.  

And what a great day to watch a nice movie like, Stormy Weather. See Lena Horne and Bojangles in action. Such a beautiful and fun film to watch. Plus, it's still Jazz Appreciation Month, so why not? 

Stormy Weather  

Whatever you do, make it a great day. 
Hope yours is full of overflowing productivity. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

O is for Oven-Roasted Potato Wedges

Oven-Roasted Potato Wedges

Prior to Easter Sunday, I planned to cook a huge meal and to serve a nice feast to my family.

I already had in my mind what the menu would be. We’d have lamb chops, buffalo turkey wings, rice, ravioli lasagna and more. I also knew that I wanted to make potatoes and at first, thought of making them au gratin. Then, I remembered that I was already making ravioli lasagna which had lots of cheese in it and decided to oven roast them and they came out good.

Potatoes seems to be a meal within itself. If you have nothing else but potatoes, you can be eat and be satisfied.  But within a meal that has many different dishes incorporated in it, nice to have a variety of different choices that you can pick and choose from, just in case you do not want to have everything, oven roasted potatoes can appeal to both young and old.

So how do you make them?

First . . .

Cut up some potatoes into little square wedges and wash them.

Then . . .

Melt a 1.4 cup of butter.

Prepare a plate with spices such as sazon, salt, garlic, pepper, onion powder, parmesan.

Dip potato wedge first in the butter and then into the spice concoction and put them into an oven pan.

Place in oven for about 45 minutes and voila, you have some easy to make and very flavorful roasted potato wedges that everyone can enjoy.

For more potato recipe ideas that you might enjoy cooking for your family, you might love this recipe book entitled, Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, And Baked; And Fried Too by Raghavan Iyer. Looking for a unique potato dish; you might find it in this book. Check it out today on Amazon.

Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked--and Fried, Too!: A Celebration of Potatoes in 75 Irresistible Recipes

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