Thursday, March 8, 2018

Natural Hair Question: How do you rule the unruly part of your hair?

Thank God for water because I was able to use it to slick my hair that never seems to want to lay flat down in my “bangs” area after I twist out my hair.

I even put a roller on while I was driving thinking I could curl my “bang” and hopefully it wouldn’t stick out in the most awkward place; always; nowhere else does it do that.

Does this happen to anyone else? I thought I was past my awkward hair moment for a minute after 4 years of letting go of perms and going back to natural.

I started cutting all my hair off and I used to condition wash my hair every day and go. I finally stopped doing that last year. I haven’t used heat in my hair in a year and a half almost. And just when I thought I had my hair down to a science and after cutting my own hair again, here we are with the same unruly piece that won't stay ruled unless I keep it twisted. 

What do you use to keep your twistout laying flat? Is it in the twisting itself that makes a difference? Or maybe the unraveling of them?

Questions! Questions!

Other than that. Thank God for melted snow everywhere, even though it’s kind of wet outside, but it was a good day, I love that black dress and I write in Brooklyn. Can't go wrong with that. So blessed to even be able to hold up a pen with my hand. 

And so happy everything worked out  for me and my little pompom; although I styled my twistout bang and pom pom with a bang like I had in the past, I thought I could have again. Yet, it wasn't so bad. 

Does that mean I have to actually cut a bang? 

I wonder how that would look on me with my natural hair.  
Any Suggestions?

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Meatless Monday Smoothie, 397 calories

Looking for a nice meal idea for your meatless Monday? How about a nice smoothie, Packed with vitamins and minerals and 6g of protein? Try this one.

A Meatless Monday Smoothie

1 ½ cup Avocado  (45 calories)
1 Cup frozen strawberries or berries (77 calories)
½ Cup Hemp Milk (70 calories)
1 Cup Celery (16 calories)
½ Cup Water (0 calories)
½ cup Baby Carrots (25 carrots)
2 tbsp Chia, Buckwheat & Hemp Cereal (140 calories)
¼ cup parsley (5 calories)
1 tsp cinnamon  (19 cals)

Blend til smooth and drink. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

V is for Vegetables

Vegetables are your friend. 

If you are someone who always feels you have indigestion and it hurts and you are eating all meat and rice and that is it, you are denying yourself the goodness of eating things that are beneficial to your health. 

You want to treat your gut right, love your body a little bit more and care for your colon? Eat better!

Here are some ideas 
for changing things up for your benefit!

1. Have the meat, but add a vegetable to it. Meat takes a long time to digest. Let the vegetables ease the transition and help the process. Your body will thank you. 

2. Let the meat be the tomatoes for a day and have a salad. There are so many different types of salad that you can add to your weekly eating plan. Make it in a way that you can enjoy them so it won't seem like you are being forced to eat something you might not like too much.  


3. Salads can be tasty.  Fill 3/4 of your plate with vegetables and have meat as the side instead of having the veggies as a side.

4. Flavor up those vegetables and add cheese or maybe garlic and butter to them to flavor them up.  

5. Choose one day out of the week to have no meat products and stick to it. Make it a weekly thing. 

Don't allow food to make you a prisoner to the taste of what you are putting into your mouth. What you eat is that very thing that can either cause or prevent borderline, unnecessary diseases and illnesses to take over your health. Better to start somewhere and add something healthy to your plate without the doctor telling you that you have to. 

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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.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Salmon and Peppers

I have tried sausage and peppers many times, but I wanted to try he peppers concept with a different meat and I did and it came out great.

Salmon and Peppers

I love salmon. It is my second favorite fishes after Mahi Mahi and I am often cooking and experimenting with it, trying out new recipes and seeing what creative meals I can make with it. This time I decided to try it in a different capacity and what a great idea that was to pepper it. The salmon came out nice and juicy, flavorful, tender and my family really, enjoyed it.  Today, I am sharing with you the recipe.

Prep time 20 minutes
Cooking time 30 minutes
Serving size 5


5 Wild Caught Salmon Portions
¼ cup of orange juice
2 tbsp Butter
Garlic powder
1 packet Sazon con azafran
½ green pepper
½ red pepper
½ can of diced tomatoes
1 onion
Italian dressing
Soy sauce


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cut and dice red pepper, green pepper and onion and cover the bottom of a baking ban with ½ the content of the peppers.
3. Take each salmon fillet, wash it under cold water and place each fillet in the backing tray.
4. Take garlic powder and crust each fillet with it. Add a dash of salt to each fillet. Add a bit of sazon packet to each fillet. Sprinkle with orange juice and soy sauce. Add a piece of butter a top of each fish.
5. Take the rest of the content of the pepper and onions and cover the fish fillet. Add tomatoes.
6. Place baking tray in oven and let it cook for 25 – 30 minutes or until the salmon has browned.

Pairs well with rice dishes. Add a bit of chardonnay to your glass to entice the meal. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Slow Cooker Stewed Chicken

I was speechless when I first tried using my slow cooker and noticed that I did not have to abandon other things I wanted to do just because I was cooking a meal. It is one of those kitchen appliances that gives me this unshakeable confidence that anything I cook in it will come out great. I cannot remember how I stumbled into knowledge of this cool cooking tool, but I will say that it made my stew chicken come out better than I ever expected it to.

Me & Cooking

I am someone who might go into a cookbook or on Pinterest to find a recipe that interests me and that I want to try. I am also a person who will look at a recipe and improvise. But mostly, I am a person who improvises without looking at any recipe and instead vibes with an idea of what to make. I knew I wanted to make chicken; it was the how to prepare it that I was not sure about. Then I looked at my slow cooker and then I decided that I would make it stewed.

Slow Cooker Stewed Chicken


Chicken Breast
Lemon Juice
1 Onion
A Dash of Garlic Powder
Vegetables of your Choices
½ Can of Crushed Tomatoes
Barbecue Sauce
Soy Sauce
A pinch of ginger powder
A Dash of Turmeric
1 Packet of Sazon
1 dash of seasoned salt


1. Take chicken breasts and place it in a large pot with enough water to cover it, vinegar, lemon juice and salt. Place it over a large fire and let it boil on the stove for about an hour.

2. Remove from fire and throw out the water. Remove excess fat and skin and rinse each piece of chicken under cold water.

3. In crock pot, cover bottom with barbecue sauce. Layer it with soy sauce and then layer atop it with pieces of the chicken.

4. Add water to cover about half the crockpot, seasoned salt, garlic, turmeric, sazon, and ginger. Add vegetables. Slice your onion and cover the entire content of pot with the onions and then add tomatoes.

5. Place cover over the crockpot and set heat on high and let it cook for about 4-5 hours.

The chicken comes out tender, juicy, flavorful 
and the aroma around the house is unbeatable. 
Best served hot. Pairs well with rice. Perfect for a family meal.