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James Bay – Let It Go

July 20, 2016

Heard this song this morning on one of the local stations and the lyrics caught my attention. So its this week’s music pick.

“I used to recognize myself
It’s funny how reflections change
When we’re becoming something else
I think it’s time to walk away

So come on, let it go”

 

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Tip Tuesday

July 19, 2016

Q-tips are so small yet so vital in our daily lives, I came across this convenient product that can hold them and any other cosmetic products.

The transparent design of AcryliCase’s Vanity Storage Case allows you to see when you’re running out of essential items so you know when to refill them and also make it easy to locate essential items.

Cope/Paste on the link for more info – https://www.amazon.com/Acrylic-Swab-Organizer-Cotton-Cosmetics/dp/B01F7TUOXG/ref=pd_sim_201_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51ImBgCozhL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=CQPWDGH7APF1QYCQDE8R

 

Blogs

Ask for what you want

July 18, 2016

Ask for what you want

In life, assertiveness is imperative. Most successful individuals will attest to this. Hence there is a saying that follows, “there is no hurt is asking, the most one can say is no”. Always strive to be bold, daring and brave in your daily endeavors. Life coaches and inspirational adults would ask you this question upon any consultation; “why it is important to ask for what you want?”  The answer will always be a no if you don’t ask, whereas if you ask there is a possibility of getting what you want.

This is one aspect of life I feel so strongly about that I was actually inspired by the magnificent actress Priyanka Chopra to write this blog. In a recent interview Priyanka stated to Anupama Chopra whom is a journalist that when she looked at the script for a TV Series named  Quantico,  one of the things she stipulated  to ABC was that “I am really sorry but I am used to playing lead, even if I play a supporting part it has to be something that consist of integral parts to the show”. She further said otherwise that she has an amazing career thus far and she wanted to maintain this trend as per her movie choices. ABC completely understood. My mouth was left open, she stood up for what she believed in and she was 100% right. She is accustomed to playing lead roles and while some may become smitten just by the grandeur of ABC Network, she looked at the 26 scripts and asked for what she wanted and it was given to her. That right there is proof to showcase that sometimes one should always put forth there true inhibitions and make clear their motivations.

The answer may not always be what you want to hear, however it is important to ask for what you want and be confident when doing so. Another key factor is knowing the correct approach in asking or putting forth your request for something. As they say you can’t catch flies with vinegar, therefore at times you just may need to try honey.

Good luck and remember believe in yourself

 

Dessert Yum

Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone Cheese

July 15, 2016

 

  • Olive oil
  • 3 firm but ripe peaches, pitted, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine

Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or prepare the barbecue (medium-high heat). Lightly brush the grill pan or rack with oil. Place the peaches on the grill pan and do not move the peaches, otherwise you will not have those great grill marks. It takes about 2 to 3 minutes per side to get those grill marks. Grill the peaches until the grill marks are formed, slightly softened and heated through, about 5 to 6 minutes total.

Meanwhile, stir the sugar, brandy, and lemon juice in a medium bowl to blend. Set the brandy mixture aside.

As the peaches are ready, remove them from the grill and place them in a shallow baking dish. Top them with the brandy mixture, and toss to coat. Set aside for 15 minutes and allow to marinate, tossing occasionally.

Meanwhile, stir the mascarpone and vanilla in a small bowl to blend.

Divide the grilled peach mixture equally among 6 coupe dishes. Pour the wine over the peaches. Dollop the mascarpone mixture atop the peaches, and serve.

Yum

Massouri Dhal

July 8, 2016

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp of Veg oil.
  • 1 Tsp of Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tsp of Minced Onions
  • ½ Tsp of Minced Ginger
  • 1 /2 Tbsp of Chief Curry Powder
  • ½ Tsp of Chief Geera Powder
  • ½ Tsp of Chief Amchar Massala
  • ¼ Tsp of Chief Turmeric ( Saffron )
  • 1 cup of Massouri Dhal
  • 3 Cups of Vegetable Stock

 

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Tip Tipsy

June 28, 2016

It is so easy to run across to the store and grab a snack that might be full of sugar and tons of calories, why not make a stop at the grocery and stock up on your favorite fruit and snack on them throughout your day.

Dessert Yum

Carrot Cake

June 24, 2016

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
    2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, white sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Fold in pecans. Pour into prepared pan.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
    4. To Make Frosting: In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in chopped pecans. Frost the cooled cake.

 

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