In November 2004, I lost my father. It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and my mother, sister, and I were going Christmas shopping. I remember seeing him so happy, and so lively that morning.
My father, up to that point, had suffered quite a bit physically and emotionally. A massive heart attack in the early summer of 1999 changed his life, along with the lives of those who loved him. It’s interesting when you can look back at your life and pin point the exact moment you left childhood behind.
I’m a big fan of Tilapia. Yes, I know that there are healthier fish out there, but it’s still a healthy piece of fish, and I like how it doesn’t taste too fishy. Yesterday, I tried a recipe I haven’t used in a while. I had to modify it of course though, mainly because I didn’t think of making it until the last-minute, and I was missing ingredients.
Disclaimer: I am NOT a recipe writer, so please forgive me. 😉
Ingredients (Feeds 3, or 2 depending on how hungry one’s husband is)
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
3 Tilapia Fillets
1 mandarin (easy peel Halo)
half a white onion (optional)
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped (optional) or 1 tsp of garlic powder (optional)
handful of cilantro
1/2 tsp of coconut oil (separated) – any cooking oil can be used
orange pepper seasoning
one packet of Uncle Ben’s Medley: Brown Rice and Quinoa with Garlic
On Sunday I had a wake up call. I saw a picture of me that was far from flattering and I knew that I had to make a change. Since I had my little girl last May I’ve gone back and forth from eating healthy and exercising. Because of my husband’s hectic work schedule, my 7 year old’s extracurricular schedule, my baby girl’s defiance of a normal routine at times, as well as my own crazy life, I’ve kind of laxed on the whole workout routine I was use to.
My husband and I have never really been the type to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We’re not really boycotting the commercialism behind the day, but it just really never seemed like something we go out of our way to celebrate. (I do get awesome gifts though.Thanks, my love.) These last few years though have been a little different, mainly because of our son Caleb, and recently our baby girl, Alina.
For the last few weeks my hubby was craving a banana milkshake/smoothie. We’d go to different places, and for some reason no one sold banana smoothies, at least from the places we would go to. We ended up going to one of our favorite snack places, and voila, banana licuados, milkshakes. He ordered it and i saw him take the first sip, and by the look on his face, I knew it wasn’t what he was looking for. It was too sweet; the sugar masked the banana flavor. Later that night, as if by design, one of those food videos pops up on our Facebook feed – orange banana smoothie. Jackpot!
What is it about the power of certain scents, fragrances, and at times odors that instantly transport us to a time in our childhood when all was good and right with the world? The idea that a simple scent can instantly “take” you home is quite magical.
I rarely make resolutions when the new year comes around; however, this year I am hell-bent to save some money. I want to teach my son to save as well, and prove to my husband that I can accomplish this monetary task (mind you, I’m more of the coupon cutter than he is). We’re not what you’d call splurgers, or impulse buyers, but we’re not “rolling in the dough” either. So…I’ve decided to try the “simple” 52-Week Money Saving Challenge. I’m sure many of you have heard of this challenge. It’s far from new, but I wanted to try my best with this one before I tackle the $5,000 or $10,000 challenges. 😉