Jul 10, 2020

Recipe: Watermelon Feta Salad

     A few years, when I worked at a country club working in catering/as a bartender in the 19th hole they used to make a salad similar to this. The difference between the one that the club made & this one is that they did it on skewer instead on in a bowl. It is a super easy & quick side. Here is how I made mine:

First, I cubed four slices of watermelon in a bowl. It was about 2 1/2 cups worth.

I then added 2 tbsp of Chia seeds & 1 tsp of salt. I've been really into Chia seeds for a while for some reason. I mixed that together to get the salt evenly dispersed. 

To that mixture, I added 4oz of feta cheese. After that, I mixed all the ingredients together.


Below is the recipe card for my version of this salad:
If you want to try another take The Southern Source has one I would suggest trying. Until next week, Peace & Blessings. I hope everyone stays safe & have a great weekend!!

Jul 9, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

     Happy Thursday. Is anyone else trying to stay out of the heat or is it just me? I'm worried about what July & August are going to look like. Usually, when its' this hot in June in Alabama, late summer ends up worse. Not sure if it's even possible for it to get more humid than it is now. Hopefully, it'll cool down sooner later (that's a big maybe). 

Outside of dealing with the weather, I'm working on content for the next few weeks, writing an article for a copywriting job I applied for, making a list of things I need to do/want to talk care of before the end of the month & some other self-improvement things. Until then, here are some quotes & thoughts for today:














I've decided on Fridays, I'm going to start posting recipes that I've made in the last few weeks. I'm going to be posting one tomorrow. Peace & Blessing, all.

Jul 8, 2020

Relaxation Tips during Trying Times

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     Between all of the things going on in the world & many of our personal lives, I think we all need to find ways to relax. Mental health issues have become a topic of decision during this time. I know that I talked about why you should try therapy one one post. There are some people though who do know how to relax or take time to help themselves. Today, I'm going to talk about some relaxation tips. I do some of these on the regular while some I'll be trying out.  Below are some suggestion from Heathline & Verywellmind. 

-Breathing Exercises : Can be used anywhere & anytime. These are easy to do & work fairly quickly. 

-Meditation: Good for developing positive attitude. Long-term practice can aid in reducing stress.

-Exercise: Exercise is a great way to release stress and blow off steam. It can aid in relaxation as well. 

-Supplements: A number are used to benefit in helping reduce stress & anxiety including, Lemon balm, Ashwagandha, Green tea, & Valerian. *Some supplements can interact with medications or have side effects, so you may want to consult with a doctor if you have a medical condition.

-Reducing caffeine: Caffeine can be healthy in moderate does. However in high doses, it can increase anxiety. If you are jittery or anxious, it is suggested you cutback or out your intake.

-Writing/journaling: Write what you're grateful for can move your thoughts from the negative happening to the positive aspects in life.

-Socializing: Right now this one is tough at the moment. Spending time with friends have been found to release, oxytocin, a natural stress reliever. Both genders are found to suffer from depression & anxiety if they are lacking social connections.

-Practicing Mindfulness: A few ways to practice mindfulness include mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, & yoga. 

If anyone tries any of these tips, I would love to know. Peace & blessings, have a great day & stay safe, everyone!!

Jul 3, 2020

Recipe: Beer Cheese

   Happy Friday! This is going up super late on this hot Friday but better late than never. I made this  recipe for the first time last weekend. It turned out so good, that I'm actually going to make it again either tonight or sometime tomorrow. Below, are the step by step recipe along with pictures & the ingredients:

Recipe:
Heat butter until melted on medium heat.

Whisk flour & mustard into pan with butter.

 Change heat to medium low heat once roux is made. Add in the beer & milk slowly.

 Cook for 3-5 minutes on low until sauce is thickened. Whisk in cheddar until melted.

This is the end result of the beer cheese.
I served it with these soft pretzel bites that I bought at the store. 

I think since I've gotten back into cooking again, that I am going to start posting more recipes again. If there are any recipes or ingredients you would like to see me make something with, let me know. The rest of the weekend is going to be me reading more books & working on blog post since I really didn't get time to myself to do that this past week.

Until Monday, peace & blessings. Be safe & have a great weekend!!!

Jul 2, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

     Happy Thursday! Can't believe that it already July & half the year is over. To say that it has been a crazy six months is an understatement. I'm going to try to post more this month. We'll see how that goes. I'm going to post a dip recipe tomorrow since I was not able to post it yesterday. My plans this weekend are to go ahead & set up all my post for the rest of the month along with my social media for it. Outside of that I plan to catch up on reading all my book. That's one of my post for next week: all the books I read in June & my review of them. Other than that here are some thoughts/ quotes for today:






The recipe that I'm going to post is something that I've never made before. I actually turned out pretty good. I'm excited to share it with all of you. Until tomorrow, peace & blessings everyone.

Jun 26, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday on Friday

     Hard to believe that today is the last Friday of June & this time next week will be July. I have been super busy this week, hence the lack of post & this going up on Friday instead of Thursday. One things that I did do this week is I finally finished two of the courses that I paid for. I'm now certified in Energy Healing Hand Mundra & Crystal Healing. I have to practice some with the crystals but I've been using the Mundra's when I mediate in the morning & throughout the day. 

Yesterday, I finished some more courses. Now, I'm certified in Reiki Space Clearing & Reiki Distance Healing. I'm working on the Reiki course & CPT certification next week. I've decided to start treating blogging & my courses I'm taking as "work" so, I'm going to do those things during the week. On the weekends, I'm going to catch up on my reading & some other activities I've been wanting to do including taking pictures for the blog & social media. Anywho, here are some quotes for today:













Next week, I'm going to share some of the books I've read this month. I was trying to do the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge but that was a fail. Now, I'm just reading all the books that I've bought in the last 6 months/finish books that I struggled through reading. That is definitely something I'm going to tackle this weekend.

Peace & Blessings everyone & have a great weekend!!!

Jun 23, 2020

Fitness Tuesday: Reasons to try Therapy



     With all of the unrest in the world at the moment, many of us are at our breaking point physically & mentally. For some, talking to others help with vocalizing our stress, pain, & your current mood. Taking care of ones' mental health is impartive especially for POC. Seeking help for mental health is seen as a taboo in Black culture. There is a stigma associated with having a mental issue. Many try to deal with their issues on their own or ignore them. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, approximately 30% of African American adults with mental illness receive treatment each year, compared to the U.S. average of 43%.

Recently though, that stigma has change. With race issues boiling over (it has been a long time coming, if you want to know my opinion), black people deciding to start taking care of themselves, finally. Black women in particular, have always put others feelings & needs before our own. Now is the time to put our needs first for ourselves. I know that for me, talking to a therapist was a major breakthrough for me. Talking to a person who is unbaised, that is not a friend or family member helps you open up more. It is easier to share & get an outsiders opinion to help you with clarity on situations sometimes.

Below I am going to share some reasons to try therapy from Healthfully:

Helps with organizing your thoughts
Most of us need a sounding board that is not involved directly with whatever situation that is happening. Everyone should get feedback during stressful times. Finding that person who can give you constructive advice should help in making clarity to appear.

Healing from Past Pain

Therapist can help you address issues from your past. This can include problems,situations,
or moments from your childhood, relationships, and other life events. Therapy can help in getting rid of the negative thoughts.  help things in perspective, & give one a more positive outlook on life. It’s important to have a positive mindset to be able to enjoy life more freely without worrying.

Can Pin-Point Cause of Problems
Seeing a therapist can help you in seeing what's normal behavior & what isn't. Many who struggle with anxiety or anger don't examine what is causing the problem on their own. A therapist can aid in discovering what is causing ones' reaction to situations in their life.  Discussing what’s on one's mind with a therapist will help you process your thoughts better.

Getting Information from a Third-party

Whether one is having problems in their work or personal life, it's good to find information from someone not directly involved. Most of us don’t always have the answers when trying to communicate with others. Gaining insight on how to handle situations are key when one is trying to grow and heal.

Improves Overall Well-being
Seeing a therapist can be beneficial to your overall mental health. And that's good for your general well-being. Many face the stigma that going to therapy means that there is something wrong with them. People that go usually are healthier mentally since they are verbalizing their feeling.


For those of you that are looking for resources about mental health & wellness, here are a few website with some more information:





And I also want to put one of the podcast I listen to as well on here: Balanced Black Girl podcast.
 

Peace & blessings, have a great Tuesday!!!





Jun 18, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

     Happy Thursday. I have been dealing with somethings outside of blogging, hence why I did not post any other days this week. I have post ready for the next two weeks so YAY!!! I'm trying to figure out how to transition my blog by adding more of the health & wellness things that I'm doing at the moment. I just got certified in Mundra (which if you want to know more about it, I will go into at some point). I finally am finishing the Reiki classes that I signed up for & am not working on taking some more Holistic classes. Here are some thoughts for this Thursday:












Peace & Blessings everyone. Have a great Thursday & rest of your week.

Jun 11, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

          And Thursday is here. I'm finally being proactive & getting it somewhat together. I finished one of my Reiki courses, so now I only have three left. Going to try to do those in the next few days. I'm also going to start posting the books that I'm reading on my IG to hold myself accountable. More than likely, I'll post a round-up at the end of the month here. 

Last week, there I had some health related things to deal with. I'm going to post about it on a Fitness Tuesday since it is something that women should be paying attention too. I've decided that I'm going to take the blog in a different direction. It is only going to change a bit, I'm just going to post more of the things that I'm into instead of what I think others think is interesting (hello talk about crystals). Until then here are some quotes for today:






 





 I was thinking about starting to post Weekend Readings again. The reading are a list of articles from different areas that I like & thought would help others. Just a thought. Peace & Blessings, everyone. Stay safe out there.

Jun 10, 2020

Recipe: Fiesta Rice Bowl

      A few weeks ago, I made this for dinner when we were all still under stay at home orders. I made this post but decided not to put it up with everything else happening. So, today is the day that I'm going to share it with you all. This recipe came in handy when I was trying to figure out what to make with some of the items I had in my pantry that I did not want to eat alone. 


Here is how I made it & the ingredients that I used the bowl.
First I cooked 1 lb of local, grass fed, lean ground beef along with 1 & 1/2 cup of  frozen green bell peppers in a pan. Once completely done cooking, I drained the mixture.

I then added one can of tri-blend beans. The beans in the mixture are dark red kidney, pinto, & black beans. I drained the beans then added them.

I let the above cook for 5 minutes then I added one pack of frozen corn in the blend.

This is a wild & basmati mix the I like. Here is the brand that I used. You microwave it for 2 minutes then fluff with a fork.

I then added a small can of salsa & taco seasoning that I had. Stirring it until blended well.

Here is end result.


I put a plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream on top as well. If you can also make this meatless, leaving out the beef  & adding more vegetables to it. Actually, I may make that sometime in the next week or so to share. 

Until then, Peace & blessings everyone. Stay safe & have a great Wednesday!!!

Jun 4, 2020

Thoughtful Thursday

     I have not posted any this week because of all the unrest happening. It is emotionally draining to have to deal with as a black person. I know some people may think that sounds ridiculous. However, there are many black people who are feeling tired (mentally & physically) from this. If you are one of those who feel that way: take a break from social media. Read  a book, take a walk outside, do things that will help you take care of your mental health. 

Starting next week, I will be posting a mixture of my usual post on health & wellness (on Tuesday & Wednesday), post spotlighting black businesses/podcast/influencers that I like & why I like them plus some post pertaining to race issues I'm seeing on social media (in particular with IG, influencers, & the blogging culture as a whole). There are some people like Stephanie McNeal at Buzzfeed News, who are doing a great job at exposing some of these issues with IG & the influencer industry becoming pay-to-play (loop giveaways anyone) & lacking diversity (the recent article she wrote is here). These topics aren't for everyone but they aren't meant to be. I hope as a smaller blogger, that I can at least one or two people with my experiences & words. Until than, here are some quotes/thoughts for today:













Also, think that I'm going to start posting again on Fridays some. I will be starting next week though.Tomorrow is my birthday, but it is also the birthday of Breonna Taylor who was killed on March 13th by police in Louisville, KY who came into her home without warning. Others who share the birthday along with myself are feeling very sad & know that we will get to celebrate it while she will not. I will be honoring her memory by partaking in the activites that she enjoyed. I'm going to take tomorrow to reflect on my life, the world, & how I want to contribute to it. 37 was a rough year, I know that 38 is going to be a big one for me.

Peace & Blessings, all. Have a blessed day.