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The Joy of Reading

Ever since I was a little girl reading has always been a joy to me. I can still remember spending an entire summer reading and get lost in my stories. My love and I got separated years ago thanks to the demands of being a wife, parent, friend, employee and student. I have checked out a large number of books from my local library but I never get to read them. So I am once again going to challenge myself to read an entire book.

A friend of mine suggested a series of books by Ken Follett and so far it is turning out to be a great idea. There is however a huge obstacle in my way. Finding the right time to read is becoming a problem. I work a full-time job, help my two oldest with their homework. Prepare my preschooler for kindergarten, baths, family Bible study, story and song time. Then make lunches, clean the sink, lay out school clothes before I get some me time. My “me time” consists of taking a shower, reading and journal writing but I rarely get to write or read for more than 10 minutes before passing out.

Not sure what I need to do to make more time for myself because reading use to be a great way for me to relax and let go of all the demands of my day.

If you have any advise, please share in the comments section.

Thank you for stopping by and for reading 🙂

Spaghetti Squash with Curried Shrimp

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Spaghetti Squash with Curried Shrimp









031Dinner time is a very important part of our family routine. The plan is to make a meal that everyone likes but that isn’t always how things turn out. My little Diva aka the current queen of the house, has turned into Ms. Picky eater and I have to get creative or she will throw a fit. So tonight’s dinner was a big risk considering the fact that her royal divaness did not take her nap. No nap equals to chaos and a lot of stress for me.

Spaghetti squash is something I have been wanting make for a while but I haven’t had the nerve to make it until today. So below you will find the ingredients I used and how I put it all together.


1 large spaghetti squash

1 pound of cooked shrimp
1 large green bell pepper
1 medium tomato
1 large yellow onion
3 tablespoons Olive oil
black pepper
Sea salt
2 tablespoons curry powder


Pre-heat the oven at 375 degrees before you cut the squash in half, take out the seeds and rinse both halves. Get a baking sheet of pan and line it with foil. Oil the covered pan with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season the halves with some black pepper and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place both halves face down on the baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Take out the baking sheet and let the squash cool off before scooping it out. Scoop out the “spaghetti” into a large bowl and set aside.

Curried Shrimp

Slice bell pepper, onion and tomato and set aside. Heat up a skillet with the remaining olive oil. Sautee sliced vegetables in heated skillet. Let the vegetables cook for about 3 to 4 minutes before adding the shrimp. Add the curry, marjoram, black pepper, sea salt and let it simmer on low to medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Combine the spaghetti with the curried shrimp and serve hot. I don’t always like some of my new recipes but this one came out better than I expected. However, her royal divaness did not like my take on the spaghetti squash dinner. She fell asleep during dinner and this means that I have to come up with a back up plan when she wakes up. I might have to make some coconut pancake and serve it with fresh fruit since that seems to be all she wants to eat.

Well I better get going, I am taking myself out on a date tonight and it is way over due. Not exactly sure what I am going to do but I am going to get dressed up and do something just for me.

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My date with Shakespeare

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My love affair with William Shakespeare began when I was in high school. I can’t recall the exact year, but I think it was my senior year. My English teacher, Ms. Linda Leslie introduced me to Shakespeare when she selected “Othello” for our class. I remember working on a group project with a few of my classmates. The best part of that project was when we were asked to choose a scene from the play and make a presentation about that scene.
I can’t remember what scene we chose, but I do remember that we did a story board for the scene and then made a short film based on that scene. I didn’t know it then, but that entire process led me to appreciate the movie making process.
Fast forward to college, I had the option of taking music, art appreciation or theatre. I took music and theatre and I will forever be grateful for those classes. I had a great time in my music class, but that will never compare to how alive I felt when I was in my theatre class. I love digging deep into the characters in Shakespeare’s plays. I told myself years ago that I will collect my favorite Shakespeare plays and re-read them and this is the year. I picked up “Othello” and “Hamlet” last week.
I spent an hour reading “Othello” yesterday and it felt great getting lost in Shakespeare’s world. It wasn’t a typical “me date”, but it was still a wonderful way to spend an hour by myself. I could have kept on reading for another hour, but I had way too much work to do. I am looking forward to another date with Shakespeare soon, hopefully I will be able to block out another hour tomorrow afternoon. I better get going…it is way past my bed time and I have to be up early for church.

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Yikes! I am training for a half marathon

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Yikes! I am training for a half marathon

I have always wanted to run a half marathon and in 2010 a college classmate gave me the opportunity to participate in my first half marathon. I did not have enough time to properly prepare my body for it but I did it anyway. I ran it and my toes, legs and thighs were mad at me for days. I loved the entire process and then vowed to participate in the 2011 Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon but things go exactly as I had planned. Baby number 3 aka my little flower was delivered in April of 2011, about 5 weeks before that race and so I didn’t run. So the next year was definitely going to be the year I do it. Did I do it nope? I talked myself out of it in 2012 and 2013 so this year I forced myself to register. I am really behind in the training schedule I had mentally planned but I guess I have no choice now but to push myself so I can achieve my goal of running the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon. I will actually start posting about my training on a regular basis. Well, I better get to sleep since I have to be up in a few hours to get my loves ready for school.
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This is the before picture, I should note that the yellow sweater is my favorite one from my college days and it always makes me want to run hard.


This is after a 3.13 mile run in 20 something degree weather. The first 5 minutes were the hardest because my body had not warmed up yet. I like my pace and the goal is to work on my pace and endurance so that I can beat my time from 2010 but it is going to be hard.

My Non-Date: Scandal and Popcorn on a Friday night.

So this past week was kind of blah, I was sick and I am still sick. I decided to take it easy and do something low key instead. I can’t remember all the details right now since it is past 10 pm and my brain is on auto pilot.
I do remember coming home Friday evening and thinking that I needed to get caught up on some “Scandal”. I don’t have cable (by choice- I wasted too much time when I did have it). I am one of those people who generally tries to avoid facebook every Thursday night because most of my friends tend to do a play-by-play of the episode.
The house was quiet because my loves were spending the night at their father’s place. So I got some popcorn and changed into some comfy pajamas (head wrap included- it is a must or I will wake up with mufasa hair).
I curled up under my toasty blankets and watched episode 3 of season 3 on my computer and boy it was worth staying up late for. I love the writing, my goodness Shonda Rhimes is a talented writer. Oh, by the way I am so happy that they brought Jake back. I am a big fan of Scott Foley :-). I would work for Shonda Rhimes for free if I didn’t have all these bills to pay. Well, that was my non-date. I do hope to do something much more adventurous once I start feeling better.

P.S. I would love some great suggestions if anyone wants to share some ideas.

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Pictures from last week’s “me date”

Pictures from last week’s “me date”

I pulled out a new dress, a new pair of shoes, pearls, and one of my favorite shawls

Red grape juice cocktail


Store bought salad


Tilapia topped with sautéed scallions, mashed potatoes ( parsnips, carrots and russet potatoes, garnished with black pepper., green beans seasoned with apple cider vinegar and black pepper


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Apple Soufflé

Apple Soufflé

Apple soufflé


3 Tablespoons of Rice flour
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
Dash of salt
2 egg whites
3 Tablespoons of raw sugar
3 Tablespoons of Almond milk
2 egg yolks- well beaten
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
1 Large apple -thinly sliced (I used a Golden Delicious apple)
1/4 Cup of raw sugar
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of butter (I used honey butter)



1. Preheat over to 375 degrees (F). Sift flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.
2. With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until it becomes foamy, then gradually add the 3 tablespoons of sugar, beat until stiff peaks form.
3. Add the milk and egg yolk into the flour mixture and beat it until it becomes a smooth mixture. Used a spatula to scrape to gently fold the batter and lemon juice into the egg whites.

4. Slowly heat a 10 inch buttered skillet. Pour batter into skillet, spread it out evenly.
5. Combine the 1/4 cup of sugar with 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and set aside.
6. Arrange the apple slices in a pattern over the batter and then sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture over the sliced apples.
7. Bake for 10 minutes or until the top is glazed.

*This dish is best served when it is warm and this recipes yields 4 servings. I saved some of it for my munchkins and we shared it for dessert this evening and they all loved it.

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Dinner for One

Dinner for One

Coming up with a second me date idea wasn’t very difficult for several reasons. You will see why I say that it wasn’t difficult to come up with this idea as you read about it.

As most moms will tell you, eating any meal with our children can be very challenging. I am one of those moms, I rarely sit through a meal without having to remind with my kids to please eat their meal.

I decided to do something nice for myself this weekend, while the kids were visiting their dad. I planned out and cooked a yummy meal, got dressed up and enjoyed a quiet meal alone. The thought of eating alone might seem odd to some but to me it was nice being able to actually eat my meal without interruptions.

I even took pictures of the food I had because I loved how it all came out. I even made a dessert and drank some non-alcoholic grape juice (I gave up alcohol years ago). I was kind of worried about the whole not having anyone to talk to during dinner, so I turned on my Josh Groban radio station on Pandora to cover the lack of sound in the dining room.

So, what did I learn from this experience? I actually learned a few things about myself, the first being that I am starting to like the idea of treating myself better. In the past, I would feel guilty for taking some time just for me. The best part of the dinner for me was that I successfully made an apple soufflé and it came out great :-).

After dinner, I went upstairs and changed into my cowboys pajamas (preparing for tonight’s game against the dead-skins). I pulled out three Hugh Grant movies to watch, and they were “Love Actually”, Notting Hill” and Bridget Jones Diary 2″. The decision was very difficult since I am a big fan of Hugh Grant but I had to go with “Love Actually” because it also has Andrew Lincoln in it.

I didn’t finish watching the movie though because a friend called and we had one of those nice long conversations that was really needed and then I went to bed without cleaning the sink. The OCD side of me was very mad about the dishes but the rebel side of me was like, screw it go to bed they will be there when you wake up.

I will post recipes from my “epic” dinner for one date later during the week.

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