Giving Thanks Everyday!

So, here are three things I’m grateful for today:

  1. The Superbowl Game’s this fricking Sunday– YAY!
  2. We’re having a small Superbowl get together and I get to cook new recipes *smirk*.
  3. My mom’s coming to visit next week.

Go Falcons!

Here’s my Superbowl Menu:


Proscuitto & Goat Cheese Wrapped Asparagus

Cheese Tray

Chicken & Bacon Stuffed in Crispy Wonton Cups


Filipino Chicken Skewers

Pork Satay with Peanut Sauce

Fried Brown Rice

Sesame Snow Peas

Asian Chopped Salad


                                                       Assorted Pastries

What are you serving on Superbowl Sunday? Who’re you rooting for?

Have a Fantabulous Friday and a Stupendous Superbowl weekend!




My Garden Groweth!

I love, looove growing food. My tomatoes are wonderfully prolific this year. tomatoes

But OMG my new venture into kale and cabbage is so absolutely thrilling!!! Look at these babies. Ok, so the Viking says I’m imagining stuff, but can’t you see that cabbage head forming? I can.





And my arugula is so peppery and nutty. I’m just over myself with all this bounty!


Hope you’re having a harvesting day today!



Super Bowl Sunday!!!

Pizza - mimiIt’s Super Bowl Sunday and I’m so looking forward to not the game so much, but the party!

Why? Because I—who loves to cook and uses any event as an excuse to create eclectic food—have purchased all the eats.

Everyone who knows me well can now to pick up their jaws from the floor!!

My ‘wayward’ one’s girlfriend gave me a gift certificate to Mimi’s Ravioli, an Italian deli that makes everything, every day from scratch. Thank you Tania for introducing me to Mimi’s! I think I went overboard.

We’re having;

7 veal, pork, and beef gigantic meatballs
An enormous pepperoni jalapeño pizza
Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Cauliflower with Pine Nuts & Raisins
Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Apple Tart

That’s the pizza pie above—mouthwatering right? Not to worry, I’ll post more pics as the food evolves. Have a great game everyone!

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Stress, Humor, & The Rest!


It’s unavoidable in our always-in-touch, not-enough-hours-in-a-day world.

Exactly what does the word, stress, mean?

The National Institute of Mental Health defines stress as the brain’s response to any demand. According to this organization there’s a positive side to stress. When we’re in danger, the stress response triggers body reactions, which can be life-saving: faster pulse, increased rate of breathing, muscle tension, more oxygen to the brain, all reactions crucial for survival. Stress can even boost the immune system.

Hooping Hoorah! *snort*.

If you’re like me, there’s no good side to being stressed out. The funny aspect of stress is that nine out of ten times, I don’t realize that I’m stressed out until my body reacts – my allergies flare up, or I come down with a flu.

This year I’ve resolved to do what we Trinis call ‘take in front’. The equivalent of the best form of defense is offense. My way of dealing with stress is to do the things that make me relax: Watching funny YouTube shorts, cooking, a mind-numbing Zumba class, gardening, reading, taking a walk on the beach, you get the drift.

Since my day job’s in finance, April is a cruel month—the tax man cometh.

I’m cramming all my stress relievers into this weekend. Here’s my YouTube short stress relief:

On Friday night, the dh and I visited the Pompano Beach Seafood Festival—so yum, and such a soothing setting. Imagine sitting in a cool breeze on a pier while sipping wine, slurping briny oysters, and watching and listening to an Eagles tribute band on the beach. Heaven.

 PBSF - hotel view

PBSF beach PBSF Stage

PBSF stage 2  IMG_1903


Saturday, I whipped up this incredible Tomato Carpaccio using locally grown heirloom tomatoes. Pure foodie paradise. My mouth’s watering thinking about it:

Tomato Carpaccion wo cheese             Tomato Carpaccio

Yesterday, the dh finally deemed the pool water temperature right for swimming. So, we lazed by the pool, drank margaritas, and barbequed steak and corn. Of course, then there’s the ultimate relaxer *wink wink* *nod nod*.

Today, I’m ready to face whatever Machiavellian Monday crises erupt!

Bring it on!