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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

THINGS TO DO WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY

I thought I would take this from this website. I thought I would share it. I'm a simple person and when a man wants to get into things like this I appreciate him more. Its not about fancy restaurants and hanging out drinking all the time. We work to pay bills why not get out and enjoy life. Hope this helps you in the future. 


  1. Visit a local beach.
  2. Sign up for a free class.
  3. Cook a new recipe with leftover ingredients you have.
  4. Reread a book you own.
  5. Rearrange your furniture.
  6. Organize your closet.
  7. Make a playlist on Spotify.
  8. Have a movie marathon with close friends.
  9. Play some board games.
  10. Swap clothing with friends.
  11. Go swimming.
  12. Visit a local park or playground.
  13. Sunbathe.
  14. Try a new hairstyle at home.
  15. Watch reruns of your favorite TV show with DVDs from your local library.
  16. Practice new makeup looks.
  17. Plant some flowers in your garden.
  18. Go sightseeing.
  19. Paint your nails.
  20. Host a dinner party.
  21. Use YouTube videos for karaoke.
  22. Take your pet out for a walk.
  23. Go on a bike ride.
  24. Paint or sketch something.
  25. Photograph local sights.
  26. Visit a museum on a free day.
  27. Write in your journal.
  28. Watch the sunset.
  29. Go hiking.
  30. Make a scrapbook.
  31. Take a nap.
  32. Practice yoga.
  33. Go on a walking tour.
  34. Make your own ice cream in a bag with ingredients around the house.
  35. Write a song.
  36. Practice playing an instrument.
  37. Wash your car at home.
  38. Volunteer for a local organization.
  39. Visit with family or friends.
  40. Catch up on laundry.
  41. Organize the pantry.
  42. Mow the lawn.
  43. Paint a pot.
  44. Do some arts and crafts.
  45. Start a DIY project.
  46. Exercise.
  47. Put on a garage sale.
  48. Bake some cookies or other sweet treats from scratch.
  49. Put together a list of your favorite recipes.
  50. Write a bucket list.
  51. Shoot some hoops.
  52. Get rid of clutter.
  53. Go for a run around the neighborhood.
  54. Do spa treatments at home.
  55. Build a bookshelf.
  56. Dance.
  57. Take a bath.
  58. Repair holes in clothing.
  59. Make a quilt from old t-shirts.
  60. Clean up your email.
  61. Organize old photos into an album.
  62. Write a letter.
  63. Window shop.
  64. Have a picnic.
  65. Listen to a podcast.
  66. Knit.
  67. Build a fort.
  68. Finish a puzzle.
  69. Play card games.
  70. Start planning your next getaway.
  71. Organize the pots and pans in your kitchen.
  72. Listen to new music online.
  73. Play video games.
  74. Gaze at the stars.
  75. Watch the sunrise.
  76. Write a poem or short story.
  77. Work on your to-do list.
  78. Update your résumé.
  79. Get creative and make a costume with old clothing items.
  80. Try a new hobby.
  81. Download free apps.
  82. Make your own jewelry with old beads, buttons, or chains.
  83. Tie-dye a t-shirt.
  84. Practice origami.
  85. Make a card.
  86. Have a bonfire.
  87. Throw a potluck.
  88. Put your favorite photos in a frame.
  89. Work on handmade gifts.
  90. Replace old lightbulbs.
  91. Watch home movies.
  92. Organize your makeup.
  93. Arrange flowers in a vase. Or better yet, upcycle an old bottle into a cute vase!
  94. Organize your bulletin board.
  95. Update your social media profiles.
  96. Make a new board on Pinterest. Check out our Pinterest account for awesome DIYs and tips!
  97. Have a sleepover.
  98. Organize old receipts.
  99. Browse the farmers market.
  100. Explore the downtown area of your city.
  101. Pick fruit that you grew at home.
  102. Go fishing at a local lake, pond, or pier.
  103. Go to a free event.
  104. Make s'mores.
  105. Dress up.
  106. Play volleyball.
  107. Fly a kite.
  108. Play tennis.
  109. Go for a drive.
  110. Go sledding.
  111. Practice a new language.
  112. Make a collage of old photographs or magazine cutouts.
  113. Repurpose old clothing into a pillow, drapes, or blanket.
  114. Upcycle your old jeans into shorts.
  115. Play frisbee.
  116. Make your own pizza.
  117. Clean out your garage.
  118. Listen to the radio.
  119. Go camping in your backyard.
  120. Daydream.
  121. Video chat with a friend

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Delicious Weekly Smoothies




Banana, Peanut Butter & Oatmeal

Ingredients
1 semi rip banana or 1 frozen bananas
1 teaspoon peanut butter
½ cup uncooked (NOT instant) oatmeal
¼ cup “almond/silk” dark chocolate milk, 2% milk, or skim milk
1 to 2 pinches of cinnamon
Optional: flax seeds

Directions: place these first ingredients “OVER NIGHT” oatmeal, milk, and cinnamon (optional: add a dash of flax seeds). In the am add overnight mixture to the blender. Add the banana and peanut butter and blend until consistency is very smooth and liquid. Add ice if you would like. I don’t add milk or ice.

**As you go along know you can always change the recipe to fit your likes. I don’t normally measure anything

Banana & Strawberry 

5 sliced strawberries or MORE
1 semi rip banana or 1 frozen bananas
¼ cup “almond/vanilla” Silk milk, skim milk or yogurt
Ice is great over juices, added sugary drinks.
Directions:
Blend all ingredients and add more milk to thin it or NO ice and 1/8 cup for thicken. I usually add a couple more strawberries to make it more pink and tasty.

PROTEIN

Here’s the protein breakdown of my new favorite smoothie:
6 oz greek yogurt  18 grams
3/4 cup skim milk  6 grams 
1 Tablespoon Skippy natural peanut butter  4 grams

What’s so great about frozen banana chunks? It makes the healthiest, purist, creamiest base for a super thick smoothie.

Mint Smoothie ( OHHHH MYYYY )

3 small frozen very ripe bananas, previously peeled & sliced
2 heaping Tablespoons (15g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup (120ml) unsweetened almond milk or regular milk*
6 oz (181g) nonfat Greek yogurt*
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

Optional;
chocolate protein powder
add a handful of spinach 



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Red Bell Pepper Pasta Sauce

I love this sauce and had to add it to my site too. I hope you all enjoyed this.

1 jarred sweet red bell peppers; chopped
1/4 cup onion
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon butter or three swirls of olive oil
Shaved fresh parmesean
Chopped fresh parsley

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Add butter/olive oil to the pan and saute the onions, garlic, and then add the peppers. Add to the blender and give it a good whirl until the ingredients are "paste" like. Cook the pasta in boiling salt water until al la dente. Add the noddles into the pan and mix the sauce and noodles. shave some parmean and fresh pasley and let cook for about ten mins.

remove and chill before serving.

this recipe is inspired/done by REE DRUMMED. My favorite blogg, foodnetwork star, and women of great cooking.

Thanks Ree

Cheddar/Guoda Baked Mac and Cheese

350 degrees30 min cook
30 min prep time

1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup onions
3 cloves of garlic; diced and peeled
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt and pepper
8 slices Guoda Cheese; chopped
1/4 cup chopped apple smoked cheddar cheese or white cheddar
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, with another 1/4 cup cheese for additional topping at the end
1 1/2 cup milk (add as you're melting the cheese)
1 and 1/2 box penne noodles
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
optional; 1/4 cup potato chips for topping; crushed in small pieces

Cook noodles al la dente with a little olive oil; drain. add 1/2 stick butter to the pan. Mix onion and garlic then add the flour mixture. stirring until it gets thick add the milk ( little by little), and stir. Add the cheeses one by one stirring while adding the final ingredients. You want this last step to look creamy, smooth, and all cheese will be melt.

Prepare a baked pan with tin foil for easy cleaning or tin pan, and set oven for 350. Pour the pasta and mix in the cheese mixture, then repeat until all ingredients are mixed together. Add pepper to the top and cover and cook for 30 mins. Before the last five mins are done add the potato chips, Parmesan cheese, and then cook uncovered.

Remove and chill before serving.
Serves 6 people

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SAVE MONEY THROUGH OUT THE WEEK...



A lot of people ask me how do you save money throughout the week? Daisha, you always have food or cook throughout the week. How do you have time. Don't you work out, have a social life, and still able to spend time on yourself. I simple say STOP the excuses NOW!!! Everyone has time they just don't make the time. Any WHOOOOOO......Let me give you a few tips and I hope this MIGHT be some help.

1. It's a continuous battle walking to work, because I always want to stop, look, and buy. I have learned to balance when making decisions. I add $25 to my Starbucks card and usually DON'T carry my debit card and have $20 bucks throughout the week.

Reason: Most of the time its on impulse or "why not get it".I started doing this about three years ago when I lived in Seattle and worked three jobs. I was able to save money that I never was able to save.

Not over spending
2. I go grocery shopping weekly VS. monthly.

Reason: I don't over buy, groceries don't go to waste, and I have a better idea what I should cook.

Not over buying

3. Invested in yearly subscriptions to your favorite magazines for recipes and fun new ingredients to be introduced too. I learned how to cook from a school in Seattle and by looking over recipes daily. I love to cook, but sometimes the same things gets boring. I wanted to keep ideas fresh and use different texture and flavor.

Reason: I started getting Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart because their recipes are easy to read and tasty. I love Rachael Ray and will continue to get her magazine for many more years. Martha Stewart had home ideas and crafting which is really down my alley. I have years of these magazine and go back to them many time and share my favorites too. I also went to a thrift shop for books and get two of Rachael's cookbooks.

Keeping food choices fun and exciting

4.  Once you have looked through your magazine let the fun begin. Choose 1-3 exciting new recipes. Flag them and make a list of all items in these recipes that you have at home. Take the book with you to the store and start shopping. Its fun, exciting, and loads of fun for the kids to cross them out. I learned how to make some amazing dishes.


Using the tools we have

5. Double check what you have before you go buy anything. When I have a party or event I also look the day before. This allows my brain to know what I own so I don't over buy. Even your tools and decorations. I love living in NYC. There is NEVER a store that doesn't have amazing adorable flowers. Sunflowers can be used for any occasion.

With all these helpful tools and tips. I hope you have a successful day, week, month, and event. Remember DON'T over think. Simple is great....


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sugarcane, Caribbean Food

Sugarcane, Caribbean Food  
238 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

We went here for a birthday dinner with a friend last night. This place is very live. It has a modern feel with a zap of comfort love. We got to the venue and the place was already packed. I asked the host to give us a good seat because it was my friends birthday, which he didn't.

We didn't even get served until I started asking to move which was quite some time before we sat down.

I knew this would be a place that we should've waited to just sit at the bar. We started off by getting a "Sorrel" drink. Drinks were 5.00 for the whole night at the bar only. All of them were tasty. It was a great deal and a GOOD amount of alcohol. I defiantly will be coming back. We then to began to start the "drinking hunger". We didn't know ANYTHING on the menu except chicken wings. A local from the area gave us the suggestion to order the sampler.

This was the best idea. I realized what I loved and what I didn't care to much about. We then had one more drink. We were kind of talking about leaving to realize we have some bread pudding. I had never had bread pudding before and this was the cream of the cream. The moisture was perfect the flavor was astonishing and this is something I will make sure I order next time.

 The bartender at the bar was enjoying our company and made lots of tasty drinks for us.

I know I complain about this all the time, but after working for Macy's and living in Seattle, unless I go to a five star restaurant, I will NOT get service that I want. If you want great food, enjoy a great price for your money on drinks, and want to try something new, please check this place out.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Resturant Week #2


Clinton's street bakery cafe
Lower east side 
Breakfast and brunch
Train: F

Want to impress your friends with a delicious breakfast. Be prepared its cash ONLY, and make sure you prepare for a little wait.....but worth it. The atmosphere is fresh clean and exciting. This weekend has been about new and different restaurants who make food with love.

They really take cafe of their patrons but also cook everything with love

I got the chicken and waffles: boneless tasty delicious waffle. Fluffy and cook to perfection with homemade maple butter syrup. I asked for the honey jalapeño to be on the side because I didn't want too much and didn't know if it was spicy. It was a perfect combination. Love it!!!


The combination was amazing and on the side isn't an option. Wow. It was out of this world. I got coffee and fresh squeeze orange juice. The coffee was strong and only two cups. (Normally I have about three or four). 

Overall great location and it was ultimately made with love. Great crowd pleaser if you have friends in town.


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