Sunday Mom Day

Hey y’all! ‘

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms out there! However the biggest happy Mother’s Day goes to the most wonderful and beautiful one of them all! Thank you for all your unconditional love, care and support, love you mom!

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Today is a good day, I spent it with my extraordinary mom who my dad and I took to dinner (which I just got home from). I am stuffed! Though, I am still going to get some green tea ice cream as a palate pleaser-how can I not? It’s my favorite!

The only crappy part of today was when I had to do English assignments…in fact, last night as well. It was so drab, my poor brain was crying for something stimulating or at least less tedious…but anyways  back to mother’s day!

The things I did to celebrate mother’s day over the years: taking mom to brunch, taking mom to dinner, buying a giant bouquet of flowers and cooking a dinner, buying mom Swarovski crystal earnings. I also tend to bake a lot for Mother’s Day…last year I made a raspberry mousse cheese cake. The cake came about by accident, I didn’t mean to make a mousse but some stuff went a bit wonky and it it turned out pretty delicious, my mom asked me to write down exactly how I did it so I wouldn’t forget and could replicate it haha. The shortage of currency made it difficult to do more creative things this year…which meant no big flower bouquets and no Swarovski…but we still had a lovely dinner and great family time!

Monday is coming up tomorrow…this week is going to be awful weather…all rain and cold. I have a psych exam on Wednesday so tomorrow and the day after will be dedicated to mathematics and psychology. Woop-dee-woop! Speaking of school work, you know where I would really like to go on vacation? Hawaii!! It has been my dream destination for a get-away for years, and I went everywhere else but there! For some reason things just worked out that way haha, I am hoping my next trip will be Hawaii…the coconut mojitos, sitting with my ass in the sand sipping a cool drink and soaking up the sunshine, then going for a swim in the glistening warm water. Sigh…I might never want to leave.

To leave on a yummy note, here is a recipe for a satisfying and super scrumptious Monday breakfast idea:

Ingredients:

2 large eggs
Cheese of your choice (I like feta)
Hash brown potatoes
Pimento peppers (finely chopped)
Italian sausage (diced into small pieces)
Olives
Caramelized onions
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
Sundried tomatoes

Directions:

1. Melt butter and brush the inside of the baking dishes (or dish, if you are making one).

2. Layer the ingredients with sausage and hash browns at the bottom: reserving the eggs and cheese for the top -the rest of the order doesn’t matter. crack the eggs onto the ingredients already in the dish and sprinkle with cheese.

3. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 40 minutes. Time varies depending on the oven…but in mine, once the oven is preheated it takes about 40 minutes to cook.

I wish you all a fantastic week filled with good times and pleasant experiences. See y’all next Thursday/Friday!

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Pens and Needles

Hello y’all!

What an awful sleep I got last night, gosh darn it. Second night in a row. Fist it was a car alarm then it was a bad dream. I think the dream stressed me out more so than the car alarm because it was to do with my future studies…I am nervous/anxious enough as it is having to go into the pre-medical studies program knowing that if I get lower than 80% average for any semester my application for Medical School will be chucked in the recycling bin. This dream only added to my fears of going through so much hard work only to fail at the very end. Good job brain!

On another note, I found a way to have a really healthy breakfast that requires almost no time to make and gives you enough energy to last well into the day. I think this will be my go-to breakfast this semester! This breakfast consists of 2 raw medium carrots -grated (on the fine side of the grater) and sprinkled with sugar, 1 cup of Greek honey yogurt, bowl of instant oatmeal, cup of tea/juice/coffee. You may think that eating carrots and sugar together is well beyond weird, but trust me if you try it you’ll like it…it’s such a refreshing and pleasant feel on the pallet and loaded with vitamin A. Granted, instant oatmeal isn’t the best but if you are a student rushing to class or simply short on time this is a perfect solution to get some fiber in your diet. The Greek yogurt is great for your digestive tract due to being full of probiotic bacteria. Honestly, after eating this for breakfast I realized I lasted almost until 2 pm without being hungry; I ate the breakfast at 9…so that’s pretty great! If you want even more of a boost added to your breakfast you can include a fruit smoothie made of fruits such as bananas for potassium and berries like  blue berries for antioxidants. Or, if you are short on time just toss the fruit/berries in your Greek yogurt for a quicker way to grab more nutrients.

Back to the first point I am feeling pins and needles all over just thinking about the excitement and the worries. On one hand I look around and see these pre-med students plowing through their work load and straining their brain to get the grade they need and I automatically think…shit, do I really want it bad enough to push myself into this kind of state? Then, I picture myself doing something else, going to school for something less intimidating and working at a different job; which leads to the conclusion that…yes, I do want it bad enough. So at the end of the day, no matter how hard it is going to get and how much I am going to cuss myself out for starting this road while I am stuck at home with a textbook almost every night, at the end of it I know I will be incredibly proud of myself for sticking to my calling and following through with my dream. Regardless of how much time it takes, how much stress I go through and, no matter how intense my life will be for the next little while…at the end, I’ll be who I always felt I was meant to be. That’s what matters. I know I have the best family and friends I could ever wish for. I cherish my parents, they are amazing beyond words and with their support and my good friends I know I will be able to get through anything.

Okay, enough rambling sappy life lectures and epiphany babble from me haha!

Back to the yee-haws and sweet tea!

Speaking of sweet tea, I know some people might be curious what the traditional way to make it is. I’ve been asked before and it’s super simple!

Sweet Tea:

3 cups water
8-10 regular-size tea bags  (I use earl grey because I like that flavor best, but any black tea is fine)
1 cup sugar
3 cups cold water
Ice cubes

Method:

1. Add sugar to 3 cups of water and bring to a boil; remove from heat, give a quick stir. Add tea bags and let them steep for about 20-30 minutes and then toss the tea bags out.

2. In a large pitcher, combine the steeped tea with cold/room temp. water and stir to mix it well. First pour the tea syrup in then follow with the water.

3.  To Serve: use a glass (I prefer tall glasses) – if you want to add some subtle flavor to your tea toss in a slice of lemon and/or a sprig of mint.

*In order to not make murky tea: use room temperature filtered water (bottled works fine too) & add the ice the glass and pour the tea over the ice instead of the other way around.

4. Lay in your backyard with a magazine or a good book, sunglasses and your glass of cool sweet tea.