Nom Nom Nom: Egg Fried Rice with Ground Turkey & Veggies

Here’s dinner the other night, it was so good! (I didn’t remember to take a picture until I was halfway done, lol)

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Here’s what I did:

I browned ground turkey with some garlic, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and worchestershire sauce.

I used my rice cooker to steam some cut up squash, carrots and zucchini.

I cooked some brown rice in another pot. (It was easier for me than trying to use the rice cooker I already had out….don’t ask.)

Then, I fried up about 4 eggs in some oil and added some chopped red onion. Then, I added everything else in (the turkey, the veggies and the rice.) Mix it all up and voila!

Movie Night: Annabelle

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The other night I finally got around to watching Annabelle. I read about the real Annabelle doll years ago so I was excited when the movie came out. I won’t say much about the plot of the movie, except that it is completely different and fictional compared to the true stories of the doll. Still very entertaining.

I read some articles about paranormal happenings on the set of the movie. I always think it’s really interesting when I read stuff like that. The same thing happened with The Conjuring, which is the sequel to Annabelle (even though it came out prior to Annabelle).

Here’s some links to just a couple of those articles if you’re interested:

What I found most interesting is that the doll is blessed twice a month by a priest. I think I read that before, but I’d forgotten. After I watched the movie the other night, I re-read the story for a refresher.

Click here to go to The Warrens website and read Annabelle’s story

 

 

 

Berry Good Advice!

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Berries just never last long enough, do they? It can be pretty frustrating. Well, I just learned about this tip that I plan on trying out in the near future — and thought I’d share it!

When you get home with your berries, wash them with vinegar. Use one part vinegar (white or apple) and ten parts water. Put the berries in and swirl ‘em all around and then drain! You can rinse them if you want and them put them in the fridge.

The vinegar kills bacteria and any mold spores. So, your raspberries will last about a week or so (instead of 2 days!) and strawberries last almost 2 weeks!

A Bit Bummed

So, I’m writing this post from my phone — which is something I’ve never done…written posts from my phone. So, as I set out to do that – I went to Google to type in the name of the blog so I could sign in to WordPress and get to posting…and well, not surprisingly, links for the book came up. But, immediately I noticed the link for it on Goodreads and it said there were 2 comments / reviews for the book there. What!? How had I not even known that? I’m on Goodreads all the time!

I clicked to see what they were and they were horrible. I am second-guessing even posting about it because they were so just so mean and I don’t want to bring more attention to it. But, oh well. I am still posting about it. Maybe it will help someone.

Writers always talk about how everyone gets “bad comments” and reviews, etc. It’s true, I knew that. And I am all for expressing your opinion, etc. etc. But, what I don’t like or appreciate is cruelty.

If you didn’t like my book, so what? That’s okay! With everything you have some that like it and some that don’t. But, did you really have to post online that it is “laughable”? No. I don’t think so.

This is what I do if I read a book I am not too fond of. NOTHING.

I go by the “say something nice or don’t say anything at all” rule.

BUT, some people feel compelled to leave reviews. Good or bad. (I do notice that most reviews in general are bad. It’s like people only take the time to say bad things about something, in an effort to vent their own issues and to ward off others. People will take out time to be negative but not to be positive. Which is very sad. Everyone would be happier if more kindness was going around instead of hatred.)

Anyways — before I run too far off on a tangent…if you feel like you have to leave a review, think a little bit about what you’re saying before you type it and hit ‘enter’. There is a real person on the other end reading those harsh words and being hurt by them. If you don’t like something, that’s fine. But, find a way to say it that doesn’t attack the person.

If I felt like I had to write a negative review of a book, I couldn’t imagine being as ruthless as some people are.

At first, I felt bad for myself. I thought, “wow, good thing I didn’t quit my day job,” and “maybe I shouldn’t even be trying to write another book.” But after a little while of self-wallowing I said, “Whoa, whoa, snap out of this! You do not deserve this.” And I don’t.

So, if you’ve ever been in a similar situation, just remember that you don’t deserve that either. Who cares about strangers that have nothing better to do than put you down. Keep your chin up and head high. Like attracts like, and you don’t need to attract that bad kind of like.

 

Parmesan Spinach Bean Dip

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I JUST made this today and I’m pretty excited about it. I got the recipe from Cupcakes and Kale Chips. I forgot to add the lemon juice until the end. It tasted good without it, as well!

Ingredients

  • One 15 oz. can navy beans, drained (reserve a small amount of the liquid in case you need to add to your dip to adjust the consistency) and rinsed
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeeze lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients except the salt and pepper in a food processor in puree until smooth. Add a little of the reserved bean liquid (or a little more olive oil), if desired to reach your preferred consistency.
  2. Add salt a pepper to taste, pulsing the food processor a few time to mix in thoroughly.

Read more at http://cupcakesandkalechips.com/2014/06/24/spinach-parmesan-white-bean-dip/#iTXk1IXzXMDRQZjM.99

 

Bourbon Chicken Recipe

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This is what I made for dinner the other night — the sauce is so yummy!! (This particular recipe doesn’t have any bourbon in it.)

Bourbon Chicken

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts (cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar ( I did not have any on hand, so I used 1 tablespoon lemon juice in its place)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

Heat oil in large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Remove chicken.

Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well mixed and dissolved.

Add chicken and bring to a hard boil.

Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve over hot rice!

Recipe from food.com

New Album Coming From Krishna Das – A Collection of Classics 1996-2005

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Watch & Listen:  Krishna Das on YouTube

Layering traditional Hindu kirtan with instantly accessible melodies and modern instrumentation, Grammy Nominee Krishna Das is widely regarded as yoga’s “rock star.” With a remarkably soulful voice that touches the deepest chord in even the most casual listener, Krishna Das – known to friends, family, and fans as simply KD – has taken the call-and-response chanting out of yoga centers and into concert halls, becoming a worldwide icon and the best-selling American chant artist of all time.

His resonant baritone voice and energizing East-meets-West take on traditional Indian devotional chanting has become the soundtrack for a growing worldwide yoga movement throughout western culture for the past two decades.

Laughing At The Moon – out March 3rd on eOne Music – is a retrospective collection of some of KD best-loved chants. It blends a western rock album perspective with the deep resonance of the kirtan traditions to weave the stages of life’s loves and longings into a journey of discovery, unified through pathways of song.

Born Jeffrey Kagel, a baby boomer from suburban Long Island, N.Y., few artists in the kirtan (call-and-response chanting) genre have impacted the musical mainstream in quite the same way as Krishna Das.

In the late ‘60s, Krishna Das traveled to India in 1970 where he became a follower of the spiritual teacher Neem Karoli Baba (Mahara-ji). In so doing, he found a musical vocation that would come to fruition at the dawn of the 21st century.

Given the name Krishna Das, KD began to chant as part of following the path of Bhakti yoga – the yoga of devotion. After two and a half years with Maharaj-ji, KD returned to USA – alas, only six months after his return, word came that Maharaj-ji had died.

He took solace in music, finding peace and strength in both his Bhakti yoga practice as well as in such heroes as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, and Bruce Springsteen (whom he laughingly calls “the Bodhisattva of New Jersey”). KD also co-founded Triloka Records, a California-based label specializing in world music, releasing such artists as Jai Uttal, sarod virtuoso Ali Akbar Khan, and legendary jazz musician/composer Jackie McLean.

In 1994, KD started leading chants at Jivamukti Yoga Center, NYC, developing an ever-growing audience of yoga students that has led him to chant with people all around the world.

In February 2013, Krishna Das performed at the Grammy awards in Los Angeles, CA streamed online to millions of viewers. The award-winning film ‘One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das’ has been shown in over 100 US cities, over 10 countries worldwide and is available on DVD everywhere, and his album Live Ananda (released January 2012) was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age album category.

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Tracklist:
Hara Hara Mahaadeva
Govinda Hare
Rock In A HeartSpace
Shri Guru Charanam
Mother Song
Sita Ram
God Is Real / Hare Ram
Shri Hanuman Chaleesa / Gate of Sweet Nectar
Baba Hanuman