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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Meal Idea: Cajun Chipotle Chicken & Mango Salsa Recipe

So last night....okay wait I know you're not supposed to start a sentence off with "So" or "But", but I don't care. I couldn't think of anything to make for dinner until I remembered how badly I've been wanting to try a mango salsa. In celebration of summer I decided to try it. Sometimes when I try something new, I just open up my spice cabinet, take out a bunch of random ass spices and throw it in my dish, following my intuition on how much of each item should be thrown in. So while I have a great Cajun Chipotle Chicken and Mango Salsa to share I don't have exact amounts.  =( The good news is that my best dishes are created that way, and being the impulsive person I am I can't help but get a thrill out of throwing caution to the wind. I really recommend trying it. Let me know how it goes in the comment box below, but start with a small batch. You can pair them both with anything. I decided to make the Peruvian cilantro rice with this.

You'll want to make your Mango Salsa first, and refrigerate it.

Mango Salsa 

Ingredients:

2 medium ripe mangoes diced small 
Less than a handful of cilantro chopped thin 
1/4 of a large red onion or green onions chopped thin
1/2 red bell pepper diced thinly
3-4 tbs fresh lime juice 
1-2 tbs fresh lemon juice 
Jalapeno peppers* (optional) 

*I skipped the jalapeno since my kids were going to have some. It was a hit with the picky child!

Steps: 
  1. Chop/Dice all the ingredients.
  2. Mix together adding the mango last. 
  3. Don't over-mix it if your diced mangoes are really soft. Taste and add more lime or lemon juice to your preferences. 
Cajun Chipotle Chicken 

Ingredients:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts/thighs/tenderloins
  • Badia Seasoning Salt
  • Regular salt..I use Pink Himalayan salt rather than table salt.
  • 1/2 large onion diced
  • 6-8 cloves garlic chopped 
  • garlic powder 
  • chilli powder 
  • black pepper 
  • cayenne pepper
  • oregano
  • ginger powder
  • paprika 
  • 1/2 cup white cooking wine: I use this wine in a lot of dishes, you can be creative>>>>
The main two items you'll want to throw a lot of are (approx 2-3 tbs): 

  • McCormick's Cajun seasoning  
  • Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning 
Steps: 

  1. Mix all the ingredients in your meat. 
  2. Refrigerate meat for about 4 hrs to marinade. This is what my seasoning looked like when I was done. 
  3. Pan fry chicken on medium heat or grill. I love freedom, it's your choice =) 
Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June Updates; Life Takes You on Detours

Hey everyone! I can't believe how long it's been since I made a post. This is definitely a very exciting part of the year as my oldest baby had her Pre-K graduation and turned 5 years old all in one week, and we've had guests back to back for almost three weeks as well.

Lately I find myself questioning relationships and questioning my beliefs. I said I would be on top of taking care of myself but I've become too busy to bother. I've had guests on and off for the last month and while I'm enjoying it, it is distracting to a routine and it becomes impossible to stick to the tunnel vision required to achieve goals. I've been seriously thinking about what I'll do when the kids go to school full-time, and I want to keep my options open. The more I think about looking for a job, the more I realize I don't want to work for anyone. I don't want to be confined to a desk and rules. It was nice to be creative for once when I was choosing things for our home. I like interior design and I think I could enjoy something in this realm. I'd like to be a jack of all trades, because the wider your skill-set the more open-minded you become. Once you put your mind to something, the sky is the limit. Whatever I do, I want to enjoy it, that's the only way to personal fulfillment.

For a good part of the last few months I've been focused on organization around the house, DIY home projects and piecing together my ideas I envisioned into a reality for our home. Some DIY projects were our home theater, family room, and kitchen. I contacted an interior designer back in February only to find out that it would be ridiculously expensive and decided to do things myself. Couple of things worth mentioning is that if you want to transform a room by yourself into a interior designer's quality, think big and stick to an overall vision. You can't just purchase pieces and put them together hoping they'll look like the pictures of rooms in magazines. You have to decide on if your tastes are traditional, modern, and/or contemporary. Most of my families' homes are English, traditional, and classic. The theme surrounded cremes and white. I personally have a bold and liberal personality. I like warm, bold, and modern/contemporary themes. Don't be afraid to take the risk in using certain colors. If you'd like to follow some of my DIY project's I've been working on or get ideas on home decor, create a Pinterest account and check me out here. I only have a few pins so far, but everything takes time and money of course but remember; anything is possible:


Have you ever been at the junction in life where you are in the position to decide if you will reach out to someone and be the bigger person, whether it is in person, online, or in a situation? If you ever find yourself questioning letting someone from your past back into your life, ask yourself these 3 questions:

  1. How do you feel about it? Negative/Positive? Maybe you need to make a pros and cons list. People should enrich your life, not negate it.
  2. How do you feel about second chances? Maybe you needed one before. Whether the person is trying or not, you don't want to live with regret.  
  3. Have you forgiven them without verbally saying so? If so you might be ready to move forward without any of the baggage. Keep a distance either way though. 
Sometimes things are over permanently and people become strangers, you can't even recognize who they've become. Sometimes there's no room for them despite being tied to each other in various ways. That's okay too. It's never going to be like it used to be with some people and while that might be sad, remember what drove you apart and take better care of the relationships you have now.

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{Side-bar humor}: In any event, you can always just say "BYE FELICIA". I know this is random but just as I was diligently writing about this topic to you guys, my husband came to announce he was going to bed and I replied "Bye Felicia!" LMAO! I love slang and acronyms and shit... Anyway, we had a good laugh 'cause he was confused as hell until I showed him this:






If you ever need some perspective check out this video. You don't need to be any particular religion to reap the benefits of listening and considering this:

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