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Caribbean Rice

Caribbean rice is satisfying enough to be a main dish or a very flavorful side dish. Enjoy!

creative noshing

Today, I am giving you a recipe that is not only easy, but it delicious and cheap. Heavenly words, right?

My inspiration was from reading an article today about making it on your own. It was an article about sewing but it still got me thinking of how rewarding it is to make it on your own.

I learned from a very early age that my goal should be to make it on my own, that true feelings  of accomplishment come from that.  I promised myself that I would make it on my own as an adult, even if that meant I would have to live in a shady low rent area, which I did for a portion of my life. It was authentic and truthful, because I understood that that was truthfully what I could afford. It gave me a humble base, a place to start from. I knew…

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Berry Smoothie

Below is my favorite smoothie recipe. Of course you could add a few of your favorite fruits: mango, papaya, pineapple, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, etc… That’s what I love about smoothies, they are so versatile.

If you have any leftovers, you can place in a container and freeze. Later you can scrape it for a delicious fruit ice similar to a granita. A healthy and delicious sweet treat.

Today in yoga, our instructor read a Rumi poem called the guest house that really struck a chord with me. Enjoy!

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Berry Smoothie

Berry Smoothie
Berry Smoothie

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Tropical Fruit Salad

This is a healthy recipe that I use to curb my omnipresent sweet tooth during the afternoon slump or at the end of a meal when I just have to have something sweet. The kick of flavor from the ginger warms the belly while the crunch from the toasted coconut excites the palate. You could add any fruit that you have available in your kitchen. Whatever fruits you love will be accepted graciously in the orange and ginger sauce created in this dish. Get creative, be the maestro of your kitchen and celebrate the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables starting their way back into our lives right now.

Tropical Fruit Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad
Tropical Fruit Salad

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Caribbean Rice

Today, I am giving you a recipe that is not only easy, but it delicious and cheap. Heavenly words, right?

My inspiration was from reading an article today about making it on your own. It was an article about sewing but it still got me thinking of how rewarding it is to make it on your own.

I learned from a very early age that my goal should be to make it on my own, that true feelings  of accomplishment come from that.  I promised myself that I would make it on my own as an adult, even if that meant I would have to live in a shady low rent area, which I did for a portion of my life. It was authentic and truthful, because I understood that that was truthfully what I could afford. It gave me a humble base, a place to start from. I knew I wouldn’t always live that life, but I also didn’t think I was better than that life, because my checkbook told me that I was living the life I deserved in the moment. I accepted that  and if  my life ever dictated that I needed to go back to living that way, I would follow my life’s direction. Living day to day managing every aspect of your life is hard and not falling back on anyone is hard. I am not going to pretend like it’s not. What my parents did arm me with that I appreciate was the ability to cook my own food. I could budget every morsel and for the most part, I could be well fed.

Once I met my husband and we started to build our life from the ground up, it was so nice to have someone to lean on, a life partner that you work this stuff out with, without any cause for infiltration of outside influences for our most important decisions. For me, it made our union even more special, because it was just me and you, baby.

One item that I have learned over the years is vital to get you through the rough times is rice. It’s cheap and doesn’t take much to cook. Really rice can become anything you want it to become, your imagination is the limit. One rice dish that I created from various pantry items we had at the time was this Caribbean Rice. Sure we couldn’t afford a Caribbean vacation at the time, but we could sit on pillows in the floor and enjoy conversation with each other over a bowl jam packed with flavor in our own serene environment. Vacation is just a mindset, so if you need a something to spice up your food rotation try this Caribbean rice dish, maybe even save some money on your electricity bills and turn off all the appliances and light some candles. Sit in the quiet ambiance of your life and relish in what you have built so far.

Caribbean Rice

Caribbean Rice
Caribbean Rice

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