Monthly Archives: March 2013

My quick and easy Thursday night dinner

This dinner is one of the fastest ones I’ve ever whipped up. The two dishes I created don’t necessarily go together but I happened to be trying to use up left overs so I made them in the same night. One dish, I can’t take credit for. It’s from Trader Joe’s frozen department. The other dish, I can take credit for and it consists of only 5 ingredients.

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It started because I wanted to cook up Trader Joe’s frozen Thai lime shrimp skewers to try. However, I had just made couscous the other night and I didn’t feel like making rice. Plus I already had some leftover whole grain pasta from the night before when I made my favorite zucchini and mushroom pasta. So even though pasta and Thai flavored shrimp on skewers don’t go toghether, I decided to use up the leftovers in my fridge. The pasta actually may sound like a pretty weird concoction but it actually works and it’s so easy to throw together. Continue reading

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Lessons from Life of Pi

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I saw the movie Life of Pi for the first time two nights ago. I haven’t had a chance to read the book, so I can’t compare the two. But what I can say about the movie is that I really appreciated all the quotes and life lessons. What a beautiful story of survival, faith and perseverance. I knew the basis of the story but I was not expecting it to be so moving. I must have cried like 15 times throughout the movie. Here are some of the quotes that stood out to me: Continue reading

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Spicy Cucumber Martini

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I should tell you right off the bat that I did not create this delicious cocktail. I simply ordered it at one of my favorite happy hours. It sounds awful, doesn’t it? My friend had been raving about it and recommended I try it, but I was skeptical. It just didn’t sound good to me. I’m pretty picky when it comes to cocktails. I hate anything too sweet. And I usually don’t order martinis. They’re either too strong or too sweet for me. I’m more of a margarita or glass of wine kind of girl. Although I do love those sweet slushy style cocktails you order when you’re on vacation, like classic pina coladas and strawberry daquiries. I mean, who doesn’t love those? Continue reading

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Spring time couscous

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It’s officially spring time here in New Jersey! Although the weather is not reflecting the season currently, I still felt inspired to create a spring time dish. I also desperately need to make a trip to the grocery store, and so last night was basically a night to use up some of the remaining ingredients in my fridge. The reason I call it a spring time dish is because it has so many bright flavors that people normally associate with the weather warming up. Scallions, corn, and lemon are the main components of this dish aside from the couscous, obviously. Continue reading

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Counting my blessings

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I’ve been in kind of a slump/funk lately. If there is such a thing as a quarter life crisis, it’s very possible that I am going through one. My thoughts seem to take discouraged, negative, fearful paths quite frequently and it sometimes takes quite an effort to redirect them.

However, even though sometimes it’s very hard to stop the negative thinking that can go on in my head, I’ve discovered that counting my blessings can really help. It’s not a new concept really, but I’ve been trying hard to focus on the MANY good things in my life, rather than the few bad things. Why is it that sometimes it feels as though the bad things seem to outweigh the good? That’s another negative lie.

I was recently inspired by a friend of mine to make a list of things I am thankful for. She started posting a daily “thankful” status on facebook, in which she lists a couple things that she is thankful for each day. I look forward to reading her daily status updates, because sometimes reading them, I remember to be thankful for something that I had otherwise forgotten about! It’s been a wake up call to me to start thanking God for the blessings in my life because I don’t do it nearly enough. So, here is a list of things I am thankful for today. It is not comprehensive. If it were, the list would be never ending. These are just some of the things that came to mind as I wrote this post. Continue reading

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