I got an email from my good friend Mona. Some of you may know her from her savory cupcakes; or you may have seen her on Cupcake Wars or like me, you may be a personal friend. Anyway, she sent me this email telling me about the new Steve Harvey book “Act Like A Success, Think like a Success” She included one page of the book that she’d taken a photo of, that read something like …”when you utilize your gift, the universe thanks us by giving us an abundance of health, wealth, joy and freedom, but when you are not sowing your seeds into the soil of the universe, you will notice that things in your life seems to dry up and get worse. However when you sow back into the universe with your time, your passion and your commitment to others, the world will offer abundant opportunities for you to blossom into your dream life ” …. Now Mona had no idea at the time she sent me this message, that I had just finished writing a letter to God asking why it seems I can’t cross that threshold in certain areas of my life? Why does it seem I tend to go but so far? Why does it feel like my inspiration and creativity lay dormant in my soul despite the countless times I’ve tried to recharge it? Then I asked God to please answer me in a way that I would understand and would know these answers were coming from Him. I know when Mona sent that message to me she didn’t know I’d just penned that letter, or that the Infinite utilized her to answer my questions with that particular page, which spoke to me loud and clear. I’ve often heard the saying “God works in mysterious ways”. So when you hear the call of that still small voice whispering to your soul, it may be a call to heal someone’s else’s soul. We are all here for one another.
I was met with this wonderful ball of energy on my run this morning. I felt so good, I had to stop running and take this picture. The “experts” say the the sun is bad for you and advise you to slather on a toxic-laden chemical also known as sun-block for your “protection”. But when I think about the sun and all the life it sustains, I wonder if the “experts” just don’t want us to benefit from the healing properties and vitamin D the sun has to offer. For instance, did you know the sun can actually lower your blood pressure and cholesterol , decrease depression, purify your blood and a whole host of other health benefits. Have you ever noticed when you walked outside for your lunch break you come back feeling revitalized? That’s because the sun recharges us like batteries.
I often sun gaze in the morning. That’s when I usually meditate, pray, and let the sun know how much I love and appreciate it. Well one day, it told me back, no kidding! There I was on Temple’s Campus track standing there expressing my appreciation and love, when a guy started walking by with headphones on. He had the volume up so loud, I could actually hear his music. At first I was irritated, because it was taking me out of the moment; but I decided to be at peace and allow his music to flow. Once I did that, I could hear the words to the song he was listening to; it was “Always and Forever” by Heatwave; right on the part saying …”I’ll always love you, forever”….BY HEATWAVE! (which are caused by the sun!) I love when the universe talks to me! Hope you’re all out getting some sun!
I’ve been back in LA for almost two weeks and it’s been a little bit of an emotional roller-coaster. While I am happy to be back, I have to admit, I was feeling some type of way about how things were going. I’m actually dealing with the two year gap I created by leaving LA in the first place. I seem to have thought I could come back here and continue as if I hadn’t left, but that’s not the case. I have things to do, like clearing all my belongings out of my ex-boyfriend’s place, reaching out to the people I’ve basically neglected the entire time I was on the east coast and (the biggest one of all) having to re-establish myself in my career, an industry that moves on rather quickly. Now getting these things done is not that hard, but my emotions got the best of me a few days ago and the tears started. I tried to resist them at first by reminding myself of my plans, reasoning that all the things I’d gone through over the past few years were a necessary evil. While I understood this to be true, I didn’t feel any better. Then, I took a pause and acknowledged my feelings and allowed myself to cry. really cry. Everything I’d been holding in came out, my worries, doubts, insecurities, fears all flowed out. Then a peace came over me, I felt better. This was truly a cleansing of my soul. I came to terms with the mistakes I’ve made, loves I’ve lost, people I’ve neglected. My spirit has forgiven me. Now it’s time to make amends.
I know, this blog has been neglected over the last couple of years because I was waaay too busy to write. Well, I feel the need to start blogging again. I want to write about my second journey to the west coast, as I feel it parallels my journey from where I am in my life now, to where I’m going. I will share my road with all who want to ride. But be warned, on this platform, I will get naked…and by naked, I mean I will share my dreams, my fears, my flaws (yes I have them) my triumphs, my fuck-ups, EVERYTHING! So, if you DON’T want to know me like that, feel free to send me a friend request on Facebook (that’s where I keep it flowery.)
You know I love my red wine, but now all the more reason to love it. according to this article posted on BlackDoctor.org, it makes you skinny. Winning!
My Blueberry and Ricotta Pancakes
I’ve wanted to make these ever since I watched Bobby Flay make them on a brunch show on the Food Network. But I especially got fired up about them when my friend Wanda took me to a place called Lift Cafe in Philadelphia where they served up their version of the light fluffy disc of goodness. This morning I decided, today would be the day! I searched the internet to find a recipe to suite me, and I did. I found this one by Martha Stamps and I loved it. Now there are a few things you can adjust, like less sugar or regular milk instead of buttermilk but for my first time I followed the directions closely, as you will see in the step-by-step photos. If you try them, let me know how they come out!
Wild Blueberry and Ricotta Pancakes
by Martha Stamps
Ricotta makes these pancakes light and creamy. It’s the perfect foil for the intense sweet-tart flavor of wild blueberries, which are widely available frozen. You can also use cultivated blueberries, which are larger but still sweet and delicious.
3 large eggs, separated
3/4 cup part-skim ricotta, drained of excess liquid before measuring
2-1/4 cups buttermilk
5 Tbs. granulated sugar
1 Tbs. pure vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. table salt
8 oz. (1-3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
6 oz. frozen wild blueberries (don’t thaw) or fresh wild or cultivated blueberries (1-1/2 cups)
Vegetable oil for the griddle
Softened salted butter, pure maple syrup, and confectioners’ sugar, for serving
In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and ricotta. Whisk in the buttermilk, sugar, vanilla, and salt.
In a small bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, and baking soda with a spatula. Fold into the egg yolk mixture until just combined.
Beat the egg whites in a clean, dry bowl until they hold firm peaks. Fold gently into the batter until just combined. Fold in the blueberries.
Lightly oil a griddle and set it over medium heat. The griddle is ready when water droplets dance briefly on the surface before disappearing. Ladle a scant 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto the griddle. Cook until the undersides are nicely browned, the edges look set, and small bubbles appear on the surface, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook until the second sides are golden brown, about 3 minutes more. Repeat, re-oiling the griddle between batches, until all the batter is cooked. Serve at once with butter, maple syrup, and confectioners’ sugar.
Do you know how amazing your liver is? I think most of us know it’s pretty bad ass, but for some reason we don’t connect the cause and effect food has on our bodies, particularly our liver. As you will see in the attached article, what we eat is essential to our overall health. Just as regular oil changes and tune-ups help keep our cars running in tip-top shape, taking care of our liver, by eating fruits and vegetables delivers a optimal health benefits. Yes, you can improve your health by making a few simple changes to your diet. Check out this article written by Claire Georgiou on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Ask The Nutritionist and start improving your health today!