Thursday, April 28, 2016

Eggplant Pizza

Hey! Hope everyone is doing well. I wanted to share a quick recipe I came across a short time ago and wanted to try. I just grabbed what was in the fridge and went to work.

Thursday's Treat...Eggplant Pizza!

Ingredients: 
-eggplant
-pasta sauce
-mozzarella cheese
-plum tomatoes
-parsley

Cut 2 small Eggplants circular side about 1/2 inch thick each piece. Spray PAM or drizzle some olive oil in a baking sheet and lay out the pieces. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove and add 1 tbsp of pasta sauce to each slice followed by 1 tbsp mozzarella cheese shredded or small cube and a slice or 2 of a plum tomato. I sprinkled some parsley for added flavor. Returned to my toaster oven set to broil for 12 minutes done. Super easy super fast and delish!!! All the greatness of a Pizza without the heavy bread. Enjoy!

Always stress free xo
Mari 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Is it Worth a Revisit?

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Mother's Day is fast approaching and as most are scrambling to get the perfect gift or plan the perfect meal there are some who only have memories. Some whose mom is no longer with them and this day reminds them of all those great times and years shared. They wish they could have more time with her and bring her up to date on their latest life events and then there may be a few like me...

The ones who have a mom that is still living but they have no connection to. The mom that with time they just have lost touch with and have grown in separate directions. The mom that even though you can recall some good times the bad times seem to overshadow even those fond memories.

I am at an age where I can recall my life and look at things from a different perspective. Being a mother now myself and being as close as I am with my own daughter there are just certain things I can't understand even when I continue to try. No amount of time can clear up for me the disconnect between a parent and a child.

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I try to remember my mother as the woman she was before she remarried. The music blasting, party going, always smiling mom. The awesome dresser, the commanding look at me when I walk in the room, the life is beautiful and I am happy to be here mom. The hard working we gonna make it mom. The confident all is possible mom. I never like to sit too long thinking about the other mom. The one who got her spark sucked out of her during an over a decade marriage. The one who stopped making Lemonade at of lemons.

My mom raised me as a single parent till I was in middle school and then she remarried. I thought if she was happy I was cool but after a while what I realized was that unhappy people like to drag happy people down. They don't think half full to them everything is half empty. They don't see any up side to them everything is down hill. They don't see possibilities they only see obstacles. Even a saint in these circumstances can loose some of its faith. Two kids later and finally a divorce she was and hasn't been the same ole mom ever again.

Here we are so many years later she is now in her early 60's and suffering from Emphysema. I would say the last ten years have been filled with many ups and downs. Long stretches of time gone without exchanging a word followed by an emergency that brings us together only to then slowly walk away again. After a while you just learn to respect the path that those around you have chosen and if it doesn't have enough room for you, you learn to walk away. Difficult people stuck in misery and stubborn habits don't do well with those who present options.

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So here I am close to another Mother's day thinking "should I reach out to her? should I try to open the lines of communication again? should I put aside all past attempts and approach them with a new set of eyes?" My daughter and I went to a Prince memorial gathering in Harlem, NYC a few days ago. We had a wonderful time and ended the evening with great conversation and a lovely dinner. On our drive back I thanked her for joining me and she said "of course mom, I don't understand kids and parents not investing time with one another it's not like you will always be around so I have to make the most of our time while you are still here."

Make the most of our time while you are still here, wow what a statement. Guess I have a few days to think about this.

What do you think? Is there someone in your life that you have had to walk away from for whatever reason and you feel it is time to try and revisit? How many attempts should be made to repair a damaged relationship? Should only one person make all the effort? What if the people you are dealing with only see things as winning or loosing, I am right and you are wrong? Share your thoughts, experiences and or comments.

Always stress free xo.
Mari

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Turn it Up Tuesday

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Christina chose My Best Vintage Sheet Quilt Yet! from Busy Being Jennifer. "I'm terrible at textiles but seriously this is one of the most intricate DIY's I have ever seen and it's gorgeous! Love it!"

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Christina chose Trendy Ikat Bangles from The Scrap Shoppe Blog. "These bangles look so professional and trendy, I love the colour choices and how simple they are to recreate! The instructions are clear and the photography is spot on!"

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Heather chose Prosecco Floats from The Kittchen. "Two of my favorites combined: sparkling wine and ice cream! I've never tried putting ice cream in wine, but I think this would make a delicious, grown-up version of the classic "float". I'm looking forward to trying it this summer."

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Heather chose Easy Pork Tenderloin with Fennel and Plums from A Dish of Daily Life. "We love pork tenderloin in our house. I agree with Christine that it's a very versatile protein, and I love how it takes on a variety of seasonings and spices."

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Mari chose Chocolate Dipped Coconut Bites from Simple and Savory. "My love of sweets may cause me to loose my teeth someday but in the meantime I chose Anne's which look very tasty. Nice portion size so you don't eat too many."

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Mari chose PB&J Freezer Fudge from Courtney's Cookbook. "I also loved Courtney's. I would have never thought of cold pbj but this is a must try!"
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Bev chose Tropical Bruschetta and Mango Card from The Gold Lining Girl. "This bruschetta looks for amazing and the mango curd has to be awesome since I am a mango kind of girl."

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Bev chose Coconut and Lime BBQ Prawns from Sparkles in the Everyday. "Nothing like grilling out and these shrimp would make a great meal and on the lighter side."

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Stacey chose Easy Fried Mozzarella Sticks Recipe from All She Cooks. "What a wonderful and simple recipe! These would definitely not last long with my family. Thanks for sharing!"

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Stacey chose Bird Nest Brownie Bowls Recipe from Sugar, Spice and Family Life. "These look just wonderful! Anything with brownie is always a winner for me! Thank you for sharing!"

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Tiffany chose One Pan Dirty Rice Skillet from My Suburban Kitchen. "This on pan dish would be a total lifesaver of my family on weekdays when getting a meal ready needs to be quick and delicious!"

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Tina chose Molten Chocolate Brownie S'mores Pie from The Kittchen. "What a super yummy pie. It looks fantastic. Mouthwatering!! My daughter want's some now.Thanks for sharing this recipe with us."

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Natasha chose Part 1: Tips for Working Moms from The Multitasking Mom. "I am working on building a stress-free life, even though I am a single, working mom. These are definitely some great tips!"

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

See the Bigger Picture

Happy Sunday!

I have several things I wanted to touch on and was struggling to tie them all together so I just pressed my Brainsparker app and decided to go with whatever came up. The prompt was See the Bigger picture.

Just how do you see the bigger picture when it involves loss and or sadness? How do you see past the pain so you can smile again? How do think past the pain you feel in that moment?

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This past week the world lost another great creative soul, Prince. So many labels can be attached to his name but for me it's about the body of work he gave us. His lyrics, his thoughts, his presentation, his purpose. To be his authentic self and gift you with his talent and if you understood great but if you didn't great too. Creative people don't worry about everyone jumping on their wagon. They only want those that respect and can be open to see and hear things from different views to come along on their ride. I will forever be grateful he was one of a kind. His comfortable in your own skin ways was extremely attractive and very freeing. Though I am sad you are no longer physically here I know your gifts will continue to come.

my fav Prince song! Diamonds and Pearls 

We are selfish human beings, we expect those we care about to always be around but we all know that is not true. Death is part of the Living package. We just want to ignore it or put it out of our minds...until it's too late.

A friend of mine as we spoke about Prince's transition commented how grateful he was that he and his dad had mended their relationship before he himself had transitioned. I said how awesome that was and then thought about my own parents. I didn't feel sad for me I felt sad for them. They have wasted so many years consumed in their own bubble to even think outside of themselves and all they are missing out on. To live a selfish life one that doesn't reap rewards but instead sews rotten seeds is shameful. To leave behind in people's minds regrets instead of celebrations is a tragedy.

Oddly enough my lil mama and I went to a private fan gathering for Alicia Keys the same night Prince left us and she shared with us some amazing new material I can't wait for the whole world to hear but she shared this song and asked everyone in the audience to go home and calculate how many days they themselves have been on this earth. The song is called 28,000 days. That's about 76 years my grandma is almost 93. Let's think about these numbers. I am 44 and I have lived just a little past 16,000 days. Does that seem like a lot to you? Heck nooooo, not to me. So imagine thinking about those numbers and reviewing how many of those were wasted days?


See the Bigger picture! Bet you never thought of your life in days? My perspective is wasting time is for those who see no value in themselves or others. When you value the people and things in your life you cherish and nurture every moment. So what should you do now that you know your number? How about finding better ways to make them count! See the Bigger picture, stop wasting time.

What have you realized that you have wasted time on? Is there something that now you think you are ready to explore and let go of? Do you tend to look at the Bigger picture or stay stuck on the small screen?

Always stress free xo.
Mari