Breakfast on the go…

Hey everyone. I know I’m not the only person that likes to sleep in. Possibly hit the snooze button about 3x before I pry myself out of bed and try to feel like a human being?? Anyone…Anyone.. Well here’s a quick, easy and healthy breakfast that never lacks in flavor and BONUS, you can make these babies ahead of time and freeze them!!! WHAT! Mind blown!

Breakfast Muffins Recipe: See below

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Ingredients:

  • 4- 6 Medium/Large Eggs
  • Cheese, Veggies and Any type of meat
  • Salt &Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup of milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Crack all eggs into bowl, Beat eggs until all yolks and whites are mixed.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients into bowl and fold into egg mixture.
  4. Spray a muffin tin w/Non Stick cooking spray liberally and fill them with egg mixture.
  5. Sprinkle tops with extra cheese if desired.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!

**Make this recipe for your family and you’ll be thanking me and your family will be thanking you for being a lot less stressed on those busy mornings we all love!**

**There are so many different variations you can do with this recipe. Adjust to your taste and the possibilities are endless. Breakfast just became interesting again**

 

 

Negativity Be Gone!

 

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Hello everyone! I stumbled upon this quote today and it moves me in so many different ways. Past, Present and Future.

I know we all (especially me) seem to think negatively at times about our life or about ourselves.  It seems as if we have this little monster inside our heads telling us We aren’t good enough, We don’t deserve that job, guy/girl, Raise, Promotion. Well I’m here to tell you those thoughts are BS and untrue! Trust me I know it takes more than a stranger on a blog to try to muffle those negative thoughts in our heads. But, it’s a start. Especially if it’s coming from someone who can relate and has been through it and still deals with it on a regular basis. Anxiety, Everyday stress and Depression play a major role in our everyday thought process and how we view ourselves. I suffered from Anxiety my entire life. I’ve told myself I’m not good  which lead to me losing out on a lot, not experiencing everything I wanted to out of life and dealing with things the hard way. Judging ourselves I’ve learned is the worst thing to ever do to oneself. You can’t change the past. Whats in the past along with the people and the mistakes you’ve made are what make you, You! You know how they say everything happens for a reason, I believe that wholeheartedly. But our emotions and the way we deal with these situations and the choices we make after, those are the things that turn these situations into Life Lessons or Regrets.

I’ve noticed now what really led me down the road to where I am now Emotionally, Spiritually and Physically are Four Agreements to which  I try to live by on a daily basis. I found these agreements in a book I was given  from a wise and sweet woman I worked with who saw how lost I was but also saw how much potential I had. The book is Four Agreements By Don Miguel Ruiz. This simple guide/book changed my life and gave me a platform to stand up and tell myself  I was in control of my life and that little but huge voice inside my head dictating my life and thought process was just Insecurity, Doubt and an overall lack of self-love. These Four Agreements are as follows:

  1. Be impeccable with your word. In a sense,  We act on what we tell ourselves is real. Albert Ellis encouraged us to screen our self-talk for negative, irrational chatter. So, what kinds of words to you use when you describe reality? Do you lie and say hurtful and poisonous things about yourself and others? Not healthy! To be impeccable with your word is to be truthful and to say things that have a positive influence on yourself and others.
  2. Don’t take anything personally. The second agreement provides us with a way of dealing with potentially hurtful treatment from others. Because each person sees the world in a unique way, the way that others treat us says as much about them as it does about us. To not take anything personally is to acknowledge the unique identities of other people. We acknowledge that different people view the world differently but realize, that their views do not necessarily describe us accurately.
  3. Don’t make assumptions. Assuming that you know what other people are thinking or feeling about you is a limiting thought. Obviously, none of us can read minds. When we try to guess what people are thinking  we will often be wrong, leading to undesirable consequences. The antidote to mind reading is to ask for evidence before concluding what people are thinking.
  4. Always do your best. One obvious reason for doing your best is that we cannot achieve our goals by being lazy. If you do your best, not only are you are more likely to achieve goals, but you will also avoid criticism from what Ruiz calls your internal Judge. There are also more subtle issues about doing “your best.” One is that you should not try to do better than your best. Pushing yourself too hard can cause pain, injury, and mistakes. More subtle still is the recognition that our “best” will vary from moment to moment, that, in a sense, you are always doing your best. Realize this, and your inner Judge can take a permanent vacation.

I hope this helps anyone who is struggling and is looking for a way to steer their mind in another direction when the little monster tries veering you off course. Sometimes when you have some simple but powerful words to mutter to yourself throughout the day to keep you grounded is very helpful and a lot less invasive. The point is to try to work through your negativity  yourself at first. If you are unable to and are really struggling and you need help please Get it! There are so many people in this world that are going through the same thing or worse that share their experiences online just like this blog. There are also positive anonymous therapy chat groups you can join and seek an unbiased opinion or to seek information, inspiration and motivation. Don’t forget about your Family as well as friends you can trust. Thank you everyone for visiting and hopefully you can take that next step to being a better more healthy-minded YOU!

XOXO Jessica XOXO

 

 

Hockey Time!

Hey everyone. Hope your weekends were fabulous! My weekend was lots of fun. It started out as me doing my usual overnight’s at work on Thursday and Friday which are not fun at all. But, I got through them. I’ll blog about my job another day and let you in on the awesome life of a Police Dispatcher lol..

Then we all went to a Guns & Hoses Event involving Hudson Valley’s Bravest(Firefighters) taking on the Hudson Valley’s Finest(Police Officers) in a match that went to an overtime shoot out last year! Unfortunately, The Finest didn’t win but put up a fight. It was also for a great cause. So I was happy to be able to be apart of it. It was me and Benny’s first Hockey game and we had such a blast. We didn’t know it would be that cold inside but duh how else can you keep all that ice frozen, lol. Also, I knew that Hockey was a contact sport but they really do actually go at it. I thought it was awesome! I’m ready for a Rangers game definitely. Bring on the fights!!

Overall the day was a hit. There’s nothing like sharing an ice-cold Goose Island IPA with your Boyfriend eating Hot dogs w/some crispy overly greasy french fries and having your family by your side while watching a crazy competitive sport to have you feeling so incredibly happy for everything in your life. It’s the little things that get me and matter the most. Hope you guys had fun or even just relaxed. Hope y’all enjoy the rest of this beautiful Sunday.

XOXO Jessica XOXO

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The luck of the Irish!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day all! Hope everyone enjoyed their day whether you went traditional and made Corned beef &Cabbage or just did your regular day-to-day routine.

I on the other hand had a Traditional St. Patty’s meal. Benny and I were invited to go to my boyfriend’s sister’s house with his family, Which was so much fun. I can go on and on about him but  I won’t get all mushy…. yet. Let’s get back to the food…

We had a delicious tender Corned beef his sister made. I always am so impressed by Corned beef. It’s a huge hunk of boiled meat with a tiny packet of magical seasoning that brings it to an entirely different level.  Then pair it with boiled potatoes and cabbage cooked in that same flavorful liquid the meat was in for hours and all I can say is whooooooohooooo! (I was doing the Irish jig as I wrote that).  It was such a fulfilling great day. 

Growing up for ST. Patrick’s day I remember one thing that always stood out in my family kitchen from the rest…………………….. do you feel the build up?

It was the Horseradish Mustard & Brown Sugar glaze my parents would brush over top of the Corned beef right before it was done and put it under the broiler just until the brown sugar became caramelized and bubbly. OMG, when I say OMG I mean it. It gives it another depth you wouldn’t believe. *Recipe for glaze below*

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Ingredients:

  • Horseradish Mustard (Emeril’s is the best) or if your fancy pants you can make your own.
  • Brown Sugar

Recipe:

  1. Pour about 1/2 cup of Mustard in bowl and mix with 1/4 cup of Brown sugar.
  2. Using a basting brush, brush that little hunk of love on all sides.
  3. Put Corned Beef under the broiler until caramelized about 5 minutes.

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Hope you all enjoy this recipe and share it with your loved one’s. Thank you again for vsiting and come back soon. XOXO Jess XOXO

 

 

 

 

Here Fishy Fishy

Recipes

This is by far my favorite recipe. It’s such an easy and fresh go to meal that everyone will enjoy*

Ingredients:

  • Fresh water white fish (Cod, Sole, Tilapia or Whiting)
  • Fresh Tomato Sauce (Recipe below)
  • Black olives or Kalamata olives
  • 1 Lemon sliced thinly
  • Thyme sprigs
  • Salt & Fresh cracked Pepper

How to make:

  1.  Set your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Ladle fresh tomato sauce onto bottom of baking dish to make a bed for the fish to snuggle in.
  3. Season fish with salt and pepper and lay fish fillets on top of sauce bed. Top with lemon slices, olives, thyme sprigs and lightly drizzle olive oil over top.
  4. Uncovered put fish into oven and let cook until fish is not opaque, 15 minutes.
  5. Put oven on broil on for a few minutes until fish is bubbling with goodness, and enjoy!

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Ingredients for Fresh tomato Sauce:

  • 1 28oz can of San Marzano peeled tomatoes. (Smaller can for smaller portions)
  • 2 Garlic cloves crushed
  • Dried Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Oregano)
  • Salt & Cracked Pepper to taste

Drizzle a saucepan with olive oil, add crushed garlic and cook until fragrant(Do not leave garlic unattended or it will burn.. TRUST ME..). Once garlic is fragrant add crushed tomatoes, dried herbs and season with Salt &Pepper to taste. Simmer on low-med heat for 10 minutes to infuse all ingredients together. Enjoy XOXO