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CINCO DE MAYO

Hey followers or shall I say Hola! Hope everyone is having a happy and healthy day. So Cinco De Mayo just passed as all of you know and I wanted to share a recipe with all of you for amazing fish tacos and a Pico de Gallo recipe that has my boyfriend singing my praises **Which is always a plus ūüėČ

INGREDIENTS:

  • FRESH OR FROZEN FLOUNDER FILETS (or any fish of fancy..lol)
  • SOFT CORN TORTILLAS
  • LIME
  • SMOKED PAPRIKA
  • TONY CHACHERES ORIGINAL CREOLE SEASONING

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RECIPE:

  1. THAW OUT FROZEN FILETS IN A BOWL OF COLD WATER. (KEEP FISH IN PACKAGE DURING THE THAWING PROCESS) FOR FRESH FISH BEGIN SEASONING.
  2. PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 DEGREES
  3. ONCE FILETS ARE THAWED OUT SEASON FILETS GENEROUSLY,¬† BE CAREFUL¬†WITH OVER DOING IT WITH CREOLE SEASONING IT’S SALTY AND VERY SPICY BUT O’SO GOOD!
  4. AFTER SEASONING CUT LIME IN HALF AND JUICE HALF OF A LIME ONTO FISH. KEEP THE OTHER HALF AND CUT INTO WEDGES TO GIVE TO EVERYONE FOR ADDED CITRUS FLAVOR OVER TACOS.

*MARINATE FISH FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES.

IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO MARINATE DO IT FOR ATLEAST 5 MINUTES SO THE FISH CAN SOAK UP THE MARINADE. *Trust me don’t skip this part*

5. PLACE FISH ON LINED BAKING SHEET AND BAKE IN THE OVEN FOR 10-15 MINUTES OR UNTIL YOUR FISH IS OPAQUE AND FLAKY.

6. WHILE FISH IS IN THE OVEN HEAT CORN TORTILLAS ON A GRILL, OVER OPEN FLAME ON A GAS STOVE OR IN A HOT SKILLET ON THE STOVE TOP. TURN THEM WHEN SMALL BROWN SPOTS APPEAR, TRANSFER TO A SHEET OF FOIL, AND WRAP.

7. AFTER FISH IS COOKED AND TORTILLAS ARE GRILLED BEGIN ARRANGING YOUR YUMMY FISH TACOS TO YOUR LIKING.

I personally love my fish tacos with my homemade Pico De Gallo spooned over top and that’s pretty much it. The explosion of flavor you get from the spicy citrus flaky fish the warm hug of that¬†corn tortilla and the seriously mouth-watering flavorful Pico is just so amazingly fresh, light¬†and¬†extremely fulfilling you won’t want this experience to end.. Until your jeans start to get tight.. lol

 

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I had cute taco holders that I bought at Christmas Tree Shop awhile ago to hold them in. They also work wonders if you have little ones too! Made some white rice and my famous black beans. Sliced some avocado up and of course had to have an ice cold Corona w/ lime to top the entire experience off.

*QUICK AND EASY PICO DE GALLO RECIPE:

  • 1 LARGE RED ONION MINCED.
  • 2-3 ROMA TOMATOES DICED.
  • 1 JALEPENO MINCED
  • 1/2 CUP CILANTRO ROUGHLY CHOPPED.
  • 2 LIMES JUICED
  • S&P TO TASTE

MIX ALL INGREDIENTS IN A BOWL AND VOILA! THE MOST AMAZING AUTHENTIC FRESH SALSA THAT YOU CAN TOP ANYTHING WITH.

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Birthdays, BBQ, Beer and Mormons?

Hello everyone. Sorry I’ve been M.I.A for awhile. April is such a busy month for me. Between Work,¬†Birthdays and Easter it’s a lot. But, I’m really excited to share all the fun we’ve been having.

So to fill you in I turned 30 in the beginning of April, which was bitter-sweet. I mostly am¬† really excited for what’s to come because it just so happens at this point in my life I’ve never been happier. Getting older is just another step towards the future, which I know holds so much happiness and blessings for¬†my family and I.

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Luckily, I have the best boyfriend in the world who took me for an overnight stay in The Big Apple! We had such a blast. We took the train down to Grand Central which I haven’t done in such a long time; we were able to see all the beautiful views of the Hudson River and all the small towns along the way. We then got into Grand Central Station which is always super crowded but I for one don’t care because all I can concentrate on is the history and its beautiful architecture. Especially, the amazing ceiling mural¬†with the different constellations. I suggest you guys google it and see all the fun facts about the ceiling mural,¬†You wont look at it the same. http://gothamist.com/2014/10/14/ceiling_secrets.php

After trekking through Grand Central and¬†obviously stopping to¬†take a quick picture. We headed out into the mean streets of NYC. We walked to Rockefeller Center and watched the ice skaters which were mesmerizing and a little in Kyle’s words “Theatrical”, ¬†Agreed.

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As we¬†leisurely walked around for a bit we came across The Museum of sex. Which was funny and very informational. It’s pretty much a sex toy store once you walk in and as you walk thru to the back there is a maze like¬†museum up stairs with pictures and props dating back to the olden days until¬†present¬†of how and what they used for ehhhhhemmm. Y’all know…. It was very cool to see, if your into that stuff. Which yes we are.

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We then went to check in at a new hotel The Riu Plaza Hotel right in the heart of Time Square which was super convenient. Everyone was friendly, the room was clean and pretty. They also offered a free breakfast buffet which was yummy. It was also my first time ever staying the night in the city so I was really happy and grateful.

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After checking in we were on to the next part of our day which was FOOoooOOOoD!

So we all know I’m a foodie and Kyle is¬†too so you can’t expect us not to visit an awesome place and not get some amazingly good grub somewhere. We have been seeing¬†video clips on Insider Food on¬†Facebook about Mighty Quinns BBQ in NYC and you know we needed to check it out! All I can say is the pictures don’t do it justice enough. Y’all need to go. They’re known for their Brontosaurus Rib which is ridiculous. But, the Brisket had us at Hello. It was tender, flavorful and juicy with a Smoky and Sweet BBQ Sauce they had at the tables which was a perfect harmonious pairing! The sides were phenomenal too from there Burnt ends Baked Beans and Cajun mac& cheese to their cool, crispy, vinegary cole slaw.The rustic¬†decor and overall relaxed¬†down back country feel of the place made us feel relaxed and content.¬† Lastly, you know we had to grab some ice cold¬†beers to wash it all down. Overall it was an awesome time and I can’t imagine anything better than eating¬†delicious BBQ in NYC with my Sweetheart.

 

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-We ate everything by the way-

The day was not over after BBQ¬†even though all we wanted to do was go to sleep and cuddle after this meal.¬† My sweetheart got us tickets¬†to the Broadway show ” Book of Mormon” and¬†OMG! We laughed the¬†food coma right off. This show was awesome with its vulgar, offensive and completely hilarious outlook on everything that hits a nerve with how sensitive society is today; it totally worked for us! The show was at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre which again was beautiful inside. The cast was incredibly talented and we were blown away by the amazing voices they all had surprisingly. We enjoyed it so much and had a blast. http://bookofmormonbroadway.com/tickets

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-Aren’t we the cutest ‚̧

To sum it all¬†up my birthday was a hit and I couldnt have asked to bring it in with anyone else or anywhere else. I’m so glad I can share it with you and hopefully you go visit and experience these places too. You won’t regret it!

Check out another awesome place we went to if you have a sweet tooth or just love the smell of chocolate. Jacques Torres Chocolate.

http://www.mrchocolate.com/

 

XOXO Jessica XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Muffins

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**

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

J

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