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4/13/14

Recipe: As seen on the chew: Huevos Motelenos, Fried Plantains, Jamaican-Style Bloody Mary










ingredients
                Olive Oil
                1 cup Red Onion; chopped
                3 Cloves Garlic; chopped; plus 2 Cloves Garlic; roughly chopped
                1 1/2 cups Refried Black Beans
                6 Fresh Epazote Leaves; finely chopped – optional
                1/4 pound Mexican Chorizo; out of casings
                2 Tomatoes; roughly chopped
                2 Serrano Chiles with Seeds; minced
                1 bunch Cilantro; chopped to garnish
                1/2 cup Water
                Kosher Salt
                1 ripe Brown Plantain
                1/2 cup Flour
                1/2 cup Brown Sugar
                4 Corn Tortillas
                4 to 8 Eggs
                 
                Garnishes
                Avocado; sliced
Queso Fresco; crumbled



Step by Step Directions

1.
                Olive Oil
                1/4 pound Mexican Chorizo; out of casings
                1 cup Red Onion; chopped
                3 Cloves Garlic; chopped
                1 1/2 cups Refried Black Beans
                3 Epazote Leaves
                Kosher Salt
                Freshly Ground Black Pepper 


Heat a tablespoon of Olive Oil in a large sauté pan and add the Chorizo. Cook until brown and crisp and then add the Onions and Garlic. Once softened, stir in the Beans, Epazote and cook until heated throughout. Season with Salt and Pepper.
2.
                2 Tomatoes; roughly chopped
                2 Cloves Garlic; chopped
                2 Serrano Chiles with Seeds; minced
                1/2 cup Water
                3 Epazote Leaves
                1/2 of the Cilantro
                Salt 


In a blender, blend together the chopped Tomatoes, 2 Garlic Cloves, Serrano Chiles, 1/2 cup of Water, the other half of the Epazote, half of the Cilantro, and a pinch of Salt. Blend until nearly smooth, retaining a slightly chunky texture. Pour the sauce into a saucepan and cook on medium-high heat until cooked through, bubbly and thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat and put into a small bowl, set aside.

3.
                1 ripe Brown Plantain
                1/2 cup Flour
                1/2 cup Brown Sugar
                Olive Oil 


Peel the Plantain and slice it on the diagonal in 1/4 inch thick slices. Whisk together the Flour and Brown Sugar and dust the Plantains with the mixture. Heat 1/4-inch of Olive Oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat. Line the pan with the Plantain Slices. Brown on one side, then flip and brown on the other side. Remove the Plantain slices to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving the Oil in the pan.

4.
                Olive Oil
                4 Corn Tortillas

In a cast iron skillet, heat 1-inch of Oil on medium-high heat. One at a time, cook the Tortillas. Place a Tortilla in the oil and cook until lightly browned and bubbles are forming in the Tortilla. Flip over and cook until lightly browned on the other side too. Continue to cook until the Tortilla is somewhat stiff. Use tongs to remove to a paper towel lined plate and continue the same process with the other Tortillas. You will need to add more Oil, make sure it heats up before adding another Tortilla to the pan.
5.
                5
4 to 8 Eggs 


Once the Tortillas have cooked, crack the Eggs into the oil and cook until puffy and crisp. Be careful of splatters.
6.
                Avocado; sliced to garnish
                Queso Fresco; crumbled to garnish 


Assemble the Dish: 
Place a Cooked Tortilla (tostada) on a large serving plate. Spread some Beans over the Tostada. Place a Fried Egg or two over the Beans. Line the outside of the Tostada with Fried Plantain and some Chorizo. Put some Salsa over the Egg. Put sliced Avocado on top of that. Sprinkle Crumbled Queso Fresco over everything. Sprinkle everything with the remaining fresh Chopped Cilantro.

Helpful Tips:
1. If you can’t find fresh epazote, use dried epazote seeds.
 2. More ripe plantains will have a sweeter favor!
3. If you can’t find plantains, use bananas. 

via The Chew

You can find the Jamaican Style Bloody Mary recipe here!  It's pretty good! 

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did!  Thank you The Chew and International Food Market for making this possible!

4/12/14

Horoscope: April is going to rock your world

If you remember my EXTREME VENT SESH from yesterday you know shit got cray.  I was telling my friend about it and she sent me this link from Refinery 29 called Susan Miller's Guide to Surviving Eclipses.  Now I know what you're thinking... I'm not a freaky deaky stars person that always believes in my daily horoscope but THIS.  IS.  DIFFERENT.  I promise.  It was crazy how spot on this is.  I will tell you the last time I read my horoscope during an eclipse it was extremely accurate too.


Here are my take aways from what I read... 


The mission of an eclipse will be to uncover truth, and to sweep away unproductive and outworn elements — although at the time, you may feel that what is being taken away or changed is still relevant to you, not outworn at all. But, have faith, as the universe will be working on your behalf, even if you don’t yet see this to be true.

Most readers — approximately 70% — will feel an eclipse on the day it occurs, with a plus or minus four days of tolerance. About 20% of readers will feel the eclipse one month to a day later, so in case that is you, you should watch May 14 and May 28, plus or minus four days, for news. Being that astrologers deal with bell curves, I can also tell you that approximately 5% of readers will have already heard news of the April eclipses a month earlier, on March 14 and March 28 (and in each case, apply the plus-or-minus-four-days rule).

The mission of an eclipse is to bring truth to the surface, for once you have truth, you can protect yourself. Anything outworn and of no future relevance will be ended, so that new opportunities and conditions can take the place of things that go. The universe insists on new ideas and growth and will never tolerate the status quo for very long — a lesson we learn forcibly at eclipse time.


My ex's birthday is April 4th... the same day we parted ways... for good and the same day I said bye to a long 8 year "friend".  My birthday is April 24th... 4 days from April 28th... the day of the second eclipse.  Apparently according to this, April is going to rock my world.  
I'm a Taurus

Read the summary under your sign and tell me what you think!   Is it right?
http://www.refinery29.com/2014/03/64501/susan-miller-horoscopes-march-2014#page-1

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4/7/14

Why the past needs to stay in the past

#MotivationalMonday

Well this weekend was a freaking doozy!!! 

It's like the past came up and bit me in the ass.  Totally not worth my time but trying to remain classy gets hard when you want to scream so bad but instead decide to take the high road.  So I've decided to let it out here and let you into my personal life a little bit.  Then I can be done with it.  


 Not all true but this song is pretty appropriate for this post... plus I'm going to Miley tomorrow and love this song! 
"I don't really have much to say. I was over it the second I saw her name... I got 2 letters for you.. one of them's F and the other one's U! SMH"



Scenario 1. 

My ex "the cheater" has been contacting me left and right. Stoping by my house, saying he found things of mine to "drop off" etc. just last week! The list goes on.  I met up with him for a drink recently to hear him out and he kissed me but still wasn't making sense about "us".  We parted ways and he's back to being rude to me sending me mean messages.  So I ignore him.  Then he gets nice and sends me sweet messages so I keep it short but remain civil.  My dad almost dies and he doesn't send me ANYTHING!  Clearly him confessing his love to me and saying he'll always be there for me was complete bullshit.  A few weeks have passed and a friend sends me a picture message.  Guess what. It's a picture of him and one of the girls he cheated on me with...they're dating...and HAVE been for months.  


My guess is they are just dating because he's lonely.  His only friends are crossfit bc he works Mon-Friday in another city and only comes home on Sat to do cross fit at the same gym as her.  She's been on him so hard from the beginning and he's desperate.  I mean he has needs too.  He complained to me recently that he thinks he's going to be alone forever and he'll never find the right one and wishes things were different.  


I was feeling bad for him... but then you know what I realized... the whole time he's been reaching out to me he's been seeing her.  

Man, cheaters NEVER change!  Now I'm the other woman? haha HELL NO!  I want nothing to do with that.  She's the one that tried to steam roll herself into our lives when we were dating and kept telling him not to try to get back together with me when we broke up.  She's a home wrecker but he's a cheater anyways so they deserve each other.  Their relationship should be so much fun since they are both so trustworthy.... SIKE!  


He's officially been BLOCKED!


Scenario 2.

I've been talking to the same guy (as a friend) for 8 years and had him up on a pedestal thinking he was Mr.Perfect.  Turns out, only in short doses.  I visited him in Houston recently and it was miserable.  On paper he seems like a catch but in person he's so so so so selfish, egotistical, shallow, brags, rude, callus, temperamental, lacks class, insecure, doesn't compromise, can't hold a conversation, not a gentleman, and just pathetic.  I won't go into details about how bad my trip sucked and what a complete jerk he was.  

But I will tell you he did kiss me and he's a horrible horrible kisser.  I mean it's like back to 7th grade.  Just awful!  Untrainable.  He said he wanted to take me out to a nice dinner so I put on a really nice Herve Leger dress (one that usually gets jaw dropping remarks from other guys I've dated including my ex).  He told me I looked like a prostitute and that I should change.  Then at dinner after bragging about money the entire time asked me for cash for the valet.  I said no and he said ok then you can just pick up a drink at the bar... and unfortunately like an idiot... I did.  I mean I'm a strong independent woman and I don't need someone like that thinking I owe them anything.  I can take care of myself just fine.  I even paid for his friends drinks too.... all night.


You should be shaking your head screaming at the computer screen right now telling me I'm an idiot.  Trust me I know.  I wanted to take the next flight out to Atlanta way before that.  That is just an hour of my 2 day trip so you can only imagine how many bad stories I have.  TOO MANY. 

I came home and made a pro/con list and let's just say there were 2x the cons and the pros weren't that good either.  I believe in giving feedback, like Patti Stanger says (especially to someone you've known for 8 years) so they don't end up alone and can learn from it but he thinks he's God's gift to women (even though he's single at 36)  I knew he'd lash out and wouldn't really care anyways.  So I never shared it.  I just distanced myself and was super brief in my return messages to him.  

After about a week of this he de-friended me on fb then proceeded to send me a message calling me dead weight.  To me that opened up the gate to share why I had been distant... so I did.  I said every conversation is all about him and that it bothered me that he doesn't ask any questions.   He responded with a message saying how it's wishful thinking for me to think we would ever start a relationship and date because I'm not his type because I'm afraid to take the lime out of my Bloody Mary, that I have more pink that a Susan G Komen campaign, and more accessories than a Kardashian to get ready.  That I get offended too easily when I don't get my way and that I need to go find a pushover like my ex who cries that will enjoy those things.  And that he found someone already that is exactly what he wants.  Then proceeds to brag about the "new girl".  



I will say that I definitely wasn't expecting the hate mail but just proves my point that I was right about him.  Pretty sad after 8 years he doesn't know me at all.... probably because he's been too busy talking about himself. Wolf in sheeps clothing if you ask me.  {Insert I see your true colors song here}  What he did was super insecure and pathetic.  I wanted to respond saying, you're a dick and deserve to be alone.  You'e right, I squeezed the lime INTO my Bloody Mary, wear pink nail polish, and my accessories... you idiot... were packed for a 2 day trip not one night.  I got ready in a little over 30 minutes in your one bathroom house and blow dried my hair sitting on the floor in your guest bedroom with no mirror.  Stop screaming that you're so rich and put a second bathroom in!  But I digress.  I never responded.  He doesn't deserve that.  Right?  It's shallow and quite frankly he's an idiot and his text was disgusting.  No one should send rude messages like that to a lady so why would I want to continue to subject myself to receive those messages.  He clearly is not a man, lacks class, manners and the sense God gave a garden slug. (as my lovely friend Lauren says) Thank the lord for an iPhone... it's called BLOCK! BLOCK! BLOCK!  I mean if he was such a catch... he'd be caught... and he's not.
and I won't be.

There is no weight to this whatsoever and after this post I'll never think about these guys again but it sure feels good to get it out.  Moving forward feels great.   I've come to this conclusion that when men little boys get their feelings hurt they lash out and try to make low blows to try to hurt you like you hurt them or to get a response.   It's either that or the fact that I'm a horrible judge of character and these guys are just super assholes from the beginning and I've just never noticed.  Either way, same conclusion, they are in the past for a reason and need to stay there!  I don't regret any of the decisions I've made because they are all life lessons and for that I am grateful.  Plus at some point these guys were exactly what I needed and wanted.  That point has just passed and they don't fit into my present or future.

Good riddance.

Vent sesh over. Ady out.

Hopefully my lady followers will understand.  Feel free to share your thoughts, advice, similar situations, anything you want! 
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4/4/14

Friday Favorites

Goodbye March and Hello April... BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!  And I couldn't be more excited... I think.



So I wanted to share some of my ABS FAVS things I discovered this past month!



I love this!  My eyes usually hate eye creme... eye creme usually bothers them, like allergic reaction or something.  Some eye cremes are so tightening that it pulls my eyes and really hurts when I wake up in the morning.  This one is so moisturizing and thick and stays on all night (aka I can still feel it in the morning) even better than acquaphor/vaseline because of all the great natural oils.  It really works.  I've been using it for 30 days now and my eyes feel and look a lot better!


Finding out one of my besties was preggers!!! Whoop Whoop!




Finding out Sprinkles came to ATLANTA!!!  Bad news for the figure!




 Getting a Work Bitch lap top case for my werk computer and LOVING IT!



Finding this champagne from the Titanic



Test driving a Tesla and WANTING it!  Come on charge stations!



Finding these mints thanks to Birchbox!  Matcha chai is my fav fav fav!!!



Finding Wired by ALP and her sending me this adorable heart ring!! I don't know if y'all have seen these around but I've seen them around blog world and have been DYING for one!  After many many google searches with no luck I came across Wired by ALP and she was a doll and made me one!!! She makes amazing jewelry! Totally my style.


Even Hartley loves it!



 My adorable little cousin getting another year older... and now able to drink!
 (insert 20 scared emojicons here with hands on the side of face screaming AHHH)


Finding this amazing GLITTER artwork at the airport... still in search of where to find this!




Finding another great volumizing mascara!!  Thanks to Heather at Pink Papaya!


Finding this amazing pink chair at World Market!!! I swooped it up so quick! Now I just need to find somewhere to put it....



Nuf said.





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