Author: MS

Food: Saturday Brunch or Dinner – Includes White Beans

During the mad rush to stock up the kitchen cupboards, I decided cans of Cannellini beans would be in order. Since I do love them- cooked, drizzled with olive oil, dash of Thyme , sprinkled with Parmesan. Easy, and filling – it was also my go-to for lunch at the office. So, I stood with the cabinet doors opened, staring at four cans of Cannellini beans and two of chickpeas wondering how to spice it up – since as usual my mother would be my worst food critic to please. 🙂  Don’t get me wrong, she’s awesome. Here’s the recipe I’ll be testing for this evening’s dinner minus orzo/pasta option. Can you taste it? I can: 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 medium onion, halved and cut into 1/4-inch slices 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 3 cups water 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 cups orzo or ditalini pasta 14 ounces diced tomatoes, juices included (one can) 14 ounces cooked cannellini beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained (one can) Finely grated zest plus juice from 1 small lemon 3 cups to 4 cups chopped Tuscan or curly kale, any …

Travel: Today’s Topics of Interest

The world is changing faster than we are able to cope with it, or know how best to adapt or even get involved to make differences that are mindful of everyone around. So we struggle and ponder and take time so that we may find a solid way to become the better version of ourselves and do our part in making this world a safe, and sound place for every single human being, particularly our children. Featured image source and full credit. Article contest full credit by clicking on photos

Decor: A French Riviera Home

Dreaming of owning a home high on a hilltop, say somewhere along the French Riviera? I do. Actually, anytime a film is made along the French coastline, I stop and watch, no matter how cheesy the story, like this and this film. So, naturally, I did a stop and watch with this amazing home tucked somewhere high above Cannes and had to share my admiration of the craftsmanship. The decor is truly in line with the environment, sixties inspired. The view isn’t bad either. featured image and source full credit

Food: Eggplant Pasta

Here’s how my Wednesday mornings go – at 5:30 a.m. I start with a larger chain grocery store to purchase all the essentials – which include meat. But for some reason the abundant amount of chicken is no longer the case, nor the free-range and organic versions. Quality beef is scarce and seafood is now more prepackaged.  Which might be an indication that I need to slowly get my family used to eating more plant-based, and less meat or just keep on freaking out until the refrigerator sections are filled again. So an hour ago, I announced to my mother that we are not having meet this coming week and all recipes will be mostly veggie based. She batted her eyes at me, and said – whatever you think is best. Here’s what’s for dinner tonight: Eggplant pasta with not so much spice for the little old lady I refer to as MOM 😉  and lots of Parmesan cheese  – trust me. 2 medium eggplants 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, plus more as needed 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon freshly ground black …

Dessert: Coconut Pie

I woke up today craving all sorts of desserts – so you know where my mind was about dinner tonight – or maybe after dinner tonight: INGREDIENTS CRUST 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut 3/4 cup all purpose flour 1 tablespoon Domino® Golden Sugar 6 tablespoons cold salted butter, cubed COCONUT FILLING 4 large egg yolks 1/4 cup cornstarch 2 (14 ounce) cans full fat coconut milk 1/2 cup, plus 1 tablespoon Domino® Golden Sugar 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons salted butter 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut 1 cup cold heavy cream zest of 1 lemon toasted coconut, for serving  {more here} Featured image and recipe source and full credit 

Monday June Day

I don’t like to look back, for there is when I fail in moving forward – is what I am thinking this first day of June and hoping we are nearing the end of this long journey to keep our world safe and pray that mankind will find their way to a peaceful resolution to whatever their cause. After experiencing a severe anxiety attack this weekend, I decided this month I want to dedicate to my self care, focusing even more on the beautiful things around the world. Gardens For This Day… Source

Art: Reflections of The Color Blue

The most calming of colors for me is the lighter shade of blues, which is the dominant color through my studio, including the bathroom walls painted a powder blue.  But yesterday while revising my first novel, I was searching online for the right shade of blue to describe being the color of my protagonist’s dress, and here’s what I found and beyond: Here’s what psychologists are saying about the color of blue Featured image source and full credit

Friday Wrap And Here’s Hoping For Some Positive

I use this space to keep a positive outlook no matter how difficult  and challenging at time life can be.  I chose this way because we all seem to have enough of bad news every else, where the same awful topics are stretched in so many ways that we have a terrible time accepting what the truth is or are so consumed we don’t see the truth. This week, a few of my co-worker friends, who I’ve known for ten years, were laid off and it was reading their gut-wrenching farewell emails that got me to feel the need to express my sadness for the awful timing of it all and for their lives which matter past the health concerns rampaging our planet. To these wonderful human beings, I wish you much luck, patience, and positive thinking in that your futures will once again be bright. I am here if you need me, and I will always be thinking about you. featured image source      

Food: Homemade Ready Meals

I’m not a fan of cooking a batch of something and then freezing a portion for another day. But I do know folks that brag about the technique. So if you are curious, here’s some options to consider stocking up in your freezer for a ready meal. Maybe I’ll test it out the next time or when I can solo travel, with my family meals prepped and ready for their dining pleasure 🙂 Featured image full credit. For the complete list of meals go here