Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cozy, Small Fall Haul for the Home

Famous (or not so famous) words once wrote that fall is more than just pumpkin spice lattes.  But that doesn't mean you have to ignore all of the cozy decor, scents, and flavors associated with fall. You just shouldn't let them be the prime focus!

When you step foot inside your home, you should automatically feel comfortable and cozy because it is your shelter; your home should protect you and allow you to rest.  While owning a home certainly comes with responsibilities and the occasional unpleasant mishap, the aesthetic of your home should never cause you additional stress.  Instead, it should ease you from all the other stressors that you have.  You may not be able to take frequent vacations or relax everyday in a cozy little cabin nestled in the woods, but you can definitely make your home feel as if you are in paradise.   

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mexican Miso Pumpkin Chicken Wrap

Mixing culture-specific flavors together is a creative way to experiment in your kitchen.  Pulling together seasonings and ingredients from different cultural dishes gives you access to a whole new range of meals.  When you love certain Italian herbs, try combining them with spicy Mexican ingredients.  Add a little Asian flare to your hearty European dinner by incorporating chili oil and leafy vegetables.  By integrating your favorite flavors from one cultural dish to another, you can avoid eating similar-tasting meals day after day.   

Using my leftover Mexican-style Grilled Chicken Breast (recipe here) and Japanese miso and kabocha squash, I made a quick, healthy, and hearty lunch wrap incorporating both South American and Asian flavors.  Since this recipe uses leftover ingredients, it is easy to make and takes little time. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Mexican-style Grilled Chicken Breast Rub

When I season meat, I almost never measure out the ingredients.  After cooking for awhile (and experimenting some not-so-delicious cooking mishaps), I've learned to just "eye-ball" ingredients.
 
This recipe will be a little different than most of the other ones that I will post.  I'll share with you the ingredients that I used, but I don't have the exact measurements of everything (sorry, sorry, sorry!). 

Although a recipe without precise measurements may be a little intimidating, testing it out and experimenting for yourself is a great way to start becoming comfortable in the kitchen.  Too many times, people are scared to veer off from a recipe, thinking that the meal will completely ruin if numbers are not followed word-for-word (baking is a different story...don't use this advice or you may just have flat cakes...).  Other times, a recipe may force you to run to the store to buy a certain unique spice that will remain in your cupboard, never to be used again.  However, recipes should not restrict you and your palate.  Everyone has different flavors and spices that they like and dislike; perhaps you like your meals a little saltier or spicier.  Whatever the case is, go ahead and cater the dish to your liking.  Don't be afraid to manipulate the recipe.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Never Stop Holding Hands

As I was driving through my neighborhood, I witnessed a scene that never fails to melt my heart - an elderly couple holding hands. 

Assuming that they have been together for many years (which is not always the case!), they have endured beautiful moments, fights, and obstacles.  Some can say this elderly couple is experienced in the battlefield of life, yet they still cling to each other, relying on their partner for support, guidance, and comfort. 

I don't know what the exact age is when people start feeling embarrassed to hold another's hand.  Perhaps it's the middle school independent years that make a child fear being caught holding their mother or father's hand; for sure, their crush or friends would think them "uncool".  Or perhaps it begins whenever we feel too experienced and mature to be held along the way.  Whatever the time may be, most people eventually let go, and this limits both our own progress and that of others.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Fresh and Simple Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are an awesome meatless protein source.  Not only are they filled with heart-healthy fiber, but they also contain iron, phosphate, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, and other essential vitamins and minerals.  Helping to fight unhealthy conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, chickpeas are an excellent legume to add to your diet.

What Would Tiana Do? Wise Words From Our Youth

This morning, I came across a video that was both adorable and incredibly heartfelt.  A young, yet incredibly wise 6-year-old girl, Tiana, instructs her parents on why they need to be nice to one another. 

In Tiana's words, "if we live in a world where everyone's being mean, everyone's going to be a monster in their future.  What if-if there's a little bit of persons and we will eat them?  Then no one will ever be here". 

If you notice your "mean heights" up too high today, think "what would Tiana do?" and bring them down a little.  Such a young girl can think rationally, so you can, too.  Besides, you wouldn't want a world full of monsters now, would you?

Video Credit: Cherish Sherry  (must be logged into Facebook)


Must watch!! After came back from badminton I Open the garage door try to drive my car in and heard Tiana voice yelling...
Posted by Cherish Sherry on Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall: It's Not Just About Pumpkin-Spice Lattes

I will be the first to admit - I love fall and all the cozy decorations, sweaters, and pumpkins that typically get tagged along with it.  As soon as this season arrives, pumpkin-flavored everything and autumn-leaf decor hit the shelves, and for whatever reason, people go crazy about collecting it all.  Sure, the season offers refreshing, crisp scents and beautiful color schemes, but fall is more than just about pumpkin-spice lattes.  If we take a moment to delve into the core of this transitional season, we can learn a few lessons that can be applied to our own lives.

Here are five features of fall and the lessons they can teach us:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

15 Reasons Why a Dog Makes You Happy

 
Sure, owning a dog can be a lot of work.  You have to take them out, keep them clean, and you'll always have another mouth to feed.  But all of the responsibilities that come with owning a dog are sure worth the hassle at the end of the day.  A dog is more than a best friend - they are a loyal companion that always seem to bring a smile to your face. 
If you are searching for reasons to coerce your roommate into getting a dog or are looking for something that will bring you joy, here are 15 reasons why a dog makes you happy:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Everyone Needs a Cozy Escape

At my little, yellow cabin tucked away into the secluded pine forest, life seems to pause.  Stress, noise, worry, pressure - all of these just melt away, as if their haunt never loomed.  Time goes by, yet somehow, the date never can be remembered.  Plenty of work is needed around the land, but this work is simpler, more relaxing than the rest.  Maybe it's the way the sound of chirping crickets and scattering squirrels lulls me; maybe it's the clear air that allows me to breathe.  Whatever it is, something about this cabin - something about these woods - brings peace to my life.  It is my cozy escape. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Just a List: Fun Fall Activities


I don't know about you, but I always think of activities to do while I'm busy doing something else.  When it comes time to plan a fun adventure, my mind goes blank and I have a hard time remembering all the activities that I've been wanting to do.  Writing lists helps me to centralize and remember all my ideas - I use them for EVERYTHING!
 
Today I share with you a list of fun Fall activities to enjoy with a date, your family, your friends, loved ones, or even yourself!  Go ahead and escape on a cozy, Fall day!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Quick and Easy Recipe: Leek, Bok Choy, and Tofu Stir Fry

 
Stir fries are delicious meals perfect for fast and easy dishes.  This quick tofu stir fry takes very little time to make, so it is a great choice when you want a filling, healthy meal but you don't have extra time to spare.  With stir fries, the cooking process is the quick part; preparing the ingredients and cutting your veggies are the most time consuming parts.  Therefore, you want to make sure that all of your veggies are prepped and your ingredients are gathered before you start cooking.  Otherwise, your stir fry can overcook or even burn.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Try It Out: Palmolive Soft Touch

Of all products to use as my very first "Try It Out" suggestion, I choose the most invigorating one: a dish-washing soap!
In all seriousness, I was just washing the dishes, my mind roaming in its land of randomness, and I was thinking about how much I actually loved this dish-washing soap.

Most soaps wreak havoc on my already sensitive, dry hands, but of all the dishwashing liquids that I have used so far, this one has the most gentle effect.  My hands still need a drop of lotion after I wish the dishes (they are REALLY dry so I don't think any kind of soap would help), but they only need a drop after using Palmolive Soft Touch rather than half a bottle.

How to Move on from Rejection: Advice from the Rejected


Rejection - even that word causes your skin to cringe.  Whether you get rejected from a job, lover, or another opportunity, the emotions that you feel afterward are the same: they suck. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

When Feeling Blue, Dress in Gold: How Kicking Off those Sweats Can Improve Your Mood

Unmotivated? Check.  Lazy? Check.  Feel miserable about everything not going your way? Check, check, check.  Let's throw on those sweats!

Sweat pants, baggy clothes, pajamas, uncombed hair, and unshaven legs (don't worry, I'm not going to feel them, so I'm not judging you) seem to have some sort of magnetic force to us when we are feeling a little down.  When we are in a bad mood, sometimes we gravitate toward ill-fitting clothes and an unkempt appearance because one - we want some kind of comfort, and two - no one understands what we are going through so why are we going to cater our appearance to their standards, trying to please them when we can't even please ourselves?!  Or so we tell ourselves.  Of course, we also might be in a bad mood because the laundry has piled up and we don't have any decent clothes left, but I digress.  Those two thoughts cause even more trouble for our already gloomy selves and thus need to be squashed, or simply groomed away. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Fast and Easy Leftover Grilled Chicken Breast with Spinach, Tomatoes, and Onions

One benefit of leftovers is that you have a quick, easy meal the next day with very little prep.  However, eating leftovers day after day can leave you dreading a meal, even if it tastes delicious.  To prevent the monotony of leftovers, don't be afraid to get a little creative.  This simple leftover grilled chicken dish proves that a leftover can turn into a brand new meal without needing a lot of time or ingredients!  (Note: This will be just as good with fresh grilled chicken breast, too!)

Monday, September 14, 2015

7 Yoga and Stretching Videos for the True Beginner


Can you contort your body into one of those mind-blowing, gravity-defying yoga poses? No? Me neither, which is why I need the very basic of the most basic tutorials.  When you search the web, you can find countless videos labeled as "beginner".  The videos start off nice and calm, you think to yourself "hey, maybe I could teach yoga", but then halfway through, you need to twist your right leg over your heard while bending your left arm back to reach your other leg that is extended completely straight back.  Next video.  Unfortunately, some "beginner" videos are a tad bit more advanced for those of us that feel the burn while trying to reach our toes.  However, I have come across some yoga video gems throughout my searches that I would love to share with you.  These yoga videos help with everything from calming the mind to exercising your body.  I have also thrown in some stretching videos for flexibility to help you become more nimble for your yoga journey.  For the most part, these videos have pretty simple techniques that are clearly shown and easy to follow.  Of course, you may not be able to get as flat as these yogis can (I sure can't), but stretching as far as your body allows helps you nonetheless!  Be sure to check these out, my yoga beginner friends!  Namaste.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Why You Can't Find a Job


To all my fellow jobless lovelies out there who are currently looking for a job, you might have realized that job searching is one of the most terrifying, horrible experiences that you could ever go through (not really, but kind of).  You search and you sweat for days, perhaps months, and you just can't find anything.  You wonder why there isn't a perfect job out there waiting for you where you could show the world how wonderful you truly are.  Today, you do not have to wonder why anymore; I've answered that question for you!  Here are 21 reasons why you can't find a job...or here are 21 reasons why I can't find one.