WHAT'S A FOOD INDUSTRY TO DO?

Here's a video by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. I love it, he says that he does not blame the food industry, he blames us. We have the choice to say no to the food industry, their misinformation, and their obligations to their shareholders. I have to agree with him. We know what's in our food or we can find out, and we have the obligation to stand up and change the rules. 

I don't eat processed foods anymore, I don't drink soda, I don't use sugar alternatives (Aspartame, Acesulfame Potassium, Cyclamate, Neotame, Saccharin, Sucralose), I've limited my gluten intake, I eat real fruits and vegetables, I use Agave, local honey, and Stevia sweeteners, the list goes on. I have chosen to take my health into my own hands, and I won't lie, it was hard at first, but you have to make a decision because no company is going to make that decision for you.  In fact, most (there are some that genuinely care and take action) companies will do anything they can get away with, but if you give them no option, if you stop supporting them, they must change.

Oh, and you might not know this, but diet drinks (that contain the 6 sugar alternatives above) are awful for you.  Just do a little research, enlighten yourself, and then make a choice.  Ultimately the choice is yours.  


A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS



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1.   Love this mid-century modern inspired room.  
2.   Cozy fall sweaters on my mind!
3.   Homemade candles and darling old tea cups, great idea!
4.   Vintage stove, I would love this.
5.   Mustard couches are amazing.  I love this whole room.
6.   Delicious tacos, I'm in!
7.   Lovely minimalist space.  And the molding, woo!
8.   I need this vintage camera.  The color is wonderful!
9.   This collection of canisters is perfect.  The type, the colors, just perfect!  
10. Lavender Honey Cupcakes- Need I say more?
11. Vintage fans have been on my mind lately...
12. Love Rachel Zoe's outfit here.  Casual yet elegant.
13. This block fall color cowl neck pullover is awesome!
14. I love this ruff ring, so lovely!
15. Ombre, I'm going for it soon!

LENTIL SOUP

Hello, all.  Today I want to share with you a recipe for lentil soup that I modified.  I love lentil soup, especially in the fall and winter, but I wanted to personalize it a bit.  In this post I'm going to share the recipe on the Goya lentils bag, my modified version, and photos to really get you craving some delicious, easy, and healthy soup.

Ok, so I didn't really follow the recipe at all that Goya suggests, but I'm always modifying recipes, so this should be no surprise.

Goya Recipe:

1/2 lb Goya dry lentils
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 smoked ham or sausage (um, no)
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Goya Chicken or Beef Bouillion  (also, no)
4 cups water
salt and pepper to taste

My Recipe: (I believe in a more logical order)
4 cups water
1/2 lb Goya dry lentils (or any brand)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1/4 a large onion, chopped
a dash (to taste) of:
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Cajun seasoning
  • paprika
  • dill
Then I combined the ingredients in a pot, and brought the soup to a boil.  Then I lowered the heat, covered the soup, and simmered until the lentils and vegetables were tender.

Tip:  Check the soup often to make sure you don't need to add water, and if the lentils aren't tender and you're boiling all the water off, just add water.

I can't recommend time because I have a gas stove, and time is never correct on anything with a gas stove, but just check it periodically over the course of about an hour.

To serve, place soup in a bowl, add fresh chopped chives, and enjoy!








Enjoy!

 Add some hot sauce to your bowl of lentil soup.  It's delicious!!

BROWNIE RECIPE & APOLOGIES

Hello everyone!  I know.  Where have I been?  Well truth is I started a new job, went on a trip to TN with my mom, and then got a cold.  So, some sacrifices had to be made.  I'm still a little sick, but figured I'd update and share a modified Bob's Red Mill brownie recipe.

I purchased some Gluten Free Bob's Red Mill Brownie Mix at Big Lots recently, and I thought I'd share my experience with the GF brownies.  My mom went gluten free this past summer and has been experiencing wonderful results.  Many people are gluten sensitive and there are many people who are actually gluten intolerant; meaning gluten may kill them if consumed.  I'm not going to go into all the recent research on the matter just because I'm not an expert, but I do highly recommend researching more about gluten and it's ties to depression, lethargy, obesity, and other conditions.
 
THE RECIPE

The recipe on the package reads:
1 package Bob's Red Mills Brownie Mix
Beat in 3/4 cup or 1/2 sticks melted butter or margarine
1 egg
2 tps. gluten free vanilla
3/4 cup warm water
Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until just combined

MY RECIPE

1 package Bob's Red Mills Brownie Mix
Beat in 3/4 cup of Safflower Oil
1 egg (next time I'm trying egg substitute)
2 tps gluten free vanilla
3/4 cup warm water
1/2 a package of white chocolate chips (I had these already and I don't really like white chocolate, but I like the chips in cookies and brownies)

Then you just heat the oven to 350 degrees, then cook for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven.  I have a gas oven, which typically cooks faster, but with these was closer to the 30 minute mark.  






























These are a bit dense, but they are still very good.  I say try it out and see what you think.  If it's better for your health, why not try it?  Enjoy!

**ALSO Stay tuned for an E-book that is coming out soon by my lovely mother.  It's all about making gluten free staples on a budget.  Really good E-book, will be on Barnes and Noble and through my blog soon!

DELICIOUS TOMATO SANDWICH

Mikey and I have been enjoying a super yummy tomato sandwich which could be great for breakfast or lunch.

It's super easy to make, delicious, and pretty healthy.  It's definitely a great alternative to most breakfast or lunch sandwiches.

All you need is: 

English Muffins (read the bag, I go for Vegan ones, but have no preference past that)
Tomato
Fresh Spinach
Olive Oil
Oregano
Salt

1.  Toast the English Muffins.  While they are toasting I cut up my tomato and wash my spinach.  I always wash "pre-washed" fruits and vegetables, you can never be too safe.

2.  Once the English Muffins have toasted, lightly spread olive oil on the muffin in place of butter.

3.  Place sliced tomatoes on the bottom portion of the muffin.

4.  Sprinkle Oregano and salt to your liking.

5.  Place spinach on top of tomatoes, place top portion of the muffin on top of that, and enjoy!

It's super tasty and good for you!  I like to cut up another tomato, lightly salt it, and eat it as a side.  Mmmm!

Enjoy!

SUNDAY MORNING HELLO

Hello.

So, I've been neglecting my blog like mad the past two weeks, but things are so busy, and life is changing (no update on that yet, but stay tuned), and I just have had to put some things on the back burner.  No worries, though.  Modern Southerner will be back to normal soon, promise!

In the mean time, I've been doing well with the raw diet, I did start cheating a bit, but that's because I'm only doing raw a little and just going vegetarian/vegan.  I say "vegetarian/vegan" because I am still going to eat fish and shrimp, but no other animal products.  I'm sorry, I'm from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, southerners eat seafood...  plus fish and shrimp (here at least) live in their natural environment.

My cheats (they aren't bad, promise):
+ Veggie Chips and Hummus...  usually I eat hummus with carrots, but out of shear need for a different texture I've picked up some veggie chips.  Yum, yum!

+ Shrimp...  I had a salad yesterday at lunch that was grilled shrimp, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, capers, and artichoke.  It was delicious.  I went and saw my mom yesterday, so she took me to a nice lunch.  It was the best time!  I've missed my mom so much, so getting to spend the day with her was wonderful!

That's it, other than that I've been drinking fresh juice and eating lots of salad, carrots, etc.

For an entire week I did the juicing/raw, now my plans are to drink the juice still, eat salads, but also eat beans, nuts, cooked veggies, a little bread (although I'm going gluten free as soon as I can afford it), and dried fruit, veggies, etc, and tea.  The raw juices are still going to be a part of my diet, though!  I'm not eating fast food, fried foods (I might cheat on shrimp or okra very seldom, and try to do it at home so I can make sure no other animal products went into it), sodas, meat, animal products, or anything else unhealthy.

Ok, I'm rambling because I miss my blog!!  I'll be updating more regularly soon, and I'm going to get back to more interesting content then me rambling.  I can't wait to share some big news in the coming weeks, but that must wait!  Don't want to jinx anything!

Happy Sunday, all!

STEVE-O IS VEGAN, WHAT WHAT?

WARNING:  The following blog features writing about animal situations that might be graphic to some.  Accordingly, Modern Southerner and the producers must insist you read at your own will.

Hi, I'm Sarah McMahon.  Welcome to this post.

Yep, the Jackass extraordinaire is Vegan.  Steve-O goes on to explain his reasoning behind becoming Vegan, and let me just say I totally agree.  He states "I got into being vegan because I was simply looking to benefit from being more compassionate."  I love that statement, and it's kind of how I feel.  I feel like we just use other animals, and most of us don't have any regard for that.  Seriously, not trying to point fingers, not trying to piss anyone off; I'm just as guilty as the next with my past choices.  But really think about your true connection to anything you eat, and your feelings about the truth behind what you eat.  Just think.  I sometimes look at my sweet puppy or kitty and how much I love them, how smart they are, and how they are truly apart of my family.  Then I think of animals who we eat for food.  It's terrible, they don't have lives, they're just MEAT.  And don't come in with the "animals don't feel or think or love" bit because trust me I've had enough animals to know this is false.

I'm not even hating on people eating meat.  Yeah, "yum yum it tastes good, I can't part with that."  I get it, it does "taste good" and all that jazz, but what I'm trying to get across to people is the way in which we handle our meat.  I'd say "like animals" but the truth in that is it's not like animals at all.  It's like humans, and humans can be the lowest form of animal on this planet.

If a cow lives on a farm, lives a good life, is loved and treated well by its owners, and those owners so happen to send it to slaughter one day, well you know what, that's fine.

If a cow is born to a mother who gave birth to his now already digested older brother before him, and will give birth shortly after to his little sister who might be sent to slaughter or used like his mother, is then sent to a stall where he will stand for his entire life until he is sent to slaughter, unable to walk, where the meat from his body and the meat from countless other cow's bodies rest while flies land on them, and an unauthorized man wielding a USDA stamp comes along, stamps him, then off he goes to your belly, that's not fine.

Isn't it funny how the good option is so short, sweet, and to the point, but the bad option is so long, complicated, and obviously the wrong choice?  Yeah, I thought so, too.

Point of this post?  Point of Steve-O's post?  Point of you reading this?  Because there are A LOT, and by a lot I mean billions, of things wrong with this world at this very moment.  More than any group of beings who are supposedly "civilized" and "sophisticated" should ever possess.  People need to get off their lazy butts, think about the true impact they have on this world and their lives, and future generations, and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

So class, there's your lesson for today.  Hope some of you come back.

MY RAW FOOD DIET, THUS FAR

Ok, so I said I'd share with you what I've been eating the past two days, so here we go!

Saturday

Breakfast:
1 Whole Banana
1 16 oz glass of Raw Juice, which contains:
    1 Banana
    1 Apple
    1 Cup Blueberries (Frozen)
    2 Carrots
    1 Handful of Spinach

Lunch:  I was at the beach, so forgive me for this weird one.
1 Whole Banana
1 Whole Pulm
1 Whole Peach
Normally I would eat more, but because I was at the beach, I didn't.

Dinner:
Large Salad (in a mixing bowl), which contained:
    1 Handful of Lettuce
    1/2 A Green Pepper
    1 Handful of Spinach
    1/2 Tomato
    1 tbs of Olive Oil
    Salt & Pepper (to your liking)

Sunday

Breakfast:
1 Whole Banana
1 16 oz glass of Raw Juice, which contains:
    1 Banana
    1 Apple
    1 Cup Blueberries (Frozen)
    2 Carrots
    1 Handful of Spinach

Lunch:
Large Salad (in a mixing bowl), which contained:
    1 Handful of Lettuce
    1/2 A Green Pepper
    1 Handful of Spinach
    1/2 Tomato
    1 tbs of Olive Oil
    Salt & Pepper (to your liking)

Snack:
Juice, which contained:
    1 Peach
    1 Banana
    1 Cup Blueberries (Frozen)
    1 Carrot
    1 Handful of Spinach
    1 Cup of Soy Milk

Dinner:
Baby Carrots
Hummus, which contained: (my cheat, I know the beans are cooked)
    1 16 oz Can of Garbanzo Beans aka Chickpeas
    1/4 cup Liquid From Can of Chickpeas
    1 1/2 tbs Tahini
    1/2 tsp Salt
    2 tbs Olive Oil
    2 tbs Dill
    1/2 tbs Paprika
    1 Handful of Olives

Snack:
1 Apple

I also take a crap-ton of vitamins.  If you want to know what, I'll tell you.  Just ask.

**Disclaimer**  For purposes of people doing stupid things, I am not a doctor.  I only know what works for me.  Please consult a physician if you have any questions.

NEW RAW VEGAN DIET, FOR A WHILE

Hello all!  Sorry I've been absent the past week.  I've had so much to do!!  I was working on my portfolio.  I was working on my mom's future book.  I was working on resumes.  I was working on my practicum.  I was working on learning Adobe Premiere.  I guess in all that working I just couldn't keep up with the rest of my life, but I'm back.  I know you were sad.

This post is entitled "New Raw Vegan Diet, For A While" because that's what I'm doing.  I recently watched two documentaries that got me thinking and exploring.  The first was Ingredients, which was about the local food movement, and I'm totally for.  The second was called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  It's about this guy's (Joe Cross) journey to get healthy, fit, and off his medications of nine years by raw juicing.  Now at first I was going to try this, but after being evaluated at Reboot Your Life (the website that accompanies the documentary), I decided to try the suggested juice and raw fruit and vegetables diet.

First, let me say that I'm so excited to be doing this, and I'm already through day two, and I feel great.  Most people, if they do the raw juicing only, feel sick the first few days and then energetic and wonderful, but I guess since I had gone back to being a vegetarian already, I wasn't affected.  The reason I'm doing this is to get healthy.  Fruits and vegetables are essential to healthy living.  In today's fast paced society where fast food is king, people are getting farther and farther from healthy eating, and essentially killing themselves.  Processed foods, foods high is salt, foods high in sugar, foods high in bad fat (yes, there is good fat: avocados, nuts, olive oil, to name a few), fried foods, excessively large portions of food, the list goes on.  This is what most people are consuming everyday.  It's disgusting.

Now don't get me wrong, I've eaten my fair share of the crap over the years, but I've also tried to avoid a lot of it, too.  Not to say I was always successful.  I've been a vegetarian twice now...

For me, this is just the right thing to do.  I'm not here to convince anyone otherwise, although I highly encourage it.  I just want to share my experience and hope that it might inspire others to do the same.  Honestly, I don't know how anyone can't.  Once you're presented with enough facts, you just can't deny it any longer.  I couldn't, at least.

Hormones in our milk, in our meat.  Terribly inhumane conditions for animals.  Fatty foods.  Sugar laced everything.  Fried this and that.  Heart disease.  Cholesterol.  Obesity.  Child obesity.  2000 calorie fast food meals.  Diabetes.  Processed foods.  High fructose corn syrup.  Should I go on?

I've decided to say no more to any of it.  I'm going to eat the raw fruits, vegetables, and raw juices for a while.  I'll slowly introduce cooking back in, and I'm also going to eat seafood (I eat it seldom, and I love it).  As far as milk (which I didn't eat before), eggs, cheese, butter, sour cream, beef (didn't eat before either), chicken, turkey, ham, or any other animal product go, we're done.

I've also cut out all beverages except water for now.  I'll introduce tea later, but soda and I are also done.

Don't believe me?  Well, I'm going to blog about it.  And I ain't no liar!!  Haha, "ain't no" yesh!

I'm going to be posting what I eat, how to make it, etc.

I hope I can inspire some others, but if not, no biggie.  I'm content with what I'm doing.

**Disclaimer**  For purposes of people doing stupid things, I am not a doctor.  I only know what works for me.  Please consult a physician if you have any questions.

NUTELLA CRESCENTS

The other day I came across the recipe for Nutella Crescents.  Yes, you read that correctly!  So, this afternoon I decided to give them a try.  Let's just say, super easy and probably my new favorite dessert now.

All you do is get some Pillsbury Crescents, roll them out, spread about a tbs of Nutella in the middle of the dough, roll them up, bake them according to the directions on the can, and presto!  I then dusted some powdered sugar on them, just to make them even more delicious!  SO SIMPLE!!  And, good! 

Here are mine, mmmmm!  Mikey LOVED them, too!

ALMOND MILK INSTANT JELLO PUDDING

In case you were wondering, you can totally make Instant Fat Free Jello Pudding with Almond Milk!!!  They clearly state on the box you can't use soy, and believe me, you can't.  I don't drink milk at all.  Milk really isn't as good for you as the Got Milk ads would like you to think.  *See that, good advertising can sell anything.  Milk is packed with hormones, and even traces of ROCKET FUEL!!  Plus the conditions the cows live in are down right horrible, unless you get local milk, which I think is fine.  Don't believe me?  Google it.  This isn't a post about milk though, it's a post about delicious Fat Free Jello Pudding!!

Today, I experimented.  I had made brownies (my favorite desert), and they were getting a bit tough from being out (with plastic wrap, no worries) for a few days.  So, I decided to make some Fat Free Chocolate Jello Pudding using almond milk and crumbled brownie.  I used my Ninja (thanks mom) and pulverized the leftover brownies.  Then I simply made the pudding and waited... tick tock tick tock.  I was afraid it wouldn't work since soy milk doesn't work, but low and behold, it worked!  It's really good, too!  I suggest trying it.  I also suggest staying away from milk, but that's an entirely different post.  ENJOY!


Also, these are my sweet little vintage owl salt & pepper shakers my mom gave me.  They were my grandmother's so not only are they awesome owls, but they mean the world to me!

AMAZING ICE CUBES

Summer is upon us and that means ice cold drinks (especially in the South).  There's nothing better than an iced tea or some fruity cold beverage on a super hot day and these will certainly cool any drink off.  I just love how you can coordinate the ice with your intended day!

Enjoy!

 Spooky!!  Wonderful for Halloween and if you live south of the Mason Dixon Line, it'll probably still be boiling out!

 These are so cute!! The kid in me would certainly love to see these little fellows floating in some Koolaid, old school style!

 Diamonds are apparently a girl's best friend, but I like the ice cubes better!!  Ok, I might be pushing it there.

 I LOVE THESE!!!  So cool!

 I like mine shaken... with gun cubes.

 What's better than robots?  CHILLBOTS!!  Yikes, I'm in love!

Ok, as an artist I had to add this one, but honestly, it's creepy...

 Shot glasses that are frozen.  I think someone made these for us older folks.  After about 23, you can't take shots.  I mean you can, but you'll pay for them, promise.  These might soften the blow.

Gin & Titonic... c'mon, that's awesome.

All photos via Demilked.

FOOD CRISIS IN AMERICA


When I think of the words “food crisis,” I picture starving children in third world countries where food production cannot keep up with population growth. I’m aware of hunger here too, but what I’m addressing in this post is not a lack of food. What I perceive as the “crisis” here is the increase in chemicals and unnatural processes that are causing an onslaught of health problems in our citizens.  Did you know that one in 110 children in this country have some form of autism?  Three to five percent of our children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Cancer, diabetes, thyroid problems. What are the causes of these diseases? Consider this. Wendy’s has recently changed its french fries to a new version that uses “natural sea salt.” Sounds healthy, right? The new fries contain more sodium, a medium size fry goes from 350 milligrams of the older recipe to 500 milligrams, and the calories jumps to 420. The kicker. They are cooked in oil treated with dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone-based chemical that prevents vegetable oil from foaming. (The other chains use it too.) The fries are also sprayed with sodium acid pyrophosphate, a chemical that prevents the fries from turning brown when fried at the factory and then again at the store. Next is the dusting with dextrose, a corn sugar.  What happened to a french fry being a potato fried in oil, plain and simple? Convenience? 

Then there’s our meat. Many commercially bred animals are fed feed that contains by-products that are not naturally part of their diets. Remember mad cow disease? Cows are herbivores, not meat eaters!  According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, “animal feed legally can contain rendered road kill, dead horses, and euthanized cats and dogs.” They can be fed the carcasses of others of their own species, not to mention animal waste. Animals are also given hormones to make them produce more milk or have larger breasts and on and on. The European Union’s Scientific Committee on Veterinary Measures Relating to Public Health states that “the use of six natural and artificial growth hormones in beef production poses a potential risk to human health.” We’re eating this!

On top of chemicals and additives, food allergies pose significant health problems too. Gluten and milk product allergies are on the rise. The number of children with food allergies went up 18 percent from 1997 to 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007, the CDC reported about 3 million children younger than 18 had a food or digestive allergy. Have you thought about the fact that humans are the only mammals that consume the milk of another species, many from day one of their lives? “Got milk?” Maybe you shouldn’t.   

As a diabetic, I am constantly searching for ways to improve my diet and hopefully my health.  I am in the process of going gluten free and in my quest, I unearthed all of these disturbing facts, which just scratch the surface.This topic is too comprehensive and probably too heavy for Mamma Mia’s guest post, but I hope that this information makes you think about those fries and the other foods we are consuming. “We ARE what we eat.”

My favorite gluten free food blog: http://www.adventuresofaglutenfreemom.com/

Some info about the hormones in our food: http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/hormones/

Disturbing information about what’s allowed in our animal feed: http://www.ucsusa.org/food_and_agriculture/science_and_impacts/impacts_industrial_agriculture/they-eat-what-the-reality-of.html

FOOD WISHES

Ok, I'm not even totally sure how we found it, but we (Mikey and I) found this video on Youtube and it's a chef talking you through creating fried chicken and let me just say, dude is awesome. You seriously need to just check him out.  His tone of voice, his commentary, and just the witty and sometimes sarcastic (although awesome) observations are golden (no pun intended... fried chicken... get it). 

Anyway, don't take my word, just view these videos and enjoy. He's really pretty great, so do it!  Check out Food Wishes.com!


Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Thomas Jefferson Macaroni and Cheese

Chocolate Mousse

Mystery Fried Noodles??  THE BEST ONE**

I could listen to this dude make food alllllllllllllllll day.  Enjoy.

DO SOMETHING REEL

Earth month is upon us!  Just one more day of March and then it begins and in honor of that I want to share the following with you:

Recently my mom sent me a link to this website, it's for Do Something Reel Film Festival presented by Whole Foods Market (love that place) and it's touring the country with 6 films about various environmental issues, initiatives, and ideas. They will be touring the whole month of April for Earth Month and they'll be in 70 cities. You can read a short summary of each film here and you can see if the films are coming to a city near you here. There are going to be showings in New Orleans and Baton Rouge so I highly recommend all my friends in those two places go!  I'm going to decide on a film or two and see them, but it's going to be so hard to pick!  I want to see them all!




Just thought I'd share this, every little bit of education helps!  Also check all throughout April for tons of environmental posts in honor of Earth Month!

Ciao!

WRAP 'N' MAT

Last week my dear friend Jackie came across this awesome reusable sandwich wrap and shared it with me. It's gingham and it's adorable. I really like this because it looks durable yet it's stylish. I think that's the key to a lot of the reusable items, make them attractive! People are visual and we definitely don't want to give up comfort and style, unfortunately even for our environment, but why should we? We should create functional, stylish, and eco-friendly design. Giving people what they want and adding the environmental bonus will encourage people to purchase and use those things, like the Wrap 'N' Mat or the Bobble.



Btw, I suggest checking out Jackie's website. She's wonderfully talented and a super awesome friend. Enjoy!

WHITE WINE CHICKEN PASTA

Tonight I wasn't even thinking about making anything for dinner, but as it got later and I was more settled in I decided to make something. Problem was I hadn't gone to the store to replenish my food stock and wasn't sure what to make. Then I realized that I had chicken, gluten free pasta (just trying it out), and sauce. Well, let's just say I got creative from there. Here are some photos to accompany the process.


Fresh Onions, Tomatoes, & Olives


SamMills 100% Corn Pasta


Organic Pasta Sauce


Chicken Tenders


 Added Olives & Fresh Tomato to the Sauce


 Drinking Some Wine, Adding Some Wine


Cooking the Chicken & Onions


Cooking the Pasta


Mmmm, Chicken is Done


The Finale

FRIDAY MORNING-- A BIT O' LUCK

 Just a glimpse into my tiny wonderful kitchen on this fine Friday morning.  

You see this morning, around 5 am, I got up to go to the bathroom.  As I step into my bathroom I hear a crunch.  I turn on the light and to my shock and disappointment I realize I've stepped on the mirror I use to look at the back of my hair with.  As I pee (sorry if that's graphic, but it's what went down, plus everybody does it) I think "Damn 7 years bad... wait, I don't believe that crap."  I really don't believe in luck; good, bad or otherwise.  One of my favorite numbers is 13 (my grandfather's birthday was 8/13 and he was born on a Friday) and I love black cats.  I've stepped under ladders and nothing has happened, and a few years back I broke a mirror accidentally and now I have my own apartment, a wonderful boyfriend, I'm finally about to graduate, and my life is better than ever and do you know why?  It's not luck, it's just the path I've chosen.  

Anyway, after I got up a second time this morning around 8, I thought about the mirror and how instead of having a bad morning I was going to have a good one.  My mom said my great grandmother used to say "It's just as easy to wake up glad as it is sad" or something to that effect, and it's true.  Sure, I've had my share of depression, trust me, but as I've gotten older I've gotten more like my mom on those issues, which thrills me.   

And now for some photos summing up my wonderful Friday morning.


Mmmm, Pinot Noir (no I didn't drink any this morning, just was sitting there) and fresh cut Azaleas from my front yard.


My favorite Easter candy!  Cadbury small hard shell eggs!


 This was my grandmother's I will keep it forever!


I bought this at a vintage store in TN.


I recently mentioned banana ice cream, so I copped some up today to make ice cream with later.


You simply cut them up, freeze them, then blend them in a blender.  That's it!


Some I had already made.

It's best if you make only enough to eat right then because it doesn't re-freeze well.  Also try adding things:   honey, chocolate, a little sugar, peanut butter, other fruits!


Isn't my kitchen floor awesome!  (that's sun light, not white spots)

Also I'm about to get to work on Replay today, so check back for new items!!!  I have so many!

Happy Friday, All!