Monday, December 11, 2017

Cracker Barrel Moments


A dining table at Cracker Barrel

Once upon a time my father took mother, brother, and myself on a long drive from Detroit to Florida for our family vacation. My father had heard about the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant and made a point of stopping there for lunch. It was our very first time visiting this classic establishment known for southern homestyle cuisine and what a break it was from being on Interstate 75 for hours and finally having a chance to eat a meal right in Tennessee where the first Cracker Barrel opened in 1969.

We didn't know what to expect but we were won over by the charm of the place. There were rocking chairs to sit on at the front entrance and lots of unique items to look at before sitting down to eat at the country store. Once we were seated we ordered all the classic dishes that Cracker Barrel is famous for and ate forkfuls of true southern comfort food.

Years have passed by since that August afternoon     in 1988 when I was nineteen years old but I haven't forgotten about Cracker Barrel. Every once in a while when I'm longing for good old fashioned memories and comfort food I stop over at Cracker Barrel and enjoy moments of sitting near the fireplace, eating corn muffins, and mingling with the friendly staff.

Take an hour out of your day this holiday season and enjoy a meal at Cracker Barrel. This time of year all the Cracker Barrels have the spirit of Christmas inside them. Enjoy a plate of chicken & dumplins' or a hashbrown casserole and shop for magical items inside the old country store.

Nothing is perfect in life but life's moments can sparkle a bit when you allow a little Christmas moments into your life at a local "Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Restaurant."


                                                                     Hashbrown Casserole


What's your favorite dish at CRACKER BARREL?


fried apples, country fried steak, mac & cheese, grits? So many food items to choose from.

IT ALL BEGAN:

On September 19th, 1969 when Dan Evins opened the first Cracker Barrel on Highway 109 in Lebanon, Tennessee!





Thursday, November 30, 2017

Moments of Food, Water, and Shelter


When I pass by some of the big elaborate homes in my neighborhood I'm in awe of how rich some people are. Amidst these glamorous homes are humbling dwelling spots like my studio apartment above a garage. When I first moved into my apartment I couldn't believe how blessed I was to live in a fully furnished apartment for such an affordable price. It never occurred to me that this place would be my home for four years. This small apartment is where I feel comfortable and safe. All I need is here; a bathroom to take a shower, a kitchen to cook my meals, a table to do all my writing, and a bed in the corner of the apartment where I get a restful sleep. There are some people that would consider my living arrangement quite simple but I'm thankful everyday for having a roof over my head.

A week ago was Thanksgiving in the United States and my friend and I decided to spend part of the day volunteering at a community lunch. Most of the people that came to the lunch were quite poor and they were grateful to receive a free meal that included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, salads, and desserts. When the meal was over there was lots of food leftover including apple and pumpkin pies that hadn't even been baked. My friend offered several people small boxes of the food to take home, some accepted but others declined. One of those that declined the food was a woman with her children who said "It's so nice of you to offer the food to us but we have no kitchen to cook or store the food because we live in a car."

In this world there has always been and always will be the rich people who have grand comforts and there has always been and always will be those in the middle who have average comforts and there has always been and always will be the poor who have little and try the best to survive. Whatever our social class each human being deserves to have blessings of basic needs such as food, water, and shelter.

I'm forever thankful for my moments of "having food, water, and shelter" and my wish is for everyone to have the comforts of having food, water, and shelter.

BLESSINGS TO ALL!






Monday, October 2, 2017

Birthday Moments!




Most people like to be remembered on their birthday because it's a special day. Today I'd like to wish my father who was born on October 2nd a Happy Birthday!

My father was caring, delightful, devoted, hardworking, humorous, intelligent, talented, unique, versatile, and wise.


Moments of remembrance!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TATO!

Friday, June 30, 2017

June moments!

Today is the end of JUNE and my favorite month has come to a close. I'm so grateful for all the beautiful things that occurred during my birthday month of JUNE.

THANK YOU UNIVERSE!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Moments with Healthy Leeks!

Recently my boyfriend and I took a walk in the forest and stumbled across patches of leeks. We couldn't believe how many leeks we found. We picked as many leeks as we could and put them in my backpack. That evening we enjoyed leeks in our vegetable stir fry and today we enjoyed bowls of delicious leek soup.

Today is the first day of June. In some parts of the world June is the month of long days and the beginning of summer. Leeks are the perfect summer food. They're loaded with essential vitamins, are low in calories and highly nutritious.
Consuming leeks can actually help with weight loss.

Leeks are similar in taste to shallots. Stay healthy by adding leaks to your diet. You can purchase leeks at your local supermarket or farmer's market or pick them in the woods.

Happy Moments with Healthy Leeks!


MAGICAL LEEK SOUP: (from a French chef)

Clean the leeks and rinse well to get rid of soil Cut off the ends of the dark green parts, leaving all the white parts.

Put the leeks in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer uncovered for about 20 to 30 minutes. Drizzle the leek soup with a few drops of olive oil and sprinkle some chopped parsley on top.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lilac Moments

Lilac (Syringa) flowers symbolize spring and renewal. These fragrant flowers have such a lovely scent that they're often used in cosmetics and perfume. 

There are a few different shades of lilac flowers and their bloom times are very short only lasting three weeks. Originating in southeastern Europe lilac flowers are cherished for their beauty and they often represent love and 
romance.

Enjoy the long days of spring when lilacs are at their peak and take moments to enjoy the beauty and lovely scent of lilacs. Grow some lilacs and watch them put a smile on your face.

Lilac Colors:

blue; happiness, magenta; love & passion, violet; spirituality,
white; innocence & purity





Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Vegan Brownie Moments!

No need to use dairy products when you make brownies. Chocolate lovers can enjoy decadent vegan brownies without the added fat with vegan brownies. Eat dessert first and enjoy vegan brownie moments.

Vegan Brownies:

Mix together 1 cup of olive oil, 1 cup of flax milk, 1/2 cup of raw sugar, 1/2 cup of baking cocoa powder, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. 

Add approximately 2 cups of flour to the mixture and pour the mixture into a baking pan. Put a cup of non dairy chocolate chips into the brownie batter and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Once the brownies are completely baked place 1 cup of non dairy chocolate chips over the batter and spread the melted chocolate over the batter with a knife.

You can enjoy the vegan brownies warm or cold and brighten your day with tasty and wholesome vegan brownie moments!