Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Moments of Love (Valentine's Day)

MOMENTS OF LOVE:

On February 14th, you can celebrate "Moments of Love" with those you love most whether it be your romantic partner, parents, siblings, friends or mentors. To love somebody and be loved in return is a beautiful thing. It's nice to have people to share your life journey with.

I myself have had days of being completely alone and days of being surrounded by family and friends. Of all things on this earth the most heartwarming is to have "MOMENTS OF LOVE" because it feels good to care for others and to be cared for.

Be grateful for your "MOMENTS OF LOVE" not just on Valentine's Day but throughout the year.


💖💗💜💚💙💔


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Moving Moments!

MOVING....it's something that a lot of people do, including me. Moving can be exciting and exhausting, adventurous and dull, expensive and stressful. Sooner or later most of us have to move to another place.

After years of wanderlust and moving from place to place I ended up in a small resort city on a lake that was suppose to only be a temporary place while I looked after my Mother who has Alzheimers. But those fews months turned into a year and another year......

Four years later, I'm still here because somehow I ended up living in the perfect cozy apartment close to the beach, close to the food market, close to the optometrist, close to the bicycle trail into town, close to my job, and close to my Mother. I got attached to my apartment and my comfortable life even though the wanderlust side of me was still questioning where to go next.  Argentina? Belgium? India? Madagascar? Switzerland? Vietnam? Turkey?

Today is February 1st, 2018 and it's the day I bid farewell to my apartment that I've been so attached to. This afternoon I walked down those all to familiar stairs for the very last time, closed the door behind me and said "Time to move on."

Regrets? not at all. A well traveled British man is renting me his furnished flat on the beach for three months only nine miles away from where I lived. I moved in today and have already accomplished more than I thought I could.  I started a new blog called Kitchen Talk, I'm almost finished with a screenplay, and a career change is now in order. I'm inspired to travel and work abroad, It's time to be adventurous again and get out of my comfort zone.

Yes..MOVING can be emotional and difficult but once the move is made, a new beginning evolves and things begin to fall into place. Eventually the fear of the unknown fizzles and you move on to another place and to a new beginning.



                    I've moved out of my beloved apartment today and into new beginnings!




February 1, 2018





Thursday, January 25, 2018

Make a bad day into a good day!

If everyday ran smoothly we'd really be living a "fairytale life" because in reality even a prince or princess has a bad day. Yes, problems are a part of life and eventually every human being is faced with one of life's big stresses.

                                                      Let the simple things make you happy!

One big stress is having to move from your dwelling place no matter if it's a castle or a small studio apartment. In my case it's a small studio that I'm moving from but that small studio apartment has been my little sanctuary for the best four years. I've had all my essentials under one tiny roof; a fireplace to keep me warm on a cold winter's night, a modern kitchen to do all my baking and cooking, my very own bathroom, a corner space to sleep on a queen size bed with a ceiling fan, a small area to exercise, a storage unit, and access to a small backyard. Yes, I've really loved my cozy apartment in a quiet and safe neighborhood.

The emotional and physical stress of having to move has made me catch a cold and even though I wasn't feeling good today I had to go to work. My boyfriend was kind to take me to work and buy me a cup of lemon ginger tea but as soon as I arrived at work the cup of tea came crashing down from where I placed it and spilled all over the floor. Unfortunately there was no place I could go to get another tea. My ears and nose were numb and I had trouble breathing but I did my best to make it through the day. When I came back home I had a pile of things that needed to be done but my head was to foggy to think and I fell into a deep sleep and forgot all about my frustrations.






Sometimes life brings challenges. It's taken me weeks to find a new place to live and I've finally managed to find a temporary place to live for three months and through it all I've had "bad days" but no matter how bad the day may seem there's something good and beautiful in each day that we live whether it's hearing the birds sing, seeing a child smile, getting a call from a friend, finding the perfect parking spot or getting a complimentary cup of coffee at the local market



                                                                   Music  Heals!


In our moments of life they'll be bad days and good days, the most important thing is to be grateful for the good moments that life brings us from day to day.





Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Cookie Moments

Christmas comes but once a year and when it does people often get into the "giving spirit."It's more of a blessing to give then to receive and one way to brighten someone's day is to give them cookies made with love.

Throughout the world there are countless bakers who create magnificent tasting cookies to share with others during the Christmas season and each country has their own version of a festive Christmas cookies such as:

American Peanut Butter Blossom
Australian Anzac Biscuit
Chinese Almond
Cuban Tortica de Navidad
French Madeleine
Italian Biscotti
Polish Kolaczki
Swedish Pepparkakor

Spread the joy of Christmas with sharing homemade cookies with friends, family, and strangers and together everyone will have "Christmas Cookie Moments."








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!