Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Stranded without Boredom

Synchronicity seems to appear in my life over and over again. Yesterday after weathering a snow storm I had a long day at work and was anxious to get back home BUT I was stranded. A co-worker promised me a ride home if I didn't mind waiting for her while she was being fit for contact lenses at the optometrist. Thankful that she would give me a ride I waited patiently for her an entire hour only to have her tell me when she finished her appointment "Sorry, I can't give you a ride. I have a conflict." With no phone or wallet on hand I was appreciative that my co-worker at least let me use her phone so that I could call my boyfriend who was working 50 miles away to pick me up. He was suppose to work late and told me to hang tight because he would do his best to pick me up as soon as he could.

Frustrated with my co-worker I politely smiled and thanked her for letting me use her phone and dashed off as fast as I could out of the building I worked in. Where was I to go for one hour? I was stranded. The last place people want to be stranded at is the airport but that's exactly where I headed; to the airport. It was only a ten minute walk and unlike most airports the Traverse City Airport is small and cozy. As soon as I walked through the doors I saw a crackling fireplace and went to sit down next to it and de-stress.Above the fireplace was a plaque and in big letters was written:

BOREDOM IS A MATTER OF CHOICE NOT CIRCUMSTANCE

Boredom, no I wasn't going to be bored while I waited for my boyfriend. In that one hour I walked around the building, did squats, wrote poetry and daydreamed of a warm place to escape from the bitter cold of northwest Michigan. Before I knew it my boyfriend appeared and I was no longed stranded. Synchronicity was right in front of me as I glared into the fireplace. I had been stranded but without boredom.

Sometimes things happen. I did the best with the circumstance that arouse and found that even when you're stranded "BOREDOM IS A MATTER OF CHOICE NOT CIRCUMSTANCE"and one can be productive if they allow themselves to be.

Have you ever been stranded? This morning as I sip on some warm tea I look back at this experience and say "Wow it could have been a lot worse, being stranded at a friendly resort airport actually was kinda fun." 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Bermuda & Banana Bread Moments



A few days ago I was writing my travel blog and the post was about Bermuda; a British territory island with pink sandy beaches. Years back my sweet mother and I took a trip to Bermuda in March during the off season. We got a wonderful deal on our trip and the icing on the cake was that on the day of our departure from Bermuda the airplane was overbooked and because we gave up our seats my mother and I got to spend an entire extra day and night in Bermuda with all expenses paid by the airline. Moments like that are precious.

March is not the most pleasant month for weather in Bermuda. It's not swimming weather but you can still walk along the pink colored sandy beaches and breathe in the air of the Atlantic Ocean breezes. There are plenty of attractions to see and good food to eat too. My mother and I like keeping things simple so we stayed at a small bed and breakfast in a Bermudian local neighborhood and walked a lot or took the bus.

One afternoon while exploring the city of Hamilton we came across a quaint cafe run by a Bermudian woman. We ordered the famous Bermuda fish chowder and it came with a loaf of just baked banana bread. Although the Bermuda fish chowder warmed our chilly bodies the Bermuda banana bread warmed our hearts.

Looking back I'm glad we went to Bermuda off season. In the summer it would have been packed with tourists and the prices would have been out of sight so March really was a good month to be in Bermuda.Today in honor of it being the first day of March I'm thinking of Bermuda and eating homemade banana bread with a cup of heavenly cream tea. I might not be in Bermuda but I feel Bermuda in every bite of my banana bread. Now that's what I call "sweet moments."


BERMUDA BANANA BREAD

3 ripe bananas
2 large eggs
4 ounces of butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

Mash the bananas and set aside. Beat butter, eggs, and sugar until fluffy. Add the mashed bananas and chopped walnuts, then slowly pour flour into the mixture with the cinnamon powder and baking powder.

Pour into a buttered loaf pan and bake for about one hour until the top of the loaf is browned. Place a toothpick in the batter to make certain it's completed baked. Let cool for about ten minutes.
Serve warm or room temperature.

BERMUDA AND BANANA BREAD MOMENTS!




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!