Home Sweet Home

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Yesterday  hd and I were talking and we decided it was time to build our house in the Islands near the beach. This  would be our first big project together and I am super excited and thrilled and hope he we would agree on everything.  We look on Houzz web site and saw lots of beautiful homes and fell in love with two of them.  We want to build a little guest cottage first,  before we get started on our family home, in this way we will have extra money coming in and also we could be hands on for the next project. This little cottage is one of  many homes we saw, it reminds me of the houses I grew up around.  Nothing to big but livable, inviting and able to clean in a second.  At the end of the year I will be heading down to get things started. 

Leaving Barbados thirty years ago and coming here I never thought I would ever miss home because everything here are so exciting and I love it.  But I think its time for me to relax and I want to do it the Island way, I miss the beaches the breeze and mostly having a garden. Whenever I go home I stay with my mom and it is really great seeing and being with my family for that short time we have together, however I don’t like moving that much or talking and all this running around or even going over to they house I just like to stay put, you would think people in the island would be lay back.  I don’t know where they are going because the place is not big but I do get they mean well and I love them for that. By the time I get back to New York I’m more tired then before. So having a place of my own will make me a little more settled and give me a little more time to hide out and have a cocktail before letting anyone know I am in the land. God is good.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Cooking Today

 

  Rosemary and Lemon Risotto

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Cooking has began a favorite weekend activity for me and hd. Every weekend we experiment our skills on a new recipe. What’s cooking in our kitchen this  weekend is a recipe from Les Food Amants blog. This dish is so easy and tasty  we had  lots of fun preparing it . We thought it would taste like the grated rind of lemon or the rosemary but to our surprise it didn’t.  We had second and even have left overs so great. Thank you guys for such a great recipe that allow me to stay with in my limit, God is good.

What’s cooking Today

IMG_2906Ever since I set the needs and wants calendar I keep surprising myself, with a limit of $10 a week  which I thought would be the  hardest thing ever, but  today is the 10th days out of this month and I only spend 99cent on tomato past for this dish I’m cooking. I am doing very well with my limit so hopefully I save a lot more at the end of the year.  

First time I made this dish I fall in love with it, now it’s my go to weekend pasta dinner,   for when  I don’t want to spend to much time in the kitchen . I cook the turkey  with a little olive oil and onion first  because I didn’t wanted it to be to dry, then I started on the sauce when  finish I mix the turkey in. I always used whole wheat penne but I didn’t had any .  With this recipe I sub a lot and you can to like I used fresh plum tomatoes and also organic ground turkey, a bit of red wine and butter  I even opt out of pepper, fennel, and the oregano as you can see this dish is very delicious.          

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

8 oz ( 250g) Italian sausages, skinned and crumbled

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper  flakes

1 tsp fennel seeds

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp tomato paste 

1-14oz (400g) can chopped Italian plum tomatoes 

salt, black pepper

1/2 cup (125g)  heavy cream

1lb (500g) dried pasta

freshly grated parmesan to serve

Heat oil in a pot, cook onion and garlic over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until soft and pale gold, 5 minutes. Add sausage, cook, stirring to break up, until colored, 10 minutes. Add red pepper flakes, fennel, oregano, tomato paste, and chopped tomatoes. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 20 minutes. Add cream. Cook, stirring until heated through. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water, until firm to the bite, drain add pasta to the hot sauce toss well to coat with parmesan enjoy.

 

 

 

Needs and Wants Calendar 2016

IMG_2893Today is the first day of the new year, and I intent in making some unforgettable memories and fulling my days with laughter. As I say I’m making my month to month sacrifices on the calendar with my needs first and my wants at the very end. So here is my list of sacrifices. 

1. Limit my spending. I wanted to start out the month a little vintage, so I focus on money which I will limit myself 10 dollars a week until the end of the year.

2. Leave my cell home for a day. Not taking my cell will help me to be on time.

3. Stay offline for a day. Staying offline will give back a little more time to me.

4. Have dinner once a week with my kids. Dinner with the kids will bring our love and respect for each other more stronger.

5. Cook dinner with my hd one night a week. Cooking dinner with my hd is showing my appreciation and love for him.

6. Take a moment for myself each night before bed. Don’t be afraid to take a moment every day for yourself it will help you to be focus and calm you down.

7. Do one challenging task this month. Try going out of the way for the next person making that person feel special, it will be a little challenging but it will all worth it.

8. Check my end of month spending and save any remainder. At the end of each month I will be checking my spending and saving the rest.