35

On my 35th birthday, I clearly remember the bittersweet feelings of turning 30 and bidding adios to my roaring 20’s. I’m 5 years closer to 40, y’all! This is an incredible blessing. I keep thinking how life has changed in the past decade. How each year has gotten remarkably better, sweeter, and more delicious!

If you would’ve told me on my 25th birthday that by my 35th birthday, I’d be married. I wouldn’t have believed you. I clearly thought I was destined to be a fabulous spinster for the rest of my life.

If you would’ve told me that by 35, I’d be living in Houston, TX, with my husband, I’d laugh in your face. I was supposed to own my own home as a single gal, living in the most beautiful city in the world, Chicago.

If you would’ve told me at 25, that by 35, I would have traveled the world and eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world. I would’ve said, “of course, I have, darling!” The icing on the cake it has all been with the love of my life, my husband.

If you would’ve told me that by 35, I would no longer be working and instead baking pies in the middle of the day, I wouldn’t even know how to imagine that kind of life. I had a plan to run the world.

My life didn’t turn out exactly the way I had imagined it would’ve. It turned out even better. It’s a wonderful reminder, I can plan all I want, but I’m not the one in charge. God has always had a greater plan for me than I could ever believe. I’m counting my blessings of unconditional love, family, and friends. I’m grateful for all those who have guided me and have encouraged me on this wonderful journey. I’m allowing God to lead. I’m optimistic about His future plans for my life.

On my day of birth, I’m reminded of this biblical passage: Proverbs 3:5-6

5. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6. in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Have a great day! Thank you, for all the love and kind birthday wishes.
I wish you all continued blessings.

Thankful Thursday!

1st of all, tomorrow is my birthday! There’s no better time to reflect and count my abundance of blessings than right before the anniversary of the day of my birth. My husband keeps asking me, “what do you want to do for your birthday?” My response, “Nothing, I’m completely happy and good with just being and not celebrating this year.”

  1. My parents will be flying in from Chicago (today) to celebrate my 35th birthday with me. I’m grateful to God that I have the most incredible Mami and Papi. No matter where I’ve lived whether it be in my own apartment in Chicago, San Francisco, and now in Houston, they are always there with me.
  2. My grandmother (Mi Abuelita) will also be with me to welcome another year. She is fighting Cancer and every birthday I get to spend with her is a true blessing. She fills my heart with joy. Thank you, God, for continuing to bless us with her and give her strength.
  3. MY HUSBAND! I couldn’t have dreamed of a more LOVING, KIND, SUPPORTIVE MAN who loves me fully and unconditionally all the time. He wakes me up every single day with kisses. I fall asleep every night in his arms with a smile on my face. Whatever I did to be so blessed in love, I thank God for him every chance I get.
  4. My health. I’m alive. I’m strong. I’m able to do yoga and dance. Thank you, Lord, for your gift of health.
  5. My friends and family who’ve always been there for me. Everyone’s love and support are a gift in my life. I’m so proud of my people who are following their bliss, in whatever fashion it may be. Your courage to be true to yourselves inspires me. Thank you, for putting your love out into the world.

I’m happy. I’m blessed. I’m Thankful!

Meat-Free Zucchini Spaghetti

How many of us grew up eating fish on Friday’s during Lent? I’m here to add something new to our meat free Friday’s.
One of my favorite meals to make is zucchini “pasta”. I usually make it with turkey meat. However, I’m going completely meatless during Lent. I’ve had to alter some of my recipes. Servings: 2-4 Prep Time: 30 min or less. The most time spent is in chopping.

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Hard to believe these beautiful veggies are going to fill us up, but I promise it does.

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Chop up the green pepper, red pepper, and onion.

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Saute it all together in a pan with extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

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My favorite kitchen tool is this here: Veggetti. You can pretty much find these things anywhere nowadays. It’s a must!

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Look at all that fabulous zucchini turned spaghetti. Low carb and filling.

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Add all that delicious zucchini to the same pan. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper for added spice (optional) and drizzle with more extra virgin olive oil.

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Saute it all together over a low to medium flame and mix it all up.

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Add some fresh parmesan. We enjoyed it with fresh bread. No seriously, my husband bought it fresh from the bakery on his way home from work. Hallelujah, for fresh bread! My husband enjoyed it with a bottle of Chianti. I’ve also given up wine during Lent. Is it almost Easter? Enjoy! Buen Provecho!

Thankful Thursday!

Happy Thursday!! How are you doing today?

I’d like to share a couple of things I’m thankful for today.

  1. I decided to go meat-free during Lent. It has actually caused me to think outside of the box for recipes, incorporate different ingredients, and eat more veggies and fruits.
  2. I have the most loving, kind, and supportive husband I could’ve ever dreamed of.
  3. My grandmother made it back to Texas from Mexico, after celebrating my great grandmother’s 95th birthday.
  4. Speaking of my grandmother, I’m thankful she taught me how to cook. I made some rice, beans, and cheese enchiladas last night, that I know she would be proud of.
  5. We got to spend time with new and old friends this past weekend.
  6. I’m continuing to learn about my blog and dedicating more time to making it grow and better.
  7. I’m thankful for our home. It’s just perfect for us.
  8. I’m 8 days away from 35 and feel beyond blessed in life and grateful.

What are you most thankful for today?

Meatless Monday’s: Poblano Fried Rice

I decided to give up meat for Lent. It’s not an easy task, especially being married to a man that loves meat with almost every meal. I will be posting some of the recipes I come up with for Meatless Monday’s.

1st up: Poblano Fried Rice: 2 – 4 servings

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Rinse poblano peppers and cut in half.

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Add onion, garlic, olive oil, and salt. Saute it all together.

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For some reason, I also decided to add a potato and pepper. Knowing what I know now, I should’ve added the potatoes 2nd, not the onion and garlic. You live you learn.

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Add 1 cup of cooked rice and 2 eggs. Mix it all up on a medium to low flame.

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I finished it off with a squeeze of lime over it. Serve it in a bowl or plate. My husband also had it with some flour tortillas.
Enjoy!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Last year, I was CRAZY!  I admit it. It was our 1st Valentine’s Day as a married couple. I asked for it all. I asked for everything from flowers, cupcakes, chocolates, etc… and my husband delivered. I’ll never do that again.

This year, I actually told him, “no flowers” on one of the most anticipated flower filled holidays of the year. We’re not making reservations for any kind of fancy dinners, nor have I requested any chocolates or cupcakes this year.

I don’t know why last year, I got so caught up in the hoopla of it all. Perhaps, because it was our first year as Mr & Mrs. Whatever it was, I’m over it this year. The truth of it all, we celebrate our love often. We don’t have children, therefore, date nights are pretty normal for us. My husband does a wonderful job at surprising me with sweet treats and flowers regularly. I’m well taken care of and appreciated, as is he throughout the year.

I’ve always enjoyed Valentine’s Day because it’s a wonderful way to show and share my love with friends, family, and my significant other.  It’s an actual holiday dedicated to love, how wonderful! This Valentine’s Day, I’m actually thinking about keeping it low key. We’re going to visit a friend in the hospital. Then, we have brunch plans with a new group of friends.

I’m a bit more realistic this year than last. I’d really like it to be about what we can give to others this year. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, expensive, or even in a heart shaped box. Maybe, call an old friend and wish them well. Donate a little more to a local church. Donate clothing, food, or even blood. Perhaps, offer to babysit for friends who don’t get to get out as much. Volunteer for your favorite charity or animal shelter. There’s plenty of ways to celebrate and share the love this Valentine’s Day. The world needs more of everyone’s love. As always, I wish you love, peace, and continued blessings. Happy Valentine’s Day!