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Birthday Haul!

13 Jul

Hobby Lobby Haul

It was my 24th birthday on Wednesday so I went out for a night of fun with my family. we had a great dinner and then went shopping. The above photo shows my Hobby Lobby Haul. I had never been there before because my go to store was always AC Moore but Hobby Lobby is pretty impressive haha. I am totally obsessed with polymer clay charms so of course I had to get some more Sculpey and Premo clay. I also got more eyes pins, and some glass jars to make some more unique charms. I will have more photos of my charms soon.

*****UPDATE:  My favorite local health food store actually has agreed to let me use some of their counter space to sell some of my charms.  All of the profits are actually going to buying supplies for my wellness website and for my dance website. So I hope they do well.*****

Flight 001 Haul

My Flight001 order came the day after my birthday and I was so excited. I purchased a luggage tag, leather passport cover, collapsible cup, collapsible chopsticks, Luxe guide to Seoul SK, and an awesome wetsuit bag set. As I said in my previous post I love travel and hope to one day have the income to be able to experience the world and the people in it. I know I will have my chance soon and my first order from Flight001 gives me great hope.

*****Do you have a place you would love to go to in the world? Please share! :)*****

I’m a dangerous creature…now open your wings!!!

9 Jun

And SNAP!!! I got this shot 🙂


This little guy has been on my screen door all day long. I was trying so hard to get him to open his wings and finally he did. Isn’t he a beauty?—-CMY

*****More polymer clay photos coming soon*****

Farmers Market Egg Breakfast

5 Jun

Farmers Breakfast

Finally here is a simple delicious recipe using some of my farmers market haul. I have been eating this same delicious breakfast since Saturday and I haven’t gotten tired of it yet.  The reason I call this recipe just an egg breakfast is because it can be either scramble eggs or an omelet. I hope you enjoy this breakfast as much as I do 🙂 —-CMY

Farmers Market Egg Breakfast

Serves 1

1 whole egg

2 egg whites

1/4 to 1/2 of a baby zucchini thinly slice

1 bunch onion chopped

As much cheese as you like

Toast to serve with

Take your chopped veggies and add them to a pan on medium heat with a little olive oil salt and pepper. Cook your veg tossing occasionally till tender. Add your egg and your cheese and scramble (or an omelet and frittata). Serve nice and hot with a piece of toast. Enjoy!

*****I have a post planned on the sun and sunscreen and what people need to know. Most people say stay out of the sun it is bad for you in excess. Well why is that?  In my next post I will tell you. I don’t fear the sun in fact I love it; but being educated about its effects on the body is very important.*****

Hey Hey Hey! Addicted to Polymer Clay!

31 May

So now I love learning new things. Especially creative crafty artsy things (phew!). For the past 2 months or so I have been experimenting with polymer clay and let me tell you it is addicting. On YouTube I follow several polymer clay masters and all the ideas I have are always swirling through my head. I am currently creating lots of pendants. I like the size of them and the fact that they are statement pieces. Here are a few that I have worked on so far. Hope you like them!—-CMY

Clay Pop

Clay Red Rose

Clay Smore

Clay Blue Rose

Clay Sushi

Have any of you experimented with polymer clay? What crafts do you like?

Happy May Everyone!!!

1 May

025 copyThis month Pixie will be celebrating her 10th Birthday!!!! Last year I pulled off an awesome gift for her so this year I will have to one up myself. So I have to figure out what I am going to do and fast.

Follow this link to see what I did for Pixie last year: https://saltpepperbrilliant.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/pixies-9th-birthday-surprise/

A summer breakfast in the middle of winter…YUM!

27 Feb

I am nearing my graduation date in April and I couldn’t be happier except when I get screwed over by winter weather. I unfortunately am home missing a lesson because I couldn’t get out of my road due to ice. Not to mention I live an hour and fifteen minutes away from my school. So to cheer me up (because the winter blues are killing me) I decided to make a breakfast to give me summer dreams. So here is my recipe for scrambled eggs with scallion and sun dried tomatoes. Mmmmmmmmm……

Sun dried tomato and Scallion Scrambled Eggs

1 whole egg and two eggs whites

5 small sun dried tomatoes, or more if you wish

Handful of fresh chopped scallions

Cheese of your choice as much as you wish (I had some sharp American on hand so that’s what I used)

Some type of bread (It was delicious on an English muffin)

     Add a little bit of olive oil in a pan and heat for a minute or so on medium. Add your eggs to a bowl and beat then add cheese, scallions, and sun dried tomatoes, and mix until just blended. Add your egg mix to the pan and cook while constantly moving the eggs with a spatula until eggs are just firm. Toast up your english muffin and top with your scrambled eggs and enjoy. Serves 1.

Yummy summer inspired breakfast

Yummy summer inspired breakfast

Short Book Review: The Lost Recipe for Happiness

13 Aug

The Lost Recipe for HappinessThe Lost Recipe for Happiness by Barbara O’Neal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an excellent book. I love the author’s descriptive writing style and the way she developed the characters throughout the book. You lived and breathed along with Elena (Chef and lead character of this story) as she struggled with haunting images of her past and her troubles as the new executive chef at an up and coming restaurant in her present. Along the way Elena finds love, friends, balance and respect at work, but most importantly she finally comes to terms with her past. This was such a great read and I can thank my neighbor for introducing me to this book. In fact I loved it so much I bought my own copy.

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Creature of the Deep and It’s for Dinner!

19 Apr

Creature of the Deep and It's for Dinner!

Hey everybody I haven’t written in a while because I have been super busy and then my super busy got me sick so I had to take some time off to regroup. Summer is on its way and one thing is on my mind being a Greek. Grilled Octopus…yum!!! I love octopus in all of its tentacle filled glory. It can be hard to prepare though if it is your first time. You can wind up chewing on something as tough as a car tire. So this is how I prepare my octopus for a night of yummy eating.
Step 1: If your octopus (2lb-4lb) has not been cleaned, which I doubt your fishmonger hasn’t cleaned it. But just in case cut out the beak yes the beak on the bottom of the animal in the center of all of those tentacles. Then cut a vertical slit in the head and remove the organs. Most likely though your octopus would already be well cleaned.
Step 2: Fill a large pot with water and some sea salt. Bring it to a rolling boil. A rolling boil is a boil that does not stop when you stir it with a spoon. Add your cephalopod whole and bring the water back to a boil if it has weakened. Boil the octopus for 10 minutes. Strain the octopus out and rinse under cold water removing the gelatinous skin that will be in between the tentacles. Cut the legs away for the head and body. Set them aside and then cut the head into rings and the thick body into strips.
Step 3: Get a heavy jar or a mallet and some plastic wrap. Here comes the therapy portion of this recipe, haha. Place a piece of your octopus on a cutting borad and cover with plastic wrap or wax paper and hammer away. This is how you will tenterize those tough as leather pieces. It can get messy so cover the piece well. Tenderize the piece till it is almost flat. It will puff up during cooking.
Step 4: Now you can season your octopus anyway you want and either grill or fry it. Since it has already been partially cooked it will take only minutes to cook through. For frying I create a marinade out of lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and dried oregano. Toss your octopus in this marinade and then lightly bred in flour. Fry the peices on medium heat until golden brown. Serve hot with extra lemon juice and some Retsina. Cheers!

The Humble Chickpea

1 Apr

           There is just something about chickpeas that makes me love them so much. Their taste, versatility, and texture packed into such a tiny package makes for excellent eating. During Lent this year I have eaten primarily seafood and tons of veggies but I needed something a little more toothsome. Then I remembered a simple recipe that my Yia Yia used to make during this time. The humble chickpea gets dressed up in a simple tomato sauce and boy does it satisfy. So here is that great recipe for your vegetarian enjoyment.

Chickpeas in Tomato Sauce

2-15.5oz cans of Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

2-8oz cans of Tomato Sauce

3 tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper, to taste

(Simple right?!)

       Drain and rinse your chickpeas and add to your pot. Add your tomato sauce, olive oil, S&P, and give it a good stir. Now add some water just to cover your chickpea mix. Stir well to incorporate. Bring your chickpeas to a boil then reduce to a strong simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Stir your chickpeas frequently because they tend to sink to the bottom. Do not cover; you want to cook most of the liquid out to make a thick sauce. I do suggest a splatter screen though; unless you like tomato sauce all over your stove, haha. In thirty minutes you have a delicious, satisfying vegetarian meal. Enjoy!

Pita Pizza:Quick, Easy, and Delicious!

13 Mar

       Pitas were always a huge part of my life. They can be eaten alone, seasoned, with chicken, or my favorite souvlaki (Greek shish kebob). Growing up as a kid when I was in the mood for pizza I would also turn to the pita.  I would make a simple homemade sauce, top the pita with some shredded Greek cheese, pop it in the oven, and there was dinner! It soon became a go to quick dinner for my whole family, and it still is to this day.

Pita Pizza

5 pitas

4 cups shredded cheese (Kasseri, Kefalograviera, Mozzarella, etc.)

Tomato Sauce

1-8oz can of tomato sauce

Garlic Powder

Dried Oregano

Red Pepper Flakes


Olive Oil

Make the sauce ahead of time to let the flavors develop. Pour the tomato sauce into a bowl, add a drizzle of olive oil, and then your seasonings. Now I did not add measurements for the seasoning because it is going to be dictated by your tastes. So this is your opportunity to play around with flavors. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Shred your cheese and set it aside. When your oven has preheated build your pizzas. Add the amount of sauce desired to your pita, top with cheese, and if you have toppings add those. My sisters like pepperoni while my dad loves anchovies. Put your finished pitas into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes. The cheese will be melted and slightly brown. If I’m going to have a quick dinner this is it. Enjoy!