Showing posts with label My Photos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label My Photos. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Loosing Weight...My Quest Towards Better Health

If you look at this first picture, this is how I look now. Heavy and working hard to loose 80 pounds by next Summer 2015.
As a vegan for the last 10 years you may think she's a skinny girl, but being a vegan doesn't mean your thin...It only means your healthy.  I am the contrary of a thin vegan.  When exercise is not included every calorie you eat starts to build up and taking steroids for my RA doesn't help.
My goal by next July is to have lost 80 ponds.
 I am walking 5 to 6 miles every day (3 in the morning & 3 in the evening).
I increased my vegetable intake more than before.

 And I also increase my fruit intake.
 40 minutes of yoga 4 times a week.
Weights...30 minutes and 30 minutes on the stepper daily.

So you all may know now that this Thanksgiving I will be eating like this.
I may look like this now...but....
by next Summer I want to look like this...that is my goal.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Great Bargins I Never Resist

Hello my friends, its so nice to see you again. This week I have to share the great bargains I got from our local Marc's store.
Every morning Marc's cleans out their produce dept. and they price every thing down to $1.00 or less. This morning I ended up bringing home all of these veggies, fresh spices  like Rosemary & Basil  and many fresh fruits. I spent less than $25 dollars including the cans of Gandules (pigeon peas) . This is not counting all the oranges & apples (2 bags each) that I got on Friday for $1 a bag. Now I am stocked for 2 weeks. Look at today's lucky find...check it out.

My fridge is bulging with veggies and fruit.


Monday, May 5, 2014

An Honor Well Deserved


(My Mom...Millie) 

Mothers Day is the day we honor our sweet mother for all that she does for us. This honor not only goes out to all the Mothers out there but I also want to send a big shout out to all those "REAL FATHERS" that so lovingly gave up so much of... their lives to raise good children. As a daughter of a single parent and a single parent myself with 2 boys, I know the sacrifices you do for your kids. I deeply applaud you all as you sweetly carry the mantle of a double "PARENT" on your back as a mother and a father to your children. You both deserve to be praised on this day.

Our Mothers held us close when we were inside her. She spent countless hours in pain to bring us into this world while she cherished the day we were born. She fed us, she bathed us, she nurtured us and loved us unconditionally. She held us gently when we were sick and kept an eye on us without sleep until we were better. She was our taxi driver for every occasion, she was the cook, the maid, the party planner, the cheerleader at all our school plays & games, she was the nurse, the cleaning lady and the one who washed and ironed all our clothes. She catered our every need
and she did it all just because she loved you. She received no rewards, no gold medals or praises, no fame and she never got a paycheck for the job titles she held. But all she asked was for us to be honest, loving and polite. My mother did all this for all three of her children. I try to tell my mother as much as I can 'Thank you". Thank you for all that you did for me...thank you, thank you, thank you. I also tell her how much I love her and I talk to her on the phone every 2 days because she may be here today but tomorrow is not promised. She needs to hear me say I love her.
This is my Mom with some of the running medals she has won.
At 77 years old my Mom is still an avid runner with too many medals to count.  She has been a poet since the age of 12 and has won countless awards including The Poet of the Year Award given to her  by the actor Mickey Rooney in 1988. She currently holds her seat among many prestigious poets in The Poet's Hall of Fame. She has published one book of poetry and has written over 700 poems, she is a devoted vegetarian and she has been a breast cancer survivor for 23 years now. She raised 3 children on her own and thanks to her hard work and devotion we are all honest, loving and polite.
Mom, today I honor you and may God bless you with another 77 years of life while still looking fabulous. Thank you Mom, your one of the many great Moms out there.


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Aldi's is Stepping Up

Hi Everyone...
Its great here in Ohio. The weather is fabulous and I am so happy to see the sun shining.
I have been meaning to share this post with all my vegan friends and those that are looking for a healthier alternative to snack items.
 Aldi's grocery store now carries organic fruits & vegetables aside from their regular fruits & veggies. And that also added two new brands called Van's & Simply Nature that are gluten free, dairy free products. Their crackers and chips are absolutely delicious.
There are 4 flavors but these are my favorite.
here is what's in this box contents.

The chips are fabulous check them out.

Now I can eat good crackers & chips...thank you Aldi.
From my Caribbean vegan Kitchen to yours...SALUD!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

My Kitchen's Mini Makeover

Throughout all my cleaning, painting, purging and organizing, I am also redecorating the apt.
One of the rooms that got done was my kitchen. It got a new fresh coat of paint and then I changed the décor. As I took out the red and black, I then introduced browns, sage greens, beige's with a hint of cranberry as an accent color.
But before I show you what I did I must tell you about what happened to my wooden cutting board.
 As I was cleaning and moving things around one day I accidentally dropped the wooden cutting on the floor. I was heart broken since it had been with me for over 20 years. When it fell it broke in two pieces, like the photo below.

I really wanted to keep it so this was what I did with it...check it out.
Step 1...I sanded them down and then I painted them a tan color.
Step 2...Before doing anything else I put 2 frame hangers on the back of each board so I could hang them on the wall.
Step 3...I had some black letter cutouts and I glued them on the boards to spell out "JOYFUL VEGAN".

Step 4...I then stained the entire board with a dark brown stain wiping the stain off with a rag as I stained...darkening the paint just a tab.

I also stained the sides and the wooden knobs that held the board above the counter top when in use.

 After finishing the 2 boards I hung them above my sink cabinets announcing to the world that I am a "Joyful Vegan".

I then painted my trash can the same tan color as the boards.
This is the trash can was painted black.
This is the new painted trash can.

This was the before décor over the sink wall and it was changed to a mirror.
And this is the after.
I painted the mirror above the sink in black that I found for $1.50 at Goodwill.
This is my decorated kitchen, I hope my new kitchen cabinets arrive soon. These cabinets are hideous. All the red & black is out of the kitchen and my new neutral soft colors look really nice.

Total cost for this mini makeover was $6 dollars counting the small can of cream paint I bought to paint the trash can. I purchased the quart of paint for .50 cents at Home Depot in their mis-tints section.

More pictures will be posted as the kitchen gets more new items changed and decorated. I am a very joyful vegan.

From my Caribbean Vegan Kitchen to yours...SALUD!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Delicious Dinner and a Few Christmas Photos

Hi everyone. its so nice to be back after a few months away. I needed the break and I am happy to be back.
 I spent the entire 2013 inside my home making all my Christmas gifts and I must say the holidays were great.. Check out some of my Christmas presents that I made on the photos below.
I wanted to begin the year with my broccoli, carrot potato and ripe plantain mash. This mash is absolutely the best, I LOVE it. To accompany this great mash I made my homemade gravy, grilled brown sugar and coconut tofu and some Spanish beans on the side. I was for sure licking my fingers because it was delicious.
All recipes are inside my recipe file. So check them out

Here are my Christmas photos
I made 18 gift bags for some close friends and family. All these bags were done with all the free stuff I got this year thanks to manufacturers store coupons.
I cross stitched my grand-daughters name bookmarks for their scriptures.

My big project was my grand-daughter's dollhouse. It took me 4 months to complete and it is all done out of 2 cardboard boxes, aluminum foil rolls and some great decorative materials. You can see the entire house on my blog...


I decoupaged my girls name (first letter) for their bedroom door.
I decorated 6 handbags for my primary girls.
I also made them headbands.

I made 16 pairs of earrings. Here are some of them.

I made these hair bows on hair clips for my primary girls.
Here are my girls and me.
Here's my son and his lovely family.

It was a busy year, but I hope 2014 is a more calmer year full of good health and peace.
From my Caribbean Vegan kitchen to yours...SALUD!

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