The Subtle Art of not giving a F- Best book ever!

I just read a book that literally changed my life and the way I think.  Let me tell a quick story before I get into the book.  So, I was at one of my favorite places to be Barnes and Noble and I was looking for a book that I would enjoy. Something that will trigger my brain cells.  Besides the bible, I’ve always enjoyed reading a good book.

 I picked up a Carl Webber and TD Jakes book. As I was walking towards the front to grab a seat. I saw an orange cover with black writing. The first thing I saw was not giving a F. I smiled and picked it up. I found a seat thankfully because people like to hog the chairs at Barnes and Noble.  I opened the book and I was captivated.

  Mark Manson is one of the realest authors today. I’m not knocking anyone else but he really set the bar high . This book is basically telling you things happen in our lives good and bad. It’s how we determine to learn from them.  We learn that little things that bother us shouldn’t ruin our day. Either you can give an F and let it ruin your day. Or not give an F and move on.

I haven’t read a good nonfiction book in a long time. This is by far the best book I ever read. To me it’s not a self-help book. It’s a Hey- you- need -to -get -your -shiz -together- and -look -at- the- man/woman -in -the -mirror.  Stop giving an f about what people think about you. Their horrible opinions and advice can make or break you. Learn how to pick and choose your battles. Learn what to give F about. Learn what not to give an F about.  It’s okay to fail. Failure is just a stepping stone to something greater.

Even though the book had nine chapters, it took me about two weeks to finish the book.  I actually made notes and highlighted a few things. I made notes to myself! That’s how good the book is!  If I was 21 years old and I came across this book I think my life would be so different now! But I’m 31 years old and this book came right on time!

I suggest this book for ages 18 and up. Yeah there’s cursing in the book but he’s keeping it real. When you show people that you are real about life and the reality, then you will capture people’s attention. He captured mines and now I’m going to pass it on to you!

 

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Winner, Winner Salmon Dinner!

Salmon and dressing. Corn Casserole. Spinach. Good Sunday eating!

 

Salmon is one of the easiest foods to cook.  It is one of the few seafood’s that you can eat for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. It can be smoked, grilled, baked or pan fried. You can fry it into a salmon cake too.  I usually buy wild Alaskan salmon because to me it doesn’t have a fishy taste to it.

 Along with that was saute spinach, dressing (stuffing some people like to say) and corn casserole. My mom is a whiz at making dressing so she prepared that. (I’m not on that level yet but I did help prep) She also cooked the corn casserole.   This was the best meals I’ve had in a while.

Everything was cooked from scratch and fresh herbs and spices were used.   It was also budget friendly too.  So, if you want to impress family and friends or you just want to test your cooking skills then try making this. Happy Eating!

Dressing-

2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread

2 stalks of celery

½ of bell pepper

3 stalks of green onion

1 box of chicken broth (you can use veggie broth but I recommend chicken)

2 large eggs

Milk (She used lactose free milk because my stomach doesn’t do too well with regular milk)

1 -2 sticks of butter

Sage

Salt

Pepper

Secret ingredients that makes dressing taste better

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Chop all of the vegetables into to small pieces. Take a small pan and heat it up medium/low heat. With the stick of butter cut two tablespoons put in pan. As it melts add veggies stir and let them cook until soft. Cut two more tablespoons of butter and put it in a baking dish or cast iron skillet. Put it in the oven until butter melts. Meanwhile, combine jiffy boxes, eggs, and milk into bowl and stir until smooth.  Take the melted butter and pour into corn bread mixture stir it in. Then, pour back into the baking dish. Bake the corn bread according to directions of the box. Once cornbread is baked sit it on cool rack and let it cool.  After it’s cooled combine veggies and corn bread together in a bowl. Add chicken broth in slowly as you stir. Add spices to your liking.

Side note: Make sure you taste your dressing to see if anything is missing. If you need to add more sage do so. If it’s too dry add more broth. Make sure it’s moist but not soggy. Soggy dressing is a no-no. Spoon out and put dressing evenly around the Salmon

Now onto the Salmon.

I usually buy my salmon fresh from HEB.  I get to see what kind to choose and you know that it’s fresh. If you can’t afford fresh Salmon then frozen is good too. Just make sure it doesn’t smell fishy. If odor is over powering then it’s not good.   I usually pay a good amount of money for it. Seafood is expensive in general.

Salmon –I paid a $20 for a big filet.

1 lemon

1 table spoon of butter

Season salt

Garlic powder

Salt

Pepper

2 table spoons of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Parsley flakes for decoration

Rinse the salmon thoroughly and then let water drain from it. Rub two table spoons of EVOO on whole salmon.  Season it to your liking.  Cover another baking dish with foil and spray then place in baking dish. Slice lemon in half. One half squeeze juice of lemon all over. Slice other half place them on top. Cut the butter and place it on Salmon. Then sprinkle parsley on top. After you spoon dressing around salmon cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or when salmon is cooked.

 Corn Casserole

1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn

1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix (recommended: Jiffy)

1 cup sour cream

1/2 stick butter, melted

1 to 1 1/2 cups mild shredded cheddar

Your oven should stay on 350 degrees

In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with Cheddar. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm.

Last but not least sauté spinach.

3 bundles of fresh spinach

Salt

Pepper

Garlic

EVOO

Wash the spinach thoroughly to make sure there are is no grain or bugs in it. You can sprinkle salt to pull it out.  Chop garlic into small pieces.  Take a pan and heat it to medium heat. Add EVOO and garlic. Stir the garlic in. Add spinach and let it cook 5 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking.  It should be a vibrant green color to it.

There you have it a wonderful semi-healthy meal. There are lots of ways you can make this. Make it how you would like to make it. Remember good food is good living!

 

 

 

 

 

Fried rice anyone?

My result! Shrimp Fried Rice Yummy

We all know that the struggle has been real lately and when you’re on a friendly budget ;eating out starts to add up and puts a big hole in your bank account.  A few years back I decided that even though I LOVE to eat out  I need to start LOVING to cook at home.  I found out that I’m not such a bad cook after all. There are great reasons that you should cook at home.

A. It’s much cheaper.

B. You know who’s been cooking your food if it turns out crappy.

C. You don’t have to worry about tipping someone.

Fried rice is the first thing I learned how to cook from scratch. It was easy and quick to make. So if you’re on the go all of the time and you don’t have time to cook a full meal; fried rice is the perfect recipe for you.  I love shrimp so I usually make shrimp fried rice . You can make chicken, beef or pork if you like.  There are meats out there that are pre- packaged for you so you can buy those.  I do suggest to buy and marinate you meat . The out come will be delicious.  Now for my veggie and vegan people;you can just use vegetables only or add tofu to your rice. Whatever makes you happy!

Here’s my recipe for Shrimp fried rice.

Shrimp- $5.98 ( it’s going to be the most expensive to buy I brought medium sized bag peeled and de-veined )

Brown or White rice- $1.89 for a large bag

Soy Sauce $1.50  (whatever brand you want to choose. I use Kikkoman)

Ginger root- $ 2.00

Green onion- $1.50

Garlic-.66

Fried rice seasoing – .98

seasoning to add flavor to the shrimp.

The first thing you want to do is boil the rice.  Make sure there’s enough water because you’re going to be stir-frying the rice.  The last thing you want is crunchy rice, it’s not good trust me.  I usually follow the directions but I add 1/2 cup extra water.  So 1 cup of rice and 2 1/2 cups of water.  While you’re waiting for the rice to boil start chopping the ginger, green onion, and garlic.  I don’t measure how much I chop. Chop as much you like just make sure  it won’t overpower the taste.

After I boil the rice I put it to the side.  I don’t have a wok so I use a cast iron skillet I think it works just as well.   Oil the skillet with extra virgin olive oil. Let it heat up and cook the green onion, garlic and ginger. When the green onion turns bright green scoop them out along with the garlic and ginger and sit that on the side.   On to the Shrimp.

So, I let the shrimp thaw out overnight. If you don’t have time do that  just run the shrimp under cold water until it’s thawed out. Let it drain and add any seasoning to it.  Cook the shrimp in batches and add soy sauce as you go along. After you cook everything sit that on the side as well.

Side note: Make sure you clean up as you go. You won’t have much to clean after your meal.

Oil the skillet and make sure it’s hot. Add the rice and vegetables and stir quickly. Add a little more soy sauce and the fried rice powder.  Finally, add the shrimp. Stir it in and Wallah! The  meal is ready!  I like to add a little brown sugar to cut the salt.  You can add whatever you like to make it taste better.

There you have it.  A go to dinner during the week and it will last for a couple of days if you don’t eat it all.

Enjoy!