Unforgettable-Poetry

Years of longing finally came to an end. It was here, that one chance to feel the most unforgettable feeling in my existence. Only one night, filled with desire, love spewing from every direction in the room, it was common ground, yet still shaky with nerves of innocence. He’s the one, my long lost love, where my soul feels at home, where it belongs. His touch is like no other, it’s safe yet erotic in its own way. His kisses feel like rain, dripping all over my naive mind. And the look that he gave me is one I can only read. Night was almost over,  the sun was on its way, and though it came to an end, every time I close my eyes it’s all I see.

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Easy Crawfish Etouffee Recipe

Being a Latina with German roots growing up in a Mexican neighborhood, who would have thought one of my favorite cuisines would be Cajun! I searched all across the web for an easy crawfish etouffee recipe. The ones that I found didn’t serve more than 4 people. With all the family get-togethers, I needed a recipe that would serve everyone enough to have a full belly.  This recipe serves about 6-8, for a smaller meal, cut ingredients in half.

Ingredients needed:

3 lbs crawfish tails (thawed)
2 large chopped yellow onions
A bundle of chopped green onions
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 fresh chopped tomatoes
3 cans of medium Rotel (you can use mild, medium, or spicy depending on how much heat you like.)
3 cans of Campbell’s golden mushroom soup
3 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 sticks of butter
2 tablespoons of Cajun seasonings
Salt (to taste)
Pepper (to taste)
Garlic Powder (to taste)
Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
White steamed rice

Directions:
Melt 1 1/2 stick of butter on medium high heat; add in your onions and green onions and sauté them until soft. Then add your chopped tomato, along with the Cajun seasoning. When adding salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper, start off with 1 teaspoon and just add a dash here and there according to taste. Cook the vegetable and spiced mixture for about 25 minutes and/or the till veggies are real soft and look smooth.

Once your veggies are done, add in your cans of Rotel. To make in add 1 tablespoon at a time of flour (add more butter if needed) to make a roux to thicken mixture. When the flour is mixed in well and the mixture is smooth, add cans of golden mushroom soup with 1-3 cups of water (depending on how thick or watery you want your etouffee) and crawfish tails. Stir the etouffee well and cook covered on medium for about 30 minutes. Be sure to keep tasting mixture and add spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne pepper) as needed. Add the rest of the butter to pot and cook uncovered for another 20 minutes.

*As your etouffee is almost ready, cook up your steamed white rice.

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Veggies

 

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Veggies, seasonings, and tomatoes

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adding in crawfish and other ingredients

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dinner is served

People Come and Go

Everyone enters our lives for a reason. They may be part of our lives for a short time or in it for the long run. Each person contributes experiences, memories, and qualities that make us who we are today.

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Look around you, who’s in your life today? Who’s come and gone? Some you may have expected to stay for the long run and those you didn’t are still in your life and may have greater meaning to you now.

Life is full of surprises. And even though I strongly believe you can control who’s stays in your life, I also think we can’t control who comes along in it.

Happy Friday and appreciate everyone that comes into your life.

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Thursday Thoughts

Thursday thoughts are a series to share my random thoughts with my readers so that they well get to know me a bit more. We all have a different outlook on life, feelings, emotions, and sense of humor. My Thursday thoughts series is just for fun, sharing, and to make you think of things yourself. 

MyThursday thoughts…

  1. Looking for the good in every situation no matter how bad things are helps with not having a ball of anxiety in your gut all day, get a good night’s sleep, and keeps you from being an angry witch. This positivity thing has made life flow much nicer.
  2. Way too many beautiful women are in love with worthless losers. These women need to search for the beauty within themselves; this way, they can be so confident, that pretty words without actions backing them up don’t even phase them.
  3. The more you grow as a person and know who you are, the more you will see who your friends are. The circle shrinks and that’s ok.
  4. Doing something you love makes you a happier person.
  5. Procrastinating on goals because of fear is just wasted time.
  6. Seems like cooler weather makes people more touchy feely. More hugs to go around, no complaints on that, who doesn’t like hugs?
  7. We won’t see the Pumpkin Spice Latte till next year, but the Caramel Brulee Latte is here! I actually had a venti this morning. Yum!
  8. Thanksgiving is almost here…double yum!
  9. I say I’m going to start Christmas shopping early every year and never follow through. I shop better under pressure, I guess…Ha ha!
  10. I’m super excited to finally see Doyle Bramhall II in concert. Texas Blues always make we want to drink beer. Texas beer too! (Shiner Bock Shout Out!)
  11. Speaking of spirits…I think it’s time for a winery visit. Nothing like a warm Merlot to warm your tummy.
  12. When you are near 40, you start noticing the fines lines more than the wrinkles.
  13. My mom is so much cooler now that I’m older…and my dad…well, he’s always been cool.
  14. Good friends will tell you the truth, even if it’s bad or you don’t really want to hear it.
  15. It’s hard to imagine how cold it is outside today when you’re sitting in a warm, cozy room filled with aromatherapy.

These are my Thursday Thoughts…to think it’s only 2:15pm and all these things have popped in my head. Amazing how the mind works. I wonder how many of you have thought about any of these things today. If you hadn’t, you are now! Have a good one, thanks for reading the blog. Till next week’s thoughts! Stay warm!

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Photowalk on the Riverwalk

As if the Blogalicious conference wasn’t awesome enough, we had a chance to get a photography lesson with our devices early Saturday morning. Our instructor and guide was professional photographer Candace Schaddelee of Rememory Photography based here in San Antonio, Texas. Visit her site to check out her amazing photography skills and if in the Alamo city and need a pro photographer, be sure to contact her at Candace@RememoryPhotography.com. Candace gave us tips on how to capture colors, scenery, and bring our images to life when posting them on our blogs. Below are a few shots I took with my Samsung Note 2 and my Samsung Tab. All pictures are unedited.

Sucky Step Parents

I always tell my friends its not easy being a stepmom. But let’s be honest, being a step parent is far from easy! Though there may be many struggles and hurdles when being a step parent, there are things that you need to keep in mind to better your situation, whatever it may be. Don’t be a sucky step parent, embrace that with the love of your spouse, along came a bonus of blessings in your step children.Your step children will have inner and outer traits of your spouse, how can you now want to love them? In my opinion, step parents are bonus parents for children and put in their lives to give them extra childhood memories and more love.

Drama

Drama flares up when people are jealous, still have harsh feelings, are control freaks, and make decisions that benefit themselves instead of the children. You have to learn how to pick and choose your battles. Is something really worth arguing about and exchanging harsh words over when it’s out of your control and just going to distance your step child from you? I think not. If it’s something petty that is crawling under your skin, blow it off, it’s not worth upsetting all parties involved or being upset over it yourself. Also, never involve children in any arguments or try to pin them against parents or step parents. Every time you involve children in arguments, it robs them from childhood time and exposes them to adult issues that they may not understand and be too much to handle.

Give Credit

So you may or may not like your spouse’s ex, but, your stepchild has wonderful manners, grades, always respectful, and says great things about their other parent. They are obviously doing something right, so before you decide to hate on your spouse’s ex for immature reasons think of those things. Giving credit works both ways too. If you are the custodial parent and your children love your ex’s new spouse, don’t be jealous, and be thankful! Would you rather they treat your child like dirt? If you are blessed with your child having great step parents, being appreciative of them and giving a simple thank you would mean so much. Not all blended families are that lucky.

Sharing things

Sharing the child’s things between the two families is often a touchy subject. What’s the point in fighting over clothes and toys when they don’t belong to you, your spouse, or your spouse’s ex and belong to the child? Be mature and don’t argue over material things. If something holds sentimental value that you purchased, then that’s a different story and it may just take some simple explaining to the other parent(s) and/or children.

Family ties

When you marry someone with children, they are a package deal; even more so if your spouse has full custody. The children involved have no choice in picking their step parents. You have to keep in mind that their lives were completely different prior to you and some may still even be going through a rough time accepting the divorce. Be patient and understanding with your step children; all good solid relationships take those two things the most.

Be Fair

If both your spouse and you have children, keep in mind that after you get married, all children are YOUR children together. Not one of them should get any special treatment over the other. They should all be loved, supported equally, and taken care of all the same. That should go for discipline as well. Everything being fair in the household also teaches your children respect authority and to treat all walks of life with kindness.

Show some respect

Whether you like your spouse’s ex or not, that is who they had children with. They will always be in your life as long as you are with your spouse. Be civil and respectful; keep the best interests of the children in mind, and be a good example to them. Even if the other party doesn’t meet you halfway, at least in the children’s eyes you are the bigger person. It’s not that hard to do.

Communication

Good communication=good step children. Always keep positive when dealing with negative people because positivity always wins. If your spouse’s ex is constantly trying to create some sort of drama and you are doing just the opposite, it gets noticed by the children. Don’t stoop to a low level; be the bigger person, it’s so much better for the relationship with your step children, your spouse, and yourself.

In closing

Every blended family is different. All we can do as step parents is be a good influence in our step children’s lives by consistently being the positive reinforcement. Challenging yes, worth it definitely.

Step Mom & Step Daughter Selfie

Step Mom & Step Daughter Selfie