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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Black Friday Beauty

Black Friday is just around the corner! Doesn’t a relaxing facial sound so much better than waiting in long lines at a department store? Pamper yourself after Thanksgiving and take advantage of these spa specials.These prices are only for BLACK FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (November 28th & 29th) Schedule your services soon!

European Facial $30 (Regularly $60)

A facial for all skin types that can help balance, rejuvenate, & revive skin through cleansing, exfoliation, a personalized mask, and moisturizer. Great for a first time facial! Extractions not included.  (Add extractions for $10) 45 minutes.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Facial $30 (Regularly $60)

Pumpkin “nature’s natural collagen” is the perfect way to celebrate fall and replenish dry, summer skin. The Pumpkin Facial exfoliates surface skin cells (Anti aging results can be seen by the reduction of lines and wrinkles in addition to an improvement in the skin’s elasticity.), provides antioxidant support, stimulates collagen activity, uses a warming pumpkin mask and leaves skin feeling smooth and perfectly polished! This festive facial is a seasonal favorite, and I am sure it will be one of yours too! 50 minutes

PCA Oxygenating Facial Treatment: $55 (Regularly $110) 

This treatment draws oxygen to the skin’s surface, a rosy flush & a rapid warming sensation is produced, resulting in a radiant, healthy glow that lasts up to 10 days. It also helps stimulate respiration & circulation within the skin & rejuvenates sluggish, stressed skin depleted by toxins, pollutants, allergens, improper diet and solar damage. For all skin types; including acne prone & mature skin. 60 minutes

To schedule your Black Friday service(s) contact me or fill out the contact form.

 

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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.

Beauty Remedies with Oatmeal

October 29 is National Oatmeal Day! Oatmeal has long been a favorite breakfast dish and is meal that is not only a quick hunger fix, but is also full of wonderful health benefits. Oats provide a good source of fiber and are a great way to lower one’s blood cholesterol. Oatmeal is also recognized by the Food and Drug Administration as a food that may reduce the risk of heart disease in combination with a normal low-fat eating regimen. If you think that oatmeal is a popular dish in the United States, you will be surprised to learn that it has a number of long traditions in other countries. In Scotland, oatmeal has been a popular grain option for many years because oats are easier to grow than wheat particularly in light of the area’s short wet growing seasons. Traditionally, the Scots grind the oats into a coarse powder, separating it into different batches depending on the coarseness. The ground oats are then used in dishes such as porridge, brose, gruel, skirlie and haggis, as well as a number of other popular applications. In Switzerland, oatmeal is used in a popular cold breakfast dish called Muesli, where the oats are combined with milk, honey and other spices, refrigerated overnight and eaten the next day with nuts and fruits added to the dish. In the United States, Vermont has the biggest connection to oats and oatmeal due to the large number of Scottish settlers that came to the state. Today, Vermont is the leading state in per capita consumption of oatmeal. Whether you like your oats in a cookie, a smoothie or in a plain old batch of oatmeal with apples and cinnamon, give thanks to oatmeal on its national day.

Oatmeal and Beauty

Most of us think of oatmeal as something we eat for breakfast, but it can also be used for facials or skin treatments. It is very beneficial for your skin. It cleanses your skin without irritating or drying it out. In addition it helps relieve any dryness you might be feeling and helps maintain the moisture content in your skin.

Benefits Of Oatmeal:

Oatmeal is very beneficial for your skin. it is one of the best natural treatments for dry skin. It can also act as natural skin cleanser, facial scrub and soothing facial mask.

1.  It is anti-inflammatory. So, if you have redness along with dry and itchy skin, this could be your new best friend as it reduces redness and makes the complexion more toned and even.
2.  It is truly all in one cleanser.  It cleans, moisturizes, soothes and protects the skin. It helps heal the skin after exposure to the sun. When used as a skin cleanser, it actually absorbs and removes surface dirt and impurities while providing very gentle exfoliation, leaving skin smooth, soft, and clean, without soap.
3.  For those with skin irritations that have been caused as a result of using other cosmetic products or have been exposed to chemicals present in some cleaning products, then you should consider using oatmeal. This natural treatment method is also useful for people who have excessively scrubbed their skin. It cleanses deep pores without drying out or irritating the skin.
4. Oatmeal baths are highly recommended to people with acne. This is because of the soothing properties of oatmeal that provide relief to your skin.

 Homemade Oatmeal Beauty Recipes:

Face Masks Of Oatmeal:

Here are few simple ways in which you can prepare face masks using oatmeal and apply them regularly on your face:

Deep Cleansing Face Mask:

Mix 1 tablespoon of finely grounded oatmeal with 1 tablespoon of live organic yogurt and 1 small spoon of honey. Just beat the mixture until it becomes consistent enough to spread all over. If you warm the honey it will give more consistency to the mixture. Apply the mixture on a clean face and leave it on for  10- 15 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water and see the results.

Honey And Oatmeal Face Mask:

Mix 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon instant oatmeal. Blend all these ingredients to make them consistent. Apply the mixture to  your face and leave it on for a few minutes. Rinse it off with luke warm water.

Oatmeal And Egg White Mask:

Mix oatmeal with one  egg white. Blend well and then apply to your face. Leave it on until it dries, which should take about 15  15 minutes. Then wash it off with warm water.

Scrubs
Oat flour can be used in face and body scrubs to buff your face for a clean, soft finish. Here’s a few real easy ones:

Mild face scrub
Mix 1 part oatmeal flour with 1 part carrier oil (such as olive), wash off with warm water. Finish with some oat milk toner.

Oatmeal body scrub
Mix equal parts of olive oil and sugar with a bit of a carrier oil. Use as a body scrub instead of soap, wash with warm water. You’ll probably not need to moisturize after using this scrub.

Dry shampoo
If you have blonde hair, ground oats is a fantastic dry shampoo. Just rub some over your scalp, and brush excess oats out with a boar bristle brush.

Oat bran bath
Put about 1 dl (0.5 cup) of oat groans or rolled oats in some cloth and tie it up to make a small bag. Put this in your bath tub or in your foot bath. Press the bag a bit until the oatmeal “milk” comes out. You can also use this bag instead of soap on your body or face. It will give a light scrubbing and cleanse your skin and pores.