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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Easy Peesy Sweet Potato Fries

Here is something that I made last summer, but will fit well with the Winter months also!


3-4 Sweet Potatoes
Canola Oil
[Optional: Salt, Seasoned Salt, or Creole Seasoning]


- Peel Sweet Potatoes
- Rinse Potatoes
- Slice into strips, desired thickness
- Heat oil in pan on medium heat
- Cook sweet potatoes till tender and until golden on some parts
- Drain excess oil from potatoes on paper towels

Tastes great as it is - sweet and tasty! Doesn't need salt!
If you're the kind that loves seasoning as much as I do, I suggest Lawry's Seasoned Salt or Tony Chacher's Original Creole Seasoning. Or just use plain grounded salt.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Nouvel An!

I may not have said before, but I study French (among other languages...) and to make a longer story short, things have kept popping up in my life that relate to French or France in some way, which is something that I have realized over the past few years, even looking back to my childhood, I've seen French. And consciously or unconsciously, I have incorporated some of French culture into my life. So for this new year, I decided to start it off in French, with some sort of bread/pastry for breakfast with hot tea (not coffee for me because I don't drink much coffee at all). I still enjoy my big and hearty American breakfast and my "French" breakfast was not anything new to me, but it's just something else that I wanted to do, for my first breakfast of the new year!

Caramel Apple Rooibos tea with natural sugar and cream with a warm Apple crescent roll.
Radio City Music Hall mug that I got for my birthday last year in New York City!  

And one other activity to start my new day of my new year - running! Yes, running in the brisk chill air (coughing, runny nose - hey, I'm used to running in hotter weather or in the air conditioned gym) and cardio as well, breathing in the peacefulness of God's light and grace! 

Would you like to know my fortune for the new year? My family's tradition of Chinese food every New Years' Eve.

Bismillah! A wonderful New Year!

Bismillah! A wonderful New Year!
I am excited for this new year. Usually, the end of a year is almost nostalgic and bittersweet, somewhat sad, but for 2014, I was only looking ahead with wonder and looking back with smiles. It is not because 2014 was the all-around best year, it was a good year however because me and my family and dear friends made it with our health, love, peace, and blessings, praise be to Allah (swt). The nostalgia of previous years was also not because those years were sad or depressing. Perhaps this feeling is from the strengthening of spirituality the past few(many?..) months, SubhanAllah. Either way, I am positive, optimistic, all the goodness that makes me look forward to this new year.

One of the great things about New Years' is that it is just another chance to fulfill any resolutions that you may have. I used to be on full support for the tradition of making New Years' resolutions, but over the past couple years I realized that, for me personally, making lifestyle changes or enhancing my way of living that benefits me and those around me seemed to be something more substantial and beneficial than "resolutions" that always seem to have a time limit to them. If you don't fulfill one or all of your resolutions by the end of the year, are you not resolved or do you feel incomplete that you did not complete one of your new years' goals? I know I have felt that way sometimes by the end of the year, but what made me feel a little better is if I continue the best I can to fulfill that "resolution", realizing that perhaps it would make more sense to incorporate some resolutions into my life for good. I still make some resolutions, but some of them are more like lifestyle/way of living. I want to be more proactive in my overall health and my wellness. I've improved my fitness routine/physical activity this past year which was an amazing and fulfilling thing for me. I want to seek to live with only accepting positive energy around me and to stay away from things or people that only bring negativity in my life. I have released certain burdens off of my soul and given them over to God which has given me so much more joy. I also want to make more time to delve into my creative side, to be my true authentic self, something that is extremely important to me. Music, my great passion, and art, yes that it is! Spiritual joy is on the top of my list. This I can achieve from God's mercy and grace, prayer, meditating on God, and submitting to His will which will brighten my spirit with His light.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Kuli Kuli Moringa SuperFood Crunchy Almond Bar REVIEW

Crunchy, low in the sweet category with a weird kind of flavor. Very nutty-like. Thankfully, a large population can enjoy this nut bar as it is Gluten-free and Vegan. A good source of Iron (10%) and Calcium (25%), also containing Vitamin A and C. I don't know if I would try this one again, but knowing me, if it's healthy and good for the spirit, I probably would eat it! I'd like to try their other products.

Check it out!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Homemade Apple Sunflower Oatmeal

Sounds good, doesn't it? Well it is and quite simple too. Splendid for breakfast or when you need some comforting energy for the hectic day. Very filling as well. All you need is:

Hot water

Fruit & Nuts

Oats, however much you like them
1 small Green Apple
1 Mini Box Raisins
Sunflower Seeds
Brown Sugar
and Water, of course

- Add hot water to the oats, as you would normally, and mix in the cinnamon and brown sugar - you won't need much sugar if you're going to add fruit
- Chop green apple into chunks and add it to the oatmeal
- Throw some raisins on there!
- And some seeds for a different kind of nutty flavor

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Vegan for a Day - at University

I mentioned in one of my earlier posts how we don't need to eat meat. Fruits and vegetables contain all the nutrients that our body needs, but as humans, we've grown accustomed to eating animals for centuries now. Some people eat other animals based on tradition and one's culture, or just simply because it tastes good, and it really does taste good, especially when seasoned right and cooked well done.

I eat meat, and I admit, I enjoy it, but I also eat 'vegetarian' a lot. However, for a while now, I have wanted to try going through a whole day as a Vegan. So many people see "vegan" or being "vegan" as such a strange, abnormal concept, but it really isn't! When you eat fruits and vegetables (without any animal products added) - that is "vegan". Vegetable soup (only using vegetable broth etc.) - that's vegan too. Even Oreo cookies are vegan! I know a lot of people who eat meat eat oreos too.

So why does "vegan" have to be something so out of the ordinary, out of the norm? I think this question goes back to our perspective of the world and of the society in which we live in, as well as  the history of mankind. It also reaches toward the concept of socialization. Since when, and how, and why, did eating animals become a norm? Why is it acceptable in some societies, but forbidden in others? Food for thought, wouldn't you say?

This past Wednesday, I wanted to try eating only "Vegan" accepted foods. It was much difficult to do on campus university. I believe that at home, where I can cook my own foods, this "challenge" would have been a lot easier - just like eating healthier can be easy if done at home. Eventually, I will try Vegan for a full week. At this moment in my life, I do not think I will eat only vegan foods, for one reason I want to travel the world and try all sorts of cuisine!

For now, here is what I could find at University.

Breakfast (just foods from my own pantry because the only vegan food that the cafeteria offers is some fruit)

sliced green apple with natural peanut butter and cinnamon; one medjool date

this literally tastes like carrot, like watery carrots
 I always wondered what carrot juice tasted like...well, it's certainly not the tastiest drink; I only drank it because it's good for you...I'm like that, it's ok. I've got a long way to go with this one, so next time I'm adding some orange juice! I usually can only tolerate about 4oz. of this.

gotta have Runa. natural tea from the Amazonian guayusa plant


water, corn nuts, and peaches


french fries are vegan too! (if cooked in the right oil)

Late-Night snack studying at the library

Friday, September 12, 2014

Grocery Shopping in College - Just a Look..

What I, as a college student, buy at the grocery store.  First time I took a bus to the grocery store away from Freshman this was a while ago.

Laundry detergent
Mug - gotta have that cuppa!
Black Radiance Lipsticks (some luscious dark colors, oh yes!)
Head phones that don't hurt my ear
French loaf
Amish potato salad
Chobani Apple Cinnamon yogurt - my favorite,  besides the Plain yogurt
An owl charm

Yep, all these things came in handy to me!

Since then, I've taken a few trips every once in a blue moon. But now, it's all about SAVING. I'm fortunate to have a meal plan so why buy things off campus that I can already get at the cafeteria or other food courts (that has already been paid for through student fees)? Unless what the dining services offer is not appealing. Or something that I need or want that the services are Goldfish (the snack!).

Unfortunately, the campus stores are very expensive and is an injustice to the students who are already paying thousands of dollars to attend university. You might pay $2 - $3 for a box of cereal at a store in town, but end up paying $5 - $6 for the same cereal, yet half the size, in the student stores at my university!

So yes, you have to weigh your options with anything. There are certain cases where buying food or snacks from stores in town is more sufficient. Other times, if the food or snack is already paid for (Thank your parents, or whoever helped to pay it!), then it's best to stay on campus and save your money.