Saturday, May 7, 2016

Wow, can you believe that...

I don't blog much anymore.  Life has a way of catching up with you - for better or worse - and other issues (mainly life) become the priority.

I started this blog around five years ago, for several reasons, and through the years it has taken many forms.  Unfortunately right now, it has taken on the "dormant" form as I mentioned earlier life has a way of taking over and becoming busy but as My Carlo says, it is important to write and get that creative side out!

Tonight, after a long day and very busy week we decided to have Indian food!  Great night for it, a non-typical cool May night, rainy and very overcast.  After dinner, we happened across some journals that Carlo wrote so many years ago when we first met... 2008...  Wow, that was a long time ago.  For a few hours we read about the up's and down's, the good and bad, the funny and sad and sometimes hard things to hear.  It was an interesting journey to relive the past in that way, through words and drawings, but also very therapeutic.  Makes your really appreciate all you have been through with a person, and to realize that sometimes all that struggle is worth it.  Yea, the struggle...  I am so fortunate to have him in my life, he stood by me when the chips were down, when the world had turned against me, when I had no one...  He was there...  His smile, his laugh, even when I was a jerk. What really struck me about this trip down memory lane is that we both have a great deal of love for each other, more like I adore him and he tolerates me! HA!  It really brings home the words:

"you brought me sunshine when I only saw rain, you brought me laughter when I only felt pain"

That is my Carlo and thanks to him, I only feel happiness,  My life and one day, my husband if he will have me.  Thank you for sticking by me all these years, thank you for putting up with me, and thank you for being the most perfect you.  



Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Life Can Be Beautiful

I have not posted in awhile, busy with life and new and exciting adventures.  In the mean time, take a look at Carlo's awesome blog for an amazing and beautiful perspective on life!  Cheers!

http://mrcarlob.blogspot.com/

Friday, February 13, 2015

Its time for a Birthday!!

So today is Carlo's birthday. Wow, its been a long time and it certainly never gets boring. I think that is part of the magic, never let it get boring. Try to somehow keep things fresh and new... Explore different places, enjoy just being quiet with each other... learn from your mistakes and figure out how to move forward so those mistakes are never repeated.

Sometimes love is unspoken
Sometimes love is loud
Sometimes love is hard
Sometimes love is angry
Sometimes love is sad
Sometimes love is funny
But love is always fantastic

When I look at Carlo, I see a shining light of happiness, a beacon of friendship with a smile that could melt the ice caps. His beautiful eyes, full of life and emotion. His lust for life and new things. His curious nature, his drive to learn and to teach and to be open to new and different experiences.

One lesson I have learned over the last 6 years, the best revenge is to be loved and to love back. Its not about money as everyone goes through good and bad times, its about how you help each other get through those times that matter. When you have someone in your life, you can accomplish anything.

What we both learned what real triumph is...   being happy, healthy and successful. Of knowing what really matters, of knowing what true love is.



Carlo is an amazing person, always there for me, always my rock and always with a smile.

We have a love that is strong, a love that knows no boundaries. A love based on trust and mutual respect and intense friendship.  

So, I lift my glass tonight to the one and only Carlo!  Happy Birthday Babe!!!


#love

PS: I got one....

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

And now, for something completely different!

So, its been a long time...  too long!  Happy New Year to all my friends and enemies.  I certainly hope the holidays were good to you and this new year has started out on the right foot!

Now that the holidays are behind us I thought it would be fun to start blogging again.  Carlo and I both thought long and hard about what direction this blog should take.  We finally came to the conclusion that we should combine both our loves (he is a photographer and I love to cook) and do a few blogs about food.  Once that decision was made, we had to decide what to cook and who's recipes would we use.  Naturally, we went with the queen of the kitchen Ina Garten - the Barefoot Contessa - who doesn't love Ina?  Isn't she fabulous?  I mean, who doesn't want to live in that house in the Hamptons cooking all day long only using only "good" ingredients and always opting for homemade, So, instead of Miguel creating the tablescapes, and Michael the Florist creating the arrangements we have Carlo and myself puttering around the kitchen frantically trying to decide if we will use the green napkins or red napkins...  We are just waiting for "TR" to knock on the door so we can have a glass of "good" Champagne... Oh well, I digress.

I should add that although we will primarily use Ina's recipes neither Carlo or myself eat meat or chicken (we do it fish) so I am sure we will deviate here and there.  So here goes - this time we are doing quick but will eventually go into more detail about preparation.

For our first culinary adventure, we decided to make Ina's Roasted Butternut Squash and Panko-Crusted Salmon.  Both wonderful and healthy choices.  Most of the cooking is done by yours truly, and all the photography is done by the wonderfully talented Carlo B!  Check out some of his other stuff on his website; http://www.carlobautistaphotography.com/


The Squash recipe can be found online at

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fat-276530-squash-thyme.html


Chopping some thyme for the squash!  Excellent if somewhat unexpected addition.




The squash is all chopped and ready to go!



Next on to the salmon.  The recipe can be found here:


The salmon in process - read the recipe carefully and let the fish sear before putting the pan in a hot oven,  DON'T move the fish!



The delicious and healthy finished product!



Stay tuned....

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BOO!

So Halloween is upon us! My favorite time of year is about to begin.  Time for spooky stories, costumes, falling leaves & cool weather.  



This weekend, maybe Carlo & I will embark on a small adventure.  I hear we are in for some rain so maybe it will just be a weekend to cook, and enjoy being home.  I will make sure we update the blog the weekend - maybe with some awesome recipes & stories.  Stay tuned!


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Been Awhile....

Life is about living.  Living as best you can with what you have.  Since I have opened this blog I've been through so much crap.  Mainly due to one person, someone who no longer even deserves a title. For those of you who wish to keep up on that part of my life, RadarOnline has a great update written by Alan Duke which will get you up to speed.

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/10/michael-jackson-dr-arnold-klein-bankruptcy-misconduct/

I certainly do hope that one day he can find his peace and happiness as I have found mine.

Speaking of peace and happiness... We are now headed into the Fall Season, my favorite time of year. Can't wait for Halloween to come knocking, and next on to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It is also the Fall Festival and Halloween Parade in our neighborhood tonight.  I can hear the band already tuning it.  Should be a fun night.

I have learned a lot of lessons in the past four years.  Mainly, life is about laughter and love....  We must enjoy the little things.  We must beware of people baring gifts for they usually have ulterior motives.  Enjoy your weekends, enjoy life and get out of the house. You can't see life from a gilded cage.  Thanks to the multi-talented Carlo for this following picture....

You can see some more of his photographs at carlobautistaphotography.com   VERY TALENTED!!!


I continue to work out.  Its been a struggle but I seem to be winning the battle.  Its about taking it day by day and keeping conscious of what you want in your life.  Its no fun being fat and unhealthy.  On that note, I leave you with a before and current picture.  And a big THANK YOU to all those who have followed in this journey and continue to support me!!!