A new adventure… shared

After a lot of thought… I am going for it.  I am starting my journey to become a Health, Wellness and Life Coach.  This is a goal that have felt passionate for a long time.  I have reached that moment in my life in which I no longer feel I have the “whole world of possibilities” in front of me, but I am feeling rather “is now or never, you do not have the luxury to see the possibilities of the world anymore”.  So I  began the journey today.  I have decided to write along the journey to see the changes, the development, the time constrains been workout and the will to success to show up from time to time. To go back and remember the road traveled.

A Vegetarian meal: Mission Accomplished!

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We try to make at least two to three vegetarian dinners per week.  It is a challenge as we have two boys 9 and 6 and also my husband follows a balanced diet.  I came across this vegetarian hash and changed it up and added to it to make it fit our taste.

I cut the potatoes into small pieces (I do have a very limited time for cooking dinners) and boiled them for about 5 minutes.

Got Olive Oil in a pan and added the onions, jalapeno and corn, cook for about 3 minutes and added the potatoes (sweet and  purple).  Added salt and pepper with 1/2 teaspoon of Coriander and cover it for about 15 minutes at low-medium temp checking constantly and moving it around.  Added the Cilantro at the end and gave it another 3 minutes.

It was simple, colorful, taste and healthy.  The kids ate it all! which is always a great sign.

Lets see what is for tomorrow… another vegetarian dinner!

Sunday Night = Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I have been working on making a batch of cookies the kids will love, but so will my husband (who is not a fan of sweets).  We finally came with a winner! The kids loved the cookies and dear husband went for SECONDS! The cookies were chewy, not so sweet because of the dark chocolate, but sweet enough to satisfy any chocolate chip cookie craving.

Of course I am sharing the recipe

CHOCOLATE COOKIE

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Yield: About 12-16 medium size cookies
Prep time:  2 hr.  25 min
Total time: 13 minutes

 

Ingredients
  • 2 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon corn starch
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (melted)
  • ½ cup of light brown sugar
  • ½ cup of granulate sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup of dark chocolate chunks
  • ½ cup of white chocolate chips

Directions

First in one bowl combine the dry ingredients: swift flour, baking soda, corn starch and salt and whisk together.

On a second medium bowl mix the melted butter, light brown sugar and granulate sugar and whisk until all is well combined (about 4 minutes).  Add the egg and the yolk and mix until well combined. Finally add the vanilla extract and mix again.

Open a hole in the dry ingredients bowl and add the wet ingredients until all is well combined. Finally add the chocolate chunks and white chocolate chips until well combined.

Cover the dough and place it in the refrigerator from 1 to 2 hrs.

Preheat the oven at 350 F.  Roll the dough into small balls (oval shape).  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (or silicone mat) and place cookies (about 8 cookies per pan).

Bake for 13 minutes and let the cookies rest in the baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Cool in a cooling rack or clean dish.

Afternoon… Family… Great Food

Our kids are growing up fast and so are we… Creating memories is as important as being thankful for the ability to keep things together (or from not letting them fall apart)

Tonight we did BBQ Korean-style.  Plenty food, good laughs, strong smell of citronella candles and off, and an extra bag of smile… And we got it done… New memories!

Best part was Andrew thanking us at the end for “throwing a great party”

Short Story

There is no darkness when we want to see

There is no tiredness when our will wants to get there

I have come to the conclusion that years are days

And that a life time can be summarized on a short story

I would like to believe you were the love that took

Away my breath for years

But you are just a short story…

You are just a day

Mari Feb 2012

Anniversary Poem

Yesterday I talked about you,
On how we met, on what circumstances,
It was in that bar, I was with a broken heart,
We talked, we held hands, and we kissed,
We can blame the drinks or my broken heart,
I like to think it was destiny.

So here we are, 12 years later,
A ring in our ring fingers,
2 kids that look more like you than me,
Living the magic of a day to day life

And…

We still talk, we still hold hands, and we still kiss
Perhaps we can still blame the drinks or our unbreakable hearts,
But I still like to think of it as destiny.

By Mari Park 2012

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