25 Things To Know After High School

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  1. This is just the beginning of start of something new. Greater things lie ahead of you.
  2. You are still growing. You don’t fully know yourself once you leave high school. Learn to spend time with yourself. Write in a journal. Document the things you like/dislike.
  3. The people you used to hang around or called your friends may or will drift apart. You have to understand that sometimes separation is good for your soul. Your friends from high school will attend different universities and they too will make new friends. Sometimes, when people meet new people, they gravitate towards them more. Friendship is a two way street. If you realize that your the one that constantly making effort to maintain the friendship, you have to reevaluate the friends in your life. Understand that certain people are seasonal friends. There were only meant t to be apart of the journey for a while. Either ways, understand that there is a purpose to every encounter. Yes, you may cry or feel upset because of the separation but see it for good. You will meet new people along the journey. Sometimes, because of the pain of past friendships, you will start to guard your heart because you don’t want to get hurt. You must also understand and get to a point in your life knowing that everyone is not out to hurt you. Some people mean well for you. Pray and ask God to direct your pathway; to direct you towards people who want to grow. God has a plan far greater than your understanding. Take things one day at a time, daily seeking HIM. *This is something I struggled to understand even when I was in college. I value friendship so when I realized that it wasn’t being reciprocated it was painful. I had friends from high school who will never reach out to me unless it was convenient for them. 7 months will pass and you won’t hear not even a “Hey. How are you?”. If it wasn’t me reaching out to them, then forget it. If your friends don’t prioritize you, don’t prioritize them either. Make time to make time for those who make time for you.
  4. Not everyone will attend college. I’m sure you have heard people say “College is not for me”. Some people will start a family right after high school. Others will go into the military, cosmetology school, get a job and etc.
  5. Your perspective on life may change. You will go through certain experiences that will make you stronger. Life isn’t easy but you will learn and grow through the trials of life. Your trials will turn into testimonies.
  6. Learn to save. At a young age, you think the money your making is nothing so you spend it recklessly on things you don’t need. I can’t say this was a struggle for me because I’m very frugal. Honey, I’m not cheap but I think before I spend. Money doesn’t come easy. It doesn’t fall off a tree.
  7. Learn to clean/cook. At least learn to boil eggs and make rice. Learning how to make the basics can help you along the journey. “You are beautiful; but learn to work, for you cannot eat your beauty.” -Congolese Proverb
  8. Procrastination will not get you anywhere. It will only set you back. Learn to create deadlines for yourself. If you want to start a Youtube channel or even write a book, set a date for yourself when you want to finish your manuscript/release your first video.
  9. Make yourself a priority. Respect + Take care of yourself. Demand nothing less than respect for yourself. Be comfortable with spending time with yourself. It’s not everyday spending time with people.
  10. Learn to love yourself, flaws and all. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
  11. Attitude is everything. Check yourself. Having a bad attitude will not get you far. It seems cute in high school but it will not take you anywhere.
  12. Keep A To Do List & Stick With It. It’s one thing to write a list and it’s another thing to accomplish it.
  13. Try To Read A Book Every Month.
  14. Spend Less Time On Social Media. Stop focusing on what you see on people’s timeline. Stop comparing yourself. It’s not everything you see, is true. Embrace your journey. Where you are, is for a purpose.
  15. Set Goals For Yourself.
  16. Get to know people who are older than you. They have lived life and there’s always something to learn from them.
  17. Travel. Discover new hobbies. Expand your horizon. Try new foods.
  18. Enjoy your sleep while you can.
  19. Live for today. Time is all we have. If you want to do something, go for it.
  20. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes but learn from them.
  21. Your in charge of your time. No more mama waking you up to get ready for school or get your act together. You need to get it together.
  22. Meet new people. Learn about different cultures. You don’t have to be around the same circle of friends. Don’t put a limit to the people your going to meet.
  23. Not everyone you meet is your friend. Get to know people for yourself. Your friend’s (friend) isn’t necessary your friend.
  24. Be fearless. Take risk. Don’t let fear paralyze you. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Progress cannot be made in a comfort zone (sister).
  25. Live stress free. Laugh often. Love always.

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10 Things To Know While In High School

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“Eva Black
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Hey :). I hope your’e all doing well. I don’t know if any of you are still in high school but I’m sure you know someone who is still in high school that can benefit from this blog post. Tell your friends and their friends. Alright, let’s get straight to the point.

  1. Get to know yourself. The journey doesn’t stop once you leave high school but it’s very important that you take time to know yourself.
  2. Surround yourself with like minded people. Understand that not everyone is your friend. You will realize that you were only friends with these people because you guys had similarities and either had classes together. Birds of the same feather flock together so be careful of the crowd you follow.
  3. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Things happen for a reason, but learn from your mistakes.
  4. Don’t compare yourself with those around you whether they are your friends or classmates. Everyone is raised differently.  Just because someone is wearing a name brand accessory doesn’t mean you have to do the same. I never had Nike’s. My parent’s couldn’t afford to buy me name brand goods. I was grateful that I had something to wear. Learn to be content with what you have.
  5. Apply to the colleges of your choice. It’s okay if you have to attend a community college before a 4 year college. Honey child, it saves you some money. Just because your classmates or friends are attending a four college doesn’t mean anything. Do what is best for you.  Let’s be honest. If you want to travel out of state for college, please take the time to really think about the expenses and loans you will be taking. Will it all be worth it at the end? Are you trying to go out of state because your tired of living with your parents and want your freedom? Please do take the time to think about the decision your’e making. Apply to a lot of scholarships. Whether you win some of none, you tried and that’s what matters.
  6. Have a personal relationship with God. It’s not all about going to church and sitting in the pews. I’m not saying don’t go to church. Go but don’t let that be a substitution of spending time with God. Don’t go because mama or grandma is forcing you to go. You may not realize it in high school but you will soon realize that it’s important to have a relationship with God. Take time to pray every day. Attend Bible Study. You are never too young to spend time with the Lord.
  7. If you can find a job while going to school, do so. Save up your money. Don’t spend it anyhow. Be wise about the way you spend your money.
  8. Focus in your classes. Appreciate your teachers. Some of the lessons they teach in class can help you once you leave high school. Take high school seriously. Learn to get to school on time. Not being punctual in life can rob you from certain opportunities.
  9. Get involved in extracurricular activities. Volunteer. Write your resume. Ask your teacher’s for advice in regards to college or etc.
  10. Have fun in high school. It goes faster than you think it will.Don’t isolate yourself. Make friends but understand that everyone you come across paths with in this life is for a purpose far beyond your understanding. Make the most out of your high school years. Take pictures. Encourage your friends/classmates. Create memories. Live. Love. Laugh. Be you always. 🙂

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A Day To Remember

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Where do I even start? I mean where do I really begin to share this part of my journey with you all. So yesterday, I graduated from college. All I can say is Glory Be To God. It been a long journey being in college but despite the obstacles and storms, I made it. Class of 2017, we made it. Yesterday begun with me waking up at 5:00am. I wanted to have time to get ready for my special day. Woke up only to realize that it was pouring outside. It seems to me that it rains on special occasions. I don’t know but that’s something I have realized. Despite the rain, I got ready for graduation. I love to start off my day by praying and committing everything into God’s hands. After my time with the Lord, I made sure that I picked up my pronunciation card, my cap and gown, camera and etc.

Walked outside only to realize that it was raining harder than before. I placed my cap and gown in a bag to prevent it from being wrinkled. My family was ready so that was a great start. Prayed and headed out to graduation. For some reason, I started tearing in the car. I couldn’t believe that today was seriously my graduation day. The thought of missing my friends, the people who have made an impact on my life, the organizations on campus, and the people I met along the journey. Have you ever cried but no one realizes that you were crying? For the most part, that’s what usually happens but for some reason, my sister noticed and she handed me a tissue. It was getting real for me. It took as approximately 25-30 minutes to react the designated location that my graduation was going to take place. There was so much traffic and it was raining even more. Many of the graduates had to get out in the middle of traffic to cross the street because we had to be at the place at 7:30am because graduation was going to start at 9:00am.

When we arrived, the graduates had a location to stand. The doors were suppose to open at 7:30am but they were delaying. Once, it opened we had to go through metal detectors. Water bottles weren’t allowed along with other items. It was a long process but eventually we got in. I really liked how every graduate had a line to stand at depending on their majors. It made it easier for everything to flow. The only thing I didn’t like so much was that we waited on line until 9:00 before we walked into the auditorium. I still enjoyed every moment taking pictures with my classmates and exchanging words.

Upon our entrance to the commencement, we were escorted to our seats. It was such a beautiful feeling seeing how the auditorium was packed. The lights, the smiles on people’s face was a sight to see. We sat down and announcements were made. We had to stand up to sing the national anthem and then we sat down. It was really amazing to see that 98% of my graduating class designed their caps. My heart was filled with Joy. The speeches were decent. No extremely long speeches. It was straight to the point.

First, the college of arts was introduced. There were so many graduated from this department. It was remarkable. Then came the college of education and human services which was the department I belong to along with my classmates. #TeamPublicHealth. Ayeee. I’m still here thinking about how amazing yesterday’s commencement was astounding. A day I will always remember. The joy and radiance of seeing my classmates alongside with friends go on stage to be recognized for the accomplishments. I was afraid that my last name was going to be butchered but it wasn’t at all. I was all smiles when I got on stage. I waved at the camera and proceeded to take my seat after. It was interesting some of the things that people did as they walked across the stage. It was too funny. Overall, yesterday was beyond a blessing. I was grateful that my friends, family, loved ones and even a bus driver from college who came to support me on this day. This day was a testimony my mouth cannot contain. All glory be to God. I’m thankful for everyone God allowed me to cross paths in this journey of life. This is just the beginning of what is yet to come. God is good. Faithful Is Here. No matter where you may be in your life, never give up. Seek God in all your Earthly doings. With him, all things are possible.

Verses That Helped Me Along The Journey.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. -Psalm 32:8

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. -Jeremiah 29:11

Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame. -Psalm 34:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
 in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6

God has been Good. In all things, give thanks unto him. Celebrate your shortcomings. Don’t compare yourself with others. God has a purpose for where you are right now. Embrace the season you are in and the people he has placed in your life. There is a purpose to every encounter. Cheers to what the future holds. Greater is ahead of you. Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged. 🙂

 

 

 

 

The Transition

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Where do I even start? I’m lost with words about the journey. My heart is filled with gratitude but at the same time it’s bittersweet moment. I believe that sometimes, we don’t know where we are going until we reach our destination. I have so many emotions right now as I write this post, but for the most part I’m bittersweet. In a few weeks, I will be graduating with a degree in Public Health/Certificate in Child Advocacy. Being in university, has been awesome. The trials turned into testimonies. All I can say is thank you God. I’m so grateful for all the amazing people God allowed me to cross paths with on this journey. If I were to write about my journey, I will be here forever. I will end up even crying. I have shed enough tears these past few days;  tears of joy. It’s been a blessing. God has been faithful.

Snippet of the journey: When I graduated from high school, I was originally supposed to go straight to a four-year college. Things didn’t work out so I ended up attending a community college. To be honest, the process of applying to college and filling out Fafsa was something I had to do on my own. My parent’s didn’t go to college so their understanding of the process wasn’t vast. Fast forward, I attended community college for three years, graduated then transferred to another University. Honestly, attending a community college was a good decision because I got to save money. College is fun but stressful too. After transferring to a new school, it was hard because the first few weeks, you don’t really know anyone. It can get lonely when people around you like your roommate have already made friends and you are just chilling in your room. As time progress, you will meet people. Making friends your first or second week is fine but I believe that it’s good to get to know people before you call them your friends. You have be mindful of the people you call your friends. Knowing the difference between friend and associate will help you big time on this journey called life.

Pros of being a college student:

  1. I loved the different organizations/events that were held on campus.
  2. The opportunity to live on campus
  3. Being able to connect with my sisters/brothers in Christ
  4. Have a good relationship with my professors/shuttle drivers
  5. I enjoyed the classes that I took besides statistics because Math is not my cup of tea.
  6. Meeting international student 🙂
  7. Going to retreats with InterVarsity (I’m going to miss it)
  8. Being apart of Cru & InterVarsity/other organizations
  9. The friends God has blessed me with. (Grateful).
  10. Being able to meet people on campus.

Cons of being a college student:

  1. Having so many assignments to complete.
  2. Financial aid issues
  3. Taking a shuttle from one place to another.
  4. Roommate issues
  5. Not having a variety of food places.

Overall, college life was amazing. To be honest, college is what you make it. I made the most out of it. I’m beyond grateful for the souls God allowed me to meet. You every meet someone and wonder, where have you been all my life? Yup. That is how I felt about the people I met. I’m grateful for the journey. Though, it’s bittersweet and the days are drawing near, the memories will forever live on. Make the most out of each day you are given. Embrace the season that you are in. Focus on your goals but never forget God in the process. He is the reason for it all. Without God, I am Nothing. My family, friends and loved ones have played a huge role on this journey. I’m thankful for them all.

Note from me to you:

No matter where you are on your journey, seek God. Draw nearer to him. Embrace the season that you are in. Create memories. Don’t rush the process. Cherish every moment. These years of being in college will never be the same after you graduate. Reality hits and you may not see your friends in years. In order to maintain the friendship, both parties have to do their parts. Life is a journey and sometimes, certain doors have to close for new ones to open. Even though, I’m not sure of what lies ahead, I know who goes before me and behind me. One thing I know for sure, is that when God is in it, everything will work out in his timing, according to his will. God’s plans for me/us are of good. I’m going to miss being in college. Walking to class, working alongside with my classmates, partaking in different organizations, getting free shirts from events and just the feeling of being a college student. To everyone who walked along with me through this journey, thank you. I’m grateful for you. I appreciate you. God bless you. 🙂

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. -Isaiah 43:19

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9

Until next time, stay rooted in Christ. Keep on pressing on. Don’t give up on yourself/God. Everything will work for you. Take things one day at a time. Stay Blessed & Encouraged. Jesus loves you 🙂
Jenessa Wait

Dance Into The Light

What are your plans for today? Will you be cooking? Chilling in bed or hanging out with your friends? The days go by so quickly that sometimes I can’t help but ask myself where it all went? Even though the days go by so quickly, its always a joy for me when the weekend arrives. There’s just something so amazing about the weekend. I don’t have any exciting plans set for this week but I do plan to complete some assignments for school, do laundry, write in my journal, go to the grocery store and make it to church. I love going to church and being around a community of believers. There’s always something to learn in the presence of God. If you are looking for a church to attend, check out Hillsong Church. There are many different locations for their church. You can search for more information on their website. http://hillsong.com/

Start each day with a heart filled with gratitude. Write down the things you would like to accomplish and start working on it.

So what are some of the things you can do to have a productive and a great one.

  1. Do what you love.
  2. Spend time with people who are positive and want to grow.
  3. Watch a movie
  4. Listen to music
  5. Try a new recipe
  6. Random Act Of Kindness
  7. Take a dance class
  8. Paint & Wine Class
  9. Take pictures
  10. Explore your neighborhood or another town.
  11. Start writing the book you always wanted to write.
  12. Watch Youtube videos
  13. Call your mother/father/siblings
  14. Go the museum/zoo
  15. Write In Your Journal
  16. Read A Book
  17. Crotchet
  18. Bake some cookies. Order Some Pizza.
  19. Sit Still * Enjoy the View
  20. Be grateful for each day you are blessed to see. Make the most out of it. 🙂

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Until next time, have a wonderful day/week. All pictures are fund on Tumblr: {Grace Upon Grace} Take care. Muah 🙂

Healthy Living

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Question of the day: What does healthy living mean to you? What are some ways you can improve your health and wellness?

To me, healthy living is an overall lifestyle. It’s about making the right choices in your daily life and consciously being aware of your body. It’s not always about your outward appearance but rather your insides. Your health begins with you. The same body you have today, is the same one you will have till the end. It is very important what we intake because it can affect us later on down the line.

  1. What will you be eating today?
  2. Is it healthy or it is junk?
  3. How many cups of water will you be consuming today?
  4. How many times to eat in a day?
  5. How often do you exercise?
  6. How many hours of sleep do you get daily?
  7. What does your breakfast, lunch, dinner consist of?
  8. How often to you go to the doctor for a checkup?
  9. Do you stress a lot? What is causing you to worry?
  10. What are you willing to do to stay healthy?

Looking for events geared towards healthy living? Below I will share different services that are entailed for you.

  1. The IT Girl Massage Therapy, L.L.C: A brand new professional massage company serving New Jersey. Dedicated to the health and wellness of others while guiding them toward making better decisions about their bodies and overall health through massage. The IT Girl Massage Therapy, L.L.C. is a very professional, intuitive, caring, and healing company providing star-quality massages and super-fast service to out-calls, hotels and venues. Specialties include: Deep Tissue, Swedish, Hot Stones, Reflexology, Chair, and an Indian scalp massage which all provide the “WOW” factor.Call: 973-233-4867 |Bichelle Harrison: Licensed Massage Therapist|Email: TheITGirlMassageTherapy@gmail.com

  2. Aiki Acupuncture: Acupuncture is home to Bill Lehr, a certified acupuncture practitioner schooled in the Eastern School of Acupuncture. Trained in Kiiko Matsumoto’s Japanese Acupuncture, TCM and the Five Elements, Lehr treats injuries related to auto accidents, infertility, migraines, stress and allergies. For more information on additional services, Call: 973-342-1243|Bill Lehr: L.Ac.|Email: BillLehr@gmail.com
  3. Pilates Mat Class: A fun and challenging Pilates mat workout. This class will strengthen your body, lengthen your muscles, flatten your abdominal, and improve your breathing, among other things. The best part is at the end of the class your body will feel refreshed, flexible and happy. For more information, Call: 973-746-6191| Patrice Dlugos| You can visit http://www.pilatesforlifenj.com|
  4. Funari Parent Coaching: Our mission is to reach out to mothers and fathers struggling with challenges and offer them support, tools and inspiration for bringing forth their best parenting. Most parents experience times when they feel overwhelmed or stuck in a difficult situation with their children but not for lack of love. We offer guidance, personalized coaching, supportive groups, educational workshops and resources which help parents build knowledge, confidence and determination to be the calm, effective leaders their children need, now and throughout life. For more information, Call: 973-477-5439| Mary Funari| You can visit funariparentcoaching.com | 

All the information that I have enlisted are people I got the opportunity to meet. I did my internship at New Jersey Center For Healthy Living. There, I was able to meet these staff workers who are great at what they do. For more event and classes, you can visit www.njchl.com/ |

Tips on some of the things you can do to stay healthy.

  1. Eat well and take care of yourself. How do you do that? Take time to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t eat after 6pm. Don’t go to bed right after eating. Walk around. Relax your mind.
  2. Make a schedule on the days you want to go to the gym. Be consistent. When your consistent, you begin to see change/improvement. Have a gym buddy if that’s the only way, you can stay motivated but know that you can exercise alone.
  3. Incorporate fruits/vegetables in your diet.
  4. Drink at least 6-7 glasses of water a day
  5. Stay away from junk food. Yes, treat yourself once in a while but don’t let it become a daily habit.
  6. Instead of buying fast food meals, start cooking meals. Yes, I understand that buying ingredients to prepare a meal can be expensive but it all depends on what you are cooking.
  7. Go to the doctor/dentist at least once or twice a year.
  8. Be careful what you eat, listen to, and surround yourself with. Being healthy has many layers. The people we surround ourselves play a huge role in our lives. The music we listen to can rejuvenate us or leave us feeling down. The food we choose to intake is also a choice s chose wisely.

 

 

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Cooking time 15 minutes 

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 chicken breast fillets cut into small chunks
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp crushed chili
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1 large handful of basil, chopped
  • 250 g mascarpone
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely diced
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 200g dried penne
  • 10 g parmesan, finely grated
  • 50 g spinach
  • 200 g asparagus with the ends removed and then cut the tips into quarters

METHOD

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the chicken chunks, olive oil, paprika, chili flakes and mixed herbs. Add in half of the lemon zest and juice and half of the basil and season generously with salt and pepper. Pour the chicken onto a baking tray and place in the oven for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  2. Meanwhile cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  3. In a large frying pan or similar heat the butter on medium heat and stir in the garlic to fry for a few minutes. Add the mascarpone and squeeze in the remaining lemon juice, parmesan and two tablespoons of pasta water. Season this with salt and pepper, add in the vegetables and basil and then bring to the boil. Let this boil away for five minutes until the sauce thickens up.
  4. Remove the chicken from the oven and drain the pasta and the add both of these into the saucepan. Stir until everything is evenly coated in the sauce and then serve.

Recipe//Rosie : https://wishtodish.co.uk/2017/02/12/lemon-and-mascarpone-penne-with-chili-chicken-and-asparagus/

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Smoothie Recipe:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 Handful of baby spinach
  • Blueberries
  • Water
  • Blend & Enjoy

 

These perfectly seasoned roasted potatoes are the perfect side dish! Everyone loves this easy recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 large Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoonspaprika
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/3 – 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper (this prevents sticking, but do keep an eye on it as this recipe is baked at a higher heat).
  2. Peel and dice the potatoes and place inside a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine the olive oil and spices and stir well.
  4. Pour the olive oil mixture over the potatoes and stir to coat.
  5. Spread the potatoes on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 450 degrees for 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. Once the potatoes are tender inside and crispy outside, they are done. Season with more salt if desired.

Recipe//http://theprettybee.com/2017/01/perfectly-seasoned-roasted-potatoes.html

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BUFFALO CHICKEN AND CAULIFLOWER TAQUITOS

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 60-70 minutes
Yield: 18 taquitos
Type: Main Dish, Chicken, Entertaining

INGREDIENTS

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 large cauliflower, chopped into florets
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
salt + pepper
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce + more for serving (use your favorite)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup shredded jalapeño jack cheese
1/4 cup chopped green onion
18-20 6-inch flour tortillas (taco/fajita size)
For serving: ranch or blue cheese dressing, chopped green onion, Buffalo wing sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. FOR THE CHICKEN: bring a large pot of water to a boil. Carefully add chicken breasts to the pot and return to a boil. Cover with a fitted lid and remove from heat. Allow the chicken breasts to sit for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until fully cooked. Once cooked, remove chicken from the pot (the leftover water makes great chicken stock!) and set aside to cool.
  2. FOR THE CAULIFLOWER: preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl toss together the cauliflower florets with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Spread cauliflower onto prepared baking sheet and roast from approximately 20-25 minutes, or until cauliflower is cooked and browning at the tips. Remove baking sheet from the oven and set aside to cool.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, Buffalo wing sauce, garlic powder, shredded jalapeño jack cheese and chopped green onion. Set aside.
  4. Once cool enough, shred the chicken breasts (using two forks or your fingers) and chop the cauliflower into small bits. Transfer both the chicken and the cauliflower to a large mixing bowl. To the same bowl mix in the yogurt wing sauce mixture until fully combined.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Assemble the taquitos by laying each tortilla on a flat, clean surface. Scoop approximately 1/4 – 1/3 cup of the buffalo chicken mixture into the center of each tortilla. Using your hands, tightly roll the tortilla. Transfer to the baking sheet and repeat until all of the buffalo chicken mixture has been used. Use a pastry brush to brush a thin layer of olive oil over the tops of each rolled tortilla and place them in the oven to bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, or until tortillas are just starting to brown at the edges and cheese has melted.
  6. Remove from the oven and serve warm with a side of blue cheese or ranch dressing. Delicious served immediately and eaten leftover.

Recipe//http://www.coffeeandcrayons.net/blog/2017/3/21/buffalo-chicken-and-cauliflower-taquitos

cheddar ranch chicken tenders

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 Pounds Chicken Tenders, Boneless and Skinless About 12
  • 1 Cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 Cups Crushed Cornflakes Cereal
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  2. Add the ranch dressing to one medium bowl.  Mix together the cornflakes and sharp cheddar in a separate medium bowl.

  3. Dip the chicken tenders into the ranch dressing, then dredge the chicken in the cornflakes and cheddar mixture, pressing to coat as needed.  Repeat with remaining tenders, until all are coated.

  4. Place chicken tenders on prepared baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is crisp and has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

  5. Allow chicken to cool on the pan for 5 minutes after cooking.  Serve with extra ranch dressing as desired.

    Recipe// http://thesaltymarshmallow.com/cheddar-ranch-baked-chicken-tenders/

    Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 whole chicken breast, deboned
    • 1/2 of an avocado, cut into thin slices
    • 3-5 pieces of cherry tomatoes, halved
    • Cucumber, cut into thin slices
    • Red onions, lightly chopped
    • 1 1/2 cup of spinach
    • 1 tbsp of chopped walnuts
    • 1/8 cup of olive oil
    • 1/8 cup of Dijon mustard
    • 1 tsp of honey
    • 1/8 of lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
    • Salt and pepper to taste

     

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Season both sides of the chicken with garlic powder, salt and pepper.
    2. Cook chicken over medium high heat with a cover lid for 6-8 minutes on each side until thoroughly cooked, depending on the chicken’s thickness. Once cooked, let cool for 5 minutes.
    3. To make the vinaigrette, combine the olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, and lemon juice and mix well.
    4. Cut the cooked chicken breast laterally into strips of about 2 cm of width.
    5. In a bowl, mix together the avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, spinach, chicken, and vinaigrette.
    6. Top with walnuts and some red pepper flakes for some extra spiciness.

     

    Recipe//http://coupleeatsfood.com/chicken-salad-with-honey-mustard-vinaigrette/

    Avo Banana Kale Green Smoothie | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups kale fresh
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 bananas
  • 1/4 avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 to 1 lemon optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend kale and water until smooth.
  2. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

Recipe//http://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/avo-banana-kale

Traditional Deviled Eggs

INGREDIENTS
  • 12 eggs, hard boiled & peeled
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • pinch of salt & pepper
  • Sprinkle smoked paprika

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut cooked eggs in half.
  2. Arrange egg whites cut-side up on a serving plate
  3. Place yolks in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Mash yolks with fork & stir in mayonnaise, mustard, and vinegar.
  5. Stir ingredients well.
  6. Add salt & pepper
  7. Spoon mixture into a small piping bag fitted with a star tip
  8. Squeeze a small dollop into each egg white half
  9. Sprinkle eggs with smoked paprika
  10. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve

Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Makes 10 empanadas
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup FRANK’S® REDHOT® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing
2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 package large empanada discos (10 discos)
oil for frying
Combine cream cheese, Frank’s RedHot Sauce and dressing in medium bowl until blended. Stir in chicken and cheese.

Place about 1/4 cup chicken mixture in center of each disco. Fold over to form a half moon. Moisten edges with water and using fork, press edges tightly to seal. Pierce empanadas several times with knife.

Heat 1 inch of oil in deep skillet. Add empanadas in batches and fry until golden brown. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining empanadas. Serve with additional Frank’s RedHot Sauce and/or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
Baked Empanadas: Preheat over to 425°F. Arrange empanada’s on lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with lightly beaten egg. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipe//http://mealsheelsandcocktails.blogspot.com/2014/10/buffalo-chicken-empanadas.html
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Advice To Your Younger Self #1

via @ bonnietsang on Instagram:

For the past two months, I’ve been going around asking people who are much older than me this question “What advice will you give to your younger self?” It’s been pretty interesting the responses that I have received. I started this project primarily because I believe that it is very important to learn and takeaway something from other generations.

  1. Diane: If I can give my younger self an advice, it would to travel more. Other than that, I don’t regret anything. I was a Nurse then wanted to become a Mid-wife and I pursued it. (February 11,2017)
  2. Raquel: If I can give my younger self an advice, I would have to say *Don’t get distracted. Don’t allow heartbreak to take control of your emotions. Friends come and go but those who meant to be apart of it, will be. Embrace where you are at in life. Those are the things you will look back at. The things that you see at your darkest will prepare you for the light. Be wise with men, friends, and money. (February 16, 2017): Heart to Soul (Hillsong)
  3. Professor Diamond: If I can give my younger self an advice, it would have to be “go to college right after high school. I took a while before I went to college. At the time, I was working. (February 18, 2017)
  4. Bill L: If I can give my younger self an advice, it would have to be getting a real job after college. I was too busy painting houses. Later on I lived in Japan for some years teaching English. (March 8th,2017)
  5. Professor Amutah: If I can give my younger self an advice, I would have to say, *Stay focused on your goal. Don’t get distracted. Understand that not everyone in your circle is destined for greatness. Some people like to remain in the same level. Surround yourself with supportive people. Be unapologetic about yourself. If you are African, own up to it. Be proud about it. Don’t be embarrassed about your roots. Demand respect from every area of your life. From your friendships, family, your relationship and etc. Don’t downplay your gifts. (One of the favorite professors ever. Team Public Health). (March 21st,2017)
  6. Daddy: If I can give my younger self an advice, I would have to say, stay out of trouble, work hard (be studious), and don’t let anyone discourage you. Strive for success. Respect your elders. Listen to people’s opinions. It’s good to have opposers, that’s how you learn and grow. Be nice to people but also be careful because people take advantage. Be careful the choice of friends you make. Choose your friends wisely. Sometimes, you have to keep to yourself. Don’t open your heart too easily. Be careful what you share with people because you never know what may happen. If you have a fallout, they can share your information. If you have a secret, keep it to yourself. March 31st, 2017 🙂
I hope that as you take the time to read this post, that you can take away something. There’s always something to learn in this life. It’s a journey. We can’t do it alone. God has placed people in our lives for a purpose. Always, remember to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Until next time, stay blessed. Live. Learn & Love. 🙂
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