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Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomatoes

Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomatoes

This recipe feeds 4 people and takes about 30 minutes. Ingedients: 8 oz. grape tomatoes, sliced in half the long way 2 shallots, thinly sliced 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs 2 tsp garlic powder 17.6 oz. Gnocchi 1/8 cup veggie stock 8 Tbsp. cream cheese 10 […]

Homemade Vegan Biscuits

Homemade Vegan Biscuits

I absolutely love me a good biscuit and this year I’ve been working on converting my recipes to meet a plant-based lifestyle which brings us to this particular recipe. I didn’t realize it would be so simple to convert and I’m over the moon I […]

3 Ways to Connect Your Beliefs and Desires

3 Ways to Connect Your Beliefs and Desires

Are you believing something about yourself yet your desire is the opposite of that belief. I know we have all had negative self talk at one point in time or another. However did you know that it is this negative self talk that is blocking your ability to reach your goals. In order to attain ones goals and dreams you must connect your beliefs with your desires. Ok here’s a few examples:

Ex. 1- Mary wants to be a Make-up Artist yet she keeps saying, “Everyone loves my make-up but no one’s gonna pay me to do theirs.”

Ex. 2- John wants to create art that can go on canvas and t-shirts to start his own business, yet he keeps telling himself his art isn’t good enough.

Ex.3- Shanta has always had a glowing smile however she began to tell herself after someone mentioning her crooked teeth that she really doesn’t like her smile.

What do you think happened to each of these people? Well let me tell you. Mary kept getting compliments on her makeup and even began to do others make-up for them because people actually believed she had skills. However she didn’t get paid for her services because she had already set up in her mind that it was not possible when she already had the proof.

John didn’t start his business because he believed he needed to perfect his skills before starting and always had an excuse for not making the time. He didn’t realize their are all types of art forms. It didn’t dawn on him that Art and it’s beauty is different for every buyer or collector. He could have started and perfected his skills along the way.

Shanta eventually stopped smiling because she had already set up in her mind that her smile was ugly to others because her teeth weren’t perfect. He made her less happy when she should not have allowed an imperfection to still away her joyful moments.

If this is you no matter the situation be it trying to loose weight, starting a business or any other goal; your beliefs are keeping you from achieving your desires. Your beliefs are just that which you believe about yourself. You must create the life you want to live by speaking it into existence. This is called positive self talk or speaking lovingly to yourself. You must believe you are capable of it before it is even possible. So lets talk about 3 ways to connect your beliefs and desires.

  1. Mind Changing- If your belief and your desire don’t match up you must change your mindset. A belief is defined as: an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. While desire is defined as: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. A negative and positive thought cannot occupy the same space. You must decide which one you will feed.
  2. Affirmations – Affirmations whether spoken or visual can be extremely powerful. The saying “You are what you eat” applies also to what you feed the mind. Create an affirmation board or a affirmation mantra to say each day.
  3. Align your actions- Begin to do things that put you on the path to accomplishing your goals. A Dream without action will never come to pass.

When you begin to change the way you think it will change how you see yourself, family, business, etc. Affirmations come in many form for some we have notebooks or pads with motivational sayings, affirmation boards posted in our homes and offices, and for me personally it’s the artwork throughout my house such as pictures and statues.

Art by Wak & HeySugaFoot

These affirmations are a constant reminder of what you are trying to keep or are striving to attain. Reading is another way to change or keep the appropriate mindset to the path you want to be on. What we read and watch are a direct affect on our emotions and begin to shape our thoughts which create beliefs and encourage or discourage desires. I hope this helps you in aligning your actions and to getting on the path to accomplishing your goals.

Smoothie Prep

Smoothie Prep

A green smoothie or juice is a great way to start your day. Starting your morning with a green smoothie or juice first helps to not only cleanse but heal the body. This month in the personal and business development group I’m a part of […]

Knowing when to switch it up when homeschooling

Knowing when to switch it up when homeschooling

The Prime truck just delivered Babygirl’s books. If you’ve ever homeschooled you know that the curriculum must be adapted to the individual child and if you plan to homeschool you will discover it during your journey.  So when we first started we chose to use […]

Vegetable Kale Soup

Vegetable Kale Soup

Today felt like a soup day and it was perfect cause I had lots of fresh veggies that needed to get cooked before going bad. As they say “Waste not, want not” and I love making my own food as it allows me to know what exactly is in each dish. Did you know the best time to be creative in the kitchen is when you try to come up with a dish based on ingredients on hand. Exactly how this came about, veggies needing to be used not sitting unloved in my refrigerator. In showing these veggies some love meaning prepping them to have a party in my tummy as they say on “Yo Gabba Gabba” this delicious soup came to life. And who says you need recipes. This soup will allow variety as it can go over couscous, rice, risotto, pasta or beans. The featured image shows it over couscous as it is what I had for lunch and then for dinner I ate it again with Basmati rice.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes, diced
  • 3 tall celery sticks, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 7 med.-large kale leaves
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper (can also use yellow, red, or mix all 3)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 cup vegetable puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Note: table salt and kosher salt are not equal.

Directions:

  1. Add first 7 ingredients to the pot and cook till veggies are tender (approximately 30-45 min). 
  2. add last 3 ingredients
  3. Eat your soup as is or pour over a bed of rice or option of your choice.

I hope you find your Vegetable Kale Soup as comforting and D’Lish as I did and till next time “IT’s Been D’Lish Dishing with Ya’ll!”

Vegetable Risotto

Vegetable Risotto

The smell of a kitchen is distinctively different when everything’s homemade and while cooking up this pot of colorful beauty the house was smelling so delicious. I couldn’t help but to think of my grandmother who was an amazing cook. This dish actually came out […]

Homemade Vegetable Broth + Puree

Homemade Vegetable Broth + Puree

Today started out as an opportunity to check out a pop up location of which I decided to take a friend to do the same. If you haven’t learned by now I’m a sharer. I had the pleasure of meeting AJ and Tonya of EntrePODneur […]

Leveling Up My Health

Leveling Up My Health

So I’m really doing this thang. Leveling up my health. Yea I know my family and friends are like child how much more healthy you gone eat. You know they say you are what you eat and well my habits were getting out of control at least with sweets. Sugar will make the brain go wonky and well now we simply can’t have that; I’ve got an empire to build and a company to run outside of being super mom or so they think I am.

Twelve years ago I gave up pork and well let’s just say my health got better in many ways; most importantly mental clarity. I began cooking from scratch beyond the three meals that I had become known for simply because I wanted to know what was in the foods I was feeding my family and myself.  Yes even after removing pork from our diet, cooking homecooked meals and baking my sweets except on special occasion I felt I needed to up my game only I knew this time I’d be solo.

After meeting some really supportive folks at a workshop I was a vendor at “Yoniverse to Universe” I felt really motivated and empowered to forge ahead. I decided to take that road I’d been pondering on for so long; like Nike says, “Just Do It.” I’ve been on a roll since Friday going meatless. I thought I’d just get myself to 4 days a week doing a meatless diet but no the competitor in me said girl we doing the damn thing. I have gone 6 days now meatless. And no I haven’t slipped. I’ve even cooked meat twice this week for the family and didn’t even want it. What did I make, well two of my favorites: Lasagna and a Baked Mustard Chicken but I wasn’t phased. When you have a mind shift it will definitely light a fire under you. I encourage you to get around a group of people or at least connect somehow like thru facebook or text messaging to get that encouragement and guidance you need. Understand this is my way of approaching a healthier way. Whether you choose a vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto or blood type based diet be sure to do your own research and find what is best for you; your body will let you know what works and what doesn’t pay attention.

Want to know what I ate this week:

Day 1 – oatmeal/baked potato w/avocado

Day 2 – falafel, pineapple salsa w/ tortilla chips, mixed fruit/Salad w/cucumber and tomato/green smoothie

Day 3 – Grits/Edamame bowl, green smoothie, Caesar Salad/bake potato w/avocado

Day 4 – Bagel w/vegan butter/Kale salad, Rosemary & Sea salt chips/Edamame bowl, green smoothie

Day 5 – Oatmeal/ kale salad, Rosemary & Sea salt chips/ plum/Baked potato w/ avocado

Day 6 – Special K cereal/ baked potato w/ avocado, green smoothie/ Rosemary & Sea salt chips/ kale salad

If you gave me encouragement I thank You!!!!

Why I Started A Skincare Business

Why I Started A Skincare Business

I started Artisan Body Treats out of necessity; I needed to create a solution to my daughter’s dry-itchy skin. There is nothing like a mother on a mission to ease the suffering of her child. I was tired of watching as she sat on the […]


My Journey

Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

If I’m honest my journey began long before I had a choice in the matter. I can remember my mother having in and out ventures where we’d be on this health kick then on whatever again. We were the kids who’d be eating sugar-free candy and our friend would be looking at us like we had cooties.
By the time I became a teen my mother was introducing us to holistic medicine here and there little did I realize at the time the impact it would have on my life. By the time I’d had my first child I began learning to survive on my own. I still called mom when baby became ill and she’d always encouraged I first try a holistic approach before resorting to modern medicine. Fast forward to my 4th child and kick it up a notch by now we’ve omitted pork our diet.
Once I got pregnant with my daughter and what would be my last child everything would evolve from that moment and time moving forward. It would be important to not just be mindful of what I was eating but listening to, learn and everything I’d do. I no longer permed my hair well at least not while I was pregnant as this was a constant battle of the kinks after giving birth. I was conscious enough that it was an important step in teaching my daughter to love her hair as well as her black features the most high had blessed her with.
Let’s fast forward again, lol! I began to explore cooking more from scratch so I’d know the ingredients in the foods I was feeding my family and I even began making skincare products to solve her dry, itchy and sensitive skin needs. Now I’m on a new journey I’ve eliminated meat from my diet and now am working on diary! Yay sometimes you must be your own cheerleader. Can I get a rah, rah, lol. Well I hope you will stick around; be it to encourage, be encouraged or for all the resources you’ll find here as the site grows. I want you to know I appreciate you for stopping by and I look forward to next time!


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How to get: Sexy Smooth Legs

How to get: Sexy Smooth Legs

Every woman wants sexy smooth legs and here is how you can get that beautiful look. Coconut oil has so many benefits and for those who know me personally; I’m known as the “Coconut Nut” as I’m nuts about it. My children hear me talking […]