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Baked Pepper Eggs

Baked Pepper Eggs

I’ve been trying to better my food photography, and wanted to cook something with color. I decided to put together a breakfast for me that was delicious AND photogenic. Continue reading

Getting down and dirty


I remember being about five or six and playing outside in our yard. We lived in a white townhouse that had a grass run dividing two driveways. I can remember
sitting on the ground and sorting through the dirt to find bugs, rocks, flowers – an endless amount of entertainment.

Sometimes when I tell my daughter to “not get her clothes dirty” this comes to mind and I HAVE TO bend the rules for conscience sake. How could I enforce cleanliness in the middle of fun?

I spent some time gardening on New Year’s Day and planted some peas and lettuce. I can already see them coming up. So exciting!
Peas Jan 1, 2013
Peas and lettuce Jan 1, 2013
Peas Jan 9, 2013 (8 days)
Peas and lettuce Jan 9, 2013 (8 days)
Tomatoes Jan 9, 2013
The tomatoes were planted about a month ago and today, I saw the fruits of our labor and got so excited. I can’t wait to have these on a salad in a couple/few weeks.
I love getting my hands dirty, but I have to place a special thank you to my husband, who waters our plants every day and I am so thankful for that 🙂
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Seeds I used are from Burpee (purchased at the Home Depot)
I use a Topsy Turvy planter for my tomatoes
Later gators!
Zulaika H.


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Fast Day 3

This really gets easier with time. I almost feel like I can go on like this forever. Because I am juicing and know what goes into my “food” it feels so right. The other unbelievable thing I am experiencing is
how fully energetic I feel in the morning. I needed to get up early to run an errand this morning and I felt awake before my alarm went off.

To contrast all of this, I am also starting to feel as if I should be doing more. Shouldn’t my fast be difficult? Shouldn’t I struggle and feel worse? So that brings the question – does sacrifice automatically imply discomfort? Does God want me to suffer?

I’m learning that it is quite the opposite. This isn’t about enduring hunger or pain at all. This is about bringing up my soul into a cleansed state. Where I can better connect with God and bring forth all the joys in life He intended me to have.

I went into the break room of my job today to find something I am seeing everywhere… TEMPTATION.
Isn’t it weird how that happens? 

For instance:

  • If you’re waiting for someone to meet you and they will be in a red Camry – for the duration of your wait all you see are red cars!
  • Or if you just want to quickly (because you should already be driving to work) return some pants that didn’t fit properly at the store, the line is all of a sudden full of people this early in the morning.
  • Or if like me, you are sacrificing food for a week and your birthday goes without cake (on the day). You get random emails from restaurants (who have never emailed you promotions before) about special deals on your favorite Chinese dish. Or you go to get a bottle of water in the break room and find that someone is giving away a bunch of candy!

But that is just the way things are sometimes.

Do not confuse my rant for anger – I really find this quite amusing. I am laughing as I type this because I know I’ve already won.

For lunch I had soup, Sun Ripened Orange Tomato Soup (I am getting a bit tired of tomato soup).

In other news, Jazlynn started her dance class today. She really enjoyed that and we already cannot wait until the next session.

I’ll leave you guys with a song I really love.

Have a great night,
Zulaika H.

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Codfish and green banana from El Barrio on Semoran Blvd. Orlando, FL.
The cod is sauteed in tomato sauce with onions, green peppers, oils and I’m very sure I also tasted a hint of vinegar. The green bananas are boiled in lightly salted water and drizzled with a minced garlic sauce upon serving.
My grandmother really enjoys cod this way and I always think of her when I have it.