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{C}hermoula: #AtoZChallenge 2016

Since starting this, now love affair with all things food, I cannot stop buying herbs and spices!  I’ve gone from having salt,  pepper, old bay and garlic salt as the only spices on my spice rack to an impressively well-stocked spice closet!

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Finding meals that include these spices & herbs is very exciting. Replicating classic dishes that include many of these spices is fulfilling and satisfying. It makes me feel very ‘Top Chef -like’. *smiling coyly*.

Since today’s letter is C I went in a search for recipe that would rep my {spice} rack well.  I came up with Chermoula- a spicy North African sauce,  that can do  double duty as a marinade.

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Charmoula (you’ll also see it spelled Chermoula) is a spicy sauce and marinade made of a complex spice mixture containing- among other things- herbs, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, cumin,  paprika, coriander and in some cases,  lemon. This sauce is used on meat and fish and can even be adjusted to make a unique vinaigrette.

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It may be a little while before I mix up this tangy delight.  Mainly because I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to spicy hot flavors.  But when I do,  or will definitely be blog fodder.

What herbs and spices are your favorites?

Do tell. …

Next…. the Letter {D}

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{B}ourbon: #AtoZChallenge 2016

Hey Luv-lies

Day Two of the #AtoZChallenge. And yes, the party is heating up!   *Woot! Woot!*

So I’m watching one of my favorite food shows – you know,  the one with the hip young dyed-blonde haired chef that visits “Triple D’s” in a fire-engine red sports car.   Yep.  That show.  One of the Triple D’s that he dropped in on was serving up a plate of chicken that had me drooling! *grabbing a napkin*

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You know sometimes I wonder why I temp myself watching these shows.   All of the amazing food has me adding to a list of  ‘places to eat if I’m in _________ town’ *fill in the blank*. I just know that my list is going to come in handy….. I just know it! 

I wait,  pen in hand, for the segment where they name the ingredients and was surprised to learn that the secret ingredient of all of this deliciousness is {B}ourbon!  Who’d of thunk it!

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The smokey caramel & vanilla flavors enhances the distinct flavors of,  both,  sweet and savory dishes.  That makes it BFFs with sugar, pecans, chocolate *umm hmmm- chocolate*, mint,  peaches, apples and pork.  With so many flavor pairings, bourbon is great in marinades,  sauces, glazes, brines, cakes,  pies, cookies AND of course,  chicken!

Bourbon whiskey, which gets its name from Bourbon County, Kentucky, is distilled from a grain mash that’s at least 51% corn (but usually 65% to 80%) and may also contain barley, rye, and sometimes wheat (as in Maker’s Mark brand). The distilled liquor is then aged in new charred oak barrels from which it gets its color and smoky, caramel undertones.

Save the Top Shelf stuff (Blanton’s & Eagle Rare ) for sipping and toasting. For cooking up  bourbon-infused yumminess, the simple stuff (Jim Beam, Wild Turkey,  Old Crow,  or Heaven’s Hill) will do just fine.  *Wink* *Wink*

Have you used bourbon in any of your #Yumlicious dishes?

Do tell. …

Next….. the Letter {C}

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{A}romatics: #AtoZChallenge 2016

Day One of the #AtoZChallenge!Hello Luv-lies,

Before I dive right into this challenge this year (I tried two years ago but didn’t get too far…*hanging head down in shame*) but this year I am extremely excited about the challenge.  I think that two years ago, I got stalled at the Letter ‘M’  because I just plain ol’  ran out of creative ideas.  What makes this year different?  Focus.  And my love of this year’s theme!

Over the last few years my relationship with food has completely changed. Before, I had no interest in food. I was simply a consumer of food. All I wanted to know was, when it was time to eat!   What changed?  I got bitten by the all things foodie! – magazines to food- inspired television shows.  Now, I can’t seem to get my fill *cheap pun intented* of all that is food!

So now I’m here!   Day One of the #AtoZChallenge!

Without further ado, I give you the {a}wesome:

Letter {A}.  {A} is for {A}romatics

Aromatics is said to be the combination of , mostly veggies and herbs – although at times it can include meat – that are heated in some type of *good* fat at the beginning of preparing a dish.  The result – deep flavors imparted into your favorite dish! You see, it’s the heating of the fats that helps the ingredients release their addictive aromas.

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…. and all those wonderful scents are what memories are made of. ….

What’s your favorite food scent?  Where does that scent transport you to?

Do Tell…..

Next….. THE LETTER {B}

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{April Blog Challenge}: Theme Reveal-Blogging From A to Z Challenge – April 2016

Good Morning Luv-lies,

      It’s been a little while since the last time that I’ve posted. I’m sure that the lack of posts have rendered this, otherwise vibrant and fun space, appear forgotten and abandoned. Abandoned…Temporarily -*Okay, a lot ‘temporarily’ time lapse*. Forgotten….Never that!- *Despite the way it looks…because looks can be deceiving, Luv-lies*. 

      I kinda of chalked it up to ‘blogger’s block‘. So what better way to get back into the game, than an exciting blog challenge?

                                           *drum roll please* 
                  ‘Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2016‘.

  What?
Say you is the ‘A to Z Challenge 2016‘?

   It all started in March of 2010 when  Arlee Bird, the wonderful blogger over at Tossing It All Out and creator of this inspirational quest challenged her then, 200 new blogger-friends, to an April blogging challenge – blogging everyday, except Sunday.  To up the annie,  the posts had to be thematically from A to Z.   That year 100 bloggers not only took part in the challenge, but passed the word on to other blogger friends. Who told blogger friends…. who told blogger friends… who told – *You get the picture* – to the tune of 1300 bloggers taking the challenge, one year later!

    Three years ago,  Mina Lobo, an A to Z blogger, added another twist to the challenge by introducing the notion of blogging with a theme.  And the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge 2016

                                  Theme Reveal was born!

AND I LUV A GOOD THEME!!!

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The #AtoZChallenge Theme Reveal 

gives the blog challenger the  ” … great opportunity… to jump start … the A to Z experience … [by linking] up with fellow bloggers, scout[ing] out and bookmarking[ing] themes… and lur[ing] in wandering participants with your awesome theme…”

Without further ado…. 
 
Hello.IamPhat’s  Theme  for the A to Z Challenge is ….
* Drum Roll #2 Please *
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……and that’s better than SEX.… {ALMOST!}
  • ….Follow me on this alphabetical roll in the hay!!!!

 The Challenge starts April 1st

See You Soon!

*the initial theme was ‘Healthy & Fit is the new Sexy’.  I changed it to ‘Cooking is the……’ because I think that I’ll have more fun blogging about food.  {WARNING!}: Not all posts are health-related or fitness worthy.  But they’re still be delectable!
 


 

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{ManDay} Monday… If You Don’t Believe Me Just Watch

Hey Luv-lies,

I want to do this work out!!

… of course, I’ll have to work on my balance…

What are you working on today?
Do Tell …

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Work That A** Wednesday! : High Heels Workout

Good Morning Luv-lies,

Okay, raise your hand with me, if you are too through with all of this snow!

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 This weather mayhem has gotten in the way of maintaining any normalcy to my workouts!!

Want to go to the gym, can’t get through the mounds of snow….

Finally able to wade through the snow to make it to the street, the gym closed early  * Forecast calling for several feet of new snow.  Like. Right. Now.*

Arghhhhhh!!!  Spring!  Where are you?!

I’ve exhausted the fitness workouts on my cable channels, so I went trolling on the ‘net to my ‘You-tube’ channel.

Took me a minute, but, I found this cray-zee HIGH HEEL workout!!

As if, tennis shoes aren’t challenging enough!  I’ve done it a couple of times – High Heels and all!

Hell! It can’t be that different from partying at the club… right!

You must try this.  Steel-let-toes and all!

So Luv-lies,
How’d you do? It’s like being in ‘the club’. Minus the cover.

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‘ You Gotta Eat. Right?’

 

I absolutely LOVE! LOVE! LOVEWeight Watchers’  new Big Game Commercial.
It’s fast. It’s visual. It’s provocative. It’s confrontational.
It’s All of the reasons that,  ‘those who love us’,  use to convince us to abandon what we know works.

If you’ve missed it or saw it but it blew by too quickly, here it is- The Uncut version:

I’m glad that they posted it on their Youtube Page.

That way I can watch it again and again and again, so that I can become immune to all of the reasons to sabotage this good thing….

… You Are in Control. Right?

Do Tell…

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GoT Goals? …. W.O.O.P. & S.M.A.R.T. Them for Success

Good Morning Luv-Lies,

     Was thinking about goals and ‘resolutions’ this morning.  Asked myself, ‘what strategies will help me successfully reach my goals’?  Well, as blessings will have it, while trolling through my Facebook Page this morning, I found this invaluable infographic from  Happify.

Don’t you just love it!!!!
What I like the most is that these strategies can be used for ANY goal that you want to tackle!

Loving it!!!!

Thoughts?

Do Tell….

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Not a Bad Start…

Hey Luv-lies!

First Meeting g of the #NewYear!!!
Down .6 pounds …’Yeah Me! !!!’   *throwing confetti in the air *


I {heart}  ‘The Thoughts for the Week’

How’s Your Week Going?

Do Tell….

 

 

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2015 …. Mission Possible

It’s that ball-dropping, confetti throwing, ‘Ole Lang Syne’ singing time of the Year!!!

HAPPY 2015 Luv-Lies!!!

How’d you do with your ‘Yearly Inspirations’ for 2014?

When I go over my list of ‘high inspirations’, I didn’t do so well.

 But that’s one of the reasons that I soooo long forward to a New Year….

 See.  I see it as a fresh set of 365 days to fulfill my ‘Inspirations’!

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So this year I’m going to continue to work on those INSPIRATIONS that I still need to  fulfill with a MISSION to

Forgive Quickly

Love Truly

Keep the heartaches to a minimum

Laugh Uncontrollably

…..  AND …..

Never Regret  ANYTHING That Makes Me Smile

HAVE A WONDER-FILLED NEW YEAR!!!!

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