Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Abusers who are aware enough to switch from their abusive behavior to their false mask quickly when there is a witness can choose to change their behavior – as evidenced by their false, charming behavior in the early stages of relationships – they simply choose not to."

Friday, March 24, 2017

BOOKS 2017

Christmas at Lilac Cottage, Holly Martin
Northanger Abbey, Val McDermid
The Day we Dissappeared, Lucy Robinson
I capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
How to fall in love, Cecilia Ahern
How hard can love be, Holly Bourne
Amelia Grey's fireside Dream, Abby Clements
Time and Again, Nora Roberts
Spin Cycle, Sue Margolis

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spinach quiche


• 1 pie crust (I use Pillsbury)
• 3tablespoons butter
• 1small onion, chopped
• 1cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
• 1garlic clove (pressed, using garlic press)
• 6 eggs
• 1 cup milk
• 2 cups shredded colby-monterey jack cheese
• salt & pepper


• Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
• Press pie crust into 9" pie pan.
• Pre-bake pie crust for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
• Sautee onion, garlic & spinach in butter until onion is soft - add salt & pepper to taste - set aside.
• In medium mixing bowl - whisk together the eggs & milk.
• Spread shredded cheese in bottom of pie crust.
• Spread spinach mixture over cheese in pie crust.
• Pour egg/milk custard over spinach mixture & cheese.
• Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. If crust starts to get too brown - cover edges with tin-foil.
• Slice & serve.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

“you’re supposed to be there for me no matter what”

"Many people stay in abusive relationships far longer than they would like because they keep remembering the good times and subdue the bad."

"Abusers tend to find people with bleeding hearts or a savior complex, and they will allow their partner to “fix” them in order to 1) make their partner feel like she or he is different and the only one who truly understands the abuser, and 2) (usually towards the end of the relationship) use this as a threat for why the partner needs to stay (i.e. “you’re supposed to be there for me no matter what”)."

Kendra Davis from Identifying Emotional Abuse before it Happens.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 10 minutes 
Total Time: 20 minutes 
Yield: 4 Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 pounds of shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin 
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin 
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced thin 
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  •  1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 
  • several turns of freshly ground pepper
  •  2 teaspoon of chili powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika lime
  •  fresh cilantro for garnish 

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine onion, bell pepper, shrimp, olive oil, salt and pepper and spices. 
  3. Toss to combine. 
  4. Spray baking sheet with non stick cooking spray. 
  5. Spread shrimp, bell peppers and onions on baking sheet. 
  6. Cook at 450 degrees for about 8 minutes. 
  7. Then turn oven to broil and cook for additional 2 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through. 
  8. Squeeze juice from fresh lime over fajita mixture and top with fresh cilantro.

The love you shared was never the problem.

It was the abuse.

salmon cakes with rice

2 6-ounce cans boneless skinless pink salmon
1 cup cooked short-grain brown rice
1 large egg
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon grapeseed or canola oil
For the mayonnaise:
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon Sriracha chili sauce
Before cooking cakes, place a large cast iron or other oven-safe skillet in the oven. Preheat to 400°F.
Combine the salmon, rice, egg, cilantro, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce in a large mixing bowl and mix with a fork until thoroughly combined. Using your hands, shape and lightly squeeze the mixture into cakes about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and set aside on a plate. If you have time, cover and let rest in the refrigerator. (See note below.)
Remove the hot pan from the oven with oven mitts. Coat pan with oil and place cakes in pan. (Depending on the size of your pan, you may need to cook in batches.) Return to oven and cook 5-7 minutes, until lightly browned on one side. Flip and cook for another 5-7 minutes.
While the cakes are cooking, whisk together the mayonnaise and Sriracha in a small bowl. Dollop mayonnaise on top of cakes or serve on the side for dipping.

Additional Notes

  • Refrigerating the cakes for at least 15 minutes or up to one day before cooking will help them hold their shape better. Otherwise, just handle them more carefully as you cook them.
  • Short-grain brown rice has a sticky texture that helps hold the cakes together better than long-grain brown rice. (The cakes will still be delicious if made with long-grain brown rice, but they will fall apart a bit during cooking.)
  • You can also cook the cakes in a skillet on the stove over medium heat until browned on both sides.
  • Try cooking the cakes in coconut oil for another flavor variation.

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