Happy Sunday World!
I hope your Sunday was as great as mine! This morning we went out on a little hike at Echo Mountain, it was short and sweet. As I was hiking I started thinking of how grateful I am to be able to do things that I love. I was hiking, along side I had my other half, and on my hand a had cup of coffee. Life felt great. I felt complete! I took the feeling of complete and took it all in and enjoyed. Life is beautiful! Life is definitely what you make of it! To end this awesome day I decided to try and satisfied my cravings of Tacos. I had looked up some recipes a while back and saved this one from the Veggie Alchemy (http://veggiealchemy.blogspot.com/). Let me just say, These tacos ended up tasting AMAZING! I am in love with this recipe and that is why I am definitely saving it and I am also sharing it with you all. I made a few little changes but nonetheless let’s get to business!
- 1 pack of Trader Joe’s beefless ground beef
- 16 (if you are keeping it traditional and doubling the tortilla for each taco) small taco tortillas
- Guacamole (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of Olive oil
- 3 limes
- 3 minced garlic cloves
- 1/3 of an onion (minced) (I used the purple onion just because I had on hand but white onion will work too)
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon of paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon of garlic salt
- Pepper (A few grinds)
- salt ( I used a pinch of sea salt)
Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl or a zip lock bag. Add in your “meat” and mix evenly. Marinate for at least 4 hours or more. After your “meat” is marinaded, in a hot skillet, over medium-high heat add about a tablespoon of oil and allow to heat. Carefully add the “meat” and cook for about 12 minutes, stirring often. Grab another skillet and allow it to heat up ( at about med heat). In a bowl add about 1/4 of a cup of oil. Grab 2 tortillas and dip them into the oil, try not to get so much oil on them but just enough just so that the tortillas wont lose their consistency. Place the tortillas on the med/hot skillet and let it sit for about 1-2 mins on each side. Once done place the tortillas on top of each other and add the “meat” on top of them. Top off the tacos with some cilantro, onion, fresh salsa verde, and guacamole (optional). And Voila! Enjoy! This recipe makes about 8 yummy tacos! Enjoy!
Thanks to my wonderful little cousin I have discovered a new website where you can purchase used books at a discounted price! I just ordered a few books and I can’t wait to get them! The site is http://www.thriftbooks.com/ I even got 15% off on my first purchase! My cousin had to send me an email referring me over to the site in order to get a discounted code for the 15% off. How awesome is that? So awesome!( Ha! I answered my own question!) I should also add that I got free shipping as well!!! *happy dance* 🙂
A good friend of mine will be coming over tomorrow to California for her 2nd annual cancer check up. I wanted to put together a little basket for her since she will be coming from Hawaii and would most likely be a little tired after her flight. Therefore I rushed over to trader joe’s to pick up some yummy goodies and of course I couldn’t forget to add some beautiful flowers. Since she is a still recovering from her cancer treatments, I really had to be careful in making this basket for her. Here is a list of what I placed in the basket:
- Morning glory muffins
- Green tea
- Cookie butter
- pretzel sticks
- Moscato D’ASTI wine
If you’re thinking of making a little care basket for a special someone in your life battling cancer, always double check if they are able to receive flowers and wine before purchasing as each person’s treatment is different.
As you are stronger than you know. More beautiful than you think. Worthier than you believe. More loved than you can ever imagined. Passionate about making a difference. Fiery when protecting those you love.Learning. Growing. Not alone. Warm. Giving. Generous. Quirky. Sexy. Funny. Smart. Flawed. Whole. Scared. Brave. And so much more. Be strong. Be confident.
My cravings are finally satisfied! I’ve been craving pizza for a loooong while now! I know there are good Vegan pizza places in Los Angeles but seriously who wants to do the drive? NOT ME! Therefore we decided to make our own pizza today! It is so easy and so much fun! You can add anything you want! And “Make your own pizza” has been a hit on game nights with our friends! Here is how we made this Vegan pizza today! Does anyone have good vegan pizza recipe they would like to share? Please feel free to share!
- 1 bag of Trader Joe’s garlic & herb pizza dough
- 1 can of organic tomato paste
- Bell peppers ( I used green and red)
- Red onion
- Daiya Cheese
- Pineapple squares
- Avocado ( I can eat avocado on anything!)
Preheat oven to 450F. Spread pizza dough on to a large piece of parchment paper and place it on top of a baking sheet. Distribute the tomato paste evenly out to the edges of the dough. For the Bell peppers, mushrooms, basil, red onion and garlic I sauteed them before placing them on the dough (It helps speed up the baking process + makes your home smell so yummy!) After I sauteed the veggies I laid them on top of the dough, I added the pineapple pieces and drizzled a lot of daiya cheese on top! Bake for about 20 minutes or until the edges are nicely browned. Once the pizza is ready I added the Avocado and added a little of TJ’s “goddess” dressing (substitute for ranch :/ ) Enjoy!
Sometimes you really have to stop and smell the flowers. These past few months have not been easy. In fact I am overwhelmed with the routine I am carrying right now! But coming home to these beauties reminded me that this little storm will pass!!! The boyfriend did good with the anniversary flowers this time (just kidding! All the time). Today he made sure to remind me that we are in this together. It’s moments like these that make me feel so grateful to have such a great man in my life! So just a friendly reminder to those who are also overwhelmed with work and life: Lets focus our energy on the good that is going on around us instead of digging ourselves further in that “life stinks” hole. Because after all LOVE IS ALL WE NEED.
“Every day may not be good… But there’s something good in everyday”
5 things that I am grateful today:
Breathing, My jobs, My health, LOVE, and peonies 😉
Cheers to the middle of the week.
Every year I always say I am going to read more. I came across a challenge on instagram in the beginning of this year where you had to read 100 books in one year! To me that seemed a little crazy but I decided that I would try to read as much as I could this year. We are towards the end of May and so far I’ve read 6 books! Hey! That is a little more than 1 book a month! hehe! I feel kinda proud of myself! I’ve come across some good reads! I have to say that “The four agreements” by Miguel Ruiz is such an amazing book! I think I might have to say that it’s been the best book I’ve read so far this year! Really, life changing! I am currently putting those 4 agreements into practice! And believe me it is difficult! Hehe! I believe that the first step into practicing them is to be conscience of everything you do, say, and think! Yay to conscience living! And Yay to reading more books! I’ve recently come across some problems with my kindle (sad face). So, I’ve been downloading books on my phone. Although, I have a love and hate relationship with buying books on devices I am contemplating in replacing my kindle. See, I’m old school and I love the feeling of having a book in my hand! But I also love the convenience of being able to purchase a book by just a click away! Ahhh! Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions on a good investment for me? Kindle or Ipad? Enlighten me please! By the way here is a list of the books I’ve read so far!
AND MY CURRENT READ:
Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Marisol (SEA & SUN). I love exploring, cooking, photography,reading, and fashion! I decided to start a blog to document my findings in hopes that it will inspire you to go out and explore! I love traveling but I’ve come to terms that I don’t have to travel to explore! I can simply start by exploring my own city! I just moved to San Diego (March 2016) so I have a lot to explore here! Sigan me los buenos!
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