This my favorite time of year. There's something about decorating my Christmas tree while listening to holiday music and sipping hot chocolate (or tea, or coffee). It instills a feeling of comfort and hope for the future. Below are some of my favorite holiday looks. The holidays are perfect to add a little glitz to your usual routine. I'm so glad it's Thursday. I have a lot to do this weekend. We're having a post Thanksgiving dinner with our friends at the apartment. I'm very excited. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Good morning and Happy Sunday! Here is part 6 of my 100 things I love series. Check previous posts here. I can't believe Thanksgiving is this week. It's my favorite holiday. I love getting together with the fam and having delicious food. My next post will be about the things I am thankful for. Have a lovely week!
I grew up watching my grandma mix aromatic ingredients including garlic, peppers, onions and other ingredients to make this yummy cooking base. We don't use store bought sofrito in our house. Sofrito is used when making rice, soups, beans, meats and other dishes. Below is my own recipe I use to make sofrito. These ingredients are just enough to make a small container. You can easily double or triple the ingredients to make more. Sofrito should be refrigerated if used within a week. If you plan on using it later, place container in the freezer.
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 red pepper, cut into small chunks
2 green peppers, cut into small chunks
1 large onion (red or spanish), chopped
1 head of garlic, peeled
a large handful of cilantro or parsley
Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until it forms a creamy paste. It should look like this:
Below are some tasty recipes for Puerto Rican dishes using sofrito. Enjoy!
"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant." Robert Louis Stevenson.
I've been researching a few ways to lower stress levels. Let's be honest, almost everyone suffers from stress at one point or another. Stress is actually a good thing. According to Elizabeth Svoboda, at nbcnews.com, the stress hormone helps regulate blood pressure and the immune system during a sudden crisis, whether a physical attack or an emotional setback. Clearly, this is important to our body. When the stress hormone doesn't know when to stop producing, it can become a problem.
What can we do to stop the madness??
1. Rest. Sleeping is so underrated. Good things happen for your mind, body and skin while you're asleep. If you don't get enough hours at night, try taking two 15 minute naps throughout the day.
2. Drink black tea. It's supposed to have a calming effect on your body.
3. Hang out with people who make you happy. Being around people who make you laugh is priceless. Read this article on how laughter produces endorphins (feel good chemicals).
4. Get spiritual. According to livestrong.com, meditation is a proven stress and anxiety reliever. I'm signing up for free meditation classes in Greenwich village very soon.
5. Keep healthy habits. Eating balanced meals, exercising and setting time aside for your hobbies are all good habits to upkeep. All work and no play is not a recipe for success.
I'm going to try to take my own advice. I wish you all a happy week!