I have been making my quick red beans and rice as a staple over the past couple of weeks so I decided to share with you. First let me say that this can be made with white or brown rice. Also if you don’t like any of the ingredients you can make it without them, just use your seasoning to make it taste the way you want it to.
What you need(quick recipe):
1 can red beans
Rice or Brown Rice (your choice)
Onions (I use a sweet onion)
Turkey sausage/turkey bacon (can be made without meat or with pork products)
I love a good burger. Well, let me say that I love a good burger that I can eat. I am unable to eat beef or pork so my burger choices are sometimes limited. However, I heard about the Impossible Burger in all of its plant based glory and I knew that I wanted to try it.
I couldn’t think of a better place than one of my favorite rooftop hangout spots in Durham, NC, the Unscripted Patio.
The menu highlights the burger at $10 it comes with vegan mayonaise, avocado, tomatoes, vegan cheese, on a bun.
I heard about this burger, so I wanted to try it for myself. I must say to be a plant based burger this was one of the meatiest plant based burgers I have ever tasted. It was very close to tasting like actual meat. Thick and filling.
It may be a little to “meaty” for some vegetarians, however for someone that just wants to go meatless for a thick and filling burger I give it 2 thumbs up.
Let me start off and say, this was not your typical workout experience. You kinda make your own class schedule, which is awesome. It was a different approach to working out, which I enjoyed.
Ok, let me start at the beginning.
First, I found a 9 round trainer from a random post I saw on social media. Then I went to the website to see what it was about.
“I was thinking to myself a 30 minute kickboxing class, I think I can handle that!”
So, I decided to check them out. A free first class, is an awesome introduction to any workout gym/fitness class (and it works very well for me and my budget, LOL) since I wasn’t sure what to expect.
As a first timer, you fill out a form and release and such, so it’s like, sheesh what am I about to do, but the cool part is you can see what other people are doing when you walk in, so you can prepare yourself.
“9ROUND IS LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN PERSONAL KICKBOXING TRAINING TEAM FOR 30 MINS.”
The best part about this whole 9 round system outside of having a “personal training team” is there are no class times, you come in and do your 30 minutes and leave out after doing “9 rounds” of exercises.
So, it’s time to start, and I hear the upbeat popular music playing. This is cool to have in the background, but you see that each person is focused on their personal workout as you have a trainer help you get through it.
The gym is broken up into 9 stations (9 rounds). A trainer demonstrates what you are going to do at each station and helps you through it with motivating words. Each round is 3 minutes. It does seem like a long time and a lot of thought, but you don’t have to think because there is a timer that is going and letting you know that you are making it through the round. It beeps once to let you know to start the exercise, then again to let you know that there is 60 seconds left on the clock, so you are almost done with that excercise. (Keep in mind a trainer comes and checks on you during the time and may even change-up your excercise to keep it exciting.)
In between exercises a trainer calls out an exercise for everyone to do before the next round, some form of cardio or strength move is done during this short time.
I have tried kickboxing classes before, but none were like this and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND 9ROUND, because of the personal approach to fitness and the motivating words from the trainers.
And let’s not forget, it’s only 30 minutes!!! So it is not taking a huge chunk out of your day!!!
The cool part is after you finish your 30 minutes you ring a bell to let the room know how your workout went. There are 3 choices. I chose option 3 “Killer Workout!”
I will say that after my workout, I felt good about working out, but I know I am gonna hurt a little tomorrow due to the intensity of the workout. My favorite part of the workout was putting on the boxing gloves and doing a one on one session with a trainer after hitting the heavy bag. Oh yeah and let’s not forget my first time on a speed bag. (Boxers make it look easy, but it is definitely something to master.)
I also have to work on my jump rope skills. Skipping rope for 3 minutes straight without any misses is definitely something to work up to. (Personal goals)
(FYI, these are my own words and this was not something that was setup by 9ROUND Triangle, I let the representatives know about the review as I was leaving.)
For many years music has been a major part of my life. It has always been something that moves me. The key part to this is I can listen to many different genres of music and due to my natural indecisive nature I don’t actually have a favorite. Each type of music that I listen to moves me in a different way.
Let me give you some background about me. I grew up with dance being a major contributor to my life. My parents told me that whenever music came on as a baby I would move to “my own rythym”, so this prompted them to place me in dance class. This was where I developed my rhythym. The fortunate thing was that I was gifted and could move to any type of rythym if I could hear it in the music.
So whether it was country or the blues I could always find a beat.
Once I reached age 5 I was introduced to African traditional rhythyms and ways to find out signals in the music to help you with movement. This is something that I believe many people should learn because the drum is the foundation of most music and it allows you to actually feel what is being played, so you can’t help but to move. As I continued to grow in dance class, my hearing of the “beat” crossed over into my regular life and I developed a love for all types of music.
Growing up both of my parents had an extensive music collection. My Mommy had her love of gospel music, so we listed to anything from spirituals to modern gospel music. The Old Man (affectionate term for My Father) listened to all kinds of music, however he had a record collection that was almost unmatched. So even hearing the crackle of the records was a part of the musical experience for me. He really enjoyed music from the 70s.
I always enjoyed live music, so that I could see all of the instruments and how they worked together. As I grew older, I embraced cassette tapes and CDs of course, but from time to time I still enjoy seeing someone perform live.
As an adult on any given day I will listen to The Blues, Hip Hop, Soul, Classical, Oldies, Rock N Roll, or even Trap Music. You name it, I have probably listened to it and enjoyed it. I frequent different concerts and music related events throughout the year, so why not share with you? In my adult life I have also had some experience in selecting artists for certain events in various cities.
Music moves me so much that I have decided to dedicate a segment of my blog to Music.
So this section “Music Moments with Misstakenid” will showcase my love for music.
I will be reviewing concerts, interviewing music artists and highlighting music related events in this segment. This will give me a chance to share my experiences with music related events.
If you would like to have your artist interviewed; or your concert or musical event reviewed please use the contact form listed and I will get back to you regarding your request.
I have seen all of the talk about Meals on Wheels and how some people don’t think that this is an important program. Well here is my take on it.
I will be honest before last year I wasn’t really sure what Meals on Wheels was, I knew that you could volunteer with them and deliver meals to the elderly, but that was about all I knew. I even knew that my Grandma Ruth (RIP my new angel) delivered meals on wheels for other seniors from time to time. Like most people who have never really used them, I wasn’t educated on how important the program is.
Last year, my Dad, a then, 68 year old veteran had an operation. (I talk about this in my VA series, which will have 3 parts) My Dad was normally a very independent person, however this first surgery that he had was a bypass in his leg and that would require some recovery time once he came home from the hospital. Also, he had to use a walker to get around the house. With all of the medicine and other things required for recovery, it was recommended that I try Meals On Wheels temporarily until he fully recovered, became more mobile, and could drive again.
So, I went to google and researched MOW and found out how I could get my Dad signed up. I was very concerned about how he would be able to get a good meal daily, living alone and going through his recovery. (You may ask why he was alone during this time, this was not something that I wanted, but I will go into that in another post.)
I found the MOW program in his town and sent an email to the director for assistance of how to apply and get him approved. I was then told that they had a waiting list, but I explained what was going on and was hoping that it would only be a temporary situation. The representative that I spoke with was very nice and explained the program to me to see if he could qualify. (She came out to his home to meet us and was able to get him approved for the program.) This is a summarized version, based on where he lives:
Where my Dad lives the meals are prepared by Golden Corral and they are about 700 calorie meals and a snack. So, this makes sure the person receiving the meal gets a warm and healthy meal and snack for the day. However, in certain areas where they don’t have enough volunteers they will deliver a box of frozen meals to cover one meal every day of the week.
Thanks to funding for this program the meals are $5 a day. There are also grants available to assist with cost for those that can’t afford this. (For those of you that eat at Golden Corral you know that meals from there are more than $5 regularly, so that is definitely an upside to the program)
This program services disabled and elderly populations that do not have transportation or are unable to drive themselves.
The meals are proportioned appropriately for my Dad and he seems to enjoy them all. They send out a menu and it lets you know what to expect.
There are volunteers that deliver the meals, so if school is out or it’s a holiday you probably won’t get a delivery that day, but they will send extra food the day before and sometimes a box of snacks to get you through the weekend.
Well, as much as I wanted this to be a temporary thing while he recovered from his first surgery, the tables turned a little and I needed the program to continue after my Dad had an amputation and is in a wheelchair (temporarily). This recovery process has gone from just a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Now, my Dad is 69 is working on trying to walk, and this program has been a complete blessing.
Meals on Wheels helps us with food and budgeting and the volunteers are very nice to my Dad. If for some reason he doesn’t answer the phone, they call me to make sure that he is ok. When he has been back in the hospital, they have called and checked on him. It makes me realize that there are still some good people and I love the community aspect of the program. Without this program it would have made it harder for me to be at ease with him being home alone and trying to do too much during his recovery times. It lets me know also that at least one meal out of the day meets certain nutrition requirements and is better than just eating a sandwich or something unhealthy. He likes food from Golden Corral too, so that helps.
I know that some people don’t believe that this program is important, but it is important to me.
What are your thoughts on Meals on Wheels? Please share in the comments.
If you know me, you would know that I love a good brunch. Well today I had the pleasure of trying brunch at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Durham, NC. This restaurant is located in the Streets at Southpoint Mall. It turns out today was one of the first days that they offered brunch, so you know that made me even more excited.
On a regular day, I love the vibe and atmosphere of this restaurant, however today was phenomenal. I made a quick reservation for us on Open Table, as you know Sundays can be tough to get a table at certain restaurants. I walked into the restaurant and they had our table ready, we were greeted by a very cheerful staff.
The brunch menu looks nice. They offer pancakes, benedicts, regular breakfast items, and they also offer the regular menu. However, the highlight of brunch for me is definitely the brunch drink menu. For $7 you can get a mimosa or peach Bellini. This made my day, all of the food is average priced, with the meals being around $20 or so.
As I scanned the menu, I saw quite a few things that I liked. However, I set my eyes on the crab cake benedict and of course started with a mimosa.
The waitress then came out and gave us some cinnamon breakfast cakes with a lemon frosting on them, it sounds interesting, but it was light airy, and delicious. A great start to breakfast.
When my plate arrived, I got 2 lump crab cakes, each topped with a poached egg (cooked beautifully) and hollandaise sauce over an English muffin. I cut into the beautiful fluffy egg and crab cake and didn’t even touch the English muffin. (Not because anything was wrong with it, just didn’t feel like eating anymore bread at the time) It was a magical first bite for me. ( I really enjoy crab and eggs though. ) Of course I finished my mimosa, I love champagne for breakfast too. Next the waitress brought me a bellini and it was frozen, yummy goodness. It was sweet but just right.
The Manager came by to check on us and get our reviews on the meal. I told her that everything was delicious. My meal was cooked perfectly and my drinks were great.
I definitely recommend going to Maggiano’s in Durham for Sunday Brunch. I would even suggest that you call ahead for reservations or make them on Open Table. There were quite a few large parties in the restaurant, but it didn’t take away from my experience at all. They get my seal of approval.