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.
One thing I have realized over the years is that when planning road trips I get the most enjoyment out of preparing a snack pack.
What is a snack pack? (You might ask)
I define a snack pack as whatever snacks and drinks that you enjoy or will enjoy while riding in the car on a road trip, sitting on the beach, or in your hotel room when you arrive at your hotel.
Who inspired your snack pack?
Many people ask where I got the idea for my snack packs and it came from My Aunt Sister. I heard a story about her going on one of her famous “casino bus trips” and one person that went on the trip spoke of this “cooler” that she carried with her. He said she had the entire cooler full of sandwich meats, bread, sodas, snacks and whatever other food she wanted while she was traveling. He then mentioned that thanks to her cooler they managed to save money on food and with their excess money they were able to play some more games at the casino. After I heard this story, I asked my Aunt Sister about this special cooler that she had and she mentioned on every trip she went on, she took the cooler.
After hearing the story, I kept it in the back of my mind and once I started going on trips as an adult I started working on items that should go in my snack packs. Each one was different and catered to what I wanted for that particular trip.
The snack pack images featured below are from a recent beach trip. (Items include: paper towels, napkins, plates, cups, a shaker, tequila, whiskey, margarita mix, hard cider, water, pineapple juice, ginger ale, cheese, mandarin oranges, triscuits, hummus, tortilla chips, turkey pepperoni, salsa, gummy bears, snickers bites, turkey sandwiches, and a few other things not pictured.)
What’s in your snack pack?
Let me know what you include in your travel snack packs.
***This post is dedicated to the memory of My Late Aunt Sister. After writing this post via pen, she passed away. I will always be grateful of the times we shared and the inspiration to my snack packs. RIP Aunt Sister ***
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 decided that I wanted to make a pizza. I am not able to eat pork or beef so I always feel some type way when I see a pepperoni pizza. I finally had enough and decided I was going to make my own, so that I could have one too. I went to the grocery store, grabbed a few ingredients and made my pizza. It was the first time so it wasn’t very pretty, but here is my recipe.
1/2 sweet onion
1 pack Hormel Turkey Pepperoni
1 pack sliced fresh mushrooms
1 container of Classico Pizza Sauce
2 packs of Mozzarella shredded cheese
1 Pillsbury pizza crust
1 tablespoon of Crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon of sugar
I did a rough cut on the veggies. Meaning I didn’t chop them into small pieces, I just ran the knife through them.
I placed the sauce in a pan and seasoned it a little with some crushed red pepper and a teaspoon or less of sugar. To make a sweet and spicy sauce.
I rolled and kneaded the pizza dough (like I was a pizza chef)
I heated a pizza stone in the oven on 425 degrees and sprinkled it with flour to prevent sticking.
I placed the pizza dough in the oven to heat up for 8 minutes. Then I took it out and topped my pizza, probably too much.
I sauced the dough placed my toppings on and topped with cheese. Then I topped the cheese with more turkey pepperoni and onions. At this point I realized that I have topped the pizza too much but it was no time to quit. I placed my topped pizza on the pizza stone for another 8 minutes.
The cheese melted and I had a nice Turkey pepperoni pizza. Pictures are below, however the taste was way better than the pictures. It was delicious and cheesy, which I liked. My next one will be better than the first.