17 Months later…


This is just a quick post that I couldn’t get to share yesterday but didn’t want to miss the chance to do it today anyway. Yesterday was exactly 17 months since the day Jason and I Continue reading

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Chicken Pad Thai and Basketball Musings… -Guest Post by Jason Fowler-


So I am bracing myself for yet another year of Lebron James losing in the Finals and I am in desperate need of consolation. Two things about me and the NBA. 1) Yes, I am a fan of Lebron James – not the Cleveland Cavaliers, not the Miami Heat, not even Kyrie Irving (he played at Duke for one year, but got injured early and ultimately just got in the way) or Kevin Love or Bosh – Wade is okay, but mostly because Lebron says he’s okay. Heck, I might have rooted for the Knicks if Lebron had gone there in 2011. 2) And I have always been a fan of Lebron James. He’s two years older than me, a very lucky poor kid from a small town in a state people only care about once every four years. In high school I remember Escalade-gate (I don’t think it was ever called that, but look it up), and when he moved to South Beach I moved even further South to Peru, and I admire him for going back home to take care of business.  So you can imagine how frustrating it is to hear all these johhny-com-lately Warriors fans popping out of the woodwork to take a cheap shot at Lebron. But this is not a post about the NBA, so I’ve channeled all my frustration into a simple Warriors Fan Litmus Test which I will be using a lot this month.

So I am in desperate need of consolation. In the words of Dorothy Day, “there must be food for the soul”, and for me nothing does the trick better than Pad Thai. I first had Pad Thai in a college restaurant in Newport News. At the time I thought it was the weirdest-sounding thing on the menu but it came recommended so I tried it. And my life has never been the same.

Pad Thai is not only good to eat, I’d say it’s also really good to cook. There are only a couple things that could go wrong (once you know how it’s supposed to taste), but I find that I automatically keep good cooking ingredients around the house just so that I’m ready for when I need it. Continue reading

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Homemade Mushroom Soup


The weather is starting to change here in Perú, and although we still have some hot days, the nights are getting a little colder and soups began to be a good choice for dinner. Today I made mushroom soup and want to share the recipe with you.

Homemade Mushroom Soup:


– 300gr. of mushrooms (I had oyster, crimini and dried porcini)
– 2 Tbs Butter
– 3 garlic cloves
– 1 yellow onion (medium size)
– 1 cup dry white wine (you can use a dry red as well)
– 4 cups of broth (it can be chicken, beef or vegetable)
– 1/2 cup cream
– 1/2 cup of water
– 2 Tbs cornstarch
– 1 bay leaf – salt and pepper to taste
– cheese / cilantro as a topping

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I write because…


I didn’t get to publish my post yesterday. This cold has me struggling to stay awake and focused, and even though I had everything almost ready, I just couldn’t finish it on time to publish it, which makes me a little upset because yesterday was the 100-day mark before my birthday. Continue reading

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A tea for the cold


A short post today. I got sick and had to stay at home resting and drinking tea all day. I have two types of teas that I like to drink when I am sick. One normally involves Continue reading

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The 10 Things I am Thankful for in May


One of the goals on my 30 before 30 list was to write 10 things that I was thankful for every month, but a while ago I stopped doing it. I just let the time go and got busy with other responsibilities, and pretty much forgot about the importance of completing all those goals on my list. I recently realized that lately I had been feeling a little crankier and that an important part of that was because I was not taking the time to stop, see and enjoy the good things surrounding me. So, I think now that this monthly list is not only a mere goal but more like a mindfulness exercise, to be present and aware, and value more everything that makes me happy.

So May goes like this: Continue reading

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Time to come back and get things done!


Hello everybody,

So, November was the last time I posted something. I let the time fly by again and totally lost track and control of some important goals. I was talking to my husband last night and realized that I’m am actually only a little over 100 days away from my 30th birthday, and I am not very close to achieving all the goals I had written down on my 30 before 30. Feeling kind of down and disappointed, we came up with a plan! Continue reading

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