Saturday, July 23, 2016

Lovely-Amazing Kitchens

Hi everyone....
Its been super hot here in Cleveland and inside is how we all been living.

I came across these beautiful kitchens with some serious massive stoves. My thought..."I can get seriously cooking in these kitchens." Take a look at these beautiful stoves and tell me you can get busy cooking in these kitchens too.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Recipe of the Month...Fetucini Olivio

Spaghetti or Fetuchini Olivio is my recipe. I came up with it as I was creating some vegan recipes for a cook book I plan to publish. This recipe is so delicious that you cannot have one serving, I usually have 2 cups of it because it is so good.

I made Fetuchini Olivio this last week for dinner along with some grilled breaded tofu and some grilled broccoli, red peppers & portobello mushrooms. This dish is very easy to make and it only takes less than 30 minutes to put it together, Here is my recipe and if you decide to make it, please send me a note letting me know if you liked it or what you thought about it. 


(1) lb. bag of spaghetti or fetuchini noodles 
1 large yellow onion (diced finely)
7 to 8 sprigs of fresh cilantro (chopped finely) 
7 to 8 garlic cloves (mashed well)
1 cup of olive oil
2 T. non dairy butter or regular butter (if your not a vegan)
1/2-T. garlic powder
1/2-T. onion powder
1/2-t. black pepper & salt 

Boil your fetuchini or spaghetti noodles until tender. In a non stick skillet or cooking pot pour in 1/2 of the olive oil and cook the onions in the olive oil until the onions are tender & crystalized. Then pour in the mashed cilantro & mashed garlic, saute for about 5 minutes, add the noodles and the remaining spices and olive oil. Mix well and add more salt or pepper if needed. Simmer for 8 minutes, stir again and turn the heat off. That is all. It is easy to make. 


Monday, July 11, 2016

Decorating Frugalishly

Simple decor.....

Frugal people know how to decorate with very little money in any space. Decorating any area of your does not have to be expensive.  

When I got my first apartment, milk jugs became pots for all my plants. Then when my work increased in cash I bought nice used clay pots for my home. I painted them to match and decorate my lovely abode. 

So lets take a look at these photos to see how well creativity mixed with beauty can sure brings any rooms together.

1.  This beautiful color scheme sure embraces the warmth that is displayed in this lovely room. Color and texture is the key factor in making this room pop...the colors blend well and they compliment each other nicely.

2. Lovely warm colors and photographs mixed with some paintings enhances this room very well.
Some paint and a mix of pictures and toss pillows are brilliantly put together in this room.


3. In this room bamboo poles and some white sheets create a cool organic look, inexpensive but so modern and simply lovely. 

4. Old furniture can be revived again with some white sheets, a picture for color and some toss pillows to bring that cozy couch to life.

5. A little more modern but stunning...expenses, a nice rug, a couch & chairs, some toss pillows and some lamps...simplicity at its best. This is spending money wisely.

6. Two file cabinets and a nice cut top sure makes this home office an organized place to work in...very frugal and lovely.

7. Home made pictures and some inexpensive wooden pieces make this wall a cute place to show off your decorating skills...I love this a lot.

8. Another creative wall to show off your lovely bed...very powerful decorating.

9. Very nice simple decor sure brings out the beauty of a cozy home.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Baked Beans with Collard Greens

I am deeply grateful for having the gift of creating dishes that are healthy and very tasty. This last week I made for the first time these easy baked beans with collard greens. They were absolutely delicious. So I thought it would be nice to share with you my recipe for this dish and I sure hope you all enjoy it.

You will need:

1 can of pinto beans
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of collard greens
(drain and rinse well the 3 top cans)

1 can of diced tomatoes
(drain the juice into a glass)

1 c. brown sugar
3 T. yellow mustard
1/2 c. ketchup
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
2 t. maple syrup

 Mix well all the dry ingredients, then add all the other ingredients to it, then ad the juice of the tomatoes...taste to see if the flavor is pleasing to you, if not add some extra salt, garlic powder &  brown sugar (some people like their baked beans with more flavor or sweetness)...mix all the ingredients well and then place the beans in a baking pan, cover the pan with foil and place it in the oven for 30 minutes at 375. Then uncover and bake for another 20 minutes or until the juice evaporates a bit and it is creamy...enjoy.
From my Caribbean Vegan Kitchen to yours...SALUD! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Balcony Garden For Veggies, Herbs and Flowers

Summer is so beautiful especially when your plants are growing. 
As many of you know I live on the 4th floor of an apartment building, so having a garden is all up to the tenant's imagination. 

My balcony is not only a place to enjoy, but it is also a place for me to grow some herbs, veggies and lovely flowers.

Some lovely plants to enhance this small space.

Glads, irises and African daisies.

Many cilantro plants are growing

Some decor to make the balcony look nicer.

A few pepper plants are also planted.

More cilantro

And some Zinnas and sunflowers have popped up to make this room brighter..