…Part II

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According to Webster Dictionary Blog: Pronunciation: \ˈblȯg, ˈbläg\Function: noun Etymology: short for Weblog Date: 1999: a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.

As some of you may know Simplicity∞Beyond is not know for being a journal, but more of random segments of simple feeds of information/articles. Sometimes change is good. Adding that journal aspect gives us that sense of being human or having a soul. I left part one with this thought: “it’s not you it’s me” that’s what she said. So, a week or so has passed from the official ending of that escapade and I didn’t think it was going to be this hard to just go with the flow and move on. I recently stumbled across the artist G-Eazy and his albums. I don’t normally listen to a lot of rap but there is one track on his album “Must Be Nice” that stuck out to me more than the others. It’s called “Marilyn”.

G-Eazy Marilyn:

{Dominique LeJeune}

“I want to love you
But if it’s not right what can I do?
Everything will be alright
So baby get some sleep tonight.”

There is a gentlemen I met by the name of Sheim Francis at Edens Coffee House. He has done a few open mic performances there. His performance dazzled and inspired the crowd. After hearing who he was and his ability to paint a story solely on the words he spoken; it has inspired me to give it a try. He wrote a book called My Journey, Poetic. This is my attempt on being a poet, so be gentle.

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The words that you once displayed
Through actions of compassion
Will never be forgotten
And The love I once had
Will never be depleted
Cause the way you looked at me like I was the only one
Lit up my world like a new found sun.

We use to talk all day,
Couldn’t fall asleep but couldn’t stay awake.
And every moment that I got,
Including my 930 to 11 O’clock was spent by your side.
We would lay around lazily, always having fun.
We were each other’s number one.
But I look at us now and see
We’ve fallen through the drain pipes.

Months went by filled with pure happiness and bliss
Time seemed to slow down
through every waking moment spent with you
and come to a standstill with every tender kiss
But in reality time died
I give it my condolences

Now we’re here distant and alone.
Without your warm embrace I’m in a snow storm
You meant the world to me
and I to you
I thought we both didn’t want us to end
But all I can do now
Is leave it in God’s hands.

“I want to love you
But if it’s not right what can I do?
Everything will be alright
So baby get some sleep tonight”

I want it,
you want it
so who are we fooling here.

“That’s why you and I ended over U N I
And I said that’s fine, but you’re the only one that knows I lied
You and I ended over U N I
And I said that’s fine, but you’re the only one that knows I lied”

We made each other happy
But now what can I do
Watch you in the arms of some other dude
He can’t make you as happy
And he can’t make you as free

I hope one day you see
These three months
Were just the beginning of you and me.

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Coffee for the Soul.

I recently partnered up with some friends to start up a family friendly coffee shop.  It was quite a  leap of faith.  One of the partners told me to read this book A Lion in a Pit On a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson  Now, I’m not a very big reader, but someone once told me if you want to find out if a book is interesting,  read the first five pages.   I did and I am hooked on it and it is inspiring me to go after my dreams.  Eden’s Coffee House is a big part of my dreams.

Eden’s Coffee House is not just a coffee house full of amazing exotic aromas and mellow music; it’s also  house filled with magic.  Just joshin. It’s filled with LOVE.  Even if you’re just passing by, you still get that feeling of being accepted, feeling at home,  and feeling downright comfortable.  So far, we have an open mic event once a month.  At our last event, various artists performed.  Patrons were entertained by poetry and  music as they sipped on delicious coffee, ate  dessert, and mingled.

Facebook page: Eden’s Coffee House

Website Coming Soon!

Bartender Irony…

 

The irony that’s at the bar. Bartenders give you advice, but at the same time give you alcohol.They try to help you by giving you advice and yet they serve you alcohol to help you forget. Don’t get me wrong, that is their job and I do drink.; not heavy, but I’ll enjoy a drink every once in a while. From personal experience, bar-tending is very similar to a barber. Its not just about serving alcohol or cutting hair. They are mentors, confidants, friends, just great people with a bunch of wisdom.

“The method for enjoying spirits is different for each person. Talking with friends… Whispering with a lover… and tipping ones glass alone while in deep thought. Such a place where are people are gathered a bar. Spirits give birth to a story… and the story creates your drink.” –Bartender (anime)

And lets all be honest here…
For those who have seen the Dos Equis commercials, who wouldn’t want to walk in to a bar and see Jonathan Goldsmith? The most interesting man in the world. You can check that off your bucket list.

 Little side note: I want to say a big thank you to Sunshine for giving me the idea to write this post. So Thank you Sunshine!

Ramen to the Rescue…

Let me tell you the story of a simple guy who lived very humbly. He was checking his email when he the phone began to ring.  His friend’s sweet and gentle voice instantly greeted him. She told him she was driving down for a job interview; and that she would take him up on his offer to visit him at any time. The simple guy was glad to hear that his good friend would take some time off her busy schedule to visit him.

However, after the simple guy hung up the phone, he realized that he was running on $12 for the rest of the month. Earlier that month, he sent a large part of his money back home for his mother’s medical treatments and the rest was used to pay his rent and bills. He couldn’t even afford to take her out to a descent restaurant! Luckily, he remembered what his mother told him before he moved out, “cook simple, affordable, but healthy my son.” With this is mind, he remembered several recipes he’d stumbled upon online. He knew all of his friend’s favorite dishes consisted of salmon, so it narrowed the list down to two affordable dishes–he still had two frozen salmon fillets in his freezer.

Dish #1: Salmon Ramen with Fresh Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ramen bricks
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup carrots, julienned
  • 1 cup zucchini, julienned
  • 2 cans (6.5 oz each) salmon (the “low sodium” kind), drained and broken into chunks

Preparation:

  • Heat the butter in a saucepan and add the chopped onion.
  • Saute the onion for 2 minutes.
  • Add milk, cream cheese and 1 flavor packet.
  • Cook and stir until mixture is smooth. Do not boil.
  • Add carrots, zucchini and salmon and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta with the flavor seasoning packet lasts for 3 minutes.
  • Drain the liquid.
  • Add ramen noodles to the salmon mixture and vegetables. Mix gently and serve immediately.

This dish seemed perfect: the sweet and gentle flavor of the dish matched his friend’s voice. However, he knew that she was making a big change in her life. For this reason, he decided to further motivate her bravery and boldness with…

Dish #2: Ramen Noodles with Chilli Salmon

Ingredients:

  •  1 pack ramen or instant egg noodles
  • 750ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 pieces skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • soy sauce
  • ½ bunch coriander (I call it cilantro), chopped
  • 1 lime, quartered

Preparation:

  • Cook the noodles following the pack instructions and divide between 2 noodle bowls.
  • Heat the stock in a deep frying pan and when it is simmering, slip in the salmon.
  • Cook for 2 minutes
  • Add the chilli and spring onions and a dash of soy and cook for 3 minutes or until the salmon is firm to the touch.
  • Lift a piece of salmon into each bowl and divide the broth between them.
  • Add some coriander to each and squeeze over some lime or lemon juice.

When the simple guy’s friend arrived to his apartment, she was delighted by the zesty aroma that cheerfully caressed her nose. She enthusiastically hugged the simple guy while saying, “I’m so glad to see you again!” He was shocked at first, but with a smile emerging on his face, the simple guy asked his friend: “Are you hungry?”

NOTE: In order for his meal to be somewhat healthy, the simple guy used air-dried instant ramen noodles and did not use the seasoning packet that comes with each noodle brick. This lowers the fat and sodium contents. Also, Maruchan is not an air-dried instant ramen brand; the logo just looked nice.

Diabetes or Dessert…


“The way to a mans heart is through his stomach”

Those are some true words to live by. Ladies take notes… I’m just joshin. This is a very easy and simple dessert recipe that just about everyone can do. I have always loved to cook. This may be a little off topic, but I am a momma’s boy. I’ve always been a little jealous of those people who have grandmas that make them cookies, cakes, and just had a grandma there in their life. If I could, I would want my grandma to be a combination of two people: Betty White and Paula Deen. Both of these amazing women are the epitome of a grandma. That being said, this is a recipe that I stumbled on while on tumblr and is one I could see a grandma making for her grandchildren.

Ingredients:

  • Cookie Mix or Pre-Made Cookie Dough
  • Your favorite cookies (Oreos, Girl Scout, etc.)
  • Brownie Mix

“How is this heavenly dessert made,” you ask?

Simple baking instructions:

  • Place some wax paper in a baking dish.

  • If you have to, mix the cookie batter. Otherwise, spread the cookie dough evenly in the baking dish till the bottom of the wax paper is no longer visible.

  • Top the cookie dough with your selected choice of cookie. Make sure it’s spaced out evenly.

  • Mix the brownie mix and use it to cover the cookies. No cookie should be showing.

  • Bake it at 400 degrees F or 204 degrees C.
  • When I baked it, I did so, for as long as the brownie mix said to bake it.
  • Continually check it until it looks well-done.

Hope you enjoy!

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