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It’s Time to Return To What I Love to Do!

11 Jan

Umm..is that you?

Yes, I can’t explain it and I had for some reason had writer’s block, had a brain fog  – what ever you want to call it….I had it!   Did I lose interest?  Yes..  Did I state many times, you should post that?  Yes….  I believe it had gotten a bit overwhelming this social media craze.  Always on, always checking.

I’d made it a point – to really shut the phone off, engage at dinner, have a Facebook hiatus and only use Instagram to show my culinary skills.  🙂 And it has been wonderful!!

Looking at other blog sites of my dear friends and my interests.. I am not the only one that has taken a hiatus. 

No longer are we crazed about the number of Hits, the Tweets or the Likes.  It’s about getting back to the basic of writing – sharing and if the reader finds the information useful – then that’s great!

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So I’m wishing you a very Happy New Year and here’s to coming back to write; with a few good changes to make to my site!

Letia

Posts On the Way!

26 Jul

After a long hiatus of handling “life’; I finally can resume doing posts again! Thanks for being patient and all the thoughtful notes.

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Let the blogging begin!

Letia 🙂

 

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!!

24 Dec

 

Can your snowman do a merry handstand!

Can your snowman do a merry handstand!

 

It’s Christmas Eve and Hanukkah starts this evening!

I’ve poured a glass of egg nog with a touch of Amaretto and a slice of cheesecake!  Playing my Holiday CDs, the 1989 movie ‘Prancer’ is playing (Sam Elliot, Abe Vigoda and Rebecca Harrell) and I’ve been using entirely too much tissue paper while wrapping – for I just ran out!

Manolo my pooch, he is happy that I’d gave him his long awaiting Christmas gift early …..a bone marrow bone!   Later on dinner with friends for more laughing, piano playing and lots of calls to make!

This is the time to share and spend time with love ones!  It is also is the time to be thankful and wish the utmost best to others who may not be so fortunate, that they may find peace during this Holiday and the days ahead!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Holiday!  Enjoy!

Letia  🙂

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Beyoncé! Ivy Park – Inspirational!

9 Apr

beyonce ivy parkI know you have seen the video and in anticipation to see the active wear!

There may be some of you; who are not least in the bit interested in exercising!

However, let’s look beyond that and look at the video as encouragement for anything that is ahead of you!  Beyoncé has a great message.

Everyone has a place where we consider safe and often go to; to build our strength.  For some it may be a place of worship, a friend’s home or a tropical island!

What ever the place maybe, it’s a moment or memory you can go to and get what you need!

So watching the video, it brought me to that place of being home as a little girl – with my Mom, Gilda and my Uncle Al.  They are both gone now, but still constant and encouraging staples in my life!  Mom and Uncle Al

 

So that’s my park…what’s yours?   

 

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Photo by Paola Kudacki for Elle Magazine’s editorial; April issue. Video courtesy of Nordstorm, IVY PARK – Cofounded by Beyoncé – effortlessly cool activewear for women everywhere.  In stores on April 14th.

Easter Baby Hunt Prep!

5 Mar

Easter is on the way; so I was asked about Easter eggs for an upcoming Baby Easter Egg Hunt! easter eggs

So thinking…what about buying colorful plush toilet lid covers to place on the floor; so there will be no worries of getting hurt!

Moms can be at ease and the babies can enjoy themselves!

All you do is choose from the array of different colors and leave the cardboard in!  The intent is to scatter them across the floor; with all the other Easter décor and it’s a bunny hopping fun!

I’d just told the store clerk….I need 20, no 25! And they’re on clearance!  Easter ideas! 🙂

 

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Thai Carrot Soup to Start the New Year with Spice! 

3 Jan

img_0751I wanted something satisfying and warm to eat!  So while grocery shopping, I decided to make some soup!  I love-making soup, where I can make it how I like it and be creative!

So Thai Carrot soup it is!  It came out wonderfully and for the upcoming nights when arriving from work; I can effortlessly choose to have a nice warm bowl of soup and little spinach salad!

It was quite easy and in less than an hour in the early morning;  I was done and ready to venture out to enjoy the rest of the day!

If you love carrot soup, try it!  You can add what you like…coconut milk, ginger, yogurt….what ever you like.  I just wanted a Thai peanut, very spicy, carrot soup! And I mean spicy…which you can omit!  Here are the steps; if you decide to make it also and add your delights; please share!

Happy New Year!

2 pounds of peeled carrots, 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, 2 tbsp of minced garlic, hot chili pepper flakes, peanut butter and 1 granny smith apple + Sriracha

2 pounds of peeled carrots, 1 large sweet Vidalia onion, 2 tbsp of minced garlic, hot chili pepper flakes, peanut butter and 1 granny smith apple + Sriracha.  It will make about close to 1 quart and 1/2 of soup.

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In a Dutch Oven, saute onions, apple, garlic in one teaspoon of hot coconut oil (about 2 – 3 minutes).

 

Add all the carrots and it's ok to eat some while they go in!

Add all the carrots and it’s ok to eat some while they go in!

Add 1 box of Vegetable broth (or any broth you like) and simmer for 20 minutes; until carrots are tender.

Add 1 box of Vegetable broth (or any broth you like) and simmer for 20- 30 minutes; until carrots are tender.

Once tender, now puree! Either a food processor or hand blender.

Once tender, now puree! Either a food processor or hand Immersion blender.

You want to have a smooth consistency!

You want to have a smooth consistency!

Now you add the peanut butter, blend then taste! A little salt and hot chili flakes, then taste again. Then judge is it to your liking.

Now you add the peanut butter, blend then taste! A little salt, basil and hot chili flakes, then taste again. Then judge is it to your liking.

For me! Not all, I added more S hot sauce!

For me! Not all, I added more Sriracha hot sauce!

Add to a beautiful bowl. Topped with basil and more hot sauce!

Add to a beautiful bowl. Topped with chopped basil and more hot sauce!

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The peanut butter is added last. For those who are allergic to nuts; it can be skipped without compromising the taste you want for a wonderful carrot soup!

Photos taken by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design®

 

Happy New Year! 2016

29 Dec

Do you believe it? It’s here already! 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me through the year! 

Wishing you the best for the New Year! 

  

Letia ❤️

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