Enough is Enough

I have been in inner conflict with myself for some time …

Am I enough to my husband?
Am I enough to my children?
Am I enough to my family?
Am I enough to my friends?
Am I enough to myself?

I go to bed every night regretful of the things I didn’t finish, or didn’t do. What I could have done better, faster, stronger. I have so many regrets, so many wishes and desires for things that honestly don’t matter. NO MORE! Enough is enough! I have come to the realization that I am enough damn it! I will focus on all the amazing good in my life !

I’m chubby but I have amazing skin, great hair and an awesome natural tan! And pretty feet!

I have an old car but I have no payments! I don’t have to watch my miles and when it shakes on the freeway it’s helping my circulation and makes me cautious and aware of my speeding so I don’t get tickets.

My son is sick… It sucks horribly… But in turn it is making him a patient, tolerant and compassionate man. I also get to spend so much quality time with him that I will cherish forever!

So I can’t afford to buy my daughters the latest and greatest phones, clothes and shoes… But in turn I have humble, gracious and grateful daughters who have learned to appreciate even the smallest of things in life.

I have a husband who is gone 3/4 of the year… With that loneliness comes immense love, adoration and appreciation for his hard work! And I get the bed to myself (when Jakes not in it)

I am enough and I have enough.

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SSS Wings

Sticky Sweet Spicy Wings … Not much explanation required after that! No frying, no baking, one pot dish!

4 pounds chicken wings, frozen
1 cup honey
1/2 cup tamari or coconut aminos
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
4 tablespoons garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons Flavorgod Spicy
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons sea salt

– Throw all ingredients in an extra large skillet.
– Cook for 30 minutes covered.
– Uncover and cook another 15 minutes.
– Leave the heat on and remove the wings into a bowl. Set aside and increase heat… Mixing constantly cook until sauce is reduced and yummy and thick!
– Add the wings back and cover thoroughly in sauce !

Serve with a wet towel, or a water hose !!! You will need it.

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Juicilicious Sliders

1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup ground pancetta
1/4 red onion, minced
2 tablespoons Flavorgod Garlic
1 tablespoon sea salt

You will make this over and over again. I know the recipe makes a lot of sliders but I don’t like cooking in the moment. I always make double sometimes triple quantities that I can serve for today and freeze some for later.

– In food processor mince the pancetta and onion.

– Combine the ground pork and beef with the pancetta onion mixture as well as the spices and salt.

– Using a medium cookie scoop I shape 16 sliders.

– I cook half and freeze the other half.

Oooooo

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Bangin’ Sweet Potato Pancetta Hash

8 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded
1/2 red onion, diced small
4 tablespoons bacon fat
4 tablespoons coconut oil, lard or tallow
2 tablespoons ghee, I use Omghee
1/2 cup pancetta, diced small
2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon flavorgod spicy

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– In a large skillet on medium heat add all your fats, pancetta and onion. Cook low and slow until the onion is soft and fully cooked and pancetta is slightly brown. I know it seems like a lot of fat but trust me! If you are using good quality fats you have nothing to worry about!

– Add the shredded sweet potato a couple of cups at a time … Cook low and slow until sweet potatoes are fully cooked and golden brown. Divide into 4 … Freeze in zip locks or eat all!!!!

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– Serve with an egg on top and relish in the deliciousness !!!

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Kitchen Clean Up

I’m not talking wiping the counters and polishing stainless steel… I’m talking Pantry, Fridge, Freezer and Spice Cabinet ! No need to throw stuff out … Make some cool meals! Here’s how I do it…

1. Start in freezer… Only because you can take stuff out and start defrosting right away! Take this time to discard old or frost bit items… Using a wash cloth dipped in warm soapy water wipe sides and bottom well. Sort items by newest at the bottom or back with older towards the front.

2. Make sure your sink is clean and one side is filled with hot soapy water.

3. Start with emptied dishwasher so you rinse, soak and put dishes in dishwasher as you go and clean after every dish so you don’t end up doing clean up for hours. Wipe, wash and clean as you go!

4. Go through your spices and get rid of spices you have had for some time… Believe it or not spices expire and loose their spunk. Don’t be afraid to mix spices … Play around and use a mortar & pestle or have a designated coffee grinder just for spices. I also keep a piece of blue painters take on the inside of my cabinet and write down spices, salts and such as I run out. I do the same with the fridge, freezer, and pantry… When it’s time to shop I remove the tape, place on paper and go shopping!

5. Start in the fridge by emptying one shelf at a time … Have a bowl with warm soapy water and wash cloth… Wipe walls & shelves and return foods as you like.

6. For your pantry take everything out one shelf at a time … Vacuum shelves and wipe with warm soapy water. I keep a small Ramekin with coffee grounds in the back of each shelf… Helps keep odors out and also absorbs moisture.

So pick a day when you have time… Put your favorite playlist or movie on, pour yourself a glass of wine, cocktail or nice cup of coffee… And get creative! Make sure you right down recipes as you go… So you can reproduce ! Have fun!