*Knock knock* “Who’s there?” Kat. “Cat who?” The neighborhood Kat that’s back. I haven’t written on here for awhile, and I guess you could say I went on an unannounced hiatus. It was unannounced to me as well, but life … Continue reading
Lately I ‘ve been reflecting on various things in my life, almost as if I’m finally realizing everything that’s been going on over the past half year. That could also be because the calendar year is ending. Either way, I’ll be going to Florida this week for a bit (but not disappearing) and I’m taking it as time to work on balancing myself as I decided to go off the pill again, and to spend the holidays with my family of course! This time, however, I’m going to incorporate holistic medicine into my life. After all, I am studying to be a holistic health coach! Last time I went off the pill I just went off without doing anything about my hormone levels. I think even just getting them tested would help guide me towards how I should approach my health. So far I’ve been incorporating gentle hatha yoga into my nightly routine to help lower my stress. Since I stopped the pill I’ve been feeling physical anxiety. I remember that happening last time, so I’m trying to manage that and think positive. Think positive.
The other night when I was meditating… laying on the hardwood floor with my eyes closed, emptying my mind, being in that exact moment… and when I disconnected from all the light-speed thoughts that go through my mind, my heart started to open up. I connected with a sense of freedom, potential, breathing out anything holding me back–the unforgiving thoughts that frequent my mind too often.
I came up with a simple pesto recipe awhile ago and it’s a refreshing one… much like my outlook on life right now. Being refreshed is empowering to me. It reminds me that I have the ability to change. With that here’s the recipe:
This particular pesto has parsley, which I’m learning to appreciate. I also used plenty of cracked black pepper and lemon zest.
Parsley, Lemon & Walnuts Pesto
- 2 cups fresh Italian parsley (the flat-leaf kind)
- 1 small garlic clove, chopped
- 1/2 cup black-pepper walnuts, toasted
- 2-3 tbl nutritional yeast
- Grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 1-2 tbl fresh lemon juice
- 1/4-1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- Pulse parsley, garlic, walnuts, nutritional yeast, zest and lemon juice in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
- Drizzle remaining olive oil and process until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
Along the lines of personal wellness, I think it’d be great to share this giveaway with you guys!
Robin McGraw, two-time #1 New York Times best-selling author, television personality, wellness enthusiast and wife of talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw, has joined OpenSky.com as their newest Insider. Robin, a powerful advocate for healthy-living for women of all ages, is passionate about living a healthy balanced life full of family, friends, and new adventures.
And the timing to host this giveaway couldn’t be better.
Robin recently launched her healthy living shop on OpenSky offering new tools for health, wellness and beauty to help you live a radiant, meaningful life filled with the things you love and the necessary tools to take care of yourself. Some of her must-haves include the Rescue Remedy Stress Relief by Bach and the Big Boss Juicer.
Now what’s the giveaway I’m talking about? OpenSky is offering one of my readers a $25 OpenSky credit to shop Robin’s collections. Here’s a little info about OpenSky if you haven’t heard of it yet.
It is a social shopping site that helps people discover, buy and share unique goods that match their individual taste. Users can connect to friends and industry insiders in Food, Style, Beauty, Healthy Living, Electronics and Home Décor for exclusive information, advice and insider product recommendations. Insiders include Robin McGraw, Bobby Flay, Molly Sims, Tracy Anderson and Bethenny Frankel.
So they cater to all sorts of interests! Wondering how can you enter?
- Well first off, join OpenSky! This is so they can place a credit into the selected winner’s account + the curated shop concept is neat!
- Check out Robin’s shop and tell me something you’d like to get (don’t worry you’re not jinxing your chances!).
Also, there is another way to get more than one chance in the drawing hat!
The contest ends Monday Dec. 17, 2012 so make sure to enter before then.
Best of luck!I’m excited to be sharing this giveaway!
Hello, hello! Last week I was in the San Francisco area (for my family’s first home exchange experience) enjoying every bit of its majestic beauty. It made me think of things that demand our attention. I found myself being very present when I was out in Northern California… all of us being pulled away from our devices and not wanting to miss a single piece of it. Being present around untouched nature is not hard to do, but when I’m back in a busy city like New York I feel like I’m making a point not to be staring down at a phone. Should I move to the side for the person too busy texting so they continue not watching their step? Sometimes I’m tempted to just stop in front of a person.
Do you guys find yourself tapping into thoughtless awareness?
I find it difficult to not give my attention to the now, including the details. I know that reflects in my taste and how that is guided by how my body responds to things. Recently, I’ve been noticing how flavors nourish my body. For instance, I found that lots of sugary things keep me in a place where I don’t feel as motivated or dedicated to something, and it’s a difficult habit to break. It’s like a lazy comfort for me. Earthier flavors really heighten my focus, and sour refreshes me. Or for instance… if I have dried fruit I balance the very sweet flavor with a dense nut, or else my thought goes on auto-pilot and I start to get mindless. I’ve also found that I’ve developed a heightened sensor for specific additives, in turn giving my body the chance to communicate clearly. I’m curious to know… what are some things you’ve recently discovered about yourself?
Right now it’s snowing, and this post is going back to the very end of summer in Florida.
1) I packed fresh figs, a salad and smoked salmon for the airplane ride… ended up having it as brunch because of a delay; 2) Beach front apartment in South Beach; 3) Driving over McArthur Causeway at sunset; 4) Having traditional Cuban desserts in the heart of Little Havana; 5) Bird watching in my parents’ back yard; 6) Dinner consisted of summer fruits for one last hurrah!
So while I was there we thought it would be nice to invite them over for dinner.
Today I’m going to push the rewind button and go back to the end of July. With the change of season and the temperature of the air… July seems so far away.
I came to Richmond bearing gifts and matching the Chinatown bus. On my visit I found a handy dandy travel case, and had a Barbie pool day… along with other adventures.
Thank you for the well wishes everyone. The area where I’m living in Manhattan didn’t get too badly affected, and I haven’t been by midtown, downtown or the outer boroughs that were more affected. People have to plan a little more right now to get around in the city though because of traffic and the lack of subway transportation. This whole thing has gotten me to observe, more than usual, people’s relationship with nature. Nature is pretty straightforward about its relationship with us… even with basic knowledge of ecology. There’s lots of talk of this storm being a result of climate change, and this is just a taste. Here’s what I wrote on my informal blog:
Strong forces of nature can look very awe-inspiring within nature, but juxtapose its affects with manmade creations and all of a sudden it becomes disaster. Today I walked with Matilda to the park, and people were taking pictures of snapped trees. Maybe they wanted to feel more a part of the damage? I’m not sure, but I have been noticing this energy of attraction.
The attraction is also mixed with those who repel any news of the storm—viewing it as a mockery. Maybe it is silly that people react in this man vs. nature sort of way with their lost possessions, schedules and conveniences. At the same time these moments call for compassion. As a human, I know we interpret things in a spectrum of ways and express however those in our species do. To negate that makes me wonder… why does one care to be alive in their present state… as a human that is?
Fact is, right now, people are a part of it.
Today’s post features one of the local markets around here: Westside Market. You can tell I appreciate food by the fact that I’m inspired by a grocery store’s trademark selection. Westside Market features an extensive selection (it takes me about 30 minutes to decide what I want to get) of “Made by Maria” dishes and spreads. They even have many vegetarian/vegan options. I always wondered who Maria was. Well, turns out that Maria is real and a part of the Zoitas family, and every family recipe that comes from her kitchen is reinvented. Last item I picked up was a sweet and warming vegetable dish with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, dried fruits, honey, and spices. The ingredient list was simple, and after trying it I attempted to recreate it with my own touch.
Some of you may know or be experiencing the storm along the Atlantic, and I hope those of you being affected are staying safe but not feeling too cooped up… dance parties are good for that. Speaking of dance parties, I’ve been going to lots of great music shows and satisfying my soul by dancing and jumping high to fun music.
Last weekend I was wandering around Brooklyn and came across “granola made with greens, not grains” the latest addition to the Kale Factory line. The “greenola” is made from fresh kale, and comes in two flavors: cranberry nut and spirulina crunch. It was the first time (and only time, thus far) that I’ve come across this variation. Maybe that’s because that’s where they’re produced. I thought it was such an interesting idea, and not to mention they were so tasty! I had to pace myself not to eat the whole container at once. I was very intrigued, made note of the ingredients list, and attempted to recreate them.
… with my own little spin.
Today I have something special in mind. I’ve been feeling like I’ve been all over the place, mostly in mind… a lot has been going on which is why I haven’t written a post in awhile. I had actually been wanting to write something around the time when I was traveling around, and had finally settled back into New York. Now that I’ve been back, and being the introvert that I am… along with the start of the fall season I’ve been giving myself some extra TLC. Whether it’s an aromatic foot soak for ten minutes, lighting a candle, or swinging my hair around to some music.
This time of year always reminds me of how we pull out vegetables, and that this is also the time we go back to our roots. During these transition times I like to simplify things so I can hear my body better. What’s it trying to say?
Remember back when I was instructing a workshop called “Beauty On A Plate”?
For some of them it was their first time cutting asparagus, and as an instructor it always helps when people share things like that. I love helping people learn how to do things, and have them leave feeling more confident. Now what was on this three-course menu?
Tonight I have a special post lined up for you all. I was recently invited to a special blogger event at Shula’s on the Beach down in sunny Ft. Lauderdale. However, I’m in New York at the moment. Luckily I was able to send two representatives on my behalf. The event was just intime to celebrate the 2012 NFL season, which marks the 40th Anniversary of Don Shula’s perfect 1972 season with the Miami Dolphins. The dinner invite offered to tempt taste buds with a chef’s table dinner, complete with wine pairings. Shula’s, recognized as one of America’s top five steak houses, is home of the “Shula Cut“, which guarantees the finest pieces of meat–as less than 1% of cuts make it to the plate.
Shula’s is located inside the The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, which was once the Sheraton Yankee Trader Hotel. The oceanfront property operated for 44 years as an annual home away from home for fun-seekers. After major renovations the resort provides an updated look in spacious rooms, stylish décor and a host of refreshing amenities. I haven’t stayed there (YET), but I hear there are cabanas overlooking the oceanfront pool and that their expansive Heavenly Spa melts away tension.
When I was younger I enjoyed nearby Las Olas Boulevard because of the Kilwin’s ice cream shop (years ago their toasted coconut ice cream cast a permanent spell on me). Nowadays my taste has expanded, and I enjoy Las Olas for its boutique shopping and chic cafes, live jazz bands, fine art museums and galleries and charming gardens. It’s the part of Ft. Lauderdale that still captures the historic charm with Spanish-tiling and vibrant, blushing hibiscus bushes everywhere you turn. Ft. Lauderdale also offers an exhilarating nightlife and miles of white-sand beaches.
To some Ft. Lauderdale is known as the yachting capital of the world, with more than 165 miles of navigable Intracoastal waterways and canals. Cruising along A1A is one of my favorite things to do when I’m visiting the area, and peeking past the overgrown sea grapes at the beautiful and often over-the-top homes. It’s funny because even though I don’t spend much of my year in South Florida, I can always tap into the relaxing feeling I get when I go back there.
Now let’s move on to the night of the event, shall we?
Good day to you! Hope you’ve been enjoying the weekend. I’ve been traveling for almost the past two weeks, so being back in New York… and with the beginning of a new season I feel like refreshing my outlook on things. And it’s also left me feeling a bit unresolved with my last post. It’s so strange how sometimes things you say and do will contradict each other at some point. That’s why sometimes (not so much now though) I have a hard time deciding if I should even say something at all. But a couple years ago I came up with a little reminder I like to tell myself:
There is a difference between contradiction and hypocrisy. It’s kind of like how all squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares.
Contradictions are a part of life, and that’s partly why I don’t hold anyone to labels.
Anyway, after a bit of time to recollect in Florida and feeling more inspired and vibrant, I have an exciting post! Let’s just say I’ve been in a pink mood lately.
First off, I was invited to participate in the first ever e-cookbook put together by Foodie and the team of fabulous food writers. Since schools are back in session, that’s meant changing schedules for lots of people. So that’s why Foodie came up with the great idea to release a back to school themed e-cookbook. All recipes have a quick prep time, are made up of no more than 10 ingredients, and are taste-test approved by kids and adults alike.
“Family Flavors” features snack, side, main, and dessert recipes, so be sure to check it out over here. I’ve already highlighted some like tuscan hummus and checca sauce, Indian spiced roast potatoes, easy fish tacos, Greek zucchini potato and feta cake, and dark chocolate apricot truffles. It sounds like this cookbook is for everyone!
I’d love to hear if any of you guys try out some of the recipes!
In more Glam related news, they’re also hosting a wonderful contest that could be your fairytale come true.
To enter the Facebook contest for your chance to win a pair of these fantastically magical shoes, click here. Best of luck!
Here’s a fun picture that was taken of me for a little inspiration! It’s funny because I had this dress made for my college graduation, and it was inspired by one that I had seen, but was unavailable. My friend, fellow VCU-alumni and young fashion designer, Jess Timmons, helped me create this dress and she did a wonderful job at making my dream dress come to true–a dress that would have the power to express my essence. Then I realized, “which shoes am I going to wear with this dress?” I found a pair that were actually called “Katharina”, but I wanted to keep a modest budget and those shoes would’ve been tipping it. I ended up wearing these shoes that I had gotten for the first dance I ever went to with a boy–I flew to a homecoming in Virginia in 10th grade (and he didn’t even ask me–Prince Charming still hasn’t come into my life yet anyway). They were a pair of strappy bronze stiletto heels, but the heels were pretty much done for and my college graduation was the day I put them to rest. So I don’t actually have a pair of shoes to wear with this dress anymore, but at least that hasn’t stopped me from twirling around barefoot!
Now do you understand what I mean when I say I’ve been in a pink mood lately?