Archive | August, 2010

Inspiration: “When The Brook Dries Up”

31 Aug

This one comes from my many notes on my Blackberry. I was compelled to post after talking with a friend last night. Recreate. ReThink. ReInvent, and Revisit, if necessary.

I Kings 17: 1-9 what to do when the brook dries up?

“The same place fulfillment comes from can “dry” up. Lack of confidence comes from a lack of confidence in who we are, children of a God that is faithful. Elijah was a man of like passions as ours. His story draws back to us possessing the power. Let’s stop looking at the heroes of the bible as if we could not do those things. They practiced enormous faith without redemption and we have a redeemer, Christ. You have to believe! God does more through people than he does for people. God speaks through vessels as a profession of his power, partnership between God and man. God’s word in your mouth is just as powerful from your mouth —– channel. Sound before sight. It has to be pronounced before it comes to pass. Enforce what I have commanded u and I will back you up. Ambassador! Commandments are positive, not negative. We tend to think of them as punishment. They are intended to bring your blessings to pass. If u live in principle, you DON’T need a miracle. The devil can finance your blessing. Brook dried up. God never said there would be no meat or bread in this story, but we have to “wash” it down with the word. Sometimes, we stay in a place where the bread is still there, but the brook has dried up. Busy, but no fulfillment. God’s response to no water is the word. Don’t allow this life to take you away from the word. God asks for our first before anyone else.”

Psalm 25 prayer for guidance and for deliverance.

Get it done!

– mischthegwc

Greek Food Night: Falafel

30 Aug

I had Greek Food Night last week.  Interestingly, it is a Middle Eastern food and like the argument of hummus, the Israelis and Arabs differ on where it originated and who makes it best. I made falafel for the first time and loved it, probably due to my handy food processor.  I love kitchen gadgets.  My mother, because she is from the South and “old school,” does not believe in such things, including a cutting board.  Absurd.  There were so many things we could not use growing up.  Example: we have a dishwasher, but could never use it *side-eye*.  If you have a mother from the South, you may have experienced something of the like.

The normal recipe calls for chickpeas, which is probably best because I imagine they are not as moist as the canned garbanzo beans I used.  If you can find canned chickpeas on short notice, use them.  Otherwise, you may purchase chickpeas and soak them for 18 – 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Before you begin, I want to say that I think a food processor is absolutely necessary. Yet, they didn’t have one ages ago. *shrug*

Ingredients

1 can of Garbanzo beans, drained and patted dry or 1 cup of Chickpeas soaked in a bowl of water between and 18 – 24 hours
1 cup of Mint, Parsley, and Cilantro, but in equal amounts
1 tspn Coriander
2 tspns Cumin 
1 tspn Red Pepper Flakes
1/2 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic (make sure you chop them up into chunks before throwing them in the processor)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tspn Baking Powder
1 bag of Pita Bread
Tzatziki Sauce, just buy it unless you’d really like to make it.
Vegetable Oil

Preheat a deep fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit with at least 3 inches of vegetable oil.  Throw everything except the oil, Tzatziki, and pita bread into the food processor.  Pulsate until everything is blended together, not until it is soupy.  Roll them into ice cream scoop balls, gently immerse them into the oil and rotate them every 5 minutes until deep brown to prevent them from sticking to the bottom of the pan.  Drain the Falafel on papertowels.  Warm the pita in a dry cast iron skillet, if you have one.  Otherwise, I think a non-stick would work.  Last, but definitely not least, load it up your Falafel sandwich with  Tzatziki sauce.

Enjoy!

Here Are 5 Reasons the No Ma’am club Existed

25 Aug

Your relationship should not be Gold Finger or Quantum of Solace, but certain lines should never be crossed.

1.  Maintain sacredness

The happenings of your relationship will always be discussed because someone will always say, “you know what                  said.”  There is nothing wrong with friends knowing something exists, but you are never to discuss the details with anyone within the group, even on your darkest night.  Grab a box of Kleenex, turn on the radio, and say good night.  Wake up and think ‘What would Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri…Beyonce and Jay-Z do?’ You.never.quite.knew.or.understood. Should you?

2.  People function differently in relationships than they do in friendships.

I am not saying that people are schizo, but there are differences.  Some things would probably make you go “hmmmm,” but the focus should be how they interactive with and treat you, not how they interact with their friends.  Do not get them mixed up.  You will be over analyzing things you frankly have no stake in.

3. Man talk vs. Lady talk

Although it is quite parallel in subject, the language, tone, and approach are vastly different.  All of the sudden, monotone Dennis Haysbert shows up at the scene of the accident with an “I told ya so” after you decided to sit in.

4.  There is no allegiance

You have to ALWAYS remain neutral.  Trust me. AT ALL TIMES, remain neutral, unless it pertains to you directly.  * jots down “lesson 1,000,252” in notepad*  Just give my neutral cues and shrug —-> “I don’t know,” “is that what he really meant?,” “maybe you guys should talk,” “that’s crazy,” and “so…what are you gonna do?”  I have several others, but this is all I could come up with now.  I said something without saying anything, right? LoL

5.  You can never complain, “you are always with your friends.”

Why? You know how awesome they are. LoL

Maybe relationships can exist within circles. There are just rules, strict rules.

“Thanks, Al,” in Katey Sagal voice, while violently shaking the crossed leg and smacking gum.

Your friendly neighbor,
Misch

We’re discussing Fall already

23 Aug

I have this theory about women’s style the last 2 or 3 years: Styles are being recycled due to the bleak state of the economy.  I stopped buying InStyle and other fashion mags because the content was being recycled; Thanks. I will use the internet. Think about it…we have been able to wear tights 2 Falls and 2 Winters and I will probably be able to wear them again.

Currently, I am in love with Cobalt Blue. It was out last Fall, but it is back again (by the way I called Purple years ago, when I could not find it anywhere. It’s still vastly available, too. My friend and I love when we can call trends).

Cobalt has an energy that I love.  I think it is closest to the pure primary color blue.  Although it is a statement color and some may think it is too bright, I think it has sophistication when paired with the correct things.

As much as I hate to discuss Fall fashion because it’s still Summer and I just had on my shorts and heels yesterday, this is a palette that I am excited about.

Black, White, Yellow, and Cobalt Blue.

Do not be literal here.  Even though I said yellow, yellow can be Gold, a metallic.  However, I would not wear the gold shoe with the jacket, but definitely with the shirt and skirt.  Depth is created by texture.  Texture is finish, print, and material.  Example: I had on shades of gray in the pic below.  A silvery gray silk shirt, charcoal gray, almost black cotton leggings, and silver metallic shoes.  All grays, but nonetheless, different materials and sheens.

I love Houndstooth and it is typically made out of wool, a for sure Fall/Winter material, as well as tweed.  I used to have these Houndstooth pumps by Steve Madden, unfortunately, with the purse to match. Houndstooth and Tweed are essential Fall prints.  Nothing sexier than menswear mixed with feminine elements, such as lace, draping, and silk.

Must haves in this look that can be recycled in your wardrobe

  • This has been said over and over, but every woman needs to own a pencil skirt, a quality pencil skirt.  It translates well in so many settings.  Remember that it fits close to the body and it should be at the knee.
  • A plain leather and/or patent leather pump.  Soooo many uses and goes with everything.
  • An adult Winter Coat, not just a bubble coat. It does not have to be printed like the one above.

Find your cobalt blue in a pair of shoes, hopefully, suede, a purse, a winter coat, a shirt, or even a scarf.

Will Work For THIS Pizza

20 Aug

But on a budget after my last post (LoL)

I have to thank my brother for this one, the Renaissance Man.  I am finally around to sharing it.

He made them on a charcoal grill, so the pizza had a great smoky flavor.  Mmmmm Mmmmmm good.  But, you can put them in the oven on 400 degrees.

All items are from Trader Joe’s and I wrote them as they are on the package.  It was too strange taking pictures during the 5:00 p.m. grocery store mad dash.  I do not know, prices may vary.

Freshly shaved parmesan, romano, & asiago cheese. $2.29
Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Sauce $2.49
Sun Dried Tomato with Basil & Tomatoes Chicken Sausage $3.39
Middle Eastern Flatbread $2.29
Gourmet Chicken Meatballs sun-dried Tomatoes, Basil, and Provolone $4.49

Didn’t price these, but you need them:

Minced Garlic

Yellow Onion

Olive Oil or Vegetable/Canola (Extra Virgin Olive Oil burns too fast)

For $20, you can feed 4 – 6 people depending on who you are feeding and it’s super easy.  Great appetizer.

In a frying pan, over medium heat, put about a table-spoon or 2 of Olive Oil, just enough to oil the pan; we are not frying. Put the onion in first, depending on hot your pan is the garlic will burn, if you put it in first.  When they onions soften a bit, prob about 2 – 3 minutes, put in the sliced meatballs and sausage to heat; they are precooked, so no need to cook forever. While the meat is working in the pan, spoon marinara sauce on your bread.  Then, spoon the meat on and lastly, sprinkle the pizzas with cheese, and into the oven until the cheese melts.  Done!  Cut and serve.

Hmmm…poor money management = divorce

20 Aug

My oldest but most prevalent challenge needs immediate attention for upcoming changes — budgeting.

Yes…I am used to getting what I want; “No” is something that I am unaccustomed to telling myself and being told.  I maneuver around that “no” until I get what I want.  (blah blah blah, right?)

I participated in Lent this year.  Like most people, I participated mostly in the sacrificial portion, but anyways…I forgave shopping, sweets, and fast food restaurants.  Fast food was extremely easy.  The sweets and shopping was my Mt. Everest.  Yet, sweets are still my vice.  We will see how that plays out years from now when the metabolism slows.

Shopping was thee hardest, but the most rewarding sacrifice.  Victoria’s Secret knew to send me the catalog every week and it did not take appealing to a guy’s fantasy for me to spend $400 plus every season.  Any VS shopper knows that the lines change colors and prints every season.  Nordstrom was bookmarked and had my phone number for upcoming sales.  Forever 21 accessory shopping trips.  I bought outfits without purpose, but…’it’s not you, it’s me.’  The mall no longer calls my name and claims stake on my check.  It’s not over, though.

I dissected my spending habits and found a silent but deadly killer ——-> Eating out and entertaining.  Because I was no longer hiding shopping bags in my car where the spare tire is and felt no anxiety at the mall, I thought I was okay.  Oh-NO.

I love eating out, buying drinks, and entertaining.  It’s insane!  So…I finally signed up with www.mint.com via the advice of a friend. It monitors the use of my money and alerts me to stay within my set budgets, which I set according to MY financial goal.  Get your own!  www.cnn.com also has a Debt Reduction Planner that’s really good.

I have friends that drool and gawk when finances come up.  Here is quick information about your Credit Score.  Your Credit Score is extremely important.  Do not listen to people who say, “oh you can improve your score over time,” right before you make one of the dumbest financial decisions of your life.  Here’s some information:

Credit Score measures:

payment history · debt ratio · length of credit history · types of credit

Your payment history and debt ratio make up more than half of your credit score.

Credit Score

700 or above – Excellent · 601- 699 Good · 500 – 600 High Risk · Below 500 – you have some work to do

Credit Bureaus

TransUnion · Experian · Equifax

Anytime you do anything that requires credit, these three agencies are notified.  The scores will be slightly different from agency to agency.  This is due to them using different measurements.  Typically, all of them are ran when you request credit.

QUICK INFO

No credit: seek a credit card with a low-interest rate or no APR (annual percentage rate) for 6-months or a year, so you can pay it off before you have to pay interest.  Request a feasible credit line (do not go overboard). Credit card companies will increase your credit line without your permission; they can also lower it, depending on changes in your credit.  Do not pay the card off immediately.  Double the minimum payment and payoff over time.

DO NOT GET A DEPARTMENT STORE CREDIT CARD; they typically have extremely high interest rates and most of the time you can not use them anywhere else, so why not get a 10% credit card that you can use multiple places.

Limit yourself to two credit cards.  You have no need for more than 2 credit cards.

Signs you are going into credit card debt:

  • Choosing to pay one credit card bill over the over
  • Ignoring monthly statements (you are not concerned with how you are spending. You just are.)
  • Frequently doing balance transfers
  • Using your card for basic needs such as gas, food, clothing, food, and household needs

Tips:

If you have several high-interest high-balance credit cards, see if you can find a lower interest card to combine all balances.  This is called a balance transfer.  Please read the terms before doing so.  Ask for help, if you are unsure.  Sometimes, the lower interest cards have No APR.  The more interest you pay, the less you pay on your balance/principal.

Debt Settlement is a “no-no.”  This is the plan.  Do not pay any of your payments—-> Credit Score falls off of a cliff.  You pay the Debt Settlement company a payment less than what you are currently paying in credit card bills while they “negotiate” the settlement of your debt for X years.  DUMB!  If you can make your payments, pay them.  Revive your credit score by budgeting and paying them off rather than escaping the responsibility of your past spending habits.

Stop disguising wants as needs.  Look at your bank and credit card statements line by line to change your bad spending habits.  Nothing is more real than looking at how you have wastefully spent money. Pay all bills on time.

I do not know how I am going to do this…I love eating out. *humph

I guess I’ll go pack this lunch, so that I do not buy it tomorrow <—– Huge money-saving tip that I have a hard time with.

I’ll let you know.