Monday, October 22, 2012

Veggie Tales: Month Two

Hello lovely ones!

I am so excited to write this post! The reason being is because when I reached my two-month mark the last time I was on a vegetarian journey, I quit. Here I am now, reaching the same place, still going strong! I am having so much fun and really enjoying myself. I just want to share a few pictures with you all to recap some of the dishes I made over the past month.

Italian Omelet w/Pesto & Veggies
LOL. This was my first omelet ever. It was a semi-fail but it tasted better than it looked.

Italian Baked Potato w/Cheese
The same ingredients used for the omelet above was used here.

Spicy Midwestern Black Bean Soup w/ Tuna Sandwich

Tuscan Tomato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Sandwich
For the GC, I used a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.

Southwestern Style Veggie Burger

Veggie Stir-Fry w/Noodles and Tilapia
One of my FAVORITES! I used zuchinni, red & yellow bell peppers, broccoli, and asparagus.

Vegetarian Nachos
This was definitely my second favorite of the month! So yummy!

Broccoli & Asparagus Rice Bowl

These are some of the new dishes I tried out and I can honestly say that I enjoyed them all! I'm so excited about future meal ideas! If you have any meals that you think I should try, leave a comment below or e-mail me the recipe, I would love to try it!

Rita Lynn

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Sounds of my Thoughts

My mind beckons you as my heart palpitates wildly
Just then I feel your lips caress my skin while your fingertips play with my sin
Your intellect intrigues me to tears that you wipe with your fears as I share mine
The moment of bliss arrives and I scream "I love you" in ecstasy only to open my eyes and find
You. Gone.
You're a figment of my imagination, in this life we are just friends
The puzzle pieces that make us who we are won't fit together no matter how forceful the pull
It's for the better because if I gave you what you wanted
In the end resentment would lead to hurt and you broken...
Into shards of glass the colors of rainbows
Looking pretty without but cutting deeply within...
The souls of others spreading the screams of pain to the masses.
If only I could verbalize what I feel inside to undo what has not yet been done
But these are just the sounds of my thoughts.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Veggie Tales: Month One

I am SO excited to report that I have made it through the first month of my vegetarian journey! It can only get better from here. The first three days was a struggle, but after that it's been easy sailing.

I have included a few pictures of some of the dishes that I made during this month.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A Day With The Animals

Life has been busy since the fall semester began. But somehow I found time to visit the zoo. The young children from my church went on a "field trip" to the Houston Zoo about a week ago and I decided to go along as a chaperone. I was very excited, maybe even more excited than the kids, because I love the outdoors as well as the animals. My favorite are giraffes and elephants. If I could've taken them home with me, I definitely would have. Maybe one day. ;)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Back to School

Today was my first technical day of going back to school for Fall 2012. To say the least, I wasn't thrilled. But, I have to get it done. So I trekked on back to the familiarity of cold classrooms, long walks, and intense concentration.

For all those who are in school, have a great semester!

Rita Lynn

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Veggie Tales: Tomato x Mozzarella Tart

I am so excited about this dish! This was my first time making a tart, but it turned out great! I got the idea from Elsie & Emma's blog A Beautiful Mess, which I absolutely love! It's definitely one of my favorite blogs. My tart is a little different from theirs, but that's always okay, it gives a unique touch to it.

What I Used:
- 1 puff pastry sheet
- 1 tomato, thinly sliced
- pesto, enough to cover the entire sheet
- mozzarella, about 9 slices
- olive oil
- salt & pepper

I laid out the puff pastry sheet, spread the pesto and tomatoes on, and then filled in the empty spaces with mozzarella. I love mozzarella, it's my absolute favorite, so I used a lot. You can use more or less depending on how cheesy you want your tart. Then I drizzled a little bit of olive oil over top and topped it all off with a bit of salt and pepper (season to your tastes). I baked it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

I wasn't really sure what to expect because I had never tried anything like this before. Also, I'm not very fond of tomatoes either so I was a bit nervous about that. Thankfully, it turned out great! I loved it, tomatoes and all! I don't know if it was the pesto, or the olive oil, or what but the tomatoes were extremely yummy. I will definitely be making this again.

If you decide to try this, let me know how it turns out!

Rita Lynn

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Veggie Tales

One of the desires of my heart is to be a vegetarian. This desire has gotten immensely stronger within the past two years and I gave it a try in November 2011. It only lasted until January 2012. I was proud of myself for resisting meat for that long though. I don't like meat. I would eat it because it was readily available, and if I didn't a funny look would be thrown my way. During my short period of being a vegetarian, I was harassed almost every day about how I should eat meat from my parents, who are avid meat lovers. After hearing that every day for two months, I was tired of fighting, so I gave in.

I'm ready to embark on this journey again though, because frankly, I don't like eating meat. My body doesn't enjoy the consumption of meat. As a Virgo, my stomach is sensitive. One of the things it is sensitive to, is meat. Sometimes, I would get sick. Other times, I would have these episodes where I felt like was going to vomit and pass out. Needless to say, those were VERY scary and not pleasant. So, I think I'll be able to go through with my vegetarian lifestyle all the way. I'm excited about it.

My official begin date was yesterday, August 15. I'm going to chronicle my journey with you all, even the times I fall (if it comes to that). I'm an all-or-nothing type girl so I completely kicked all meat to the curb, all at once. To kick off things, I tried a new dinner idea. That's what I love about being a vegetarian, it forces me to be creative in the kitchen, even though I don't consider myself creative in that area. This dinner is probably not new, at all, but it's new to my household (unfortunately I was the only one who tried it). I made Southwest Burritos. I came up with this along the way of searching for something to cook. As the ingredients came together, it occurred to me that it was a southwest style dinner so that's what I named it.

It was simply black beans, corn, onion, bell pepper, and salsa; wrapped in a flour tortilla. Quick, easy, and delicious.

It turned out great and I utterly enjoyed them, all by myself. If you have any tips or you are a vegetarian, please share!

Rita Lynn

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Epistle of Love

The sea of my love nest in the gloom of night
Radiates with glory,
For I will wait for you.
I lie awake pondering the possibilities
Only to shut my mind off and send praises up to the Most High,
Because I will wait for you.
I think about you every day now,
More than ever before.
You tempt me with tender kisses and warm embraces
But the time is not nigh.
I will wait for you.
In His time, He will give us the desires of our souls,
Meeting together to form an eternal bond before Him as soul-mates.
Until then..
I will wait for you.
I am paying the price,
You are worth it,
He is Worthy,
So I will wait..
                      for you.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

In A Land Far Away..

Yesterday I was supposed to just clean, but there was a change of plans. My best-friend and cousin, April'el, invited me take a little road trip to meet some loved ones in a town in the middle of nowhere. The adventure that ensued..

A well-deserved and much needed break from the cares of life. Food, fun, nature, bowling, and love. What else do I need? I had a blast and I can't wait to do it all over again.

Love, Rita Lynn

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Simply Breakfast

Today is a laundry and cleaning kind of day so I wanted to have a simple, peaceful morning meal. Something that is quick but pleasant to my taste buds. So I whipped out a breakfast staple: eggs!

I love eggs! Full of protein and only take a few minutes to make. I eat my eggs scrambled always.

What I Used:
2 large eggs
1/8 cup milk
1 green onion
Lawry's seasoned salt
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

I put the eggs in tortillas and made a sort of burrito-type dish. For dessert, yes with breakfast, I opted for classic glazed doughnuts.

Everything was delish! I will definitely be making those eggs again. Happy Saturday!

Love, Rita Lynn


An excerpt from an unfinished poem:
" I turned to leave I realized, that he didn't try to stop me this time and it was at that moment that I was no longer his, forever free to the world of evil with no protection for my passion.."

Have a great weekend!

Love, Rita Lynn

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Love, Rita Lynn