Author: Helen Fowowe

Reminder for when you are feeling “Blah”

                 If your childhood was similar to mine, you went to your place of worship at the end or beginning of each week (for me it was going to church on Sundays) and “The Adults” in your life, be it your parents or older siblings forced you to go to the children’s church instead of causing distraction for them in their “adult services.” In the Children’s Church, you sang songs like ‘You got the whole world in your hands,  Father Abraham, Rise & Shine and give God the Glory’ and other Children’s Melodious Hits. The cool thing about these songs back then was that they were too sophisticated to be sung standing still so there was always a great choreography to match each song, thanks to the Children’s Church adult volunteers. 🙂         Out of all of the songs we sang and danced matching choreography to, ‘You have got the whole world’ was my favorite. Its choreography was the silliest in my eyes because all …

Wonders

Wonders Life is not a bed of roses but a field of challenges, don’t give up on your dreams, don’t stop trying. If one dream does not work out, step back and dig deeper, we were all born to be great at something and to contribute something substantial to our world. In other words, Don’t stop believing! Words and Works from M. C. Escher says it best. He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.  – M.C. Escher     To have peace with this peculiar life; to accept what we do not understand; to wait calmly for what awaits us, you have to be wiser than I am  – M.C. Escher   The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure.  – M.C. Escher   So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen  – M.C. Escher Life is not a bed of roses but a field of challenges, don’t give up on …

Salad of the Week: Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad with mixed vegetables, curried black eyed peas and sweet potato. Ingredients: 1/3 bag of frozen mixed vegetables 2 medium sized sweet potatoes 1 cup of mixed color quinoa 2 cups of black eyed peas 2 cubes of cilantro knorr seasoning 1 tablespoon of curry, 1 teaspoon of thyme and 2 tablespoon of dried cilantro Directions: 1.Boil black eyed eyes peas for 30 minutes on med- high heat. Season with knorr seasoning, curry, thyme, cilantro. 2. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes, then Boil them for 20 minutes on med-high heat and set aside. 3. Microwave/ warm frozen mixed vegetables. Then set aside. 4. Boil quinoa mix for 20- 30 (based on preferred softness) minutes and then set aside. 5. Place the quinoa in a bowl, add the mixed veggies, add sweet potatoes, black eyed peas and toss. 6. Serve as desired! Bon Appetit!

Meditate, Mantras, Mindfulness

5. Meditate, Mantras, Mindfulness       January is one of my favorite months of the year for so many reasons, in the context of this writing, it is because it is the time of the year that commands newness and new beginnings. We are lit up with merry; with the afterglow and excitements of christmas and the holidays, hopeful that our lists of new year resolutions would survive past mid-January. We are wide-eyed and childlike, staring at the world with renewed beauty and wonders. We make mental lists or notes of things to avoid in the new year that will make us better people, individuals and citizens as we walk into the new beginning with pride and expectancy.      As the month progresses, sometime during the middle of it, all of our enthusiasm and optimism begins to dwindle. All the plans and resolutions begin to fade and we get caught up in our worlds again, somehow we allow our planned design of a better self in the new year slip away. We bid adieu …

Universally, a Deal Breaker

3. Universally, a Deal Breaker “Oh God! Arrrghh! I am doing my best!” I grunted/breathed the words as I felt the frustration burning from the depth of my intestines and finding its way to the tip of my tongue, and before anything else could escape my lips that would later land me on my knees in prayer for forgiveness, I slowly took a deep breath and burst into a song. It made absolutely no sense at the time but it worked. A distraction was what I needed after the day I was having. I had 7 more things on my list before the day was over and the meetings were less than 30 minutes apart. I was now going to be 10 minutes late for appointment number 4 (at which my presence was highly needed for the meeting to commence). It was the third time that week and my enthusiasm level was suffering. Either I liked it or not, Stress was slowly creeping into my state of being and my anxiety level was shooting through the …

Dinner Recipe Highlight: The Sweet Potato Dish

The Potato Dish Ingredients: Sweet Potatoes, 2 cup of Marinara sauce, sweet mini peppers (3 green, 3 orange and 3 yellow) 1 medium onions 1/4 tablespoon of basil & Parsley 1/4 tablespoon of thyme 3 cups of baby spinach 2 tablespoon olive oil (or grapeseed oil) 4 cubes of Knorr’s cilantro seasoning 1/2 or 1 cup of fresh mint. Boiled Sweet Potato: -Peel, dice and boiled 5 or more sweet medium potatoes for 20 mins or until they soften. To make stew: -In a saucepan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil or grapeseed oil on medium heat. Add 1 medium diced onions and diced sweet mini peppers, stir for 3 minutes. Then add 4 tablespoons of marinara sauce and stir for an additional 2 minutes. -Add basil, thyme, parsley, mint, spinach and stir for another 5 minute. Add 4 cubes of Knorr cilantro seasoning.   The Dish: -Transfer the stew from the saucepan into a bigger pot and add boiled sweet potatoes. Mash/Mix the boiled potatoes and stew with a spatula/bamboo utensil until desired texture ( …