November is tomorrow, what?

This year has flown by faster than I could have ever imagined! There’s so much to tell, the Ramirez family went on an EPIC trip to Disney World earlier this month (pictures and blog posts soon to follow), I found and fell in love with new recipes, while others I know what not to do now…. but more on to come. Have you ever hear of Locks of Love? I had hear of it before and while on vacation my sister she had mentioned that she was growing her hair out and donating awesome right?! Then as soon as I get back my friend Devra (who also blogs at The Pomeroy Life) invited me to go with her so she could surprise her hubby by chopping her hair and donating it to to Locks of Love! Coincidence, or is it? Of course I wanted to go!! It was awesome! She had

Before, during, and after the chop!

Before, during, and after the chop!

mention she had been thinking about doing this for a long time. I told her I wanted to do a post about it so of course got her approval to write about it! When I asked her about it “Everyone always says I have pretty hair so if I needed to get a good chunk trimmed off why not go ahead and get a little extra chopped off to bless someone else with it?!” What a blessing it is! Devra chopped off a full 10 inches and it looks great!! Well tomorrow begins the final 2 months of 2013, can you believe it? Only about one month left on my first semester back at college, and I’m very thankful to have my weekends back once again!! Next semester I’m only taking one weekend class, two was crazy! That should open up some more time, which in turn will honestly be used to study. Until next time

 

Before and After!

Before and After!

Doesn’t it look awesome!!

I love my wok!!!

As I’ve mentioned before Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything go the ball rolling on my cooking this year. This is simple, quick, healthy and amazing! When I first began my adventure in learning to cook, I knew that I was somewhat of a picky eater, but I had no idea of all the wonderful food I was missing out on. By no means am I a food connoisseur, but I have definitely ventured from my comfort zone. Snow peas were one of the pleasant surprises that I had never really eaten before. I may have had them once or twice in a mixed veggie bag, but never on their own. When I want something quick and yummy I turn to this simple recipe:

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Snow Peas
Ingredients:
1 cup snow peas
1 garlic clove, smashed
1 tablespoon wok oil (I use House of Tsang)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Wash and dry 1 cup of snow peas, cut off the tips of the pod.
2. Add 1 Tbsp wok oil to the wok, and turn the stove to med-high heat. Smash a clove of garlic (use the side of the knife blade to smash the clove), and add to the oil.
3. Add the snow peas, salt and pepper and cook for about 4-6 minutes. If you notice that the garlic is starting to brown make sure to remove it before it burns.

Normally I have already started some brown rice before even washing the snow peas, that way when they are done I can place the peas on a sea of rice, and put about a teaspoon of soy sauce and enjoy!