Five of 20 Things 2020 Has Taught and Reminded Me + Hot Cocoa

We are midway through December, ya’ll! The days continue to fly by! Despite all that’s happening, this has been my busiest holiday season yet! Unbelievable!

We’re on the fifth fact that the year has taught and reminded me.

5. The never-ending need to self-care.

The term, self-care, was introduced to me when I was in my Masters of Social Work (MSW) program. Since then, the word has become a staple in my life. This year, more than ever, self-care has been endlessly spoken and practiced, not only in my life, but in my friends’ lives, too. I make it an appoint to frequently incorporate self-care. It’s so important to nourish the mind, body, and soul with lots of love and self-care. We need to take care of ourselves. If we don’t, how can we be of assistance to others? Always remember that self-care is NOT selfish.

I found this chart listing the different types of self-care. The list is quite extensive. There are so many ways to take care of oneself. Make your list or lists and take action! Ready? GO!

Onto some holiday hot chocolate making (featured image). I’ve always wanted to make my own hot cocoa from scratch and I finally did. I also added some booze to spike the drink up! Peppermint schnapps is DA BOMB! Whoop whoop! Here are the ingredients I used to make this rich and fabulous drink:

  • 72% dark chocolate bar
  • 1 carton of almond and coconut milk creamer
  • 1 can of lite coconut milk
  • Peppermint schnapps
  • 1 drop dōTERRA peppermint essential oil

Cheers!

FS x

New Year with the bestest of friends!

I was blessed to have spent the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 with my dear friends. We dined at Chef Chai’s, a Thai-fusion place with my family. My family and I always enjoy the food there. However, we were disappointed that they didn’t have the deep fried whole fish. They had sold-out of the dish before we dined there that evening. Nooo! It must be a very popular dish.

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Butternut squash lobster bisque soup. That was so yummy! I am determined to use butternut squash in my cooking and make a soup.

Ordered the jumbo prawns. Absolutely delicious!

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So glad they had brown rice! It was mixed with coconut milk and ginger. Interesting mix!

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We couldn’t resist dessert- deep fried banana cream cheese with gelato and berries. Oh boy! So good!

Chef Chai
1009 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, 96814
http://chefchai.com/

Spicy mouth!

Happy Sunday! Hope you all had a nice weekend.

Last week, my new friends/colleagues and I dined at Himalayan Kitchen in Kaimuki. I was stoked! Indian food makes me super excited, every time! Not only is it health for ya, it’s so good! I was craving for lamb and ordered the lamb madras at medium spice. I usually will order a masala or vindaloo curry sauce, but wanted to try something different. Madras is made with tomatoes and coconut milk. Boy, was it hot for medium (I’m usually able to handle that level of heat). It was so spicy that I couldn’t finish my meal. Yikes! I guess the heat can make you full faster. Good idea if you want to lose weight, huh? 😉 Haha! Nonetheless, the dish was excellent! I enjoyed it very much. I ended up finishing my curry when I returned home. By then, I was used to the level of spiciness, it didn’t seem hot anymore. Haha!

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Holy moly! Look at this piece of plain naan!! The shape looks like a huge turkey leg! Naan is a must-order to pair with the curry. Oh, and rice, too. Basmati rice is the bomb!

They have a variety of different naans, which is a type of Indian bread. Can’t go wrong with the naan. I do love the cheese and garlic naans, too.

Visit Himalayan Kitchen
1137 11th Ave.
Honolulu, 96816
808.735.1122

For your reading, an article on health benefits of curry powder: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-curry-powder.html