Crock Pot/Slow-Cooker “Rotisserie” Chicken

This recipe makes enough food for 4-6 people or about 6 meals for 2 adults.

INGREDIENTS
1 (4 -5 lb) whole chicken
1.5 teaspoons Kosher salt (add 3 teaspoons for more saltiness)
1 teaspoon regular or smoked paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
4 whole garlic cloves
1 yellow onion, quartered

Foil balls, 6

DIRECTIONS
Most of these dry ingredients are optional based on your preference.

Spray or coat the inside of a 5 quart or larger slow-cooker with nonstick spray or olive oil. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Rub the dry ingredients all over the chicken. Don’t forget to place the dry rub underneath the skin. Place onion and garlic inside chicken cavity. Make 6 foil balls, place the whole chicken on top of the foil balls in the slow-cooker, breast side up. Collect the drippings and store for making gravy, later or for now.

Cook 5 hours on high.

Me Time

I need some me time
Not some you and some I
Just some me time, oh
I need some she time
– Heather Headley, Me Time

What does “me time” mean to you?

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Anything bringing you an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy is “Me Time”. Me Time does not have to be at a set time, set activity, or by yourself. Me Time can be different everytime or the same everytime and a bit of both everytime. I like Me Time to be Quiet Time, also. This energizes me and helps me be a better person for those I love and make time for daily.

Beginning this week, I am taking the time to wake up 30 minutes earlier to think about my day, brew a cup of black tea, with milk and sugar, journal and reflect on gratitutde and thankfulness, and begin a positive spin on my day. I will plan my day, then I will finally end my morning ritual with what I covered in my post about positive reflections and affirmations.

What is it that you’ll be doing?

Coral Gardens Reef

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As a part of the Turks and Caicos Series, Coral Gardens Reef also known as Bight Reef, is in the Princess Alexandra National Park, on Grace Bay Beach, 5 feet off the beach, and the water is no more than 9 feet deep. Coral Gardens Reef is one of many areas to snorkel, dive, spot a few turtles, see lots of colorful corals, see fishes, and sting rays, lay out on the beach to relax, take a walk, and enjoy in Provo.

Snorkeling and diving: Look for a roped area. This is where all the action is and you’ll find there are lots of fish, colorful coral, and may even spot a turtle frolicking in the water. Although Coral Gardens Reef can become very crowded fast, it’s such a great place to snorkel and dive!

Some fish in the area include barracuda, eel, reef parrot fish, white grunt fish, puffer fish, lion fish, angel fish, and tang fish. You may even spot lobsters or a school of squid.

Tips:

  • Cab fare: $18-$20 per way.
  • Great for kids and beginning snorkelers.
  • Do not stand on the reef. This will kill them.
  • Bring your own towel and snorkel gear. If you’re staying at a resort that rents out snorkel gear, you can bring that with you.
  • Do not touch the rope or the coral and try to keep clear of them. You will get stung.
  • Bring a rash guard to prevent getting stung from the coral.
  • Close walk from Somewhere Cafe Restaurant. Many resorts are steps away from Coral Gardens Reef.
  • You can rent chairs/loungers, if your resort isn’t on Grace Bay and near Coral Gardens Reef.

Tattooed Brows

How many of you draw in your eyebrows, use pencil and powder, and are afraid on hot days your brows will come right off?

Although this isn’t an alternative for everyone, you can get your eyebrows tattooed. Here are reviews of Forever Permanent Makeup in Los Angeles, California.

Here are the pros and cons.

Pros:
Saves time everyday.
Your makeup routine will be that much shorter.
You don’t have to worry about the brows coming off on a hot and humid day, when you wear a hat, brush your hand across your face, or itch your brow.
Recovery is a few days and as long as you have Neosporin + Pain Relief ointment, it really isn’t all that bad.
You won’t have “scary face” (no eyebrows, coined by my sister-in-law) at the beginning of your day or at the end of your day.

Cons:
Your brows are pretty much always on your face. (Which they should be, right?)
If you want to draw another eyebrow shape, no can do.
If you have sensitive skin, you may be allergic to the contents of the ink. Just make sure you aren’t.
The pain!!

If you’re on the fence, or just don’t think the permanent way to go isn’t for you, my preferred way to fill in my brows is:

  1. Draw in my brows with Maybelline Twin Brow Pencil in Dark Brown.
  2. Fill in my brows with MAC eyeshadow in Omega.

I personally follow Wayne Goss’ way of drawing in brows and EVERYthing he says in his Sept. 4th YouTube Video.

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Rotisserie Chicken

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The best fast food, in my humble opinion, is rotisserie chicken from the market. It’s usually found in the deli section of the market; it’s healthy and you can do so much with the left-overs:

  1. Eat as is, with your choice of healthy side, i.e., triple washed spinach or arugula with an omega-3 infused salad dressing, throw in some chopped carrots, oranges, and onions, and you’ve got yourself a very healthy and tasty meal.
  2. Eat left-overs, if you haven’t eaten it all in one sitting, see 1.
  3. Take the bones and left over meat to make chicken broth or soup with noodles. This is great if you’re trying to beat a cold or want some warm soup in the fall or winter.
  4. Make porridge or congee out of the broth.
  5. Make lentils with the broth.
  6. Make chicken quesadillas with the left-over chicken.

In one week, you can have dinner with one rotisserie chicken. In the following four Foodie Friday posts, I’ll review recipes 3 through 6, and start with how to make your own Crock Pot/slow-cooker “rotisserie” chicken and gravy at home.

Savoring

Screen Shot 2015-09-02 at 7.47.54 AM In July, I posted a Bliss App review of an exercise called “Savoring.” Since I started the Bliss App in June, I have not been consistent. The exercises that repeat, I tend to put off, thinking, “this exercise, again?” However,  I have noticed a change in my morale when I am not reminding myself of all the great things going on in my life. It takes a toll on my spirit. So, I have a goal to complete a Bliss App exercise at least once a week and do more if I can. No pressure.

I have also intended on spending mornings as “me time.” This means sketching out or writing out my personal attainable goals and start with areas of fitness and health, family, and career.  I found starting with me allows me to center myself to be the best for my husband, my family, and my career path. Although I take joy in putting others first, sometimes this burns me out, so focusing on what I need to handle reminds me I have given me some time out of my busy day of giving me to others.

The savoring exercise entry I reviewed in July was different from today’s savoring exercise. I am in a different place in my life and it shows. It isn’t necessarily a bad place, but it isn’t sun-shiney positive, either. I am my own worst critic, so the savoring exercise today helped me realize that there is joy, even in drinking tea. It reminded me every moment can be savored, even in mundane chores and activities.

Have you started a gratitute journal? If an app isn’t for you, here is a free print out to get you started.

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Don’t Take It Out on Those You Love

Are you stressed? Do you need something to eat?  Are you tired? Are you hangry?

We all have pain and it needs to go somewhere. Pain, like energy, is transferred, when not transformed.

Why do we take out our stress on those we love the most? It’s because we love them the most. So when it happens…apologize to that person, then work on not using people you love as an emotional punching bag. This world will be a better place for the both of you. Tell him or her how much you love him or her.

“All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power.” – Lao Tzu

Here is what else you can do after you ask your three questions to yourself and head out to eat something and take a nap:

  1. Identify why you’re really upset.
  2. Turn to your inner self or a higher being to ask what this is really about. It’s a potential moment or opportunity to grow.
  3. Apologize to those you took your stress out on.

Grace Bay

Turks & Caicos Islands are in the Caribbean. Called “TCI” for short, the islands are known for it’s beautiful beaches and for those who love the water, snorkeling, scuba diving, and other water sports. TCI is nestled between the Bahamas and the Dominican republican and is know for its secluded white sand beaches, shallow water, and clear turquoise water. There is something for every vacationer to do on the islands.

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Provos is located to the west of the islands and Grace Bay is the ocean front of many resorts. The best activities I enjoyed were snorkeling and reading on the beach.

I Mustache You a Question

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I love a good deal when I see one. When I saw this Rite Aid ad a few weeks ago, I had to buy this SHBDBL2010_CRM_KT_CRTN_wCLM1900stuff. This “stuff” is Extra Strength Creme Hair Bleach. Yeah, man, I’m hairy, okay?

I’ve tried the Oil of Olay depilatory cream and my skin hated me after and the smell was so bad, I just couldn’t take it anymore. Plus, I started using Retin-A Micro on my face and my skin has been uber senstitive.

Rewind into my teens. Yes, way back when, I thought about using this stuff because my
complexion is fair and my hair is dark. Well, I had a mustache and my older brother had not yet caught on about teasing me about it, so I thought of using this as a preventative measure.

Fast foward to twenty something years. I thought the Sally Hansen product would be a good idea to use this since I’ve been noticing my mustache lately. I had a great experience using it when I was younger and this stuff is great for almost everywhere. I put it on my arms, my fingers, and stomach, anywhere there are fine hairs. This stuff works wonders. I think if you have fine hair, bleaching your hair is definitely the way to go.

Why You Don’t Want to Use Hair Bleach on Coarse Facial Hair

Not to be a mean girl…in high school, there was a girl who had coarse facial hair.  I never said anything, but if she asked for my advice, I would have advised that she get a wax or thread that stuff. Just sayin’. When others can still see your facial hair after it’s been bleached, there are better options than bleaching your facial hair.

Upkeeping Gel Manicure After Week 1 and How to Complement Your Nail Shape

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Upkeeping my at-home gel manicure after week 1 isn’t hard. Sometimes I really want to switch the color, but then I think of how long it will take to take the polish off and I quickly change my mind.

I usually go through a 60-second hand scrub and reshape my nails. I really love this hand scrub from Bath and Body Works. It has a citrus, fresh scent and leaves my hand smooth. I especially like it when it’s on sale.

Next, I take a fine grit nail file and shape my nails. I have recently been shaping my nails either square or squoval. During my wedding, I had gel tips shaped oval, which I loved, however, I haven’t been able to grow my nails that long, so I haven’t had that shape since.

Lastly, I’ll take my favorite hand lotion at the moment and moisturize. My current favorite hand lotion is eos in berry blossom. The shape of the bottle ensures the cap won’t open and the contents spill all over the place. The lotion also absorbs really well and isn’t greasy.

I recently read an article on shaping nails based on the nail bed shape and size. I think this is a good indicator on what nail shape might look ideal. There are five nail shapes: oval, square, square-oval, round, or pointed.

Oval it Out
The oval shape  accentuates a feminine and graceful element on a woman’s hand. The oval shape works with many nail beds, whether you have long or short nail beds. The oval shape is versatile; keep the oval length short or keep it long. The oval also adds length to a nail without compromising the softer curve shape of the nail.

Filin’ It: To make a consistent oval shape, straighten the sides of your nail; make sure they are even. File each side of the nail toward the top in an even, arching motion with the file. Next, file the angles each side of the nail until you meet the oval shape to your liking.  The finished oval should have a nice balance between the cuticle shape and the free edge.

Square Bear (Square)
Square nail shapes are usually seen on acrylic nails and quite typically, on the french manicure. Start off by straightening the sides of your nails. Ensure there are two sharp points each side and a slightly C-shaped tip. The Square Bear is however, not ideal for when the natural nail bed is shorter and wider. This is because this shape accentuates the shorter and wider look. The Square Bear is likely to complement the longer nail bed, adding length to the finger.

Filin’ It: A medium-grade file (150 grit) gets the nail into shape fast. Begin with the tip and then the sides of the nails. Turn your hand around and straighten the tip of the nail; make sure the file is completely perpendicular to the nail. File the sides of the nail to acheieve an angle that blends in with the sides of the nail. Apply to the other side of the nail.

Square-Ovalness
The square-oval nail is, yup you guessed it, a bit of both of the square with a little oval-ness to the shape of the nail. If you like the square shape and dislike the the harsh edge, this is your shape. This shape allows the short, wide nail beds to carry the square without looking too augmented.

Filin’ It: File the nail to a square shape. File the sides of the nails are straight, then, applying the file at an angle underneath the corners, file the edges back and forth from under the nail, while moving the file up. This motion takes the corners to a graduated curve.

Rounded Out
Filing nails round is professional and you can’t go wrong with this shape, regardless of the characteristics of your nail bed. Round nails soften the characteristics of any hand because it provides a clean and subtle nail outline.This shape is great on men and women, alike. The rounded shape can make your hands look thinner if you have wide nail beds and large hands.

Filin’ It: Start by filing the side of the nails while rounding out the edges into a curved shape. Taking too much off on each side will give the nail an unbalanced look. Visualize making a square, but round the corners with the file at an angle to resolve the desired round shape.

Stiletto Pointed
This stiletto pointed shape first gained popularity in Russia. A pointed shape is a little more trendy compared to the other shapes mentioned above. Given the right occasion, the pointed nail creates length and slims out the hand. If you have smaller hands and smaller nail beds, this shape is likely to create length. On the flip side, long, slender hands and nail beds are likely to look more extreme.

Filin’ It: Visualizing a capital letter “I” in the middle of the nail is the best way to start. Create an arch that forms a line running down the nail bed. The “I” in the middle of the nail make sure that the curve to each side forming the point is even. Make sure to blend away to make sure a stiletto shape.

What are some of your favorite nail shapes and how often do you shape your nails?