Variety is the Spice of Life

I'm sure that at some point, you've heard someone say the phrase, "Variety is the Spice of Life". It's interesting though that many people who hear this most likely never realize the value behind it, nor the positive effect that variety can have on one's happiness in life.

You may be a creature of habit who always does the same thing over and over again, whatever it is. You may go to the same vacation spot every year, but might not actually be having much fun there anymore.  

Why Would Respect Have to be Earned?

I've heard some people say that respect is something that has to be earned and not given. I do have to admit that when I hear that, it makes me wonder why why and how they came to believe in that concept.

I come from a different point of view, where I believe that respect should be given to all people right from the beginning- meaning that we should respect everyone and show respect to them right from the beginning. By saying "everyone", I mean all people including our family members, friends and even strangers. 

Learn How to Adapt to Life's Challenges

We all know that life is not always smooth sailing 100% of the time. Some days seem to go perfectly as we've planned or just seem to just sail by without a hitch.  Those are the days that we tend to love the most.

Other days aren't as smooth sailing. Sometimes a day can have many mishaps happen throughout the day that can either throw us off kilter or have the potential to derail our entire day.

Your First Impression Is Usually Right

We all form a first impression of people we come across in life, sometimes within seconds of being exposed to them for the first time. It's a very natural thing that people do, either based on past experiences or their gut instinct or "intuition".

Spinach Brown Rice Balls

I created these Spinach Rice Balls one day when I wanted to make our dinner a Meatless Monday meal. My aim was to make something fulfilling and substantial for a good Monday meal. We've been trying out the Meatless Monday thing and as long as the meal is satisfying and flavorful, we don't miss the meat (that much lol).


Recently, we had the opportunity to get to Arizona. We stayed in both Phoenix and Scottsdale and even took a day trip to Sedona. I can't tell you enough how much fun we had. We saw old friends and made new friends- friends that we know will always be in our lives.

TJ on Camelback Mountain

Hi Everyone!

I hope everyone is looking forward to Spring - I know I am!  I've been doing a lot of traveling lately, and realize I hadn't posted this video update for all of you from Phoenix, Arizona.  Getting my photos from Arizona ready for the next post, so stay tuned!

Creamy Spinach Soup with Lime

Hello everyone! I have a new delicious recipe for you that will open you up to a different way of making creamed soups that are healthier, dairy free and down right delicious. 

Today, I'm sharing my recipe for Creamy Spinach Soup with Lime with you.

How Do You Want People To Remember You?

I know that when asked that question, that there are some of you would answer, "Who cares?". Thankfully however, the majority of us do actually care how we will be remembered by others after we die.

In many cases when someone actually does know they are going to die soon (i.e. because of terminal illness or in planning to take one's own life), they go through the process of making peace and "setting things right" with others. They have that golden opportunity to clear things up and to have a more positive exit from this world. They have more of a chance of being remembered in a more positive light after they've died, or at least less negative.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Hello Everyone! First of all, I'd like to thank every one of you for your support and for being interested in what I share with you and write about.

Secondly, we all know that the Holiday season brings us happiness as we enjoy the festivity of the season. However, the season can in also bring sadness to many of us, as we remember our loved ones that have passed on or the romantic loves that people could be in search of. This can bring people feelings of loneliness, despair and helplessness- even when physically surrounded by other people.

Manly Beach, Australia

Our day in Manly Beach was one of the most picturesque days in Australia. There was a bevy of Manly sights for sure as we walked along the beach, had lunch in a cafe and then took a really long manly hike along the spectacular coastline of the beach and around the very steep cliffs.

There were sections where the wind was calm and serene and other areas where we were walking at a forward facing angle as we pushed through the high winds along the top of the cliffs. At times we felt we might even be blown of the cliffs.

Melbourne, Australia

Hello everyone, here's a sampling of my photos from our time in Melbourne. It's another beautiful city that's definitely a must see if you make it to Australia.

There's definitely a different vibe about Melbourne from Sydney which gives it it's own special character. When we were there, it showered a little bit each day, but the sun always managed to come out as well. We never lost any time at all from site seeing and exploring all of the gems of the Melbourne area.

Cabbage Stew

Hi Everyone, I'm sharing a recipe with you for a dish that my mother used to make while I was growing up and even afterwards. It makes me think of her when I make it and as I eat it, the feelings of coziness and comfort fill me with memories of her.

It's such a simple recipe and you can

Sydney, Australia

Hello Everyone, what a wonderful time we had in Australia. It was a long trip to get there but boy was it worth it. We fit in so much in the time we were there, in both Sydney and Melbourne and the surrounding areas. It was technically a trip for work, but we managed to make it a vacation to remember.

Paleo Lemon Russian Teacakes

Hello, Everyone! Just want to let you in on my recipe for a healthier decadent and oh so yummy dessert cookie. They are perfect for all year around for dessert and they are perfect for the Holidays for serving with your other favorite cookies.

Yep, It's True- Money Can Buy Some Happiness

Greetings from Australia! 

The other day, I had the TV on for some background noise as I was working from home. I heard the report on The Today Show, "Yes, You Can Buy Happiness — If You Spend Money to Save Time". It validated something I've always believed in and live by. Just because a person may be rich financially, it doesn't mean that he or she is happy. However,  money can make life easier, more rewarding and can lead to more happy feelings.

Puerco de Amor (Slow Roasted Latin Pork)

As you've probably figured out by now, I love to cook. I've been cooking since I was 5 years old with my wonderful late mother and then able to cook on my own since 9. Throughout my life, my mother taught me such invaluable cooking skills. Of course, I've also added many of my own. It's truly one of my joys in life.

Cooking puts me in a happy place with memories of my mother and feelings of comfort and peace. I especially love to cook foods that celebrate my Latin heritage. For me and many people, Latin culture and food brings spice and sultriness to their lives. [Read more...]

You Don't Have to Fit In

When I was a young boy, all I wanted to do is fit in with the rest of the kids in town and at school. I basically just wanted to be like everyone else and not stand out as different.

I was a Hispanic person living in a white neighborhood and going to a white school. There weren't any other people like me around. I also felt different than the other kids in other ways, but I'd discover why later on in my teens when I realized I was gay. [Read More...]