Popcorn go-to

Everyone wants to snack on something, right? Well, popcorn is my go-to! I experiment with it all of the time. Of course, the ultimate is the pureness of basics: Popcorn, salt and butter. Sometimes, I like to add a little zest to my crunch depending, like everything in my life, on what mood I’m in! Here’s something to get us in the mood for our imaginary trip to Italy for the day:

  • 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup of unpopped popcorn
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • finely chopped fresh rosemary or dried (grind with a mortar & pestle)
  • grated parmesan or romano OR our ‘cheese powder’ that my daughter & I use: nutritional yeast (don’t knock it ’til you try it!)

Make your popcorn, then sprinkle the rest of the ingredients and with a big spoon gently toss it all together. Always eye the amounts and adjust to YOUR tastes ~ if you need or want more/less of something DO it!

Fresh Green Beans

Hey Sassy Cats,

I’m posting a recipe from one of my most favorite places to feast on, Food52 ~ This site feeds all of my senses! The images get my creative juices flowing, with design and with cooking due to their ability to tease both the palate of taste and their palette of color.

This is such an easy and delicious meal to make for yourself or for your family. Busy schedules usually mean that we veer into convenience mode of quick packaged pre-made dishes, over indulging on unhealthy meals or skipping them altogether. Not this time!

I wanted to prove a point to you that cooking can be fun, easy and decadent by posting a photo of what I made last night. This is how I do it, I get into The Zone, is what I call it. I grab a glass o’ red (Prosecco, microbrew or sparkling water w/citrus slices in a pretty wine glass), my drum sticks and tunes…then I can start GROOVIN’:

Recipe:  my whole family LOVES these!
Sautéed & Seared FRESH Green Beans

  • fresh string green beans (kids love to pinch off the stem ends)
  • olive oil (about a tablespoon)
  • crushed garlic or garlic powder (1 clove or a sprinkling of the powder)
  • dried tarragon (big pinch)
  • pat of butter
  • black pepper (little pinch)
  • salt (little pinch)

Directions: Basically put the olive oil in a pan on medium heat and add the crushed garlic, being careful not to burn it, keeping the garlic creamy white in color. Rinse the green beauties under water and shake them out, don’t dry them too much since the excess moisture will help to steam them a little. Drop them into the heated pan and they should start sizzlin’! Put a lid on top for about 3 minutes. Lid off, turn up the heat to medium-high and sear them until they show some blackened spots in areas. Turn off the heat! Sprinkle with the tarragon, the pepper & salt. If you only have garlic salt or powdered garlic, that’s definitely okay, just be sure not to brown them. Plate the beans in a pretty or sleek dish and even a white clay platter will show off the gorgeous green color of this vegetable making it the star of the table. Add the butter to the pan, swirling it around until it melts and then drizzle on top. You can decorate with some sprigs of fresh tarragon or sprinkle some on top (though my own kids prefer that I skip that step) and TA DA, simple & swanky side dish made by YOU, sassy cat!

Feathers to Soar

Today marks the day that I surrender to my vulnerabilities and learn to fly. ~ Dawn Renée

Feathers to SoarThis is the first day of becoming a blogger. It’s something that I’ve longed to do ever since I was a child, to write. As an adult, I’ve never felt ‘good enough’ to wear the title of *a writer* always comparing myself to other individuals who have honored their gifts of expression with either degrees, websites or published books. I haven’t had the courage to put my soul’s song in writing for the world to hear. It’s too personal. So many of us struggle with insecurities about our skill level, our worth and how we are perceived by others in this world. It is damaging to our spirit and those who we surround ourselves with, to live a life filled to the brim with fear or shameful accusations of inadequacy that we place upon ourselves. We raise our communities, our families and our friends up high, telling them that they can fly, with outstretched gorgeous wings of strength that we witness daily. We yearn for individuals to recognize that their plumage is unique, that it has radiant beauty and purpose. Those colorful wings of others, innately born with quills of skill to navigate their environment, teach their young how to soar, protect themselves from nature’s elements and to wrap themselves up in quiet comfort. These wings perch in the grand trees and also take them soaring above as they seek flow with the currents, creating a rhythm in flight. We don’t recognize that we also have unique feathers that can do the same basic acts of flying with freedom. No two feathers are exact and yet they still perform the same intriguing feats of nurturing and nesting. Birds notice beautiful details in the environments around them to provide an additional element of creativity to their nests, they’re intrigued by a variety of colors & textures to either peak their curiosity or their palate and they roost until the urge to soar overwhelms strikes their bones. Remember this. Believe in your loveliness. Reclaim your strength. Trust your instincts. You too, can fly. That first step off of the branch, our tree of life, is an exhilarating and terrifying one. Our nature is to explore and to discover. We were born with beating hearts, curious minds and a wonderment of the little things in this world for reason. We seek and soak up the rhythms of nature’s beautiful music within the chaos…noticing the melodic tunes from the birds, the swish of leaves in the trees or the booming beat of thunder in the skies to distract us from the busyness of our world. Practice makes progress. No one is perfect. Every bird, starts off as a trembling chick without direction, shaky legs and clumsiness. Then one day, after a few attempts, paying attention to the elements and to what the other birds are doing, it opens its wings and takes a dive. Breathe in the GOODness of who you are and know that we are birds of a feather. I can help you to see the beauty amidst the chaos in your nest, find rhythm in the currents of life and reclaim your space so that you can take a deep breath of freshness that you thought you lost in your heart and home. Breathe It In, ~ Dawn Renée

Zucchero

Because his music is soulful, sticking with the Italian theme here of just soaking up the freedom of feeling the hopefulness & warmth of what the rhythm brings to our days. You can rock out while cleaning, ease into your sofa with a book or hang out with your family to his music.

Summertime

(1955) To celebrate this season, I’ve chosen a film that is dear to my heart! The scope of films that I watch range from this sweet film to some pretty disturbing documentaries and as I’ve said, they touch all of our senses. This movie captures my heart for so many reasons ~ romance, humor, emotion & travel…I adore Katharine Hepburn spunk!