Shrimp Fried Riced Cauliflower

Hello Butterflies!

I was inspired by @evolutionofna on IG to make a simple healthier version of Chinese Fried Rice. I didn’t really go by a specific recipe, I honestly just did what I’ve seen done while I wait for my Chinese Fried Rice at restaurants with open kitchens. lol

This was my first time using liquid aminos, and I couldn’t really tell a difference. It tastes just like soy sauce with all the healthier benefits. All in all this was a tasty dish. I don’t like the lingering smell of seafood in my home, so I will have some vinegar boiling next time.

Any other tips for eliminating strong cooking odors during and post meal preparation?

Clips from my first attempt:

Ingredients:
GG Riced Cauliflower Medley (includes peas & carrots)
Argentina Wild Caught Shrimp
3 large eggs
1 yellow onion
Amino Acids (Soy Sauce Alternative)
other seasoning

Garlic Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Extra Spicy Mrs. Dash

I like mine with 3 eggs!
Check out riced cauliflower recipes on Pinterest!

This is Thirty: Toronto, Canada Caribana Festival Aug 2017

I decided to start a special birthday tradition, by celebrating my birthday month with a trip to a different country each year.  For the past two years I have celebrated my birthday in Norfolk ,VA and  attended their annual CaribFest.  CaribFest is a celebration of Caribbean people, music, food, and culture.  After two years, I decided to attend a larger festival.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada hosts the largest Caribbean festival in North America.  This year was the 50th year celebration and I couldn’t miss it!  I figured this would be a great segue to traveling to Barbados next summer for their Crop Over Festival.  I always enjoy the explosive energy, bright colored costumes, delicious cuisine, meeting people from all over the world, and dancing all day and night!


Caribana Festival – Toronto, ON, Canada

CaribFest – Norfolk, VA

Crop Over History – Barbados 


 I was lucky enough to have two of my sisters accompany me on my first Canadian adventure.  We attended several day and night events, the Grand Parade, and the S.O.S (Summer of Sound) concert. We also enjoyed delicious local cuisine, and made life long connections with people from all over the world.  I would love to go back and explore the CN tower, Royal Museum, Ripley’s Aquarium, and so much more.  I’d check out Niagara Falls on the way as well.

​Below, you will see photos and video clips from our weekend trip!

Sound of Summer Concert Clips

French Montana

Special thanks to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police!

Queen City Reunion

Life has a way of reminded us all just how precious the moments we have together are.  This weekend I traveled to Raleigh for a family reunion.  Family is what you make it, and all though I am not related by blood, loyalty, support, and love solidify our bond.  Reunion is defined as the act or process of being brought together again as a unified whole.

Trip Highlights

Friday

RDU Night Life- Cornerstone

Saturday

Dinner at Kid Cashew Mediterranean Wood Fire Grill

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EpiCentre Night Life

Sunday

Morning Worship at Elevation Church

Brunch at Draught 

The Box Escape Room

Talk about a TEAM BUILDER! We completed our task and escaped safely with 24 seconds to spare!

Pool Side R&R and Movie Night


Being around so much life this weekend was renewing.  It was great spending time with outgoing people having fun, laughing, and creating memories that will last us all a lifetime.  We shared delicious meals, conversations, and received a RIGHT NOW WORD (a spiritual message that is applicable to your current situation) from Pastor Furtick.  We truly take care of one another and no matter how hectic life gets, we do our best to remain close.

As our reunion came to an end, I received notice that one of my family members was making her final transition in life.  Some reunions are planned and others happen due to life events, whether they’re good or tragic.  I was glad that I had some of my closest friends around for support, encouragement, and to keep the energy positive and uplifting.

It is my hope that you all take time out of your schedules for the people you love the most.  Feed the healthy relationships in your life.  Make sure you give people their flowers while they can smell them.  You don’t want to look back during your last moments of life and only have regrets and unsaid words to reflect on.

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Special thanks to the Askew/Akins/McPherson Family

As always, keep soaring Butterfly Kings & Queens!

Thank you all in advance for keeping my family in your thoughts and prayers during this chapter of life.

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Finished, Not Perfect

Do you let fear keep you from putting out content?  Are you afraid of what people may think?  Do you dedicate your time to a new project or idea, only to quit before it makes it to production?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place today.  We all know the end goal is to be a finisher, a doer, a completer, a personal success, but there is a fearful mindset that can block our greats visions.

Self assessment:
I am excited to create.
I go HAM on starting and focus on every single detail.
I feel like my work is not going to be good enough for release.
I tuck it away in my mind/desk/closet in a far away land where dreams go to die.
I am haunted by the thought of what my project could’ve been.
I battle with fear of picking it back up.

In this moment:
It feels so good to follow through!!
Perfection is an unrealistic goal for mankind!
Doing your best is as good as it gets for today!
When you do something often, nine times out of ten, you’ll get better!
THE ONLY LIKE THAT MATTERS IS YOUR OWN!

Success is what you make it! Projects that you are passionate about should be completed and enjoyed! Don’t dim your light out of fear of shining too bright. Whether dim or blazing, fire is fire! Be who you are and do what you do best! 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW! IT REALLY DRIVES THE MESSAGE HOME FOR ME!

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Keep soaring for new heights, and make the most of every moment, Butterfly Kings and Queens!

-Zoradel-

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Chasing Waterfalls: Catawba Falls Hike

img_1070Catawba Falls Trail is a hidden North Carolina gem. It is located about 25-30 minutes away from Asheville, NC and offers a breathtaking waterfall view. I traveled with a group of four other ladies for a day we will never forget. After a quick prayer, we pressed play for our throwback 90’s mix playlist and headed to the trail.

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Long legs come in handy.

The trail is moderate in my opinion, because you have to walk across brooks and steams and if you really want to get the most out of your experience, you’ll have to do some rock climbing! Yes, some rock climbing. For some reason I suggested that we try to make it to the very top and these ladies were crazy enough to go for it!

I siked myself out and just went for it. I literally put one hand and foot in front of the other while holding on to whatever God provided. Tree branches, rocks, and roots were all my saving grace. While I was leading the pack up the side of the waterfall, I refused to give up and turn around. Plus, I couldn’t chicken out now that there were other people on the YOLO bandwagon.

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My happy place

We made it to the third level with one more level to go. The fourth level takes you to the top and requires a rope to help you climb up. So you guessed it, this is where I popped a squat and just took in the scenery while three other ladies headed up to the top. I cheered them on and prayed that we wouldn’t need any first aid supplies.

While sitting on the third level, all I could do was reflect on life, my travel this year, my relationship woes, and how I’m looking forward to all the blessings God has in store for me in my next chapter. The mist from the waterfall was refreshing and the constant sounds of nature soothed my soul. It was truly right on time.  I didn’t want to leave my newfound happy place, but we had to start the journey down the mountain soon. Plus, we were all getting close to HANGRY.

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When you’re trying to figure out how to get back down…

Going down the mountain was another story.  I am so thankful for Mieka, who I met for the first time on this trip, for her step by step guidance of where to place my feet, and for keeping me calm when I couldn’t see my next move. Bridgette held my hand, supported me and made sure we were all hydrated.  Andraya and Courtney were experiencing hiking for the first time, and their excitement and willingness to try something new truly set the tone for the day.

img_1143We all felt accomplished, funky, and hungry by the time we made it back to the car.  We freshened up, changed into some spiffy threads, and headed into town for dinner at NINE MILE.  The food was worth the wait and Matthew, the manager who was also our server for the evening, was very hospitable and informative.  He made sure we got to taste all four of the delicious salad dressings: Mango Vinaigrette, Jalapeno Lime Cilantro 9, Orange Balsamic, and His Majesty’s (Sesame Garlic Tahini).

The picture doesn’t give this flavorful dish justice.

I had the Soul Rebel, which is grilled chipotle maple glazed wild caught Alaskan sockeye salmon with sautéed onions, russet potatoes & carrots in a white wine coconut masaman curry sauce topped with almonds, mint bean sprouts, and a banana mango apple chutney. Served with basmati rice.

The West Asheville Nine Mile location is located in a niffy area (Haywood Road) with plenty of boutiques, urban mountain bodegas, and a slew of vegan/vegetarian food options.  This area is very accommodating to any and every possible food restriction.  I noticed there was also a lot of advertising for spiritual healing, Reiki, Chakra balancing, and numerous other homeopathic and alternative medicines/treatments.

If you’re looking for a new and exciting challenge, I highly recommend Catawba Falls.  If you are in the Raleigh-Durham area, I highly suggest the Company Mill Trail located in Umstead State Park.

All the ladies are down to try another trail next month.  I look forward to taking on a new challenge, great fellowship, and exploring more hidden North Carolina gems.

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What are some of your favorite hiking trails?  Drop your recommendations in the comments section.

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Keep soaring for new heights, and make the most of every moment Butterfly Kings and Queens!

-Zoradel

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Girls Trip 2018: Houston, TX

We departed on an early AM flight on Thursday, which was very smooth. I actually slept on a plane! This NEVER happens. I’m the type of sleeper that needs earbuds, a pitch black room and just the right temperature, or to just be dog tired, to get to sleep. In this case I was dog tired. I was a bit under the weather earlier in the week due to my sinuses. I worked a 10 hour shift, got off at 9:30, and rushed home to shower and pack. I finished just in time for a whole 90 minute nap.

My close girlfriends are the closest things I will ever have to sisters. We all live demanding lives with advancing careers, personal relationships, and not as much time to just hangout like we used to. They say that’s a side effect of being an adult. However, we make it a point, that no matter what life brings, to take an annual girls trip. I know this sounds very familiar right? Yes, Girls Trip, the movie, was a great comedy that shed some real light on the importance of maintaining healthy relationships with friends you’ve grown to love and trust. We have maintained our tradition for 8 years. Sometimes there are a few extra ladies, but the CREW, the aunties to my future mini-me’s, will always be the same.

It’s not always about the destination, but the memories created along the journey that last and mean the most. Always find time for the people that matter the most and never stop exploring! -Z

This year we traveled to Houston, TX. We took advantage of a great Air B & B deal, snagged an Avis rental car, because everything in Houston is so spread out, and purchased the Official Houston City Pass. I love traveling with ladies that are also lifelong learners. My sister, Tiffany, is an elementary school teacher, and Jenny is a Laboratory Technologist, so every trip consists of my favorite travel elements:

Educational Exploration
Shopping
Tasty Cuisine
Nightlife Entertainment

I was feeling like the unknown member from Destiny’s Child the whole time I was in H Town! Listen to FRIENDS BY THE CARTERS for the one song that sums up my trip vibes.

Length of stay: Thursday June 14th- Monday June 18th
Highlights:
Houston City Pass 

Houston Museum of Natural Science
Cockrell Butterfly Garden

NASA Space Center
Flight Simulation
Information of space travel and hope for the future
Tour of the training facility

Zoo
We walked every square inch of the zoo and got to feed the giraffes

Kemah Boardwalk
Amusement Park Rides
Tejano Music
Grammy Award Winning Artist Jay Perez

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Food:
Cafe Abuja, Houston Award Winning Nigerian Restaurant

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Black Walnut

Nightlife:
Belvedere Lounge Friday International Night

Extras:

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I’m looking forward to our next trip already!
Jamaica April 2019

What locations have you and your close friends traveled to? What location was the best?

Keeping soaring Kings and Queens with Butterfly wings!

-Zoradel

 

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Fail Early, Fail Often, Fail Forward

 

I am starting to blog again after reflecting on how important it is to me to share my life experiences.  I used my previous site to share my on going health and weight loss journey, traveling explorations, lots of food, and to showcase some of my hairstyles.  I would have moments of consistent sharing, but I never really found a lasting routine to create posts and share my journey the way I wanted to.  I’m a bit of a perfectionist and could never just settle for my best work at the time. I also wasn’t a fan of typing out all of my emotions. I got caught up in my own fears of what people would say or think about me.  SMH!

Will Smith posted about the importance of embracing failure and extracting the lessons you learn only to become successful.  He said, “You gotta take a shot! You have to live at the edge of your capabilities.”

I’m taking my lessons and using them to fly to the next level.

Well the whole purpose of sharing my journey is to find members of my TRIBE.  I want to connect and grow with people that are open to exploring different cultures, food, art, and beauty tips.  I’m always in need of accountability buddies, and just amazing warmhearted individuals growing and transforming in all areas along this journey called life.

WEIGHT LOSS, FITNESS, TRAVEL, DELICIOUS FOOD, LOVER OF LOVE, NURSING, MEAL PREPPING, BUTTERFLIES, EDUCATION, BUTTERFLIES, DATING IN YOUR 30’s, 80’s BABY

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Belize Nursing Service Trip

Pitt Community College Global Serve is a service learning based program that focuses on cultural exploration while taking part in service projects in a particular host country.  The service country for 2016 was Belize.

I applied for an International Education Travel Scholarship, created a go fund me page, and accepted PCC Foundation donations to help cover the cost of my 10 day trip.

This was my first international trip.  Although I was nervous, I wasn’t going to let anything keep me from embarking on this life changing opportunity.

Day One: Saturday, March 5th
Travel Route
Raleigh, NC – Miami, FL – Belize City, Belize – San Ignacio, Belize
Agenda:
CELA Welcome Dinner at Hode’s
Check-in at Martha’s Guesthouse 
Walking Tour of San Ignacio, Belize

Day 2: Sunday, March 6th
Morning Lectures
– Overview of Health, Safety, and Culture in Belize, Cynthia Reese
– History and Culture Timeline, Dr. Filiberto Penados
– Challenge of Sustainable Development, Dr. Filiberto Penados
Lunch
Conservation in Belize: Green Iguana Project

Day 3: Monday, March 7th
​We took a local ferry to get to the Xunantunich Mayan Ruin.
​Lunch at Benny’s 
Biodiversity in Belize – Chiquibul Forest Conservation Lecture
​Visit to David Magana’s Art Studio in Succotz Village
Dinner at Hode’s

Day Four: Tuesday, March 8th
Belize DuPlooy’s Botanic Gardens Tour 
-Focus on traditional plants for complementary and alternative natural medicine
Canoeing from DuPlooy’s to San Ignacio
​Yoga

You guessed it! The canoe I was riding in, flipped on the largest rapid. As soon as I saw the flip coming, I just relaxed and went with the flow. Thankfully, I know how to swim and I’m very comfortable in the water.

It was nice to end the day with Steam Yoga. This was my first time trying yoga. I’m stiff and apparently full of stress knots, so I need more yoga time for sure.

Day Five: Wednesday, March 9th
​Morning Lectures:
-Health & Wellness in Belize~Nurse Rosa

~Social Issues in Belize: Family, Poverty, Youth, and Development~
Professor Melanie Santiago Smith

~Service Learning Introduction and School Tour~
Dr. Filiberto Penados
Mount Carmel Primary School 
Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize 

Lunch

BMI Assessment of 100 students in the School Lunch Program 

Day Six: Thursday, March 10th
​​Health Clinic Tour
​Service Learning 
~Nutrition & Physical Fitness Lesson~
Four Classes 60 minute blocks

Day 7: Friday, March 11th
Day 2 of Service Learning Health & Nutrition Lessons
4 Classes

House of Culture Traditional Farewell Dinner

Day 8: Saturday, March 12th
BELIZE ZOO

Departure to Caye Caulker via Water Taxi
Lecture
~The Belize Coral Reef: Issues & Challenges~
Late Night Swim

Day 9: Sunday, March 13th
Day of Snorkeling 
​~Belize Barrier Reef~

Day 10: Monday, March 14th
​Farewell Sunrise
Return Travel

I am so thankful for the chance to experience so many new things.  I made the most of every second and pushed myself beyond fear, doubt, stereotypes, and the thought that another opportunity like this would arise.  Tomorrow is not promised to any of us.  I think it is important for us all to see what life is like outside of our comfort zones.  Reading a book or watching a documentary can open your eyes to the world around us, but seeing it first hand it priceless. 

~Life Reflections~
Different doesn’t mean wrong, it means DIFFERENT!
Everyone has a story to tell and a lesson to teach.  
God doesn’t need your bank account number to bless you with riches.
Don’t miss out on an opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Life is so much bigger than your bubble.  
Trying something new can be exactly what you need.
Don’t wait for someone else to fix a problem if you know the solution. 
Be the change you want to see in this world. 
Strive to be better today than you were yesterday.
If I have to go alone, I’ll go.  
Don’t allow others to steal your time or happiness.
I’m blessed to be a blessing.
Don’t be selfish with your experiences! Share them and inspire others to take their own journey.
I want to leave a positive mark on this world.  
Don’t overlook the magnificent wonders life has to offer because you were too busy chasing materialistic items that you can’t take with you when you leave this world.  


Pitt Community College Travel Abroad needs our contributions to make an experience like mine happen for another deserving student.  Join me in paying it forward. Specify that you’d like your funds to go to TRAVEL ABROAD PROGRAMS.

Individuals interested in contributing to the PCC Foundation may donate on-line at www.pittccfoundation.com, contact Beth Sigmon, Executive Director, at 252.493.7834 or gsigmon@email.pittcc.edu, or mail to the PCC Foundation, P.O. Drawer 7007, Greenville, NC 27835-7007.

​Special Thanks to:
~GOD~
~FAMILY & FRIENDS~
​for your thought and prayers
~Financial Contributors~
Anonymous Gofundme supporters
Mr. & Mrs. Askew, Jaleesa, and Jennifer Askew
Ida Brown
Bigelow Family
Kristina Champagne
Celestine Davis
Tonya Davis
Tula Garris
Felecia Henderson
Chris Holder
Bridgett Kiah-Johnson
Danielle Lamm
Narron Family
Tiffany Phillips
Tarena Scott
Delzora Stringfield
Cynthia Tyson
Jerome Williams
Ann Yelverton

~Trip Advisors~
Mrs. Happy Gingras and Dr. Tabitha Miller

~Trip Mates~
Jessie Jones
Krissy Miller
Jordyn Moore
Hannah Tomlinson
Henry Woods

Benque House of Culture 
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Mount Carmel Primary School Staff & Students

Pitt Community College Global: Serve
CELA
 ​http://www.celabelize.com/
Joshua Awe & Giselle
Joni Miller
Dr. Filiberto Penados
Cynthia Reese

Martha from Martha’s Guesthouse 
San Ignacio, Belize
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Raggamuffin Tours
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Barefoot Caribe Resturant & Hotel
Caye Caulker, Belize
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