Make Time for Friends

Hey, hustlers. Hope you’re enjoying this cooler summer Sunday afternoon. Just want to quickly check in and remind you all — hustling and starting a business isn’t easy, but what makes your journey and work more enjoyable is making time with friends.

I’m hanging out with a old employer turned friend in the Venice area of Los Angeles and the weather is great, people are out and about shopping and I realized how much I enjoy just taking a moment to enjoy spending time people I like. People whose company I enjoy. And we should all do that as often as time permits.

So if you haven’t made plans yet, please send a text or pick up the phone and call an old or nearby friend make time to hang out. It’ll lift your spirits!

Sending Off an Los Angeles Favorite

Today marks the last day of service for a Los Angeles favorite in the heart of the Miracle Mile. After a 40 year run, the small chain restaurant is closing its doors due to higher rent (damn, Los Angeles).

The closing of my favorite brunch spot saddens me as I know that their closing isn’t due to bad business, but high rent. Something many Angelinos are facing, myself included. And their isn’t another place like this, let another restaurant of the same family chain, for 20 miles or so.

So I’m here with family and many other patrons sending off the restuarant and its warm staff, wishing them better endeavors.

And enjoying a heart meal… or two. After, they served one mean buffet style brunch.

Thanks you, Callendar’s for your wonderful food (they had a pretty good), friendly staff and convenient locations

Foodie Fridays: Chicken Stir Fry

I make stir about every two weeks, because it’s one of the easiest dishes I’ve ever prepared.  It’s usually enough for lunch the next day — my favorite part.

This time I prepared my stir fry using brown jasmine rice, but  before, I was using those Ramen noodles that comes in a pack of 6 and have the overly salty seasoning packets.  Yeah, reminds me of college.  Anywhoo…

This is also of the cheapest meals I can prepare.  When I buy my chicken breast, it’s a family pack which means I get anywhere from 8-10 meals from it. I buy a few packs, to be honest.

I use about 3/4 of a chicken breast when making my stir fry.  Carrots, 0.79 cents a pound at Ralphs (I grab like seven carrots, it’s hardly a pound), broccoli — about two stalks and it runs like a dollar and some change for pound, a can of water chestnuts, 0.89 cents. An onion, white or red, no particular preference.  A bottle of stir fry sauce that says “stir fry sauce” on it.  Reading is fundamental.  That’s between $2.49 -$3.59, depending on the brand and everything else — like my chicken, brown rice and cooking oil — are at home.  I heat the oil in a pan on high.  Throw in my chopped carrots, broccoli, onions and mushrooms.  Let them cook down so they can have a soft crunch taste.  I chop me up some chicken, a little smaller than bite sizes because it ensures the chicken cooks all the way through.  Season lightly with some garlic powder and black pepper. When everything is cooked and chicken has a a golden brown color, add in the stir fry sauce.  I would say no more than 1/2 the bottle (it’s a small bottle, so don’t think I have sauce dependency issues here) should gently coat everything in the skillet.

And voila! Chicken Stir Fry! Faster than delivery.  And there’s place about four blocks from my house that’s pretty fast.

Stir Fry

Foodie Friday: Penne Spaghetti

If you read my post from yesterday, I’m an obsessed advocate for eating and cooking at home.  I like to eat out too, but cooking at home is so cost effective! And delicious.  And never let it be said with any sort of conviction that single gals don’t cook!  Oh, yes we do!  If we’re trying save our money and build a little side business, we adore preparing home cooked meals.  In the words of Sophie Amoruso, “money looks better in the bank!”  (ladies, I suggest you buy or rent a copy of Girl Boss.  I got me a copy for less than $4!)

One of my favorite go-to meals is spaghetti.  It should be a staple in every household if you ask me.  I’m been a spaghetti lover since 3.  It’s sad that I remember that, but I do.  It’s simple and quick to make.  Below is my take on spaghetti using whole grain Penne pasta and ground turkey.  I’m no chef and I’m no photographer.  Just a foodie.  Someone who appreciate a good meal.  If don’t believe, ask my hips

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If you’re at all curious how I made my spaghetti:

  • Boil your pasta how you normally would
  • Because I used ground turkey, I added some milk to my skillet.  Yes, milk.  It makes white meat creamier. How much milk?  Maybe a 1/4 cup.
  • I love seasonings so I added: black pepper, pink salt, sage (goes good with white meat), fresh chopped red onion, garlic powder and dried oregano.
  • Ground meat till brown.
  • I used canned sauce.  Sorry.  I can make homemade sauce, but that requires a lot of tomatoes.
  • I do add fresh tomatoes.  Just one.
  • Add the sauce to your meat.  Your pasta should done about this time if you start cooking the noodles at the same as the meat (just makes sense)
  • Once the sauce has been stirred in with you meat and matches it’s temperature, it’s time to plate eat!

*Homemade garlic bread?  Use any bread you want.  Seriously. Combine melted butter, garlic powder and parsley flakes into a spread which is going to go on your bread.  Put bread into oven at 400 (or whatever) and give it about 10 minutes.

Thursday’s Thoughts: The Women Who Are Too Good to Learn to Cook

I expect some backlash from this.  Bring it!

I have very little respect for women who talk about how they don’t like to cook because they don’t want to be labeled as domesticated or be treated like the good little housewife.   They’re all about their careers, they want to be movers and shakers.  They want to be the best in the business, whatever their business may be.  They’re 21st century women and they want to be treated as such.

I support that.  Whole-heartedly.

But don’t tell me that you’re too good to cook or learn how to cook because that’s not your thing.  Or you’re a more ‘evolved woman’ than the rest of us because you designed your life around being a breadwinner and not a homemaker.  Bish, please! You obviously haven’t evolved from eating, so how do you get food down your throat?  Oh, you order in  Or you go out.  And how much is that costing you?  Seriously.  Let’s talk about the finances of the Miss Independents who don’t cook.  Because you’re probably dependent on GrubHub or Postmates.  And that $3.99 to $4.99 delievery fee (I can’t get with that, I’m sorry).  Or some other delivery service or restaurant for meal nourishment.  Spending too much money — money you could otherwise be saving or investing — on something you’ll see in the toilet (gross, but point made).

There’s this guy at my work who buys breakfast and lunch together 3 times a week.  Each meal is $8.45 (I used to have a meal and here and there). That’s $16.90 a day.  Three days in a work week, that’s $50.70.  That’s $202.80 a month.  I spent less than that on groceries last month!  And that’s probably the average I spend on groceries in general!  And that only covered 24 meals for that guy at work.  So what about dinner on those same days?  Or the other two days of the work week?  Or the weekend?  How do people really get by spending so much money something they shit out?!?  Why is are so many people turned off to cooking at home?

As single female hustlers — and my male hustlers too — not only is wasting so much money on eating out detrimental to our personal bottom line, it’s not healthy.  It’s not logical. It’s not what hustlers do.  Every penny we earn matters and serves a purpose before it leaves us.  That penny is going to go into a pre-planned budget we’ve already created before the month started.  Or it’s going to be re-invested in ourselves (workshops, classes, etc) or in our side hustlers (business cards, websites, paid networking events) or we save it for a rainy day.  And anyone who’s been hustlin’ for a while knows of them rainy days.

I’m not saying you can eat out once in awhile. Treat yo’ self.  But become wiser about your money and what it takes to keep it.

So, ladies.  Get over yourselves with this whole I don’t cook, I can pay people to cook for me thing.  I’m sure you can.  I don’t doubt that for one second.  But wouldn’t it be better for that disposable income of yours to go to something more useful than meals eaten out all the time?  If you think I’m gonna spend $202.50 on groceries and then turn around and spend another $200 on just food I eat outside of my home, you’ve got another thing coming.

True hustlers know they value of money and how to make it work for them.  And we cook.  We’re a different breed, y’all.

 

National Taco Day & Wine Wednesday ?!

When two loves come together.

Don’t ever let it be said that single women do not know how to cook.  That is a misnomer!  I was sent off the college making meals – not as a major, but to be able to know how to feed myself.  Being single just allows me to experiment more to my liking — and save money, too.

That’s one thing I don’t get.  Spending money on food that is nor not groceries — ingredients for meals you can make yourself — or the occasional night out.   Treating yourself to lunch or dinner out should be just that, a treat! But when you’re ordering breakfast and/or lunch every other day at the office (like one of my coworkers, Jonathan) that tells me one thing about:  you have no future!

Why?  People who are spending that often and that recklessly are not saving.  Or investing.  Or putting any of their extra monies toward professional and personal development.  How can they be?  They’re eating every available dollar!  I need big dreamers in my life, but I also need savers.  If you can manage your money, you probably can’t manage other valuable resources:  time, relationships, opportunities, etc.

Besides, who wouldn’t want come home and make these all on their own?

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My version of shrimp tacos in honor of National Taco Day!   And of course, a bottle (not full, for the those quietly judging) of Cupcake’s Cabernet Sauvignon.  One of my favorite go-to reds.  Now, I don’t know if tacos and red wine go there.  And frankly, I don’t care.  I like it. I enjoy it.  That’s all that matters.  Plus, prep and cook time were like 15, maybe 18 minutes total.

  • 1 10oz bag of defrosted raw peeled shrimp
  • 1 1/2 cups of cheddar mild cheese (not traditional for street tacos, but I like cheese)
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced raw onion (hey, I ain’t going out to talk to anybody); optional
  • 2 corn tortillas per taco cooked stove top (just flip the tortillas over on each side while together without burning yourself or the house down) 

*I would have loved to added avocado, but I was not in the mood to go to the store after dropping off my dry cleaning.

Serving:  4 tacos, 2 servings (and I ate both servings, no shame)

Viola!