“Embracing Uncertainty” #SelfLove: http://youtu.be/AN5S0PmZw80

This is a great message for anyone questioning whether or not they want to take a chance. The future is unknown for all of us. That’s life. But the potential growth from failing or succeeding is priceless.

Embrace life’s adventures. ~Andrea Lewis

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Watch “”Embracing Uncertainty” #SelfLove” on YouTube

Delicious and Simple Raspberry Parfait

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Here’s a sweet breakfast treat anyone can duplicate on a lazy Saturday morning. Personally, I’ve put these together for work too and let me say, it can brighten any dreaded Monday morning at the office!

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What you will need:
Vanilla flavor Greek yogurt
French Vanilla Almond Granola cereal
Raspberries
1 small cup
1 spoon to eat this sweet and delicious treat

Be sure to layer each ingredient into a small cup. You can add many other nuts, seeds, or syrups that you may like – but this vanilla and raspberry parfait is definitely a winner in my book! I creating a blueberry parfait once but it wasn’t nearly as good as the rasberries.

Yes, it’s full of sugar because I use the Dannon Greek yogurt in Vanilla and of course the granola is sweetened too.
If anyone knows of a version with less sugar, but still tasty, please share!

Enjoy!
Millia C

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Nowadays we have made it all too easy to compare our lives to the lives of others. We no longer have to go to school with someone, know of someone through a friend, or hear about whoever through the grapevine. No. All it takes is logging into any social media site and with a few easy swipes of your pointer finger, enter someone else’s self-created online world. Emotions can take over -you could be doomed into a dreary world of sadness. But the grass isn’t always greener on the other side…most times it’s only a facade.

Talents and gifts go undiscovered and undeveloped when spending time imitating or even envying someone else’s self-created online world. Why not come back to the other side of the fence and live our own lives? Let’s not compare and become depressed. Instead, become who we ought to be by living our own lives the best we can.

Today make an effort to be thankful for all that you have.

Millia C.

~Psalms 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

Red Bell Pepper Pasta Dish

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Without a doubt, Italian food is one of my favorites! When I saw this amazing looking recipe, I knew I had to whip this one up as soon as possible, because my imagination was tasting all of its flavors just by looking at the pics on halfbakedharvest.com. The actual name of the dish is called “Dad’s Friday Night Pasta,” and although I recreated it on a Saturday night, I’d say it’s still winner!

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If you love pasta, cheese, and pepperoni like I do and of course I can’t forget my favorite…olives; you are sure to love this dish as much as I did! I removed only a couple of the ingredients that wasn’t to my liking. See what I used below:

Preparation Time: 15 minutes (I was slow)

Cook Time: 50 minutes

1/3 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried dill

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or to your liking)

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup kalamata olives, halved

1/3 cup oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained of excess oil

15 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

2-3 red bell peppers, sliced

1 pepperoni package

2-4 ounces parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Freshly torn basil for topping

Instructions:
1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Boil water for the angel hair pasta. Locate a 9×13 baking dish for the olive oil mixture.
2. Pour olive oil into baking dish so that it covers the entire bottom of the pan. Be careful not to add too much oil, just enough to cover the entire bottom of the dish. Add the basil, parsley, dill, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper  to the oil.
3. Next, add about half of the cooked angel hair to the oil, and mix with the olive oil. If the angel hair appears to be too dry, add a just little more olive oil. If the angel hair appears to be too oily, add the remaining pasta and continue to mix in with the  olive oil.
4. After that, add half of your mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sun-dried tomatoes (without the oil from the jar), and olives and continue to stir all together.
5. Then, add your slices of red pepper to the top, and whah-la -you have completed your red bell pepper pasta dish! Top the remaining mozzarella cheese and a few more pepperoni pieces to your liking, and pop that pan into the oven for 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and garnish with more basil and parmesan cheese!
* **Be care to avoid over cooking the dish. You may want to cover with foil, so the pasta resting in the corners of the pan, does not become dry and hard. Enjoy!
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