"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves." - Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, September 8, 2013


I make the effort to go running once a week on Saturday mornings. I've found that they are a great way to start my weekend and say goodbye to another work week. While my run wasn't particularly difficult, it did mark the first time that I went for a 30 minute plus run without walking. I also decided that I would run without stopping to look at my phone to see where I was. I ended up on the other side of my neighborhood completely unfamiliar with my surrounds. Despite the fact that I didn't know where I was, all I could do was laugh, googlemap my location, and walk back home. I didn't feel unsafe or worried, but I actual enjoyed the fact that I was learning more and more about neighborhood and my surroundings. Plus, it helped to remind me that getting lost isn't always a bad thing.

Chicken Tandoori with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Chicken Tandoori with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
(I had the chicken with a Dole Caesar Salad)

Awhile back, I had tried some plain Greek yogurt, and while I find it inedible to eat plain without any honey or fruit, it tastes exactly like sour cream. So last week, while buying groceries, I decided to buy some to replace the sour cream I use when making lime-cilantro salad dressing for taco salad. I still haven't made the taco salad yet, but I did buy some chicken and decided to make yogurt sauce to go with it. The result was a delicious Tandoori Chicken with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce.

Ingredients:
4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
6 oz of plain Greek yogurt
9 teaspoons of Tandoori seasoning (I got mine from The Spice and Tea Exchange)
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
Juice from 1 lime
Salt and pepper for taste

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse and pat dry chicken breasts, then lightly sprinkle 3 tsp of Tandoori seasoning on both sides of chicken
2. Take two spoonfuls of Greek yogurt and spread evenly on both sides of chicken.
3. Sprinkle another 3 tsp of Tandoori seasoning on both sides of chicken
4. Put chicken on a baking pan and place in an oven for 20 minutes, then turn over and cook for another 10 minutes.
5. While the chicken is baking, take remaining yogurt and mix in remaining Tandoori seasoning, lime juice, and cucumber.

Product Review: Andalou Moisture Rich Argan & Sweet Orange Styling Creme

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Andalou Moisture Rich Argan & Sweet Orange Styling Creme
Since reaching mid-back length (MBL), my hair has been super determined to be in a curly state instead of stretched. To make a long story short, I spent over a year being miserable because I could no longer attempt the braid outs and twist outs that I love. Once I went outside, my hair would immediately frizz up as it attempted to form kinks, ringlets, and curls. Fast forward to about a month ago, and I realized that I could no longer keep on trying to go against my hair; I had to work with and began doing wash and gos. Finding a gel has been, to say the least, very difficult. My hair is extremely particular and hates most gels. 

On a recent shopping trip to Whole Foods, I saw they had Andalou Naturals hair products, and having a good experience with their skin products, decided to try the styling cream as an alternative to gel. Last night was the first time I used it, and I must say, I was very pleased. It has a very thick, creamy consistency, but stuck to my hair like a gel. It also helped my hair to curl back up on itself after towel drying took some of the curl out. Generally, I wash my hair at night and make 4-8 chunky two strand twists to keep my hair from fizzing the first night (this does not create a twist out look on my hair, but encourages clumping). When I took the twists out in the morning, I had nicely clumped curls that were not crunchy, but still had hold. There is a pleasant fruity smell to the cream, which despite my sensitivity to smells, did not bother me, but even if it had, the smell completely dissipated when the product was dry. My hair was also very soft and shiny. Also, the ingredients are all natural with aloe vera juice first on the list (my hair absolutely loves aloe vera).

On first try, I would rate this product a 5 out of 5, and I am definitely purchasing again.