Have Cold! Will Persist!

I feel like $#!%. Having a cold sucks. I watch and sleep with my grandkids twice a week. For the last 2  weeks, one at a time, they have been feverish, coughing and sneezing in my face. Now they’re better and I’m a snotty mess. My entire body is acidic from my big red nose to my queasy belly, which is where I believe all disease incubates.
In spite of my cold, I wanted to make (and film) a healthy dinner with the kids tonight. The problem is they rarely  eat healthy anymore and they don’t like to try new things. They’ve become addicted to spaghetti, mac & cheese and chicken nuggets. I never knew chickens even had nuggets. One  healthy thing that they do like is fresh juice so that’s what we’ll make. If I drink two green juices today maybe it’ll help my cold go away.
I believe colds are actually a good thing because it’s the body’s way of getting rid of the mucus from toxins that we ingest and that we inadvertently take in from our environment. But having a cold is no fun.
There’s nothing like a hot shower ( or bath) to loosen things up and open the pathways. Time for me to clean up, make an attempt at being human and get ready to work in the office today.
See you in the video this evening.

Thai Fried Rice (not fried and not rice)

My first attempt @ shooting and editing a 2 camera video (of myself no less). I can’t believe I forgot to take the curlers out of my hair, oops. The food was gone (after I ate it) so I couldn’t re-shoot. Next time I’ll look in the mirror first.

Also I need better lighting and sound. All in all I’m pretty pleased with the shooting and editing for my first try. 

Setting Myself up for Success 

Day 5

Setting yourself up for success

Planning/shooting/editing and posting a video. .

I rarely have an entire day to myself and producing each video will take at  least a day. An hour or two to shop, at least a couple of hours for the shoot and a day or more for the editing and post production. All for a short video.

So if I don’t have an entire day to prepare and shoot, I have planned as follows:


Day one

Choose the recipe. Shop for the ingredients for my dish/meal: farmers markets, road-side stands, health food stores, Trader Joes, regular grocery stores etc. Document the planning and shopping experience. Most of the time choosing the recipe will depend on the fresh ingredients that I can find.


Day two

Prepare my workspace (kitchen)

Set up cameras, lights and begin shooting.

Prep ingredients

Prepare dish


Day 3

Edit the photos/videos

Write the accompanying blog



In the beginning I will be posting the videos on YouTube with photos and links on my blog page. Eventually I will be able to embed the videos into the blog.

Lights! Camera! Action!


This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 5

#10DBC #freedomplan


Super Powers?

Day 4

What are my super powers? Well…

Not only am I a good cook; I love to cook. From down home southern comfort food to raw/vegan plant based meals. I can do it all and I truly enjoy it. Growing up, my mother taught me to make everything Southern from biscuits and gravy to potato salad to chicken fried steak and corn bread. Fortunately, at the impressionable age of 18, I expanded my repertoire; after learning about vegetarian cooking and eating on the north shore of Oahu. I was sharing a house with surfers who didn’t really appreciate my fatty fried foods but preferred the lighter cleansing foods growing around us. I quickly learned to adapt and have followed that lifestyle ever since; learning raw cuisine and water containing plant-based meals as well. I still get an occasional opportunity to explore comfort foods, though.

In addition to loving to cook, I love to share my food with family and friends. It is so satisfying to sit down to a meal with love ones and have them truly enjoy it.

In addition to being a good cook, I am a pretty good photographer. I was able to raise 2 kids with photography as my main source of income. And luckily, I enjoy it. I have years of experience in many formats and specialties; from people, portraits, weddings to scenics, products, architecture and food!


I have been told I have a calming presence, a nice personality and I’ve also been told that I have a pleasant voice.

So where does that take me?

Food and cooking videos! Right?

Sounds logical to me and I am making it happen!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 4

#10DBC #freedomplan

Day 3

Vision of my perfect day
My perfect day begins with the sound of birds singing in the trees outside my window. I journey out to my garden where I can see the sunrise as I practice my Yoga.
After I’ve limbered up I hike down the trail to the creek. I meditate on a rock next to the babbling brook. A few more yoga poses on the rock and then back up the trail to the cottage, where I climb back into bed to wake my lover up properly.
We share coffee on the upper deck with a view to the ocean before we bike to the village for breakfast and to shop for the day.
At home we set up the cameras and prepare to create a video in the garden and in my big country kitchen. The video today will consist of picking veggies from the garden and fruit off the trees and preparing a lovely meal.
The kids and grandkids will be visiting to enjoy this gorgeous and delicious meal with us.
After dinner we will play music on the patio and enjoy watching the kids playing in the yard and climbing trees, as the sun sets over the ocean.
At the end of this lovely day, we will climb back into our warm cozy bed and fall asleep to the sound of the breeze rustling the leaves of the trees.

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 3

#10DBC #freedomplan


I love that Natalie says freedom is not just a privilege it is a right. But I will go one step further and say that I believe it is a duty. I believe we owe it to ourselves to be free. We owe it to the Earth. We owe it to every child on this planet to break the chains that bind us. To get out from under the oppression of our enslavers. Because if we are truly free I believe that we enslave no one else. I mean I don’t believe the ones who manipulate our puppet strings are truly free. They may be rich and powerful now but they are just as trapped as their servants.  I believe that if I do this, I mean if I break away and am totally free, then I am paving the way for my beautiful grand babies to achieve total  freedom themselves.

I want to leave the legacy of freedom.

#10DBC #freedomplan