Recipe Time: Spicy Vegan Kale Pasta

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I love my pasta. It’s one of my most favorite things to cook with, serve and eat! This is a recipe I found and la-la-la-loved. It’s a tasty little dish that is sure to fire up your night πŸ˜‰ And for those of you meat lovers out there, you can easily add a protein to this dish. I think chicken breast would be best, but what do I know? I’m just a poor little vegematarian πŸ™‚

Enjoy!

Peace, love & sarcasm,

Becky

Spicy Vegan Kale Pasta

  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 3 large handfuls of kale (about 4-5 cups, loosely packed)
  • 2 tablespoons salsa (optional)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. chile powder
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • Olive oil

Directions

Cook pasta according to directions. In a large pan, warm a few tablespoons of olive oil. Toss in chopped onions and kale, andΒ sautΓ© until kale has cooked down completely. In a blender, add spices, salsa, and non-dairy milk. Blend until you have a creamy consistency, adding more milk or water if too thick. Add cooked kale to pasta pot and toss with cream sauce. Sprinkle with a dash of chile powder for some color. Serves two. (One for you and your special someone, or just all for you! Go ahead and eat it all up, I won’t judge.)

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Home for the Holidays?

This just makes me giggle.

December 1st is just days away and with the start of the holiday season upon us, we are all gearing up for the wonder that is Christmas. The shopping, the specialty lattes, the wanting to throw the specialty lattes in the faces of other shoppers in your way, it’s the same every year for me. I wish I could be one of those people who gets all of their shopping done in June and laugh at those of us running around like last minute turkeys. But I can’t change who I am, and I’m a December gift buying lady!

However this year, I’m facing a dilemma I haven’t had to deal with for over 5 years.

Where to spend the holidays?

Last year, my relationship with Mike was only a few months old, so it made it easier to say “Ok, you be with your family and I’ll be with my family and we’ll meet up in the new year.” We also lived in different cities at that time, which made it even easier. But this year is the first year we had to have the talk on where we should spend our time. I know we don’t need to be together on Christmas, and if I was a different person, I really wouldn’t care. But like I said, I am who I am, and I very much want to wake up next to my sweetheart on Christmas morning. Call me a romantic. Call me old fashioned. Call me a nerd. It’s just something I want to do, and this year will be the first time we get to do that.

Because our families live 4 hours apart from each other, this may be a bit of a challenge and quite a bit of driving for us on Christmas day. But, we made the decision quite easily actually, so for that I’m a happy girl. That being said, I have a bit of a guilt as well. You see, we decided to go be with my family Christmas eve and Christmas morning and his family for Christmas dinner. But I know that he and his twin brother have certain traditions they do every Christmas eve, and his family have traditions as well. So I feel like I’m taking him away from that. But my family also has traditions that I don’t want to miss out on. We thought of a way that will hopefully please both of our families and us I think though. So, yay for us and yay for waking up next to my sweetie on Christmas morning. Win-Win.

I guess this year, we’re making new traditions πŸ™‚

Peace, love & sarcasm,

Becky

 

Gasp! A new bloggy blog!

That’s right dollfaces, I started a new blog! A style & fashion one. It’s stylish AND fashionable. Wink.

In it, you will find the same sarcasm, wit and charm that you’ve grown to love (or hate…) from my “Feistiest of them all”. Just more geared towards fashion. If you’re a fan of vintage, then I encourage and DARE you to check it out. Thank you for your support, my lovelies.

Peace, love & sarcasm,

Becky

The Feisty Fashionista

 

Help! I’m Addicted to Reality Shows!

My name is Becky.

B-E-C-K-Y. And I’m a reality show-a-holic.

It’s true. I’m “one of those”. I’ll watch pretty much anything reality related. I find it incredible that we find watching other people live their lives, entertaining. Aren’t our own lives entertaining enough? It’s one of those mystery wrapped in a riddle, swaddled in stupid, things.

Whether it be housewives screaming at each other, idiots competing in a house for money, or wannabe chefs trying desperately to impress their British idol, it’s all pretty much the same crap. And like a delicious gingerbread cookie, we eat it up.

Even as I’m writing this, I’m watching one. I think we enjoy them because they are filled with “real life” drama. My gosh, I bet I could have my own reality show! I’ve had enough drama the last little while to fill a few seasons and I bet I’d bring in alot of viewers.

Ok, if I’m going to start a reality show the first thing I need to do is hire a writer. Yep, that is how most of these shows work. (I’m not wrong.)

I hope I get to be on a reality show one day. I know just the one I’d try out for too…

“Who wants to have Jensen Ackles babies?”

Peace, love & sarcasm,

Becky

Home Again, Home Again

To those of you lovely people who read my little bloggy blog on a regular basis, you know that I’ve been away in Calgary visiting family for the last little while. Almost two weeks actually! I had a wonderful time being back there and not just because I got totally spoiled by my parents. That’s right, I’m the favorite. (Deny it ALL you want Momsie and Dadsie, we all know it’s true. Wink.) It was sad to say goodbye to not only them, but to my kitty and puppy as well. They are my babies and I’mma miss them tons. I know I’ll be back soon though, Christmas is just around the corner after all! Also, YAY CHRISTMAS!

My trip wasn’t just about seeing family and cuddling pets though. I made it into a bit of a detox trip. I feel like I’ve detoxed my body, mind and spirit. I also treated myself and got my hair did, so now it’s even more red! That had nothing to do with anything, I just wanted to share because it looks so darn lovely.

This mini getaway was much needed for me in alot of ways, but I’m very happy to be going home today. I’ve missed my someone special so much and I can’t wait to see him in a few hours. Plus, I’ve been told he completely cleaned and de-cluttered our place! I’m usually the one to do things like that. I believe the world works much better when it’s organized and tidy. So I’m looking forward to that as well. Because I’m awesome like that.

See you soon Edmonton!

Peace, love & sarcasm,

Becky

Slow Dancing In A Burning Room

Anyone knows that relationships are hard work. They need nurturing, understanding, trust and love. Alot of people think that once you’ve established the love factor, that’s all you need. That’s all well and good, but it takes so much more to make a relationship grow from a bud to an orchid.

I used to be one of those people who truly believed in love at first sight, fairytale romance and soul mates. And to an extent, I still do. I just now know from experience that it takes more than that to have a lasting and healthy “happily ever after”.

Talking with friends, family and speaking from my own past experiences, I noticed there was a common denominator. We all believe at one time or another, that people can change. Especially those we’re in relationships with. My hope is that we all learn from our mistakes the first time around. I’m not saying people don’t change in a negative way, just in a realistic way. I know we all learn, grow and evolve everyday in small ways, but when it comes to being in a committed relationship with another person, we need to realize that who they are is who they are. Like with a job or a workout routine, what may work and be a great fit for one person, may not be the same for someone else.

Someone once told me that when dating, how someone is during the courtship is usually the best it will ever get. I don’t know if I necessarily believe this or not, but it is an interesting theory. I am not the voice of reason when it comes to relationships. I think people need to lift the veil from their eyes, take off the rose colored glasses and really see the person they are committing to. I admit, in the past it’s sometimes taken me a little longer to take the glasses off after the courtship or “honeymoon” phase has passed, but I always have. And I’m proud to say that once I wasn’t happy with what I saw, I was always strong enough to know what was best for me to do. One thing I do believe is that everything happens for a reason, but sometimes we also need to make those “somethings” happen ourselves.

It can be so hard, knowing you’re in a relationship that just isn’t working. I often describe it as slow dancing in a burning room. You’re doing something that feels safe in some ways, but dangerous in others. So what you need to decide is, are you willing to get burnt just to finish the dance?

Peace, love & sarcasm,

Becky

Soy-Sexy Holiday Eggnog

This recipe is one of the easiest & tastiest creations evah. Around the holidays, I used to love Baileys & eggnog. (Baileys & anything is favorite to be honest!) But since going vegan, I gave that up due to the eggs in the drink. Also, eggnog tends to be rather heavy in my opinion & I was wanting a more light bevie that would satisfy my nog cravings. So, I came up with this little recipe. I’m sure I’m not the first to think of it, as there are only a few ingredients & it’s super easy to make. And dayyumm delish!

Becky’s Soy-Sexy Eggnog

1 cup Soy Milk

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 tsp Nutmeg

Vanilla Extract (to taste)

1 Cinnamon Stick or 1 Candy Cane (depending on what you’re in zee mood for.)

Baileys (as much or as little as you want! Or none. It tastes great all the ways.)

All you need to do is throw all of the ingredients into your blender, mix it up, sing a little “Eye of the Tiger”, and voila! You’ve got yourself a tasty holiday treat. And this version is vegan, low in calories & amazing. And your cinnamon stick or candy cane isn’t just to make your cup as pretty as you! You can also use it to mix the Baileys in more or just an extra kick πŸ˜‰ Also, you can make this iced or hot! Sexy soy eggnog latte anyone?

So if you want a little somethin’ that will make you moan your socks off, then this is for you.

Enjoy my lovely’s!

Peace, love & sarcasm,

Becky

Remember, Remember

Every November 11th, my Dad tells us all to take a minute to remember. No matter where we are, we can always count on either a phone call or an email, reminding us to do this. Please take some time today to reflect and remember.

Today we’re remembering all the heroes who sacrificed so much to protect the safety of us and our families. May you all have a very blessed life.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie

In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Peace, love & sarcasm,

Becky

Gamer Girl

I am a gamer girl. I love video & computer games & I am very competitive when it comes to them. I’m a big hit with the boys with this handy little trait of mine. The moment they find out I enjoy playing Starwars: The Old Republic, the drool just flows. I’m a nerd at heart & I’m ok with that. Infact, I very much embrace it πŸ˜‰

These are my top 5 games I most enjoy:

Starwars: The Old Republic:

Yep. That’s lightening. Loves it.

My boyfriend made me start playing this game about a year ago. I was hesitant at first, because although I do love Starwars, I wasn’t sure if I’d appreciate a game like this. But then I realized it was very much like The Sims, just a more grown up version. It was like Sims in space, in my mind. And I very much liked that idea. This game is wonderful because you can be good or bad, simply put. I first made up a girl who I made to look just like me. Don’t we all do that though? Yea, yea we do. Anyways, so my girl was awesome. And I decided to make her a total bitch. Every question anyone would ask me, I’d ALWAYS choose the most bitchy or sarcastic response. It was oh so much fun. She was smart. She was sassy. She was me. Minus the bitchy parts of her. She was also magic, so that was a major bonus for me. Then, I got bored of playing that way.so I made another character. She, again, looked like me but this time I played her all kindsa sweet & lovely. She helped anyone she could & kicked alot of ass. I have alot of fun playing this game, I love the different story lines & the graphics are just wonderful. I highly recommend it.

Minecraft:

I told you it was hard to explain…

This is an odd one. I don’t really know how to describe it to those who don’t know what it is. Let’s just say, it’s a weirdly wonderful game to play & I enjoy it. It’s essentially a game of survival, creativity & building. I can only play this one when my boyfriend is playing too though. This is because it’s more fun that way, but also because even though it’s such a dumb thing, I’m scared of playing it alone! Creepers & skeletons & all sorts of things make all kindsa noises & jump out at you all the time. And it scares me. I’m not ashamed to admit that.

Skylanders:

Gill is favorite.

Omgosh, this game is so much fun! It’s pretty much a kids game, they babysit you alot in it, but pfft. Who cares. It’s still amazing & WOW is it colorful. My boyfriend & I finished both the 1st & 2nd one in like less than a week in the past. I know that’s something I shouldn’t admit so freely, but we’re proud of ourselves for it. We saved the Skyland! Twice. It’s really so much fun though & quite funny as well. However in this game, my competitive side does come out quite a bit. I want to be the one with the most money & the most murders. So I sometimes hog all the money & kills, or try to at least. Mike is a sweetheart though & usually let’s me πŸ˜‰

The Sims:

Awe. Twin girls! Don’t even act like that’s not exciting.

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve always loved this game. I love building my own house, meeting a hot guy, marrying said hot guy and having countless babies. I just love it. I love being able to pick out my job too! I would always either go for model or lawyer. And taking my little Sim family on vacations & whatnot, omgosh. So much fun. I remember once though, I left the computer to make a hot chocolate & my twin babies were crying for like ever, so that little beotch from child services took them away from me! I was like, whhhhaaat? So upsetting. And a rather adult thing to have in a made for tween game, now that I think about it. Hmm.

Hidden:

(I couldn’t find any screenshots for this game. But that just gives it even more mystery! Oooooh. Ahhhh.)

There are just 2 rules to make this game work. Get your friends together in a room. Turn off the lights. Do these things, and you’ll have the best night evah! My boyfriend & his brothers and I played this a while ago, it was my first time doing so, and wow. I’ve never had so much fun being terrified in my entire life! The game revolves around the retrieval of an escaped research subject with the twist that the subject is highly agile, incredibly strong and pretty much invisible. It’s very intense for both the hidden & non hidden players. I was told that I’m a rather devious player as the hidden. I take that as a major compliment.

So, there you have it. My little list of games. These are just the games I’ve played recently. I didn’t mention classics like Super Mario Bros. or the Aladdin game I finished and was SO proud of, all those years ago. Ahh, memories.

So take some time to play a game or two & enjoy being a nerdy nerd! Also, if people give you a hard time about it, just remember they are all just jealous of your awesomeness.

Peace, love & sarcasm,

Becky