My Weirdest Pet Peeve

Posted: July 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Shore Crab – Carcinus maenas

I love crab meat, shrimp and cod fish, but I don't like handling them raw to clean them. I also can't eat crab meat which is cooked inside the crab shell.It GROSS me out.

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The 2nd annual Paper Moon at Gallery Aferro’s was a blast! This event was a huge fundraising event for the art gallery, that provides free art programs for their community. Fellow blogger, TracyReneeJones and her bro, LB accompany me to this exciting event, which kept us busy with the sampling of food from local restaurants and delicious homemade mojitos. The gallery also had beatiful backgrounds made up for picture taking.

The auction contained around 100 artworks of paintings, drawings, abstract art, photography and even works containing cement and plexiglass. I was really impressed with the variety of the artwork in the auction, which led LB and I to bid and bring home art.

Read TracyReneeJones’ review on the event.

Independent Film, Coyote, is a suspenseful and heart-wrenching story about two Americans, Steve (Brian Peterson, director and writer) and J. (Brett Spackman, writer) from Arizona, and the obstacles and dangers they face as owners of a ‘Kinder, Gentler People Smugglers’ coyote business.

After forming their company, they begin to find success and a nice profit, as they become known as coyotes, who care about about the safety of the immigrants they are transporting.   Later,  J. is arrested at the border and  their business is continued by crossing the Sonoran desert. While crossing the desert, J.’s runs into a coyote, who threatens him with harm for being on his territory. Soon, Steve’s and J.’s morals and values are put to the test as greed begins to cloud their judgments as they decide which is more important – money or life.

I would definitely recommend watching Coyote because it is a great story of the realities immigrants face each day while crossing the U.S. border. The acting is so superb, that when Steve and J. feared for their life, I also felt fear for them as well. What I really enjoy about this movie is that you watch the characters begin to change their moral and values for money. The movie also ends with a shocking end that the viewer does not expect.   3.5 of 5 stars

‘Coyote’ is available for rent or purchase at major retailers

Running Time: 95 minutes

Language: English

MPAA Rating: NR

I found out today that my blog landed no. 28 of the top 100 Latina Blogs!

To save some money, I always make my own chocolate covered strawberries. This recipe is easy to make and delicious to eat!


  • 1 package of strawberries with stems intact
  • 1 package (12 oz or less) of your favorite chocolate chips
  • 1 Tb of vegetable oil (or a less)
  1. Wash and completely DRY the strawberries. If the strawberries are moist, the chocolate won’t stick to the strawberries properly.
  2. Using a double boiler, add about an inch of water to the bottom pot and add the chips to the top pot. (If you don’t have a double boiler, two pot of slight size difference will work.) Use low medium heat and the heat will slowly cause the chips to melt. Using a spatula, stir the chips and add the oil to create a smoother texture.  Remove from heat.
  3. Stir each strawberry into the mixture and allow the excess to drip off before placing it onto wax paper. Place the strawberries in the fridge for no more than 1 hour, to prevent condensation.

I love using dark chocolate chips for the strawberries and using other topping as well. Coconut flakes, chopped nuts and candy can be used to coat the strawberry as well.

In anticipation of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day this year, make some eco-friendly changes to your daily life with these easy tips (If you have some of your tips, do share!).

Don’t pour FOG down your kitchen sink . FOG (Fats, Oils, Grease) from cooking don’t belong in your kitchen sink because of the problems it causes by blocking sewer pipes. When the sewer pipes are blocked, it causes sewage to overflow, which harms the environment. To prevent this, pour FOG into sealed cans instead and throw it in the trash. Excess grease from pots and pans should be wiped off with a paper towel.

Reusable shopping totes. These totes were previously frowned upon because they were ugly and uncool to carry around. But now retail stores and major department stores are making their own reusable totes that are too fabulous to ignore. When you go shopping with these fab bags, big name supermarkets even give you cash back for each shopping bag you reuse or recycle.

Love free stuff? Then throw a party! I threw an eco-swap party not too long ago where I requested that guests bring unwanted items to my party to swap, which were in good and excellent condition. The most swapped items were books, accessories, photo frames and albums and kitchen ware. We had tried to get rid of our items using a show and tell format. I stood there like a promoter explaining the history of my item and the numerous ways the item could be used.  At the end of the party,  unswapped items were donated to  a Salvation Army drop off center.

During a day in the kitchen, gallons of water and food will be wasted, chemicals will be sprayed and disposables will be used. Follow this tips to become more eco-savy and saver-savy.

  • Chemicals should be kept at a minimum. We have become a germ obsessed society as we are addicted to bleach, ammonia and other toxic cleansing solutions in order to keep our kitchen clean. I guess we have forgotten that human civilization has been able to survive without the help of Clorox. And that by killing all the germs, we maybe doing more harm than good. It might be advised to those who are sensitive to chemicals or have a condition such as asthma, use alternative natural cleaning supplies. My favorite cleaning product is Method because of their all-natural  products. Because they are friendly to my lungs, I recommend the all-purpose spray for the counters, outside of refrigerator,  stove top and inside the trash can. The sprays come in different scents including lavender, grapefruit, cucumber and sea minerals.
  • Run the dishwasher with a full house not an empty one. Running a full load will save energy and cut down on wasteful washes. Make your load more eco-friendly by using a biodegradable dishwasher liquid.
  • Missing a fork? Instead of spending some money to buy an expensive new  flatware set, purchase a more affordable set at your local thrift store.
  • Use cloth napkins or forgo the paper ones. I would rather forgo the paper napkins because of the cleaning involved with cloth.
  • Oven cleaner sprays not needed! Sprinkle some baking soda into your oven and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
  • Before you throw out these veggies, cook them in soup. Tops of celery, onion skins, and stalks of herbs can be added to water to make broth.
  • Compost is not a landfill’s best friend. Compost is simply decomposed organic material made from plant material or animal matter which ends up as rich and fertile soil. Potential compost belongs in a garden and not in a landfill.

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