April 28, 2018
Katherine Seda

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Parent Hood, why is it like An Emotional Roller Coaster?

From the moment we take that test and see the positive sign +, our hearts are overwhelming with emotions.

Whether you planned the special event or just “got lucky”, it’s one of those moments in our lives that we begin to Pause, Panic and go Silent.

Pause in the effort ok this is real we/I am having a child, whether it’s your first, second or third the pause is always there.

For the first it was Can I do this? Am I ready? I haven’t even thought about what would happen? Even if it is planned that moment you find out your mind and body react. It takes in the information and you react. For some it may be a panic reaction, Ex: Kayleigh just started first grade, and Adam is still in diapers scenario.

How about my sister left me with my niece for an hour and I was so exhausted scenario. So many past experiences , present and future scenarios that cause Panic. But they pass and then there is the silence, time to take it all in “the let’s not tell anyone phase”, usually this is brought on by superstition or wanting to wait to you see the OBGYN and get through the first trimester. Whatever the case it’s your silent stage.

Your initial confirmation! Sitting in the cold sterile room in that awful paper gown where your legs are wide open straddled in stir-ups. Can this get any more humiliating, there comes the Dr. and you gasp for air because you feel vulnerable with your stuff all out.

When was your last menstrual period? You know you filled out the paper work, told the nurse as well but you still have to repeat yourself. Ok she begins to examine and mumbles you are trying to hear as she is feeling your cervix.

In that short moment she confirms, and tells you take a deep breath and tells you to turn to a screen. And right at that moment you no longer feel exposed or vulnerable, you look over at a mere spot, shadow but you know that is your child! You begin to hear the beat of life, the purest sound of love.

Your fears are not completely diminished, but your hopes are heighten by the very thought your child is growing in side you and that is a defining moment that all you do will ever do is for this little spot that will soon become two legs, two arms a head a whole little person.

Not only will this little person be out in the world, but will mimic you and will depend on you.

Your heart is contained with emotions, and they never stop. Parenting is one of the most rewarding and one of the most valuable lessons we will ever experience. The ability to selflessly care for someone else, the experience to put someone before yourself. The unconditional love, tears and fears all in one lifetime.

The moments are unmeasurable by any moment you will ever experience. What you will learn from your child/children will mark permanent scars in your heart. These are not the scars that need to heal these are the kind that remind us of life, all that is good and all that is possible.

So if at one point in your life you were so afraid of roller coasters, and avoided them at all cost. I am here to tell you Parent Hood will be one of the most exhilarating, sometimes exhausting and yet for filling rides you will ever take.

And when you think that ride is over because your kids are grown and you believe they do not need you anymore.

You are needed and even more than you ever imagined, because your baby is now having a baby and that is what keeps you in this ride.

We are given gifts that make us selfless and teach us that every moment, every opportunity is one that will matter and we will always be important!!!

Here is too learning to ride that roller coaster!!

Dedicated to my daughter who will experience motherhood.

Circle of life!

Goodnight, my angel
Time to close your eyes
And save these questions for another day
I think I know what you’ve been asking me
I think you know what I’ve been trying to say
I promised I would never leave you
And you should always know
Wherever you may go
No matter where you are
I never will be far away
Goodnight, my angel
Now it’s time to sleep
And still so many things I want to say
Remember all the songs you sang for me
When we went sailing on an emerald bay
And like a boat out on the ocean
I’m rocking you to sleep
The water’s dark
And deep inside this ancient heart
You’ll always be a part of me.
Billy Joel -lullaby Good Night my Angel

With love,

Mom, Grandma and friend!

Simply from the heart.

Katherine Seda ❤️

April 22, 2018
Katherine Seda

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Control your ingredients to Fit your Lifestyle

Stir-fries are a great way for making quick, healthy & easy meals. Being able to follow a recipe is awesome.

Being able to make it your own is phenomenal, to create something from something to make it fit your lifestyle is what we all wish to do. Doing this in less time and having it taste delicious is a win win.

From the cookbook “Power Food”, which features over 100 nourishing recipes to recharge, revitalize & rejuvenate. The 3 “R’s” we need to bounce back after we have kinda fell of the train. It’s easy to juice, cleanse and even take probiotics. But it’s harder to cook a meal that is not only good for you, will make you feel good and taste good.

Here is a delicious recipe that is done in. Less than 15 minutes, and only 321 calories of flavor town.

Broccoli, Cauliflower & Beef Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

Zest and juice of 1 orange

2 tbs. low sodium soy sauce

2 tbs. sesame oil

2 1/2 cups of trimmer baby broccoli

1 1/2 cups of cauliflower florets

1 tbs. coconut oil

2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and shredded

1 garlic clove, peeled and sliced

1 red chile, peeled and diced

14 ounce tenderloin steaks cut into strips

1 large red bell pepper thinly sliced

1/2 cup shredded snow peas

2 tbs. sesame seeds, toasted

1. Mix together the orange zest and juice, soy sauce, and sesame oil in a bowl.

2. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil, add the broccoli and cauliflower, and blanch for 2 minutes, then drain.

3. Heat coconut oil in a wok or large skillet add the ginger, garlic, Chile and the steak. Stir-fry until the steak is brown all over. Remove with a slotted spoon.

4. Add the red bell pepper, snow peas, baby broccoli and cauliflower, pour in the orange juice mixture, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.

5. Return the steak to the skillet or wok for 1-2 minutes, then serve in a warm bowl, sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Add egg noodles if you need more carbs.

Make it your own, add more veggies, mushrooms endless possibilities.

Enjoy

Now that’s Simply Simplistic.

Kathy

April 10, 2018
Katherine Seda

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Aging Gracefully Not Carelessly. Accepting the “Change “

Dressing yourself is a way to express yourself. But at times we are between a rock and a stone. First what I have learned is to accept aging; but accept it gracefully and find your style.

Being able to express yourself and not look totally like your trying too hard or you shopped at the Juniors department.

Most of us have difficulties with our weight being unbalanced as we hit the BIG “40”, and it starts going down hill from there if we allow it too.

Our metabolism slows down, Mother Nature starts knocking on our door to claim what was once ours. Yes the “M” word Menopausal symptoms, the unspoken language of hormonal changes. It is as if we have took a backseat and begin to go through puberty.

High school cravings for “Junk” food, “moodiness” with just about any authority figure. “I have nothing to wear”, syndrome because we are just not satisfied with anything.

I found it was so important for me to learn how to deal with these changes, and first accept them. Aside from being a “Woman” most of us are: wives,moms,grandparents,business women we are always juggling something and we just don’t have time for this “Change”!

It’s no secret that if you look good you feel good, this goes for anyone.

Looking good makes you feel good, which gives you the confidence you need. Dressing is a positive self expression, which portrays acceptance of oneself.

Invest in good makeup, even if you do not use it everyday. Having a great foundation is a start.

I am not against medical enhancements, but we all can’t afford them and for some who rather opt not too go under the knife or inject their bodies, there are so many natural alternatives.

Find a skin regimen, I wash my face before I go to bed every night . I use a mild soap like dove, lather it well and dab.

Avoid rubbing your skin, it will create wrinkles. Rinse with cool water, I wait a minute for it to air dry and gently dab with a very soft cloth. On a cotton ball I take Distilled white vinegar and dab it on my skin, that is what I use as an astringent. The smell with quickly go away. Then I take some extra virgin olive oil just 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and dab on my face. Cover the areas you find to be mostly dry. With your middle finger gently rub into the skin.

That’s all I do at night, have been doing it for 21 years started at the age of 25. And that’s late, it’s good to establish a regimen in your early twenties.

I don’t have to tell you “What you put in your body” will reek havoc later.

I love the occasional piece of cake, and I sure love French fries, but my body stores it in the mid-section so it’s simple how much do I love the treats? Do I love them more than myself, and can I be happy and live with the extra baggage. As if we don’t carry enough. So eating healthier is what I do, make good choices and still have what you love in Moderation!! Drink plenty of water that is one of my hugest things, I will drink 84.5 0unces of water per day, that’s 5 bottles of 16.9 0z.

Of coarse I need my coffee! But I have found that my max of coffee now is just 2 cups per day. I don’t drink soft drinks and rarely have juice, unless it’s a concoction of a veggie, fruit smoothie.

It is safe to say that I do enjoy a good cocktail on occasion, drinking lots of water helps the body to rid the alcohol and the next day you will feel normal and not bloated.

I think every woman should establish a style, having simple basics in the closet are easy and not overwhelming when you have to get dress.

There are so many appropriate outfits that you can wear, that will allow you to look good and feel good.

I have also noticed that I had to ditch the pumps as I got older, love shoes and think they are beautiful but I love my back even more!

Find cute flats and start a collection, you can trade in the Pumps and still look fabulous.

Well being a woman is wonderful, we just have to accept ourselves and embrace the beauty that we posses. Look at one another and admire each other not for what they wear or how their bodies perceive perfection in the eyes of a “Cover Girl” on a magazine. We are all perfect in our own ways, and we are all beautiful aging is one of the most beautiful processes of life.

We are like butterflies, and we blossom in each stage of our lives we are awesome!!

Simply Simplistic With Kathy!

Accept Change for it shows you have a story and your story is impressive.

Simply Aging Gracefully,

Katherine ❤️

April 3, 2018
Katherine Seda

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Quick Fixes using Wrapping paper!

Do you ever sit and stare at something in your home, and realize it needs a makeover.

I love the open shelve concept however it can get cluttered quickly. Today I felt overwhelmed with my kitchen open shelving.

A roll of thick wrapping paper, yes that’s right I happen to have a huge black trash bag filled with wrapping paper. I love the designs and you can utilize them in so many ways.

Today I used it instead of contact paper on the cubbies of the shelves.

All you need, is a table measure, pair of scissors, self adhesive spray and the paper you choose. Because this is such an inexpensive fix, splurge on your paper. There are so many great designs and patterns to choose from.

I chose the Black and white polka dots because it just fit the personality of my kitchen.

Be sure to get paper that has a grid on back it makes life easier when measuring. Measure your cubby mine were 12 by 11, super easy I counted 12 squares down and 11 across then marked my grid and cut.

Sprayed the adhesive directly on the shelf and lined my cut square and flattened it down.

A little adhesive goes a long way.

And after it was done I filled my cubbies but with less stuff.

Simply Simplistic With Kathy!

Now that was easy and inexpensive! 🖤

Bonus I framed a piece of paper!

March 27, 2018
Katherine Seda

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Grilled Potato Salad, so perfect for Spring & Summer gatherings

Over the weekend hubby and I hosted a “Dinner & Game Night”. Our oldest daughter came by with her significant other and we had the best time.

We ate delicious grilled NY Strip, compliments to the grill master (hubby). I was in charge of the sides and besides some steam Broccoli, these potatoes were made.

They are light, delicious and easy to make. Recipe is from Louisiana Cookin’ magazine.

Makes 8-10 servings

Ingredients

3 lbs. baby Dutch yellow potatoes ( I used multicolored baby potatoes) halved. (I left some whole)

4 tsp. Kosher salt, divided

1 cup diced red onion

2 lemons quartered

1/4 cup of EVOO ( extra virgin olive oil)

2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley

1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme

1 tsp. Ground black pepper

2 cups halved or quartered Campari tomatoes

Garnish with fresh Parsley

In a large Dutch oven, bring potatoes to a boil over medium- high heat for about 10-15 minutes, or until tender. Add 2 tsp. salt to your water.

Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat, and spray with cooking spray.

Place potatoes, onion (whole) and lemons in a single layer on a prepared pan. Cook, turning once, until tender, about 5 minutes per side.

In a large bowl, whisk together oil, parsley, thyme, pepper, juice from the grilled lemons and remaining 2 tsp. Salt. Gently stir in tomatoes and potatoes and the chopped onions. Garnish with parsley, if desired. Serve warm, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Enjoy!

Simply Simplistic With Kathy

March 27, 2018
Katherine Seda

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If at first you don’t succeed? Try try and try again.

Today I completely challenged myself, although I have made cakes before I wanted to make something more intricate. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. At first I failed big time, I poured way to much batter in my pans.

Well the cakes overflowed in the oven, as the spillage began to burn the fire alarm went crazy.

Smoke in the kitchen and I wanted to cry, the mess inside the oven was as if I was never going to recover from it.

Two hours later, it was all cleaned went to pick up my son from school. “Mom did you make the Bunny cake?”, well I looked at his face and knew if I quit now I will be teaching him to quit.

So I told him I was waiting for you, and started all over again. Life is about mishaps and bloopers, but what I learned is that we can do anything if we “Try”,

I did it and I feel accomplished and will try another cake again.

Simply Simplistic With Kathy

Happy Easter y’all

March 26, 2018
Katherine Seda

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Perfect for Easter, Meringue Cake with Raspberry Sauce.

Light delicious and fruity, a perfect Springtime treat for the palette.

Recipe share from Food Swings.

Ingredients:

Cake

Nonstick vegetable oil cooking spray

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups of walnuts

About 1 matzo cracker

1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar

2 tsp. Cornstarch

1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract

Raspberry Sauce

2 6- ounce containers of raspberries (2 1/2 cups)

3 tbs. granulated sugar

1 tbs. fresh lemon juice

Whipped Cream

2 cups heavy cream

6-7 tbs. confectioners sugar

Preheat your oven 350, spray a 9″ springform pan with cooking spray.

Separate the eggs; put the whites in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. Reserve the yolks for another recipe.

Finely chop your walnuts by hand, measure and put them in a medium bowl, place you matzo cracker in a processor and pulse until finely ground. Measure the crumbs 1/3 cup add to the bowl. Add salt, stir to combine.

Using the electric mixer on medium-high speed beat the egg whites for about 1 minute, or until soft, foamy peaks form. With the mixer still running slowly add your sugar. The Meringue should be very thick and silky. Beat in the cornstarch, using a silicone spatula, gently fold in the walnuts mixture and vanilla.

Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 49 minutes, or until the top is a very light golden brown and hard to touch. Let cool for about 25 minutes on a wire rack. Run paring knife around the edge of the cake to loosen from the pan and remove. Let cool completely.

In a small saucepan combine the raspberries, sugar and lemon juice over medium-high heat and let come to a boil. Stir once, reduce the heat to medium and simmer without stirring ( to help keep some berries whole) for 6-8 minutes until sauce thickens. It will thicken more as it cools, refrigerate until completely cool.

When you are ready to serve make your whip cream, in a large bowl combine the cream and confectioners sugar. Using a whisk by hand or a mixer on medium speed beat until soft peaks form.

Place the cake on a platter, spoon the raspberries sauce over the cake and top with the whip cream.

Enjoy

Happy Easter!!

Simplysimplisticwithkathy

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