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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March 17, 2018
Katherine Seda

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Eggplant Cutlets

So light but still rich and Crunchy. A Meaty meal without the meat.

Serves 4 total time 35 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 cups all purpose flour

3 large eggs

2 cups dried bread crumbs

1 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Fresh ground pepper

1 large Eggplant (1 1/4 lbs.)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

12 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced

Fresh basil

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp. Crushed pepper flakes

Breading the Cutlets:

Place flour on a plate, in a shallow bowl beat the eggs with a fork. On a second plate, combine the bread crumbs, salt and black pepper.

Slice your Eggplant in 3/8” thick slices, discard the stem.

Using one hand dredge each slice in the flour. Then in the beaten egg, let the excess egg drip off before finally dipping in the bread crumbs. Pressing to adhere place on a clean plate.

In a large skillet heat 1/4 cup of olive oil over medium heat. Using tongs add as many Cutlets you can fit in a single layer. Cook about 3 minutes or until the undersides are golden brown. Flip and cook 2-3 more minutes. Clean your skillet between use and add 1/4 cup of olive oil.

Repeat the above.

Preheat oven to 400, arrange the Cutlets in a single layer. Too with a slice of mozzarella cheese and a piece of fresh basil. Bake 3-5 minutes till cheese is melted. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes.

Yummy!

Enjoy Simply Simplistic With Kathy

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March 17, 2018
Katherine Seda

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“S” is for Shop on a Budget!

Spring is here and what better way to clean house. Have kiddos, loss weight, or just using another size?

Shop Poshmark lots of name brands for less, some clothing never worn with original tickets. Some gently worn.

“One persons items can be a treasure for another”, stop by and check out my closet!

This is Organization, Spring Cleaning Closet Sale always great prices.

Follow on Poshmark @kidz_closet Katherine Seda

Thank you again!

Simply Simplistic With Kathy ⭐️

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