Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ricotta & Fruit On Rye

Need a sweet treat to satisfy your taste buds? Why not try this easy to create Ricotta & Fruit On Rye recipe? 

All you need is a loaf of rye bread, ricotta cheese, fresh strawberry preserves and a handful of strawberries. If you want to add a little extra flavor, add a smidgin of your favorite chocolate or Nutella spread. 

Not on is this super duper yummy, but so easy to make on mornings you are short on time. 

I hope you enjoy this sweet treat from Sweet Cicily's recipe files. 


Sweet Cicily

Monday, December 15, 2014

20 Things To Do Instead Of Obsessing Over A Guy


I never understood how some women absolutely lose their minds if a man doesn't call or text them. Overanalyzing and obsessing another person's intentions is completely futile. Who has the time and energy to worry so much if someone wants to be with you? I know I don't. 

Ladies, it is pretty simple, if he wants to talk you, he will talk to you. Men are pretty cut and dry, I think sometimes some women over complicate the situation.

If you find yourself slipping into obsessing over a call or text message, take my advice and try any one of these 20 things to do when he hasn't contacted you.

Living a happy life isn't dependent on another person's actions. It is up to you to fill your days with meaningful experiences and sharing your love with the world. Mr. Right will never come along if you are going about life with the wrong outlook.

1.  Watch Law & Order on Netflix. That will keep you preoccupied during a full day marathon. You'll soon forget that your date never texted you back, because you're too busy figuring out who committed the crime.

2. Learn to cook a new recipe. Instead of stalking his or hers Facebook likes or posts, stalk fun cooking websites like Thug Kitchen or PaleOMG. You may be single, but at least you will be great in the kitchen.

3. Call your mom. Why are you obsessing over not getting a call in days from the person you just met on Call someone who will appreciate to hear your your own mother. At least there is no doubt in your mind that they love you.

4. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or make sandwiches for those less fortunate on the streets. Other people have it worse than you. You'll soon realize your problems aren't really problems after all. 

5. Go workout. Sweat your frustrations away, lift some heavy weights and give yourself a rush of happy feeling endorphins. 

6. Take a bubble bath and read a great book. Learn to pamper yourself instead of always waiting for other people to do it.

7. Invite your friends over for a theme dinner. Make fun foods, mandatory costumes and fun is only allowed. No sulking, obsessing or mention of the wankers name. Who has time to worry about dudes when you surround yourself with wonderful friends. 

8. Balance your checkbook. Spend less time worrying about finding Mr. Right and get your life right first. 

9. Pay It Forward. Focusing on making other people happy takes your mind off what doesn't make you happy. Treat a stranger behind you in line at Starbucks to a latte and watch their face beam with appreciation.

10. Face plant yourself in your faith. What better time to grow closer to God than when you are single? Tell him your worries, prayers and just give it all to HIM. 

11. Start a blog. Writing is a healthy way to get a healthy handle on your feelings and thoughts. 

12. Drink a glass of water. When you find your thoughts going THERE, chug a glass a water. Replace your unhealthy behavior with a healthy alternative. Bonus: You will lose weight and your skin will glow. 

13. Learn something new. Have you ever wanted to take up painting, hiking, photography, dancing or surfing? Now here is your opportunity! Spend less of your energy on fretting and invest more time in bettering yourself. People are attracted to interesting people, now go do things to make yourself more interesting.

14. Unplug. Turn off your smartphone and computer. Everyone needs a bandwidth break. You will feel less inclined to wonder why isn't he texting you, but instead posted hundreds of Buzzfeed videos. Stop being needy. That isn't confident or sexy. 

15. Get some fresh air. Being inside all day will drive anyone batty. Go for a walk, jog or run. Just get out of the house; preferably without your cell phone. 

16. Hand write a note to a friend expressing how much you appreciate and love having them in your life. 

17. Recreate something you discovered on Pinterest. Not only are projects fun, but you you can now obsess about something you do have control over. Pinterest is like a Las Vegas casino, I can get lost in there for hours. Even better, you have something to show for it in the end.

18. Plan a trip. Doesn't matter if it is to another state, country or in your backyard ( picture above was from day trip a local place on North Shore I saw on Man VS Food.) Planning, researching and getting excited about an adventure keeps you focused on the future. Who has time to mope around when you have 6 months left to map out your epic adventure to Colorado or India. 

19. Clean your casa. Get motivated with a Hoarders marathon, Mr. Clean and prepare yourself to have the floors sparkle.  Decluttering your home can also help you declutter your heart and mind. Now that is more productive than sitting by your phone.

20. Set up a Skype date with an old friend. Grab a glass of wine and gab the night away. Spend your energy and time with the people you love the most. 

Makes Me Stronger...


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Better Than Sex Sweet Potato Fries Recipe


Sometimes we just need a spicy and sweet snack to fill our taste buds. However, snacking can lead to excessive calories, which can undermine our fitness and weight loss goals. Ever since I began my journey into CrossFit, I have always looked for healthier versions of my favorite comfort foods.

It wasn't until I started eating clean, that I truly began to appreciate the art of cooking. Now I have fallen in love with preparing meals that are much more healthy for me.

Cheating on your "diet" is less likely to occur if you are armed with knowledge and make it a fun part of your day. 

Long gone are the days of only eating celery, you can eat as much as you want, but make healthier selections.

I'll have to admit, I am a McDonald's French Fries junkie or at least I use to be. However, we all know how terrible it is for you. You don't have to feel so guilty anymore when you make the recipe I am sharing with you today.

Trust me, these spicy Sweet Potato fries taste better than sex and will become one of your favorite go to recipes. You will be saying, "OMG! These are so good!?!" What is even greater, they are much healthier than what you will find at a fast food chain or restaurant.

All you need are a few ingredients. Just cut up two sweet potatoes. Soak in cold water for half an hour. Deep fry in coconut oil till crisp. Place in a bag with mixture of brown sugar, chili spice, sea salt, ground pepper and cinnamon (play it by ear of amounts). Finally, top it off with a lime!

Don't be surprised if you are licking the bowl when you are finished. Enjoy cooking healthy meals!










Sweet Cicily


The Rest Of My Life...

Friday, December 12, 2014

All You Need Is Love

Sometimes when I look at my son, I feel as if my heart is about to burst open. Before having a child, I never understood just how much love you can have for one person. Romantic love pales in comparison. 

For the rest of my life, I will always love him; from the day he entered the world and until the day I pass into the afterlife. He has taught me what true love means. 

Over the past six years, it has just been me and this amazing little human being and I wouldn't change it for the world.

Right now, I have reached a point in my life, where I want to focus on raising him. I know all too well how fast the years will fly by and I want to cherish our days while he is still under my care. One day, he will want to go out to explore the world, just as I have done and our time together is finite. 

Looking back over the years, I wasted so much time looking for love, but neglected to really cherish the people who already loved me unconditionally. 

Men have proven to come and go in my life. Not this little guy though; he has always been a joyful constant in my life. I quickly realized that he is all the love I will ever need.  Anything else is a wonderful bonus.