Stories

Visiting Midtown Farmers Market

I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of an American Farmers Market. I was watching an episode of Supernatural with my husband when I saw Sam and Dean go through a Farmers Market. I asked my husband, who is a consummate American, about the idea of Farmers Markets.

What he told me blew my mind. Fresh and locally grown produce for a fraction of their cost in supermarkets! Of course, I just had to go to one. I got on my favorite search engine and typed out “Sacramento Farmers Market”. Not even 10 seconds later, I get results for a dozen local markets with their own schedules.

Of all the ones I saw, I chose Midtown Farmers Market. The appeal of it was greater than others as the location was easy to get to! It also helped that they were open every Saturday of the year.

Vendors I loved

Going around the farmers market was better than I ever thought it would be. I particularly enjoyed how spacious everything was! My senses were overloaded with the colors, sounds, and smells—all of which was in a good way! Of everything I saw, three particular vendors made a very good impression.

KC Flowers

This lovely flower kiosk was one of the first things I noticed! Their blooms were all eye-catching and vividly colorful. It also didn’t help that they have very good deals when it came to bouquets! As someone who grew up surrounded with flowers, I always have a hankering to keeping my home alive with blossoms.

Maltese Olive Oil

Of course, I found my way toward this particular vendor. It has always been y quest to find high quality and affordable olive oil. The ones available in the grocery have always been either highly overpriced or severely disappointing.

Woodsong Herbs

Any Italian girl worth her weight in herbs would find her feet toward this kiosk. Not only do they have spices and herbs at good prices, they have tea flavors that I’ve never encountered before. Call me a loyal follower of Midnight Mango!

Overall Impression

I loved every moment of it! I am definitely going back there for all my future culinary ingredients!

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Housekeeping

The Two Housekeeping Tips That I Absolutely Swear By

Keeping a home is never an easy task. It is time consuming and can require smart decision on my behalf. My goal is to always provide a clean and healthy living space for my family. As you may know, Sacramento can be stifling during the summers. My husband (the amazing man that he is) saw the benefits of installing a patio in our home. It’s a great way to stay cool and enjoy fresh air without having to go outside.

Today, I will share with you the two housekeeping tips that I absolutely swear by!

Tip 1: Clean up as you go

This is by far one of the rules that have saved me for piles of dishes or laundry. With two men in the house, it can get pretty grubby at times. So my rule is that whenever someone cooks, they need to clean up as they go.

It may seem like a lot of work, yes. How well can you focus on what’s on the stove when you have to wash the chopping board you’ve used? The tip there is to do one thing at a time. When I make pasta, I wash the knives, containers, and chopping board once the noodles are safely boiling on the stove.

While most people would take that time to relax, I use that time to clean up now so I don’t have to do it later.

Tip 2:  Lemons make great air fresheners

This is actually a tip I learned from my beloved Tia Tisha. When I was younger, I always wondered why she would save the lemon husk or peelings after squeezing the juice from it. Instead of throwing it out, she would put them in a bowl by a window.

It didn’t occur to me until I was older that I loved how her home always smelled fresh. Turns out lemons were responsible for that. So I use that tip in my own home. Not only is it an effective air freshener, I keep my home free from harmful chemicals.

So there you have it. If you have any tips you’d love to share with me, I would love to hear them!

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Recipes

Tuna Adobo Hits

Welcome to my first recipe post! I’ve got a good one to share with you today. I’ve never really tried Filipino food before but our neighbor always had heavenly smells wafting from their place. It turns out that it was their Filipino that made their home always so mouth-watering.

My lovely neighbor Aida shared a fairly simple recipe with me and I’m going to share this with you guys! It’s called Tuna Adobo. It’s a healthier variation of the pork adobo that they have in the Philippines.

Ingredients:

  • A large can of tuna
  • Soy sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Diced garlic
  • Sliced onions
  • Black pepper

Cooking Method:

  • Preheat your pan.
  • Add a bit of olive oil and let it simmer.
  • Put in the diced onions and let it sweat for a few minutes.
  • Once onions are a tad translucent, add the garlic and toss together.
  • Add the tuna meat.
  • Pour in about 2 tablespoons of soy sauce. You can add more if you want it to have more sauce.
  • Add 4 tablespoons of vinegar
  • Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Add black pepper to taste.
  • Reduce the sauce (optional)
  • Serve with rice!

That’s it! I couldn’t believe how astoundingly simple it was. I honestly believed there was more to it than that. I love the variety of flavor that I get with this recipe. It’s salty, sweet, and savory all at the same time. The fact that it’s tuna means that my family and I are spared from any harmful fats. So not only is it friendly for my waist, it’s absolutely delicious!

My husband and son now insist we make it part of our weekly menu. Let me know if you try out Aida’s lovely Tuna Adobo! Are you as impressed as I am? Sound off in the comments or send me a message!

Now excuse me while I go finish off my bowl of Tuna Adobo downstairs! Catch you next time!…

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