From New Orleans with Love…

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My time living in New Orleans taught me a lot of things. Cooking a few awesome dishes was one of them.


Note: If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit New Orleans, make it a part of your bucket list. The people, food, music, and culture are all worth it!


Back to the post…

With it being a bit rainy out today, I decided to take a break from working at home to do a little experimenting in the kitchen. Luckily, I had some ingredients in my pantry and refrigerator to make this Creole inspired dish from scratch.

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My friends know that I love Creole/Cajun foods. Gumbo is one of my all time favorite (and most expensive) dishes to make. And, I only do it about once a year. However, this easy (and inexpensive) dish is easy to prepare and enjoy.

I call it my Easy Cajun Pasta.

Ingredients include:

  • Olive oil
  • 10 Garlic cloves (What can I say… I love garlic!)
  • 1/2 Cup onions
  • 1/2 Cup green shallots
  • 3-4 Thai chilies
  • 1 Tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1/2 Cup of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 1/2 Pound of fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • An all-purpose Cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere’s is my choice)
  • 4 Cups of cooked spaghetti

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First, prepare your pasta as you usually do. I like a thin spaghetti al dente.

Next, in a separate skillet, saute the onions, green shallots, garlic, and chilies in olive oil until tender. Then add your butter, tomato paste and your favorite sauce.

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Cook on a low heat for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to marinate. Add Cajun seasoning and cayenne pepper to taste.

Last, add your pasta and shrimp over low heat until shrimp are pink. Voila… Easy Cajun Pasta!

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Have you prepared an original dish with things you have on hand? Comment below, and let us know!

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Europe in a Day

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There’s always an opportunity to learn about and experience other cultures away from their native lands. ImageOn Saturday, May 10, 2014, the European Delegation hosted its annual Embassies’ Open House in Washington, DC.

The European Union (EU) Open House commemorates the formation of the European Union with its first members joining in 1952, in the aftermath of World War II. The EU is an economic and political partnership among 28 European countries. A list of the European member states can be found here.

All 28 members of the European Union opened its embassy doors to the general public to showcase their work environment and give us a taste, sometimes literally, of their culture.

Being a fan of travel, I took this opportunity to visit as many embassies as I could in the 6-hour day. But, I quickly learned that seeing all 28 embassies could not be done. So, next year awaits….

If you’re interested in attending the next EU Open House, it’s held every Spring on the Saturday closet to Europe Day (May 9th).

And, if you want to learn more about this experience, please head over to the EU website at www.EUOpenHouse.org. You’ll find lots of wonderful information about this year’s event (and events to come).

In the meantime, below are some photos that I took on this fabulous journey to Europe. I was able to “visit” 8 countries! Also, feel free to search #EUselfie or #EUopenhouse in Twitter… I made a few guest appearances!

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Czech Republic

Residence of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic

 

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Residence of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic

 

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Residence of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic

 

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Residence of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic

 

Hungary

Hungarian American Hero – Commemorating Michael Kovats de Fabricy and the Battle of Charleston 1779 (At the Embassy of Hungary)

 

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Traditional Hungarian Dance & Music at the Hungarian Embassy

 

Netherlands

Having a Heineken in the Beer Room at the Embassy of The Netherlands

 

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Inside the Embassy of The Netherlands

 

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“I’ve got big shoes to fill” – Embassy of The Netherlands

 

Slovakia

Embassy of Slovakia

 

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Egg decorating at the Embassy of Slovakia

 

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Egg decorating at the Embassy of Slovakia

 

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Egg Decorating at the Embassy of Slovakia

 

Austria

Just outside of the Austrian Embassy

 

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Austrian Embassy

 

Latvia

Latvian Embassy

 

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Latvian Song

 

Estonia

Embassy of Estonia

 

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Knitters at the Estonian Embassy

 

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Artwork of Pusa at the Embassy of Estonia

 

Estonia

Estonian Embassy

 

Romania

Romanian Embassy

 

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Kids getting their face painted at the Romanian Embassy

 

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Thought I’d join in on the fun…. The Romanian Flag at the Embassy of Romania

 

Greece

Unfortunately, I had to ditch the long road to Greece to see more in the 6-hour day.

Welcome to My Blog

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Hello, and thanks for stopping by to read my musings!

Pierre Loti

Pierre Loti Rooftop Pub & Restaurant – Istanbul, Turkey

This is a blog about the things that are moving me forward. And right now, I’m in the process of expanding a business that I started back in December 2013, with a the desire to move away from the typical 9 to 5— or in my line of work, the 7 to 7.

I’m a registered nurse by (recent) training, and I started my nursing career on a burn/trauma unit at a major hospital in the DC area. I’ve since then moved into the Emergency Room and just recently started training as an IPV/SANE (Intimate Partner Violence/Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)—or easier said, a forensic nurse.

With the move from working as a full-time nurse on the unit to a Per Diem nurse in the ER and as a forensic nurse, I’ve been given the opportunity to make my own schedule and concentrate on things that excite me.

My desire is to keep my inner travel bug on its toes. And, running a successful business to do just that is my goal.

So why this blog? Well, a few things I wanted to share:

  1. My Journey with entrepreneurship,
  2. My Journey with travel, and
  3. All things in between.

And, by documenting my journey in business (and in life), I hope to inspire others to go out and accomplish their life-long desires as well. So, this is only the beginning…

Marsha