Tribute to my daddy ❤

Earl Marvin Waterman. My daddy!  The man we nicknamed McGuyver because he could do anything.  This man was a genius.  When he talked, people listened.  I could tell you stories of how in awe people were when my dad would speak.

Yes he has been recognized for his many patents.  Yes he is part of history.  Yes his inventions has made a difference in the lives of others.  But I will tell you that his greatest achievement in life and what he really would want to be recognized for was being an amazing husband to my mother and an amazing father to me and my siblings.

My father loved my mother with every fiber of his being.  He always said that I don’t have a husband yet because I’m so picky, but what my dad didn’t realize is that I couldn’t find anyone because he set the bar extremely high.  If I could get half of the love he has for my mom, I would be a lucky girl. Family first was his motto.  No matter what he was doing, if any of us needed him, he was there.  I didn’t make any decisions without getting his advice and stamp of approval.  My dad’s mission in life was to always protect us and to make sure we had everything we wanted. 

I am who I am because of my parents, but if you ask my mom, she will tell you I am just like my dad.  What a great compliment.  This man, my daddy had a heart of gold.  I wish you all knew the man that I know and hold close to my heart.  This is a man that a week before he went into the hospital when he saw that my mom had a swollen ankle, he put his pain to the side and insisted on filling the foot bath with water and episom salt and layed on the floor to massage her foot.  This is the man that was in pain, but insisted on climbing up a tree in the backyard to prune it so my mom can get a better view when looking out the kitchen window.  This is a man who was in pain, but was more concerned about my health.  This man, my daddy was a slim framed man not muscular, but was the strongest man I know.  And was a fighter.  He kept fighting to come back to his family.

I am so proud and honored to be Earl Marvin Waterman’s daughter.  I just pray that he knows how much I love him because I didn’t always show it.

On this day, November 2, 2021, All Souls’ Day, we laid my father to rest. He is now an angel watching over us. I will miss my daddy more than anyone could imagine, but I know we will be with one another again. ❤

  

Workout Wednesday: Must Have Exercise Equipment…

Hey my friends 👋🏼

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite exercise equipments that is a must have.

Before the pandemic, my siblings and myself were attending the gym on a regular basis. One of my favorite parts about the gym was attending the ballet barre classes every Saturday morning. Ballet barre definitely tones and strengthens the body.

Low and behold for almost an entire year the gym was shutdown and we did not have access to a lot of the equipments. Sure you could attend classes via zoom. But how could I possibly do my ballet barre workout without the actual barre? Sure you can use a dining room chair or the edge of a table, but it’s just not the same.

So I decided to go on Amazon (because they sell just about everything you need) and purchased a ballet barre.

Let me tell you, this was a great purchase. Not only is it a sturdy barre, but it’s portable…mind blown!

I definitely recommend anyone looking to tone their bodies to purchase a ballet barre. It’s also perfect for ballet dancers to practice at home.

Here’s the link if you’re interested in getting one of your own.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/nawaterman

Meatless Mondays: Vegan Jambalaya

Hey my friends 👋🏼

For those of you that know me, you know that I don’t eat rice.  I actually despise it.  I always get asked the question, “How can you be an island girl and don’t eat rice?”

Well let me say this, I might not eat rice, but one of my popular vegan dishes is the jambalaya.  I personally can’t brag to you about how delicious it is, but my guests can definitely attest to it.

As we know, traditional jambalaya includes sausage, chicken and shrimp.  Obviously for the vegan version, we technically will not include the traditional meats.  Technically??? Just follow along…

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Beyond hot sausage
  • 3/4 cup of onions diced
  • 3/4 cup peppers diced
  • 1 cup of long grain rice
  • 1/2 Firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 1 packet of Creole seasoning or 2 tbsp of old bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth

Slice all of the sausage. Turn on your frying pan to medium and add a little extra virgin olive oil. Put half of the sausage in the pan with 1/4 cup of the diced onion and 1/4 cup of the pepper. Sauté…

While the sausage is cooking, fill the pot with the vegetable broth and the extra virgin olive oil. Add the rice, the remaining sausage, peppers and onions. Now add the sliced tofu and seasoning. Mix the ingredients, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20-25 mins or until the liquid is absorbed. Make sure you stir occasionally so the rice doesn’t begin to stick.

Once you plate the jambalaya, top it off with the sausage, onion and peppers that you sautéed. Enjoy 😋