Uncharted potential…or wasted time?

queensoulsista:

Great read for women or for anyone carrying their hearts deep in pain of a relationship that’s not working anymore. Regardless of your hearts emotion.

Originally posted on Sum of Her Parts :

How many times have you been with someone you were unhappy with, but continued to stick around because you saw “specks” of potential? Nevermind the guy/girl cheats, talks disrespectfully, or gives off the impression they could care less about you or the relationship. All you do is remember when “times were wonderful”. That time they surprised you with something you really wanted, or took you on that romantic date……last year. Women fall victim to this more so than men because the truth of the matter is we feel time will run out for us, if we ditch the jerk and try to find someone new. Men will dump a woman in a New York minute and be with someone else before his ex can even realize she’s single! A woman will attempt to wait for their partner to “come around”, constantly making excuses for their actions up to and including…

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Feng Shui

Feng Shui.

Feng Shui

Feng shui

I walked around my room
Incense burning
Slowly the weeks passed as I felt your spirit leaving our sanctuary
I flicked the light off, and on, and off, and on again.
The spirit felt so out of touch.
So far from love.
Bed looked so lifeless
So soulless
And then there was me,
Loveless.
I took two deep breaths,
Flipped the mattress from the bed.
Set this blueprint in my head.
Let the repositioning begin
Remodeling and remolding my room
While removing memories you.
Time to mend.
Time to blend.
Used all my strength.
Pushed heavy pine frame to new walls,
Away from the hardwood that engulfed our lovemaking calls.
Changed positions
Same way you used to do with my body.
I stand back and envision sleeping here
Now we are turned side to the window
No more facing the sun rays head on
My sunrises now reside where you used to sleep.
Man this rearranging is getting deep
Fluffing pillows that I used to let you have
All so I could lay on your chest
All so they could absorb your scent
It was that forever memory for when you were distant
Now there’s no more you flowing thru the fluffing motions
No more love splatter potions
Just laundry detergents of lavender and lace
Thread counts encrusted in diamonds
Priceless clustered & fitted sheets
They don’t hold weight to the scent of you
Pictures move left
My hands ascend up
My heart is rather down
So i let my OCD drown me
Placed the vanity on the right
Pushed my insanity out of sight
Sparked two more incense
Walked out and shut the Door tight
Sat on my steps that led downstairs
Thought endlessly about the memories we still share
I wanted to cry a few endless tears
But I’m alone and no ones here to care.
Alone
I said a few prayers
Meditated new life energy into my new room
Hopes that when the door reopened your spirit would not consume
I arose one body
Took two deep breaths
Turned and knocked three times
Twisted the door knob open
Looked around at spirits and auras colorful and kind
And then I saw you
Deep in my mind
That aura, still reclined
Laid back in my bed and still in my mind
I began to cry tears of whys
Because I still missed you so
And even in the changes of energy flow
I just had to lay there and rest
On you newly moved chest pillow.

-QueenSoulSista

Lullaby’s Groove

Lullaby's Groove.

Lullaby’s Groove

Song of the moon

Song of the moon

Silence.
In the dark
Wide awake
Turn of the dial focus on a station
Slow vibrations ring through the speaker
Melody playing
The music is soft like my breathing
Alone in bed
But tunes are filling my head
No language to speak
Just volume at its highest peak
Keys of the piano blend with the nights wind
Bedroom Windows open
So are my eyes
Summer night brings the crickets cries
Their Legs rubbing together as my flesh does too
Empty bed
Only company is the music
Sweet sounds hugging me close
Like the sax players blowing his life into tune
I can feel this love fill my room
Eyes closed
Let the music hypnotize my mind
Breathe in the aura from musician magicians
Brain calming to harps and halos
Musical Guardian Angels
Sirens from syrens singing
Not with voice
But of sexes aphrodisiac sent from Aphrodite
Turned on by the music I turned on
Not to get off, but to get down
Boogey and groove to sounds so smooth
Soothing my nature
Naked flesh of my flesh
And this is my test
Nightly conquers of the orchestra
No visible conductor
But batteries conducting energies through batteries
Carrying me
More electrified and deeper in love with this process
Like foreplay in the foyer of my mind
There is only a piano and these rhymes
His voice echoes in my ear…
Go to sleep sweet baby
My love rest your eyes
Tomorrow you do not know what truths are lies
But hear my cries
Fingers playing keys
To please every positive inch of your soul
Help you sleep with yourself in peace.
Follow my guitars chord
Turn yourself on when the night gets you bored.
Now close your eyes.
Let the rhythm make your love rise.
Feel the kiss of my sound on your lips
Goodnight my beautiful miss.
Sleep within this lullaby.

-QueenSoulSista

Picnic

I want to have a picnic in the park, While the sun sets before dark.
Just bring your body, soul & heart.
I’ll take care of the rest & do my part.
Talk about life & sip on some wine,
I’ll prep the food so that we dine.
No big message or expectations,
Just natures peace, love & relaxation.
Comfy blanket on which we rest,
Sharing Earths fruits, sweetest & best.
No need for malls or movies,
Just soft tunes of oldies & groovys.
People watch as birds fly by,
Head resting in his lap eye gazing the sky.
Laugh until hours of night times calling,
I’ve listened to your heart as the sun kept falling.
Whispers of sweet nothings in ear,
I feel your breath, from your soul I hear…..
Wake up!!
It’s starting to rain!

Caramelized Bourbon plantain cupcakes -Chef TJ Dubs

Caramelized Bourbon Plantain Cupcakes
**Holds between 12-18 cupcakes

Caramelized Bourbon Plantains
2-3 very ripe (brownish black) plantains (peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp. butter
1/4c. Bourbon Whiskey (I prefer Wild Turkey 101proof Kentucky Straight) :-D but any other straight/non-flavored bourbon whiskey (I.e honey etc) will work just as fine.

Cupcake Batter
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened/room temp.
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup buttermilk (or 2tsp of lemon juice and rest of 1/2 cup with milk as substitute)….. 1/2 Cup buttermilk if NOT using Bourbon. OR can substitute simply a 1/2 cup of regular milk w/o lemon WITH the bourbon)
1/2 cup Wild Turkey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups caramelized mashed

Salted Caramel Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
1 cup butter, at room temp.
1/3 cup Salted Caramel sauce (Brooklyn Spoonables or Hershey’s toppings brand), COOLED!
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/4-1/2 tsp of Kosher salt (My favorite if using Hershey’s caramel topping)
SHALL WE BEGIN!?!?!?!

****Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake tin with liners.

★Caramelized Bourbon Plantains!!
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Peel & slice ripe plantains 1/2-inch thick slices. Add plantains to the butter to cook until bottoms are golden brown, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook for a few more minutes. Add the brown sugar to skillet and stir until coating plantains. Sprinkle cinnamon on plantains and add (stir in) the 1/4c Bourbon into the skillet, letting simmer for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove from heat. Prepare & purée in a  blender or food processor (I use my Cool Blue Cuisinart blender) 1 1/2 cups cooked plantains to yield approx 1 cup of plantains in mashed form. Or you could simply use a potato masher. Set aside.
Can cool the rest of your plantains on parchment or use the parchment on a cookie sheet and bake for an addition 5-8minutes to make them hard for your decoration. Or just eat them hehehe.

★Plantain Cupcake Prep!!! Now the fun begins
Prep the cupcakes. Wooo! In one medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another larger bowl, Cream the sugar and butters with a mixer. Add your eggs one at a time, and vanilla extract until combined, scrape down the sides of your bowl. Add the mashed caramelized plantains to the creamed mixture. Slowly stir in your half of the dry ingredients, then add your liquids (milk & bourbon) and mix until smooth. Then add the rest of your dry ingredients until just incorporated, not to overwork your batter.
The batter should yield 12-18 cupcakes, fill the cupcake liners near 3/4 of the way full. Bake at 350 for approximately 22-25 minutes.

**WHILE THE CUPCAKES BAKE BEGIN YOUR BUTTERCREAM FROSTING PROCESS…

Test by the spring back action, if you touch the top of the cupcakes slightly and the crown bounces back into shape firmly, they are done OR the clean toothpick method always works too. Let cool on a wire rack.

****★Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting
I’ve purchased jarred flavored caramel sauces from Brooklyn’s Spoonables brand company on Fab.com a while back (Salted Caramel**, Flowery Lavender Caramel and Brooklyn Butterscotch Caramel) and I use them for alot of my creations, but for these cupcakes I used Hershey’s Caramel sauce topping (what we mostly use for ice cream toppings).

In a small saucepan, continuously stir your caramel sauce and kosher salt over medium-low until just simmering. Set aside to cool or place in refrigerator for 5-7 minutes to speed the process, but make sure it’s at least near a room temperature before adding to the buttercream.
With a hand mixer (everything is manual in my kitchen at the current time), beat butter on medium speed for 1 minute. Add vanilla extract, and mix on medium speed for 1 minute, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and beat on low. Add the second cup in increments as needed until powdered sugar is incorporated. Add in the Salted caramel sauce to the mixture on low speed. Add the cinnamon and Increase speed to medium, and beat until smooth and well-combined, about 3-4 additional minutes.
This should make enough for a 2-layer 9-inch cake or about 24 cupcakes.

★☆★☆★PARTY DECORATION TIME!
When your cupcakes are cooled and the buttercream is nice and textured, grab those extra plantain slices you had leftover. Choose which way you want to apply the buttercream, I used my flat cake decorating spatula for my first trial, but piping bags are always always fun too!! I grabbed some chopped walnuts also for my cupcakes.

Apply your Salted Caramel buttercream to the Plantain cupcakes, sprinkle on a layer of chopped walnuts, add one of your caramelized plantain slices on top of that with a dash of cinnamon and VOILA!! Heaven On Earth. I also added a salted caramel sugar floss to my cupcake decor by simply using (from the begin stage of caramelizing the plantains) spoon some of the cooling caramel leftover in the skillet like a drizzle effect in the air, blowing to cool and stabilize it into a floss-like, hardened texture. Continuously work in more until you have a little ball of floss, or how much you can incorporate together and Let cool for a few more seconds Then add as the last element to your cupcake! Or you could just eliminate the hard work and drizzle it on top.

Now Sit down. Prepare yourself. Prepare your stomach and your taste buds. Sink your teeth in, and PLEASE DON’T FAINT or FALL OUT OF YOUR CHAIR! Lol.

To purchase as an baked goods order go to Chef TJ Dubs Website

Enjoy!
-Chef TJ Dubs.

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