Archive | January 2013

Catfish With Black Bean And Avocado Relish

In my never ending quest for new recipes I came across the one below.

The catfish was good but if you don’t like catfish you can substitute any like fish (tilapia?).
I did not brush the fish with the mixture but instead mixed all ingredients together and used it like a relish and seasoned the fish with blackened seasoning.
I used an indoor grill and it worked perfectly!

It was very good and I could eat the ‘relish’ as a stand alone!! We will have it again next time trying a different fish!

Catfish With Black Bean And Avocado Relish


6 – 4 ounces fresh or frozen catfish fillets, about 1/2 inch thick
1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons snipped fresh oregano
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium avocado, halved, seeded, peeled, and diced
1 medium tomato, chopped
Lime wedges


Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.

For relish, in a small bowl, combine lime peel, lime juice, cilantro, oregano, green onion, olive oil, salt, and cayenne pepper. In a medium bowl, combine beans, avocado, and tomato; stir in half of the cilantro mixture. Cover and chill until serving time.

Place fish on rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 4 to 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, turning and brushing once with remaining cilantro mixture halfway through grilling. Discard any remaining cilantro mixture. Serve fish with relish and lime wedges. Makes 6 servings.

Catfish with Relish




Cool Stuff: Scarves

Anyone that knows me knows I LOVE scarves!!!
I have several winter ones and now I have several spring/summer ones as well!!!

Not only are these light-weight scarves they can be worn as an accessory as well…..with each one decorated with some type of bling!!!

And I love bling!!!

I have five of these scarves myself…each a different color and each decorated with different jewels.

If you don’t see anything you like the first time check back often as there are new ones added regularly.

Ravens Nest Scarf Jewel

I have put a direct link up under our Shop At Our Favorite Vendors Link!




Cool Product: Oil Based Perfumes

I am not a ‘perfume’ wearer…meaning I don’t like your typical alcohol-based perfume.
Instead I prefer oil based perfume and to one-up that hand-made oil based perfumes!!

Oil based perfumes go on smooth (and NO alcohol smell!!) and are gently absorbed into your skin.

I have purchased several such perfumes from Alkemia Perfumes and love them!!!
With every order I have received two sample vials of different ones and have loved each one!

My favorites so far:

L’Encens à la Vanille Perfume Oil
Madagascar Vanilla, golden amber, and resinous incense swirled together with a selection of beautifully aged incense woods and a dusting of aphrodisiac Silk Road spices. Intensely sexy in a mysterious kind of way

Calaveras de Azucar (Sugar Skulls) Perfume Oil
Hauntingly sweet sugar skulls nestled against a backdrop of sugared white ambers

Ghost Fire Perfume Oil
A hauntingly beautiful blend of white ambers flickers like ethereal fire. The exquisitely unworldly ones draw close to revel in its strange and luminous sweetness

Aphrodesia Perfume Oil
Pure bottled lust. An intoxicating blend of deep eastern spices warmed with creamy vanilla and a few drops of golden frankincense. (hint: this is my boyfriends fav!!)

Smoke & Mirrors Perfume Oil
An elusive, smokey blend of burning wood, Madagascar Vanilla, and Tonka. We find this one to be elementally simple, but unusually mercurial and highly responsive to different skin chemistries… the vanilla and the smoke dance with each other almost continuously… sometimes the foreground is smoky, then sweet, then returns with sweetly smoky, then smoky.

I have put a direct link to Alkemia’s etsy website under our Shop At Our Favorite Vendors Link!



Sweet and Sassy Rib Casserole

We had this last night and it was good!!

No idea why they call it a ‘casserole’ as it’s cooked in the crock pot.
There is quite a bit of liquid in the final meal so I cooked rice and poured the meat mixture over it.
I ended up cooking the ribs too long so the meat just fell of the bones….LOVE it when this happens!!!!!
We have put this on our ‘will eat again’ list.
Sorry I don’t have a picture of this. Once things get back to normal I will get back into the swing of things!!!

Sweet & Sassy Rib Casserole


2 lbs. Pork Loin Back Ribs
1 cup Carbonated Cola Drink
2 tablespoons packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon ground Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon ground Red Pepper (Cayenne)
2 cans 16 oz. each Baked Beans, undrained
1/4 cup Water
2 tablespoons Cornstarch
Rice (if desired)


Spray inside of 3-4 quart crockpot with cooking spray (I didn’t do this and didn’t have any problem but it might depend on your crockpot).
Cut ribs to fit in cooker. Mix remaining ingredients except water and cornstarch and pour over ribs.

Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hrs.

Remove ribs and beans from cooker and keep warm.
Mix water and cornstarch and stir into liquid in crockpot. Cover and cook on high about 15 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
Put ribs and beans back into crockpot with the thickened liquid.
Serve over rice