Kence Meets Weightloss Goal

This is a video of my excitement after I found out that I met my initial weight loss goal after a year and a half of hard work! I say initial because I want to continue. To my Haitian mother: don’t trip, I’m not trying to disappear, I just want some abs before I have babies!

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Hiking Out of My Comfort Zone

Last week I went hiking with my friends for the Women of Valor Hike Against Cancer.  Man o man, did I have to talk myself up to go.  I came up with every excuse I knew just to escape. I told them about my fear of deer, I told them my car needed to go to the shop and my asthma might attach my life. Thank God my friends aren’t moved by my many convincing excuses and they countered each one.  Needless to say, I went and enjoyed myself.  Lesson: get out of your comfort zone! Your courage to get out of your comfort zone will allow you to learn and see new things you wouldn’t encounter in the old places you’re used to!

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The beginning of our journey…

 

Posing with these beautiful ladies

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A beautiful view behind me…

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I was out of breath! Finally got to the top of Thisbe BIG hill

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At the top!! Hard work officially paid off…

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Earned a staff 😏

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Cooking with Kence: Collard Greens

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I started my collard greens but ‘giving the meat color.’ I used very little oil. Fried for 5 minutes.

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In the mean time, I cleaned my collard greens. I bought them pre-cut (saves time and life). I soaked it and hand washed the green with cold water vinegar and salt. Then rinsed it out before adding it to the pot with the smoked turkey.

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Here, I slowly added the greens (one handful at a time until there was room to add more).

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Here is where you work your magic! I use low sodium chicken broth and seasoned this bad boy like a true Haitian! I added chopped garlic, crushed red peppers, Maggi, pepper, and seasoned salt to taste. Make sure the meat is covered by the liquid and simmer for 30 minutes.  This can be served with and protein of your choice or you can just eat it by itself. The Bon Appetite, kids! Enjoy.

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Homemade Chicken Alfredo

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This is a quick & easy meal I made for my friend during a weeknight study session. I made it all in one pot  with a Haitian twist. 🙂

 

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Pre-seasoned chicken. I used Haitian ‘Epis’ (Blended fresh seasonings) Chicken Maggi cube, & a packet of Salzon seasoning. I fried it here for about 5 minutes.

 

 

 

 

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Once the meat was cooked, I added the Vegetable broth. After it came to a boil, I tasted for flavor. After added more chili peppers and salt, add 1 cup of cream (I use light cream, but you can use heavy cream if you have/like it). The liquid in the pot will be used to boil your noodles. Be sure that its enough to go over the noodles.

 

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Once the liquid comes to a boil, taste for flavor again. If you like, add the noodles of your choice. I used spaghetti because I did not have fettuccine or penne in the cabinet. (Tastes the same!) I added the spaghetti but had to wait for it to boil a little (I like it long, so I don’t break them, you can if you like your noodles short, its easier) and soften some of the noodles before I could push them in. Once it gets soft enough to get under the liquid completely, cover it to cook on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

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After 15-20 minutes, check the pasta for texture. Add grated cheese for more cheesy deliciousness.

Serve with a side of salad and a refreshing drink. I don’t really eat carbs, so I eat more meat and salad and but just a little pasta. Enjoy! Let me know if you try it how you like this recipe.

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Lunch Date at Sona Thirteen

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At Sona Thirteen in Morristown with my lovely coworkers. After a conference in the town, we decided to walk the streets of Morristown and found this cool bar. I loved it because they were so creative. The chalk board ad drew me in!  It said:

“⇐(here) We have nice drinks and beers.

⇑(next door) Not sure, maybe bears. Wouldn’t risk it!”

 Nice place to visit. I love the vintage look inside. Go visit my friend Patrick the bartender if you go.

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Smoothies w/ a Haitian Twist

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I love me some smoothies! The best thing about them is they are easy and delicious breakfast choices. I use water, my favorite frozen fruit (no need for ice if the fruit is frozen) and Almond Essence

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Saving it for a day like today: It’s raining!! (Procrastination)

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I have a Pinterest account where I post numerous ideas of things I want to do someday. I started to realize, I have A LOT of pins/likes that I have not gotten to yet. The main reason is procrastination. We often use the phrase “saving it for a rainy day.” Well, when is the rainy day? I challenge you to take a look at your goals and To Do list and choose something to do today! It’s raining outside! Literally, today its raining in New Jersey but in your life, this means today is the day for your to stop waiting. Get something done. Whether that’s cleaning out a closet you keep holding off on, getting that new pair of shoes you keep waiting for a better sale on, or even cooking that new dish you keep putting off. Just do it! You’ll be happy it was raining outside (you decided to do it). Lets not be lazy! Get er’ done!

Proverbs 14:23 : All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

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Beat the Bully to his gun!

I grew up bigger than the average kid in my class. I used to get bullied. My sister was my very best friend and I would come home to hint at the fact that I was being picked on. We used to make up Rap songs together. And she helped me by simply telling me to start things off by saying “I’m fat! Now what?!?” After I put it out there, there was not much else the bullies had to use against me. I knew I was smart and beautiful so they couldn’t tell me a lie about my intelligence or my cute face. This is the same method with the enemy of our soul! We must shame the devil and move past the silence! He wants us to keep quiet so that he can trick us to believe things that are untrue!

The devil will make his best attack at the things that you are keeping silent. The name of the game is simply to beat the bully to his gun! Our heavenly Father is merciful and full of grace. We can come to Him genuinely and ask Him to forgive our sins. Lay it all at His feet! When you move past the silence that the Bully (the devil) is trying to keep us at, we BEAT him to his gun! Once we shame the devil by speaking what he wants us to keep quiet about, we just took away his weapon against us! He has nothing on you!

My people: Don’t keep quiet! Praise the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not his benefits (Psalms 103:2)! Lets brag about the Truth! What has the Lord done for you!? Where did He bring you out from!? #Testify #ShameTheBully

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