Grilled Mahi Mahi Fillets on Food Porn Friday

National Seafood Month, Food, Seafood, Food Porn Friday, GRILLED MAHI MAHI FILLETS WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA

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I can literally have seafood at any time of the day. In celebration of National Seafood Month, I am featuring this recipe for Grilled Mahi Mahi Fillets with Pineapple Salsa, courtesy of the folks in the kitchen at Ready Set Eat! Bon Appetit!

GRILLED MAHI MAHI FILLETS WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA
Flaky grilled mahi-mahi topped with a spicy, sweet pineapple salsa with zesty Ro*Tel tomatoes
25 – PREP TIME MINUTES
45 – TOTAL TIME MINUTES
9 – NUMBER OF INGREDIENTS
4 – SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

PAM® Grilling Spray
1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
1-1/4 cups fresh pineapple, diced
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 Mahi-Mahi fillets (about 4 ounces each), thawed if frozen

NUTRITION INFORMATION – 202 calories, 11g Ca

DIRECTIONS
STEP ONE
Spray outdoor grill with grilling spray; preheat to medium-high heat. Stir together tomatoes, pineapple, red onion, cilantro and half the kosher salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

STEP TWO
Stir together the garlic, cumin, oregano and remaining salt in small bowl. Coat fish evenly with oil and rub fish filets with seasoning mixture.

STEP THREE
Grill fish about 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until firm (145°). Remove from grill and place on individual plates or serving platter. Top each filet with pineapple salsa; serve immediately.
TIPS
Grill fish on a piece of aluminum foil, sprayed with grilling spray, for easier clean-up.
For gluten-free preparation, confirm all recipe ingredients are gluten-free by reading product labels each time you make this recipe.

Happy #FoodPornFriday

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As a MANNER of Fact

National Children's Good Manners Month, Polite, Courteous

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There are many monthly commemorations that I recognize, but I staggered a little when I noticed September is National Children’s Good Manners Month. Really? Then I thought, “Do we really need to designate a month to focus on teaching common courtesy, respect, thoughtfulness and overall good conduct to our children?” Shouldn’t this be something we normally teach them starting from a toddler at least? But what do I know? Maybe I’m just old-fashioned.

Be polite, say please, say thank you, say excuse me, are just some simple common courtesies to show respect right? Then I thought, considering how rude and inconsiderate so many adults are, perhaps we need to designate a month for “Grown People’s Good Manners Month.” It’s hard to teach children good manners when you embody bad manners and questionable behavior. Oh my gosh, is it really true that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? How about new manners? I suppose this is something my inquiring mind wants to know about.

A Quick Shoutout to My Writing Peeps

Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month, Writing, Editors

I’m sending a shoutout to all of my fellow authors, poets, editors, content managers, bloggers and writing enthusiasts. September is Be Kind To Writers and Editors Month. Show some love and appreciation to the writers and editors in your writing community!

Happy Be Kind To Writers and Editors Month!

Keep writing!

What Can You Improve Today?

National Self Improvement Month, Self-Improvement

Try something new! That’s right. Right now!

Let’s face it, those 2017 New Year’s Resolutions that were made on January 1st are pretty much in the wind at this point. Why? Because of commitment to set those resolutions in motion. Did you plan on losing weight? Devoting more time to improving yourself? Exercising more? Eating better? Reading more books? Devoting more time to learning something new? Had you planned to travel more? What about designating more leisure time for family?

Self-Improvement, Self Awareness

Although this month we are observing National Self Improvement Month and International Self-Awareness Month, this does not mean you should only do something self-improving throughout the month of September. Nope! You should do something to improve your life and make a difference in the life of others every day, even if you are seeking more leisure time for yourself. You can find a laundry list of suggestions everywhere on self-improvement tips, but what are the best tips that are doable and more applicable to your lifestyle? What can you do to add more value to your life? What can you do to add more joy, love, and peace in your life? What can be done to fulfill your well-roundedness? Through your self-improvement practices, how can you contribute to making the lives of others better?

Exploring, Self-Awareness, Self-Improvement

Well, as you are fully well aware of, the clock is still ticking and it certainly will not pause just because you want it to. What are you waiting for? What can you say you did, to make positive changes for a better and more productive ‘you’ that will inspire those who enter your space?

 

All You Who Labor

Labor Day, Happy Labor Day, Work, Workers, Laborers

Ah, Labor Day! This annual celebration honors the American labor movement and contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the United States of America. As I think about workforces around the country observing this day, I am emotionally reminded of this Bible verse,

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. -Matthew 11:28

Many people have the day off from work, and it also serves as a signal to many that summer is over, although it officially ends on Friday, September 22, 2017. So whether you commemorate this day by grilling out, embarking on some adventurous leisure pursuits or simply basking in relaxation, make it a spectacular day!

#HappyLaborDay

Shame on You!

Shaming, Bullying, Torturing, Intimidating, Harassing

While criticism, whether warranted or not has been a part of humanity since the beginning of time, intimidation and intentionally humiliating someone is something different and far more destructive. It is so appalling how the internet has become a place where a disdainful and alarming form of bullying has become a daily norm. Shaming, according to the Cambridge Dictionary is the act of publicly criticizing and drawing attention to someone, especially on the internet. Targets are publicly humiliated using technology like social media (i.e. body shaming, baby shaming, pet shaming, etc).

Words, whether verbally expressed or written can wage a war, assassinate someone’s character, promote education, bring awareness to a cause, or create peace. I am a supporter of the First Amendment, but I am not a proponent of cruelty, abuse and dehumanization, whether exercised publically or not. Shaming or deliberately spreading lies about a person, people or an organization can lead to hate messages and death threats being used to intimidate that person or their family.

Shaming, Humiliation, Bullying

When the offenders have deliberately ‘Shamed’ someone publically, especially on a social platform, it spreads like a wild fire. If they are called on the carpet, some retract their statements and apologize (although many think these apologies aren’t genuine or sincere), and others don’t. I truly believe that these bully-headed individuals have to have some inkling of a heart under those thick layers of insults. If the tables were turned, how would they feel?

I know I’ve previously written about this subject before, but it still seems to become more problematic and systemic than ever. Grant it, we all have opinions, some extreme and some aptly mild. But even though we have the freedom of speech, let’s practice ‘thinking’ before we speak whether verbally, digitally or written via a publication. Now mind you, we aren’t talking about reporting or responding to relevant, genuine news, we are talking about twisting, turning and torturing people just because you can. Here’s my thought for the day: Don’t dish out dirt if you can’t take getting slung with mud!

Kiddie Tats

TotTude, Tattooed Sleeves, Body Ink, Tats for Toddlers, Tattoos

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Okay, so personally I am not a huge fan of tattoos. No, I am not talking about the character Tattoo played by Herve Villechaize who was the sidekick to Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) on the television series “Fantasy Island” (1978-1984). I’m talking about good ole body ink. But, what do you think about toddlers donning such a look?

For those who adorn themselves with this body art, there is a myriad of personal and inspirational reasons why they go through hours of inking their bodies with a sharp needle. No-can-do for me sweetie pie! Now, while I am okay with tattoos on adults, I gasped when I came across an article about a father giving his son an actual ink tattoo because the boy reportedly said he wanted to be like his dad. Totally freaked me out right? I was unable to personally process the sense of logic around that story. But, of course, I am not this child’s parent or guardian either.

Airbrushed Tattoos, Tattoos for Kids, Body Ink, Tattoos

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I know children are intrigued with peel off stickers they can put on their hands or face painting they have done by an artist at festivals and special events. I explored some more kiddie tattoo related stories, that made me less nervous about the real “ink” deal. I found where some parents were not as extreme with their tot’s tats. They opted for an airbrushed tattoo where designers spray inks on the body that can wash off. I also came across a company called TotTude, founded by Tera Christianson that produces hip, edgy, trendy shirts and body suits with tattooed inspired sleeves to mimic that of real adult tat sleeves. Where have I been?

While these popular tattoo applications and fashion trends are cute, theatrical and not permanent, would you let your youngster sport a look that is this edgy and grown up? Do you think it could send a confused message to children? Or do you see this as a fun and lighthearted fad that is harmless and simply artistic?