Food Review #2: Maria’s Italian Kitchen

Good Afternoon everyone!

Today I’m going to share with you my review of Maria’s Italian Kitchen. So without further ado , let’s get to it !!!

My Experience..

How I came upon this restaurant was during my ladie’s night out on Monday. I attended along with one of my sisters and a friend of hers who suggested we try this place out. They both had been there before and had great reviews on it, so we just decided to try it out for my sake.

We chose the location in Oxnard, California located in the Collection.

What We Ate..

The service on a Monday was great, Staff was friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere was vibrant and relaxing. First thing I noticed when we walked in was the sweet aroma of you guessed it, marinara sauce and garlic bread!

For starters they give the table a complementary garlic and herb bread sticks with Balsamic Vinegar and oil. DELICIOUS! The bread was warm as if it came right out of the oven.

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On top of the complementary bread sticks, we all shared an appetizer of Garlic Knots . Again, FRESH OUT THE OVEN the aroma was so sweet with a Garlic hint. The flavors were vary balanced.

The entree I tried out was one of their many pasta dishes, the Linguine Michelangelo. The delicious yet simple textures of the fresh mushrooms and spinach drizzled with olive oil and sliced garlic makes for a nice light dinner.

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My sisters friend tried the Shrimp Scampi. Fettuccine noodles with garlic shrimp tossed in a slightly heavy (slightly) spicy sauce and topped off with fresh parsley. The portion size was just enough to get the full effect of flavors!!

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Another Must Try!

The overall experience was tasty and recommended to all  those pasta lovers out there! 🙂

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All the best!,

Janelle Joy

Baked Salmon With Parsley, Lemon & Onions

Hello guys!

As a fellow pescatarian I enjoy trying out any kind of fish based recipes that I can find or that I make at work. This recipe is pretty simple and is lightly seasoned as to not take away from the delicious flavors that the salmon already has.

Just as a side note, salmon just so happens to be one of my favorite kinds of fish so I am really excited to share this recipe with all of you!

To all my fellow Pescatarians out there, this one is for you! 🙂

Ingredients…

You will need the following:

  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 White Onion , Sliced
  • 2 Lemons, Sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley Flakes
  • 6 to 8 oz Salmon (Wild Caught), As roughly 2-4 pieces
  • 1/2 cup, Olive Oil

Let’s Get Started!

Preheat oven to 350  degrees.

Combine all your dry ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl. Add a half cup of olive oil to the bowl and mix together with the dry ingredients. Place the salmon into the medium bowl and gently exfoliate the fish with the mixed ingredients.

Coat your sheet pan with a little olive oil then place your salmon pieces onto the sheet pan, sprinkle over the fish with onion  & lemon slices  and pop it in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

*Note: Do Not Over Cook Salmon! It ill give it a tough texture, simply apply less time in the oven and constantly check for good color and consistency . Your fish should be pink and white as cooked indicators and a little flaky. 

Remove from oven and let your salmon cool for three minutes. Plate your fish and enjoy!

*Tip: To make your dish pop, place a small bed of ice burg lettuce leafs (1-2 pcs) on the bottom of your dish then place your salmon on top with along with the onions and lemon slices you bakes. Get a little bit of the juice left on the sheet pan and pour it on top of the fish!

Hope you guys enjoy this recipe! Let me know how it turned out for you in the comments below! Have a recipe you would like to share? Leave it in the comments and I’ll be sure to try it out! 🙂

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All the best!,

Janelle Joy

Book Review #1 : God Girl , Hayley Dimarco

Welcome to my FIRST book review!!

 

I am so excited to be sharing this book with you guys. How I stumbled upon this book was quite remarkable. I was in a confused state at work and just in general with my life. Sometimes you hit rock bottom more then once, and I defiinitely have it it quite a few times since I’ve been with this job. But surely enough , God always comes through and sheds light in my world and keeps me grounded in Him.

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How I stumbled upon this book..

I was hitting a wall in my Bible study time, so I thought it would be a good idea to go to a local Christian bookstore in my area and browse the “Christian Life” section. I found a bookstore near by and started wondering around the store for anything that might jump out at me. I ran into God girl on one of the shelves and did the usual, read the back of the book then flip to the first chapter and read a little. It was intriguing enough to hold onto so I though it be best to just buy it.

Unbeknownst to myself, I bought a train ticket home that weekend so I wouldn’t have to drive the four and a half hours up the coast to visit my folks. Turns out it was the best four and a half hours spent indulging in this vary book! So without further a do, lets get chatting!

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God Girl is about being the the girl that God wants you to be through in Him! Her relationship with the Creator is her #1 priority . Her life isn’t easy but she can get through the challenges because she is well aware of Gods truth and blessings that He has instilled in her. Dimarco uses the analogy of  us girls (or guys!) as branches and He as the vine in reference to John 15:1-8 Which says,

I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He trims so that it may bear more fruit.You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.Abide in Me, and I will abide in you. The branch cannot itself produce fruit, unless it abides on the vine. Likewise, you cannot produce fruit unless you abide in Me.“I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing.If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and is dried up. Such branches are picked up and thrown into the fire and burned.If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you.In this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples.”

Dimarco uses this analogy as the focal point of her book. This verse is true in all aspects of your life such as how you love, find happiness, know yourself, in communicating with others, and getting to know God. Dimarco gives great advice about how you can stay connected, what to avoid and so much more by sharing her own struggles and stories.  This book shows you how you can remain attached to the “vine” in your everyday life and how you can help others remain attached and become a God Girl as well.

If you would like to see more book reviews on my blog , please comment down below ! If you have any questions in regards to the book or have ideas of books I should read and review feel free to comment below as well!

P.s If you guys would like to purchase or get more info about the book, click on the link below ! 🙂

 

All the best!,

Janelle Joy

Psalm 119:105~ Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

 

 

 

 

 

Be STRONG & COURAGEOUS!

This verse is one of my favorites!

What does it mean to be strong and courageous in Christ? Lets check out the whole verse! (TLV) Joshua 1:9 – Be STRONG & COURAGEOUS. Do not be afraid or dismayed , for the Lord your God will be with you where ever  you may go. This verse has a lot of good pointers but before we dig deep lets review some vocabulary.

What does it mean to be STRONG in Christ? According to Marriam-Webster.com strong means having or marked by great physical power, having moral or intellectual power, or having great resources (as of wealth or talent).  Being strong in Christ means that you are able to enhance those talents and strengths you had received and harness them to its full capacity through Christ who helps you become the man/woman He created you to be.

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What does it mean to be COURAGEOUS in Christ? Going back to our handy dandy Marriam-Webster.com, courageous refers to having or characterized by courage, mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.   God gives you the ability to conquer any kind of mental blockage that you put on yourself to achieving your goals or push past your fears, He gives you the capacity to do more then you thought you were humanly capable of to do on your own.

So in other words, being STRONG & COURAGEOUS in Christ is to ultimately trust and believe that God will help you get through any difficult situation in your life, whether its through mental or physical endurance, the ability to zero out everything and focus on your goals and the tasks at hand, helping you use your talents to better yourself and those around you and so much more! Only God has the capability of helping you be the  best YOU that you can be, but in order to get there you have to know and believe for yourself that God is there for you and that he will be there always to give you the guidance, wisdom and strength you need to take that next leap of faith.

God gives you the ability to have no fears and be COURAGEOUS , brave and risk taking!

The next part of this verse says ” ..Do not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you where ever you may go”. Being dismayed refers to loosing that motivation and courage to push through and reach those tasks and goals. In other words God gives you the strength, courage, wisdom and guidance to preserver but sometimes while we are going though the process of taking that leap of faith there are so many road bumps that start to feel more unbearable hen they really are and we start to loose sight of the goals we had and the overall big picture of things and our trust goes out the window.

Lets be honest, I think we have all been there , more then once! I for sure have . But do not be discouraged ! This verse is a great reminder that know matter what you are going through or what the situation might seem like, God has your back and will always be there to get you through anything. He wants you to know that although you might be going through a storm right now, He sees the end and knows whats in store for you on the other side and knows that you can get through this with Him by your side.

This verse is one of my favorites because it reassures me in my faith when I’m in the middle of that storm and chaos in my life I know for a fact that I can get through this, and admit-tingly I can’t do it on my own, but I know I have an awesome God who cares for me and wants the best for me, who is constantly reaching out His hand and giving me guidance, peace and comfort.

I hope that this post gives you guys insight into such a deep and meaningful verse and I hope that know matter what you’re going through, this can provide comfort in the times of peace and challenging in your life !! 🙂

 

All the best!,

 

Janelle Joy

Restaurant Finds: Beach House Fish Ventura , California

If you are looking for an exquisite restaurant with lots of healthy and delicious options then you should check out BEACH HOUSE FISH !!

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My buddy and I decided to try something new, so we took a quick drive down to the Ventura pier and stopped in to take a look at the menu.

 

In case you didn’t read my ABOUT page, I am a pescetarian an have been for almost two and a half years now and when I stepped foot into this beautiful restaurant and checked out the menu, I was hooked! They offered all kinds of fish salads, to seafood burritos and my favorite a nice taco selection.

In case it’s hard for you to visualize I’ll insert a pic below of just how hearty and delicious our food was! Not only does it look great but it taste so good that the look of it says it all.. really!

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For starters we tried the fish on fire with Ahi tuna and a spicy salsa dip, my main course was the Ahi seared tacos and a blackened salmon salad with olive oil dressing. Seriously one of the most memorable lunches I have every experienced. If you guys happen to be in the area I would definitely recommend checking this place out!

 

All the best!,

 

Janelle Joy

 

Easy Decadent Chocolate Chip Blueberry Crumble!

To all my fellow foodies out there, sometimes we want to make something so delicious but within the time crunch. I have just the solution! Try out my easy Blueberry Crumble!!

The recipe is so simple , yet so delicious! The best part about this dessert is the portion control. So without further a do, lets jump into the recipe !

Cook time : 15 minutes

Prep time: 5 minutes

Step 1: Gather your ingredients! Grab that blueberry pie filling off the shelf, those chocolate chips in a bag that you’ve been snacking on in the cupboard all week, all purpose four, granulated sugar, brown sugar, 2 sticks of butter and uncooked oatmeal.

Step 2: Make the Crumble! Mix together roughly a cup each of the all purpose flour, uncooked oatmeal,brown sugar and  granulated sugar. Throw the two sticks of butter in the oven for about 3 minutes until it softens enough to spread with. ( but not liquefied!)

Step 3: Mix your ingredients and bake! After your butter softens just a enough to spread, apply it to the dry ingredients slowly and start mixing in the butter with a rubber spatula. Once the ingredients have been properly coated your crumble should look “crumbled” and not too saturated. Grab a sheet pan and spread the crumble evenly. Pop it in he oven for about 7 minutes ,then rotate the back of the sheet pan to the front of the oven for another 7 minutes to produce even cooking.

** While that cooks, pan up your chocolate chips and mix in the blueberry pie filling and toss it in the oven for about 5 minutes. Make sure to mix with a rubber spatula to ensure the chocolate chips have melted through. **

Step 4: Grab your baked ingredients and start platting! Once you’ve thoroughly check that your crumble dried to the right crispiness and your chocolate chips melted into the blueberry filling, grab your dessert glasses or saucers and fill half way with the blueberry chocolate mix and then sprinkle a good coat of the crumble on top and ENJOY!! 🙂

Your Chocolate chip blueberry crumble should look something like this..

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All the best!,

 

Janelle Joy

 

 

 

Trusting in the Lord

Hello Hello!!

Today we are going to reflect on Proverbs 3:5-6 and what it means to Trust in God.

( TLV) Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths.

Before we begin, lets take a look at what it means to trust.

When you hear the word TRUST, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it committing yourself to someone or something wholeheartedly?  According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary TRUST means the assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something,one in which confidence is placed. When we are talking about trusting God we are referring to put our confidence in Him, to believe in what the Bible says about his promises towards us and to know that He is capable of being available to each and every one of us.

In Genesis 1:1 it says In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, just from that statement alone you know that God is capable of creation and everything that falls into that category such as the human race,our flaws etc. and loving each of us regardless of our sins. God is creator of all things, He created you and I and knows each of us on a personal level. Because we know that God is creator of all things and that He does know each of us on a personal level, we can all say assuredly that God can be trusted.

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Trusting in general can be hard ,yes, but the key is to know for a fact and believe without a doubt in your mind that God is never going to let you down (Mathew 28:20- .. And remember! I am with you always, even to the end of the age.) and that all things He allows to happen to you is for your own good ( Romans 8:28- Now we know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose) .

 

Going back to our Verse of the day, in Proverbs 3:5-6, Paul talks about trusting in God with all your heart, every ounce of you! That can be a struggle but the more you believe it for yourself and apply it to those tough times in your life it will start to be easier to accept. Paul goes on to saying that in ALL your ways ACKNOWLEDGE Him and he will direct your paths. When Paul talks about  in all your ways, he is referring to in every circumstance and acknowledge Him, as in His presence and His blessings, and He will keep your path straight.

God wants you to know for a fact that He has your back, that He will ALWAYS be there for you, even in the most difficult of situations. Although it might be really tough to see any good in the present , maybe a family member passed away you were really close with, your parents got divorced, or maybe work has been stressful, just know that God is right there with you!! He sees you struggling, He knows your pain and frustration and He wants nothing more from you then to TRUST in Him and believe that He WILL get you through this.  Sometimes God puts us through challenging situations to help us grow into the person God ants us to be and help us strengthen our walks with Him.

 

All in all, God loves us SOO much! He wants to be there for us for every moment, the good and the bad, and wants us to want to know Him, have a relationship with Him and to TRUST that He knows what He’s doing.

Hope you all have an AMAZING rest of your day and hope you guys got some inspiration from this post!  Thanks a TON for following my blog! 🙂

 

All the best!,

Janelle Joy

 

Psalm 119:105~ Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome To My Blog!!

Hello my fellow foodies and followers of Christ! Welcome to my blog!

First off, I just wanted to explain the layout of my blog. I write posts on my favorite foods , restaurants and recipes to share with you guys and I write informational guides on growing closer to Christ, building a relationship, any helpful tips I have used in my walk, book reviews and reflection posts on verses with commentary from yours truly!

 

My goal for this blog is to inspire others to get creative in the kitchen while also getting your one on one time with the Yeshua!

 

Thanks for checking out my blog and hope you get the recipe & inspiration you are looking for !! Enjoy!! 🙂

 

All the best!,

Janelle Joy

 

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Psalm 119:105~ Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.