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good monday morning

It’s been a while! some of you may have noticed my lack of presence here at thehiddencook…so let me bring you up to speed.

For sometime I had moved the site over to another platform which proved to make it just a tad bit too time-consuming for me to keep up with; it looked beautiful…just the way I wanted it really, but having to take the time to scale my photos was just too much for me. ¬†Then, moving the domain was a problem (for someone who is totally computer-illiterate like me), so eventually, I think I just gave up…

I’ve been getting quite a bit more followers lately…which is so surprising…I guess ladybugs do come when you least expect them too?! ūüôā

I also returned to my ‘normal work’ for sometime and now I’m on a little hiatus so I’m happy to be back home with my family:)

I’m working on building a business from home right now- more updates on that in good time- so that’s been keeping me very busy. ¬†In the meantime I have been cooking and baking lots of cool different things, still with a nice Caribbean twist, so I’ll definitely have to add some of those here on thehiddencook.

Many of the new recipes were on the old site, but unfortunately they didn’t move back here when I returned to wordpress, so I’m just going to have to pretend that my last post was the pineapple black bean salad.

I would love to hear how everyone’s been, so please leave me comments! Love reading them!

For all those new to thehiddencook, WELCOME!

much love all of you!

coconut macarons

coconut macarons


site removal

Hi guys!

thehiddencook has now moved to http://thehiddencook.com

You can check out the latest posts there!¬† I don’t think I’m going to be able to keep up with posting here as well as there, which is sad because I’ve made such lovely friends here ūüė¶

Please visit my new site and keep in touch ūüôā

Best to all

thehiddencook


minor changes

Hi all,

Just a quick message letting everyone know that thehiddencook.com will be undergoing a few minor changes within the next 3-4 days and will be offline.  During this time you may not be able to access the site and no posts will be made but stay tuned to thehiddencook @ facebook for updates and new photos.

Wishing you all a great next few days!

thehiddencook


upcoming weeks

sky

Good night all.

I just got back from an amazing workout session…with myself! Yay for me! ¬†It’s nice sometimes to just ‘catch up with yourself’. ¬†The hours in a day never seem to be enough anymore and sometimes it’s really good to just take a deep breath and get some alone time. ¬†I heard a person once say that ‘if you can’t be by yourself then you must be very boring to be with’. ¬†I think it’s so true. ¬†So, I enjoyed the time I had tonight working up a sweat and getting the heart rate up.

Aside from that I am making plans for my trip abroad with my family. ¬†I am really looking forward to it. ¬†I’ve lived abroad for a long time and traveled to quite a bit of countries but for sometime now I’ve been at home, here in Trinidad and haven’t traveled outside of the region. ¬†So I’m happy and excited to see what our first ‘big’ vacation as a family will be like. ¬†I also imagine that with all the excitement of being abroad, revisiting places and experiencing new things I’d be overflowing with ideas for posts-reviews, travel tips, food and general entertainment, so I’d be sure to post those, time-permitting.

I don’t know if I would be able to be as consistent with the posts- I post daily in case any of you were wondering (save the other day when I missed a posted grrrrr). I will be very busy with work and I’ve been using a small point and shoot camera for the last few posts which I’m not at all happy with. ¬†My camera is on the way and I can’t wait! ¬†I imagine I will be taking a lot more photos in the upcoming weeks.

More than that, thehiddencook, has a few pages that I’d like to update. ¬†The Glossary of Trini Terms for one has to be updated and I try to include new words and phrases every time I make a post and there’s something applicable, but the page just needs to be more comprehensive. ¬†So I am going to be working on that over the upcoming days/weeks so be sure to check it out-who knows you might get a laugh! ¬†I’d also like to make a few more pages that I think would only add to the whole vibe of thehiddencook, so I’ll also be working on those.

For now, I guess shorter posts with limited photos might be in the near future, at least until I get my new gear!

Have a great night everyone…

Here’s to a wonderful, productive, better tomorrow!

Sincerely,

thehiddencook

over the islands


and that’s what’s up…

hot pepper/scotch bonnet

These last couple of days have been hectic. ¬†Yesterday was the first day that I missed a post! ¬†It felt unnatural. ¬†I couldn’t help but miss one yesterday since I was very busy throughout the day and my toddler has been resisting sleep more and more these days. ¬†I’ve been feeling like I’m in a dream all day long.

Trying to get the ‘normal’ running of the house done when you have a toddler is tough, but trying to get it done when that baby refuses to sleep is near impossible. ¬†I had to prioritize and unfortunately, thehiddencook had to take a back seat for the day.

I have all these plans and I obsess about where next I’m going to showcase, which fruits are going to be in the spotlight and what will be my next dish. ¬†For now though I have to settle for them being just ideas, a part of my dreams. ¬†I can’t seem to get it all done in a day! ¬†It’s time consuming-cooking, photographing and writing for my blog (tasks that I thoroughly enjoy) and right now baby takes full priority.

The next couple of weeks are probably going to be much of the same; I’ve started back studying and putting some time into my own personal growth and development and that takes a chunk of time away from my own time now- time I might add that isn’t infinite- I get a couple hours during the day when baby is asleep and a few more at night after bedtime…when it goes smoothly! ¬†So for now, I’m making lists (and checking them twice) and ensuring that all the vital stuff gets done first.

Aside from that I’ve finally purchased my new camera! YAY!!! I’m very excited to get it and can’t wait to start taking photos again- which of course means I’ll be posting like crazy again! ¬†I’m also going on a vacation soon with the family so that might make my posts a bit ‘here and there’. We’ll see.

Anyway for now, that’s what’s been going on…that’s what’s up!


start, stop? both or neither?

bouganvilla

Today has been very interesting. ¬†I think I’ve been feeling a bit defeated lately about many aspects of my life and personal journey. ¬†It’s tough sometimes when you’re trying to do something and it just doesn’t seem to be working out.

I exercised today and loved it! I worked hard and got the good ole heart rate up. ¬†The instructor that I work with is extremely patient, he never says anything to make any of us feel guilty or incapable of our abilities or efforts. ¬†I really appreciate his style of teaching. ¬†I feel comfortable and natural around him and he encourages me to do the best that I can, I think that’s so important.

I’ve also acquired a workout partner- this makes me extremely happy. ¬†It’s always nice to have someone to keep you company when you’re ¬†working up a sweat! ¬†I don’t enjoy going to the gym or doing anything indoors- I’m an outdoors kinda girl. ¬†I’ve been trying to walk more and I honestly wish that I had more of a ‘walking’ lifestyle. ¬†You know most of us just didn’t grow up with that kind of ethic. ¬†Trinidad is hot and we all drive! ¬†Personally that’s sad. ¬†I knew girls in school who walked everyday- because they had to- and I always secretly envied them. ¬†I always wished and still do, that I had a more ‘naturally active lifestyle’. ¬†But many of us make excuses; it’s too hot, too many bandits¬†nowadays, I’m tired, nowhere flat enough, cool enough, hilly enough…the list goes on and on. ¬†We have been programmed this way.

I watched a documentary the other day called ‘hungry for change’ in which the documentarians made such salient points. ¬†It occurred to me and has many times before, how programmed we are to eat a certain way and to exercise a certain way. ¬†We believe that if we can’t do something a certain way, it just can’t be done! ¬†I know that’s how I feel; ‘if the conditions aren’t perfect then it just won’t work’. ¬†I admire the people who don’t see life like that. ¬†I would love to learn from them and to embrace another way of viewing the very same picture.

It’s all about starting and stopping, a mixture of both or sometimes neither- sometimes we’re just in limbo. ¬†Sometimes we need a push, sometimes we need a pull…

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too tired…

sunsetter

As much as I’d love to stay up late tonight posting away at my computer, I’m just too tired. ¬†Thanks to my little one who has been giving lots of trouble to sleep lately, I think it would be best to get to bed as soon as I can tonight- which is now.

I do have a review waiting to be posted tomorrow, so I’ll be sure to post that as soon as I can.

For now…

Night to all of you out there in blogoland!

Sleep well,

To a productive tomorrow!