The Lovely Pink Diva was launched this week, and it went well. In the first three days of it being up it already has 700 views. The feedback I have received has been positive. It is telling me people wanted it to come back and inspired women. That blog magazine means a lot to me, it has been through changes in the year it was up and running, when was down, I knew it needed changes to make it what I wanted to be, and this relaunch of it and having that relaunch be successful, words can not express what I feel, but can say it is a great feeling.
I got great writers, their talent is very impressive. We a have a YouTube channel, in fact I had to create a trailer for the channel, before you say it, I have considered creating a YouTube for Seduction, but one I have the tiny, tiny apartment kitchen, and I want to do something a little different. I am in a discussion with friends, we have a few ideas how we can do a Seduction in the Kitchen YouTube Channel. Anyway check out the trailer I did for The Lovely Pink Diva’s Channel check it out:
The Lovely Pink Diva, or LPD as we call it is actually a great example of never giving up. When I first got into blogging, I joked I love to have a magazine, of course at that time it was a food magazine since I was writing a food blog. When that blog was retired, people kept asking me to start a new blog because they liked how I wrote. Using my divorce as inspiration, you see my ex husband mentally and emotionally abused me in our marriage. He was a doctor, about to start his residency here in Cleveland when he realized he messed up his papers, in order for him to do the residency and stay in America he needed to get married, he found me, romanced me and married me. Then his real personality came out. I did not know that was his plan, until he told me he was divorcing me after 2 1/2 years worth of of marriage and by then I was so brain washed from his abuse, I believed it was my fault why our marriage fell apart. I could not lose weight quick enough for him, he made me weigh myself every day and document it on a chart he had. He forbid me from cooking, I was a terrible cook according to him. He made me so nervous that I was messing things up and second guessing myself, that the Dee that writes this blog today was not the same Dee in that marriage. He basically destroyed her with his abuse.
It was my friends here in Cleveland and my family that helped get Dee back to where I am today. That was the inspiration for The Lovely Pink Diva. Every woman is a diva inside, waiting to come out. First it was a great innovated idea of doing it as a interactive magazine, but the software was free and wasn’t quite good, and as far as SEO it didn’t work. So got rid the interactive part, then it was way too much about me, so it went through a third reinvention. Started to add a few writers, but started to become so overwhelming and the demand was too much for me, It was become less what I wanted to be and I had to step away to retool it.
After some time, and one the old writers asking if I could relaunch it, I decided to do this but this time let’s do it different, add more writers, if a magazine, then do it like a magazine, do it the way I see it. That is what I have right now. I designed a template, I am in control. I never gave up on my vision, it gone through failures and successes. Just because something doesn’t seem possible, don’t give up on it, you know when the timing is right, and you can have the dream, you just need to believe it.
What stops us from trying to achieve a dream is fear. The fear of failure, the fear of trying something different, and just plain old fear in our selves. So step outside the box, and overcome the fear, if you fail, so what, it was worth trying. You know what didn’t work, so you retool and try again.
Recipes are a lot like that you try things until you find something that works. Sure you may fail a few times in trying, but in the end once you find that one ingredient that makes it work, you have a great culinary delight. Like this recipe, the main ingredient is mayonnaise. The mayo helps flavor but also helps in the cooking of it. It sounds strange but it just works and it is a yummy dish. Plus it easily adaptable to dietary needs, it can be vegetarian by using vegetarian products and it can also be easily gluten free as well.
- 2 large Portabello caps
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon of chopped chives
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 6 strips of cooked bacon crumbled
- 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- olive oil
- First thing is to combine the chives,pepper, vinegar, thyme and about 3 strips of the bacon in a bowl, then add the mayo. Mix it well, this will be a batter for the mushrooms.
- Next want to cover the caps in the mayo batter. Make sure you get both the inside and outside covered with it.
- Once the caps are covered in the mayo batter, heat up a tablespoon of oil. You do not need much because the mayo, once it hits the pan will start to melt and will aid in the searing of the mushroom.
- Then add the caps, one at a time to the heated oil. Sear the caps on each side about 2 minutes each side. Be careful these can burn quite easily. So if you have to flip it over after 30 seconds on one side. Then flip it again after 30 seconds, then cook it for a minute and and half, then flip and cook the other side for a minute and a half, that will help with it not burning.
- Finally, take it off the heat, garnish a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. Topped off with the remaining crumbled bacon, and enjoy.