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Ahoooooj everyone!!

(In case you forgot, it’s pronounced like “ah-hoy”. J in the Slovak language reads like Y. )

So my boom-boom chocco boom-booms, how are you all dooo-ing?? 😀

Well, guess what I have for you guys today, an easy peasy but super-yum avocado salad/spread recipe. Now I must confess that when I was small I HATED avocado. I found it just slimy and ugh. My mom and sisters loved it, especially with rice and stew, but I wasn’t having any of that. Now that I think about it, how much I missed! All that yummy goodness I could have teased my taste-buds in! Thankfully I’ve seen the light, and it is one of my favourite foods today.

Now how did that turnaround happen?? In Togo, of all places! Avocado spread with fresh crispy baguette (what we call tea-bread in Ghana) was sold in every corner and I was soon persuaded to try some. *And then there were butterflies and rainbows and angels singing “haaaallelujah, haaaallelujah, halleluja, hallelujah, halleeelujah”.*

Yeah seriously, it was that good. I fell completely in love and haven’t looked back since. Thankfully, everyone here loves it, but I can safely declare it a staple in this household. I’m sharing one of my avocado salad/ spread recipes with you today, in the hopes that if you don’t already, you’ll add this superfood to your diet. (Rightly called a superfood, y’all, just read this here, about its anti-inflammation benefits, boosting digestion and cognitive function, cancer-preventing qualities, etc).

This is also a great alternative to margarine with bread.

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the ingredients I use

  • avocado (duh)
  • fresh ripe tomatoes
  • onion or spring onion
  • sweet pepper (just because we had some at the time and it’s delicious in it. Fresh green pepper is ah-mah-zing with it too!)
  • pinch of salt
  • olive oil

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I cut the avocado in two, then I use a spoon to scoop the nice yummy part out of its outer covering and then either cut it into chunks (for the salad), or mash it into a mushy paste (for the spread). This was a salad so I just cut it into small chunks.

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Then cut the tomatoes, sweet pepper, and spring onion into small dices.

Mix all the ingredients.

Drizzle the olive oil and sprinkle the salt over it.

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Mix everything well with a spoon or ladle.

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Voila! You are all done. Enjoy!how to make avocado salad spread guacamole  (1)

Okay, baby Milan is stirring, looks like he’s waking up. Have to go, bye!!! Don’t forget to share the recipe with your loved ones, especially those on a healthy life journey or weight loss journey.


Love, Cara.



OKAY so today, it’s all about fitness; I would like to answer some questions I’ve been getting since I posted my progress pic.


Whoo! That would be one long story that might keep us here all day! Ha.

In a nutshell, I’ve always been a bit of a fitness nut. I love to dance and I love to keep active. I don’t much like to work out with weights, but I do LOVE to do stretching exercises and dance work-outs. I love Zumba, The PussyCat Dolls workout, Tone It Up, Tiffany Roth Workouts, etc for general body workouts, and Bollywood and Belly dancing for trimming the inches off my waist.

BTW (By the way), if you love working out with weights, Dana (blogging at wrote an EXCELLENT illustrated article on it. (Click here to go read it.)

 However, even though exercise is important, it is only 20% of the fitness effort. 80% of keeping fit lies in the food we eat.

I eat a plant-based diet; for the most part, I eat very little meat, and I have seriously considered veganism. I love seafood and eggs though, so it looks as if that ain’t happening…but I would definitely try it.

My diet is described as “pro-vegetarianism”. A diet rich in plant-based foods. (UPDATE: Here’s an article on some of the benefits of eating like this.)


Well, that depends on what exactly you mean by ‘diet’. Basically, your diet is what you eat. Watching your diet does not mean restricting yourself from eating. To the contrary, not eating will trigger your body’s survival mode, and you will end up storing MORE fat, and you don’t want that.

What I would recommend, is seeing your doctor for a personalized examination and diet plan. I would also recommend adding a lot more vegetables to your meals. (Think salads, salads and more salads. I love salads!)


When it comes to foods that I eat, I love my normal Ghanaian cuisine with a twist (since M is from Slovakia and we have to sorta accommodate for that. He also loves experimenting in the kitchen.) I love fufu, but I eat it with fish (as opposed to a lot of meat). We also love pasta with LOTS and LOTS of vegetables (lightly steamed) and salad.

BTW, it is good to experiment and know YOURSELF and your body’s reaction to some foods. For example, I used to love milk, but I discovered I’m intolerant to it, and gets me all bloated up. Eeeek! Also, eating junk food leaves me lethargic and exacerbates my depression. So yeah, I definitely avoid those!

I also avoid white sugar; honey is a fantastic replacement. Also, minimal salt in cooking is highly recommended.

There is so much conflicting information on the internet when it comes to the topic of what to eat and what to avoid, so how do we sort through all that?

My solution to avoid overly processed foods (even canned food), and stick to natural organic foods.

My g(very general) rule of thumb is that the closer to its natural or uncooked state, the better the food.


Motherhood sure has its perks but it’s also a VERY hectic time and it can be tricky to find the time and energy to get into shape.

  • What I recommend is to try to incorporate the children into the workouts. They love that and it makes it all the more fun!
  • Don’t wait for the perfect time to exercise or it might never happen. Try to sneak in five minutes here and there throughout your day.
  • Early morning walks or runs are awesome. There’s a certain freshness and magic in the morning and it sets the tone for a great day after that.
  • But above all, if you are a new mom, breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed! It’s good for both you, and your beautiful bundle of joy. The weight will just melt off, and that combined with an active lifestyle, will get you exactly the body you want.

In conclusion, I just want to say that YES, you CAN do it. Others have done it, and there is no way that you can’t have the body that you desire. You carried and nourished another human into being. That was so freaking amazing and so much work! This is nothing(ish) in comparison. Ok, it’s not going to be easy, but the point is, YOU CAN DO IT. If you desire to. 🙂


Whew guys! Hope that’s not too much information to begin with. Let’s end the discussion here for now.

If you have any thoughts, opinions, questions, etc, leave them down in the comment session below and I’ll definitely do my best to address them.

If you enjoyed this post, like, comment, subscribe to my blog and share with your loved ones! Thank you for reading as always.

Enjoy your day!


Love, Cara.



So…I’ve been putting off doing this for a while. To be honest, January has not been an entirely peachy month for me. If I’ve ever needed a refresh, this time would be the perfect time for it. (Hey, Cara’s Genie, you listening?) So THANK GOODNESS my year officially starts in February… February 4th to be exact, you know, my birthday.

Last year was the best year of my life. I went from mother of one to mother of two. Double blessings. I felt so blessed and damn lucky almost every day. My spirit and soul were tingling with excitement and inspiration virtually every day and it extended to my outer world. It was fantastic.

My 2015 goals were pretty simple. I narrowed things down to three achievable areas.

  1. Fitness.
  2. Building stronger relationships with my close friends.
  3. Writing everyday.

I worked on them. It took a lot of the three “Ds” – Discipline, Dedication, Determination – but I got there… I think. Ha! Because it’s not about a destination, but a journey. These are things that we constantly have to maintain, right?

This year, my goals are pretty simple. Like Gargamel the Evil Wizard, I’m going for these two simple things.

  1. Limitless power.
  2. World domination.


Pretty basic, right? Mwhahahahaha. (Sorry, just had to. We’ve been on a Smurf binge over here… Alex LOVES the movie.)

OK, so my 2016 goals are as follows!

Actually, it’s more of a theme.

In 2016, I want to let go. 

To let go of the world’s notions of what I’m supposed to be, what I’m supposed to do, what I’m supposed to want, even what I’m supposed to wear. To let go of how people would think of me and my work, and to create freely, really truly unbridled, from the heart. To create in whatever form that moves my heart, whether it’s writing, photography, story-telling, painting, etc. Just to create, and surround myself with other creators too. Because they are a tremendous source of inspiration.

To let go, and let God. He’s banging at the door asking me to let him out. So I’m letting go, and letting God, without fear.

Without fear, this year, I follow my intuition. Won’t you join me? 🙂


(In another note, so this morning I took these photos, and I realized how far I’ve come in my fitness journey. I’ve been flabbergasted all day!!! haha)

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone. Thank you for reading.

Loads of love,