by Meli C

Posts from — October 2010

Fall Pumpkins

I’ve really started to feel the Fall season kicking in lately. The weather is nicer, but most importantly, I accidentally walked into a pumpkin patch during a stroll around Key Biscayne last weekend. I could immediately feel my inner child jumping up and down with joy! I was so glad to have my camera with me.

I walked round and round, and it was so hard to pick a favorite, they were all so pretty and unique…

I ended up grabbing a bunch of these to take home for decoration:

Pumpkins are so lively and colorful, and oh so yummy.  I specially liked these rare squashes:

And how cute is the swan looking one?

October 20, 2010   7 Comments

Herbed Turkey Meatballs

Lean ground turkey has pretty much replaced any other form of ground meat (beef or chicken) when I cook. I find the taste of ground turkey to be a little milder, perfect for making a variety of recipes because you can pretty much give it any flavor you like through the seasoning.

The latest addition to my ground turkey recipes are these yummy herbed turkey meatballs.  These were improvised but turned out to be incredibly good, and in less than 30 minutes!   Please, I encourage you, try these at home.


Approx. 1 lb lean ground turkey
½ cup Italian breadcrumbs (or make healthier breadcrumbs)
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder or garlic salt
Salt, pepper to taste
1 egg (or 2 tablespoons of egg substitute like Egg Beaters)
1 tsp olive oil or non-stick spray


Spray a large pan with non-stick spray (or use the olive oil if you prefer) and heat over medium-low.

Combine the ground turkey and the seasonings in a large bowl: breadcrumbs, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and then add in the egg.  Mix everything together with your hands and then form the little meatballs. Keep in mind these will shrink a but after cooking.

Place them into the pan as you form them. Let them cook over medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes, turning them often to make sure each side is browning. I like to cover them in-between turns to make sure they cook thoroughly inside.  When you think they’re ready, cut one open to make sure it’s fully cooked before removing them from the pan. Make sure you don’t overcook these because they’ll dry up.

October 19, 2010   1 Comment


I struggle to be consistent with my exercise routines.  This isn’t new and it most certainly isn’t a secret, and it’s something that happens to a lot of us. I’ve been the queen of excuses and justifications, and I was laughing out loud at myself the other day, while reading this post by my friend Lorraine.

As I mentioned recently, I started Cardioboxing a few months ago and I must admit I’m kind of hooked. Biscayne Boxing & Fitness is great, I love the energy and the commitment of the trainers and everyone else in the classes.

My school schedule this semester doesn’t let me go as often as I’d like, but I’ve been trying to make it to at least two classes a week. I’ve been feeling full of energy and generally a lot better with just that much. It really helps me to stick to a program when I find something like this that I really enjoy!

October 18, 2010   3 Comments

Professional Project

In two months time, I will finally be done with all of the classes required to finish my Masters program. But before I can graduate, I have to complete an independent capstone Professional Project.  The project is primarily research-based, and meant to be completed over the course of one semester – in my case, next Spring.

The goal with this project is to design an Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) campaign, based on existing and new research findings.  At the end of the semester, I will present my IMC plan to the faculty committee for a grade.

I went back and forth with different ideas for my project. Then my friend Monica suggested Catchafire, a web-based company that her friend Rachael from NYC started earlier this year. After a little research and speaking to Rachael, I knew this would be a great fit!

Through its online platform, matches non-profit organizations with skilled professionals who want to volunteer their time and expertise.

The company currently operates in the Greater NY/Tristate area, but a formal communication strategy has not been crafted to help the company a) acquire more qualified volunteers and b) expand beyond their current market.  This is where I come in!

I’m excited to start working on this in a few months. In the meantime, check out and follow Rachael on Twitter: @catchafire.

October 15, 2010   3 Comments

Farmers market

Last weekend we accidentally strolled into the farmers market in Coconut Grove. The minute we walked in, we wanted to buy it all.   As I browsed through all of the delicious looking items, I noticed that few of them had been marked with prices, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

We carefully picked a few items, including a jar of an unbranded organic raw honey, a bottle of fresh orange + passion fruit juice, a small tub of homemade bell pepper hummus, a tropical fruit salad, and a mint tabbouleh salad.  Oh, and on our way to the register I spotted turkey brown figs (the kind I used here) and I simply couldn’t resist.

At the cash register, the gentleman helping us check out asked if it was our first time at the market. I nodded and quickly commented on how much we had loved it.  He took one good luck at our basket and chuckled (bad sign). Somehow, we managed to choose a few of the most expensive items there.  This was duly noted by the cashier who did not refrain from commenting on our “expensive taste in organic food.” I’m still wondering if I should take that as a compliment…

Next time, I’ll be sure to grab a price list before I start browsing through the isles. At least that way I’ll know if I’m picking the $20 medicinal honey to bring home to eat with my pancakes!  One thing is for sure though, everything was fresh and delicious.

October 14, 2010   2 Comments

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