Let’s Clean House

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January has been a very productive month here at my house.

I have systematically purged and cleaned every room. Furniture has been moved, deep corners of every closet have been cleared. Bags have been filled with clothing and usable household items.
Donations are Ready!

There is a new start to the Year here.


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Many of us enter into the New Year with lists of resolutions and inspired challenges to change the habits of old. For me, this has never worked successfully. What does work is a routine of cleaning up everything from nutrition to my household environment.

I like the quiet of January.

There is a peacefulness and calm that emanates from the days after Christmas. I like to think of this time of year as shedding all unnecessary things, and creating space for all the new energy of the year to enter.

I like to sweep the house of stale air and open ALL the windows regularly. I follow this up with smudging my house with white sage and burning candles. This clears out everything from airborne bacteria to heavy energy.

If I’m going to clean house, I want to do it RIGHT!

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For me, there is something very therapeutic and calming about a deep clean like this every few months. I like the feeling of satisfaction it gives me, along with the knowledge that unnecessary stuff is not accumulating in piles.

A high level of wellbeing creates so much positivity physically, mentally and spiritually. A sense of accomplishment and personal fulfillment brings forth meaningful emotions and the notion that

“Life Is Beautiful”!

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“As the shadow follows the body, as we think, so we become.” Buddha

Likewise, “We are what we eat.”

I am completing my little series of anti inflammatory foods with my favorite recipe for a Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa. Many years ago, when I first moved to San Diego, I fell in love with the fresh vegetables, citrus and herbs that are so readily found in all the markets. I designed this recipe around my love for the sweetness of roasted corn and the spicy heat of fresh jalapeños.

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa


  • 3 ears of corn, not shucked
  • 6 Roma tomatoes, diced small
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced, all white part and half green part
  • 1 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 2-3 jalapeño peppers, finely diced
  • 2 fresh cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 3 fresh limes, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon raw unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 2-3 dashes of Tabasco Sauce, or to taste


  • Preheat oven to 425 F or preheat gas grill to medium high.
  • Place corn on a baking tray, if using oven. If using grill, place the corn right on the hot racks. Roast corn, turning every 5 minutes, for 20 minutes. Remove the corn from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Likewise, remove the corn from the grill and place on a dish allowing it to cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
  • Shuck corn and cut kernels away from the cob. Add to bowl.
  • Mix thoroughly and adjust seasonings to taste.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Serve with good quality tortilla chips along side fresh guacamole.
  • Use as an accompaniment to grilled fish and shrimp tacos.
Early morning sunrise with Leo

Simplify your life and make time for the things that really matter. Give your kids an extra long hug. Tell them repeatedly how much they are valued and loved. Chase the early morning light and watch the sunrise as you welcome a New Day!


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  1. NancyMary4
    January 28, 2020 / 1:31 am01

    Lovely D…

    • 93zingara
      January 28, 2020 / 1:31 pm01

      Love you Nancy🥰 Thank you!

  2. January 29, 2020 / 1:31 am01

    I have yet to be in the mood!Plus, I do not have the energy…………
    KEEP ON WALKING and burning that SAGE!I recently experienced that and can honestly say I was not PLEASED with the smell!!Did it take some getting use too?
    LEO is such a sweet DOG!
    Here comes FEBRUARY………whats up your sleeve for that MONTH?!!

    • 93zingara
      January 29, 2020 / 1:31 am01

      The trick to burning the sage is to immediately follow it up by burning a beautifully scented candle or incense. Yes, the sage does have a very strong scent! I wish there was a tribe of Cleaning Witches that would come in and just get things done!
      If you look closely, my knee is very swollen. I tripped in the canyon a few days ago! I’m in slow motion now!
      It’s almost Carnevale Season and I have a few decadent recipes to share before Fat Tuesday. Also, it’s time to pick all of my lemons and make the first batch of Limoncello this year🍋🍋🍋
      Time to get out in the garden and prune away!

  3. January 29, 2020 / 1:31 am01

    Love this Diana! I have done the same here and it feels so good. It gives January a lift and gets us ready for a fresh year. I will keep your recipe. It looks delicious. Your home is lovely! xx

    • 93zingara
      February 1, 2020 / 1:31 am02

      This is such a wonderful way to put our best foot forward for the year. For me, it just clears the way for intentional choices to be made and makes room for my creative imagination to get to work. I so appreciate that you stopped by! Thank you 😊

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