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A Day for Love

Happy er Belated Valentine's Day!

I hope you all had a day full of love and sweet things! This year I decided to sell treat boxes. It was purely monetarily motivated and I should have started doing it a long time ago! I had already set plans in motion to go to Essence Fest and frankly, it's not cheap. I'm not poor, but I'm far from rich. I have to have extra hustles.

I went back and forth about what I would put in the boxes and how much I would sell them for. In the end, I under priced them. It was a tremendous amount of work! Over the two days that I was baking I maybe got 4 hours of sleep. And the first day I had to work a full day and then go home to bake.

It was fun though. I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do. The best things for me were having extra bowls and beaters for the KitchenAid (thanks Gabrielle) and mixing the dry ingredients into ziptop bags so the measuring and sifting was already done. This saved me LOADS of time! What I won't do if I…
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Kindergarten!

I attended orientation for Kindergarten in the last week. KINDERGARTEN! Like didn't I JUST have her? Where does the time go? I want it back!

I can not believe how fast this time has gone. I usually feel like there aren't enough hours in a day to get done everything I need to do. We have to get something fun in this summer!

So my general feeling at this orientation was extreme sadness. Extreme! Why can't she just stay 3 and potty trained and not needing me to pay for daycare forever? I don't want that. LOL!

In the midst of all of this, I recognize how extremely blessed we have been. I just can't believe how fast the time flies.

She is already talking about what she wants her 5th birthday theme to be. It's a toss up between Disney Descendants 2 and a Unicorn theme. I'm not even sure we will go the party route this year. But I say that every year and it always turns into a party. I want to do something else that she will remember and correlate with her 5th bir…

State Fair-ish Turkey Legs

Have you all ever eaten a turkey leg at the state fair? Or any amusement park? If you have, you know they are delicious and HUGE! They are also very expensive, which is why I hardly ever buy them. I'm frugal and I never finish the thing.

They are delicious though! I am often asked about food and recipes. It's not very often that people share their secrets with me (aside from me looking on Pinterest-that doesn't count). One of my friends at work was telling me how she makes turkey legs in the crockpot. She sent me a detailed text message (that has since been deleted) and told me her method. I though it was genius when she told me. But I didn't save it and the only thing I remembered was McCormick Mesquite seasoning! I didn't want to take her through texting it to me again, so I just went with the flow.

I went to the store and purchased smoked turkey legs. I got 5 for $6. That's about half of what 1 costs at an amusement park or fair. They also aren't so big …

An Ode to Caffeine

Caffeine, what a dream. In my world, you reign supreme!

Ok, that's all I got. You get my drift LOL!

Just to think, about 8 years ago I wouldn't dream of loving coffee as much as I do now. Now, I am sick if I can't have it!

I'm a drink hot coffee even when it's 90 degrees outside kind of girl too. I respect the iced varieties and cold brew comes in a very close second. But give me my coffee piping hot!

It doesn't help that I work with other coffee addicts either. Anything is an excuse for a coffee break!

I'm learning to make it better on my own so I don't rely heavily on coffee shops. Good coffee ain't cheap!

I've fallen in love with frothing my own milk! Almond milk froths beautifully! It's not as creamy as dairy milk, but it gets the job done.

My favorite new combo is Vanilla Honey, preferably in a latte (thanks for getting me hooked Amy).

I use a Keurig at home to make my coffee. I can't justify making an entire pot and I'm the onl…

2018: Happy New Year!

Hey y'all!

I pray that the New Year has found you all happy and healthy!

Do you all do the traditional "New Year" things like making sure your house is clean, all laundry is done and eat greens and black eyed peas?

For most of us southerners, this is tradition. We do it faithfully. Guess what? This. Year. I. Did. Not.

I've never frantically ran around trying to get things done anyway, but I would try to at least have the house in order when the New Year hits. This year though, we got back in town on the 30th. We were tired. On New Year's Eve we went to breakfast with friends and did a little grocery shopping. Then we rested. And all of my sisters decided my house was the place to bring in the New Year. The kitchen and dining areas were clean!

I do, however, eat my greens (collards for me) and black eyed peas. I fell into the electric pressure cooker craze in 2017. I actually bought the thing in 2015 and had never used it! I didn't get one of the top brands either.…

Winning the Holiday!

Hey y'all!

How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was great! Did you eat too much? I didn't (surprisingly). I was actually shocked at how much I DIDN'T eat. We had a small breakfast and then my family's agreed upon time to eat dinner was 1pm. I think we started eating at 2:30...they can never be on time.

Anyway, I decided that I was not going to be a slave to the kitchen this year. I would prep as much as I could ahead of time and actually enjoy a holiday for once in my life. I kind of won at it. I say kind of it because I wasn't as prepared as I thought I was, but it worked out in the end.

I love love love turkey. Like for real LOVE. I had never roasted one though. I think it has always been the fear of messing it up. And if I buy a turkey and then mess it up, I would probably force myself to eat as much as I could and nobody has time for that. Well, this year, my mom gave me a small turkey. It looked like a slightly overgrown chicken. I found this recipe for a brin…

Soup(er) Sunday!

This past Sunday I hosted a Crafty with Canon party. I won the party through House Party (I love this site!).

Initially I was planning to do a few different finger foods. Well, the temperature dropped and I wanted soup. And chili. So I made both! And my sister also made a soup that was super delicious. I used my usual go to chili recipe, except I doubled up the seasonings because I didn't have a chili seasoning pack. I think it actually tasted better! I made it in my electric pressure cooker! It was so much faster and it tasted better than it usually does. I'm in love with my pressure cooker and would like another one. Anyone have one they want to give me?

Anyway, we had fun exploring the Canon Pixma printer and printing out photos and making cute little frames! But the food was really the star of the show! I'm going to link to all of the recipes because aside from small adjustments, none of them were my own!

Broccoli and Cheese Soup.
This was a big hit! It was my first tim…