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I LOVE cooking from recipes, and making up meals, I LOVE spending time with my boys (all three) and entertaining my family and friends, I LOVE bargain shopping (vintage stores included), I LOVE flipping through fashion and design mags, I LOVE the smell of libraries and how often I could get lost there, I LOVE scanning realty websites, I LOVE Trader Joes and LUSH, I LOVE fresh flowers and all four seasons, I LOVE Cincinnati and am always ready to travel, I LOVE stationary and stamps, I LOVE diamonds and pearls, tulle and lace, I LOVE smelling coffee and drinking tea, I love marshmallows and chocolate, I LOVE cozy sheets and morning sunshine, I LOVE me and I love GOD!

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Monday, November 11, 2013

For my mothers, sisters, aunties and friends...postive things coming our way...

Take a moment to soak in this lovely video promoting a site I absolutely can't wait until it launches. Positive energy is what I'm all about and this my sisters I just can't wait to experience.
I have singed up to be a part of the community and I encourage you to do the same, Living Ma'at, which means living your purpose. It will inspire you to do a little everyday towards living the life you deserve. Also take a look at the tour, here.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Enjoying Life...

I know I have been absent from my blog…but honestly I am truly enjoying life right now…and finding it hard to pull together posts.

With the boys in school and sports, fall family birthday celebrations, a quick weekend getaway with my honey, exploring Cincinnati any chance we get and work…life is blessing me and it’s been hard to sit and blog.
I do try to catch up on reading some of my favorites but I just haven’t been encouraged to post!
Here are a few snapshots of The Dean happenings…


I got my hair straightened! 
 The hubby and I spent a few days in beautiful Louisville for my 30th birthday...just the two of us. It was nice!


 A lovely afternoon tea with my closet ladies...

Sports of all SORTS!!!

Visiting daddy's high school...he so wants them to be Eagles :)

 And celebrating this guys birthday with a bourbon and brews party for him and his friends...

Can't forget exploring our beautiful city!

Hope you all are enjoying your fall. We have been. You can always catch me on Instagram, where I post a bit more!
Looking ahead to the holidays, what a wonderful time of year.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Recipe: Stewed Okra

Our community garden is doing really well. And a couple weeks ago we got a yummy delivery of okra. Of course, I was thrilled (Scott was not- as he is not an okra person) and dug into all my cookbooks to find the perfect recipe. I did not succeed in finding something in my cookbooks so I headed to the net. If I had the time or resources I would have made an okra gumbo. I came across this recipe from The Neely's.
A few tweaks to make it my own.
Simple and Delicious.

Here is my take on the recipe.


  • 1 lb of chicken Andouille sausage (I get mine from Trader Joe's)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3 cups sliced okra
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp of creole seasoning
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


In a heavy bottomed saute pan over medium-high heat, add the sausage. Add the onion and garlic and saute until tender, about 3 minutes.
Add the okra and tomatoes, making sure to add the reserved juice from the tomatoes to the saute pan. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for 15 minutes.
Cook's Note: If needed, add water or chicken stock if the pan becomes too dry.