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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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Master Tre'

Master Roman

Monday, January 31, 2011


Lovin' these fun sneakers from Pastry!! They would motivate me to want to work out a bit!!!


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sexy Little Things...just in time for Valentine's Day

Although I am trying to cut back on spending, these sexy little numbers would be a nice addition to my little boudoir collection! They are classy and flirtatious. I will be pulling out some of my never been worn sexy little gifts from my bridal shower...but of oh how amazing would these look? Add red lipstick and some delicious perfume (thanks hubby) and you have set the mood!

Friday, January 28, 2011

GaGa for YaYa

One of my style muses, YaYa Dacosta.
She is fab, fierce, and natural!!!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Getting me through these cold days of Winter...

Even though our family activities have died down a bit since it's so stinky cold outside I still have to keep the family organized. This wonderful Vera Bradley agenda came to me right on time. Thanks Mother in Law!!

Can you say dessert in a cup!!! This dark chocolate is so decadent it's melts into the milk and is superbly delicious. Perfect for a cold winter day.

My skin always gets a little drier during the winter. I always have to switch out my products. This creamy concoction was the perfect gift from my Secret Santa!!!

My Gourmet Handmade Betina Pepper Berry's sweet and spicy. The spicy is perfect for warming me up in the shower. Fab gift from my boss!

****** new favorite online mag just launched this week and I just love it!!! It's so funny because the description of a Matchbook Girl well...describes

Love Matchbook Mag!!! Check out the first issue here.

Happy Winter!!!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I love the hunt...thrift store finds

You all know how much I love going to yard sales in the summer, every Saturday morning bright and early I wake up with a plan in mind and a routed map in my hand. The winter, of course has put a hamper on any yard sale trips.

Here are some of my thirft finds!!!!

Kodak's (1960/1970) Instamatic 104 Camera

This shower curtain is super fab. It has a 1920's theme with fun bright colors. I put it in our guest bath and am having a bunch of fun finding rugs and trash pails to go with it!


I have a slight obsession with typewriters. I found this Smith Corona and can't wait to display it in my dream craft room ! It still works so if you get a typed card from me you know it's from this beauty.

MILK GLASS...I am adding to my collection!!! Remember I found a gorgeous ice bucket this summer well these vases are perfect for single buds and bouquets!!! I can't wait to get some Spring flowers in these!!

Not from the thrift, but lovely no less, these fun shower rings in Cold and Hot I found at TJ Maxx for a great deal. I thought there made a nice touch to the 1920's shower curtain.

Have you ever been lucky at a yard sale or thrift store? Do you have certain things you like to collect?


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Burn the Floor

I was one of 10 lucky winners to receive tickets to see Burn the Floor at Cincinnati's Aronoff Center. Let me just tell you the show was amazing! The whole time I wanted to get up up dance in the aisle! It was nonstop dancing and they went all out!!! What a fabulous show.

I have fallen in LOVE with ballroom dancing!


Monday, January 17, 2011

Pink Passion

These cold days have me yearning for something bright, something girlie, and something refreshing.

My current

My nails...fresh mani at Cincy Chic's New Year, New You Spa Night

This lovely vingette, just in time for Valentine's Day

Fab Hallmark pink rose printed wrapping paper I scored at the dollar store. Just in time for all those Spring celebrations!!!

I LOVE this rose printed wallpaper, seen on Fabulous K's blog



Black and Beautiful

I'm loving this picture.

Strong, beautiful, elegant!

Black and Beautiful

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Extra problem

I was flipping through a new cookbook, Mad Hungry by Lucinda Scala Qinn, and came across this delicious recipe for Apple German Cake. I already had everything in my pantry.
It is so delicious!!! She has some great recipes in here that I can't wait to test out!!!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Spicing up Winter

There is something so comforting about eating spicy food when it is freezing outside...

There are two types of foods that I would have to say are my all time favorite. The first, is Indian chicken tikka masala with saffron rice and garlic naan. The second is either Jamaican Curry or Jerk Chicken, with rice and peas and fried plantains.

Last week I decided I would try my hand at making some Jamaican Curry. I got my big cast iron Dutch oven out and tried the fabulous recipe below. It was really tasty but I think I would add just a bit of flour to make the liquid thicken just a bit. Also if you are not a fan of heat, you can omit the peppers.


Makes 6 to 8 servings

• 2 3-pound chickens
• 2 limes, juice and grated rind
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 2 tablespoons butter (optional)
• 3 small onions, chopped
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 4 tablespoons curry powder
• 3 tomatoes, chopped, or 1/4 cup tomato sauce
• 1 Scotch bonnet pepper (any color), plus 2 to 4 slices (any color)
• 2 teaspoons salt
• 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 4 cups water


1. Rinse the chickens with water and pat them dry with paper towels. Cut the chickens into serving pieces and place in a large bowl, reserving the backs, necks, and wing tips for stock or another use. Juice the limes and add the juice to the chicken along with the grated lime rind, coating the chicken with the juice.

2. In a large skillet, heat 1/4 cup of the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter, if using, over high heat until very hot. Pat the chicken dry again and carefully add half of the pieces to the skillet. Fry on one side for 3 to 4 minutes, shaking and tilting the skillet a little to distribute the fat. Turn the chicken over and fry for 3 minutes more, or until golden brown. Remove the chicken to a large platter and set aside.

3. Pour out the old fat, wipe the skillet, and add the remaining 1/4 cup oil and 1 tablespoon butter, if using. Repeat the frying procedure with the remaining chicken pieces and then set aside.

4. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of oil, reduce the heat to medium, and add the onions and garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute (be careful not to burn the garlic). Add the curry powder and fry for 1 minute, scraping the bottom.

5. Add the tomatoes, whole Scotch bonnet pepper and slices, salt, and black pepper. Stir thoroughly while scraping the bottom of the pan. Add the water and mix until well blended. Return the chicken to the pan. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is tender.

Read more at Curry Chicken - Martha Stewart Recipes

I think I am going to pick up Lucinda Scala Quinn’s, Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen, to try some of her other recipes!

Stay warm!!!



Monday, January 10, 2011

Ohhh girl I LOVE your hair...

Andrea Pippins, who writes a wonderful blog, Fly,  is simply fabulous!!!

Here is an excerpt taken from her website, I Love My Hair, In 2008, I, Andrea Pippins created I Love My Hair for a thesis project in grad school. Originally a campaign to encourage African-American women to love and embrace their naturally coily hair, I Love My Hair evolved into a brand that celebrates those special coils through art and design.

If you have a chance check out her website!!
She even has a little girl line which  I am eyeing for my God daughter!!! It would make the perfect gift.

I would LOVE all 3 to adorn one of the walls in our home!!!

How inspiring!! Be proud!


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Saying goodbye to the holidays...

 So happy to be in New Orleans with family...


It's cookie baking time in GG's kitchen...

Christmas Eve Family Reunion Dinner Dance...

Exploring New Orleans...

Having fun and relaxing...

The best welcome home ever!!!

We truly had an amazing time in New Orleans and were so happy to see our family when we returned to Cincinnati.

Truly Blessed

Goodbye Holidays...Hello Winter!!!