Friday, August 31, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
1}brotherly love: the boys right before swimming 2}CSA box #6 3}fresh picked flowers from my farm CSA
4}dinner from Mahogany's on the Banks- Plum Loco wings (dinner club-girl's night out), fries and mac and cheese 5} my first Love Club sample box
I hope you all had a great weekend. We sure did!
Friday, August 24, 2012
You all know how much I love Solange well I love her the most when she is photographed with her son Julez..
Here are some of my favorites!
My most recent picture obsessions!!
They were photographed for the latest issue of Elle Magazine.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Step 1: Make pasta dough
Mix in standmixer with paddle attachment
2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1tbsp of olive oil
pink of salt
*I had to add about 1/8 cup of water to moisten the dry mixture*
Once incorporated switch to dough hook and knead for 6 minutes.
Cover with kitchen towel and let rest for 30 minutes.
Cut the dough into 4ths
Using my mixer, I switched to the pasta roller attachment and rolled out 4 pasta bands
Step 2: make ravioli filling
Saute in a skillet
1 cup of finely chopped shitake mushrooms
1/2 small red onion
1 cup of crab meat
*take off heat and let cool for 5 minutes*
In a separate bowl mix
1 cup of ricotta cheese
Mix the cheese mixture with the saute mixture
Spoon filling onto pasta roll and cover with another pasta roll
Step 4: I used a ravioli stamp I purchased from William Sonoma
Stamp out ravioli and place on well floured plate. Let rest for 30 minutes.
Step 5: Boil salted water and add ravioli. Boil 3-5 minutes.
While the ravioli was resting I prepared a basic cream sauce.
Step 6: Saute 1 tbsp of butter with garlic, sage, onion, basil add 1 cup of heavy cream and simmer for 5 minutes.
Plate and enjoy!
This post is a bit late but I wanted to share my August sample boxes.
Shampoo and conditioner that I gave away, a duo lip gloss, body balm, foot cream and fragrance towelette.
facial cleanser, hydro silk razor, viva la juicy fragrance, show stopper double sided tape
Cantu curl cream, Carol's Daughter's Curl Cream, deep conditioner, twisted sistas sample
3 beautiful polishes and one lip gloss!
I have a bit of a problem and now have some of my friends at work addicted.
I am going to have to cut back soon...real soon...
Until next month!!!
Friday, August 17, 2012
This week has been extremely fast, extremely challenging and extremely exhausting. I look forward to a weekend with my family, watching my son's first football game, celebrating my nieces 5th birthday, and just unwinding in my kitchen.
It's weekends like this that put me in the mood for Nora...
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
I came across this quote and I find it so fitting. In life I try to be at a place of peace but sometimes situations and circumstances get in the way. I find it so necessary to get back in a place of PEACE. I usually whisper prayers to internally center myself. I also use cooking as a way to meditate and get away from it all. My mom always teases me and says, that she will come in my house and the boys will be running all over, Scott's watching TV and I am in a cool, dim kitchen chopping onions, pots boiling and I will be in my happy place.
One of the things I love so much about my husband is that he has a quiet peaceful personality. He is always able to talk me through some of the things that get me all stirred up and bring me back to a place of PEACE. I always jokingly refer to him as my own dose of NICOTINE.
PEACE is so important to me whether at home or work and I am consistently seeking it. I know that life will happen around me, chaos and hardship...but I thrive to be at a place of internal PEACE.
How do you center yourself and get to a place of PEACE?
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Within the next couple of months, I am so looking forward to cooler weather, the new school year, Tre' playing football, and some very memorable trips. I love the fall for so many reasons but of course it's my birthday season (and my DH's 30th!!!).
Here are my fall fashion picks for the upcoming season.
Leather and gold, animal prints, dark lips, vampy tips and scarves scarves scarves to wrap up in on those cool brisk mornings and nights.
What are you looking forward to sporting this fall?