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Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomatoes

Gnocchi with Spinach and Tomatoes

This recipe feeds 4 people and takes about 30 minutes. Ingedients: 8 oz. grape tomatoes, sliced in half the long way 2 shallots, thinly sliced 1/2 cup Panko breadcrumbs 2 tsp garlic powder 17.6 oz. Gnocchi 1/8 cup veggie stock 8 Tbsp. cream cheese 10 […]

Homemade Vegan Biscuits

Homemade Vegan Biscuits

I absolutely love me a good biscuit and this year I’ve been working on converting my recipes to meet a plant-based lifestyle which brings us to this particular recipe. I didn’t realize it would be so simple to convert and I’m over the moon I […]

3 Ways to Connect Your Beliefs and Desires

3 Ways to Connect Your Beliefs and Desires

Are you believing something about yourself yet your desire is the opposite of that belief. I know we have all had negative self talk at one point in time or another. However did you know that it is this negative self talk that is blocking your ability to reach your goals. In order to attain ones goals and dreams you must connect your beliefs with your desires. Ok here’s a few examples:

Ex. 1- Mary wants to be a Make-up Artist yet she keeps saying, “Everyone loves my make-up but no one’s gonna pay me to do theirs.”

Ex. 2- John wants to create art that can go on canvas and t-shirts to start his own business, yet he keeps telling himself his art isn’t good enough.

Ex.3- Shanta has always had a glowing smile however she began to tell herself after someone mentioning her crooked teeth that she really doesn’t like her smile.

What do you think happened to each of these people? Well let me tell you. Mary kept getting compliments on her makeup and even began to do others make-up for them because people actually believed she had skills. However she didn’t get paid for her services because she had already set up in her mind that it was not possible when she already had the proof.

John didn’t start his business because he believed he needed to perfect his skills before starting and always had an excuse for not making the time. He didn’t realize their are all types of art forms. It didn’t dawn on him that Art and it’s beauty is different for every buyer or collector. He could have started and perfected his skills along the way.

Shanta eventually stopped smiling because she had already set up in her mind that her smile was ugly to others because her teeth weren’t perfect. He made her less happy when she should not have allowed an imperfection to still away her joyful moments.

If this is you no matter the situation be it trying to loose weight, starting a business or any other goal; your beliefs are keeping you from achieving your desires. Your beliefs are just that which you believe about yourself. You must create the life you want to live by speaking it into existence. This is called positive self talk or speaking lovingly to yourself. You must believe you are capable of it before it is even possible. So lets talk about 3 ways to connect your beliefs and desires.

  1. Mind Changing- If your belief and your desire don’t match up you must change your mindset. A belief is defined as: an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists. While desire is defined as: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. A negative and positive thought cannot occupy the same space. You must decide which one you will feed.
  2. Affirmations – Affirmations whether spoken or visual can be extremely powerful. The saying “You are what you eat” applies also to what you feed the mind. Create an affirmation board or a affirmation mantra to say each day.
  3. Align your actions- Begin to do things that put you on the path to accomplishing your goals. A Dream without action will never come to pass.

When you begin to change the way you think it will change how you see yourself, family, business, etc. Affirmations come in many form for some we have notebooks or pads with motivational sayings, affirmation boards posted in our homes and offices, and for me personally it’s the artwork throughout my house such as pictures and statues.

Art by Wak & HeySugaFoot

These affirmations are a constant reminder of what you are trying to keep or are striving to attain. Reading is another way to change or keep the appropriate mindset to the path you want to be on. What we read and watch are a direct affect on our emotions and begin to shape our thoughts which create beliefs and encourage or discourage desires. I hope this helps you in aligning your actions and to getting on the path to accomplishing your goals.

Smoothie Prep

Smoothie Prep

A green smoothie or juice is a great way to start your day. Starting your morning with a green smoothie or juice first helps to not only cleanse but heal the body. This month in the personal and business development group I’m a part of […]

Knowing when to switch it up when homeschooling

Knowing when to switch it up when homeschooling

The Prime truck just delivered Babygirl’s books. If you’ve ever homeschooled you know that the curriculum must be adapted to the individual child and if you plan to homeschool you will discover it during your journey.  So when we first started we chose to use […]

Vegetable Kale Soup

Vegetable Kale Soup

Today felt like a soup day and it was perfect cause I had lots of fresh veggies that needed to get cooked before going bad. As they say “Waste not, want not” and I love making my own food as it allows me to know what exactly is in each dish. Did you know the best time to be creative in the kitchen is when you try to come up with a dish based on ingredients on hand. Exactly how this came about, veggies needing to be used not sitting unloved in my refrigerator. In showing these veggies some love meaning prepping them to have a party in my tummy as they say on “Yo Gabba Gabba” this delicious soup came to life. And who says you need recipes. This soup will allow variety as it can go over couscous, rice, risotto, pasta or beans. The featured image shows it over couscous as it is what I had for lunch and then for dinner I ate it again with Basmati rice.

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes, diced
  • 3 tall celery sticks, chopped
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 7 med.-large kale leaves
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper (can also use yellow, red, or mix all 3)
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 cup vegetable puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Note: table salt and kosher salt are not equal.

Directions:

  1. Add first 7 ingredients to the pot and cook till veggies are tender (approximately 30-45 min). 
  2. add last 3 ingredients
  3. Eat your soup as is or pour over a bed of rice or option of your choice.

I hope you find your Vegetable Kale Soup as comforting and D’Lish as I did and till next time “IT’s Been D’Lish Dishing with Ya’ll!”

Vegetable Risotto

Vegetable Risotto

The smell of a kitchen is distinctively different when everything’s homemade and while cooking up this pot of colorful beauty the house was smelling so delicious. I couldn’t help but to think of my grandmother who was an amazing cook. This dish actually came out […]

Homemade Vegetable Broth + Puree

Homemade Vegetable Broth + Puree

Today started out as an opportunity to check out a pop up location of which I decided to take a friend to do the same. If you haven’t learned by now I’m a sharer. I had the pleasure of meeting AJ and Tonya of EntrePODneur […]

Leveling Up My Health

Leveling Up My Health

So I’m really doing this thang. Leveling up my health. Yea I know my family and friends are like child how much more healthy you gone eat. You know they say you are what you eat and well my habits were getting out of control at least with sweets. Sugar will make the brain go wonky and well now we simply can’t have that; I’ve got an empire to build and a company to run outside of being super mom or so they think I am.

Twelve years ago I gave up pork and well let’s just say my health got better in many ways; most importantly mental clarity. I began cooking from scratch beyond the three meals that I had become known for simply because I wanted to know what was in the foods I was feeding my family and myself.  Yes even after removing pork from our diet, cooking homecooked meals and baking my sweets except on special occasion I felt I needed to up my game only I knew this time I’d be solo.

After meeting some really supportive folks at a workshop I was a vendor at “Yoniverse to Universe” I felt really motivated and empowered to forge ahead. I decided to take that road I’d been pondering on for so long; like Nike says, “Just Do It.” I’ve been on a roll since Friday going meatless. I thought I’d just get myself to 4 days a week doing a meatless diet but no the competitor in me said girl we doing the damn thing. I have gone 6 days now meatless. And no I haven’t slipped. I’ve even cooked meat twice this week for the family and didn’t even want it. What did I make, well two of my favorites: Lasagna and a Baked Mustard Chicken but I wasn’t phased. When you have a mind shift it will definitely light a fire under you. I encourage you to get around a group of people or at least connect somehow like thru facebook or text messaging to get that encouragement and guidance you need. Understand this is my way of approaching a healthier way. Whether you choose a vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto or blood type based diet be sure to do your own research and find what is best for you; your body will let you know what works and what doesn’t pay attention.

Want to know what I ate this week:

Day 1 – oatmeal/baked potato w/avocado

Day 2 – falafel, pineapple salsa w/ tortilla chips, mixed fruit/Salad w/cucumber and tomato/green smoothie

Day 3 – Grits/Edamame bowl, green smoothie, Caesar Salad/bake potato w/avocado

Day 4 – Bagel w/vegan butter/Kale salad, Rosemary & Sea salt chips/Edamame bowl, green smoothie

Day 5 – Oatmeal/ kale salad, Rosemary & Sea salt chips/ plum/Baked potato w/ avocado

Day 6 – Special K cereal/ baked potato w/ avocado, green smoothie/ Rosemary & Sea salt chips/ kale salad

If you gave me encouragement I thank You!!!!

Why I Started A Skincare Business

Why I Started A Skincare Business

I started Artisan Body Treats out of necessity; I needed to create a solution to my daughter’s dry-itchy skin. There is nothing like a mother on a mission to ease the suffering of her child. I was tired of watching as she sat on the […]

What is Holistic Living

What is Holistic Living

What is Holistic Living? Holistic Living is the heart of a healthy lifestyle and is defined as the art of living in balance with ourselves and our environment. When we do so we are understanding and respecting that all things are intertwined therefore connected. Holistic […]

Small Beginnings

Small Beginnings

If I’m honest my journey began long before I had a choice in the matter. I can remember my mother having in and out ventures where we’d be on this health kick then on whatever again. We were the kids who’d be eating sugar-free candy and our friend would be looking at us like we had cooties.
By the time I became a teen my mother was introducing us to holistic medicine here and there little did I realize at the time the impact it would have on my life. By the time I’d had my first child I began learning to survive on my own. I still called mom when baby became ill and she’d always encouraged I first try a holistic approach before resorting to modern medicine. Fast forward to my 4th child and kick it up a notch by now we’ve omitted pork our diet.
Once I got pregnant with my daughter and what would be my last child everything would evolve from that moment and time moving forward. It would be important to not just be mindful of what I was eating but listening to, learn and everything I’d do. I no longer permed my hair well at least not while I was pregnant as this was a constant battle of the kinks after giving birth. I was conscious enough that it was an important step in teaching my daughter to love her hair as well as her black features the most high had blessed her with.
Let’s fast forward again, lol! I began to explore cooking more from scratch so I’d know the ingredients in the foods I was feeding my family and I even began making skincare products to solve her dry, itchy and sensitive skin needs. Now I’m on a new journey I’ve eliminated meat from my diet and now am working on diary! Yay sometimes you must be your own cheerleader. Can I get a rah, rah, lol. Well I hope you will stick around; be it to encourage, be encouraged or for all the resources you’ll find here as the site grows. I want you to know I appreciate you for stopping by and I look forward to next time!

JR’s Favorite Chicken – A Snellville Farmers Market Favorite

JR’s Favorite Chicken – A Snellville Farmers Market Favorite

While visiting my local Farmer’s Market here in Snellville I had an opportunity to acquire and add a new seasoning blend to my kitchen. This is easy peasy, lol. Simply choose your cuts of chicken, I personally like thighs. Then sprinkle them with the seasoning. […]

Chicken Noodle

Chicken Noodle

Oh how we love our chicken noodle soup, one of the few dishes I can get Babygirl to eat without a fuss since she’s been in the picky eater phase. This is a meal that works great whether you’re on a budget or simply don’t […]

What are the variations of our Head 2 Toe Love Butter?

What are the variations of our Head 2 Toe Love Butter?

Our “Head 2 Toe Love” Triple Butter is made with premium ingredients which are also vegan. The different essential oils used to make up the following variations:

Bare, Citrus Dream, Lavender, Lemongrass and Neem

Each of theses scents made up using essential oils have been chosen for their wonderful benefits.

Olive oil

Olive oil

Whether applied to your face or body, olive oil will penetrate deep into the skin and provide a long-lasting shield of moisture to keep skin smooth and supple. Used either as a night cream or daily moisturizer, it is best applied to damp skin, when […]

Castor Oil

Castor Oil

Castor oil is one of Mother Earth’s most versatile healing ingredients. It is packed with hair growing benefits and is considered the miracle oil needed to grow fuller hair and lush eyelashes as it’s packed with antioxidants. Castor Oil for the Skin Heals inflamed skin […]

Mango Butter

Mango Butter

Mango Butter is similar to cocoa butter and shea butter in texture but different in terms of its fatty acids content. It is rich in antioxidants and Vitamins A, C and E. It has minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium. Not just this, mango butter is also rich in omega 6 fatty acids like stearic, oleic and linoleic acids which make it an excellent emollient. The butter has a sweet and nutty fragrance and is solid in room temperature. Rubbing it between your fingers or on the skin dissolves the butter and spreads it well all over the skin. It can be applied directly on the scalp and the hair.

Benefits of our Mango Butter

  • Rich in Vitamin C, our Mango Butter promotes collagen production. This strengthens the skin and reduces sagging.
  • Apply Mango Butter on scrapes and small wounds to speed up the healing process.
  • Rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and skin regenerators, Mango Butter can help fade stretch marks and acne scars.
  • A natural source of Vitamin A, Mango Butter can help minimize wrinkles.
  • Mango Butter soothes insect bites.
  • A major moisturizer, Mango Butter can help treat dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema with regular application.
  • Use Mango Butter to hydrate your hair. Protect your scalp by applying it before and after sun exposure.

Mango Butter Benefits for the Hair

1. Mango Butter has a rich moisturizing effect that can help in restoring and maintaining the moisture levels in your scalp and hair. Apply it as a mask over your scalp and your hair and leave it on for about half an hour to one hour before shampooing your hair. The mango butter mask will make brittle and unhealthy hair softer and easier to manage. It also makes your hair healthy and shiny.

2. Its antioxidant properties promotes cell regeneration and makes your hair grow faster. The Vitamins A and C in mango butter also have a direct influence on improving your hair growth.

3. You can dab on some mango butter on your hair after shampooing it as a leave-in conditioner. It helps in shielding your hair against damage.

4. It is not very greasy so you can use it while styling your hair to make it more manageable.

Mango Butter Benefits for the Skin

1. Mango butter has rich moisturizing properties that have the potential to end all your dry skin woes. If you suffer from dry and flaky skin, simply rub some mango butter between your fingers and smooth it on your skin. This will instantly hydrate your skin.

2. Mango butter, when used over time on your knees and elbows helps you get rid of the coarseness of the skin.

3. Mango butter can protect your skin from UV rays, eczema, rashes, insect bites and poison ivy.

4. Applying mango butter on your face and skin every night helps in the regeneration of cells in the skin and it keeps your youthfulness intact.

5. It can be used as a shaving cream.

6. Mango butter is a natural alternative to skin creams and body lotions – it does the job of moisturizing the skin better.
It has regenerative properties that help in skin exfoliation and soothing sun damage.

Products:

Head 2 Toe Love Butter

Mother’s Love Soap

 

Kokum Butter

Kokum Butter

Kokum butter promotes elasticity of the skin and stores damaged skin. Heal fissures of the lips, hands and soles of feet. Helps regenerates skin cells & reduces degeneration of skin cells. Kokum Butter has excellent emollient properties and very high oxidative stability. 1. Antioxidants Kokum […]

Personal Trail Mix

Personal Trail Mix

Who says you need to purchase already made trail mix? I always end up picking out stuff I don’t enjoy eating so I decided to make my own. While I was at the DeKalb Farmers Market I picked up some dry fruit and nuts. This […]

What’s in our Head 2 Toe Love Triple Butter…

What’s in our Head 2 Toe Love Triple Butter…

What’s in our “Head 2 Toe Love” Triple Butter? Aside from everything you need; well our Triple Butter is made up of premium and loving ingredients such as avocado oil,
castor oil, coconut oil, kokum butter, mango butter and shea butter. These particular ingredients were hand picked for their ability to be multi-purpose. This allows our butter to truly live up to its name “Head 2 Toe Love.” It’s multiple use covers your hair, face, lips and body. For such uses as:

Seals in moisture when applied to washed, conditioned hair while still wet
Detangler
Oil scalp
Makeup remover
Face moisturizer
Lip Balm
Moisturize your body & feet
And so much more….
Here are our favorite ingredients:

Avocado oil

Coconut oil

Avocado oil

Avocado oil

Avocado Oil contains a number of essential fatty acids, including high quantities of monounsaturated oleic acid. Oleic acid is a major component of Avocado oil and features countless benefits such as reduced risk of cancer. Oleic acid also helps prevent microbial infections and inflammation. Avocado […]

Coconut oil

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals which are good for the human body. However, coconut oil usage is not limited to hair; it is used in the preparation of soaps and creams. Coconut oil is revolutionizing the world of health & beauty and more research […]

Shea Butter

Shea Butter

Shea Butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF-6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and other nutrients necessary for collagen production. It has been used in Africa and other countries for many years to improve skin and hair. It is a thick and intense moisturizer which is great applied directly to the skin.

Benefits are:

Moisturizing Scalp and Hair- Seals in moisture conditioning the scalp, alleviating dandruff and providing overall protection from harsh climates. It has been known to remedy dry skin and protects skin’s natural oils therefore making it great for individuals with eczema.

Reduces Inflammation- A study in 2010 found that due to its natural properties it has anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive effects. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20484832)

Skin Smoothing and Anti- Aging Properties- Aids in the skin’s natural collagen production. Many people with long term use report skin softening and strengthening, as well as wrinkle reduction as it helps with tissue cell regeneration.

Relieves Wind, Sunburn, and Dry Winter Skin- it’s moisturizing quality penetrates deep into the skin helping by offering more moisture to skin that has encountered windburn, sunburn, and cracking from winters harshness.

Reduces Stretch Marks, Scarring and Cellulite- having healing properties and hydrating qualities it reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scarring.

Prevents Diaper Rash for Babies- due to its anti fungal and anti-inflammatory properties it helps to fight off yeast.

Other benefits it has been known for- healing burns, protecting skin against free radicals, use with psoriasis, restores skin elasticity, fade dark marks and scars, prevents bumps after shaving, calms irritated skin, and relieves joint pain.

***** Remember to always consult a physician when introducing new products even when natural and organic as skin has sensitivities and shea comes from a nut therefore if you have or could unknowingly have nut allergies it may irritate the skin.

Products:

Head 2 Toe Love Butter

Mother’s Love Soap

All-Natural Lip Balm

Lemony-Wheat Soap

Eternal Butter

Neem Butter

 

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Kids not eating those bananas fast enough or maybe like me you bought a bunch thinking you’d make 2 banana puddings for Thanksgiving and was too tired to make it to the second one, lol. Well it gave me the opportunity to make this recipe […]

Why is it So Important to Hydrate?

Why is it So Important to Hydrate?

Are you getting enough water? Are 8 glasses of water really necessary? Don’t really care to drink a flavorless beverage? Are you getting headaches, catching craps or maybe your urine doesn’t smell or look so good? If you have asked yourself or someone you know […]

Chicken Lentil Potpie

Chicken Lentil Potpie

I love when I find new recipes to put my own spin on; after all cooking is about trying different things which at times are an epic fail and others the best thing you’ve ever made. I apologize their is no picture of the dish, I simply got excited and dove right in before I knew it and since I’ve only ever had lentils when eating mixed beans till this dish which I am told it is an Ethiopian staple; the anticipation was killing me. The recipe was a pleasant find and I shall be making it again, hopefully remembering to get a picture to add. Now I must admit the first try on this dish was a no go as I learned all lentils are not equal so as the original recipe called for red lentils please do not try them in this particular method or you will be stuck with an epic fail. This method however will take one prep step. You will need to quick soak your lentils by placing them in a pot with enough water to cover them about an inch and a half above. Then boil for no more than 5 minutes, turn off and cover for 1 hour before cooking. Note that its ok if you need them to sit for several hours before cooking just be sure to drain the water. Remember the biscuits are what makes this a potpie however you can choose to replace them with a side of rice.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter (optional)
  • 1 large onion (sweet, Vidalia or yellow onion)
  • 2 cups Green Lentils or Yellow lentils
  • 1 can (796 ml) Diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Cumin seasoning
  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Chicken Bouillon granules
  • Salt, pepper – to taste
  • 3 sprigs Thyme
  • 1 can Coconut milk (need at least 250 – 300 ml)
  • 2 cups water
  • Cooked Chicken cut up (about 1 full boneless breast or 1, 6-9 oz. bag)*
  • Miss B Frozen Biscuits (you will need at least 5-6 as that is how many this meal will feed)

Directions:
You can do these steps all in a crock pot if it has the different settings like a Ninja which is what I’m using. If not do steps 1-3 in a skillet. * I tend to make up chicken and freeze it for dishes I know I’ll make at a later date which will need it.

  • Heat oil
  • While oil is heating dice the onions.
  • Cook the onion on medium high heat adding the butter while cooking for 5-8 minutes or until softened and lightly brown.
  • Add the lentils and tomatoes, be sure to stir in. At this point your crock should be on the slow-cooker setting.
  • Add leaves from thyme sprigs, all your seasonings and stir well.
  • Pour coconut milk in and water into crock (may need to blend in can with fork to break up).
  • Add your meat, cover with lid and set time for 4 hours.

Recipe Finally:
I have a Ninja so if you do you can switch the setting to oven and complete the last step or as most people probably do not have this model you can 20-30 minutes before the timer goes off place your biscuits in the oven to cook then place on top of lentils for last 5-15 minutes before timer goes off.
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did!

Original recipe found @Imagelicious (Vegan option)

How to get: Sexy Smooth Legs

How to get: Sexy Smooth Legs

Every woman wants sexy smooth legs and here is how you can get that beautiful look. Coconut oil has so many benefits and for those who know me personally; I’m known as the “Coconut Nut” as I’m nuts about it. My children hear me talking […]

Wellness Shot

Wellness Shot

Recommended by Dr. Mike Dow as part of the Brain Fog Fix (can be drank daily) Wellness Shot 1 oz. water ½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp black pepper Optional squeeze of lemon, orange

Rosemary and Mushroom Chicken

Rosemary and Mushroom Chicken

Hello all,
I found the recipe for this on Pinterest it originated from Paleo Foodie Kitchen as part of the 21 day cleanse. It looked really delicious however when I started making it I felt like making changes aside from the fact that my youngest son had come home from football practice and was bugging about when dinner would be done. Needless to say I still found time to do a short video. Don’t critic me too hard I’m not even close to a novice; in the infant stages of beginner, lol taking baby steps to perfection. Check it out…

Ingredients:

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 7 Tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tsp fresh or dried Rosemary leaves
  • 16 oz container of white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/3 Cup beef broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • Nature’s Own Seasoning to taste

This recipe was doubled since I wasn’t making sides just garlic bread otherwise we possibly could have let it and put it over rice or pasta as suggested in my house how it would be so good that way.

Instructions:

  1. Season chicken with sea salt and pepper.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp coconut oil, when pan is hot add chicken and cook until almost done. Place in baking dish.
  3. Meanwhile add remaining oil to medium heat until pan is hot then add Rosemary and garlic letting simmer for about 2-3 minutes. Do not allow to burn.
  4. Add mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes. Add broth slowly unless room temperature continuing to cook and additional 3 minutes.
  5. Add 2/3 half and half slowly to pan. Whisking remaining half and half with cornstarch then add and let cook so it can thicken.
  6. Season with Nature’s Own Seasoning to taste then pour over chicken and bake @350° for 15-20 minutes uncovered.
Breakfast with Earth Balance

Breakfast with Earth Balance

Hey ya’ll I wanted to introduce you to Earth Balance as I was lucky to be invited to another campaign and the perk as A BzzAgent is that I was able to receive a coupon to try this product for free, yay! This is a […]

1 Size Lemonade

1 Size Lemonade

Have you ever just wanted one cup of lemonade and driven all the way to Chick-fil-A or somewhere else just to purchase a cup that cost you about $2-3. Well I have on numerous occasions. I find that I’m always with lemons now since they […]

Sesame Ginger Chicken

Sesame Ginger Chicken

My 1st time making Sesame Ginger Chicken and it’s a keeper! It wasn’t hard to make nor was it a lengthy process. Who needs take out when you can learn to do it yourself. I am Loving the look of this meal in my Temptations dish.

What you will need:
-½ cup Kikkoman soy sauce
-2 tsp sesame oil
-2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
-⅓ cup Karo light corn syrup
-¼ cup honey
-2 tsp sesame seeds
-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
-½ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
-3 Tbsp. olive oil
-1 tbsp. minced garlic
-1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled & minced
-2 Tbsp. green onions, finely sliced on a diagonal

Directions:
1. Whisk together your soy sauce, sesame oil, lemon juice, corn syrup, honey and sesame seeds then set aside.
2. Rinse your chicken under cool water and pat dry with a paper towel or napkin. If your chicken has fat please trim then dredge each piece in flour (be sure to sift your flour and shaking off excess).
3. Over medium heat add olive oil to your skillet. Once oil is hot add the chicken and brown each piece for about 3–4 minutes on each side. When they are lightly browned remove them from the skillet placing onto a plate, lightly covering with aluminum foil and sitting aside. Remember the chicken isn’t ready just yet it will finish in the sauce. Add the garlic and ginger to the remaining oil in the skillet and cook for about 1 minute. Now add the soy sauce mixture to the skillet and stir, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Return your
chicken back to the skillet and cook them in the sauce 10–12 minutes uncovered and until the sauce has reduced by half. Be sure to turn the chicken often to coat all sides evenly in the glaze as the sauce reduces. Once the chicken has cooked through and you’ve got a nice glaze transfer the chicken to a dish pouring remaining sauce over it. This is where your green onions come in; they’re the garnish to your dish now enjoy!
As always “It’s Been D’Lish Dishing w/ Y’all” and Happy New Year!
Note: recipe adapted from Cheryl Style

It’s A Girl

It’s A Girl

I remember when I found out I was having a girl. Up until the day I’d be given the news I was on boy craze as I’d had three. I thought I’m gonna get another boy and that’s cool they’ve been great. Fast forward to […]

Baked Tikka Chicken

Baked Tikka Chicken

Ingredients: 1 1b. Boneless skinless chicken thighs or 8 pcs of chicken (skin on or off) 4 tbsp. JR’S Favorite Tikka Chicken Seasoning 1/2 cup sour cream Nature’s Own Seasoning 1/3 cup water Directions: 1. Mix Tikka Seasoning with sour cream in a bowl. 2. […]

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

You ever had one of those days that went like you fast forwarded it; well today seem to be one for me. Got up this morning as I do every Sunday for brunch with the family; my honey made Breakfast burritos this time. I bought orange juice for everyone to enjoy but of course I forgot all about where I put it therefore I forgot we had it, so everyone either had coffee or milk. As we all know how we get after eating like a fat lazy rat thinking of Charlotte’s Web with Templeton or many of you know the phrase “I’ve got Niggaritous” no pun intended, lol. Anyway my point is I didn’t take anything out to defrost which led me to this meal idea. I decided to run out to the store and grab the following to go with the ground turkey I already had.

Ingredients:
• Bag of plain corn chips
•Velveeta cheese (cut into cubes)
•Bag of shredded lettuce
•Grape tomatoes (cut in halves)

You’ll need to follow my recipe for Taco Seasoning or to purchase 1 package of taco seasoning to add to your ground turkey. I used 3 lbs. and a tbsp. of seasoning per pound of meat however this recipe is easily adjustable to your family size.

Directions:
1- Brown meat and add seasoning and Velveeta cheese about 6-8 oz per pound of meat or as cheesy as you like, cut into cubes.

2- Now all you need to do is layer and serve as followed in pictures.

You may want to add ketchup or taco sauce as a topping. Making this dish surprisingly was a joy and my family enjoyed it. It really has been great sharing with y’all so until next time remember, “It’s Been D’Lish Dishing w/ Y’all!”

Mushroom Chicken Ravioli

Mushroom Chicken Ravioli

I wasn’t really sure how this would turn out but I must say I was pleasantly surprised as well as pleased. Every plate was cleaned and I felt like Mikey from those old life cereal commercials, “I really liked it”. Ingredients: 1- 32 oz. Pkg. […]

Oxtail Stew

Oxtail Stew

Looking for a hearty meal that’ll feel you up? Well this stew is great year round and only requires 4 Ingredients. Ingredients: 1-1 1/2 lbs. Oxtail 2 1/2 cups frozen mix veggies (corn, carrots, green beans) 2 tbsp chicken bouillon granules 6 cups of water […]

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

There’s nothing like making something yourself and it deliciously gives you the satisfaction of knowing exactly what is in it. I use to love to go to the store and pick up a bottle of Strawberry or raspberry lemonade from the refrigerated section till one day my family was gathered at the table and found our meal had been turned into a horror session due to finding a maggot in the bottle. It has been 2 years since but I won’t buy lemonade from any company now and I Simply will not purchase anything from that company anymore. Still haven’t gotten over My Paranoyia. I apologize if this repulsed you. Maybe the positive out of it will be that it inspires you to make homemade lemonade.

  • 2 cups lemon juice (real or from concentrate)
  • 2 cups strawberry puree
  •  2 cups sugar
  • 4 quart or larger pitcher
  • Water

Directions:
Place first 3 ingredients in pitcher then fill water to 4 qt. line (about 3 qt. of water). Stir, chill and drink.

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

Finally made it to the Snellville Farmers Market; even though it was raining it still was a successful trip. I found Blueberries, Peaches and Zucchini. Can you say happy dance like David Venable on “ITKWD”. So my honey has been asking for sweets and after […]

Vee’s Chicken Helper & Tomato Basil Mini Shells

Vee’s Chicken Helper & Tomato Basil Mini Shells

Who says only hamburger helper can do it. I was simply trying to do a quick fix for the family since my shoulder was killing me and I needed to also make my “Lemon Blueberry” Pound Cake. It came out so well that I’ll definitely […]

What’s Sunday Brunch Really & Strawberries

What’s Sunday Brunch Really & Strawberries

Good Afternoon, I’m just sitting here with the family chating about world issues such as the value we place on unimportant and irrelevant things. While also watching these two squirrels chase each other up and down the tree, which is a regular occurrence in our yard. So we’re having our regular Sunday brunch and the meal wasn’t as plentiful on this day however that’s no reason to cancel for it’s not about the food it’s about coming together spending time and being thankful; like Thanksgiving. Yes I said Thanksgiving; why should it only be one day a year. Just think about it for a minute. Wow makes since huh.
So what was on the menu you say? Strawberry muffins, scrambled eggs, smoked turkey sausage and coffee for the grown & sexy, lol as well as chocolate milk for the wee little ones. We had to wait extra long for my honey as he is the head since he injured his foot hooping out the youngsters at the basketball court.
All in all its been a great mid morning with the family. My eldest son came in the kitchen to help make the whip cream while I finished the eggs. Note if your mouth is watering for Strawberry muffins the recipe is below.
Here is what you’ll need:
– 1 cup sugar
-3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
– 1/2 cup Chobani Vanilla Greek yogurt
– 2 large eggs
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 tsp. Baking powder
– 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
– 1/4 tsp. Salt
– 16 oz. (1lb.) Strawberries, cut up
– 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350° and grease muffin pans w/ cooking spray
2) Combine in bowl sugar and butter. Beat w/ mixer on high until light and fluffy. Add yogurt and eggs; beat until blended. Add vanilla.
3) In separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add to butter mix, beat then fold in strawberries.

4) Fill muffin pans and bake till nicely brown and can put toothpick through and comes out clean.

-Makes 1 1/2 muffins-

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did. Until next time it’s been Dlish dishing with ya’ll!

Chobani meets Burritos

Chobani meets Burritos

Did you know that sour cream can be substituted with yogurt. Well we made burritos and forgot we were out of sour cream so what the heck we tried it. Of course we didn’t have regular we only had vanilla. Yes that’s right we put […]

Herb Fish

Herb Fish

Came up with this in an effort to make fish differently since I was out of Vidalia onion dressing. I also needed to use my Land o lakes seasonings. This is a 3 ingredient dish, yay! – 8pcs. Fish filets ( I used both whiting […]

Honey Mustard Chicken

Honey Mustard Chicken

Today was nice as we made a trip to the Children’s Museum which is always a fun place for the children. We joined another daycare on our visit today. Thought they’d like a trip it being the day before the holiday weekend.

I love the cow you can actually milk it, fun huh! Well after spending the day here I needed a quick fix for dinner and 3 ingredients was just what I needed.

•Chicken
•Nature’s Seasons
•Honey Mustard
Now this recipe as you see doesn’t have exact measurements. So pay attention, lol.
1) Place chicken in pan( I use stoneware as I love how it cooks).
2) lightly sprinkle both sides with seasoning.
3) Now generously squeeze or pour honey mustard so it covers chicken.

4) Cover with lid or foil and bake on 400° for 1-2 hours depending on your pan and oven.
So you see a very simple recipe as well as tasty. It’s a family favorite in my house. Hope you enjoy as always it’s been Dlish dishing with y’all.

Chobani Yogurt -Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – Chobani Yogurt

Chobani Yogurt -Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – Chobani Yogurt

Visit: chobani.com/culture/recipes/roasted-butternut-squash-soup/ I had no idea that yogurt could be used in place of so many ingredients as a binder such as butter, oil, mayonnaise, sour cream and more. I mainly use it in desserts and smoothies. I received my 32 oz. container for free […]

Family Should be Celebrated

Family Should be Celebrated

I finally started setting my table with my Temptations cookware. Every 2 weeks I buy fresh flowers when they go on sale since we started having Sunday brunch, yay! Isn’t this a beautiful site. It’s nice having my children around the table even if not […]

Wonka Peel-a-Pop

Wonka Peel-a-Pop

Looking for a fun and cool snack for the family this summer, these are really great. Children for once get to go ape and peel these babies; where else can you play with your food without a fuss. As seen they come in two flavors banana or grape in a 8 count box. My youngest son and daughter enjoyed these. I also served them as a snack to my daycare children during outdoor play. They were so excited and curious the first time. Now I must admit they aren’t very big, however for my children that’s a good thing as I say everything in moderation. I was only able to find the Wonka Peel-a-Pop at Walmart and Kroger. Being a #BzzAgent allowed me to receive my box for free at my local Kroger store.

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

These are very tasty and a family favorite. Here is what you’ll need: – 1 cup sugar -3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened – 1/2 cup sour cream – 2 large eggs – 2 cups all-purpose flour – 1 tsp. Baking powder – 1/2 […]

Wrapped Un-Piggy

Wrapped Un-Piggy

Another biscuit recipe. Honey was hungry and I was busy with daycare so he decided to whip himself up some lunch that was quick and easy. . Here is what you’ll need: ☆1 can of regular Pillsbury biscuits ☆3 hotdogs, cut into thirds ☆2 1/2 […]

Corn Doughnuts

Corn Doughnuts

Wondering what to do with those can biscuits… Well my honey wanted something sweet so he got in the kitchen and made these for us.

Here is what you’ll need:
☆1 can Corn Pillsbury Grand Biscuits
☆Cooking oil (We prefer Canola)
☆1/2 stick of unsalted butter
☆1/2 cup powdered sugar
☆1tsp. Vanilla Extract

If you have a doughnut cutter you’re in luck but if not you can use I medicine cup. Place in center of each doughnut and press down till you’ve cut all the way through. You will end up with this

Then place in hot oil.

Remember to turn when turns a golden brown

To coat doughnuts you need remaining ingredients. Melt butter in sauce pan or a small pot. Add sugar then vanilla. Now you are ready to turn in your glaze and devour. Yum!

Italio Potato Express

Italio Potato Express

Using my Saute Express from Land O Lakes which I was able to get using a free coupon from #BzzAgent I created this simple dish. Use 2 squares out of this box of Italian Herb flavor. Add to skillet along with a Tbsp of bacon […]

Mom’s Famous Meatloaf

Mom’s Famous Meatloaf

Ingredients: 2 1/2lbs. Ground Turkey 1/2cup plain bread crumbs 1 egg 1tbsp. each ketchup & worchestshire sauce 1pkg. Pioneer turkey meatloaf seasoning Directions: Mix all ingredients together in large bowl. Place into pan shaping into a rounded rectangle or place in a loaf pan (I […]

Better than Jiffy Cornbread

Better than Jiffy Cornbread

Ingredients:

  • 1cup milk
  • 1/4cup butter or a stick of unsalted butter(melted)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1cup self-rising flour
  • 1 1/4cup cornmeal (yellow or white)
  • 1/2cup sugar

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray pan with cooking spray.
  2. Beat with whisk First 3 ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into pan.
  3. Bake 20 -25 minutes or until golden brown.

Fried Chicken Recipe

Chicken-Spinach Quiche

Chicken-Spinach Quiche

Another Pillsbury Recipe tweaking. This is a Dlish Dishing WINNER!!!!!! Ingredients: 1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on box 2 tbsp. oil ( I use canola) 1/2 tsp. minced garlic 1 medium sweet or vidalia onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 5 slices turkey […]

Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Butter

Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Butter

This recipe was taken from the February/March Taste of Homes Magazine from this year. I love potatoes and have found that mixing sweet potatoes with white potatoes is absolute divine. The first time I did this was about 10 years ago and it was with […]

Homemade Seasonings

Homemade Seasonings

Ever wondered why when you made a homemade version of a seasoning it just didn’t do it for you. Might have made you want to run out to the store. Well most importantly you must use quality ingredients. Now I most importantly understand a budget, though if you must skimp somewhere try not to on key ingredients.

Now having said all that out of all those I’ve tried in my opinion Spice Islands is the best. Publix Grocery periodically has a sale and coupons. They also let you stack but that’s another post. This is a recipe I found a while back googling for it, sorry I don’t remember where from I believe it was www.allrecipes.com however don’t hold me to it.

Chili Powder
1 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. garlic powder
All these ingredients in the above recipes are used in the recipes to follow on this blog 🙂
*Till next time ”It’s Been D’Lish Dishing w/ Y’all!“

Simple Spaghetti & Salad Dinner

Simple Spaghetti & Salad Dinner

Spaghetti Sauce 1 lb. Ground Turkey 1 tbsp. Taco Seasoning 1 jar Tomato Sauce (Ragu or Private Selection) 1 carton sliced mushrooms 1 foil pk. of Land of Lakes Saute Express Italian Herb 1/4 tsp. Salt 2 tbsp. Sugar Salad Fresh Spinach grape tomatoes shredded […]