When Life Gets Interesting……Part 2

I spent time in a hospital today. Spending time is an overstatement, I was there for 6 hours in the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Chicago. Let me first start by saying how professional that hospital is. Everyone was kind, not the “you have cancer” sympathy kindness…. But REAL kindness. The kindness I miss seeing having grown up in Michigan…. The kindness that I hardly ever see in Los Angeles. Everyone was compassionate: the nurses, receptionist, anesthesiologist, and the doctor. Basically it’s the place you want to be if you have cancer, because there is a trust and lack of fear that they provide to their patients and the families.

While I was there it felt like a mini Episode of Greys Anatomy, where the hospital staff all knew each other and there was a history beyond their hellos and the conversations that had with other. It was surreal almost because you never imagine seeing your parent who gave birth to and provided life to you… in a gown with their hair covered in one of those surgery coverings. Somehow those surgical covering looks way more scary on people you love  than they do on physicians and the actors portraying patients on TV that you have no physical and emotional connection with.  That was really for hard for me. I am tearing up just re-living it.

I remember the moment I went back and saw the IV in her arm and then the anesthesiologist came in with three medical students asking a million questions, routine procedure for them but a nightmare for those in surgery. Little did I know my mom agreed to be apart of a research study. I was with her for a while, we made jokes, talked about random things and then she went… They wheeled her bed off down the hall into the surgery room with an army of what seemed like 17 people.

Why so many?!?!?!?

I’m sure it’s normal but it makes you feel the “seriousness”. Felt like an episode of parenthood, which my husband and I watch religiously.

Then I came out  to the waiting room, and you wait and wait and wait. The waiting is like INTENSE. Minutes feels like hours, and hours feel like months. I walked past a guy getting treatment and he was  younger than my husband. I saw a girl in college with her roommate and her dad, parents waiting for their children and people older than me waiting for their parents. Then it dawned on me, this is serious! I felt so many things when I saw all of those people: I felt angry, sad, happy, blessed and then ultimately hopeful. Hopeful because no matter what people say JESUS already died for us to be healed and have an abundant life. Hopeful because he orchestrated these doctors to care enough about cancer to save lives and give others hope. Hopeful because cancer is not terminal, LIFE is terminal.

I was able to pray with my mom before she went into surgery. Something I’ve never done before. That was cool! I’ve learned from watching her go through this the importance of running to God, remembering that sickness and disease is NOT apart of his plan. Gods power works best in our weakness.

I also had to remind myself that life is short. We have to continue to VIVA LA VIDA!

Live LIFE:

1. Stress Free- Stress kills and bring sickness, disease and infirmity into our lives. Ultimately stress is brought on by fear. My prayer everyday is for God to continue to perfect his love in me so that all FEAR can be expelled. Make sure to keep a prayer of Faith.

2. Spend TIME, not minutes or an hour but REAL TIME, a commodity and blessing you can never get back with people who are stress and drama free and who love you. We need to make sure that we have friends who edify, uplift, encourage and pray for us. Life is short, I know I don’t need to remind anyone of that.

3. PRAY- always. God hears us, he is listening,

4. Don’t let fear, worry, unbelief, doubt or anxiety about tomorrow rob from you what you have today.

We ALL only have today.

Cancer is not terminal.

Life is terminal.

No one gets out of life alive.

Don’t fear death.

Fear dying and never having lived.


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When Life Gets Interesting…. Part 1

Hi Everyone! Does anyone remember me?

I have been pulling a disappearing act for a while, but Lady ID has been doing a great job with her posts. How about that sexy pencil skirt that she made? I can’t even keep up with her honestly. I want to thank her for bearing with me while I have been incognito for the last few weeks.

I have had an interesting last few weeks to say the least. Some good days, some interesting and some indescribable, but through all of the setbacks, disappoints, and even good times; I know that God always has a plan. This is post will serve as Part 1 of  whats been going on in my world, and then I will get back to what I do best, making food and talking about eating =)

When Life Gets Interesting : Part 1

A couple weeks ago I found out that while my mom was having her routine mammogram, the doctors asked her to come back the next day because they noticed something abnormal. She went back the following day and had another mammogram done, and expecting to hear nothing…she had to go back again. They suspected that there might be something there and they did not want to “rule anything out”. She went back to the hospital for the third time that week and they took a sample from her breast to see if any of the cells would test as cancerous.  That alone is already freaky enough, but I also know that God is the ultimate healer. I was “concerned” BUT I had SO MUCH faith that it was not even a question to me about cancer being an option in my mothers future. I had all of my friends and my church praying for this to not be cancer. Continue reading

Fall Style with ModCloth

Hey all!!!!

So fall is “here”. For those of us in SoCal, it may not seem like it but trust me that has arrived – I can’t rock the tall boots just yet but the ankle boots are permissible. For those of you with proper fall…I admit I am a little jealous. I love seeing the leaves turn from green to yellow and orange.

Part of the fun in changing seasons is the wardrobe change – hello sweaters, hello tights, I see you boots ;) Clearly ModCloth thinks so too because they contacted me and asked me to share my fall layering style inspired by their lovely collection of cardigans (check them out). My fall style features lots of tights, sweaters and scarves, and they have plenty to choose from.

It’s funny they asked because I was already working on a different board already featuring one of their sweaters but then they have so many to choose from…

Fall in (to) SoCal

Day to Date:

Los Angeles is huge. Driving from one place to another can be time consuming so I chose to do a day to date night look. One versatile outfit – dressed up/down with a change of accessories.

The dress is a great length to pair with tights and stay covered up. The boots work for traipsing around town without wearing out my feet and I can tell you from experience that a satchel like that carries my daily essentials. I actually already own a similar satchel just but mine was customised from The Leather Satchel Company in England.

Later on in the evening, you can transfer the lip gloss, credit cards, cash and phone into the adorable clutch. ;)

Fall Colours:

If it is not clear by now, I LOVE COLOUR. Especially pinks, oranges, reds and cobalt. Since it is fall I have been wearing a lot of orange and more red that usual. I do not buy into the idea that you should go dark in fall and winter. If anything I think it is the perfect time to go with bright pops of colour so things stay cheery. Works for the leaves at least.

So click on the board for item details. All but three items are sold at ModCloth.

À tout à l’heure

Spicy Floral High-Waist Pencil Skirt

Hallo hallo hallo.

I hope you all have been having a blessed November. I can’t believe the year is almost over!!! It’s been so hot in LA that I forget it’s “fall”. I would actually love for the seasons to change a bit more than a slight cooldown:)

Anyway, I wanted to quickly how you the skirt I made last weekend – I wore it to church yesterday which is why I didn’t tell you about it before. As much as I can, I prefer to wear the outfit then blog it :)

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Tuesday Favourites: Bahamian Food

Hey y’all!!!!

Happy Tuesday:)

A lot of the coolest people I’ve known are from the Bahamas. One of my dear dear dear friends was getting married so I got to return to Nassau for the wedding and a mini vacation. If you have been following our instagram, you might have guessed that I was away last week/end. Which means I have loads of pictures!!!

Having been exposed to Bahamian cuisine over the years, I knew what was on my holiday menu – CONCH and Guava Duff!!!!! Conch is a mollusk/shellfish and has a sort of calamari like texture and mild taste. You can’t get it just anywhere but it is plentiful in the Bahamas – it’s pretty much a national food. I had some in Miami but it wasn’t quite the same.


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TBT: Lemon Blueberry Cake

Happy Thursday & Happy Fall!

Throwback Thursday to when I made this Lemon Blueberry Loaf a while back.

Surprisingly I made it in October also, but this time its a cake and it even has icing.

If you haven’t heard we are currently having a heat wave in California. We are having an Indian Summer =) I love that term because it reminds me of growing up in Michigan and hoping that we would have a warm Fall, but it never failed…come October we were layering it up and pulling out the blankets.

OH How I miss a proper Fall!


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Say Whot?? Custom Playing Cards

‘Ello ‘ello ‘ello!!!

Happy October! Can you believe it? Last quarter of the year has begun! Amazing how time flies. Well, thank God for bringing us this far. Here’s a quick project I finished months ago and meant to share. Alas, I am just getting around to it.

Around the beginning of the year, I saw some custom playing cards on another blog and was inspired to do a variation of my own. Except instead of a standard deck, I would be making a Whot! deck. Now half of you are probably like “errrrrr – what is that?” (no pun intended). Continue reading

Sweet Potato Cake

Its that time of year. Time to snuggle with the ones that you love at night, order Pumpkin Lattes, eat pumpkin bread, and close the windows at night. Its FALL

My absolute FAVORITE time of year. Always has been and always will be. Its the best because:

  • Football Season
  • Apple Picking
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Crock Pots
  • The Leaves (changing colors)
  • Roasting : Nuts, Veggies, Chilies
  • Cuddling w/ your loved ones
  • Nashville is back on
  • Parenthood back on
  • Holidays
  • My Anniversary =)

I could go on, but you get the point. I am sure that one of you feels like there is something great about the fall too. In lieu of the season and because I have been eating and buying a lot of sweet potatoes I decided to make a cake. My husband is kinda obsessed with sweet potato pie, so I made this cake…

It was pretty easy to make but boiling the sweet potatoes and making sure they are pureed nicely can be annoying. Maybe I was annoyed because I decided to try making two cakes at once.

Again the pureeing of the sweet potatoes can be annoying, BUT if you have a blender then it should be easy. I just pureed about 3-4 sweet potatoes in order to get the amount of puree that I needed for the cakes. You will need to start by piercing fork holes all over the sweet potatoes so that they cook throughout in the boiling process. Boil for 25-30 minutes or until they are fork tender; removing from the water so they can cool. Once cool, remove the skin, cutting sweet potatoes into small chunks. Blend with 1/4 milk and vanilla extract. If you see any clumps, keep blending and add more milk if necessary. Your puree should look something like this:

Homemade Sweet Potato Puree

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