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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Here are some of the places I went to satisfy my food cravings (that I remembered to take photos): Continue reading

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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Tuesday Favourites

Guipure Pencil Dress

Happy Tuesday!!!

I’m sure you all have noticed the lack of sewing posts from me. Well it’s because I was working on something for a friend’s wedding and that has been my main after-work focus for the past few weeks. I’ll share the results soon though. Speaking of said wedding, it was a Nigerian wedding which means – it took two days with different outfits each day. As a friend of the bride and member of the bridal party, I wore aso-ebi for the traditional wedding. My friend chose a lovely champagne guipure lace fabric that we found in the LA Fabric District. I made this dress in two days finishing on the day of the event with a lot of breaks lol – I’d been up late for weeks so by that point I was kinda sluggish.

Goal: Classic midi-length pencil dress with a short slit. Not too dramatic. Easy to wear over and over again. Comfortable.

20140905_GaA_GuipureAsoEbi_05Making the lining took no time. I actually loved the lining so much I wanted to wear it alone as a dress :) I felt a bit Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry A Millionaire. It is super soft satin fabric with a bit of stretch from Michael Levine. Continue reading

Seasons Change…

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…….. Ecclesiastes 3:1

 

Hey Everyone. I hope that you all had the most amazing labor day ever! I realize that we are all feeling some kind of way as we squeeze in the last few summer activities, prior to the brisk Fall wind creeping in at night and in the early mornings. I myself have been trying to schedule a paddle boarding class all summer, and I am hoping that when and IF I fall in, that the Pacific ocean won’t be so cold. But if it does, I will be prepared, finishing my summer in the ocean. =)

Most people feel a certain kind of way around this time, between mid-August through September. The seasons are changing, school starts, days gets shorter, weather gets colder, vacations are over. I think we all have grown accustomed to adapting to the Fall. We had to go back to school when we were little, started a new semester in college, summer vacations are over. To each of us, the seasons are changing. To some it’s exciting, and to others the change brings fear. Fear mostly of the unknown.

We have to remind ourselves that God has a plan. He is bigger, taller and has the name above EVERY name. As always, that is always easier said than done when things are happening. BUT our ability to adapt and adjust to new seasons of life has a direct correlation to our joy and happiness. 

We have to keep our JOY despite the circumstances and the “unknowns”. When we smile instead of look away, when we pray instead of sleeping through our depression our God is working behind the scenes. So as we enter this new season, let us regard our attitudes and TRUST in God with JOY and gladness, refusing to let situations, circumstances and people to steal our JOY. We must endure everything without weakening because the LOVE of GOD in us never fails.

Perhaps you find yourself in a season within a season. You are eager to move on to a new stage of life, but the Lord still has lessons for you to learn before you transition. Or, you may not want to let go of where you are for fear of what lies ahead in the next chapter of your life. Either way, Jesus will show you the right way, and He will walk with you through the process. So, enjoy this season (do not wish it away), slow down, engage with God and all He wants you to experience.

God gave us his only son, what will he withhold from us in our time of need?

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. 

Daniel 2:20-21

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Labour Day “White” Cupcakes

So. As if I wasn’t already low on sleep ( as per normal ), at about midnight a few nights ago, I started baking. I had a good reason though – it was one of my awesome co-worker’s last day and I had promised a while back to make cupcakes. I try as much as possible to keep my word so even if it meant a few hours less sleep, I was determined to do it. It’s one of those things where you are sad to see someone go but you’re super excited for them because of what they are moving on to.

Anyway I asked what flavour he wanted and dude said vanilla. *blank stare* seriously – how normal is that? But a classic is a classic for a reason abi? So no matter, I made the vanilla cupcakes but I used a sponge recipe from The New Best Recipe. Then to make it more fun I added white chocolate cream cheese frosting and Heath toffee sprinkles. I usually keep a Tardis cookie jar filled with mini Heath bars at work but haven’t done so in a while so why not put them on cupcakes?? Continue reading

No So Green Thumb: Making a Terrarium

Hey y’all!!!

Guess what I’m doing? Guest blogging for RCCG YASM! That’s a lot of letters but it’s the Young Adult and Singles Ministry for a ginormous group of church parishes that span the world (literally).  I’m a young adult, who knew?? :)

Anyway, I was working on this whole deep post before. Ok maybe I thought it was deep but I guarantee you would think it is at least neck deep if not ocean deep. Where is that post you may be wondering?? Still in draft mode because I do not want to impart uncrystallised wisdom, at least not yet for those who are still figuring me out. Instead let me talk about plant life:

I love nature (within reason – all bugs and slugs need not apply). I love plants and flowers. My mom has an amazing garden/farm and I would like to think I inherited her penchant for nurturing plants. I have bouquets at home, I arrange the flowers at church, etc, etc BUT I have been in this one struggle for literally eight years. I know I am not the only one but chai it is becoming an issue. Check out Exhibits A and B

Orchids!

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