• As A Creative

    Seared Scallops with Fresh Tomato-Basil Sauce and Orzo

    I brought the mail in and had a good laugh: somehow my husband had been put on a subscription list for Southern Living magazine. No idea how, and he’s the last person I would think to have one.  Before I tossed it in the recycling bin, I flipped through to see what they had going on and was pleasantly surprised of how many delicious recipes they had. I decided to try one out and so glad I did. It’s a perfect family dish for the summer, takes less than 30 minutes and is under $20. I also made a few modifications from the original recipe. What you need: 1/4 cup…

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    Wood Pallet Herb Garden

    Original post 7/10/16 I’ve always wanted my own little herb garden on the deck…something within steps of the kitchen. I had seen this idea on Pinterest and had to try it out for myself. We had an old wood pallet from a landscaping project that would work perfectly. The whole pallet was painted white and let dry. When it was dry, we turned the pallet on it’s side so that it was standing tall, but upside down from how we wanted it to stand in the end. We added a few small pieces of wood to reinforce what would be the floor beds of the garden, in addition to some…

  • As A Creative,  As a Mrs.

    Wedding Details & DIYs

    In celebration of our 3rd anniversary was yesterday, we watched our wedding video (again). Memories flooded back from that incredibly fun day/night. I also was reminiscing about how much time went into all the DIYs that I did for that one day. Most of it I did weeks and months in advance, but my bridesmaids came to my rescue the days leading up to the wedding when my procrastination caught up to me. I thought I’d share a few of these DIY projects and wedding details/vendors. The decorative theme for the wedding was Parisian-inspired, since that was our first stop on our honeymoon…so lots of lace, damask designs, pearls, script handwriting and…

  • As A Creative

    Pesto Turkey Veggie Meatballs

    I always feel like I’m running out of ideas for getting Chase to eat more meat. Then I found this recipe by Super Healthy Kids and wanted to give it a try. It was toddler and husband approved 🙂 What you will need: 1 pound – chicken or turkey breast 1/2 medium – bell pepper, red (I used green since it’s what I had) 1 medium – carrot 1 cup – zucchini 3 tablespoon – pesto (pre-made or home made) 1/2 teaspoon – salt 1 tablespoon – olive oil 3 tablespoons of minced garlic What to do: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Start by preparing the vegetable mixture: Gently…

  • As A Creative

    Baked French Toast

    On Easter Sunday we had a group of friends and their kids over for brunch and an Easter egg hunt. For the main breakfast dishes I decided to go with an old favorite: mini frittatas, and a new favorite: baked french toast. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it looked different than the traditional french toast, so I figured I’d give it a go. It turned out to be a crowd pleaser and some actually thought it was bread pudding+ maple syrup. It is a dish that has two parts, an overnight refrigeration and the actual bake.  Although having two parts one recipe requires proper planning, it makes it easier the day of…

  • As A Creative

    Mama Rosca’s Salmon Noodles

    Salmon noodles, it sounds weird, I know.  But it’s more like pasta alfredo with salmon bites. I grew up eating this dish, as it was one of the only ways my mom could get me to eat fish other than fish sticks.  And now this is the only way I can get Chase to even touch fish. I have no idea where she got this recipe from, but I made sure to add it to my collection once I started living on my own. It’s a quick pasta recipe that doesn’t require baking (other than the salmon), but can be baked as a casserole if you so desire. This dinner is…

  • As A Creative,  As a Mommy

    Chase’s Wild One birthday party

    We had such an incredibly fun birthday celebration for our little man.  Our house was filled to capacity with 50 or so family and friends who have supported us along the way. The grub was partially catered by a Jamaican restaurant in Baltimore, Island Quizine, but my in-laws made the biggest contribution: jerk chicken, oxtail, rice& peas, cabbage and mac&cheese.  My father-in-law seriously makes the best chicken and oxtail I’ve ever had in my life. It was a feast fit for kings and queens and everyone left with their bellies full. The cakesmash was initially anti-climatic…but he eventually enjoyed shoveling it into his mouth. I had made a giant funfetti cupcake knowing…

  • As A Creative

    Wishing Tree

    At our baby shower for “Baby Kevolyn” (aka Chase), our guests filled out bookmarks with wishes and blessings for our little one. They were hung on a white, illuminated tree, which I placed it in his nursery as decoration. In lieu of cards, guests brought baby and childhood books to build Chase’s library. I even stuck some of the bookmarks in the books to read to Chase as fun surprises (more for me than for him). Sometimes before bed I would read the bookmarks from family and friends, and tell him about the writer of the messages.  It is a wonderful reminder of how blessed we are, and how large and supportive…

  • As A Creative

    Baby Shower Flashback

    A year ago exactly, my husband and I had the pleasure of being showered with so much love from our friends and family.  My best friend, Kayla, and my sister-in-law, Lorraine, planned and executed the most beautiful baby shower. The theme of the shower was children books and the color scheme was mint, pink and gold.   At the time, I was the only one who knew the baby’s gender, as my husband requested not to know. Yes, it was difficult to keep it from him at times, but I got used to after awhile using “it”, “the baby” or “he/she” as pronouns to describe the tiny human growing inside of…

  • As A Creative

    Curry Some Flavor

    I was presenting at my church’s health fair a few years ago and they were hosting a guest chef, The Guiding Knife, for a cooking demonstration. One of the entrees that I sampled was this curry couscous w/ chickpeas dish that was UH-MAZING. It’s was originally made to be a great vegetarian entree or side, but I like to add some chicken/shrimp for a full meat/seafood entree. What’s even better? When you break down the total cost of the ingredients, it’s roughly $1.50 per serving!! Recipe (serves 8) 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup water 1/4 tsp. allspice 3/4 cup couscous 2T olive oil 1 sweet potato, diced 1 onion, diced 1…