Heart Concerns<3 and Farmer's Crab Dip!

8 Oct

The heart can be the strongest and weakest muscle physically and emotionally, and this week one has been as unpredictable as love itself.  Since Handy Mike is already on medication for heart issues, when his levels and numbers are “normal” often he doesn’t feel okay due to living with the elevated condition for a long time!  However this also means we have to be on special guard that we don’t mistake the medicine working for an actual issue: one side effect being that his pressure readings were up and down while his heart rate remained very low for a couple of days straight and he felt faint (like when his readings come back with good numbers but he feels a shift in his energy and light headed)!  After a relatively quick visit to what seems to be a great hospital* where staff practices good bed side manner, listening, and communication we checked out with a good bill of health and our questioned answered. The medicine is simply doing its job and we could potentially split the pill that is responsible for this good effect in half while keeping track that his other rhythm responses aren’t as drastic and worrying. Phew!!!

He already hadn’t wanted to cook a proper meal for dinner and we had planned for him to try a new appetizer for his evening nosh that morning:-P Since we got back home before nine p.m I was still able to make his Saturday treat, Dressed Up Crab Rangoon Dip, a third place winning treat from The Farmer’s Almanac (2106) by Debbie Reid from Clearwater, Florida.  HM loves Crab Rangoons from take out and the dine in Chinese buffet so I was happy to find something easy I could replicate in our toaster oven!

Chop crabmeat (imitation liked here) and roasted red peppers then mix softened cream cheese, sprinkle chives, garlic powder and salt & pepper, Swiss & Parmesan cheeses, Worcestershire, and a splash of milk in a bowl.  Scoop into an oven proof (sprayed/nonstick) baker and pop in for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.  She placed slivered almonds and more chives on top then baked again for 5 minutes, but I had already eaten the almonds and he doesn’t go wild for nuts anyway!  Mike enjoyed half with vegetable crackers for a light (heavy? lol) dinner and said if he wasn’t lactose intolerant he’d eat the whole thing.  I’ve added pictures of the leftovers; we had to get eating no time for photo shoots heeheeϖ♥

 

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*Boone Hospital; I think my dad also used to travel here and do tech work and praised the hospital too!?

 

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Longwinded support of Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

4 Sep

 

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Texas Heart Courtesy: angelamcphersonblog.com

 

My family lived in Texas for over fifteen years, while my brother and a few cousins remain in a few of it’s cities.  Many of my sorority sisters are from and have families still in Houston while old classmates and neighbors have roots in Louisiana.  Countless family members have visited us there over the past years, and I still identify the state as a second home town.  They say once you live in Texas your a Texan but I can never forsake my Midwest roots!  However, the Lone Star state, south, and more countries are suffering form hurricanes or flood damages.  I don’t doubt many kin  and more may have to eventually evacuate among the others.
My cousins and I, collectively as G’Mas Kitchen, had set out to fill a small local void left by any emergency food programs that had funding or the entire programming cut.  Now, we are collecting clothing and goods for donation: later, we will be providing lunches every other Saturday for children at the church and once we solidify schedules we will have donated items, food, and provide information for any services needed by individuals or families in need.  For any victims of the flood or hurricane areas we will be sending items and care packages and, if you happen by here, we have experienced and practicing social workers, child care professionals, and home health care workers in the family available for advice and support.
Hopefully, after the end of the year,enough funding and affairs should be in order to get The Lord’s Kitchen back up and running at Progressive Baptist!  We would love to be able to do and provide more in time and efforts.  In the meantime, if you would like to donate or help, please contact us here or at P.O. Box 7261 Columbia, MO 65205.
Thank you, prayers, & more information to come ❤

Horrifically hilarious procrastination.

27 Aug

*Published yesterday on my author blog, Moxie Hemp Papyrus. #postaweek

There are a great number of things that occupy my interest and time away from writing.  At the moment it is a binge of multi-medias (horror movies, Netflix, YouTube, and televison shows), auditions, blogs and web projects for the Gypsy Bouche channel AND Mikes’ contracting business, or taste testing recipes.   Recently my cousin and I made another candle order for summer 2017.

This birthday bundle was well received and the ladies didn’t even want to burn them! Let me state, ‘yes, you can burn the candles, if you choose otherwise they’re still good tchotchkes , and keep most of the integrity of the design.  The primary heat is concentrated toward the middle:)’.  Those that do (usually the wax crystals), can be replace for half the cost of the original purchase!


The candles are long burning: Mike left one burning in the store after closing and it was there burning two days later!  NOT that I am advocating leaving burning candles from any source unnatended ever!  However, this accidental brain fart provided a wealth of information about the products attributes heehee.
Now that we’re back, and before we head back out to the Lou again, we’ve had some hang time and what did we stumble upon?  The return of Raven Baxter on Raven’s Home!!!  When he’s not cutting up, me and the little one watch and while we both laugh I often catch him watchin me crack up more than him!  Raven TICKLES me with those faces and reactions, I am reliving That’s So Raven moments as she and Chelsea try their hand at adulting.  I like getting to see the friends grown up and the way they are doing it, but I hate they sent Devon away and hope that’s not the final storyline on him!  P.S. Spoiler Alert* I believe and am churning with curiosity now, that locked in the vault, Chelsea confessed to sleeping with/kissing Devon “on international waters, so it doesn’t count!?”
As far as my adult viewing habits, I am also enjoying season two of Insecure it’s Hella Germane in regard to the plight of single black professionals and drifters!  I just have to say here, because there are plenty great breakdown/reaction videos (especially by @Jouelzy) about episodes, Issa should never have clarified to Daniel that they were just f*k buddies after he comes to her rescue after her car accident!!!  That’s a rule breaker when you’re supposed to be mastering the hoe-tation LHH!  Marlon is also a winner in this household!  His antics are well timed and I love the dynamic of the show and adore Essence Atkins in everything 😀  Shout out Half & Half!!
What I’m waiting on now are the sets filming like Blackish, Grownish(!), American Housewife, The Middle ( sadly their ninth and last season), Broad City, Stranger Things, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (even though the wait is until 2018 but that’s only five months away!ugh!), American Horror Story Cult.  I did fall off on Roanoke but it’s cool, they still captivate me with their theatrics, costuming, character arcs, and lineage connecting the stories.  If you can believe it POPPED CULTURE has compiled a complete timeline of overlapping seasons if you need to see the relevance: which I did and loved:) Also, Disjointed on @Netflix has Kathy Bates here too and the show and dispensary is a hoot!  They also deal with a soldiers post traumatic depression in a brilliant visual of short cartoons and silent comics.
Alrighty, back to break time and most importantly Dinner Time!  For the nostalgia geeks, we’re having Big Chef burgers and homemade fries:P
Chat laterz #postaweek

Open Letter to Sabrina Claudio

17 Aug

Not since the ethereal tracks from Sade, Laura Nyro, Esthero, Amel Larriuex, Goapele or SabrinaAaliyah have I heard such a hauntingly beautiful songstress!  Sabrina Claudio, likewise accompanied by the production talents of another amazing backing band (i.e. Sweetback!), has created a ménage à trois of melody, instrumentals, and lyrics that seduce the listener.  Not to detract from her talent by comparing her to the other vocal angels listed, but the feeling of hearing someone capture the essence of what I loved in my throwback music in the present!?  Another thing I’m a nerd for (book covers, newspaper comics, untimely notes that resonate…) I find myself haunted and constantly replaying to permeate the white noise!  I get chills each time I listen, transported back to my childhood.  In the S.I.U.Edwardsville family dorm apartments we stayed in, my friends’ dad played and practiced his saxophone in the room above mine at night.  From then on I associated smooth jazz and the ethereal music that flows into the atmosphere with late nights, starry skies, and the city drives back home after hanging out with the fam in East Saint Louis.

 

Sabrina gives subtle blues skatting, rapid slam poetry delivery, and paced sensual vocals the business as she and her band play a well timed tennis match of allowing Sabrinas’ voice to resonate and knowing when to accentuate her vocal matrix.  I am not just listening to nice music, I am affected to my nerves and get chills (often tears) at the sensation brought on by these musical pieces.  If you believe in witchcraft, as I do, you will fear at first you are being hypnotized by a beautiful enchantress, and you are.  If it is intentional magic I can’t say for certain.  With the different cover and mash-up videos on You Tube and songs on her Soundcloud account her styling is genuinely unaffected, as if she’s speaking her incantation directly to you set to music.  On “I Belong To You” the tone of vocals matching the whispers of maraca shaking like a snake enticing Eve.  She flirts with herself to the throbbing nineties vibe beat with moans of ‘you’ reverberating, glazing the song with a little Madonna “Survival” (Bedtimes Stories 1994) which I used to bump in my magenta Neon!

 

“Confidently Lost”, the title of the album and track, is a jazzy day with a self-assured crooner, not alone or confused whether things are in place or falling apart.  The sickening drop beat of “Unravel Me” which is the opposite of what is commanded by the track name.  You won’t be the cause of Sabrina’s’ guard dropping or understand when it has!  The vocals build and pull the listener towards the heart of a vixen warning you to keep your distance.  The syncopated drawl of “Tell Me” and the moans it elicits from the vocalist, beckon the body to grind, like internally willing your crush to make that move and pull you to the dance floor or bed!  The group provides a tic-toc beat and electrifying echo on “Orion’s Belt” about the meeting of freckles and lovers lips channeling Nadia Ali and her many club ready anthems.

 
The visuals slay too, simple and completing the hypnosis: mirrored rooms and a classic silver shimmer jumper and mirrored platforms, a simple white mans shirt like Sade in “Never As Good As the First Time”.  Sabrina transitions between flowing slip dresses and gypsy chic rooms with gauzy bed linens with exposed wood and lots of nature and plants to…claw foot tubs wearing nothing but sand, flower buds, leaves, and butterflies!  The best part, Sabrina’s eyes as they stare you down through the camera, giving you a heart-gasm!  If there are any complaints it’s that each song is too short, not by technical production standards but personal needs, leaving me wanting of at least one more verse and hook before the song disappears from my ears.  Akin to SZA and her earthy rasp, often island lilt delivery of verse like on “Too Much Too Late”, the ears are left void as the last notes of songs played dissipate into the ether.  The silence is strange and loud after one of their songs is finished, so hit replay.  Let yourself fall under the spell.

 

She has more musical treats to offer and is working with SC Entertainment and will be doing a tour with 6lack for the late part of 2017, starting in October .  Follow her at ITunes, Sound Cloud, You Tube, Instagram, Twitter @sabrinaclaudio, Spotify, and songkick.com for tickets and tour info!

P.S.  No Name will be hitting St. Louis in September at Loufest and SZA will follow her up in St. Louis performing at the Ready Room in December!

Happy listening<3

#postaweek

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Todays Cravings

11 Jul

 

 

 

 

Dedicated to Garfield the cat!

With other herbs, mixed half cup of chopped olives and crumbled frozen fresh spinach to the half sausage meat sauce, no other salt added.  Garlic bread to the side and top that chewy pecan walnut brownie with some double dutch post ice cream from last week👅😍 Welcome home lover…P.s. baby added brown sugar butter zucchini👏.  At some point check out the comic again (Garfield.com) @Garfield on IG.  The site has apps, games, and more where they treat you with a customized site experience based on your birthdate!  Ahh nostalgia💭IMG_20170711_202557

Double Dutch

6 Jul

 

 

When the heavy cream needs using and limited ingredients is an obstacle, try the simplest no churn ice cream ever!!!   This began as a frozen cookie desert and ended with leftover ice cream.  Of course I found the cookie dessert in Lee Bailey’s Country Desserts cookbook, as I have ma’s collection now.  Of course I would refer to it first in a dessert emergency!  She has tons but in terms of pictures and recipes for EVERY treat in the book that puts this book at the top! Why would you even include a recipe without a pic?!

Start by taking a hand mixer to 2 cups heavy cream over 3 full tbsps of cocoa powder and 2 tsps of vanilla and super fine sugar till its cafe au lait colored, puffed and stiff.  The chocolate powder mixes better and the taste is amplified when you blend the powder with the extract and sugar first.  This dessert is finished as you layer and stack cookies (on top of +-crossed plastic wrap)in a loaf cake form.  14993676822341019654869

I used Walker shortbreads cos that’s the cookie the house had on hand, but wafer cookies are best and your favorite biscuit is even better!  My alteration was I used that chocolate whip only for the inner layer and, to the left over cream in bowl, *folded in a small can ~ 14 oz.~ of condensed milk. Frost the outside of the stacked cookie mousse loaf and wrap to hold shape while it freezes.  The rest pour in a sealable bowl and freeze for delicious quick homemade icecream!💞🍧🍦

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Seek and Find:excerpt

27 Feb

Young Adult Fiction

By Emalie Walker

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She daydreamed looking out the window at his store, wondering about her future and what she would actually do to make money.  The last time she went to the mall low on cash, she ran into a few girls that had graduated out of her middle school the year before in ’94.  They always seemed to have the new something: Dooney and Burke purses, Eastland shoes, Polo shirts.  The brands were their symbol.  Labels were their clique.

“Hey Harmonie!  We know you ain’t buying nothing up in this mall!  Why don’t you hang with us, we’ll hook you up?”

Harmonie didn’t really want anything, or the company, though didn’t spend too much time arguing specifics.   The less she resisted the less there was to share.  They walked into OMG, a store to get club clothes and tight denim, not that she would be able to wear either until the age of thirty or marriage according to her dad!  She followed them to the table with tube tops.  Her mistake-they were tube skirts.

Then she saw how they got the labels they flaunted.  Sure they had more pocket-money, but for this excursion they decided to slip some over-priced camisoles and mini-skirts into their waistbands.

Harmonie didn’t participate and didn’t say anything until they were back walking toward the music store.  “You didn’t get anything Harmonie?”

“No, it’s not right to steal.  Plus I work in a store smaller than that one, we couldn’t afford to stay open if folks did that to us and I know I would never get paid.”

Their assumed leader Byanca Persil spoke up.  “It’s the 20th Century-forget about them!  Besides, stores can afford it-how do you think all those conglomerate CEO’s accumulate all those yachts and island trips?  Their luxuries are bought with the theft insurance.”

Carine added, “Yeah, Harm it’s all good!  We aren’t going to let them get away with taking our hard-earned cash to pay for their hunting trips-“

“-where they kill endangered animals or humans!”  As vain as Vonette was she was equally as obsessed with conspiracies.  “So, are you going to accept the challenge of the revolution or not?”

“It might call for action more drastic than this.  Don’t be a chicken.”  Byanca smirked at Harmonie as if daring her to be a ‘fraidy cat’.

However, Harmonie wasn’t chicken or taking any chances with being on the punitive side of the revolution.  She also wondered how these girls were earning that hard-earned cash they claimed to be holding? She left them at the food court, excusing herself for a babysitting job she didn’t have, if only to demonstrate a business mind to her unenlightened peers.  Minus any fear of the unknown at breaking the law, she had first-hand knowledge of life after you cut off certain opportunities.

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When I Think About The Cross

26 Nov

When trying not to worry…Favorite tracks: *1 / 3/ 8/ 7 / 11/13 /14.

#3*…A song much needed right now although I wish it didn’t hold relevance again so soon for the same reasons.

RIP Family, Friends, and Prayers for the world+

Thanks Dad

*My SUPER Favorites on repeat ❤

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22 Oct

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Products A Go-Go!

7 Oct

soap and gloryWell I decided a splurge was in order for all my dry spots as the chill hits and misses.  I’ma be ready for the winter ash so I hit the Ulta for expensive product restock. Unintentionally expensively chosen on my part. Two of my fave products I caught at super cheap prices when they were on the POS rack and at Target.  After they hooked us in the low end they switched to the high end.

I needed lotion and had to return to my Soap and Glory butters! Originally under $10 now $15 for the smaller jar; I got the lotion for five less same effect.  If you want to smell like a nutty, brown sugar grapefruit, this is the joint. Smells delish and probably a good meat glaze to, therefore a good body glaze.  You will have fans trust.   I wanted the shower scrub but I have to save money to go out of town this weekend. burts bees

As a person allergic to most everything I don’t stray far from Vaseline for my lips, but I read labels as one will usually spot me hunched in an aisle doing, and took a chance on Burt’s Bees  Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm.  Unbelievable with all the oils and extracts listed there’s not a one I’m allergic to.  The first one I picked up did though, lol!  Thank you for the option and the color<3

For our nightly foot rubs I went to look for Baume Du Randonneur Hiker’s Foot Healer.  Originally one cent, and long lasting for the .7oz or so.  Now  $19 for 26 oz., but expect it to last.  You only use less than a dime size squeeze and the cream spreads and absorbs.  We had been using an spearmint and jojoba oil mix, added to hemp lotion. This is easier and less messy:)  I don’t know how bad hikers feet are but this stuff is an instant healer!  9 Plants to Nourish Soften & smooth is the tag line and it delivers and the lemon mint aroma smells amazing! hikers heel

So those are my fall splurges so far and all of them are supposedly good for the earth, people, animals, and the soul!  At least the packaging says so 😉

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