Monday, December 27, 2010

How I Burnt Christmas Breakfast

I guess Santa thought I was a good girl this year because I was blessed with a wonderful Christmas.  After several hints for a new camera, Mr. Clause gave me the perfect entry level D-SLR; The Nikon D3100. 

This was a big surprise because I told him not to worry about me for Christmas and to take care of everyone else.  We had a ton of family members that we wanted to get gifts for to show our appreciation for them touching our lives in more ways than one.  However, Mr. loves to surprise me and for the last two weeks he had me convinced that I would be getting a stocking stuffer for Christmas and then we would do something really big for Valentine's day.  He worked on Christmas Eve and arrived home at about 6 a.m. Christmas morning. As soon as I heard him walk through the door I jumped out of bed so that we could unwrap our presents.  Finally, after shaking my present all week I was able to open it up and see what was in the box. It was a memory card wrapped in a huge box which is why there was so much shaking going on inside there.  I was pleased with that gift because I knew it was a hint for something bigger.  We laid down for a few and about an hour later Mr. gave me another wrapped present.  One that was not under the tree and one that I did not get to shake all week.  I opened the gift like a big kid and it was a Nikon Digital Starter Kit which consisted of  D-SLR Camera System Case, Nikon School Instructional DVD, cleaning kit, & Tripod.    No longer able to sleep because he has me wondering if her got the camera already or not, I decided to make breakfast.  While making breakfast Mr came behind me with another present. This one is somewhat heavy, no shaking this present so I quickly opened it and WOW... to my surprise there it was my Nikon D3100. I was so enthralled with my new toy, admiring the lenses (as if I knew what the heck I was looking at)  that I completely forgot about breakfast... that is until we said "is something burning?"  I really wish I had taken a picture of those burnt pancakes but I had way to much excitement going on to even think about that. Yeah.. so breakfast was burnt but I was so ecstatic about the camera to care and Mr was filled with pride and joy by seeing me so giddy that he didn't care either. That man never ceases to amaze me and he always knows how to make me feel special.  He I really lucked up when he I met me him.  
I love my new camera, and have already registered for classes so that I can become more familiar with SLR's and their full capabilities. I wanted a new camera to enhance my blogging experience and to capture the true beauty in my photos that are posted. However, after receiving such a wonderful camera from Mr. this just might be a new hobby of mine. I took a few point and shoot shots to publish with this post. I can't wait until I take the classes and become more familiar with all of the functionalities of the camera.

Yep our little Faith Gift was under the Tree!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas....

To me, Christmas is the most magical time of year. I was raised by my grandmother and she always insured that my brother and I had a wonderful Christmas. She created traditions for me that I intend to pass onto my children. One that always makes me smile is decorating for the holidays. We were always the best lit house on the block. Every year she would change the colors of the lights and ornaments and it was always a two color combination because multicolor lights were a huge NO NO for grandma.    We would decorate the outside bushes and the porch shortly after Thanksgiving and our house lit up the entire block.  So if we did red then as soon as you turned the corner on our block you saw our tall tree in front of my house glowing red! The Christmas tree was a big deal in our house, it was always purchased a few days before Christmas and of course we always had a real tree. We would decorate the tree on Christmas Eve.  My grandma would reluctantly allow my brother and I to place the ornaments on the tree, however she completely micro managed the project as she told us where to place every single ornament. This time of year is when  my grandma stays on my mind. Every best lit house on a block that I pass, or simply  me trying to recreate the magic that she gave me in my own home brings back those wonderful memories and a few tears along with it. I cherish all of those moments that we had and can still hear her managing me decorate my own tree.  Mr. always ask why does it take a week to decorate our tree but he doesn't understand the strategic detailing that goes into placing each bulb on that tree.   When I see the lights, the ornaments and hear the Christmas music it brings me to that frame of reference...those memories as a child.

Since being on my own I've always adopted that tradition and had a Christmas tree in my home, although unlike my grandma, I've opted for an artificial tree at least until we have kids then maybe I will consider getting a real tree.  This year I decided to go with purple and silver and ended up putting slight touches of gold in there also.  Mr calls my tree the Prince Purple Rain tree because of the purple ornaments.  This was our first Christmas in our new apartment and I really loved decorating it for the holidays. In our complex many people put up decorations a little late for me. So for a while our home really stood out.  But as the lights in other homes went up my competitive streak came out and I was in a competition with my neighbors only they didn't know it.  Michael's became my second home over the past few weeks.  I loved the fact that you can print off those 40% or 50% off coupons so I did most of my holiday decor shopping there.  Every time I saw a neighbors home who gave mine a run for the money, off to Michael's I went.  It was a fun little hobby for me and I really enjoyed it.  Our home turned out wonderful and I was finally finished adding lights a few days ago. What really brings me joy is at night when I am driving home and I can look up from the expressway near my home and see my lights.  Well I added some of my pics, and my camera really doesn't do them any justice. This is the last time you will hear me complain about my images because Mr got me a Nikon D3100 for Christmas this year.  What a wonderful hubby I have.

The sassy wife ornament

The Sassy Hat
The Ballerina

Cinnamon sticks that I coated with purple glitter. They give the house a warm and festive aroma

Turtle Dove

Touches of holiday cheer around the house
Wreath I made with purple hydrangeas

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and I pray that  your heart is filled with lots of love, joy and blessings during this holiday season..... 

Chat with you next year...

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Trial Run (Adventures of King Sunshine) Pt. 2

King Sunshine discovered some garland that I had under the tree.
By Saturday we were able to figure out King Sunshine’s communicating signals and anticipate his needs creating a happy environment for all parties involved. For instance, when he rubbed his eyes I knew all he needed was a bottle, his blanket and sleep would soon follow. If he started to whine then he was hungry and if he let out a full fledged cry then his gums were bothering him (poor baby) . Being able to stay a step ahead of him was the game plan for the day. At 7:30 pm we gave him his bath, a bottle, his medicine, read him a bed time story and down he went. He woke up once that night and I simply cuddled him and put him back to sleep.

He was such a good baby and I had a wonderful experience with him, although, I must admit by Sunday I was happy about sending him home!! Yes, I had his bag packed and at the door. When Mr said he was ready to leave, King Sunshine was bundled up and ready to go in a matter of seconds. I waved "bye bye" to him all the way down the hall and let out a long sigh of relief once they were on the elevator and out of site. I  took one glance around my house and it looked like a tornado came through it, I was sleep deprived and the weekend flew by. I cleaned the house and moved the furniture back to normal, grabbed a blanket, laid on the couch and literally passed out for 6 hours! When I woke up something didn't feel right, the house was clean and everything was back in place but…it just seemed too quite!  My "Ah haa" moment arrived as I discovered what the problem was...I missed King Sunshine.  I missed his smiling face, his innocent presence, his slobber, those glances of curiosity, his bath time when he would splash me, and his constant banging (he loved banging on things). The Mr. and I look forward to more weekends with the little King but of course once I recover from this one!!!

My thoughts...
The dirty diapers, the snotty nose, the slobber, the crying, the spit up, the lack of sleep and the immediate loss of autonomy was really an eye opener for me. I've read mounds of parenting books and did tons of research but none of those books could ever prepare me for that weekend.  I have a new found respect for parents! I knew parenting was not an easy task however, you really do not know the full extent of what you are getting yourself into until you experience it.  I've come to the realization that motherhood is a sorority with an initiation unlike no other.  I only had a mere glimpse of what being a part of that sorority would be like and let’s just say I salute you and even after this weekend, I would be honored to join!  I’m not sure if you can ever be prepared for something like this, however I do know that it will  completely change my existence  on this earth.autonomyimmediate

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Trial Run (Adventures of King Sunshine) Pt. 1

King Sunshine
This past weekend Mr. decided to have our 8 month old nephew (King Sunshine) over to capture what it would be like to have a baby in our home, the trial run as Mr. called it.  Of course I was thrilled because King Sunshine is such a happy and pleasant baby.  Once he confirmed with King Sunshine's mother that he indeed would spend the weekend with us, almost instantaneously mounds of armature questions began to fill my brain.
What type of food does he eat? Do I boil his bottles?  Can he sleep in the bed with us? Will he be home sick and cry the whole weekend? Will he knock down my Christmas tree? Should I move my coffee table? We are supposed to have a snow storm...will we be snowed in with King Sunshine? Will we get any sleep this weekend?
Now I've been around quite a few babies growing up, however I've never had a direct hand in taking care of them.  So it led me to question myself in caring for this little being for the next two days. Well all of those questions became obsolete when he arrived at our home. Although it took me a few hours to warm up to him, once I did my innate nurturing abilities came forth and I was able to sense when he was hungry, needed a diaper change or just wanted some attention.  

Friday I had to venture to Target to pick up some formula for him. His mother told us that he needed Enfamil Lipil, OK... no problem... right? Only when I got to Target they had Enfamil Lipil (Colic), Enfamil Lipil (Premature), Enfamil Lipil (Nighttime), Enfamil Lipil (Upset Stomach) -Ummmmm can I just  get some milk for the baby please!!  Finally, after finding the formula with no subheading I headed toward  the toy section.  I found a cute bright red toy that emulated car and animal sounds and I figured it would keep his attention.   Now off to find a book .... I love Dr. Seuss and was immediately drawn to Green Eggs and Ham (my favorite) and The Cat and the Hat, but once I opened them I realized these books were too advanced for an eight month old.  So I continued to peruse the book section until I found ....

How Big is So Big...Soooo Big!  Read this book to him about 4 times while he looked at me with a questioning look as I exaggerated every word and motion. 
 I found all of my goodies to make our home a little more baby friendly.  Once I go to the check out the sales associate said "That will be $65". Which prompted a blank stare from me... "For what" Formula $26, Nursery Water $5, baby food $6, toy $15, and book $10 +tax?  Note to self "Breast Feed". After the shock of how much formula cost I made my purchase and headed home to await our little visitor. 

The first night... 
King Sunshine arrived at my house at about 8:30 Friday night and was asleep from the car ride.  However as soon as I picked him up to remove his outerwear those bright eyes opened up.  At first he was looking at us like ummmm..who are you but once he got comfortable there was no stopping him. I was so excited about the new toy I got him so I ripped it out the package (with Mr's help and him telling me to calm down), wiped it off and gave it to him. While he was busy banging on the toy we moved the ottomans and coffee table out of the Kings way so that he can roam freely. He explored our home, stared at the Christmas tree then eventually worked up enough nerve to crawl towards it. I gave him the Noooo sound and he looked at me, smiled and began crawling back to me. Our 1200 square foot apartment seemed to shrink by the minute with him there.

Over to the Tree he goes!!
By this time it's getting late and time for bed but someone looked wide awake!  I read to him, dimmed the lights and finally read the instructions on the formula can so that I can make his bottle.  Once we gave him his bottle he was fast asleep... or so we thought.  He literally woke up 15 minutes later and was wide awake almost as if he just had one of those power naps.  The Mr. and I looked at each other with an unspoken glance of "What did we get ourselves into"!  By now I'm really tired and the King just would not go to sleep, he was laughing and talking and soon crying.  We fed him, changed his diaper, read to him and played with him so.... Why are you crying??  The King quickly let us know that from Friday to Sunday this is his Kingdom and  he will be running things around here!!  At about 2 am I was taking an aspirin to relieve me of the headache I had from lack of sleep and crying baby syndrome.   Thankfully 30 minutes after that my headache dissipated and the King  was asleep.  Oh he looked so cute and peaceful ...sleeping!!!  He slept in the middle of Mr and I and neither one of us ever really went to sleep.  Any sound or movement and both of us were looking at the King, we would stare until his chest moved letting us know that he was breathing and then we would drift back into that light sleep. I lied completely still and never really moved for fear of  rolling on him and my arms kept getting pins and needles because of the way I was laying.  Shake it off were my thoughts because my comfort didn't exist this weekend.  All that mattered was the King, his comfort level and his well being. 
This was a really cool toy! Made all kinds of sounds and really kept his attention for more than 15 minutes at a time
The next morning....
At about 8 am the King woke us up with a congested cough. I hated the way it sounded and so did Mr, so we called King Sunshine's mother to see what type of cold medicine she gives him and thankfully she had some packed in his bag. We gave him the medicine and 20 minutes later that nasty cough was gone. Now I'm looking at this baby and wondering what do we do next.  I took him into the living room while Mr slept.  Already the Mr and I were establishing a routine with him.  He would sleep during the day while I kept King Sunshine and I would sleep at night while he had the night shift with the King.

To be continued...

I've learned so much this weekend, more than any book or online research could ever teach me.  In an attempt to keep this post short I decided to split it into a 2 part post.  The second part I will share the rest of the weekend as well as my thoughts on babies and motherhood.  All I can say is that this was truly a trial run and I am so grateful that I experienced it. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Never Say Never

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sassy Mahogany Wives Foundation Making Strides for Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer has taken the lives of many beautiful women that I have been blessed to know and countless others.This disease has stolen the lives of 4 of my aunts and more recently a cousin of mine. Because of this, I am always feeling my boobies. I check them at least once a month and most of the time while I am laying down watching TV. I was told that I have really dense breast, therefore this disease can sneak up on me and hide under all of the fatty tissue. I’ve always been the type of person to be a part of the solution and not the problem. That’s why I walked in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Not only was this an opportunity for SMW to join the community in fighting back against breast cancer, it was also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing this terrible disease and save more lives.
I signed up for this walk only three weeks ago and we formed a SMW team. We missed the deadline for the custom T shirts they were offering, however I picked up these pretty pink shirts from Michaels (one of my favorite craft stores) and asked my FIL to customize them for us. This was all done a few days before the walk.
We created a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays!
We were so excited to be a part of such a wonderful experience. We walked 5 miles and it took us 1 hour and 10 minutes!!! I initially thought it would take us about 2 hours but when we got moving our only focus was to finish this walk. I was truly moved and inspired by all of the women wearing pink and all of the survivors surrounding us. I felt really good after the walk, however the next day…OUCH! I don’t know who I thought I was speed walking like that, but my body hurt. Thank goodness for Mr. and those wonderful massages I feel like myself again.

My Beautiful Step Daughter Jazmen was a SMW that day. :-)

I believe that one day, breast cancer will never steal another year from anyone’s life.

Please feel your Tata’s…

Monday, October 18, 2010

Faith Shopping

I get so many emails with words of encouragement, support and mounds of information from all of you. One of my lovely readers introduced me to the concept of faith shopping. Faith shopping is exactly what it states. Shopping and believing with all your heart and soul that your blessing is coming and acting on FAITH. To be honest, I struggled with this concept as I was told that purchasing items before your third trimester is bad luck. I know this is an old wives tale, however this is a tale that has been embedded in my mind and therefore I strongly believed. I mentioned the concept of faith shopping to a few friends to see what their responses would be and they actually loved the idea. They thought it was a sweet and meaningful gesture and what better way to lift your heart and spirit than by taking a leap of faith. I mentioned it to Mr. thinking he would say...yeah Cuckoo, however his response was totally different. He thought it was a nice idea but did believe you need to have some limitations. He said if I came home with a crib and bags of clothing then, uhmm yeah, he would take me to the hospital to get my head examined.
Mr. and I went to Target last weekend because he had a meeting with someone and I just went along for the ride.  I love Target!!!  While he was in the meeting I decided to do a little faith shopping; however, when I got to the baby section this was not as easy as I thought it would be. It was very hard for me to pick up anything because the feeling just wasn't there. Whatever I was looking for or trying to find I didn’t see it. So I kept perusing all of the items going up and down the aisles and being mindful of my time because I knew Mr. would be ending his meeting soon. I still took my time and would pick things up, examine them and then place them back because apparently that wasn't the item. So I came to the last aisle and stumbled upon this little plushy stuffed animal. It was the cutest little thing to me; and then I saw "Wind Here" and viola the tune almost every child will grow up on. Rock-A-Bye Baby was playing and his little neck starting gently moving. This was it! This was the item that really brought a lot of joy to me. Just as I picked up the item Mr. was calling telling me his meeting was over and he was waiting for me at the front. I purchased the Giraffe and made my way to the front entrance where Mr. was waiting. Of course Mr. wanted to know what was in the bag and when we got in the car I showed him my purchase, the first purchase for our mini B&B. He asked who is that for and I said our child. He smiled and we drove off and on our ride home the giraffe would play part of Rock-A-Bye baby as we rolled over a bump. I continued to smile. When we got home I wrapped the Giraffe in tissue paper and place him back in the bag and in our spare room closet. That is all the faith shopping I will do and all the faith shopping that I think I need. That little Giraffe may be small or minute on the outside but to me he symbolizes faith, hope and courage.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our Mini B&B update

I just wanted to update you on our progress with our mini B&B.  I went to the doctor yesterday and he wants to put me on Clomid. Clomiphene is used to induce ovulation (egg production) in women who do not produce ova (eggs) but wish to become pregnant. Clomiphene is in a class of medications called ovulatory stimulants. It works similarly to estrogen, a female hormone that causes eggs to develop in the ovaries and be released. Of course it has its side effects such as vomiting, blurred vision, headaches, breast discomfort and vaginal bleeding to name a few.  Oh and it also increases your chances of having multiples!!!  Since the ectopic my cycle has gone haywire. What used to be a very regular cycle has now taking on a mind of its own. Sometimes Aunt Flo rears her ugly head and sometimes she lies dormant.  So I understood his reasoning for recommending the medication, however  I am not too sure as to how I feel about this right now.  Besides doing the baby dance we have not really put too much effort into conceiving at this point.  I am not charting my cycle or taking my temperature.  For some reason I just feel like it will happen when God is ready for us to conceive and carry our little one to full term. I have faith and believe that everything happens for a reason.  Mr. is older than me by 6 years and he is obsessed with having a son but doesn't put any pressure on me or us for that matter.  I just see it in his expressions around other kids or while watching TV etc.  Me on the other hand wouldn't mind having a little princess in our home. So I am weighing my options and doing research right now. Still trying not to really think about it or even stress over it for that matter.  I just wanted to get your thoughts and your take on Clomid.  Do you know of anyone who has taken this medication and if so was it a multiple birth? Did they experience any major problems while taking this medication?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Sneak Peak..Sassy Wife T's

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Look, Listen and Learn

Mr decided to invite my MIL (Mama Kat), FIL, Aunt Del and Uncle over for dinner last Saturday. They had yet to see the new place and we wanted to welcome them into our new habitat. Of course the women and men soon became separated as the men flocked in front of the TV watching football and we the women headed to the back room where we just chatted, well… they chatted and I listened. Aunt Del has been married for 45 years and my MIL just celebrated her 30 year anniversary. As they began talking about marriage and their husbands I tried to absorb as much information as possible. I even had a moment where I smiled and said this is really nice. I pray that Mr. and I can someday too celebrate our 30th and 45th anniversary. I laid on my bed and listened to the sounds of what today is history. To them it probably was just a time catching up and chatting like they normally do, but to me it was seeing the legacy of where my husband came from. Watching and listening to the women talk about life, love and men gave me so much clarity. It really cleansed my pallet. Since my grandmother passed a little over a year ago, I haven’t had those moments. Those moments where I can just listen to the wisdom and take in everything that they have to say that will help me grow and learn. I hardly said anything but they made sure to make me feel included by rubbing my back or playing in my hair as they talked and I laid on the bed.

After they left Mr. said WOW, I learned so much about marriage today. And it wasn't because the men were in front of the tube discussing relationships, it was as if he was doing the same thing as me. Listening and absorbing sound information, gestures and communication skills that helped build the longevity that both my FIL and Uncle have achieved within their marriage. He told me the things that he learned that day but I kept the things that I learned to myself because truth be told it was girl talk. There were some things that I heard before such as choose your battles, and don’t sweat the small stuff, keep busy and many more. But hearing it from Momma Kat and Aunt Del was a different experience for me. Sitting back and watching how these two women who raised my husband interact and nurture him gave me an Aah Haa moment. Everything made sense to me in regards to how my husband responds to certain situations and it really helps us to be more in tune with each other.

I am truly blessed to have in-laws that accept me as one of their own or at least make me feel that way. It really helps keep the marriage sound when you have people that you both care for and love on your side. Supporting you and showing you what real love and marriage is about. Marriage just like anything has its ups and downs, hi’s and lows but I am grateful that we both have a support system that we can go to during those difficult times. Right now our marriage is still in its infancy, developing and still blossoming and every obstacle or hurtle that we have faced has made us stronger and that much more in love, but over time I am sure we will probably need to use a few of those life lines.



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Biggest Loser Update


Sorry I haven't posted in what seems like an eternity but I have been super busy with work and also working behind the scenes on the mentor program. I received a few emails from you guys wondering if everything is ok and YES, things are great. I really appreciate you guys checking up on me.

The weight loss contest is going great. I have lost a whopping 5 lbs and am in the lead for the most percentage lost!! WOO HOO. I've taken all of your tips and advice to heart and applied them to my new low carb lifestyle. I now only drink water and sometimes mix a little crystal light in there. I work out at least 5 times per week for 45 min at the gym also. I will keep you posted and updated on this contest and my weight loss. We may have some changes with my diet ASAP. I will let you all know.

The contest is a lot of fun at work. My colleagues are so competitive and have resorted to the destruction of my low carb life style. They went out to lunch to a famous Pizza restaurant here in Chicago and I decided to go to the gym instead. When they came back they talked about the pizza and how good it was and how I missed out. Then I noticed another "Loser" in an empty cube across from mine. I had no idea what he was up too. I then heard a fan and smelt pizza in the air all of a sudden. Take a look at what he was doing,

Yep that fan is pointed in the direction of my cube
With the pizza...SMH! The fan is angled directly at my cube.
Thats just wrong right???? This was super funny but really made me put my game face on.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Biggest Loser Contest- Prize $1000

I have talked about my weight gain in the past and I've taking steps to fight against it by working out daily. However, my diet has not really changed. Well now I have more motivation and incentive than ever!! I've entered the biggest loser contest at work. It will last for 10 weeks from September 7th through November 16th! The cost was $100 to enter and the winner takes all!!! It is based on body fat percentage and we will weigh in every two weeks. I will keep you updated on my progress and post before and after pics.

As if losing weight and looking good isn’t incentive enough, I now have the chance to win $1000 and right before BLACK FRIDAY!! If you have any tips or advice on losing weight please let me know. I plan on winning this thing.

I will blog about my progress on the scheduled weigh-in dates and let you know where I am in the race, but I will tweet about it daily. If you have a twitter please follow me @sassywife to get day to day updates on the contest.

This is going to be a lot of fun at work. It started two days ago and I think everyone is already hungry! They have that whole "Diva" attitude going on as if they need a Snickers!!! Yesterday, someone anonymously sent me a nice treat via interoffice. I received the envelope and guess what was in it...A Bag of Hershey Kisses!! I knew this meant one thing, Sabotage. With that said, I really could use your help and support. I am trying to decide if I want to do a fad diet or do the healthy approach and just watch what I eat. I already work out but I will increase that to twice a day as time permits.

What do you think? Atkins, Low Carb or Weight Watchers or do you have any other tips that have worked for you? I want to win this so bad.
  1. Bragging Rights
  2. Looking and Feeling Great
  3. Maybe losing weight will assist with conception (nothing worse than a big fat negative)
  4. $1000!!!
Here is the weigh-in schedule

  • September 21
  • October 5
  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 16
My weight loss icon right now..Doesn't Jennifer Hudson look Fabulous!!

Wish me luck!!
Image sources: Scale,   Jennifer Hudson

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Get Yo’ Man Chicken

Our Labor day weekend turned out to be a very eventful. Initially we had no plans other than going to Mr.'s Masonic BBQ on Sunday afternoon. Monday was supposed to be a relaxed day at home watching movies however, that morning I decided to get up and try this recipe that one of  the SMW readers emailed me. What really got me was the name of the recipe... "Get Yo' Man Chicken"!  This was a must try.  I told Mr. about the recipe when she sent it to me a few weeks back.  Not familiar with what he saw brewing in the pot that morning, he asked if I was making "Get yo' man back, chicken",  I chuckled and corrected him on the name of the recipe. Now I'm no Big Mama or Bobby Flay in the kitchen, but I can read a recipe and make things my own here and there.  I am also a pro at ordering take out and have perfected the art of dining out!!  I am trying to hone my skills in the kitchen (especially before the babies come), although I'd much rather bake.   I wanted to share this recipe with you as the meal was delicious.  My true test of a meal quality is Mr.  If he goes back for seconds then it's a hit, if he says "I feel sick"…then it's a miss. With this recipe he went back for thirds!!

So here you go…
Get Yo’ Man Chicken
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 chicken thighs, skinless
1 teaspoons salt
½ teaspoons pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
1 cup chicken stock
½ cup white wine
1 (14.5-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in thick puree
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon lemon-pepper
Hot buttered rice
2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves

Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat
Pat chicken dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken, meat-side first, and turning once, about 4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate to reserve. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of oil from the pan. Add onion to the pan and sauté until tender, roughly 3 minutes. Add the stock and wine and stir, scrapping any brown bits off the bottom of pan. Turn heat to high and reduce by half, about 3 minutes. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and add the dried herbs and lemon pepper. Add the chicken thighs back in. Cover and cook on medium low for 40 minutes. Remove chicken from liquid and serve on hot buttered rice. Ladle the sauce on top and garnish with fresh chopped parsley

Oh I made this my own by seasoning the chicken with my favorite seasonings before browning which include: Season Salt, Black Pepper and Garlic Powder.
Image captured by Mr.
Tina..I hope this is what it's supposed to look like!! :-)
Also, if you have any recipes that you would like to pass onto me, please send them to me!!! Mr. does not mind being my guinea pig as I hone my cooking skills.

Later that day we decided to go the African Caribbean Festival. It was supposed to be a quick walk through as Mr. complained the whole way there about how he really didn’t want to go. Once we got there, he did not want to leave and ended up purchasing more things than I did!!! I keep telling him he should listen to me when I speak sometimes. We had a great time, check out some of the cool pics I was able to snag on his new phone.

Kid in a Candy Store

And yes, he purchased that hat!!


I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday.