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Taste Test Tuesday: The Essential 4 Collection

Essential 4 Collection Includes Bountiful Beer Bread, Garlic Garlic, Onion Onion, Seasoned Salt and a recipe book.

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Tastefully Simple’s Essential 4 Collection is a staple in my home. My first experience with Tastefully Simple was with the Garlic Garlic and the Beer Bread, both are some of my favorites. This collection gets you started on your Tastefully Simple journey. (more…)


Surprise: I Got Married

Have Ring Will Murray

I posted on social media that 2021 was going to bring about some changes. One of those changes was my last name. I got married on Friday April 30th in Virginia Beach, surrounded by a small group of family and friends. We decided to use the hashtag #HaveRingWillMurray for our wedding since it was a play on the novel he wrote called Have Ring, Will Marry. You can check it out on Amazon.

JJ and I met a few years ago after I read one of his books Until I Saw Your Smile. We would be Facebook friends for 2 years before everything started to change. He wrote a novel and had the heroine based on me and I thought it was so cool. I didn’t know that conversation about the book would spark a friendship that turned into love.

After two years of dating, traveling across the state, a trip out of the country, and 100 days of quarantine we tied the knot in April.

The New York Times decided to write about our story. Check out the article here.


Eggs: I can cook with them, but I can’t eat them

 Conversation with some friends the other day about food brought up very good topic, food allergies and food bloggers. You see, I love my food blog, but there is one simple issue when it comes to cooking certain things. I’m allergic  to eggs. Yeah I know, a food blogger with a food allergy.  The conversation started when we were discussing pies and lemon meringue came up. See, I’ve never tried it because I can’t eat the meringue due to the egg whites. Then they mentioned eggs Benedict and french toast.  I can’t do either of those. But, thanks to my mama my french toast is brushed with butter instead of dipped in egg wash. This way I can enjoy breakfast with the rest of my family.
I'm a food blogger and I'm allergic to eggs How is this even going to work?
Sometimes everyday eating gets tough. I can eat cake and cookies. But no breakfast burritos. It gets interesting going to breakfast and asking for a sandwich without the egg, or being out at a party and having to ask if the tuna, chicken or potato salad has eggs in it. In my family they just automatically make me my own serving. They even stopped putting eggs in the baked macaroni and cheese just for me. I appreciate that because it gives me one more item to enjoy.
I remember when I started this blog my family would always ask me how I was going to handle food preparation if I can’t even touch an egg yolk or the whites without breaking out in hives….Here’s how we found out I was allergic to eggs.
             As a toddler I did what most little girls do follow their mommy around the kitchen. Well I took it upon myself to go in the refrigerator and grab an egg. It cracked and for some reason I decided to play with the yolk. That resulted in me breaking out in hives and us ending our day at the emergency room. We later found out that if I eat eggs my throat will close up and I can’t breathe (a teacher in preschool forced me to eat the eggs after I told her I was allergic. She didn’t listen and the ambulance was called.)
 
I used to write a lot about recipes and making meals, but then I stopped, one of those reasons is because I have to wear gloves when I work with eggs or have soap and water ready immediately so I can wash my hands…I guess my dream of being on the food network may be over lol. But I’ve decided to try it again. So when the recipes start rolling in or you see videos you’ll know why I’m wearing gloves. I feel bad at times because there are foods I want to review and I literally can’t because they’ll make me sick. Thanks to a really awesome little sister, she said she’ll be my taste tester for those items I can’t eat.
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Healing Herbs and Spices

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Going through Pinterest I came across this photo. What do you think?

Do you cook with herbs and spices? Have you used them for other things besides cooking? I know I will drink mint tea if I have an upset stomach, but I notice the chart says to try basil. This seems like an interesting task.

This has me thinking, could herbs and spices really help with ailments? Looks like I have some research to do. It would be nice to see which items that we have in our pantry can help us obtain a healthy lifestyle.

Have you tried any of these? Got some tips to share? Feel free to comment and let me know!!


Foodie Friday’s: Shrimp & Grits

It’s Friday, we’ve made it through another week. The weekend is here and you can relax. This’s week’s recipe is definitely a favorite of mine. I grew up eating this dish almost every weekend. To me it was viewed as a treat because seafood was involved. As kids we all knew Friday & Saturday were seafood days in our family.

Friday nights at grandma’s house was a full-blown Fish Fry, which included Porgies, Whiting, Red Snapper, Salmon or whatever my grandparents had in the freezer from their fishing trips. Saturday mornings were filled fish & grits, shrimp & grits, crab cakes, fried green tomatoes, okra, and what ever else the grandkids asked for. So today I thought I would share one of the many Shrimp & Grits recipes that I have. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have.

Simple Shrimp & Grits

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup yellow stone-ground grits or Quaker Grits
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning (or your favorite seasoning)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a boil. Stir in the grits, and reduce heat to low.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until silky, about 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onions until tender, then toss in shrimp. Season with Old Bay, and cook 4 to 5 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink.
  4. Stir shrimp mixture into grits, and continue cooking for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Makes 4 Servings

Add-In’s:

  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Bacon
  • Green Onions
  • Sausage
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