Is it Fall Yet?

I don’t know about you, but for me, there were several days in the past few weeks in which felt like Fall like temperatures.  Even though Fall doesn’t officially kick off until September 22nd, it’s not too early to begin transitioning your pieces (especially if you are someone like me who is always cold 😉). So what’s the key to being able to transition??? Layer! Layer! Layer!

There are literally no rules when it comes to carrying a certain piece to the next season. You could wear that cute summer printed dress and pair some leggings, a cardigan sweater, scarf with knee high boots! The same can be done with trouser style shorts with a pair of tights, a slightly oversized sweater and booties! 

As you transition your look into this next particular season, think warm! If you are not sure if you can make the transition google and find out what is being paired with what you have. Ex. Google “Cardigan and tank dresses.” This will give you several different  looks to be worn. Take a look and see how I created 3 complete Fall looks using one summer dress! 


Which is your favorite?

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Vegan Cauliflower Fried “Chicken”

Now I have to admit, my recipe is not actually “Vegan” because I did use an egg and milk wash before frying. However, to make it “Vegan,” the original recipe I studied called for 1 1/2 tbsp. of grounded flaxseed mixed with 1/4 of water set for 3 min. then 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper was added with 1 tbsp. of Dijon mustard. The rest of my recipe is below. 
Ingredients: 

1 head of cauliflower 

1 cup of flour

1 tsp of season salt

1/2 tsp. of garlic salt

1 tsp. of oregano

1/2 tsp. of Cayenne pepper 

4-5 cups of extra virgin olive oil

1 bottle of your favorite buffalo or wing sauce 

2 eggs 

1 tbsp. of milk

Cut cauliflower into chicken like pieces. 

Beat eggs in a separate bowl with milk or use flaxseed alternative (you can also just coat in plain soy milk).

Lightly season chopped Cauliflower (with seasoning salt). 

Dip seasoned cauliflower one at a time in your egg and milk wash evenly coating them and then dip in flour mixture which includes all dry ingredients listed above (repeat for extra crispiness before frying). 

Fry and turn over after a few min. or until golden brown on each side like chicken.

Drain on a napkin and eat as is (kid friendly) or add a mild wing sauce to dip or coat. 

I used Walmart’s brand:


Enjoy!

Quinoa Crusted Spinach Pizza


To make the crust I used a 12 oz box of Quinoa 10 min. rice cooled, 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 tsp. of baking powder 2/3 cups of water, 3 tsp. of Flax seeds and 1 tsp. of kosher salt. You basically blend it all together in a food processor. 

Once done, it will be gummy and you will press it out on parchment paper over a pan and brush that with olive oil. I cooked it for nearly 40-45 min. to get it like crust. I did flip it over about 25 min. in. 

For the sauce I used a 8 oz can of tomato sauce and half of a small can of tomato paste along with a few dashes of oregano, Italian seasoning a pinch of salt and garlic powder to taste. 
Once crust is ready add sauce, about 2 ounces of cheese of your choice and toppings (I did fresh Spinach and a all white cheese mix), put your pizza back in oven for about 10 min. and enjoy!

Now if you don’t get the 10 min. cooked box of Quinoa, you will have to soak the regular for 8 hours in an inch of water in refrigerator and drain. The store I went to only had the tri-color in a box so I had to alter the original recipe. 😉



Enjoy!

Naturalista 

I decided to bless y’all with some more of my favorite earth tone colors! Keeping it sophisticated and chíc, I decided to pair my new off the shoulder top from H&M with my favorite boyfriend jean. I added my signature lip color and few coordinating pieces and voila! I’m ready to start my day off…fashionably! 😂




Top-H&M/Boyfriend Jeans & Jewelry –Nordstrom/Sandals-Walmart/Sunglasses-Coach/Handbag-Francisco Biasia/Photo Credit: My momma! 😉

What’s Your Colors?

Every since my hair has been natural, I have loved how earth toned colors have complimented my look! I believe that anyone can wear any color, it’s just a matter of shade and placement. I have personally found colors like bronze, forest green, cream, burgundy, mustard yellow and burnt orange have been my best colors to wear. 

Finding the right shades of color is definetly key. For example if you are pale in color, you would not wear a beige dress that would wash you out, but instead opt for colors that would give you more life. Such would be a soft pink, navy or a dark red.  If you really wanted to wear beige, you wouldn’t want to have it near your face, but have the color either mixed with other vibrant colors in a skirt, shoe or other accessory.  

Now if finding the right shade is not your strong suit, linking up with someone who knows about fashion such as a personal stylist would be beneficial. Knowing your “go to” colors is just the beginning of owning your style!

Top-BCBG/Denim Shorts-!iT Jeans/ Earrings-Nordstrom/Pumps-Alfani

Broccoli & Quinoa Medley  


Here is another one!!! Super easy, fun and healthy (in moderation lol). I found this broccoli casserole recipe on http://www.eatgood4life.com and decided to make it my own. I was truly amazed at how good and tasty this was and new you would love it! You know it’s also a plus when your toddler loves it! 👌🏾

Ingredients:

9-12 oz of broccoli (I used frozen)

2 1/2 cups of uncooked Quinoa
2 cups of Mozerella cheese

1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese

14 oz can of Swanson’s reduced sodium chicken broth

14 oz of water (I used the Swanson’s can)

3 stalks of green onions

2 cups of spinach (Again, I used frozen)

1 tsp. of oregano 

1 tsp. of garlic powder

Put frozen broccoli in a bowl and cook for about 3-4 minutes and set aside. 

Put Quinoa and chopped green onions in a 9×13 baking dish. 

Chicken broth and water mixed in bowl for taste testing (I did not add salt because the broth has enough, however you can add salt to your liking).  

Chicken broth, 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese, spinach, garlic and oregano added to the dish and ready to bake at 350 degrees in the oven for about 30 minutes. After 30 min. You will notice the Quinoa is fully cooked and you can now stir in the broccoli and add the remainder of cheese to cover the top (I sprinkled additional Parmesan too)! Broil for about 3 minutes and voilà! 

Good to the last drop!😜

 

Makes 5-6 servings. 

Refocus

Sometimes we get caught up with all the challenges of life and it’s not until either something drastic happens or we have had enough, that we ask ourselves, “How did I get here?” When you examine your life, you are where you are based off of the choices you’ve made whether good or bad. However, when you have made the wrong decisions, it’s about how you respond that will determine what happens next. 

 I used to tell my team, “control your controllables.” Meaning, you decide where your next move will be. Don’t get down and dishearten about what happen or could have been, but focus on what can be. Redirect your way of thinking and find out what your true purpose is. Do what makes sense and most importantly, do what makes you happy. #purposefilled 

Skirt, Tank & Neckalace H&M/3/4 sleeve Cardigan-Nordstrom/ Sandals-Walmart

Photo credit: My Boobikins 😉