The Feast Frida Khalo: BEAUTY PRESS PREVIEW

Hello lovely,

 On November 22, Cardell Mcclam Men & Women Fashion Brand & Cardellicious "The Full Figured Fashion Brand of the Bahamas" will showcase its NEW 2019 Fashion Collections, under the theme, "The Feast: FRIDA KAHLO" at the Courtyard by Marriott Nassau Downtown/Junkanoo Beach.

This past Sunday, Cardell and his team invited me to their exclusive Press Party to highlight some of the makeup and hair we’ll see on the runway next Thursday. Check out the highlights below, including an exclusive interview with the designer himself!

 

Before I go, I want to wish a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my best friend (one of the greatest friends anyone could ask for), Doran!

Printable Thanksgiving Recipe Cards

Hello Lovely,

If you love cooking and can’t live without it, you probably have a lot of recipes to choose from. If you don’t want to store them only on your computer, you can go old school-style and print or write them on recipe cards, which you can exchange with your friends. I need all of my friends reading this right now to know that I’m totally giving them recipe cards for Christmas. Deal with it. So today, I’m sharing some DIY recipe cards with free printables – just choose the design you like and go make them!

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Bring back the nostalgia of the pre-internet days with these free printable recipe cards! Use to store your favourite recipes or customise and gift to friends & family. The great thing about being able to type in your own recipe is that you can print off as many copies as you need so you don’t have to spend an hour hand writing 5 copies of that in-demand cookie recipe all your friends are asking you for.

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If you are giving a baked good as a gift, a recipe card to accompany your goodies is the perfect addition! Another great gift idea would be to print out a whole bunch of cards with your favourite recipes on them, and present them all in a recipe box!

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To get the falling leaves double sided recipe card, download here

To get the other two one sided recipe cards, download here

Simple Apple Pie Ice Cream

Simple Apple Pie Ice Cream

We all love apple pie or apple crisps with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, right? So how delicious would it be to actually have ice cream that tastes like apple pie à la mode?!

Answer: Very delicious! Super delicious! Unbelievably delicious! Creamy ice cream filled with all the flavors of apple pie make this ice cream the easiest and tastiest way to enjoy apple pie!

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Apple, Feta Cheese & Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops

Hello Lovely,

I found this recipe on ALDI’s and I immediately wanted to try it. With Thanksgiving coming up, this is the perfect alternative for those like me who do not have time to roast an entire turkey (or whatever it is you guys do). After making stuffed chicken breasts, I was confident that I could do this too! Has that ever happened to you? In my mind, I was wearing a cape and everything! But I had one major problem: I had never seen pork chops thick enough to stuff before.

I went to the store (still confident) to look for pork chop centers (which my mum told me would be the thickets part). When we could find any thick cuts, we went to the butcher who unapologetically told us that’s the thickest he cuts them and there are no more pieces to cut from. I didn’t know how I would make it. When I took them out Sunday morning to cook, I instantly knew they were to thin so I got the idea to simply put my stuffing on top. And trust me, it was just as good!

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But I did make one boo boo. Don’t judge me: I forgot to season it! I know, how could I? We were rushing out of the house so I quickly threw it together then into the oven when mum asked if I seasoned it. It was too late as it had already been baking for 20 minutes. But when I went to eat it, all I had to do was sprinkle a little lemon pepper and balsamic vinaigrette and that little mistake made for the best meat dish I have EVER prepared! Can anyone say, GOAT?

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Apple, Feta Cheese & Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 6 center cut pork chops

  • 6 cups water, divided

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • ¼ cup Honey or maple syrup

  • ¾ teaspoon iodized Salt, divided, plus additional to taste

  • 1 cup  Chopped Pecans

  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

  • 4 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced

  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette

  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper, plus additional to taste

  • 6 ounces or Feta cheese crumbled

  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper

  • 5 tablespoons cranberry sauce

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, bring 4 cups water, lemon juice, honey (or maple syrup) and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil for 2 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, add 2 cups cold water. Pour the brine into a plastic container large enough for the chops. Add the chops, brine overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Place pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

  4. For the stuffing: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apple slices, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Sauté until tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add the chopped pecans and goat cheese.

  5. Remove the chops from the brine.

  6. If your pork chops are thick enough Slit each chop horizontally to create a large hole for the stuffing. Spoon the stuffing into the chops. Season each chop with salt and pepper and lemon pepper to taste. Then top with cranberry sauce (1 tablespoon per pork chop).

  7. Place chops on a baking pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until internal temperature is 155-160°. Top with balsamic vinaigrette before serving and enjoy!

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Is Paint Me Couture the New Sip and Paint?

Hello Lovely,

This weekend, I was super happy to participate in the first Paint Me Couture Event. You’re probably wondering what Paint Me Couture is. Paint Me Couture is a new venture where fashion meets art. Although one could argue that fashion is it’s own form of art, the art in particular is painting. Guests come weekly to paint live models who are decked out in Bahamian designer wear. This new activity is the brainchild of Delano Marc and Justin Moultrie (the same people who brought you the Miasma Fashion Show from earlier this year at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts.)

There will be a new model and outfit on display every week for guests to paint. The garments are made by Delano, while Justin offers expert tips for step by step assistance. So if you’re new to painting, or don’t have a single creative bone in your body, don’t worry. No one expects you to be the next Picasso. You don’t even have to paint exactly what you see. It’s whatever your interpretation is (after all, that’s basically what art is). I’m not a great painter, but I LOVE this idea. Of course, this idea isn’t completely original, but don’t be so quick to judge. Like others, I wanted to know how this would be different from Sip and Paint.

Although the event started late, I didn’t hold it against them, as it was the first event with a lot of kinks to work out. But once things got started, I felt completely relaxed and content. I even suggested the event be promoted as Art Therapy, because the act of free painting and creating something beautiful without the pressures of experts critiquing your work, brings a sense of peace that is incomparable. And the complimentary beverage (included in coverage charge) will help you loosen up as well! I ordered the lavender and thyme lemonade. The drink menu may change for next week

The layout made it easy to see the model, no matter where you sat in the room. Jazzy, a small framed model took centre stage, struck a pose and we went to work. I chose to sketch my painting first. While many artists would never do this, there are some that do and I prefer it as a stepping stone since I’m not expert. I took creative liberty with her leg pose and hairstyle.

Once I had my sketch I was ready to start painting. I painted her skin first, outlined the hair and then went to work on the dress. The finished product surprised even me! Are you ready to see it?

Everyone loved my designs and I think everyone had a lot of fun.

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Just so you know, this isn’t a “Get-rich-quick-scheme”. Justin and Delano both hope to study at St. Martins in London and are using the events as a fundraiser. I will gladly support and promote causes for young people’s education (being an educator, myself) and I hope you will to! Paint Me Couture is only $25 and makes the perfect group outing or date night. The event is held Friday nights from 7-9 at Incudesk in Palmdale (directly across from Janae’s Fabrics).

Pumpkin Apple Bars

Hello Lovely,

It sucks to say that I’ve been sick with a possible sinus infection for the past week. I was able to push through most of the days at work, but by Friday I just crashed! It’s really hard when you have a schedule of things you want to do but everything gets thrown out of the window when an illness strikes. Even now I’m typing to you in pain, with mucous sitting on my chest and I’m breathing with my one nostril I can still breathe out of. But my spirit sill feels like twerking so I’ve got a little fight left in me. One of the things I really wanted to try this weekend was a recipe from Publix for Pumpkin Apple Bars. Everything about it sounded amazing so I just had to give it a try!

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As I started mixing the ingredients, I immediately knew this wouldn’t be what I expected. This recipe calls for two grated apples AND apple sauce! That is waaaaay too much apple in the apple to pumpkin ratio. So the end result really tasted more like apple than pumpkin. And THIS GIRL likes her pumpkin so that was a No No. So my recommendation is for you guys to only grate one apple and use 3/4 cup pumpkin puree instead. I also took out the whey protein powder Publix recommended because that is not something I just keep on hand. The oats provide a nice texture and for once I didn’t mess up something with Almond Flour (shout out to Trader Joe’s for having them at just under $8).

So how does it taste? This is some really healthy tasting stuff. Because of the almond flour it’s super light but it doesn’t count as keto because apples and oats aren’t keto. But it is carb smart and one or two bars shouldn’t totally send your diet to hell. So go on, indulge in a few this Thanksgiving! Your tummy will thank you.

PUMPKIN APPLE BARS

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Ingredients

Cooking spray
1 small apple, shredded
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with spray. Core apple and shred, then place in large bowl. Add egg, sugar, apple sauce, and pumpkin puree; stir until blended.

  2. Combine remaining ingredients in second bowl; whisk until blended. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until blended.

  3. Pour batter into baking dish; bake 30–35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes to cool (or chill overnight). Slice and serve.

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Nutritional Information

CALORIES (per 1/10 recipe) 170kcal; FAT 6.00g; SAT FAT 0.50g; TRANS FAT 0.00g; CHOL 5mg; SODIUM 60mg; CARB 23g; FIBER 3.00g; SUGARS 13g; PROTEIN 9g; CALC 15%; VIT A 0%; VIT C 0%; IRON 10%

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