Friday, December 6, 2013

Sweet Potato Pie


My contribution to Thanksgiving  this year was baking my granny’s famous Sweet Potato Pie!   My granny was famous for her pies and my sister and I love baking them to keep the recipe, traditions,  and memories going.  I made a total of 6 pies this year and everyone loved them! We miss and love you grams! Xoxo

 

 
 

*This makes 5-6 pies!

 

Get:

6 large potatoes

2 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 stick butter

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup milk

6 store bought frozen pie crusts

 
  

1. Boil the potatoes until tender. When you stick a fork in them it should go in easy but you don't want them to fall apart. It took me about 35-40 mins.



2. Let the potatoes cool and then peel them.


 
 

3. Put the potatoes in a large bowl and mash them well. Melt the butter and pour it and the other ingredients in the bowl of potatoes. Stir until well mixed.
 
 
 
 

 

4. Spoon the potato mixture into the crust

 

 

5. Put into an oven preheated to 375 degrees. Cook for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.

 


 


Thanksgiving 2013


Thanksgiving 2012



 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                      Top with whipped cream and enjoy.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

#whosbad25


25
 
I am 25 years old.  Where has the time gone?  I was blessed to have celebrated my 25th birthday in Jamaica on November 9.   If you remember, I went to Jamaica in July and had equal amount of fun on both dates.  I was able to see a lot of familiar faces and it was awesome to hang out with them and relax on the beach.  I love it there! I really want to travel the world and see as many countries as I can.  I am excited for February to come because I will be going to the Bahamas.   


It’s about that time for the Holidays to come around and with me turning 25 and all I wanted to take time out to blog about what I am grateful for.  So here we go:]


1.       God- I love that man.  Without him, I am nothing! I keep him in my heart and strive to be Christ like everyday.  My motto: Be a light in this dark world.  I am grateful that I was raised in the church and will train and teach my children about Gods grace and mercy.  Lilly, my niece is going around the house yelling “ tannnk tuu jeeeeesah” which means thank you Jesus! hahaha


  1. Family- I can’t express it enough how much I am grateful for my family.  My parents have been married for 30 years and have such a happy, spontaneous, healthy relationship.  They are great examples for me and that is one of the main reasons why I will not settle.  My sister, brother in law, and my niece are amazing too!  We all keep each other laughing and challenge each other emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

3. Health- Everyday, I pray and thank God for his protection over my health and those around me.  There is so much sickness in the world and it is overwhelming to think about the amount of diseases, infections, and cancers that can affect us.


        4.  Genuine Friends- The group of women that I have in my life are     amazing!!!!! I cherish every single one of them because they are God fearing, intelligent, and beautiful women. I am forever grateful for an amazing network of girls
 

 5.  Food- I love eating.. but in moderation of course lol.  I am grateful for FOOD! I even have a little happy dance that I do when I eat. Lmao! Some of you know:]


  1. Career/ good education.. I love helping others.  I will always work in a helping field.  I love sociology/social work because I am able to touch the lives of individuals along with the community.

7. Life.

 

8. Favor – Favor will proceed and follow you wherever you go if you pay your tithes and keep God first! I’m grateful for favor.



9. Being able to travel and explore the world because it is something I am passionate about.

 

10. Working out, Laughing, blogging, and music.  I am grateful for these adaptive coping skills of mine;]
 

I am a happy camper.  Check out my #whosbad25 birthday pictures! Xoxo kbye!





 
 

 
 

 


 


 
 


 
 
My girls celebrating my birthday with me back in the US:)
 
 

 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Updates

Hi frans,

It has been a while.  Life has been really good and busy at the same time.  I enjoy staying busy because I don’t have time to think about unnecessary things that will fall into place.  Life is better when we don’t trip right? 

I ran my first race ever and it was amazing.  It was a 5K Color Me Rad race and as you were running they threw color at you made out of cornstarch.  I jogged the entire thing and I am super excited to run the Turkey Run on Thanksgiving Day with some friends.




 



 So I know I am not the only one to admit this but sometimes when you graduate from school you don’t care to see some of your peers face’s again?  Well, I have seen a lot of old faces and it was surprisingly a good thing.  I saw a lot of high and middle school friends that I have not seen since graduation on different occasions.  A girlfriend of mine threw a birthday party for her and her husband and it was a high school reunion for some of us.  It was a beautiful celebration and I am glad I went! 

Another friend of mine is in town from the army and threw a couple of kickbacks (parties) and I was able to see a ton of middle school friends and it was refreshing to see how well everyone was doing.






 


 



We were grooving! This is like half of the New Augusta 8th grade cheer-leading squad haha
I was also able to go to the range and man o man…..that was an experience.  SO many emotions within 1 hour that I encountered and to successfully overcome a fear of mine was amazing.  I shot a gun! lol, im lame but when I first walked in…I was scared, and then I got in the back and learned how to work the glock and I was intimated, and then I was fearful of the way the guns reinforcement would feel on my shoulders lol, and then I was fighting with myself because if I didn’t pull the trigger I would have been upset for having the opportunity and not doing it.





Lilly learned how to walk.  LORD, be with us because she is busy and curious but she is super adorable!!!!!!   She turned 1 and we celebrated her birthday and had a huge turn up because we love her so much.




My girlfriend from college turned 25 years old and we went to dinner and road around the town in a limo.  It was a beautiful celebration and I am glad I attended.








LAST but not least, I am going back to JAMAICA for my birthday in 4 weeks.  I am so excited and we are going to have so much fun again.  AHHH!  I love staying busy and active. Comment below and tell me any fun plans or thoughts you may have planned for yourself. Xoxo kbye!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hair did. Nail did. Everything did.

Sooo… I am not a huge advocate of the whole “Team Natural” vibe but yes, I have been natural for exactly one year this month.  I just don’t broadcast it as much as I feel the need to.  Going natural for those who don’t know simply means you are not allowing yourself to put any more perms or strong chemicals in your hair that could possibly damage your hair.  With that being said, I have been trying to train my hair to get back to the natural wavy curls that my hair was designed to be before I ever got a perm.   At this point, I have ways to go due to the ends of my hair being straight from the perm that I received over a year ago.  I have been looking at videos and also talking to one of my girlfriends about the process and she gives me ideas and what not to do with my hair.  I tried Bantu Knots out for the first time and it took me about 10 minutes! I parted my hair in sections and instead of braiding my hair…I twisted it and then bobby pinned it up.  When I took it down the next morning, I felt like I had a roller set and it was beautiful.  If you wash your hair and then twist it..the curls will be more defined but if you don’t it will be more biggerJ Check out the pics! xoxo
This was me..lol! Isn't she adorable?