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#tbt I’ve always loved this picture of @jawnmurray, @tyrese, and me from 2006 (maybe 2007). We were at a GM event for award season. Was it the Emmys? Oscars? Ugh! I can’t remember. Anyway, happiness and blessings to both these talented men. Loved seeing @jawnmurray cohost The View a couple days ago and I love seeing @tyrese do anything! 💋

This is me at my happiest and @vstiviano captured it perfectly. I’m just a little girl, a princess on the inside, protected by thick skin and layers of life’s lessons. And the only thing that can permeate my armor and tickle the princess inside me is the love, respect, compassion and tenderness of a great and powerful man. Finally, we’re one. 💋

Coconut and Chocolate Chai with Madeleines

Last night, I entertained friends from England and figured I couldn’t go wrong with tea service. For good measure, I threw in plain and dipped Madeleines –– though French, I figured they’d be familiar to my guests and perfect for the choice of teas served.

The Coconut Chai Black Tea and Chocolate Chai Red Tea went perfectly with the Madeleines and tea time was a hit!

I also offered my guests a choice between half-and-half and almond milk as a creamer, never assuming everyone drinks dairy or even any of the alternatives. In my home, for instance, we don’t drink cow’s milk, but I keep half-and-half on-hand for guests who may want coffee or tea. 

I prepared lemon and cucumber infused water to cleanse the palette between teas. See previous post.

Though my entire tea service ware is not pictured, I strongly suggest every homemaker invest in proper tea and coffee service supplies. Guests are always impressed!

Happy tea time! 

Asparagus and Watermelon Salad

This salad, as with most salads, was very simple. Here’s how it went: 

  • baby spinach
  • watermelon, chunked
  • asparagus, sautéd, cut
  • applewood smoked blue cheese, crumbled
  • grape tomatoes, sliced
  • cucumbers, sliced

I gathered the ingredients and tossed them into a bowl — except for the asparagus, which I sautéed in olive oil and butter with salt and pepper, before adding it to the salad. I didn’t need any dressing with this salad. I did, however, poor the olive oil and butter from the sauté over the ingredients.

It was perfect. 

Fresh Cut Organic Green Beans with Mushrooms, Onions, and Cherry Tomatoes

Lately, I’ve been seeing this commercial for green beans in a can and I always say to myself, “Who the hell wants canned vegetables?”

I’ve never understood the concept of canned vegetables unless, ofcourse, there is an apocalypse. Naturally, I understand canned food collection services for the needy and such, but I also understand that tons of fresh food is thrown away by grocery stores each day –– food that can very easily be distributed to those in need.

But back to green beans. 

If you have canned green beans, throw them out. I picked up these organic green beans for 98¢ a half pound. After trimming and washing them, I sautéed them lightly in olive oil and butter with onions, mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes. I seasoned it all with a dash of sea salt, fresh cracked pepper, and a clove of garlic.

Kick the can. 

Eat fresh. 

DECOR AND THE SINGLE GIRL, a decor and dating guide, will help you design your life and home around the relationship you deserve. Thank you @vioskifurniture for your contribution to our cover and Jeff Vioski for his literary contribution in the form of tips to our single girls. SINGLE GIRL will be available for download May 6th. SteffansPublishing.com 💋

Do the work. No one can deny the work.

Decor and the Single Girl will be available for download May 6th.

10 Sexy Meals to Help Seal the Deal will also be available May 6th.

Followed by 2 more decor and culinary guides in 2014.

Then, in 2015, you’ll get an entirely new Confessions to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of Confessions of a Video Vixen.

Visit SteffansPublishing.com for more…💋

Agave Roasted Cashews with Rosemary and Raisins

Today, I was in a snacking mood and was craving something salty, sweet, and savory so, I made up this recipe. 

In a baking dish, mix the following: 

  • salted cashews
  • raisins
  • rosemary, fresh, cut
  • agave nectar
  • butter

Place baking dish in the oven at 350 degrees and bake until nuts are browned and raisins are plumped. Remove and let cool. 

[HINT] For a healthier version, just leave out the butter and use honey. 

Simple. Yummy. Done.

Tomato and Avocado Salad with a Rustic Roll and Olive Oil

So, my presentation of this simple salad was not great but, the truth is, I was hung over when I made it and needed something healthy and nutritious fast and in a hurry.

Here’s how I did it: 

  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil

To calm my stomach, I also added a rustic roll and a saucer of Greek olive oil with a bit of cracked pepper. 

Even though I just so happened to make this after a certain someone took me out drinking and insisted I have tequila all damn night, this is a great snack for any day and any reason. 

I am a big proponent of snacking throughout the day, so long as those snacks are nutritious. This is my version of that. 

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