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7 Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day When You’re Single & Red Velvet Cupcakes

11 Feb

Valentines Day is approaching super fast. I’m sure the ones who are lucky in love are trying to figure out what to get each other and are planning the perfect date…. But, what if your not lucky in love and looking at Valentines Day as a sad reminder that you are “Single” party of 1? I’m going to give you seven ways to celebrate and enjoy Valentines day and make it one to remember!

  1. Self- care day: All Day, make it all about you. Even if you have to go to work that day. Dress up, wear that outfit and shoes you’ve been holding onto for that one special event that you don’t even have in your planner yet. Treat your-self to goodies all workday: Starbucks or McDonald’s fries and a coke are some ideas. While you’re at work plan your after work events: Do you want your nails done or maybe a massage? Do it!!! Finally, take your self out to dinner. Yes, everyone will be out and all coupled up and that can sometimes be depressing but, don’t even think about that. Every thought you create on your Valentines Day should be only amazing thoughts about you!! What makes you great? Say it and claim it!!! Are you awesome at baking, do you have great style? Think that! How awesome are you at accomplishing your life goals? Are you crushin’ it? That’s the bomb!!! You should be totally pumped about that! So just make this “ME” Day. Because it’s all about you!!!
  2. Send physical Valentine’s Day cards to everyone that you love (not romantically): Send to your mom, dad, sister, brother, grandparents and/or BFF’s. That’s right, go to the store and buy several Valentines Cards picking each one out especially for that loved one. Then sign the card, address the envelope and stick a real stamp on it and put it in the mail! How classic is getting a hand written letter or card in the mail? How special is the person on the receiving end going to feel? Very. Which in turn will make you feel special too. Send some love in the mail. Boom!
  3. Spend some time with an elderly loved one for Valentines Day: Create a memory with them or listen intently while they share their’s.  That’s really something special.
  4. Create a Valentines Day wish list with your Girls over cocktails or mocktails: So, make your significant other wish list; I’ll start: Intelligent, attractive, motivated, christian and God-fearing, employed or self-employed (making money) and, able to hold a great conversation. That’s just for starters….
  5. Take yourself on that dream date you’ve always wanted to go on: Is it to a fancy restaurant or going to listen to live music in an intimate setting or, is it a trip to the museum you’ve never been to and the little 24 hour coney island/breakfast spot in the college district? Do it girl!! What’s stopping you? Go. Something serendipitous might just happen.
  6. Make a romantic dinner at home: Just for YOU! Make your favorite whatever!!  Get your ingredients from the store and turn on that iPad and stream your best-loved tv  show or movie. Light some candles, pour some wine and enjoy YOU! Celebrate you. Oh! Don’t forget dessert! Try the recipe below for Easy and Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
  7. Shoot your shot (Take a chance): If he’s single, why not? But, be cool. Just let him know you think he’s pretty dope and you want to wish him a Happy Valentines Day.


Easy and Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients for cupcakes

1 package boxed German Chocolate cake mix with pudding

1 cup sour cream

½ cup water

¼ cup vegetable or corn oil

2 tablespoons or 1 bottle (1 ounce) red food coloring

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Pre heat oven to 350°. Place 18-21 cupcake or muffin liners in the muffin pans.  In a large bowl mix together the eggs, oil and, water with a heavy wire whisk or electric mixer. Next add in the cake mix, sour cream, vanilla extract and, red food coloring stir together with wire whisk until combined or on low for 30-60 seconds if using mixer (batter may have a few small lumps).

Using a portion scoop and rubber spatula fill each muffin cup with cake batter. You should end up with 18-21 cupcakes. Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 15-18 minutes. The  cupcakes are ready when the tops spring right back when lightly touched on top. Do not over bake.

When the cupcakes are done, remove from oven and cool in the pans for 15 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the pans and let cool completely; about 1 hour.  In the mean time make the icing.

Ingredients for icing

½ cup or 1 stick salted butter at room temperature

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese at room temperature

1 pound box confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon salt


In a medium to large bowl blend together the softened butter and cream cheese. Add in half the confectioners sugar and mix on the lowest speed so the sugar won’t splatter everywhere. Next, pour in the remaining powdered sugar and the vanilla extract and mix again on the lowest speed till all sugar is incorporated. Add in salt and stir the mixer on the highest speed for 1 minute to make light and fluffy.

***Feel free to add in some food coloring if desired change the color of your icing for a little flare.***

Happy Valentines Day no matter how you decide to spend it. I hope you get some ideas from this post and try out these yummy cupcakes! Send me a picture in the comments if you do. And, let me know how you did spend Valentines.

If you like this post and/or others, please share with your friends and family. Let me know in the comments if you have questions on any of the recipes or other posts on

Thank you so much for reading, liking and sharing,

Kim Cherie

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Here’s some pictures of the cupcakes being made…..

This recipe whips up in like 5 minutes!

Put the eggs, oil and, water together in a large bowl.

Scramble together lightly.

Add in the cake mix, sour cream, food coloring and vanilla extract.

Stir again until all ingredients are incorporated.

I picked up these silver liners from a cake and candy supply store. And, you can get a portion scoop from your restaurant supply store.

Bake the cupcakes 15-18 minutes. Using a portion scoop makes your baked goods come out the same size.

They should look just like this when done.  Can’t wait to bite into one!!

Now lets make the icing!

In a medium to large bowl mix together the cream cheese and butter.

Mix in the confectioners sugar and vanilla extract.

Stir in salt last. (I need something to cut the sweetness a little)

And, if you want separate a little icing in a small bowl with a drop of food coloring to change the color.

Decorate your Valentine Red Velvet Cupcakes however you desire and ENJOY!!


Dear Momma,

3 Feb

Hey everyone,

It’s the beginning of February, it’s the weekend and, it’s also my momma’s birthday today!!! If you are reading this please help me celebrate her. She is nothing less than amazing, beautiful, cool, dope, empathetic, friendly, generous, hopeful, inspirational, joyful, kind, loved and lovable, motivated, notable, outgoing, passionate, quiet, respected and respectful, soft-spoken, talented, uniting, vocal, worthy, x (meaning christian), yearning and, zealous. My mom is all of that and then some!

Let me tell you a little bit about her…..She is the oldest out of 6 kids. The guard and protector of each one who came after her and the two who made it possible for her to be on earth in the first place. Yes, she is a super hero. She is our family’s event planner, organizer and boss……

Side note: Mom is not a big fan of photo ops so, I had to dig hard for the ones we have of her here today.

A few of my mom’s favorite things are: unique jewelry, old school music, the TV show Bonanza, knitting one of a kind hats, scarves and, gloves, reading recipes, cooking and baking, Tom Selleck (her most favorite actor), good barbecue and, home decor inside and out.

Where would I be if it weren’t for my mother? That question I have heard from others and said to myself more than once. Where would I be without her examples? I don’t want to know.  Grateful, is what I am for everything my momma is and, all she has yet to become.

Dear Momma,

Today I want to profess what an incredible woman you are. There are so many things that I admire about you. You are totally devoted to your mother and our entire family.

The desire you have to make your neighborhood and this community a better place is more than noteworthy. Throughout my life you have displayed courage, character, dignity, tenacity, and wisdom. From a classroom to a boardroom, you have never stopped educating yourself. That is a true life lesson. Your visions and ideas for a better tomorrow are now my visions and ideas for the same. I have witnessed you being an agent of change, board member, a chairwoman, a project manager and a program founder all because you wanted everyone to have a great community to work and live in.

Your schedule is always full with meetings and events but, you always make time for your family.  Thank you for caring for us the way you do. Thank you for providing infinite examples on how to keep going no matter what. Thank you for showing me how to be a mother. Thank you for being the calm in my storms. Thank you for being my critic and my supporter, my friend and, my momma.

Thank you for being everything that is you!

I wish you the happiest of all birthdays,


Kim Cherie


Confirmed. The Best Banana Bread EVER!

28 Jan

That’s right. I have confirmed this at least 6 times. This recipe for Banana Bread is the best. This is not my own recipe; just one I have tried in search of a really good one. And, I found it with this one. The best quick breads and muffins have to be fresh, moist and flavorful.

Before I found this recipe, the one I liked best was at the bakery (King Arthur’s Pasties, here in Flint, Michigan) I worked at almost 20 years ago. After I moved on from there I would still special order a large loaf of Banana Bread without nuts, just for me. (I don’t like nuts by the way; unless, it’s peanuts covered in M & M’s or a Snickers…… I’m just sayin’)….. Ok, back to the subject of Banana Bread:  I really like it. I like it right out of the oven with a pat of butter smeared and melted all over the slice. And, I also like it when I pack it for lunch within a zip lock baggie and give it time to re-create some extra moisture. Not like a hot and sweaty slice of bread but, like a room temperature marination period. IT’S THEE BEST!….. And, don’t knock it till you try it. Again, I’m just sayin’.

So this is another recipe that is super easy. The only thing that you would have to be concerned with here is letting your bananas really ripen or finding some really already ripe ones. FYI, in case you ever need ripe banana’s in a hurry. Go to your neighborhood discount grocery (ex: Sav-a-lot, Aldi); they almost always have ripe, ripe bananas that are ready to be turned into banana bread or banana pudding. And, you can get them for almost nothing. Pick bananas that have brown spots and stems. Those will give the sweetest banana flavor.

Slice 3 to 4 medium to large bananas in a large bowl prior to mashing.

Banana Breads and other quick breads make really good thank you gifts. So, bake some of this good stuff up and send me a note on what you think. Then, put this recipe in your recipe box or binder and save for the next time you need to say “Thanks!”   This is the perfect way to extend your thank you into action with a token of appreciation.

Purchase these disposable bakers online from King Arthur Flour Company or Sur la Table.

You can bake this bread in 2 (8×4 inch) or 1 (9×5 inch) loaf pans. Also, as a option you can bake mini loaves in disposable oven safe loaf bakers. I purchased the ones shown above online from Sur la Table.

All the players are here: butter, sugar, eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, bananas, flour, baking soda and salt.Mash the bananas with a potato masher or electric mixer prior to mixing the other ingredients.

Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl.

Blend the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer.

Add in the eggs and vanilla extract.

Mix in the vanilla and eggs until the yolks disappear.

Add in the buttermilk and mashed bananas.Blend until evenly combined.

Lastly, add in the flour, soda and salt.Stir in the flour just until it disappears.Scrape down the sides of the bowl and fold in nuts if using.

Evenly divide the batter among the pans.Bake in the small baker at 35-40 minutes.

Bake the 8 or 9 inch loaves 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.Serve warm with butter or cool to room temperature and save for later.


The Best Banana Bread

*adapted from Gold Medal All Purpose Flour*


1¼ cups sugar

½ cup butter (1 stick) softened

2 large eggs

1½ cups mashed very ripe bananas (3-4 medium)

½ cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2½ cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


Pre-heat oven to 350°.

Spray or grease your metal or glass loaf pans with non- stick spray or shortening. If using disposable bakers skip this part.

With an electric mixer blend together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the eggs and vanilla until the yolk of the egg disappears. Add in the bananas and buttermilk, beat with the electric mixer until combined. Stir in the flour, baking soda and salt just until the flour disappears. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and fold in nuts in using.

Evenly distribute the batter into the pan or pans.

Bake 8 inch loaves 1 hour,

Bake 9 inch loaves 1 hour 15 minutes,

Bake small bakers 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Immediately run a butter knife around the perimeter of the metal or glass pans. Cool the loaves in metal or glass containers 10 minutes.  Loosen sides of the loaves from pans, remove from pans to cooling rack or place on a platter and serve warm with butter.

Don’t try to resist, answer the calling of The Best Banana Bread. You’ll thank me after.

Let me know what you think in the comments, or on social: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ mouthfuloffood

Hit me with your questions too! I’ve got answers for cooking, baking, being a mom and life. I’ll be sure to get right back!

Have a great week!

Kim Cherie

12 Books for 2018

21 Jan

This year I have curated a list of books to get me through 2018. I have compiled this list mostly from my obnoxiously long Wish List on Amazon. I promise I add something to my wish list at least once a week. It is comprised of cookbooks, novels, self help manuals, spiritual readers and, some non book items that I have a desirable interest in.

I decided on creating this list after I had been asked more than once how many books am I going to try to read this year. I did not have a definite answer because I had never thought about completing a certain number of books in year. I had no reason to. I read all the time, picking books that interest me when learned of through author interviews, book review or, word of mouth. I have noticed several book reading challenges posted on social media suggesting to read up to 52 book this year…. Well, maybe one year I will read 52 books in a year but, not this year. On that, I am certain. This year I have committed to 12 books. Out of this list not one is a cookbook. I have excluded them from this list because I actually browse a few cookbooks a week from the collection acquired between my mother and I.

And, for the record I have already knocked out books 1 & 2 for 2018 which I will list and share why I enjoyed them. Books 3-12 will be read in no certain order.

Here we go!

1. The Perfect Find by Tia Williams: Jenna Jones is 40 year old female who is finding her way back after a break up and loss of her career. She meets Eric a hot young thang at a party one night and they totally connect. They find out they actually work together at her new job. They both try very hard to remain professional and resist each other while working very closely together on assignments but, the temptation is so heavy. There is also the drama at work: her boss is his mother (she can’t find out that anything ever happened), she’s also Jenna’s nemesis. Jenna’s ex-fiancé is possibly trying to win her back and more. Jenna and Eric, you will enjoy them both. (Book 1 done)

2. Year of YES by Shonda Rhimes: Who would’ve thought the Queen of Thursday nights would actually be an introvert whose desire was to alway be behind the camera and out of sight all together? I wouldn’t have guessed it. Who would’ve thought she would reject almost all invitations from glamorous people to elegant events? That was Shonda Rhimes before her Year of YES. Challenged by her oldest sister’s gripe that Shonda never says yes; she takes a journey out of her former self, into self love and discovery, found real happiness, blessings and her new true self. (Book 2 done)

3. You are a Badass – How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jan Sincero: The description says “A self-help book for people who desperately want to improve their lives but don’t want to get busted doing it”. I have seen this book on the books shelves of every store that sells books over the last year. Which says to me this must be a good book. I love good books on self-improvement. I’m excited to dig in. Who wouldn’t want to read a book telling you how awesome you already are?

4. The Last Lecture by Randy Pauch: So, this book has been on my Mental Book List for so many years. Probably before I could create a list on Amazon which is how this one slipped by. I’m pretty sure it was mentioned in Shonda Rhimes book which jogged my memory. 2018 is this books year for my personal story hour. I remember that this book was getting a lot of press years ago. I remember them saying that Professors normally give or are asked to give a “last lecture” on their mortality and consider what matters most to them. In this case, this professor; Randy Pauch was really facing his own mortality and giving his “last lecture” being terminally ill from cancer sharing what he thought was the most important things in life…..What would you say if you only had a little time to say it? What would you share with those who are listening about getting the best from life?

5. I almost forgot about you by Terry McMillan: Another read that got lost in my mental library. Essence magazine shared an excerpt when this book was being released and I totally wanted to know more about the main character Dr. Georgia Young. I just remember her thinking about her life and what has become of it. She seemed lonely and unhappy which is always a good premise to an amazing love and empowerment story. With Terry McMillan you can always count on a page turner.

6. Power of Broke by Daymond John: The creator of international FUBU brand the title speaks for itself. It speaks to me. Being broke can spark motivation & innovation. I hope reading this book will give me both.

7. Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso: I tried to read this book summer 2017. I didn’t finish. I’m putting it on my list because I want to know her story. Starting her Nasty Gal business when she was almost broke by purchasing classic, retro clothing and accessories from resale shops and selling them on eBay for profit. And, away she went! Now she is a millionaire probably several times over. This is probably actually going to be #BOOK 3 2018

8. Don’t Settle for Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts: I need this book RIGHT NOW! Don’t settle for safe. My life right now. Talk to me Sarah!

9. Meternity by Meghann Foye: This is not a typo.. The main character Liz is taking time off from work when it is presumed she is pregnant because she is experiencing nausea at work due to her overwhelming workload. Going all the way with this rouse it will be exciting to find out if she gets away with it in the end.

10. The Butler Speaks – A Return to Proper Etiquette, Stylish Entertaining & The Art of Good Housekeeping by Charles MacPherson: Confession: I love etiquette books. Of the 3 – 4 large impressive lifestyle manuals I have read; each one teaches on how to be in social situations, how to prepare, and how to be gracious. Things that are not always taught anymore. Things that should be taught forever-more. I look forward to reading what the butler has to say. I’m already giving this a permanent space on the book shelf.

11. After the Dance- My Life with Marvin Gaye by Jan Gaye: I remember when Marvin Gaye died. I didn’t know who Marvin Gaye was but, I remember him dying. I was in the car with my mother going to Detroit and the Radio DJ was talking about the death of Marvin Gaye…Its funny what stays with you from when you are a kid. From then on I knew Marvin Gaye. Which is why I want to read this tell all from his wife Janis.

12: How Strong Women Pray by Bonnie St. John: What more is there to say? One of my desires is to learn to pray better and more often. I want prayer to become natural and habitual for me. I desire a constant connection with God on both the good and bad days. I want to be a prayer warrior!

Well, there it is….my reading to do list 2018. I’m sure that there will be several books released this year that will try to capture my attention and squeeze their way onto my 2018 list; and some of them succeed. But, for now this is it and I’m so excited to dive into books 3-12.

What books are on your list this year? This month?

What books do you recommend for my future lists?

Let me know! Leave a comment on the blog or on FB, IG and Twitter @ mouthfuloffood

See you next time!

Kim Cherie



Oh So Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip with Warm Pita Wedges

14 Jan

 Buffalo Chicken Dip. Quick and easy to make on short notice.

I fell in love with Buffalo Wings almost 25 years ago. I can’t remember where I had them first T.G.I. Friday’s or Applebees?? But, I knew I was in love with the hot sauce soaked chicken wings dunked in ranch dressing….OOOOOOHHHHH! Just the thought of the of the fresh hot wings served with ranch dressing, celery sticks and fries. I think me and one of my friends would go out for wings once or twice a week after we got off work. Prior to that I had never had or even heard of Buffalo Wings. It was probably my favorite menu item for the next 2 years. Week in- week out. I even learned to make them at home. I baked my wings in the oven and made the sauce mixture on the stove top. Dipping the wings in the sauce and then baking for a few minutes more to create hot sauce cured chicken wings. Soon after, I became a mother and my craving for hot sauce decreased. It was still liked but, not loved so much.

  Wings photo courtesy of

Anywho, every now & then I may still order hot wings hoping to grab a taste of what use to be. Hanging out late nights at the Applebee or the TGIF… those were my favorite things. And, when I am just having a down right craving but do not desire the messiness of hot sauce hands I make this super easy, super quick Buffalo Chicken Dip. Seriously, it couldn’t even be any easier. Every ingredient is in a package you empty the packages into the bowl and measure out a couple of sauces and bake. I cant express how easy this is to make. This dish is especially for the one who does not like to cook and the one who can not cook but wants to make a good impression as a guest to a girls night or game day party. You can serve this dip with chips, veggies, in a bread bowl or, with pita wedges as I do here today.

 Pita Bread tastes so good when it is warm and soft.

I first had this dip when my mom ordered it from a caterer for a party we were having. Instantly, it was another favorite. I think it was the combo of the warm spicy ranch laced chicken being hugged by warm pita wedges. What else could I do but fall in love?

Soon after I was in search of recipe. The online recipe reflected that making this number would be effortless but, worthy of a slot in my recipe box.

Try it out for your next get together or even better Super Bowl LLII – Sunday, February 4, 2018

So simple ingredients. Just go to the store and grab em’; stir and bake!

Recipe Adapted from



2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken

1 8oz package of cream cheese

1/2 cup hot sauce

1/2 cup prepared ranch dressing

1/2 blue cheese crumbles

1/4-1/2 cup finely chopped green onions

warm pita wedges

Sliced celery sticks

 I have to say it doesn’t look so pleasant in this state, but just wait for the finished product.


Combine all ingredients (**except** pita wedges and thinly sliced green onions) in a medium or large bowl. Stir it all together until evenly combined. Transfer to a 1 quart baking dish.

Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350 degrees until warmed through.

Stir in the green onion.

Place pita wedges in another baking dish and cover with foil. Bake the wedges 10-20 minutes until warmed through.

Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and and the pita bread to a complementing platter.

Garnish with sliced celery sticks.

Serve dip and pita warm.

Now we have some pimento cheese looking concoction but I promise it is not.

Bake in the oven and stir in the green onions last. I was using them as a garnish but, it tasted so good I mixed them right in.

 Transfer to a serving bowl and plate or platter, garnish with the celery sticks and serve warm.

Thank you for stopping by. Until next time,

Kim Cherie

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