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Favorite Foods For Fall and Winter

10 Sep

Just last week we were running the air conditioner trying to stay cool and, now the last few days have been feeling like the middle of fall here in Flint, Michigan. I was holding off on getting to that Pumpkin Spice Latte’ until it was cold weather season, but this week has me trying to map out my way to drive by Starbucks. Because the weather turned cold so fast the house has gotten really cold and this has gotten me to ponder on all the fall and winter foods I need to get ready for; to keep warm all season long. Actually, some  just won’t keep me warm but, they sure will taste good.

  • Hot Apple Cider: I fell in love with this beverage when Tim Horton’s hopped on the scene here in Flint. This hot cup of  liquid apples and spices smells like something delicious will be coming out the oven at any moment. (Hot Apple Cider is no longer sold at Tim Horton’s.) And, I am very sad about it.
  • Hot Chocolate:  Ok, maybe Hot Chocolate should’ve been before Hot Apple Cider but, I can get Hot Chocolate anywhere so I rank it a little lower on my totem pole. But whenever I get a good one with whipped cream I am set.
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte: I met Pumpkin Spice Latte’ 2 years ago. I was just getting something at Starbucks to be apart of the group and possibly to stay warm at work but, I was so glad I did! I didn’t drink any type of coffee drinks hot or cold until then. I don’t even know what’s in a latte’ and really I don’t care. It just makes me happy. 🙂
  • Apple Pie: Homemade Apple Pie to be specific. And, it just so happens that I can bake them from start to finish; crust and apple filling. This is one thing I really enjoy baking. I love cutting up the apples, mixing in the sugar and spices and the recipe I use for crust is not difficult to make at all. Once you taste a freshly baked made from scratch pie you will never want it any other way.
  • Sweet Potato Pie: Ok, I can’t say Apple Pie and Not mention Sweet Potato Pie. We can have Sweet Potato Pie all year long if we wanted to. But, there is almost nothing better than Sweet Potato Pie made by my Grandma at Thanksgiving at our family gathering. This pie is the appetizer that we devour way before we even know what time dinner will be served. (BTW, I can write a whole post just about this pie.)
  • Caramel Apples: A treat that needs no introduction.
  • Chicken Pot Pies: OMG! I love love love love love love love love love love love love love Chicken Pot Pies. Except, they put peas in every single one I have ever eaten.  I nominate the discarding of anything with peas. And, please make sure it has a double crust. What is a pie with only a top crust? Plain rude, that’s what it is. You can’t just top crust a person. You have to, have to double crust a pot pie.  You can’t call it comfort food if I’m going to be uncomfortable with only one crust.
  • Chilli & Grilled Cheese: Aannnddd, I don’t like beans either, but I let them stay for the sake of argument. I like everything else in the chilli so I’ll just eat around the beans. Grilled Cheese goes with Chilli or Chicken Noodle soup and it just adds more comfort and warmth with every bite. Make sure you use Texas Toast with that melty and cheesy Grilled Cheese.
  • Chicken & Noodles: Some people call it Chicken Noodle Soup but it’s thicker than a traditional Chicken Noodle. It’s a creamy gravy type dish with real egg noodles and lots of chicken. This dish can is easily made in the crockpot. COMFORT ALL THE WAY…
  • Beef Stew and Cornbread: OOOOH… That combo was a favorite of mine when I was a teen. The tender beef and all the veggies that went in the stew finished off with a sweet cornbread. That’s the stuff memories are made of.

Those are just a few of my favorite that keep me warm on cold days. I would love to hear from you what your cold weather favorites are. Is it warm beverages, cider and donuts, soups or casseroles? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to discover something new to me.

Ciao’ for now,

Kim Cherie

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My Grocery Shopping Routine… Yes I really do have one!

6 Sep

Actually, it is more like a plan of action. And, it’s usually planned out weekly; mostly on payday when I see how much money I do not have. This is something I have been doing for several years now and has become somewhat of a game to me.

Well first let me preface this post by stating that I enjoy the grocery store probably more than anyone I know. Even though I know where every item is (even the ones I don’t buy) in my favorite store, I still push a grocery cart up and down every aisle to see what is new in grocery food.  My only exception to that rule is probably the frozen isle because, I don’t buy a lot of frozen foods. In addition to knowing exactly where the food items I wish to buy are located. I also know the regular retail price of it (Disclaimer: this is only in my usual choice grocery store).  And that’s where the fun part comes in…..

Every week after I decide how the money will be spent for life bills; I see how much money is left for food and other essential living items. From that left over money, I create a weekly menu that can feed my family for the next 7 days. Even though I get paid bi-weekly now, the weekly thing still works for me because I can only plan for food for the week. My taste buds and cravings cannot be planned out 2 weeks in advance. (REAL LIFE FOODIE HERE!!).. After planning the weekly menu, I make the grocery list based off the menu I have created. Everything on the list will be used to make meals and eat this week. Not next week or next month… Just this week. This is so you only spend what money you have for groceries. As you write your list, write down how much each item cost at regular price.. Add it all up. This is how much you will probably spend at the store unless something is on sale. Which is totally awesome when you can get food on sale!!! Once your grocery list is made, go to through your cabinets, pantry and, refrigerator and freezer to see what you already have on hand. (If you’re the only cook in your household you may already know what’s on hand and can skip the pantry check because, you already know what you have.) What can you cross off of your list? That’s money you don’t have to spend at the grocer. Yay! That’s money you can put in a piggy bank or buy yourself a small treat for staying with your list! Once you are all done shopping and in that check out line, pull those coupons out if you have them. You’re doing great! Watch the cashier ring up your items and see if the prices match your prices you have wrote down already. Does her grand total match your grand total.. Did you get away spending less than YOU have wrote down on you grocery list? If so, YOU WON THE GROCERY GAMES!!! 🙂

Yes, I get excited about things like this. It’s the little things that count. But winning at my grocery budget is totally a big thing with me… Mostly because I spend soooo much money on food and I have to reel myself in when it comes to groceries and/or going on a food adventure.

So, to recap:

  1. Decide how much $ you want to spend on groceries this week. Create your menu for the next 7 days.
  2. Draft a grocery list. Write down the regular retail price also.
  3. Check your cabinets, pantry,  refrigerator and, freezer for items already on hand.
  4. Get shopping! If you have coupons use them!! Bonus points if your items are on sale!
  5. Lastly, go check out…. hopefully with good knowledge of food costs and your grocer you can spend as much cash as you have allotted or less. And, that’s how you win at the Grocery Games!!!

Hmmm, maybe I should’ve title today’s post: Grocery Games. LOL.

Goodnight….

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What All Fast Food Establishments Need To Do Right Now….

5 Sep

Confession: I love me some fast food. Let me rephrase, I love me some hot & fresh fast food. Oh, but that’s an oxymoron these days huh? There almost no such thing anymore when it comes to fast food. There is almost no such thing as good customer service either at these restaurants. What happened to great food and good service? What happened to showing up to work looking like you care? And where is the person in charge that monitors all of the above? I want them FIRED! YESTERDAY!!!

Recently I decided to stop going to mostly all fast food chains because I was not sure that any of the employees gave a care if the food they served me was hot, fresh and safe to eat. More over, they were not at all happy to see me when I pulled up to the drive-thru window…. I am never greeted with positive salutations to begin with. The voice through the speaker says “go head with your order” (yep you read it right).  When the voice inside the speaker box should be saying “Welcome to ___________! May I take your order?  Nope. Just: Go head and Pull forward for your total… SMH…  And then, when you get up to the window to someone face to face the employee is not pleasant. AT ALL. The face is all frowned up, attitude blazing, no words being spoken but, all I see is how much this person could care less about the products and services they are offering… Why should I be buying or eating this “food”? Finally when you get your food and drink: Wait! Let’s talk about this drink situation…. How hard is it put the drink only on the inside of the cup? I mean, why is there Coke on every piece of surface space on the inside and outside of my cup?…..If I said bad words………. grrrr…… this is where I would insert all of them because I don’t want no drink with drink all over the outside of the cup!!!…. After training the employees to wash their hands after EVERYTHING, they should be training them how to put pop in the cup with a secure top and if some gets on the outside, WIPE IT OFF before giving it to the customer…Can I get this put into law? I just want a drink that is not spilled all over me unless I do it. IJS.

I haven’t even gotten to the food yet…..

But, I’ll get there.

What I need fast food establishments to do right now is throw the whole training manual away because its not working….smh…

Let’s just start with making sure employees come to work neat and clean including uniforms, hair, hands and nails…. I swear… This should be checked daily…I shouldn’t have to wonder if they slept in the uniform or where their hands have last been before touching my food….. People in the fast food industry are asking for $15 per hour. Shouldn’t they look like they deserve $15 an hour?

Next, let’s work on the disposition of the employees…If the employee is too good to say Hello, Good Morning, May I help you, Please and Thank you… You shouldn’t want them as the face of your business…

Lastly can we talk about the food…..Why is it never hot and fresh? Commercial after commercial for most any fast food place boasts about hot fresh food. But, when you get there and receive your order it is everything but… This is the same for almost every fast food place… How can you feel good about giving away bad food? cold fries, cold burgers and, hot pop….Yuck.

Fast food needs to be revised…. I don’t think people mind waiting for good, hot food. And, really it only takes about 5 minutes to fry up a couple of patties and a basket of fries.. So why aren’t we making them when the order is placed in the first place? It works. Just ask Five Guys. Fast food cooked to order…Currently they are my favorite. They probably will remain there just because I can tell they care about me and the food they give me every time I stop by. You can read more about my love affair with Five Guys right here.

In the mean time Fast Food owners, managers and employees… Take a good look at yourselves and the products your pushing… Are you proud of it? My guess is no… Would you take that sloppy pop and cold burger and fries to your mom? Or better yet to your special someone? Would they like it? Again, my guess is no…  The time is now to do better  and to one up your competition. Serve better “food”.

Signed,

Former Fast Food Fanatic

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I’m sorry but, Donut Bar Detroit is not for me…..

19 Jun

Everyone has heard their mother say: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…. Today I am breaking that rule.

I don’t have a lot of nice things to say regarding my recent visit to Detroit Donut Bar in Southfield. I’ve been holding on to this post for over a week now because, it is something that I did not want to write about. Not like I just did not want to do it but, like: “Man!” “How do I nicely say to the WORLD; I didn’t like Donut Bar Detroit.”? I didn’t know.. I have thought about it since June 9th; the day I went there. There is no choice. I just have to say it. I have to give my honest opinion and, I’m gonna try not to take too long to do it.

So, my stop at the Donut Bar was not even planned. I had not even thought about it that day. My day started at 5:30 am baking 5 dozen of my famous chocolate chip cookies to deliver to an event in Southfield by 10am. I had several other stops to make while I was in the area and while I had not decided on what restaurant or food I would try out that day; I knew there would be at least food encounter before heading back home to Flint.

After I delivered my freshly baked cookies I decided to take the city streets to each place I needed to stop instead of the expressways hoping I would find something edibly interesting while completing my to do list.  I drove east on 12 Mile Road, when I hit Southfield Road remembering exactly where I was!! The plaza that houses Donut Bar Detroit!!! I was so excited!!!!… Every time I had been close by in the past the place was either sold out or closed. But, today was my day….. I could buy however many I wanted and no one would ever know because, this was a solo trip.  And by the way, let me just say I LOVE LOVE LOVE DONUTS… I know I say that  about a lot of different foods but, I really love donuts! I mean there is an art to a good donut. Cake or Yeast, there is an art. You can’t just cut or make some round dough put a hole in it and top it with sugar and frosting and call it a LEGIT donut. NO YOU CAN NOT DO THAT!!! Not with this girl from Flint City… Not from the city where Donna’s Donuts and B & J’s Donuts get made…. Now those are donuts. Donna’s donuts are so good you don’t even regret what they are doing to your arteries, cholesterol or your waistline. What I had on that ill fated donut doomed Saturday was a crime on my taste buds.. I was robbed!! I was deceived!! I was forsaken by bad donuts!

I bought six. Yes six donuts. Don’t. Judge. Me…….I did not plan to eat them all but, I planned to taste them all. And, these were my picks:

Samoa

Fruity Pebbles

Plain Glazed

Salted Caramel

Chocolate Covered

And,Vegan Maple Walnut

I’m gonna save you all some time and some money.. The Vegan Maple Walnut was the best tasting one but, not by much.

To me what seems to be the premise at this “Donut” shop is they take a VERY basic yeast donut and cut them into circle, square or oblong donuts and top them with a variety of different things such as: Fruity Pebbles, Crushed Oreos, Reese’s PB Cups, Coconut and Caramel and other things to make them look DELICIOUS… And they do LOOK delicious. But that’s where it ends for me.

The best thing I can say about this place is that it is definitely trendy, the customer service was great, the place was clean and I liked the decor and set up. If I ever have to go back I can try the coffee. But wait; I don’t drink coffee.

My Most Favorite 9 Podcasts!

15 Apr

Podcasts are my new favorite thing. Not like just now new but, like over the past 2 years. I  began with one podcasts and from there I learned of another and another. The lists just keeps growing. Why is this one of my favorite things? First, it is because anyone who desires can go on the airwaves of iTunes, Sound Cloud, Spotify and probably others to express their thoughts, views, and opinions on anything they want. This is one way that I think technology is rockin’ it out. I remember years ago sitting on my front porch thinking talking to one of my BFF’s (Michelle) on the phone and I was saying  how I wish I could have my own talk show on the radio because Nancy Grace never gives anyone the chance to talk on her show. She always cuts them off. I’m not hating on Nancy Grace. She is good at what she does or she wouldn’t have been on National TV…..but, that’s where I was at that moment.  So fast forward a few years and here we go… podcasting. I have not tried to create my own podcast but, a couple of the ones on my list here today say they began podcasting right on their iPhones with the earphones that came with the phone and using the garage band app. How easy is that? Makes me want to try it out too… (adding to my to do list as we speak).

Today I want to share with you my favorite podcasts. I can’t even remember how I found them all but, if I do I will share that with you too. These podcasts give me so much. I get energized, motivated, educated, laughter and, truth-telling through from my mobile phone; all for free. That is the best part. A lot of this stuff is priceless and these ladies and gentlemen are giving it away. And I can listen all day. My road trip playlist now days are not set to music. It is set to podcasts.

Check out my favorites and let me know if I’m missing out on any good ones!

What’s in my iTunes podcast library?

  1. Happy Black Woman Podcast: This is the very first podcast I pushed play on. I was already following the Happy Black Woman Rosetta Thurman on social media for her great business advice, webinars and, I also took one of her online classes. So naturally when she said she was starting a podcast I followed her right on over to iTunes. I thought that this was an awesome idea. She was now interviewing women all over the world who were entrepreneurs; running their own business and their own lives. If you want business and or life inspiration; go here.
  2. The Mattie James Show: (formerly Mattieologie) You know how you click on one thing on your phone and then something else comes up and then the traffic light turns green and you have to move or be moved? That’s how I came across the Mattie James Show. And, I have not looked back. My favorite thing about Mattie James is she is direct and to the point. She gives you advice for running an online  business in a 5-10 minute podcast and keeps it moving. I can binge listen to her all day because of her efficiency. Here is where you can find more on Mattie James.
  3. Myleik Teele’s Podcast:  If you don’t know who Myleik is, get to know her. Quick. Ms. Teele is the founder of Curl Box. The first hair care subscription order service for women of color. This service is EXCLUSIVE. You can’t just click to order at any given day and time. You have to wait. Wait for the invitation; for the date and time to order and you have to do it fast because once she has the numbers she wants; it’s a wrap until the next month and you have to try again if you miss out. Trust me. This has happened to me. lol. That’s one of the things that makes her stand out. Her podcast is another. She is another gem dropping gems about life, entrepreneurship, running her business and most recently preparing for motherhood while running her business. On her podcast she interviews people, answers questions from her fans and listeners and then she just talks about what’s on her mind. She reminds me a lot of my sister. They both strive for excellence on the daily. I want to be more like the both of them. Learn more about Myleik Teele here.
  4. The Think & Grow Chick: Courtney Sanders is the Think & Grow Chick (a play on words “Think and Grow Rich”). **She started podcasting in her car into her phone with the earphones that came with her phone.** I first heard her speak on Myleik Teele’s podcasts sometime last year. I was immediately impressed with her truth-telling her story about how she was asked to leave university for failing her classes and going broke trying to start her a natural hair care business when she was supposed to be in class. Courtney didn’t give up on her dreams of becoming an Entrepreneur or finishing college. She has done both. Successfully. She is now a full-time entrepreneur and also becoming a mom. On her podcast she tells her story, interviews other thought leaders,  gives free advice on starting your own online business and offers coaching and classes. A lot of her online classes are very economical which is another reason why I like her a lot. She is thinking of her customers when she creates her programs.
  5. Hashtags & Stilettos: This podcast is brought to us by Sakita Holley, a Public Relations Strategist. Following the same theme as the other podcasts, giving business advice but from a networking stand point. I love this because; I am an introvert. Any advice Ms. Holley can give me to push me out of my comfort zone and into some collaborations and some dollar signs is greatly appreciated. Again, all for free through her podcast.
  6. YES, GIRL!- By Essence Magazine: The three ladies that hold this chat room down are hilarious. I’ve only been listening to YES, GIRL! for a little bit of time but the hosts Cori Murray, Yolanda Sangweni and, Charli Penn really know how to have a good time.  This podcasts celebrates and loves on everybody black.
  7. Plus Size Magic Radio: The graduate student is talking about all things affecting people of the plus size…How awesome is that? The good and the bad. Plus Size Magic Radio is still pretty new; premiering just last August. But, Ellise Smith is making waves with her podcast and her brand Fatness Fiction brought to us to dispel the negative narrative that usually goes along with being plus size, or big & tall.
  8. Bourbon & Boyshorts: (Finally I get to talk about men for a minute, lol.) Hosted by Kyle and Jeremy is  all about love, life and, libations per their description.  I am not sure how I found these two young men (probably clicked on the link based on the photo alone). Anyway….I like them. They are having a good time exchanging ideas with each other and their female guests. I enjoy listening to them as they express themselves and the male mind. You can find them on FB and on Instagram @BourbonandBoyshorts.
  9. Food Blogger Pro: Bjork Ostrom is the host of this very valuable podcasts. Bjork is out there interviewing just about everyone who is doing some type of online food business. Books, blogging, You Tubing, Food Photography and even a tv series; almost anyone doing anything online in the food world that you can think of he is talking to them. Asking what worked for them, how did they reach success and, so much more. I find these episodes inspiring and motivational to keep going every time I am not sure about something. Bjork and his wife Lindsay run a food blog called “Pinch of Yum” and they also run a subscription based food blogging school also called Food Blogger Pro.

There it is! Another list of favorites. You can find all of these podcasts on iTunes. That’s where I listen. Search for these and more on your podcast’s search engine.

P.S. This list is not in any particular order. Probably, just in the order that I learned of them. Give them a listen and tell me what you think by posting a comment here on the blog, Facebook or Instagram.

Until next time,

Kim Cherie, xoxox

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