Showing posts from May, 2015

Chocolate Cake Balls

What do you do when you are in the middle of baking a cake and your air conditioner goes out before you finish?  Well, if you are like me and all of your cake has baked but a circle in the center of your cake about one inch in diameter, you turn your cake into cake balls.  True story, folks.  I was baking a quick cake for Teacher's Appreciation week.  This was nothing fancy.  I was using a box mix and had planned on whipping up a quick batch of my French Vanilla icing after the cake had cooled.

As I was cooking the cake, I realized it seemed as if the temperature was rising in the house.  After checking the thermostat, we discovered something was wrong with our air conditioner.  I had taken the cakes out of the oven, and immediately turned off the oven so it would not continue to heat the house.  When the cakes cooled and I leveled them, I discovered the uncooked section in the center of the cake.  I didn't want to turn the oven back on, but needed a solution for this cake. …

Flat Ironing My Hair

As  mentioned before in the post about my natural hair, I flat iron my hair a couple times a month.  I try to make it to the salon and have it professionally done at least once a month, so I only have to go through this extremely time consuming routine about once a month.  I like the results, I just don't necessarily love the amount of time it takes to get these results.
I use some of the same products at home my hairstylist uses in the salon.  I brush through my hair with the Denman brush before I wash it to relieve my hair of any knots that may have formed amongst my curls.  I also use it after I flat iron my hair.  I love the way that brush feels on my scalp.
The leave-in conditioner I use is the It's a 10 Silk Express Miracle Conditioner.  And, I use the Lanza Healing Strength oil to protect my strands from the heat.  The long tailed comb with the medium width teeth will come into play later when I am actually running the flat iron through my hair.

And so, we begin...  Th…

Lessons I Have Learned Through Motherhood

I have always considered myself a strong person.  I don't ask for much.  It's very important to me to be independent.  However, becoming a mother changes you.  People say this all the time, but I have learned it is so true.  You become responsible for someone else and you see the world completely different.

My son is only two years old, but already, he has taught me so much about my own life.  He's taught me to slow down, live in the moments and be appreciative for what we have presently, rather than focusing on what we are trying to achieve.  Below are some of the things that matter more to me since becoming a mother.

The amount of time spent with my husband and son.  I crave those moments when it is just the three of us.  Each day, we are all getting older.  My son will not be this long forever, my husband and I will not be around forever.  So, I love the moments we spend together as a family.  It is in those times that we make memories and share special moments.

Giving …

Spice-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

I am always looking for quick and easy dinner solutions.  This is especially true now that I am a working mother and wife.  By the time I get home from work, I am rushing to find something quick to fix for dinner.

When I was on Weight Watchers, I found a Spice-Crusted Roast Pork Tenderloin recipe.  This was a low point recipe (3 PointsPlus points) that was beyond easy to prepare.  I have made some modifications to this recipe by adding paprika, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper to the rub, and turned it into a slow cooker recipe.  The original recipe called for the tenderloin being cooked in the oven at 450 degrees for about 26 minutes.
Ingredients: 1 pork tenderloin
Spice Rub Ingredients: 2 1/2 tsp kosher salt 2 tsp granulated garlic 2 tsp dried oregano 2 tsp dried thyme 2 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp paprika 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Combine all of the spices in a bowl to create the rub.  You will end up with a lot of the spice mixture, but…