Make a Decision Already!!

This blog post is dedicated to my husband, who in the car on the way to work this morning was basically screaming this at me… not literally, but I like to believe I can read his thoughts as every wife thinks we surely can..
Either who, I have been trying for months as you know, to get a grasp on how I want to begin to decorate this house. Its a huge game of: Where Do I even Begin?!
Afterall, this is the first house that we have full designer control over and I want to love it! at least for a little while, because I know my creative and DIY ADHD will have a new design in mind not too long after I marvel at the wonder of my own creation! 🙂
Well, my answer to everything lately has kind of been something similar to this:
Well, in actuality – its time for me to make a decision already!
Pick some color, some couch, some style… something!
We have less then a week before we are keys in hand..
Ask me how much packing we have done?
ZERO!
I guess I am afraid to pick something and then change my mind, which honestly I don’t know why? thats so like me anyways and two, its just paint!
So I have challenged myself: This weekend, I am going to make a few decisions on the house – what color do I want the foyer, media room, kitchen and the music suite to be painted… pick a couch for the family room and finalize a color of the furniture going in the media room…
and secretly, find a home for my elephants (my DST sorors understand).
All of this, while heading to sunny (or rainy since thats what the weather man says) Orlando to attend the NBA All-Star Weekend with my Dad. (more on that when I return).
Until then,
I am reminding myself to
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It’s Mardi Gras! : How to Make a Mini King Cake

                         Source: mozhanalexandra.tumblr.com via Carrie on Pinterest
Today is Mardi Gras! BAY BEH *in my New Orleans accent*

 …and although Mardi Gras is celebrated in all kinds of ways (we usually would do a Pancake Supper with a side of Chicken and Dumplings),  in college it was fun to hang with those who were from the New Orleans area and learn their different traditions.

What I found out was that, during Mardi Gras, there would be King Cake.

Now, King Cake is a cake that is associated with the pre-lenten season. So apparently, (according to Wikipedia) there is a small plastic baby in the cake or placed under it that represents the Baby Jesus. So whomever gets the baby or trinket has various obligations or duties. So yea, if you get the trinket in the cake in the Gulf Coast, your supposedly obligated to provide the king cake for next year.

I don’t know about you but, I don’t see the benefit of getting the trinket- I would avoid the baby Jesus at all costs! 🙂

SO, if I were to get the trinket, I would definitely be looking for an easier way to make King Cake because baking is not my specialty just yet.  So in trolling for new recipes, I found this cute idea for mini King Cakes.

Traditionally, King Cake is a twisted brioche bread that resembles a cinnamon roll with icing and Mardi Gras colored sprinkles.

Well, Ma from Phar-ma Blog offered up this idea… since she has a toddler and a newborn at home she had to be creative on how to make things quickly. 
Here’s how you do it:
Pillsbury Cinnamon Roll twisted into a circle
Pour on some icing 
then sprinkles… and WAH LAH! or ABRA CA DABRA!
and you have mini King Cakes fit for little mouths with little time. 
Happy Mardi Gras!

Did you try this? or some other sweet treat for Mardi Gras? Let me know!


All photos courtesy of Phar-ma.com and Wikipedia File Photo.

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Kids’ Perspective on Marriage

Thought this was cute enough to share: sorry original source unknown. 
If anybody knows, let me know. 
1. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHOM TO MARRY?  
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
— Alan, age 10
No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.– Kristen, age 10
2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
— Camille, age 10

3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?

You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
— Derrick, age 8 
4. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON
Both don’t want any more kids.
– Lori, age 8
5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
— Lynnette, age 8 
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
— Martin, age 10
 
6. WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they’re rich.
— Pam, age 7
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.
— Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
— Howard, age 8
 
7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
— Anita, age 9
8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
— Kelvin, age 8
And the #1 Favorite is…
9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
— Ricky, age 10

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10 Questions: Our Love Story

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I figured I would go ahead and answer the questionaire that has been floating around in the blogosphere. I had been reading a few others and figured why not do one myself, right?!
1. How long have you and your significant other been together?
Hubby and I have been together officially 4 1/2 years– courtship began on August 5, 2008; been friends since January 2005.
2. How did you meet?
Well, we first saw each other at the church we eventually married at, Ebenezer AME Church, when my pastor was there as the guest preacher. I went back to the pastor’s office and was going to greet my pastor when hubby was seated in this chair by the door waiting to leave. He was serving as my pastor’s armorbearer and travelling musician at the time. A quick glance, then I left saying nothing. Months later in January, I got a text message from a mutual friend telling me that I had an admirer…found out it was hubby. We just so happened to be going to another service after church that second Sunday in January and it was there in that parking lot, that hubby made his presence known by pretending like he was going to hit me with his car. A day later, I sent him an email to his church email account, then a phone call… then a few days later we went to go hang out at Bahama Breeze… the rest is history.
3. If married, how long have you been married? We’ve been married since August 7, 2010.
4. Where did you get married? Big or small wedding? We were married at Ebenezer AME Church and it was a big wedding…
…and the reception was Riggs Alumni Center at the University of Maryland College Park

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? We keep it simple… we call each other babe…

6. 3 things that I love most about Hubby:
1. He genuinely makes me laugh… and has the cutest dimples while doing so.
2. He has a drive like none other. He takes his natural gift of music and takes into overdrive.When he sets a goal, he truly moves hell and high water to accomplish it.
3. He pays attention to details.. its about the little things.. and hubby makes sure its the little things that he masters.

7. How did he propose?

It was Christmas Day 2009… hubby came over my mother’s house so that we could open presents in the traditional manner, which basically means that I hand out all the presents while my family members sit on the couch and we watch each other open our presents in an orderly fashion.. so it was my turn..

So, he gave me my gift .. with this look on his face that says “you have no idea what I am about to do…”

 So, I stood up to give him a hug to thank him for my gift and he basically tells me to sit down.. and I say to him, what are you doing?! I give out the presents!

So when I sit down, he says “thanks” and wants to high five me. This is my you are really embarassing me in front of my family face.
 So I eventually sit and I decide since he wants to drag this out and give some sort of Christmas speech, I will play with my new present.

So I eventually sit and I decide since he wants to drag this out and give some sort of Christmas speech, I will play with my new present.

Thats when it hit me, he was PROPOSING?!?!?!

Of course, I said yes, after hearing nothing he said.. but I just wept like a little baby..

 It was indeed the best Christmas ever!

8. Flowers and teddy bear or strawberries, champagne and rose petals for Valentine’s Day? I’d take either but hubby knows its really not that serious. It’s all about Birthdays in this house since ours are 10 days apart!
9. What makes ‘us’ work? We work because we are truly friends. We are friends who are intentional about seeing the best in each other and pushing each other towards achieving our own personal goals without forcing each other to sacrifice in that area. Also, we are a good team. Its so cliche to say that he is the ying to my yang, but he kinda is.. for everything that I don’t do well, he does very well.. for everything he may not do too great, I help him out. We mesh well because we have similar interests: we love the same type of movies, the same sports, love to try new things, eat different kinds of food, travel around the world, have a relationship with God (most important)… so yeah, I say we are just a great team!
10. Most romantic thing Hubby’s ever done for me? Well, when we were dating, I decided that after graduate school that I was going to move back home from Chicago… he flew out and literally helped me pack my entire condo and drove the ENTIRE 10 hour trip back. I mean seriously?! I knew he loved me if he was willing to do all of that.
Anyways, thats it.. just a little bit of info about us.. so, you’re next! post it and put the link in the comments and I will read it.. have a great rest of your Valentine’s Day!

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