GLUTEN FREE CARROT CAKE & CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

I Love a moist slice of Carrot cake with Cream Cheese Frosting but after realizing I had developed gluten sensitivity and could no longer tolerate wheat products I could only fantasize about what it used to taste like.    That was until recently after using the juicer to make  fresh carrot juice with my husband when we  realized that throwing away the carrot pulp would be such a waste.  As much as the Jamaican style carrot juice or carrot punch was…

Health Screening tests & Preventative care at your age

While we are all concerned about COVID let us not forget our general health and all the health screening tests and preventative care we need at this age !  Yes I mean YOU aged 18 and up !  Do you actually know what tests you need to stay healthy even before  you have to see a doctor or healthcare provider ?   Lately I have heard from people who had legitimate  symptoms- non COVID related -that took them to the Emergency…

Tea Party Essentials, Recipes & Hosting Tips !

Afternoon Tea Party Who doesn’t love a great Tea Party !  Here are the Tea Party recipes from my “Afternoon Tea Party” video on youtube.  As you may know I love hosting a good party or setting a beautiful table even if it's only for my children.   A Tea Party can be set up for two or ten people,  It's up to you.  In fact feel free to have a tea party for one and make yourself feel special…

My experience with Racism

What do you see when you look at this picture? Be honest. Do you just see Black people? Africans? Foreigners? Non-Americans? Or do you see a family of proud immigrants, Black excellence; or Wakanda might possibly be a real place?  Well, in fairness, you may not know our story, and in light of all the civil and racial unrest going on around the world, it is probable that your perspective on race has changed.  This picture was taken in 2018…

Easy to make HEALTHY Dairy free ALL NATURAL ICE CREAM !

As the weather heats up we crave something cool and if you are like me you sometimes want something sweet as well.  I love ice cream and could eat it everyday!  My favorites are strawberry ice cream, butter pecan,  rocky road, pistachio ….basically I love anything creamy with slivers of chocolate, nuts or pieces of fruit.   Now obviously if I gave in to my cravings maintaining a healthy weight would be a major challenge, not to mention a sure way…

Staying sane during these trying times !

May is Mental Awareness month and now more than ever during this Coronavirus pandemic so many of us are suffering from  heightened levels of anxiety, fear and depression - not to mention those that already  suffer from mental health problems such as panic disorders, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse  and addiction.  There has been a lot of emotional trauma associated with the unimaginable loss of loved ones that many have suffered; the fear of contacting the virus especially…

Raising introverted kids when you are an extrovert !

 It is interesting how we can all be related, live together and yet be very different.   My husband Kenton will tell you he is an introvert although when required he can be talkative and engaging. I on the other hand consider myself an extrovert and more so now than when I was younger.   We have three children and all three seem to be introverts like their father although I am still hoping Karim my middle child ( born in…

How coming to America changed my family

If you look up the definition of "family" in most dictionaries it usually involves the words " parents" or "parent" plus "children". It is inferred that the parent raised the children or lives with the children to form a bond or unit or family. To be honest, the traditional definition of family does not always reflect society today. As you know, family may not always involve people who share the same biology or genetics. Family may not always mean they…

Fall 2019 : An update on my life and blog

It has been awhile since I last wrote a blog post or life update and so much has happened since then!  For example, last fall in 2018 my father visited from Nigeria for the first time in about 30 years!  Yes that was interesting. Then there was the time I worked and lived in South Carolina for 6 months as a locum Internal Medicine physician. This May our second son, Karim, graduated from high school and started college. We moved…

GOODBYE TO RELAXERS and CUTTING MY HAIR OFF !

Yes, I am seriously saying goodbye to chemical relaxers and cutting my hair off. What's the big deal you ask?  For months I have contemplated cutting my hair off but procrastinated for fear that I would not like how my round face would look in short hair and neither would anyone else. I was also concerned that I would not be able to put my short hair in my go to style: a pony tail. What would my husband and…

Get to know Emily- custom “blythe” doll

Emily and her teddy Rufus Get to know Emily, another of my custom “Blythe” dolls or shall I say "art dolls" If you are being technical she is really an “ICY” doll /factory doll that has been hand crafted to change her features.  Anyway let's get to know Emily!  - Emily is Asian American and was born and raised in the USA. - She is rather shy and has a few close friends. - She loves to read science fiction…

Get to know JAMILA custom blythe doll

  Get to know my custom blythe doll Jamila ! Jamila is Jamaican American.  Her parents immigrated from Jamaica before she was born in the USA.  Her style is “Afrocentric Boho” . She likes to feel and look relaxed .  She loves layering her clothing and is obsessed  with accessories . Blythe doll Jamila loves her natural hair and loves to wear it in an afro but she also loves to switch it up with braids and colorful curly hairstyles.  What…

Make SALMON CROQUETTES for your next BRUNCH!

Homemade Salmon Croquettes Brunch makes me so happy ! What’s not to love about pancakes, eggs, sausages, fresh fruit and pastries in the middle of the day!  The other day I was craving brunch and decided Salmon croquettes would make a great addition  to my brunch. Not only are Salmon Croquettes  delicious, light and savory but they are simple and inexpensive to make.   Here is the recipe for my Salmon Croquettes:  large 14oz can of salmon ½ cup of flour (…

Happy Fourth of July?

Dare I say Happy Fourth of July? As an immigrant to this country my perspective is complicated. Is it not possible to love this country and still hold it accountable? I love this country and have never regretted living here. I moved here from Nigeria when I was almost 16, over 30 years ago. There is no other place right now that I would rather be. Yet like many of you it hurts me to see all the injustice that…

SUMMER TIME TREATS ! Easy DIY food

It is officially summer! so last week I felt inspired to make some summer time treats.  DIY food and desserts.  When I think of summer time treats  I think of tasty finger foods or picnic foods with lots of vibrant colors.  I think of cold salads and warm barbecue.   I decided to give myself the challenge of making at least 7 different dishes in one afternoon.  To be fair I had my teenage children to help me and together we…

Grilled Chicken Kabob Tasty Quick and Easy !!!

         Last weekend we celebrated Father’s Day and despite the heat , quarantine and all the social & political unrest that is currently going on we managed to have a great day.  I felt a little guilty for not cooking but Kenton my husband insisted he wanted grilled chicken kabob and he had his own recipe planned. I was really impressed by Kenton’s grilled Chicken Kabob which came out really tasty and juicy yet well cooked- he even added pineapple…