Monday, April 16

oOTd ; bLacK , gRey & reAd aLL ovER .

whyy hello there ! how was YOUR weekend ? [you can just answer that in your head] .. . no, I'm kidding loll I'd really love to know =]

well, me? my weekend was wonderful and power packeddd . my church hosted our annual Womens' Retreat . it was SO SO SOOOO good !! ladies from all over came and were impacted.

as you know, the whole maxi dress phase is here. and boy, am I the happiest girl because of them. they have to be the most comfortable item after tights right now.

saturday, this was my OOTD [outfit of the day]. this shirt described me so well so I had to pick it up from F21 of courrrse! the dress [worn as a skirt on this day] is from H&M. and paired with some sandals I stole from my girl Melanieee. love youu, Poo loll believe she got them from Bakers years ago.

but yes, if you don't own a maxi dress or skirt yet, PLEASE bless yourself with one because they are so comfortable. . . 

here are quite a few more pictures from this little shoot I had near the water at the hotel.

shoutout to the lady who came out on her deck and watched me take pictures ^ loll

and I couldn't have got these wonderful pictures taken without my fabulous photographer for the day. also a thrifting fashionistaaa, Ms. Joy Parker.. .

follow Joy on Twitter ---> @Team_Different
and on Instagram ---> _threeofus

as always, thanks for the read. comment if you'd like =]

Thursday, April 12

ToaSteD gaRliC buTter cIabATTa sQuareS toPPed wiTh iTaliaN sAUsagE & pePPerS .

yepppp , another EASYYYY recipe . can be used for dinner or even pretty little appetizers , you choose.

you don't even need much for this recipe. not too many ingredients and not too much moo-lahh. so here's how I made my Toasted Garlic Butter Ciabatta Squares topped with Sweet Italian Sausage .. . READY?! let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOO loll

What you will need .. .
I used a 5 pack of Sweet Italian Sausage links
1 red pepper
1 orange pepper
1 half of a large white onion
grated Locatelli Cheese (very similar to parmesan so you can use that)
1 jar of spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 loaf of fresh ciabatta bread
butter, garlic to taste

First, I started by baking the sausage for about 45 minutes on 350 degrees. Again, you can do what you're used to doing. You can fry them on the stove top if you'd like, but I liked the baked taste a little better. I left them whole and placed them on a baking pan to bake. Then when they were complete, I chopped them in about half inch pieces.

While the sausages are baking, I sliced my peppers and onions in skinny slither type slices. Then sprayed the pan and fried them until soft.

Next, add the sauce. I only used a half jar because it seemed to be enough for me. I feel the need to doctor up just about any spaghetti sauce I use because I don't like the tart taste. So if you're like me, add a little sugar to knock that out. You can also add oregano and parsley but it isn't necessary.

Once the sausages are done and cut up, add them into the peppers, onions, and sauce mixture. Stir on low and cover. Let that sit for a few minutes while you do the next step.

Open your loaf and cut into squares or sandwich size. You could make an open faced sandwich if you'd like. Place your bread on a non stick baking pan. Place a tspn. of butter on each square of bread (want to get real Italian, use olive oil instead of butter lol) . Put the bread in the oven on 350 for about 7-10 minutes or until the bread is toasted and butter is melted. Sprinkle garlic powder on bread and a little grated cheese. Oh and some parsley flakes if you'd like.

Lastly, add sausage mixture to bread, sprinkle a little (or alot) more grated cheese on top and ENJOY.

*if I had a little more time to do this recipe, I would have melted a slice of mozzarella on top but I was rush cooking so I didn't think to, but I would recommend it.

soo, I hope you found this interesting and tasty.

Let me know how it comes out when you try it and any things you did different -- I'd LOVE to see what you came up with.

as always, I appreciate you reading my blogs =]

Tuesday, April 10

kiD n' pLAYYY .

mannnn , I've really been M.I.A this time .. I missed the whole blog scene too. missed stalking my favorite bloggers and all loll 

but this past week, my great grandmother passed away. wasn't ready for that AT ALL ..but with prayers coming from every direction, it's getting a little easier. going to miss her tremendouslyy though =[

wellllll, I check F21's site every single day to see what's new. I love the fact they add new things to their site daily.. . I went on a few weeks ago and seen this shirt I HAD to get. I was thinking about ordering it but I have 2 close-by stores so I decided to see if they had it in store before ordering off line. luckily, they did! so i got out of paying shipping AND waiting loll 

so here's what I picked up ..and what I paired it with. [again, I was my own photographer this go round sooo no fullbody shot but use your imaaaaagination if you'd like lol]

MY BOYS, KID & PLAAAAAY !! loll I was too hype when I seen this shirt. I paired it with a crocheted green vest that I picked up from the thrift store, a wooden cross necklace, my leopard frames from Urban Outfitters, skinny dark denim jeans, & some pink little net ballet shoes from H&M. a little color here and a little color there is always fun, especially when they have nothing to do with one another ahaa

Get the Look:

shirt - Forever 21 $17.50
Crochet Vest - Thrifted $3.50
Pink Ballet Shoes - H&M $14.95
Wooden Cross Necklace - Forever 21 $1.50
Leopard Frames - Urban Outfitters $14.00

few more shots of me =/ loll

better shot of the shirt [still available online too]

and the shoes.. .

thanks for reading .. .no more long posting gaps, I hope. love yalllll !