1 Year anniversary for my first BLOG Woot Woot!!!!

Where do I begin?

2018 was definitely a trying year with so much going on, however, I am very happy to be alive and accomplished the things that I have accomplished this year, whether it be within the organization I work for along with my personal side business. There are some friends I have lost and some I have gained but with all this said, keeping a positive mind gets you over the negative things. This is what I have learned this year 2018!

  • LEARN TO SAY NO! – I have learned and I can only blame myself. I tend to go way beyond for my friends and have learned some friends don’t go way beyond for me or my family.
  • LEARN TO BE SELFISH – It OK to think of yourself first because if you are not taken care of, who will?
  • LEARN TO NOT TAKE BS – You know your work and should never question it, there will always be people that try to break you down and break you apart, continue to be progressive and give two flying FUCKS what another person think of you.
  • LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF – I have always put people first and forget about my sanity.
  • LEARN TO GET OVER IT – At times I tend to harbor emotions and feelings inside, I have learned if nothing is impacting my family directly to forgive and move on.

I do believe people come into our lives for a reason and not everyone that leaves your life has to end with hate. For the people that have left my life… you should know you will always be loved and Thank you for the life lesson.

My New Years resolution for this year will not be a workout plan but to continue to be even more progressive! I have learned you need to make realistic goals and not just a to-do list that gets thrown out by the end of January LOL!

I will try to be better at my craft, I will strive to even do better at my business, and I will promise myself this year will be a better year than the last.

This will be my last blog writing for 2018. I will try my best to continue to upload recipes and stories. I have to say, having a BLOG is a lot of work and I am always super busy so sometimes I forget to upload my work or even product review…I will try to post monthly going forward!!!! (KEY WORD IS TRY)

WELL THERE IS MY 2018 RANT FOR YOU GUYS AND I HOPE EVERYONE HAS A SAFE HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!!!!!!

I have an online store!!!!!

Hi everyone!!!

It has been forever since I have been on here…but you guys already know why, hence the name “workaholicmama”. I am forever on the go with life and trying to find other innovative ways to earn a living (wink wink), or just simply bored and finding ways to stay busy…either or, both are good reasons.

I decided to venture to something new at this point and adding one more project to my LIFE!  I have decided to open an online store through the https://www.etsy.com/ca/… Exciting right?!

I am super nervous to be honest because it is hard to figure out what on the market is everyone geared towards. Is it beauty, gadget, books, clothing etc…..

At this point I need you, my friends, to help me by providing your feedback on what you shop for online or simply like to look at during your online browsing.

I am open to ordering things that will help you with your daily lives or fashion needs. If you click through my web and message me, I will be sure to give you a good discount along with free shipping. HELP ME HELP YOU!!!!!

Moreover, at this time my online store only has a few items but will be growing as my inventory arrives from my distributor, feel free to shop, shop and shop.

The link to my online store is below:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/workaholicmama?ref=search_shop_redirect

You are all wondering, how did I get myself into this new project?

Well… I have to give a big Thank you to my friend (can’t give her name for privacy reason) that is currently running her shop successfully at this time and shared her success story with me… so I figure I give it a try.

Show her shop some love! The link to store is below:

https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TrafficGem?ref=search_shop_redirect

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING EVERYONE’S FEEDBACK!!!! LOVE YOU GUYS! :)

Southern Butter Milk Fried Chicken

Hi everyone!

I rarely fry chicken because of how much oil I have to use and I also gave away my original deep fryer. I  invested in the Tfal Active fry which takes way less oil…but since I craved for fried chicken I decided to make it and share my recipe with you guys!!!!

Let’s go!

 

Wet Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of butter milk (or enough to cover chicken)
  • 1 TBSP Salt
  • 1/2 TBSP of Cajun seasoning
  • 1 TSP of regular Paprika
  • 9 pieces of chicken (I used drum sticks because that is what I had in my fridge)

Dry ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cup of all purpose flower
  • 1 TBSP of smoked paprika
  • 1 TBSP of Cajun seasoning
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1/2 TBSP of Chicken soup pouder
  • 1/2 TBSP of dried parsely
  • 1/2 TBSP of dried oregano
  • 1 TSP of black pepper
  • Oil for frying

Instructions:

(STEP 1)

In a medium bowl add Buttermilk, Salt, Cajun seasoning, Paprika and mix well. Add chicken and make sure the chicken is covered with the buttermilk mix. Place saran wrap over the bowl and refrigerate for 24 hours. (IT CREATES A GOOD TASTE BRINE)

(STEP 2)

The following day, take the chicken out of the fridge and let rest until it is room temperature. During the resting period of the chicken make the flower mix.

(STEP 3)

In another bowl or a bigger Tupperware add dry mix: all purpose flower, smoked paprika, Cajun seasoning, salt, chicken soup powder, dried parsley, dried oregano and black pepper. Incorporate well.

(STEP 4)

Using a tong, take the chicken out of the buttermilk and place all of them on a plate (do not throw away the buttermilk mix). A piece of chicken at a time, roll the chicken in the flower mix lightly and re-dip that piece in the butter milk mix and re-dip the piece back in the flower again, once that is done place it on a rack. Repeat steps with all the other chicken pieces.

(STEP 5)

In a medium pot pour in oil half way through and the oil should be  375 degrees, once reached to the accurate temperature add the flowered chicken pieces into the pot and let cook for 20 minutes or until chicken floats in the oil. Once done, place it on a cooling rack and ENJOY!

NOTE: You can use Vegetable oil or grape seed oil since it handles heat better for frying. I would also recommend leaving the skin on the chicken to enjoy the taste of fried chicken. I removed it by accident because it is a habit when I clean my chicken.

Please let me know if you tried this recipe and share your thoughts!

 

 

 

 

Jerk Chicken recipe anyone?!

Hi everyone!

You will have to continue to forgive me once for going MIA!….

Life continues to be busy and my laptop was down :(….but it is back up so here we go again!!

I would like to share a Jerk chicken recipe that I use for either a whole chicken, wings or basically any meats you would like to add some Jerk Caribbean flavor to….so lets begin!

Below are things you will need, for example I used a whole chicken this time but I usually use wings.

 

 

Jerk seasoning Ingredients:

  • 4 bunches of Scallion
  • 1 whole Spanish onion, medium size
  • 2 Scotch bonnet peppers. (You can use as many as you like)
  • 2 TBSP of seasoning salt
  • 1 TSP of black pepper
  • 1 TSP of ginger
  • 2 1/2 TBSP of Pimento seasoning
  • 2 TBSP of Thyme
  • 1 cup of REAL orange juice (No pulp)
  • 1/2 cup of light soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 whole chicken

Directions:

  • I am using a whole chicken for this recipe. I wash the chicken  thoroughly in vinegar and pat dry and place aside.
  • Chop up all ingredients outlined above. (Does not need to be perfect as it is going in blender)
  • Add all the ingredients: Scallion, scotch bonnet, garlic, onion, seasoning salt, black pepper, ginger, pimento seasoning, thyme, orange juice, soy sauce, olive oil and vinegar into a blender and blend it through evenly.
  • Place the whole chicken in a bowl and pour the home made 2 cups of jerk seasoning over the chicken and massage the seasoning thoroughly. (I recommend using gloves, since  you are dealing with real hot pepper)
  • Let chicken sit overnight in a bowl or a glad wrap bag so that the sauce can marinate in the chicken well, place In the fridge overnight.
  • The following day, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Place the chicken on a grill rack if you have one and pop it into the oven for about 1 hour, glazing the sauce over the chicken every 20 minutes.

NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE PIMENTO SEEDS OR SEASONING, NO POINT MAKING THIS RECIPE. YOU CAN NOT CALL IT JERK WITHOUT THIS SEASON. #FOODFORTHOUGHT

ENJOY EVERYONE AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU TRIED THIS. IF YOU DO PLEASE SHARE A COMMENT.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!XOXO

 

Product review!!! (STAY FAR AWAY FROM BUYNG FROM THEM)

Hello World!!

It has been a hot minute….sorry…..been super busy with life.

Can I tell you why having a blog is super amazing?

It gives you an outlet for your voice to be heard or an issue to be addressed… or just as simple as venting to the world and whom ever would like to read can read.

How does everyone feel about purchasing clothing online?

Well…I usually do because I sometimes just hate shopping or being in malls altogether. I found a really nice jacket on my Instagram advertisement page that I really adored.  Website:  https://www.bellalike.com

YESSSSSSS!!!! I am blasting them because the jacket they sent me looked nothing like the picture, Fabric was super cheap and was defected with rips on the sleeves… not even close to picture on their site …can I say bootleg gone wrong?

Anyways, to add fuel to the fire I asked for a refund and their response was “send it back to us within 15 days but you would have to handle the shipping fee and provide us a tracking number” They are in Asia by the way and I am in Canada, price of shipping would be expensive.

I paid for shipping to receive the item and to have to pay one to have it resent will cost more than the Jacket PERIOD. They refuse to comp the return fee and offered me a $10 credit on their site (which I will never shop at again and I encourage the rest of you not to as well)

So… you are wondering what the end outcome was…well nothing!

They are sticking with their offer and I refuse to pay extra money to send a defective item they sent me to begin with back because I will be loosing more money.  BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE BELLA!

Below is a picture of the jacket I loved on their site vs what I was sent, you be the judge:

                                      

Have a goodnight world and Thank you for reading!!!

I will be posting a review on the Keyshia Ka’oir waist trainer soon and that I promise will be a more positive review!

Moroccan oil treatment VS One ‘n only Argon oil treatment

Hi everyone!!!

As you know, I am a part-time hairstylist which I do as a hobby, my biggest passion is beautifying people and making them feel good when they leave my chair.

Today’s blog will be about  “argan oil” and the few that I have tried. This will be my own personal review on both of these product lines.

 

Moroccan oil treatment:

I am assuming everyone know of or have heard of this brand?

The Moroccan line is internationally known and is quit popular in the hair industry. The Morrocan oil treatment smells really nice and it does a very good job on assisting with maintaining healthy hair. The product is an argan oil base with other high level ingredients added to it. This oil treatment gets applied to damp hair prior to blow drying to  protect the hair cuticle from burning during the blow dry process…or, some people may use the oil after the hair is dry to keep the fly away hairs down, which creates a sleeker look.

The downside of this line is the pricing, it is very expensive and if you are not a full time salon like my very own that does not maintain a  high flow of business, this would break your pocket  rather than help you  make money.

The price to the Moroccan oil line for a 0.85 Oz mini bottle is $17

 

One ‘n only Argon oil treatment:

 

This is a lower end name brand argan oil treatment that I use daily on my clients. The name brand is not as popular as the Moroccan line  but it basically does the same thing with the same end results.

The smell is a bit stronger than the Moroccan line, it has very similar argan oil ingredients, with a slightly higher fragrance level.  The texture of this oil feels the exact same as the Moroccan oil treatment.

I like this brand because it is affordable and it does a very good job on the hair. I have been using this product for over 2 years now and I would have to say, it makes my clients hair feel soft and smooth after the blow dry is done.

The price to a 3.4 Oz mini  bottle is $9.99

My end result:

There are many products with very similar ingredients that do the very same thing in a lower price bracket.  Many clients don’t feel the need to spend so much money on hair products, therefore I try to use affordable ones with the same outcome as the higher end products.  My clients  can also afford to buy without feeling they are breaking their pockets and ending with the same results.

I love both product lines but to me and in my opinion I would have to say “One ‘n only” wins my vote here. If you take a look at the price differences as well, there is a huge jump  on the Moroccan mini bottle; you get less and still pay more.

Let me know your thoughts on these products, have you tried both?

“I am not sponsored by any of these products and have no affiliation to them”

 

 

Pickled Jalapeño recipe

Hi everyone!

It has been a bit since I have updated this blog and if you read my first ever post… you will know that I am a pretty busy lady!!!

I would like to share something fun with you guys and without wasting anymore time, I shall start.

I hate wasting veggies and sometimes I simply forget what I have in my fridge. This past weekend I noticed a bit of Jalapeno left and were beginning to wilt a bit, therefore I decided to pickle  them. Below is the recipe on how to do so and this can work on Carrots, cucumbers, beetroots, any pepper and just basically any veggies.

  • Any veggies you like to use (I like to add Thai peppers to other veggies so there is spice)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of distilled white vinagar
  • 1/3 cup of white sugar
  • 1 TBSP of salt
  • 3 cloves of whole garlic smashed lightly

The steps are pretty simple:

1-   Add water, vinegar, salt and sugar  into a pot. (Bring to a boil)

2 – Add garlic cloves to already boiling vinegar water,  boil for roughly 2-3 minutes

3- Remove the pickled water off the stove and let sit until the mixture has cooled down a bit.( 10-15 minutes.)

4- Place the diced Jalapeno into a mason jar and pour the pickled mixture over the dice Jalapeno.

5- You can store it in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

BAM BAM ENJOY!!! There you go!!! you don’t have to waste veggies again!!

 

Turkey balls anyone!!! LOL!!

Hi everyone!!!! can you guess what I made for dinner from the ingredients below?

If you guessed Turkey meatballs, you are absolutely right!

Being a full time working mother and having to come home after a long day to ensure the family has a good dinner is definitely hard. I try to make meals that are quick and easy. The other night I made Turkey meatballs and a quick marinara sauce to dress my pasta dish. On this blog today I will upload my recipe for Turkey meatballs, it is also super simple and does not take long.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams of turkey meat or any meat of your choice.
  • one small onion diced
  • 4 cloves of dice garlic
  • 1 egg (I forgot to add it in the picture above)
  • 1/2 TBSP salt
  • 1 TSP of black pepper
  • 3/4 cup of break crumbs (I used Panko crumbs)
  • 1 tsp spoon of dried oregano
  • 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 1 TBS of Olive oil

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Mix all the ingredients together
  • Using 1 TBSP, form a small ball
  • Place it on a tray and bake for 30 minutes (Also depends on your oven)

It should look like the picture below.

Once baking is completed, it should look like this.

It tasted super yummy, now remember this is leaner meat, therefore it is not going to be as juicy as when you use beef or pork meat.

I basically worked with what I had in my fridge and my pantry, therefore you can add anything you like in your Turkey meatballs….skies the limit!!!

I hope you guys try this and please remember to let me know if you tried this and how it turned out for you.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Caramel, Ganache no bake cheese cake recipe!!!

Hello World!!!

I promised you guys a dessert recipe this weekend and I always keep my promises. I have one hour before this weekend is over, therefore let me begin!!

Below are sections of ingredients I have used in this  “melt in your mouth Dessert”. (Caramel, Ganache no bake cheese cake)

INGREDIENTS & DIRECTIONS:

Chocolate Wafer crust:

2 1/2- 3 CUPS of chocolate wafer cookies

5 TBSP melted butter

2 TSP Vanilla extract

1 Egg white

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place chocolate wafer cookies into a blender or a food processor until it becomes fine like “sand”.
  • Add in the melted butter, vanilla extract and egg white and blend everything until it feels and looks like wet sand.
  • Once the texture and consistency is completed, add it a pie pan or in this case, I used a Tart pan here that is 9 inches.
  • Try to make it flat as possible on the pan.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Once completed let is sit until we are ready to add other ingredients on top.

Making Caramel:

  • 1 can of condense milk
  • I used my one pot pressure cooker.
  • I filled water to the top, placed the condense milk inside and let  the condense milk pressure cook for 50 minutes.
  • Once done, take it out with caution and let sit until the canned has cooled down.
  • Open the lid of the condense milk and it should be a dark caramel color.

Ingredients for no bake cheese cake:

1 block of cream cheese (room temperature)

1 TSP of salt

2 TSP of vanilla extract

5 TBSP of real Lemon juice

2 cups of icing sugar (or 1 cups of regular white sugar your choice)

1  cup of whipping cream

  • Combine cream cheese, Vanilla extract, salt, lemon juice and icing sugar into the blender until you see a smooth consistency.
  • Add the whipping cream into the blender and blend until you see a stiff consistency.

Ingredients for Chocolate Ganache:

1 Cup of heavy cream

200 Grams of dark chocolate, prefer 70% (2 1/2 of those bars that I used in this posting)

1/2 TBS of dark Rum (Your choice to use it or not)

  • boil the cream but do not burn
  • pour hot cream over the finely chopped dark chocolate and stir until you see a smooth chocolate consistency
  • Add rum in to the mixture (optional)

 

  • Once all 4 sets of the ingredients are done, you now have to incorporated all the ingredients together to build your yummy no bake cheese cake.

Now it is time to layer everything!!

  • Place the  no bake cream cheese mixture on top of the chocolate crust. (make sure to level it out)
  • In a piping bag, add the caramel layer on top of the  no bake cream cheese
  • Last but not least, in a piping bag add the chocolate Ganache mixture on top of the caramel layer.
  • Create your design with a stick however you like it to look. (Just make it look fancy enough to eat) 🙂
  • Place the cake in the fridge over night to have all the ingredients to a more solid texture.

THERE YOU HAVE IT!!! MY CARAMEL, CHOCOLATE GANACHE NO BAKE CHEESE CAKE!!!!!

IF YOU TRY THIS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW YOURS TURNED OUT.

(Disclaimer: I have not been sponsored by any of the  name brand ingredients I have used in this cake and please note I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL BAKER. I just love to cook and bake)

ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Say hello to my little teddy bear!

This is my little teddy bear!

She is absolutely addicted to hear bear/trolls slippers!!!

My little human Carter is 3 years of age. Keeping up with her is pretty exhausting and for people that only think there is terrible 2, well it continues to terrible 3 as well. Goodluck! hehe!

I wanted to share a story about Carter that I am absolutely proud of. Carter was only 10 months when I decided to go back to work. I had the help of my lovely parents that took very good care of her, while my fiance and I worked during the day, however Carter only knew how to speak in Vietnamese.

I decided to put Carter in a bilingual French Montessori school over the summer to see how well she would adapt in a school environment, it was also a test to see if she would be ready for part-time school in September.

The beginning was pretty tough because the teacher had concerns at first, this was due to Carter not being able to speak English or French, therefore it was hard for them to correspond with her. As a new mama I went into panic mode and started to get a bit angry at myself for not putting her in daycare or in environment that speaks English. I talked to my fiance and with him being the calm one, he said to me “she will adapt but to give her time” and he was so right!

As time went on, Carter started adapting to the kids and her overall school environment very well which made me comfortable enrolling her for the full school year.

How is my baby girl doing now?

Well…just a couple months ago, I made the wrong assumption thinking Carter did not know any french since she is in school only 2 times a week, so how much can she really know?…boy was I wrong!

One day I asked if she can count with me and she said “OK MAMA”. I started counting in French and out of nowhere she said: “I want to do it on my own”. Carter starting showing me by counting to 10 in French all by her self  and at that point I was one proud MAMA!!! …I also forgot to mention, she can now count to 10 in 4 languages and is a big chatter box.  #PROUDPARENTS

The moral of this story is, to not be hard on yourself as parents and just know things will eventually fall in to place when it is time.