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Hi Dolls!  
Happy Valentine's Day!  Let's talk about self-love for a second shall we?   I know a lot of individuals go through a roller coaster of emotions on this day for various reasons, especially if they don't have a "Valentine"  but I'm here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with celebrating yourself today!  How many life-sized teddy bears and chocolate covered cherries does one person need anyways?  Don't get me wrong I love a nice gift from the one I love, but if you don't have a special someone in your life right now to give it to you, spend the day gifting yourself and have a blast doing so, unapologetically!!!
"Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, and soul."
Speaking of self-care and being in love with yourself, I've decided that in this life, "If it costs me my peace, it's too expensive and I can't afford it."  
Sometimes life hands you a bushel of lemons and tells you to deal with it and while most of us do so with finesse, sometimes, you just need those mental health days and time set aside for self-care.  I've come to the realization that if you want to flourish in this life, you've got to free yourself from all the BS that costs you your peace of mind.
"Protect Your Peace at All Cost!"
"So Trice, how can I do that?" you ask.  
Well, I'll give you a couple of tips that I've incorporated into my own life that have been giving me a little more peace of mind lately.  Just a little something something to get you moving towards a more peaceful state of living!
1.)  Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
Spending time and energy among those who don't inspire (or want) you to be great is a waste of time and will zap your energy and creativity.  Spend more time around individuals who are loyal, passionate, motivated, grateful, and forward-thinking.  
"Good Vibes Only!"
2.)  Forgive others.  Not because they may necessarily deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.  
There is healing and power in forgiving others who have wronged you and when you do, there is a release.  Trust me, I know that forgiveness can be very challenging to do sometimes, but it is necessary to live in a state of peace.
So really quick before I go, I have to give you the deets on my look!  Everything except the shoes, came from Forever 21.  I bought this sheer skirt months ago with the intentions of wearing it over a black jumper but I'm totally feeling it over the jeans.  The weather is still fickle so I rocked it with my leather moto jacket!  I put on these chartreuse Aldo pumps for a pop of color! 
 What do you think?
  It's different and I love it! 
As for your peace, what are some things you do to protect it?  Let me know in the comments below!  Have a wonderful day and remember to always love yourself first!
XOXO

Protect Your Peace

Hi Dolls!  
Happy Valentine's Day!  Let's talk about self-love for a second shall we?   I know a lot of individuals go through a roller coaster of emotions on this day for various reasons, especially if they don't have a "Valentine"  but I'm here to tell you that there is nothing wrong with celebrating yourself today!  How many life-sized teddy bears and chocolate covered cherries does one person need anyways?  Don't get me wrong I love a nice gift from the one I love, but if you don't have a special someone in your life right now to give it to you, spend the day gifting yourself and have a blast doing so, unapologetically!!!
"Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, and soul."
Speaking of self-care and being in love with yourself, I've decided that in this life, "If it costs me my peace, it's too expensive and I can't afford it."  
Sometimes life hands you a bushel of lemons and tells you to deal with it and while most of us do so with finesse, sometimes, you just need those mental health days and time set aside for self-care.  I've come to the realization that if you want to flourish in this life, you've got to free yourself from all the BS that costs you your peace of mind.
"Protect Your Peace at All Cost!"
"So Trice, how can I do that?" you ask.  
Well, I'll give you a couple of tips that I've incorporated into my own life that have been giving me a little more peace of mind lately.  Just a little something something to get you moving towards a more peaceful state of living!
1.)  Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
Spending time and energy among those who don't inspire (or want) you to be great is a waste of time and will zap your energy and creativity.  Spend more time around individuals who are loyal, passionate, motivated, grateful, and forward-thinking.  
"Good Vibes Only!"
2.)  Forgive others.  Not because they may necessarily deserve forgiveness but because you deserve peace.  
There is healing and power in forgiving others who have wronged you and when you do, there is a release.  Trust me, I know that forgiveness can be very challenging to do sometimes, but it is necessary to live in a state of peace.
So really quick before I go, I have to give you the deets on my look!  Everything except the shoes, came from Forever 21.  I bought this sheer skirt months ago with the intentions of wearing it over a black jumper but I'm totally feeling it over the jeans.  The weather is still fickle so I rocked it with my leather moto jacket!  I put on these chartreuse Aldo pumps for a pop of color! 
 What do you think?
  It's different and I love it! 
As for your peace, what are some things you do to protect it?  Let me know in the comments below!  Have a wonderful day and remember to always love yourself first!
XOXO
Hi Dolls,
I recently had the pleasure of sampling the new winter menu items at one of my favorite restuarants at the St. John's Town Center.  Brio Tuscan Grill continously lives up to the meaning of their name by providing "lively" or "full of life"  Tuscan dining experiences. Along with some of my favorite, fellow influencers from around town, we enjoyed an afternoon of good company, good laughs, and good food!  We tried several of the classic Tuscan dishes and indulged in the new delectable risotto dishes from their winter menu.  From now until March 25th, you can do your tastebuds a solid and follow suit!  Let's get right into these dishes shall we?!?!
THE RISOTTOS
"It's a Risotto Celebration!"
Shrimp Risotto and Broiled Lobster Tail
I have to start off with this beautiful dish.  It was as enjoyabe to eat as it was to look at.  I mean it is literally picture perfect.   Sheer lusciousness!  This risotto was made with succulent lobster and shrimp, mushrooms, red peppers, asparagus, and basil.  It was jam packed with flavor and was definitely the crowd pleaser.  It was easily my favorite of the evening and it goes without saying that I will return to it the next time I visit Brio.
Sea Scallop Risotto
It was pretty hard to choose but if I had to, this would be the dish that was my second favorite for the evening!  The pan seared scallops were cooked to perfection with ratatouille vegetables, basil, and red pepper.  The flavors were magical together and with the tender scallops, it literally melted in your mouth.
Salmon Risotto
This was another star!  I loved the flavor of the grilled salmon.  It also had mushrooms, asparagus, red pepper, and basil in it.  All flavors for a killer risotto.  As a matter of fact, the next time I make risotto at home, I will be sure to add mushrooms, asparagus, and basil to the dish.  The work together perfectly.
Sweet Potato & Chicken Risotto
One thing I love about risotto is that you can add just about anything you'd like into it.  Along with the sweet potatoes, it had pancetta, oven roasted chicken, asparagus, and toasted pine nuts.  It was the perfect marriage of sweet and savory.
THE APPETIZERS
Spicy Shrimp & Eggplant
I'm normally not a huge eggplant fan but I thoroughly enjoyed this appetizer.  The shrimp were tossed in a delicious black pepper cream sauce so they had a little kick to them and the eggplant was fried to a golden crisp.  The flavors meshed well together and I very much enjoyed it.
Chef's Seasonal Bruschetta
I am a sucker for bruschetta!  To know me is to know that I love bread so to give me little slices of it doused in olive oil and topped with seasonal yumminess, I am all the way here for it!  This bruschetta had slices of pepperoni, perroncini peppers, and mozarella....need I say more?  It was delicious!
Beef Carpaccio
The thinly sliced beef was accompanied by field greens. capers, and a delicious mustard aioli.
CLASSIC FAVORITES
Pesto Chisken & Quinoa Salad
I'm so happy we had the opportunity to sample some of the classic items from the regular menu.  This was my favorite of the two.  The pesto chicken was very flavorful and came dressed with red peppers, asparagus, quinoa, farro, cucumbers, chickpeas, tomatoes, Feta, arugula, and a creamy herb dressing.  It was very light but so delicious!
Chicken Limone
This was lightly battered, topped with lemon and capers and served with delicious Yukon gold mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.  It was definitely a dish made for comfort.
DESSERT
Of course we ended the evening on a sweet note, sampling the new molten chocolate cake with marscapone cream and white chocolate raspberry  gelato!  Yes, it was as amazing as it sounds.
  There were also samples of the classic menu trios, Creme Brulee, Chocolate Mousse, and Caramal Marscapone Cheesecake.  All of them were sinful to say the least.  Sweet and decadent, especially the cheesecake!
This was an delightful experience and I am very thankful to be given the opportunity to share an evening with wonderful individuals in the name of food!  I thoroughly enjoyed sampling each of the new items from the Brio Winter menu.  Everything was amazing!  As I mentioned earlier, the majority of these menu items, including the risotto dishes and Molten Chocolate Cake are seasonal and will only be available until March 25th.  They were delicious and you won't want to miss out on them so make sure to get out to your nearest Brio Tuscan Grille and indulge in some Tuscan-inspired comfort meals.  
As always thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!
XOXO

Brio Winter Menu 2018

Hi Dolls,
I recently had the pleasure of sampling the new winter menu items at one of my favorite restuarants at the St. John's Town Center.  Brio Tuscan Grill continously lives up to the meaning of their name by providing "lively" or "full of life"  Tuscan dining experiences. Along with some of my favorite, fellow influencers from around town, we enjoyed an afternoon of good company, good laughs, and good food!  We tried several of the classic Tuscan dishes and indulged in the new delectable risotto dishes from their winter menu.  From now until March 25th, you can do your tastebuds a solid and follow suit!  Let's get right into these dishes shall we?!?!
THE RISOTTOS
"It's a Risotto Celebration!"
Shrimp Risotto and Broiled Lobster Tail
I have to start off with this beautiful dish.  It was as enjoyabe to eat as it was to look at.  I mean it is literally picture perfect.   Sheer lusciousness!  This risotto was made with succulent lobster and shrimp, mushrooms, red peppers, asparagus, and basil.  It was jam packed with flavor and was definitely the crowd pleaser.  It was easily my favorite of the evening and it goes without saying that I will return to it the next time I visit Brio.
Sea Scallop Risotto
It was pretty hard to choose but if I had to, this would be the dish that was my second favorite for the evening!  The pan seared scallops were cooked to perfection with ratatouille vegetables, basil, and red pepper.  The flavors were magical together and with the tender scallops, it literally melted in your mouth.
Salmon Risotto
This was another star!  I loved the flavor of the grilled salmon.  It also had mushrooms, asparagus, red pepper, and basil in it.  All flavors for a killer risotto.  As a matter of fact, the next time I make risotto at home, I will be sure to add mushrooms, asparagus, and basil to the dish.  The work together perfectly.
Sweet Potato & Chicken Risotto
One thing I love about risotto is that you can add just about anything you'd like into it.  Along with the sweet potatoes, it had pancetta, oven roasted chicken, asparagus, and toasted pine nuts.  It was the perfect marriage of sweet and savory.
THE APPETIZERS
Spicy Shrimp & Eggplant
I'm normally not a huge eggplant fan but I thoroughly enjoyed this appetizer.  The shrimp were tossed in a delicious black pepper cream sauce so they had a little kick to them and the eggplant was fried to a golden crisp.  The flavors meshed well together and I very much enjoyed it.
Chef's Seasonal Bruschetta
I am a sucker for bruschetta!  To know me is to know that I love bread so to give me little slices of it doused in olive oil and topped with seasonal yumminess, I am all the way here for it!  This bruschetta had slices of pepperoni, perroncini peppers, and mozarella....need I say more?  It was delicious!
Beef Carpaccio
The thinly sliced beef was accompanied by field greens. capers, and a delicious mustard aioli.
CLASSIC FAVORITES
Pesto Chisken & Quinoa Salad
I'm so happy we had the opportunity to sample some of the classic items from the regular menu.  This was my favorite of the two.  The pesto chicken was very flavorful and came dressed with red peppers, asparagus, quinoa, farro, cucumbers, chickpeas, tomatoes, Feta, arugula, and a creamy herb dressing.  It was very light but so delicious!
Chicken Limone
This was lightly battered, topped with lemon and capers and served with delicious Yukon gold mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.  It was definitely a dish made for comfort.
DESSERT
Of course we ended the evening on a sweet note, sampling the new molten chocolate cake with marscapone cream and white chocolate raspberry  gelato!  Yes, it was as amazing as it sounds.
  There were also samples of the classic menu trios, Creme Brulee, Chocolate Mousse, and Caramal Marscapone Cheesecake.  All of them were sinful to say the least.  Sweet and decadent, especially the cheesecake!
This was an delightful experience and I am very thankful to be given the opportunity to share an evening with wonderful individuals in the name of food!  I thoroughly enjoyed sampling each of the new items from the Brio Winter menu.  Everything was amazing!  As I mentioned earlier, the majority of these menu items, including the risotto dishes and Molten Chocolate Cake are seasonal and will only be available until March 25th.  They were delicious and you won't want to miss out on them so make sure to get out to your nearest Brio Tuscan Grille and indulge in some Tuscan-inspired comfort meals.  
As always thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!
XOXO
Hi Dolls,

Whenever someone asks me if I could choose one decade to visit, which would it be, I always go with the 70's.  It seemed like a really cool era to live in.  The music was great, the hairstyles were great, and the fashion was great!  So much so, we've seen some of the 70's looks resurface from afros to fringe to bell bottoms!  I've always loved bell bottoms because they create long, sleek silhouettes, especially when you wear them with the right pair of heels.  At 5'5, I sometimes enjoy the illusion of appearing taller than I am!  When the flare leg, ruffled capri trend came about not too long ago, I thought it was so cute and had to get me a pair!  
 I'm all for unique trends I can pull off in a classy way!  To be clear, these are definitely trendy so I advise enjoying the look with out spending too much on them.  
I originally planned a casual look with a denim jacket and a white camisole but last minute decided to dress up the look instead with a detailed mesh patch sweater, long earrings, and nude pumps.  I have to admit I love how the look came together.  It would be ideal for date night, a concert, or the Black Panther premiere!  Just saying!  Besides traditional African garb, being "dressed in all black like the omen."  could be a look!  
Name that tune, or we can't be friends!  Kidding!
Because they aren't full length bell bottoms, the long leg affect has to be re-strategized.  My best advise here is to most definitely wear heels with these pants.  These are ankle length so wearing flats would make you appear much shorter.  Rocking heels would allow you to wear the capris,  get the flared look, and still achieve that height you want.
I seriously had so much fun rocking this outfit!  Not only did I received tons of compliments on my look, but people were feeling my high bun as well!  I take it you all want to see me switch up my hair!  I will keep that in mind as we go through this year!  
Of course, I opted for dressier accessories this time around, with long gold earrings and a black and gold clutch.  I also wanted to keep a monochromatic theme with the look but did add the nude heel to pull it together nicely.
You can find this top and pants in the links below!
Pants:  Fashion Nova (here)
Sweater:  Romwe (here)
Besides the 70's, I'd love to go back to the 90's for fashion!  Kross Kolours, baggy jeans, and "Jodeci"  boots were that fire back in the day!  The hairstyles were pretty dope then too.  The asymmetrical bob and mushroom cut were everything!
Which fashion era would you want to go back and visit?  I'd love to know why!  Leave me a comment below and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week!
XOXO
Jacksonville, FL, USA

Bell Bottom Capris

Hi Dolls,

Whenever someone asks me if I could choose one decade to visit, which would it be, I always go with the 70's.  It seemed like a really cool era to live in.  The music was great, the hairstyles were great, and the fashion was great!  So much so, we've seen some of the 70's looks resurface from afros to fringe to bell bottoms!  I've always loved bell bottoms because they create long, sleek silhouettes, especially when you wear them with the right pair of heels.  At 5'5, I sometimes enjoy the illusion of appearing taller than I am!  When the flare leg, ruffled capri trend came about not too long ago, I thought it was so cute and had to get me a pair!  
 I'm all for unique trends I can pull off in a classy way!  To be clear, these are definitely trendy so I advise enjoying the look with out spending too much on them.  
I originally planned a casual look with a denim jacket and a white camisole but last minute decided to dress up the look instead with a detailed mesh patch sweater, long earrings, and nude pumps.  I have to admit I love how the look came together.  It would be ideal for date night, a concert, or the Black Panther premiere!  Just saying!  Besides traditional African garb, being "dressed in all black like the omen."  could be a look!  
Name that tune, or we can't be friends!  Kidding!
Because they aren't full length bell bottoms, the long leg affect has to be re-strategized.  My best advise here is to most definitely wear heels with these pants.  These are ankle length so wearing flats would make you appear much shorter.  Rocking heels would allow you to wear the capris,  get the flared look, and still achieve that height you want.
I seriously had so much fun rocking this outfit!  Not only did I received tons of compliments on my look, but people were feeling my high bun as well!  I take it you all want to see me switch up my hair!  I will keep that in mind as we go through this year!  
Of course, I opted for dressier accessories this time around, with long gold earrings and a black and gold clutch.  I also wanted to keep a monochromatic theme with the look but did add the nude heel to pull it together nicely.
You can find this top and pants in the links below!
Pants:  Fashion Nova (here)
Sweater:  Romwe (here)
Besides the 70's, I'd love to go back to the 90's for fashion!  Kross Kolours, baggy jeans, and "Jodeci"  boots were that fire back in the day!  The hairstyles were pretty dope then too.  The asymmetrical bob and mushroom cut were everything!
Which fashion era would you want to go back and visit?  I'd love to know why!  Leave me a comment below and as always, thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful week!
XOXO

Hi Dolls!
 Is it me or did January drag on for what seemed like forever and a day?  The good news is that it's February which means black history will, once again, get a little shine!   During Black History Month, we celebrate all things melanin including the innumerous achievements and contributions black people have and continue to make day to day.  From education to sports, entertainment to politics, we have left insightful marks on the history of the world.  Everything from our culture has been imitated which is said to be the greatest compliment.   We are seriously so dope!!!  As I have mentioned before, it's a challenge to sum up all the magic the oozes from the sheer existence of black people.  Our  creativity and inspiration rank supreme!
  If you can't already tell, I am super excited for this post today because not only am I sharing one of my favorite family recipes with you but I'll also be sharing the Black History Month Virtual Potluck as well!  Every day this February, in honor of Black History month, you'll be able to enjoy delicious dishes prepared by myself and 27 other creative black food bloggers from around the globe.   There's sure to be something for everyone as dishes will vary from African to Creole, Caribbean to Southern, in categories ranging from meat, seafood, vegetarian, vegan, beverage, and dessert.   Make sure you read all the way to the end to see the list of talented participants and all of their tasty recipes!
When ever I'm asked to contribute food for a potluck, cooking something that reminds me of home is usually my go to, so my contribution for the BHM Virtual Potluck is Crawfish Etouffee!  
My mother is from Louisiana so I ate a lot of Cajun/Creole inspired cuisine growing up and Crawfish Etouffee was and still is one of my favorites.  If you're unfamiliar with Etouffee (eh-too-fay), it originates from a French word that means to smother.  This dish is made with a traditional roux, which adds that unique and distinctive flavor found in most New Orleans inspired dishes.  It is thick, hearty, and jam-packed full of flavor!  I load this dish up with crawfish but have made it with shrimp as well, which is an option.  With a little prep of veggies ahead of time, this meal can be on the table for your family in 30 minutes! It's the perfect recipe for a potluck and I'm excited to share this one with you and all of my virtual potluck buddies!   
Below you'll find my recipe for this delicious etouffee along with all of the amazing food bloggers who have also contributed to the Black History Month Virtual Potluck.  Please make sure to check them out.  Before I go, major shout out to Aaron of The Hungry Hutch and Meiko of Meiko and The Dish for putting this idea together.  It is genius!

Yield: 4-6 servingsPin it

Crawfish Etouffee

Crawfish Etouffee is a quintessential Cajun and Creole dish. It's a thick and hearty dish full of plump crawfish and jam packed with flavor.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 50 mins

ingredients:

* 1 stick of butter or 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
* 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
* 1 TBS Cajun seasoning 
* 1 tsp garlic powder
* Louisiana Hot Sauce to taste
* 2 cups seafood or chicken stock
* 1 cup of green onions, chopped
* 2 stalks of celery, chopped
* 1 small to medium onion, chopped
* 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
* 1/4 cup of parsley, chopped
* 2-3 cups of Crawfish tails
* cooked white rice

instructions

1.)  Melt butter or heat vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet or heavy bottom pot.
2.)  Slowly whisk in flour over a medium to low heat continuously until the roux is a chocolate  brown.  This will take 10-12 minutes.
3.)  Mix in vegetables (onion, garlic, celery, and green onions) and cook until tender.  This will  take 3 minutes.  Reserve some green onions for garnish.
4.)  Add crawfish tails and season with Cajun seasoning and garlic powder. 
5.)  Add stock and combine all of the ingredients.  Let the mixture simmer 20-25 minutes.    Mixture will thicken slightly.  Add hot sauce to taste.
6.)  Add mixture to a plate and add a scoop of cooked white rice.
7.)  Garnish with parsley and green onions and enjoy!

notes

Alternative Dish for Leftover Mixture:
You can use the additional mixture to make crawfish pistolettes or crawfish pie. This mixture would also be great over a baked piece of fish or a baked potato.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH VIRTUAL POTLUCK
Please visit each of these awesome blogger's sites to check out their recipes.  If you decide to try any of them please share on social media outlets using the hashtags #BHMPotluck 
As always thank you so much for stopping by!  
Have an amazing ending of the week!
XOXO

Crawfish Etouffee + BHM Virtual Potluck


Hi Dolls!
 Is it me or did January drag on for what seemed like forever and a day?  The good news is that it's February which means black history will, once again, get a little shine!   During Black History Month, we celebrate all things melanin including the innumerous achievements and contributions black people have and continue to make day to day.  From education to sports, entertainment to politics, we have left insightful marks on the history of the world.  Everything from our culture has been imitated which is said to be the greatest compliment.   We are seriously so dope!!!  As I have mentioned before, it's a challenge to sum up all the magic the oozes from the sheer existence of black people.  Our  creativity and inspiration rank supreme!
  If you can't already tell, I am super excited for this post today because not only am I sharing one of my favorite family recipes with you but I'll also be sharing the Black History Month Virtual Potluck as well!  Every day this February, in honor of Black History month, you'll be able to enjoy delicious dishes prepared by myself and 27 other creative black food bloggers from around the globe.   There's sure to be something for everyone as dishes will vary from African to Creole, Caribbean to Southern, in categories ranging from meat, seafood, vegetarian, vegan, beverage, and dessert.   Make sure you read all the way to the end to see the list of talented participants and all of their tasty recipes!
When ever I'm asked to contribute food for a potluck, cooking something that reminds me of home is usually my go to, so my contribution for the BHM Virtual Potluck is Crawfish Etouffee!  
My mother is from Louisiana so I ate a lot of Cajun/Creole inspired cuisine growing up and Crawfish Etouffee was and still is one of my favorites.  If you're unfamiliar with Etouffee (eh-too-fay), it originates from a French word that means to smother.  This dish is made with a traditional roux, which adds that unique and distinctive flavor found in most New Orleans inspired dishes.  It is thick, hearty, and jam-packed full of flavor!  I load this dish up with crawfish but have made it with shrimp as well, which is an option.  With a little prep of veggies ahead of time, this meal can be on the table for your family in 30 minutes! It's the perfect recipe for a potluck and I'm excited to share this one with you and all of my virtual potluck buddies!   
Below you'll find my recipe for this delicious etouffee along with all of the amazing food bloggers who have also contributed to the Black History Month Virtual Potluck.  Please make sure to check them out.  Before I go, major shout out to Aaron of The Hungry Hutch and Meiko of Meiko and The Dish for putting this idea together.  It is genius!

Yield: 4-6 servingsPin it

Crawfish Etouffee

Crawfish Etouffee is a quintessential Cajun and Creole dish. It's a thick and hearty dish full of plump crawfish and jam packed with flavor.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 50 mins

ingredients:

* 1 stick of butter or 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
* 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
* 1 TBS Cajun seasoning 
* 1 tsp garlic powder
* Louisiana Hot Sauce to taste
* 2 cups seafood or chicken stock
* 1 cup of green onions, chopped
* 2 stalks of celery, chopped
* 1 small to medium onion, chopped
* 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
* 1/4 cup of parsley, chopped
* 2-3 cups of Crawfish tails
* cooked white rice

instructions

1.)  Melt butter or heat vegetable oil in a cast iron skillet or heavy bottom pot.
2.)  Slowly whisk in flour over a medium to low heat continuously until the roux is a chocolate  brown.  This will take 10-12 minutes.
3.)  Mix in vegetables (onion, garlic, celery, and green onions) and cook until tender.  This will  take 3 minutes.  Reserve some green onions for garnish.
4.)  Add crawfish tails and season with Cajun seasoning and garlic powder. 
5.)  Add stock and combine all of the ingredients.  Let the mixture simmer 20-25 minutes.    Mixture will thicken slightly.  Add hot sauce to taste.
6.)  Add mixture to a plate and add a scoop of cooked white rice.
7.)  Garnish with parsley and green onions and enjoy!

notes

Alternative Dish for Leftover Mixture:
You can use the additional mixture to make crawfish pistolettes or crawfish pie. This mixture would also be great over a baked piece of fish or a baked potato.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH VIRTUAL POTLUCK
Please visit each of these awesome blogger's sites to check out their recipes.  If you decide to try any of them please share on social media outlets using the hashtags #BHMPotluck 
As always thank you so much for stopping by!  
Have an amazing ending of the week!
XOXO
Hi Dolls!  So, I think I have found my new favorite burger joint!  Grub Burger Bar recently opened at the St. John's Town Center and I had the opportunity to stop in, learn a bit about it, and of course, sample some of the favorites off of the menu!  Between the more than reasonable prices and the outstanding flavors, I am an instant fan!  Learning the history and mission of the restaurant also helped in my fandom!  I learned that Grub Burger Bar takes pride in creating food and experiences that are simple, basic, yet extraordinary.  All around the restaurant you'll find motivational writings on the wall.  It's a goal of theirs to help motivate people to achieve their dreams.  If you notice the "You Do You"  painting on the wall?  It was done by a "Grubster", a term of endearment used for team members, and for that person, they "achieved a dream by finally getting their art work up in a public space."  I thought that was pretty cool.  The "You Do You" also means that staff and guests should have a happy experience when dining with Grub.  Everything you order is customizable and you can honestly tell that the employees are happy working there just by the way they interacted with guests.  I love the look and feel of the restaurant.  It was very chic and and contemporary with the floor to ceiling windows, exposed ceilings, and cool lighting.  It's very open and inviting.  The decor definitely exceeded my expectations as did all of the menu items we sampled!
THE APPS 
I have to mention that just about everything is made in house, from the bread down to the secret sauces.  They also taste check flavors twice a day to ensure we're getting quality food!  While we were there we sampled a few of the appetizers but didn't want to fill up on them.  To save room for burgers and shakes, we got a couple of light starters.
Seared Ahi Tuna
Betcha never thought this would be on the menu at a burger bar...it is!  It was pretty tasty too and perfectly light to start off our meal!
Brussel Sprouts
It's funny how I didn't want anything to do with brussel sprouts as a kid because as an adult, I absolutely love them.  Gotta appreciate the evolution of the adult tastebuds!  These were roasted and tossed in an ancho lime vinaigrette and topped with queso fresco.  They were made perfectly.  It had a nice crunch and savory yet sweet flavor.  
As if I didn't already love this place based on ambiance and prices alone, they have shakes I can actually indulge in with out feeling horrible afterwards.  Their shakes come either handspun, crafted, or spiked (adult) and here's the best part....they are lactose-free!!!!  No bubbles around these parts! They taste amazing too!  We can also look forward to shakes of the month in the near future to keep us on our toes!  I love it when eateries, switch up flavors.  
Kitchen Sink Shake
In true foodie fashion we got the two craziest shakes on the menu!  This one was my favorite and it literally did come with the everything but the kitchen sink.  It reminded me of the Take Five candy bar.  It was made with pretzels, peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce. chocolate chips, coffee grounds, and potato chips!  Seriously amazeballs!
Worms In Dirt
I know kids are going to get a kick out of this shake!  Made with Oreo ice cream and topped with gummy worms, it looks kid friendly and it tastes great too!  
~THE BURGERS & SANDWICHES~
Blazin' Fried Chicken Sandwich
You can just look at this sandwich and see its was full of flavor!  It was made with crispy fried chicken that has been smothered in their in-house made blazin' hot sauce, pickle aioli, pickles, and red cabbage slaw.  It had a kick to it but I like it spicy so it totally worked for me.  The fried chicken was the furthest thing from bland so this sandwich packed a flavorful punch!
Bacon Love #9 w/ Fries
This will probably be a go to burger for me because I love a good bacon cheeseburger!  It's made with Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and secret sauce #9.  If you're wondering what the 9 is for, it took 9 tries to figure out the perfect secret sauce!  I'm glad they finally got it right because it's good!
California Chicken Sandwich 
This is an ideal sandwich for when you're not in the mood for a burger.  It was made with grilled chicken breast, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocados, sprouts, and a chipotle aioli on a wheat bun!  It is the perfect lighter option.
Mac 'N' Cheeseburger
I mean do I really need to tell you how crazy this burger was!?!  It's a mac n cheese lovers dream (so you know, it wasn't for me).  It was oozing with cheesy goodness; mac n cheese, cheese sauce, and bacon pieces.
Voo Doo Mushroom
I can't believe I'm about to say this but this was probably my favorite burger!  I remember the day I hated mushrooms but I'm so happy my tastebuds have evolved because this burger was fire!  It is loaded with mushrooms that were sauteed in Absinthe!   If you're not familiar with Absinthe, it is a liquor that has a strong anise flavor but it added a very nice touch to the mushrooms.  The Swiss cheese and Tabasco mayo made this burger unbelievably delicious!
Hippie Chickpea
I was happy to see that they had vegetarian options on the menu.  All of the sandwiches and burgers can be made vegetarian just FYI! This was a meatless burger made with ground chickpeas, cucumber avocado dressing, arugula, cucumber slices, pickled red onions and queso fresco served on a wheat bun.  I love meat but I will have to admit that this sandwich was pretty tasty.
Jive Turkey
Another great lean protein option!  The turkey is ground and seasoned in house with pesto and is topped with bacon, Swiss cheese, sprouts, avocado, and chipotle aioli on a wheat bun!  I love that the turkey was moist and flavorful!  You don't always get that with turkey burgers. 
Scorpion Burger
Last but certainly not least is the burger for those who love heat!  It's made with Pepper Jack cheese, Trinidad Moruga, scorpion sauce, grilled jalepenos, lettuce and tomato, with a garnish of a pickled habenero.  If you want your tongue to be on literal fire, you can try this burger "Inferno style"!  You have the option of adding an ice cream chaser for a buck if you think you won't be able to tough it out!

Grub Burger Bar gets an A++ from me!  The service was amazing and the food and drinks exceeded my expectations.  As I mentioned before this is probably going to be my new go-to spot for burgers!  
Which item would you want to try first? 
 Let me know in the comments below and as always, thank you for stopping by!
XOXO
Jacksonville, FL, USA

Grub Burger Bar

Hi Dolls!  So, I think I have found my new favorite burger joint!  Grub Burger Bar recently opened at the St. John's Town Center and I had the opportunity to stop in, learn a bit about it, and of course, sample some of the favorites off of the menu!  Between the more than reasonable prices and the outstanding flavors, I am an instant fan!  Learning the history and mission of the restaurant also helped in my fandom!  I learned that Grub Burger Bar takes pride in creating food and experiences that are simple, basic, yet extraordinary.  All around the restaurant you'll find motivational writings on the wall.  It's a goal of theirs to help motivate people to achieve their dreams.  If you notice the "You Do You"  painting on the wall?  It was done by a "Grubster", a term of endearment used for team members, and for that person, they "achieved a dream by finally getting their art work up in a public space."  I thought that was pretty cool.  The "You Do You" also means that staff and guests should have a happy experience when dining with Grub.  Everything you order is customizable and you can honestly tell that the employees are happy working there just by the way they interacted with guests.  I love the look and feel of the restaurant.  It was very chic and and contemporary with the floor to ceiling windows, exposed ceilings, and cool lighting.  It's very open and inviting.  The decor definitely exceeded my expectations as did all of the menu items we sampled!
THE APPS 
I have to mention that just about everything is made in house, from the bread down to the secret sauces.  They also taste check flavors twice a day to ensure we're getting quality food!  While we were there we sampled a few of the appetizers but didn't want to fill up on them.  To save room for burgers and shakes, we got a couple of light starters.
Seared Ahi Tuna
Betcha never thought this would be on the menu at a burger bar...it is!  It was pretty tasty too and perfectly light to start off our meal!
Brussel Sprouts
It's funny how I didn't want anything to do with brussel sprouts as a kid because as an adult, I absolutely love them.  Gotta appreciate the evolution of the adult tastebuds!  These were roasted and tossed in an ancho lime vinaigrette and topped with queso fresco.  They were made perfectly.  It had a nice crunch and savory yet sweet flavor.  
As if I didn't already love this place based on ambiance and prices alone, they have shakes I can actually indulge in with out feeling horrible afterwards.  Their shakes come either handspun, crafted, or spiked (adult) and here's the best part....they are lactose-free!!!!  No bubbles around these parts! They taste amazing too!  We can also look forward to shakes of the month in the near future to keep us on our toes!  I love it when eateries, switch up flavors.  
Kitchen Sink Shake
In true foodie fashion we got the two craziest shakes on the menu!  This one was my favorite and it literally did come with the everything but the kitchen sink.  It reminded me of the Take Five candy bar.  It was made with pretzels, peanut butter, salt, butterscotch sauce, caramel sauce. chocolate chips, coffee grounds, and potato chips!  Seriously amazeballs!
Worms In Dirt
I know kids are going to get a kick out of this shake!  Made with Oreo ice cream and topped with gummy worms, it looks kid friendly and it tastes great too!  
~THE BURGERS & SANDWICHES~
Blazin' Fried Chicken Sandwich
You can just look at this sandwich and see its was full of flavor!  It was made with crispy fried chicken that has been smothered in their in-house made blazin' hot sauce, pickle aioli, pickles, and red cabbage slaw.  It had a kick to it but I like it spicy so it totally worked for me.  The fried chicken was the furthest thing from bland so this sandwich packed a flavorful punch!
Bacon Love #9 w/ Fries
This will probably be a go to burger for me because I love a good bacon cheeseburger!  It's made with Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and secret sauce #9.  If you're wondering what the 9 is for, it took 9 tries to figure out the perfect secret sauce!  I'm glad they finally got it right because it's good!
California Chicken Sandwich 
This is an ideal sandwich for when you're not in the mood for a burger.  It was made with grilled chicken breast, bacon, Swiss cheese, avocados, sprouts, and a chipotle aioli on a wheat bun!  It is the perfect lighter option.
Mac 'N' Cheeseburger
I mean do I really need to tell you how crazy this burger was!?!  It's a mac n cheese lovers dream (so you know, it wasn't for me).  It was oozing with cheesy goodness; mac n cheese, cheese sauce, and bacon pieces.
Voo Doo Mushroom
I can't believe I'm about to say this but this was probably my favorite burger!  I remember the day I hated mushrooms but I'm so happy my tastebuds have evolved because this burger was fire!  It is loaded with mushrooms that were sauteed in Absinthe!   If you're not familiar with Absinthe, it is a liquor that has a strong anise flavor but it added a very nice touch to the mushrooms.  The Swiss cheese and Tabasco mayo made this burger unbelievably delicious!
Hippie Chickpea
I was happy to see that they had vegetarian options on the menu.  All of the sandwiches and burgers can be made vegetarian just FYI! This was a meatless burger made with ground chickpeas, cucumber avocado dressing, arugula, cucumber slices, pickled red onions and queso fresco served on a wheat bun.  I love meat but I will have to admit that this sandwich was pretty tasty.
Jive Turkey
Another great lean protein option!  The turkey is ground and seasoned in house with pesto and is topped with bacon, Swiss cheese, sprouts, avocado, and chipotle aioli on a wheat bun!  I love that the turkey was moist and flavorful!  You don't always get that with turkey burgers. 
Scorpion Burger
Last but certainly not least is the burger for those who love heat!  It's made with Pepper Jack cheese, Trinidad Moruga, scorpion sauce, grilled jalepenos, lettuce and tomato, with a garnish of a pickled habenero.  If you want your tongue to be on literal fire, you can try this burger "Inferno style"!  You have the option of adding an ice cream chaser for a buck if you think you won't be able to tough it out!

Grub Burger Bar gets an A++ from me!  The service was amazing and the food and drinks exceeded my expectations.  As I mentioned before this is probably going to be my new go-to spot for burgers!  
Which item would you want to try first? 
 Let me know in the comments below and as always, thank you for stopping by!
XOXO
Hi Dolls, 
I'm pretty sure you'll agree that great accessories will pull your outfit together in a cinch!  Michael Kors said it best when he said "Accessories are the exclamation point of a woman's outfit."  So true!  I feel completely naked with out a pair of earrings and a watch.  Point is, your outfit is incomplete with out nice accessories to accent your look!  Kendra Scott accessories have been favorites of mine since I first learned about her brand years ago.  While back in Texas for the  holidays, I walked into the Kendra Scott boutique at La Cantera mall and was immediately smitten!  The jewelry is beautiful, well made, contemporary, and affordable!  You can imagine my excitement when I first learned Kendra Scott would be opening up at the St. John's Town Center here in Jacksonville! Most people I've spoken to either never heard of Kendra Scott or have seen the small area in Nordstrom reserved for her merchandise but now we get the actual store to enjoy and I am over the moon!  
Before I get into the opening of the store, here was my look for the day!  
The weather in Florida is still a little fickle so even though it felt warm when I stepped outside to check the temperature, I played it safe and covered up.   I knew I'd be wearing my new favorite black and gold leopard booties so I wanted the rest of the look to be simple but chic.  The look called for my black turtle neck and white high -waisted pants.  Of course I had to represent with some of my own Kendra Scott pieces so I pulled out my favorite Rayne black and gold necklace and gold Danielle earrings.   

Shop similar looks below!
This was the soft opening of Kendra Scott so there were sips and treats for everyone to enjoy while shopping and a free gift was given if you spent $75.  It was a fun morning hanging out with some of my blogger friends in the brand spanking new Kendra Scott store and being around so many sparkly and pretty pieces.  
Here is a little sneak peek at what you can enjoy when you visit the new store at the town center!
"Accessories are the exclamation point of a woman's outfit." 
~Michael Kors
The Naomi ring is on my short list of pieces to get!  I love the black one!  It is definitely a statement accessory!
I am absolutely in love with the new Spring Collection!  Per the KS brand, the inspiration comes from shell and acrylic fringe to the creative use of negative space.  Colors are blended and there are lots of textures making for pieces that feel beautifully unexpected. 
These are the Diane statement earrings in abalone shell.  The color is absolutely gorgeous and the print is so enticing!  Needless to say, they are on my list of pieces I want to add to my collection.
I love that Kendra Scott sells nail polish now!  
I didn't see this in the store but they have a great necklace and nail lacquer set that would make great gifts!  Valentine's Day is coming up really soon!
Ahhh!  The Misha statement earrings, another beauty!  These are fringed with navy dusted glass and are beautiful!  I seriously want the entire store!
Everyone was going gaga for the Justyne Statement earrings!  They come in shades of blue or shades of pink.  These are a mix of 67 shell and acrylic pieces, hand-strung to create this gorgeous ombre effect!  They are definitely a statement and a must have!
There are so many beautiful pieces that I could have easily photographed every piece but we'd be here all day!  This was a sneak peek of some of my favs from the opening!  You'll just have to stop in for a visit and see for yourself how awesome Kendra Scott is!  One thing I learned a while ago is that you can purchase any item in the store for half price on your birthday!  That is pretty freakin' awesome if you ask me!  My birthday is 3 months away and I already have a list of things I want to get!   
I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about the mission of the Kendra Scott brand!  Her three core values are family, fashion, and philanthropy so besides all of the things we love, she prides her brand on giving back.  I admire brands who advocate for others and make positive impacts on communities.  To learn more Kendra Care Programs click here.   I'm pretty excited about the opening of the store at the Town Center!  I know where to send my BF now!  If you're reading this baby, here is where you should go for my Valentine's Day gift LOL!  Which piece did you like the most?  Let me know in the comments below and as always, thank so much for stopping by!
XOXO
Jacksonville, FL, USA

Kendra Scott Soft Opening at St. John's Town Center

Hi Dolls, 
I'm pretty sure you'll agree that great accessories will pull your outfit together in a cinch!  Michael Kors said it best when he said "Accessories are the exclamation point of a woman's outfit."  So true!  I feel completely naked with out a pair of earrings and a watch.  Point is, your outfit is incomplete with out nice accessories to accent your look!  Kendra Scott accessories have been favorites of mine since I first learned about her brand years ago.  While back in Texas for the  holidays, I walked into the Kendra Scott boutique at La Cantera mall and was immediately smitten!  The jewelry is beautiful, well made, contemporary, and affordable!  You can imagine my excitement when I first learned Kendra Scott would be opening up at the St. John's Town Center here in Jacksonville! Most people I've spoken to either never heard of Kendra Scott or have seen the small area in Nordstrom reserved for her merchandise but now we get the actual store to enjoy and I am over the moon!  
Before I get into the opening of the store, here was my look for the day!  
The weather in Florida is still a little fickle so even though it felt warm when I stepped outside to check the temperature, I played it safe and covered up.   I knew I'd be wearing my new favorite black and gold leopard booties so I wanted the rest of the look to be simple but chic.  The look called for my black turtle neck and white high -waisted pants.  Of course I had to represent with some of my own Kendra Scott pieces so I pulled out my favorite Rayne black and gold necklace and gold Danielle earrings.   

Shop similar looks below!
This was the soft opening of Kendra Scott so there were sips and treats for everyone to enjoy while shopping and a free gift was given if you spent $75.  It was a fun morning hanging out with some of my blogger friends in the brand spanking new Kendra Scott store and being around so many sparkly and pretty pieces.  
Here is a little sneak peek at what you can enjoy when you visit the new store at the town center!
"Accessories are the exclamation point of a woman's outfit." 
~Michael Kors
The Naomi ring is on my short list of pieces to get!  I love the black one!  It is definitely a statement accessory!
I am absolutely in love with the new Spring Collection!  Per the KS brand, the inspiration comes from shell and acrylic fringe to the creative use of negative space.  Colors are blended and there are lots of textures making for pieces that feel beautifully unexpected. 
These are the Diane statement earrings in abalone shell.  The color is absolutely gorgeous and the print is so enticing!  Needless to say, they are on my list of pieces I want to add to my collection.
I love that Kendra Scott sells nail polish now!  
I didn't see this in the store but they have a great necklace and nail lacquer set that would make great gifts!  Valentine's Day is coming up really soon!
Ahhh!  The Misha statement earrings, another beauty!  These are fringed with navy dusted glass and are beautiful!  I seriously want the entire store!
Everyone was going gaga for the Justyne Statement earrings!  They come in shades of blue or shades of pink.  These are a mix of 67 shell and acrylic pieces, hand-strung to create this gorgeous ombre effect!  They are definitely a statement and a must have!
There are so many beautiful pieces that I could have easily photographed every piece but we'd be here all day!  This was a sneak peek of some of my favs from the opening!  You'll just have to stop in for a visit and see for yourself how awesome Kendra Scott is!  One thing I learned a while ago is that you can purchase any item in the store for half price on your birthday!  That is pretty freakin' awesome if you ask me!  My birthday is 3 months away and I already have a list of things I want to get!   
I'd be remiss if I didn't talk about the mission of the Kendra Scott brand!  Her three core values are family, fashion, and philanthropy so besides all of the things we love, she prides her brand on giving back.  I admire brands who advocate for others and make positive impacts on communities.  To learn more Kendra Care Programs click here.   I'm pretty excited about the opening of the store at the Town Center!  I know where to send my BF now!  If you're reading this baby, here is where you should go for my Valentine's Day gift LOL!  Which piece did you like the most?  Let me know in the comments below and as always, thank so much for stopping by!
XOXO

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