Summer Sandals

I know it isn't quite summer yet, but the 70 degrees plus weather we had in Atlanta over the weekend could have fooled me. One of my favorite things about summer is the opportunity to wear cute sandals, flip fops and flats. I personally prefer low/flat heeled ones. Here are some of my favorites.



Giuseppe Zanotti Shield Flat Sandal

Giuseppe Zanotti Flower Back-Zip Sandal

Guess Tutu Flip Flops

Havaianas Crystal Heart Flip Flop

Valentino Bow Thong Sandal


Tory Burch Alex Embellished Leather Sandal

Giuseppe Zanotti Turquoise T-Strap Sandal




Belle by Sigerson Peep-Toe Flat


Bloch Peep-Toe Flats



Chanel PVC Thong Sandal

Post Baby Things I love

Its amazing how much  a woman's body goes through when pregnant. One of the few things I loved about my body when I got pregnant was my bigger boobs, lol! I am on the small side so I was happy with the HUGE difference in size. I secretly prayed every night that I would get to keep them even after I was done breastfeeding but I guess mother nature had other plans (rolling eyes.) It's been 14 months since I had my baby and now I am somewhere in between. I will take that over going back to the same or smaller boobs! Yes some women's boobs do get smaller. Here are some of my favorite items.

BELLY BANDIT
The first month post baby is so crucial in getting your stomach back in shape. I wasn't going to tie my stomach the way some of our mothers did, so in came the BellyBandit. I am proof that it works wonders. It holds it all in. Its not so comfortable on and you have to wear it for almost 12hrs in a day but it was worth it. You just have to use this religiously for the first month and would probably have to order two different sizes.


TC SHAPER

The thing about the bellybandit is that you can't wear it under your outfit so in I opted for the T.C shaper also. It helps get your stomach back to its pre-pregnancy form also. Its not your average girdle. It was recommended by a dear friend I am glad I got this.


The best thing you can do for your self after baby is to invest  in good quality bras. After I weaned my baby last month I decided to go to Intimacy for a new bra fit. I came out with only one bra lol (everything I saw was over $100!) but I felt sexier nonetheless. I will definitely go back or maybe I will just hit up Nordstrom instead since I know my correct bra size now.

RADOX BATH THERAPY

I feel its important as a new mom to have a few moments alone just to unwind. There is nothing better to loosen up your muscles and help you heal and simply relax than a bath. I believe Radox makes one of the best bath soaks in the market. The smell and the feeling on your body is just beyond anything. You will definitely feel 100% better afterwards. I especially love the nourish bath theraphy with natural Shea butter and a hint of ginger.



I lived in nightgowns and robes after I  had my baby because they are so comfortable. They are so easy to put on and a stylish way to dress while indoors. 

Red Velvet Cake

Happy Valentine's day! Yeah this post is a day late, just got busy yesterday and didn't get  a chance to put this up. I decided to try out a Red Velvet cake recipe for valentine's day:) This particular recipe is from a mix of different recipes, lol.  I just enjoy mixing things up and adding my own twist. My frosting is kinda sour sweet, I prefer this to a very sweet frosting.

I was pleased with the end results but when I bake this next time I will try it with shortening just to see the difference in taste. This is what the final product looked like:)  Ignore my mediocre attempt at frosting the cake, it kinda makes the cake look crooked right? I did this around 4:30 am, so I was kinda half asleep. I am taking some classes on cake decorating next month so i'll get better.




One of my  favorite picture of me and my hubby and a slice the cake


Wanna try it out?

Ingredients:
2 grams of all purpose flour(sifted)
1 stick of unsalted butter (room temp)
2 cups of sugar (sifted)
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cup buttermilk
1 table spoon vinegar
2 oz of red coloring
1 cup of vegetable oil

Frosting:
8oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups of confectioners sugar (sifted)
1 stick of unsalted butter (room temp)

Set in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. I base my baking pans with shortening and flour and then parchment paper over it.

Using my hand mixer, I creamed the butter and the sugar in a large bowl. I added the egg mix little by little into the mix.Then I added the flour, salt, cocoa together in a bowl. I mixed the red coloring with the buttermilk and vinegar. In 3 parts I added the liquid mix and the flour mix into my creamed mix. I then added the oil in and finally the vinegar. I divided my mix into 2 baking pans before putting in the oven.

Using  a mixer cream the cream cheese and butter. Add the vinegar and in four parts add the sifted confectioners sugar.

















                          

















Frosting





Brownie Bites

Today I am sharing my experience baking brownie bites. I love brownies alot but I particularly prefer  mine moist on the inside and just a little harder on the outside, not completely cake like. I got this recipe from the Joy of Baking but I added my own  twist to it which I believe made the recipe better. This was my first time making bite-size brownies (I usually make them in an 8 inch pan) and I was quite pleased with the results. I feel  bite-size  brownies are more fun and easier to serve! hor dourves anyone? Not a huge fan of cutting  brownies, lol. Please let me know if you try this out and what you think about the recipe.


Ingredients:
5 ounces (140 grams) bittersweet chocolate chips
5 ounces (140 grams) white chocolate chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) (113) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons (15 grams) cocoa powder
1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup (95 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt



Melt the chocolate and butter on the stove, in a stainless steel container immersed in boiling water in a saucepan.

Like this



Remove it from the stove when completely melted. It should look like the image below.


Break and whisk the eggs 

Add the vanilla extract to the egg mix


Start adding the other ingredients one at a time to the melted chocolate and butter mix stirring with a spatula.

Cocoa powder

Sugar

Salt

Flour

Then the egg and vanilla extract mix

It should look like this when completed

I used a silicon brownie pop pan placed on a baking sheet. I sprayed oil in each cube before adding my mix.


I decided to use a piping bag to get my mix into the pan. It was easier and definitely neater.


This is what it looked like when I was done


I baked it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. I used the toothpick test, so just do that depending on how powerful your oven is, it might take longer or less time.

Fresh out the oven

After cooling off on the rack for 15 minutes it came out easily from the baking pan


Voila!


I added a little bit of confectioners sugar to add some jazz. They came out very moist and yummy.