The Best Cornbread Recipe Ever!


I’m not one of those who had the luxury of having my grandmother’s cornbread recipe passed down to me. I didn’t even graduate to making cornbread that wasn’t from a box until just a few years ago. I tried Martha Stewart’s recipe, because well her pancake recipe is OUTSTANDING, but her cornbread recipe didn’t do it for me. But when I stumbled upon the Betty Crocker recipe–I hit payday! I had to double the recipe below so that it could have the thickness that I like my cornbread to have. Here you go:


Butter to grease pan
1/4 cup butter or margarine (1/2 stick)
1 cup milk
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups yellow, white or blue cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt


1 Heat the oven to 400°F. Spray the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan or 9-inch round cake pan with the cooking spray.

2 In a 1-quart saucepan, heat the butter over low heat until melted.

3 In a large bowl, beat the melted butter, milk and egg with a fork or wire whisk until well mixed. Add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt all at once; stir just until the flour is moistened (batter will be lumpy). Pour batter into the pan; use a rubber spatula to scrape batter from bowl. Spread batter evenly in pan and smooth top of batter.

4 Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Sooooo yummy. If you try it I want to know!

9 Fall 2015 Must Haves

2015 Fall Must Haves 2

Germanee Gerald, the creator of The Prada-G, blog is an assistant merchandiser at Old Navy and a stylist in the San Francisco Bay area. Joelle Purifoy, the creator of The Colors of Joelle blog, is a Master’s of Fashion Design candidate at SCAD and a merchandising intern at SPANX, Inc. in Atlanta. Brittany Curry, is a full time coordinator and model at a local boutique in Washington, DC.

All three of these fashionista’s target Millennials, whether in the workforce or in the hallowed halls of higher education. They all share their own distinct personal style, paired with current trends to inspire other women.

Get inspired, and learn how to rock their nine fashion must-haves by visiting these three brown beauties’ blogs:

Germanee Gerald:
Joelle Purifoy:
Brittany Curry:


Fall Cute Boot Alert

It’s Fall, it’s time to throw on a pair of leggings and pair them with cute boots all day, all night, every weekend, go to the movies, go to dinner, put on a blazer and go to work and so on. Here’s my quick and easy round-up that won’t break the bank from some brands I totally love. And remember, when you buy quality (not brands that construct their products with rubber soles) they last and can be resoled season after season.


I love the fringe of the Arctic Burnished Boot in Camel. They come in other colors too but there’s just something about the camel colored suede and fall leaves turning colors that does it for me. Yes!



These Jeopardy Mesh Booties are on the money. You can’t wear them in the cold but they are sure on and poppin’ for the in between weather.



The cut outs on the Acomplise booties are cute. I love the mauvish purple color too!



I can always count on Jessica Simpson for affordability. I love this shoe boot. It slides on and has an elastic enclosure for a comfortable fit. Gorge!


This Girl Is Anointed Tee – Grab One!


I love a tee. I’m partial to vintage tees but this one fits the bill. It’s VERY popular right now and the orders are coming from EVERYWHERE. It seems that all the ANOINTED entrepreneurs want one. It says “This Girl Is Anointed For Kingdom Business.” It’s comes in a soft v-neck and a crew neck too. Both have a slight curve and are made to fit a woman. They are very true to size and you can snag one before they run out!


Misty Copeland and Olu Evans Engaged!


Ballerina Misty Copeland opened up about awhile ago about her lawyer boyfriend (now fiance) Olu Evans:

It took me finding a person that respected me, that allowed me to still fulfill what i wanted in my career. That was most important to me. I always said, ‘no man is coming in and taking me away from ballet.’ And that was so important to me that the person I ended up with was going to support me in every way, because my career is so important to me.”

“And I knew immediately when he wasn’t afraid of hearing or seeing me so damaged – and that he wanted to help because he cared about me as a person.”

Herb Growing For Beginners


Shhhh! I have a secret to tell you. Come closer because I don’t want this to get out. I have always wanted to grow an herb garden. I know, I know. What does a pastry chef need with an herb garden? Well, we can’t live on sweets alone you know.

I won my first herb plant in a health challenge at work earlier this month and it’s still alive!!! I am by no means a successful plant grower yet but I’m off to a good start. My basil plant is still looking good. I’m so excited and can’t wait to cook with it! That led me to researching how to grow herbs for beginners. So here we go…


First thing you need are good supplies. A more robust pot for growing will take you a long way and can be used over again. You want to look for quality pots that will hold your plants. You want to make sure they have room to grow and don’t get cramped. Secondly, you need labels for your herbs. The labels can be a simple as using colored popsicle sticks or you can get more fancy and use different shapes.


Thirdly, you need good potting soil. A plant can’t grow without good nutrients so don’t get cheap on the soil or you might as well continue to buy the herbs at your local grocery store or market. Fourthly, you need a watering can. Lastly and the most important, are the herbs you are going to grow. Herbs that tend to grow fast are chives, dill and coriander. There are others but these are a few of the more common ones. You will need to pay extra attention when growing these herbs. Herbs that tend to grow slower are oregano, parsley, rosemary, fennel & thyme. Again there are others but these are a few of the more common ones. These require a little more patience and be sure they have plenty of room to grow.


You want to be sure to give your herbs plenty of sunlight but keep them out of high temperatures. The sun can actually burn them. They need about an inch of water a week so be careful not to flood them out. As you start your own kitchen herb garden, don’t be afraid to consult the experts as you are shopping for your supplies. Share with us your herb garden pictures. We would love to see your progress. Now if they only had a plant for beignets!



Chef Chantea Williams

Coffee Filter Life Hack

When you’re out of coffee filters and you’re craving COFFEE a life hack needs to take place.

We’ve heard of people using toilet tissue but that’s just gross. This is so much better.

Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer



I am a SUCKER for pretty packaging. I would buy this polish just for the bottle. So, adorable. Shades pictured are “Plastic Beach” (top) and “Fauntleroy” (bottom). I’m sure you remember Hard Candy polish from back in the day. This is the same creator. Here’s what it says:

Smith & Cult was created by beauty veteran Dineh Mohajer, the voice of our beauty junkie, who revolutionized the color cosmetics industry when she launched Hard Candy. Several years and creative collaborations later, Mohajer is bringing about the next evolution of beauty with Smith & Cult.Smith and Cult’s Nailed Lacquer consistently delivers both flawlessly smooth coverage and brilliant shine. While custom tailored to provide high performance, the exclusive 5-Free formula is formulated without Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.


The Ultimate Summer Cobblers


Who can resist a cobbler? Even those of us who are watching our figures will say, “just a little won’t hurt!” A cobbler can be a  fruit or savory filling dish covered by a batter, biscuit or pie like crust before baking. It is one of the easiest desserts to make and they are perfect for potluck gatherings. I like to make homemade crusts but you can use ready made pie crust from the store and roll it out to fit your dish size. If you want to jazz it up a bit for a small gathering, try putting them in single serving dishes and your guests will be delighted even more.


One of my favorite cobbler dishes is the strawberry cream cheese. I made a batch a couple of years ago for my coworkers and it was a big hit. It was so pretty and tasty! I don’t know what was better the strawberries or chunks of cream cheese. Don’t be afraid to get away from the traditional peach cobbler. Try some different fruit combinations. You will be pleasantly pleased. I promise! The strawberry cream cheese recipe below is from



  • 1 stick(s) butter
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup(s) milk
  • 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup(s) sugar
  • 2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
  • 2 quart(s) strawberries capped and washed
  • 4 ounce(s) cream cheese cut in small pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and pour into 9×13 glass baking dish. In a small bowl, mix together the egg, milk, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Pour directly over the butter in the baking dish, but do not stir.
  2. Add the strawberries, arranging in a single layer as much as possible. Sprinkle cream cheese pieces over strawberries. Place in preheated oven and bake 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown and edges are bubbling. (Crust rises up and around the fruit, but fruit will still peek out of top.)


Chef Chantea Williams

Those Elusive MOR Candles

Years ago someone sent me a MOR candle. She had a shop with a lot of pretty things and she was liquidating. I purchased a candle directly from her inventory and when I received it in the mail it was broken. However, the candles smelled so delicious that I remember sitting the broken candle and glass pieces on the counter just so the gorgeous fragrance could waft through my home. Today I woke up needing candles really badly. The woman I normally purchased candles from was Yum Yum Candles and she lived in New Jersey, however, she closed her shop.

So I went searching for these MOR candles only to find them just about SOLD OUT everywhere in the United States. MOR is an Australian company, however, I did grab a few candles on clearance from various outlets. Trust me, they were not cheap, but I simply adored their fragrances and the packaging is sooooo pretty. I didn’t know which to choose. Blood Orange enticed me at first, but after an exhaustive search I couldn’t find that scent anywhere, so I opted for Lychee Flower, Indian Pomelo and the Hibiscus Bloom. I can’t wait for them to get here. It’s insane what you have to do for a candle nowadays.

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