Thursday, October 17, 2013

Put Your Time In

Just had a flashback down memory lane while in discussion in class this morning.  We use to sing a song in church that only had two lines:  Put your time in, pay day coming after while.  My Grandmother use to love saying, "Put your time in baby cause pay day coming after while" when I would tell her of a project I was working on.  It didn't matter if it was for school or Girl Scouts.

When I first started writing this book I'm currently working on, I was so excited.  I worked on it day and night.  Then a curve came into play.  I realized I was writing two books at once and had to start the game plan all over (3 times).  It's taking longer than expected to get this project out, but I inherited a "Don't Give Up" spirit when I was a child and I operate in it a lot these days.  My goal is to have the first book completed and published by the beginning of 2014, and the second to follow shortly after that.

I just wanted to drop a line of encouragement this morning that no matter how tough it is, no matter how frustrating, no matter how long it seems to reach your goal, continue putting your time in.  Your project will be completed as you continue to do so.  Before you know it it's pay day.

So put that time in and get those projects done.  Pay day is coming after while.

Much love,

Is there a project you're currently working on you would like to share with us?  Leave us a comment so we can encourage you.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Growing Up In The 70s

I was one of the fortunate beings growing up in the 70s.  It was a fun time to grow up in.  There were some bad times, but the good out weighed them all.  Here is a list of things I found on Google that we experienced during that time.

Photo courtesy of Google Images

Some of the other things I remembered experiencing were:
  • Colored beads hanging in the doorways
  • Big Afros
  • Dashikis 
  • The TV went off at 12 midnight
  • You only had 3 stations to look at.  No remotes to the TV, only dials (the children were the remotes).  Rabbit ears on the TV (sometimes you put aluminum foil on the tips of the rabbit ears to pick up signals
  • Lava lamps you stared at for hours
  • Doughnut trucks coming to your neighborhood on Saturday mornings
  • Ice cream trucks every evening when school was out
  • Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, And Jimmy Carter were Presidents
  • Mealtime with the family at the table was huge
  • Splash parties where the kids played in the water shooting from the fire hydrants
  • Sunday dinners at church after morning worship, or at a family members house on the regular
  • Oldie but goodies playing on the hi-fi and we would pretend we were the groups singing (wearing some of Grandma's and Granddaddy's old clothes for costumes)
  • Soul Train with Don Cornelius and American Band Stand with Dick Clark
  • The famous Super Heroes were:  Superman, Wonder Woman, Almighty Isis, Evel Knievel, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Batman and Robin, Captain Marvel, etc....
My sisters and I growing up in the 70s.  Granny in the middle.

I'm sure there are way more other great things I can't seem to think of that was popular during that time.

Help a Granny out and post what great things you remember from that time in the comment section below.

Much love,

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Don't Give Up: You're Closer To Your Destiny Than You Realize

Until my oldest nephew moved to Texas, we would occasionally take road trips together.  The best part of the road trip was getting lost and finding our way to our destination.  Later, we would recount the reaction of the other person realizing we were lost and the process of getting to our destination.

Last week, I had a business lunch in Richmond with a new business friend, Dr. Traci Teasley.  She was willing to meet me half way, being we are 2hrs apart, but I wanted to continue on with my adventurous self and travel the whole distance alone.  Dr. Traci emailed directions to the Baker's Crust Restaurant, and the morning of the road trip, Granny was set.

Dr. Traci Teasley of Teasley & Associates in Richmond, VA

I made it to Richmond safely, but while there, I looked down briefly at the directions once again to see which exit I needed to take.  There were two that almost appeared the same.  As I looked up, I took what I thought was the right exit.  I knew it wasn't when I got to the third toll (the directions only mentioned one).  I asked the lady at full service toll which was the best way to get to my destination and she gave me directions from where I was.  I immediately called Dr. Traci to let her know I was in town but was attempting to get back on the right track.  At one point, I forgot a piece of the direction the lady at the toll gave me and called Dr. Traci back.  She attempted to assist me as well.  As it turned out, I was so much closer than I realized to my destination.  All I had to do was turn the corner at the end of the road.  I made it only losing 15min to my appointment time with Dr. Traci. 


The point is, there are so many times we are on our way to our destination (goals, dreams, aspirations) and we get a little distracted which causes us to get off track.  If we don't give up and continue to be adventurous as we usually would when traveling in unfamiliar territory (as becoming an Author for me), we will begin to see we are closer to our destination than we realize.  In the story above, I was only 15min. off course, but I made it.  In other areas of our lives, we are only off course just a little bit.  Don't Give Up!  You are so much closer than you realize.  Your destination is just around the corner.

Much love,

Is there a plan, dream, or goal, you're working on and became a little distracted?  Did the distraction take you off course?  Share with us below how you got back on course and made it to your destination/goal.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Granny's Secret Ingredient for Fantastic Eggs

Most of my life in the south has been centered around food.  Working around the house, food was set out to make sure we snack in between to keep our energy going.  Family and friends show up, food was always served to entertain them.  Singing rehearsals at our Grandparents house, food was always sitting around for us to snack on when we were hungry.  Anything happening at church, food was always served after service.  Is there any wonder why I post so many recipes of my favorite dishes on this blog? 

One question I'm asked all the time is, "Granny, what is your secret ingredient for your eggs?  They are the bomb!"  So I decided to share this secret ingredient I use in my fantastic eggs:

That's it in a nutshell. Just a splash of white wine mixed with anything else you use except milk (doesn't compliment each other well).  Any white wine you prefer to drink is good.  Granny never uses cooking wine.  Why would I when the greater stuff is in the house already?  I'm partial to my Robert Mondavi Private Selection.  I never stray from it and use it in a lot of my dishes.

Breakfast was really great Sunday.  No starches used this time.  I've trained myself to cut back on bread.

FYI:  Sunday is my "Be Greedy a Little Day". It's the day I allow myself to have a little more than usual.  Now you know the reason for the extra piece of veggie sausage on my plate.  Turns out, I was full before I got to it so I saved it for the next morning.

Much love,

Do you have a secret ingredient used in special dishes you're willing to shareWhat is the main compliment you receive when you use it?  Share with us in comments below.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

AHA Moment With My Meatless Chicken

**Disclaimer:  Random Post:  No story to go with this recipe, sorry Charlie
Granny never knew you could take this

and create this.

Instead of cooking with oil as the instructions call for, I used water and steamed on med-low for approx. 5 min.  Use the same ingredients you normally would for Chicken Salad.
The only difference is the texture.  The taste is the same.

Off to eat my bowl of Meatless Chicken Salad before going back to the Women CEO Summit.

Much love,

Is there a meatless product you use to do the same thing you would for regular meat?  Share with us below.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Cabbage and Kielbasa

One thing is for sure, my sisters and I always thought we were being rewarded when Nah Nah served us this dish when we were little.  Whenever we would sneak into the kitchen to see what she was cooking and saw the ingredients for this delightful meal, we were just as excited as if Christmas was the next day.  It is still one of our favorites to eat whenever we are together -- Cabbage and Kielbasa.

Me using Tofurky Kielbasa.  Regular Kielbasa is richer in color.

By the first sentence, you can tell we were stinkers for girls, huh.  Nah Nah used to say, "Raising my girls is like raising boys; rough and always hungry."
This recipe will include both Nah Nah's (beef) and my version (vegan). Two recipes in one post.  Lucky you!

Large head of cabbage
Large sliced onion
Crushed garlic (optional)
Salt and Pepper
Beef Kielbasa or Vegan Kielbasa by Tofurky 

Clean cabbage as usual.  Cut cabbage to fit in pot.  Add all ingredients into pot, except kielbasa.  Bring cabbage to boil.  Stir, reduce heat to medium-high.

If you desire boiled Kielbasa:
Cook cabbage for approx 10 min before adding kielbasa.  Continue cooking meal, stirring occasionally, until cabbage and sausage are to your liking.

If you desire Kielbasa sauteed or grilled:
Saute separate in pan with very little oil of your choice, or, grill to your liking.

Add ingredients together in large bowl, without liquid, from pot (this will cause the cabbage to be too wilted and reduce the great taste of the creation).  

Another great option is use the Kielbasa with Granny's Sauteed Cabbage which can be found here.

Serve with Granny's Corn Cake found here and you have yourself something wonderful.


Much love,

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Compilation of Childhood Snacks

Growing up in the '70s, the grownups seemed to be very concerned about children's bowel movements.  They believed most illnesses came from unhealthy colons.  Every Friday night, we had to get in line for some form of laxative to ensure we remained healthy.  The choices often used then were Castor oil, Cod Liver oil, Ex-Lax chocolate, Milk of Magnesia, or Feen-a-mint gum.  Of course there were more used then, these were the top five used in my household.

You always end up with this one person who was the odd ball in the fold, namely me, whose body just did not react to things as everyone else did.  So my family decided to give me all types of snack food to help me.  The one thing I hated so much were prunes.  I could not stand the smell of those things (even to this day I cringe and gag at the smell of them).  Weird story before giving you a tasty recipe, huh.  I know, but it was the only one that came to mind as I was writing this.

The snack I'm sharing with you today is a compilation of things I like.  In the 70s, we didn't do much with dried fruit except bake them into cakes.  This recipe makes it easier to carry the snack to work and store in my locker, or purse, until I'm ready for it.  I haven't come up with a name for this combination as of yet so I am requesting help from each of you to help me name this delightful treat.  Now on with the recipe Granny!!!

Unsalted Cashews
Dark and Golden Raisins
Dried Cranberries
Banana Chips

Just take a little of everything and mix in a bowl.  If you're not really big on sweets as I am, you can add more nuts to balance the flavor of the mixture. Around the holidays I tend to use mixed nuts because that's what everyone else prefers when I serve this treat.  Normally, I would use carob for chocolate but it is so
hard to find in my area now.

Hope you enjoyed Granny's weird post for the week.  Enjoy the snack and enjoy life with a happy colon.

Much love,

What were some of the things your parents/grandparents gave you for your colon health?  If you have a name to help Granny attach it to her snack, leave it below in comment section.  

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Sauteed Cabbage

** In honor of Mother's Day, I decided to do a post on an Auntie who was also a Mom for everyone that encamp around her.  Pictures of Auntie and her work will be in August's post.
Hello everyone!  Granny here!!
Nice to be back with you with another great recipe.  This one is a favorite dish we all love for Aunt Beverly to fix when we visit her in DC: the famous Cabbage Dish.  I call it Sauteed Cabbage.
The ingredients are diverse and very pleasant just like Aunt Beverly.  A woman of many talents and always pleasant.  She is very skilled in playing the piano, videography, historical documentation, and training people to find their singing part.  OH, did I mention she has been a Nurse for over 30 years as well as an Artist who grace us with her own designs of Birthday and Christmas cards each year.  In another post this summer when I post mini biographies on my family members, I will showcase some of Aunt Beverly's work.

Now to the recipe (Granny's version, of course):

Large head of cabbage
1 whole onion sliced (the size of onion depends on how much you like)
1-2 cloves of fresh garlic crushed (you may substitute with garlic salt if you wish)
Fresh carrots sliced (the quantity depends on how much you like)
Olive oil (or oil of choice)

Begin cutting cabbage open and cleansing to prepare it for cooking as you would any other time.  Set aside to drain.  Place sliced carrots in pan of olive oil cooking on med-low, covered (the amount of oil used is of
your preference when sauteing). Stir frequently to keep from burning.  Cook until soft.  You may brown them just a bit if you choose.  Once done, but into a bowl and set aside.

You may use the remainder of the oil used for the carrots or use another pan with fresh oil for cabbage.  Place cabbage in oil using the same med-low heat (cabbage cooks quicker than you realize).  Add onions and garlic (or garlic salt).  Cover cabbage.  Aunt Beverly just uses regular salt and black pepper for seasoning.  Stir frequently to keep from burning.  Cook to your liking (Granny likes her cabbage with a little crunch, Aunt Beverly cooks hers longer to get very soft).  Mix all ingredients together in large bowl and allow to sit covered for approx. 10 min to allow all flavors/seasonings to incorporate.

**Sometimes Granny mix in a pan of fried potatoes in the mixture

Serve with cornbread or bread of choice and enjoy!

Much love,

Do you have a memory of a recipe from an Auntie or other relative you loved them to fix when you visited as a child?  Comment Below. 

**Stay tuned for next week when Granny shares a combination of different childhood snacks into one tasty treat**

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Tasty Treat

One of my favorite snacks growing up was Dairy Queens Ice Cream.  It's still one of my favorites today.  But since I'm working out more, I've decided to do healthier snacks like smoothies.  My first remembrance of tasting one was in high school on one of my visits to the mall with my best friend Renay.  We use to go to Orange Julius as soon as we got there for one.

After working out yesterday, I made one and I believe it was the tastiest one yet.

 So glad I made enough for later.  It was delicious then too.

This smoothie was so helpful giving me what I needed to replenish myself after a good work out.

sliced peaches
almond milk (for sweetness instead of using sugar)  

Mix everything in blender and enjoy

Much love,

What do you use to replenish yourself after a great workout?  Leave comments below.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Pinto Bean Soup

Hello Everyone!  Granny here!!

I know it's been a while since hearing from me.  Granny has been a very busy bee lately.  I really appreciate you waiting for me. 

This week, I do believe a Granny outdid herself.  I made a pot of Pinto Bean Soup that was out of this world.  While creating this dish, I thought about the song my sister use to sing every time Mama would make a pot of beans, "Beans, beans are good for your heart.  Beans, beans will make you fart."

Most of my recipes consist of beans so I'm assuming that is the reason for me not experiencing the above dilemma.  Those beans sure help a Granny keep a flat belly. 

1 lb pinto beans
chopped onions
1 clove fresh garlic (crushed)
diced tomatoes
ground cumin
chili powder
diced red, yellow, and green peppers
2 pkg. Morning Star Grillers Recipe Crumbles (may use real meat if you so choose)
1/2 pkg 100%  whole grain elbow macaroni noodles

Prepare beans according to package.  Add onions, garlic, and other dry seasoning half way through beans cooking time.  45min - 60 min before beans are done, add remaining ingredients.  When soup is complete, allow to sit (in pot) for approx 20 min before eating to allow the ingredients to marinade together.

Very simple recipe for a very busy lifestyle.  You may use other ingredients to suit your taste if you so choose.  I prefer the Morning Star Grillers Recipe Crumbles over ground beef because it reduces the salt intake.  It is flavored enough for me where I don't have to add salt.

Top the soup with shredded cheese and sour cream and go to town eating -- ENJOY

Much love,

Any other ideas of what to add to the soup are welcome.  Share comments (or bean stories) below if you enjoyed the soup.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Queen Enhancement Event

Photo courtesy of Clarise Hicks
This passed weekend, I attended another great event hosted by Clarise Hicks of Creative Adventures Event Services.  The Queen Enhancement Event was created to enhance the women in the community and to build relationships of women owned businesses in the Central Virginia area.  To see an earlier post of the first event, click link:

The highlight of the event was the feature of a new R&B/Soul/Pop Artist, Tiffany Renee.  Tiffany Wowed the audience with her beautiful voice covering Alicia Keys' Superwoman.  You can listen to this beautiful  songbird by clicking link below:

There were many vendors at the event ( Forgive me for not mentioning names.  I failed to ask everyone's name so to be fair, I'm choosing to not mention anyone's):  

Service Production and Management Organization
Author & Workshop Facilitator
Independent Brand Partner for Nerium
Female Empowerment Educator
Life Coaching
Photographer for Photo Shoot
DJ provided us with wonderful music
Independent Jewelery Retailers
Independent Home Crafted Body Scrub Retailer

The event was successful informing women of different aspects of business and providing them with network connections to partner with other businesses.  Looking forward to the next event in May.

Much love,

Have you visited events in your area lately?  How successful were they?  Leave comments below.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Egg Salad Sandwich

Today for lunch, I was craving an Egg Salad Sandwich really bad.  One of my first memories of having one was with my Paternal Grandparents.  They had great pleasure fixing me something to eat.  Although I was the 2nd oldest Grandchild, I was also the smallest of everyone.

My Grandparents often encouraged me to eat more (although I ate more than some of the grown ups) because most country folks believed you weren't pretty unless you were fat.  At least that's what they used to tell me.  If only they were able to see when I hit 220lbs.  So glad I lost most of it. 

Now for the recipe:

2 eggs
Chopped onion(optional)                                          
Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Splash of lemon juice (optional)
White pepper (optional)

After boiling eggs, separate cooked yoke from eggs. Put into mixing bowl.  Mash egg yolks until fine in texture (or until yolk no longer looks whole, but crumbly).  Dice egg whites into small pieces.  Add into bowl.  Add remaining ingredients of choice.  Add and mix according to the texture that suits you (I prefer mine a little thick).

Put on bread of choice and enjoy.

Much love,

What fond memories do you have fixing a simple lunch with your Grandparents?  Share story with us in comment section below.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Corn Cake

Everyone knows Granny loves to cook.  One of my favorite things to cook is corn cake.  I come from a line of bread eaters so this is no surprise when my family sees this post.  On my mother's side of the family, everyone has their own version of what to do with cornbread.  On my father's side of the family, many of the children were not as crazy about cornbread, so Grandma made it into a cake using Martha White corn bread mix.  Henceforth, the "Corn Cake".  She said she figured this would work since most children loved cake.  Of course, Granny has her own version.  One of these days, I'll share some of my family's recipes.
Today's recipe I'm sharing isn't homemade although I add other ingredients.  It still taste the same whether done by scratch, or the box.  Since most people are familiar with Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix, that's the recipe I'll use for this week.

2 boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix
3 eggs                                                                
1/2 - 1/3 can of evaporated milk
1/4 c sugar
butter/margarine of choice
1-2 tsp flavorings of choice
glaze (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In large mixing bowl, mix all ingredients according to back of Jiffy corn muffin mix box (I use 3 eggs for cake-like consistency.  Feel free to continue using 1 egg for each box if you choose).  Mix ingredients.  Add sugar.  Mix.  Add flavoring of choice.
Melt butter/margarine in cast iron pan to coat bottom (you may also use another oil or pan of choice).  Pour batter into pan.  Cook for approx. 20-30min (or until done according to your oven).  Spread butter to melt on top or make a glaze to pour on top if you choose. 

*My favorite combination of flavorings of choice is vanilla and orange.  Sometimes I do vanilla and lemon, vanilla and banana, or vanilla and almond.  You may use just one flavor if you choose.

Much love,

What memories do you have of someone special creating a dish to include you in the family meal plan?  If you come up with your own version, let me know.  I would love to try it.  Leave comments below.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Spinach Salad

Tonight's dinner was delicious.  One of my favorite things for dinner is Spinach Salad.  I don't have to tell you of all the good properties that come with it.  Mamma or Grandma have probably already told you so I'll just skip to the recipe.
*Some of the ingredients listed may not be viewed in the picture due to me eating before snapping the shot.

Mix in large bowl:
fresh spinach
sliced tomatoes
sliced red onions      
sliced cucumbers
black olives

Drizzle with oil and vinegar or dressing of choice.  You may also add or delete other ingredients you would rather have.  This is just the way I like it.  YUMMY!!!

Here's another post I did telling the story of how salad sandwiches became an important childhood memory for my sisters and I

Hope you enjoy

Much love,

What did you have for dinner tonight?  Was it as simple as this?  Leave comments below.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Beef and Macaroni Bake with Pinto Beans

Hello everyone!  Granny here!!  No time no hear huh.  Just been busy with school reports and preparing for exams.  Tonight's dinner consisted of a dish I decided to explore with.  You know Granny loves her beans.  So here's the recipe:

ground beef ( I prefer ground chuck )
chopped onions
chopped peppers ( I prefer mixture of green, red, and orange )    
diced tomatoes
fresh chopped garlic
whole grain elbow macaroni
sliced mushrooms
seasoning of choice
extra sharp cheddar cheese

1) Brown meat until done, adding seasoning of choice 
2) Saute peppers, onions, mushrooms, and garlic until soft but not mushy - feel free to cook with meat.  I like them separate
3) Add mixture to cooked pinto beans and cooked macaroni noodles - follow instructions on packaging for beans and noodles.  Make sure noodles and beans are drained - I like to use a little of the bean juice
4) Add diced tomatoes
5) Layer mixture as if layering a lasagne with the cheese
6) Bake covered for 15-20 min.  Uncovered for 10 min or until top layer of cheese is melted
7) Let stand approx 10-15 min before serving

You can change the ingredients to suit yourself.  I had this dish with a spinach salad.  I'll post about this later.

Granny loves cooking!  She loves eating even more!!  What are you having for dinner?  Leave comments below.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Meet Granny at Natural Hair Expo

What:  Natural Hair Expo
Where:  Kemper Street Fleamarket
             1415 Kemper Street
             Lynchburg, VA 24504
Who:  Elegant Granny to be one of the motivational speakers and natural hair models
When:  January 19, 2013
             3p-6p (Eastern Time)
Contact:  434-851-9980

Would love to meet you there

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Who I Am


One of the goals for EG this year, is fine tuning how I service people I come in contact with.  For the last several weeks, people refer to me as the “Life Coach with no certification.”


Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought about becoming one.  I never knew what to call what I enjoy doing.  It’s something in my makeup.  I just can’t help it.  As I become involved in people’s lives assisting them with their goals, they comment how I appear to be more excited about them completing their goals than they are.  People trust me enough to assist them develop goals for their lives.  When I ask them why, the number one reason is, “You don’t have a give up spirit.”

It’s always nice when someone knows who you are.  It’s even better when you know who you are.  As a result, I have decided to embark on the evolution of Granny with obtaining certification as a Life Coach this year.

As always, I want to thank each of you for your patronage and helping me be all I can be, so in turn, I can help others be all they can be.  When I complete my certification, I will definitely let you know.  It’s because of you, I have a name for “who I am.”

Happy New Year.  Be safe, enjoy yourself, and evolve into the best you were meant to be.

Much love,

Do you know who you are in regards to the people you are connected to?  How has this impacted your life?  What are your plans for evolving into the best you were meant to be this year?  Leave comments below.

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