Thursday, January 31, 2013

How to Fold T-Shirts and Increase Your Drawer Space!!!

Special thanks to Alejandra of Home Organized for sharing her video  "How to Fold T-shirts" on youtube. Although, I didn't have the t-shirt folding tool she used, I was still able to fold my husband's t-shirts in the same manner! I was also able to combined two drawers of t-shirts into one leaving him with extra drawer space. As you can see, my husband's t-shirts are much neater and easier to choose from!!!

UPDATE: If you would like for me to do a video showing you my folding method without the tool, leave a comment and I''ll get on it!!!

Friday, January 25, 2013

65 Cent Deal at Publix

Today I bought all of this from Publix and I only paid $2.44!!! Now you can too!!!
The coupons below will allow you to purchase four containers of Welch's juice and two boxes of South Beach Bars for under a dollar!!!

                        Here's How..                                             

I was able to purchase six 64 oz containers of juice because I already had two Welch's coupons prior to this special. The following items are currently on sale at Publix now through January 31, 2013. The links below will allow you to purchase four containers of Welch's juice and two boxes of South Beach Bars for under a dollar!!!

Welch’s Essentials Juice Cocktail Blend
Or Light Concord Grape or White Grape Juice Beverage, Selected Varieties, 64-oz bot.
SAVE UP TO $3.19
South Beach Diet Cereal Bars
South Beach Diet Cereal Bars
Or Good to Go Bars, Assorted Varieties, 6.15-oz box
SAVE UP TO $2.99

1). $3.00/1 – South Beach Diet Snack Bars, Meal Bars, Sweet Delights, Ready Meals or Snack Smoothie, 4 pks – (
2). $0.75/1 – Welch’s Light Grape Juice Beverage – (
3). $0.75/1 – Welch’s Light Juice Beverage, 64 oz – (


The Hidden Benefits of Home Project Binders

In this webisode of Elite Living, I show you my home project binder and how it has helped me to plan, shop and buy for my dream home. Please be sure to watch and enter to win your very own Home Project Binder!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Publix Freebie Deal

Today I Bought All of These Items & I Only Paid $3.69 for Everything! I saved $19.05!!!
1)    Ocean Spray 100% Grapefruit Juice:  Buy 2 Bottles of Ocean Spray 100% Grapefruit Juice &  get a 5lb bag of Ocean Spray Grapefruit for FREE!!!
Ocean Spray 100% Grapefruit Juice BOGO $2.99
Use two $2 coupons off the purchase of one 54oz or larger 100% Grapefruit Juice
Use Publix Coupon  (Found in Weekly Ad) to get FREE Fresh Red Grapefruit 5 lb when you buy 2 Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice or Grapefruit Juice Drinks 64 oz …
PUBLIX had to apply $1 toward the remainder of my grocery bill!!!!
2)    Frusion Smoothies:  Get Two 4Pk Containers of for Only $2.00.
Frusion Smoothies are currently on sale 2 for $4.00 at Publix. Used two $1.00 off coupons. My final price was $2 for both packages.

3)    Keebler Town House Crackers on sale BOGO at $ 3.69. I used two 70 cent off coupons I earned from my Family Rewards account through  My final price was 2.29 for both boxes.
See Below For Links to Coupons
Frusion Smoothie

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Slap Yo Momma Stuffed Peppers

Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian and my recipes have not been certified by a nutritionist. My recipes are not totally carb-free. However, I am blessed to report we have begun to lose weight since we've reduced our carb intake. I'm not trying to diet as much as I am trying to change the way I eat. My hubby and I are low carbing it by removing a carb at each meal. For example, no toast at breakfast and no rice or potatos at dinner. Whenever we do eat them (carbs), they are low in portion amounts. Once again, along with exercise, this is working for us. It might not work for you. So you decide what's best.

I must say, these stuffed peppers are low in carbs and are slap yo momma good!

4 Bell Peppers (washed with tops and seeds removed)
1 lb Jimmy Dean Maple Sausage
1cup (divided into two equal parts) Shredded Cheese (we used velveeta queso blanco)
1/4 tsp Chili powder
1/4 cup Bacon Bits
1/4 cup Fried Onions (optional)
1/3 cup Sun dried tomato

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
On medium heat, crumble and cook sausage until done. In a separate bowl combine chili powder, 1/2 cup cheese, bacon bits, parsley and sun dried tomato. Mix well.
Spoon mixture in pepper halves.
Top with fried onions and remaining cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes and Serve!
My goal is to get my cheese a little more bubbly the next time I make these;)

Spinach & Asiago Sausage with Bello Grits

My husband decided to do something a little different with our grits one morning while cooking breakfast. It's become the only way we eat them now! His original recipe called for tomato instead of bell pepper but I wanted to do something a little different. I decided to call these "Bello" grits because of the bell pepper and onion topping:)

Spinach & Asiago Chicken Sausage
Onion (chopped)
Bell pepper (chopped)

Prepare sausage as directed on package. Prepare grits as directed.
Add olive oil to skillet on low to medium heat. Add bouillon, bell peppers and onion. Saute for approximately 6 to 10 minutes. While cooking the veggies, flip them with a wooden spoon often to evenly heat them until softened. Then top onto grits.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Beef Stew

I made this Beef Stew for Sunday dinner. I was surprised at the number of requests for the recipe after I posted a pic on Facebook. I found myself having a "uh-oh" moment because I didn't measure a single ingredient. This warm and tasty crock pot meal was made based on love and not measurements. So here is what I can do, I am posting the ingredients and cooking method I used. I suggest you measure the ingredients based on your tastes and amount of servings needed. The full effect of the flavor is in the gravy made from the stock.

Prep Time for this meal is about 30 minutes.
Beef Stew Meat
Red Potatoes (in medium sized cubes)
Carrots (chopped)
Large Onion
Chicken Bouillon Cubes (Yes I said Chicken)
Meat Tenderizer
Black Pepper
Worcestershire Sauce
Dale Seasoning Sauce

Turn crock pot on to low or high heat (Consider how long it will be before you serve dinner when deciding)Wash meat and add to crock pot filled with two thirds water. Although, some people choose not to, I prefer to change water before adding the other ingredients. I do this by boiling the stew meat for about thirty minutes to allow the fat to surface in the water. Then I carefully pour out the water and refill the crock pot three quarters full with hot water (again the water needed is based on your serving amount).

Add bouillon cubes, meat tenderizer, black pepper, potatoes, carrots and onion. Cook until meat and veggies are tender.

Pour stock from meat and veggies into a sauce pan on medium heat. Season to taste with Worcestershire and Dale seasoning sauce. In a separate bowl and with a fork, mix one cup water and 1/2 cup flour. Blend until consistency is smooth (you don't want flour clumps in your gravy). Slowly add flour mixture into sauce pan. Remember to continue to stir as you add flour mixture. Cook gravy on low heat until thickened. Slowly pour gravy back into crock pot and slow cook for additional five minutes. Your measurements for the ingredients may be more of less so experiment and let me know how it turns out. The response to this recipe has become a solid reminder me to always measure for the readers of my blog!

You can serve this on a bed of rice, with cornbread or as a hearty soup with crackers. See below for a coupon on one of the ingredients. Enjoy!!!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

How to Make Cheesecake Cookies With Roasted Pecans!!!

I discovered this recipe on Pinterest and I received rave reviews from my family and church. These cookies are simple to make and have an addicting flavor that your loved ones will be sure to love. The first time I made them I accidently used self rising flour instead of the all purpose flour as listed in the recipe. This time I made them with all purpose flour. I realized that the cookies taste the same but puff differently while baking. I am posting pics of both options. You decided which one you like best. Now for the recipe...

Ingredients Needed
3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
3 Oz Cream Cheese
2/3 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
2 Cups All Purpose or Self-Rising Flour
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans (Roasted for about five minutes in oven)
Graham Cracker Crumbs

Preheat heat oven to 375 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and sugar. Mix in Vanilla extract.
 Stir in flour until well combined.
Add Pecans
Scoop dough and form one inch balls.
Roll in Graham Cracker Crumbs.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are golden and tops are slightly puffed. 
                          Baked with Self Rising Flour
Baked with All Purpose Flour
If you decide to try this recipe, let me know how it turns out!

Friday, January 4, 2013

When A Dream Finally Becomes A Reality

I am no stranger to the Dreamers in Doers network. As a matter of fact, it was because of the Dreamers Network that I was able to attend a luncheon with my fellow Dreamers in New York back in 2010. I was also blessed with the life changing opportunity to recite one of my poems at the charity luncheon for the ladies of Safe Horizon Shelter. I came back from New York motivated more than ever to pursue my goals and dreams.
Then on Feb 5, 2011, my little sister Lastohia died suddenly leaving behind a husband and two little ones. My world crashed. Her cause of death is still unknown.
For the past two years, I have been struggling to get back on track. I poured myself into charity work. I figured if I could help someone else who was in pain, I could forget my own. So, my husband and I started a job training program for low income women. It was during this program that I saw first hand the need to not only provide job training but also to teach young women how to be positive productive women in the community. They didn't know how to make a house a home, parent or prepare healthy meals. They struggled with self esteem, trust and forgiveness. We were given one year to work with 27 young women in the community and it proved to be a wonderful success.
This job training program inspired me to continue my services through my blogs and online webisodes. In a world where reality TV has totally tarnished what it truly means to be a woman, wife, mom and family I have decided to dedicate my career to restablishing the standard and principles of life through my business Elite Living.
My mission is to provide others with the tools they need to achieve Elite Living even while on a tight budget. Subscribers can visit my blog and online webisodes of Elite Living to gain access to the resources they need to grow in the areas of:
  • Home and Health
  • Education and Career Goals
  • Parenting
  • Marriage
  • Healthy Friendships
  • Social Skills
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