5 Stylish Houseplants that are easy to Maintain

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Lunches You Can Meal Prep Any Day

Lunches You Can Meal Prep Any Day

Have you ever meal prepped? Now, this everything is back to normal and I’m traveling I started back my meal prep. This works perfectly for my same-day turnaround trips. This is not only convenient, but it helps me easily make sensible eating choices when I’m on the go.

So today I’m sharing a few of my go-to, almost no-cook recipes for my bento box.

Meal Prep Containers

First off, I am not a huge veggie person so I try to make sure my meals are as balanced as possible. I like to have a hearty protein, some carbs unless I’m detoxing, and some form of vegetables.

Disclaimer: I tend to generally follow a low carbohydrate diet; I have found over the years that’s what works best for me.

1. Ham & Cheese Wraps.

Paired with a vegetable and fruit.

2. PB & J Sandwich

Paired with vegetables and fruit.

Chicken Thighs (Skinless) and Rice.

Paired with your favorite vegetables.

4. Chicken Quesadilla with Low Carb Tortilla.

Paired with vegetables and fruit.

5. Tuna over Lettuce or on Wrap.

Paired with vegetable and fruit of choice

 

I usually prepare 2-3 days at a time. It works better for me; especially since I usually have a full home office day once a week and it gives me time to prepare meals for the next few days.

I hope this gives you some inspiration to start meal prepping if you desire. Whether it’s for weight loss or sheer convenience it is definitely a time saver.

 

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Top 5 Cleaning Products

Top 5 Cleaning Products

Hey y’all, I hope everyone is doing well. Have you ever got a product and were so pleased with the results. Nowadays, it’s unfortunate, but many products never hold up to their claims. Today I’m sharing…

My Top 5 Cleaning Products

Before we get into these products, let me first disclose that these are not clean/organic products. Also, I always recommend wearing protective gloves and testing an inconspicuous spot when using any new cleaner.

First up is Trivona Granite Sealer & Protectant.  Just when I was at the point of a mental breakdown due to the new countertop material, I found this product, and it is amazing. We use it daily on our quartzite to keep it sealed and protected. Quartzite is natural and is such a porous material it absorbs anything.

Dawn Powerwash has so many uses at my home. From dishwashing to baseboards to outside on the grills. This is a power-packed cleaner and is not as harsh as some heavy-duty cleaners tend to be. I love that they have refills available, which helps with the cost savings. We have one at each sink area and outside by the grills at all times.

Krud Kutter Cleaner and Degreaser. I have been using this product going on 6 years. This is a game changer if you have dogs that drool onto your walls and baseboards.  This is available in a few forms ranging from concentrated to outdoor usage.

Long’s Toilet Ring Remover. I have been using this since I got married, so going on 20 years. I learned about this product from my mother-in-law. When I say a miracle in a bottle. This stuff does not disappoint and does not take a lot of arm work either. The key is to make sure you lower the water below the ring you are trying to remove and make sure you use the special applicator brush. I recommend using this product in moderation. I am not sure what or how it works, but it does.  I always buy in bulk when I’m back home, and now I can order off Amazon. This is a must-try product!!!

Last but certainly not least, there is Pledge Restoring Wood Oil. I found this a few months ago, thanks to my husband. He was polishing his wainscotting and said you really should try this…of course, I didn’t at first. I later tested it out and soon ordered my own supply. I use this on all the woodwork in our home, along with our furniture. It not only gives it an amazing shine, but it helps repel dust. This is super helpful because it cuts down my dusting time.

I use these products at least once a week.

I also share below some additional go-to products I keep stocked at home.

If I could only choose one of my top 5, it would definitely be the Long’s Toilet Ring Remover. I hate cleaning toilets, and this stuff makes it a breeze. Be sure to let me know if you use any of these products or decide to try one. Be Well. Omniley

 

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Best Deals from Nordstrom and Prime Day

Best Deals from Nordstrom and Prime Day

Best Nordstrom Anniversary & Amazon Prime Day 2022 Deals

Hey, y’all!  Sharing my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and Amazon Prime Day 2022 Top Picks with you guys. The best way to shop for these deals is to go ahead and add them to your cart immediately. Then it is extra easy to check out when it’s time to shop the sales. P.S. Some deals are live now so don’t miss the huge savings.

I am obsessed with the Barefoot Dream throw blankets from Nordstrom; who doesn’t love a good throw whether it’s hot or cold. These also make great gifts for almost any occasion stock up now at $97 you can’t pass this deal.

As far as the Amazon Prime Day deals there are so many to pick from; you can shop all my picks by visiting my storefront here.

Happy Shopping! Be sure to let me know what you scored in the comments-Omniley

 

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Red, White, and Blue Mini Trifles

Red, White, and Blue Mini Trifles

It’s been extra hot and humid in Louisiana lately, so we aren’t planning much for the 4th of July. I decided on an easy treat to keep us cool over the long weekend. My favorite…Red, White, and Blue Mini Trifles.

Who else can appreciate a dessert that looks like you spent hours on it, but in fact, it took less than 15 minutes plus the passive refrigeration time? Definitely one of my favorite kinds of recipes. I used store-bought angel food cake and the rest was simply preparing the pudding and slicing the fruit. 

This recipe would work for a large trifle bowl too; I opted to do mini individual trifles using jars with handles for easy enjoyment. Be Well-Omniley😘

Red, White, & Blue Mini Trifles
Yield: 6

Red, White, & Blue Mini Trifles

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Mini Berry Trifles with a big patriotic spirit! Perfect for July 4th, Labor Day, or Memorial Day. Easy red, white, and blue dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 3.4 oz pkg instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 cups milk
  • 12 oz angel food cake, cut into cubes
  • 8 oz whipped cream
  • 1 pkg blueberries, fresh
  • 1 pkg strawberries, sliced thinly
  • 6 glass jar 6-8oz

Instructions

  1. Make pudding according to package instructions.
  2. Add a layer of pudding in each cup. Add a layer of angel food cake cubes. Next a layer of strawberries, and repeat layers.
  3. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Then top with whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries.
  4. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 540mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 10g

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Creamy Corn Grits

Creamy Corn Grits

 

Yellow Corn Grits

Grits, a quintessentially Southern staple, made from stone-ground corn can become the backbone for so many dishes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grits, breakfast, yellow grits
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 266kcal
Author: Belle Omniley

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Grill 2 ears of corn on the cob. Remove grill kernels and set to the side.
  • Bring water, heavy cream, and chicken broth to a boil.
  • Add salt and chicken bouillon and stir well.
  • Slowly whisk in grits and cook on simmer for 8-10 minutes. Stirring frequently.
  • Add in white pepper, paprika, garlic powder and stir well.
  • Next add hot sauce and stir.
  • Add the grilled kernels of corn.
  • Remove from heat and add stick of butter; Cover to allow butter to melt. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 903mg | Potassium: 177mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 722IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg
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Hibiscus Sparkler Cocktail

Hibiscus Sparkler Cocktail

 

Hibiscus Sparkler Cocktail
Yield: 1

Hibiscus Sparkler Cocktail

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Sophisticated and intriguing, the Hibiscus Sparkler cocktail is a full-flavored drink featuring hibiscus tea, bay leaf infused simple syrup, and sweet vermouth.

Ingredients

TEA

Simple Syrup

  • 5 Bay Leaves
  • 1 C White Sugar

Cocktail

Instructions

  1. Tea-Add dried flowers and bay leaves to 5 cups of boiling water. Cover and let steep overnight or at least 8 hours.
  2. Bay leaf infused simple syrup-Add 1 cup of sugar to water on simmer. Toss in bay leaves and cook until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Cocktail.-Add ice, sweet vermouth, simple syrup, hibiscus tea, bitters, and limoncello to shaker. Shake 2-3 times.
  4. Pour in glass and garnish with luxardo cherries, hydrated hibiscus flower, and bay leaves. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1033Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 59mgCarbohydrates: 234gFiber: 1gSugar: 227gProtein: 0g

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Juneteenth’s History of Food and Tradition

Juneteenth’s History of Food and Tradition

Historically, Juneteenth marks the day enslaved Africans in Texas were finally freed from slavery. It may sometimes be painful, but history serves only to educate us about the racism and inequality that Black people still face today.

Red foods and beverages are staples of the commemorative day in June. In many West African cultures, red represents strength, spirituality, and life and death. RED is also a symbol of perseverance. In the latter half of the 1800s, following the Civil War, Black Americans occasionally used a South American dye called “cochineal” to color foods red.

BARBEQUE

Barbeque always brings a crowd together. Whether its ribs, chicken, pork, or brisket it’s always a crowd pleaser.

RED VELVET CAKE

GREENS

TEA CAKES

Tea cakes are not your typical cookies. While they visually look like sugar cookies; one bite and you are immediately surprised. The unique spices are enchanting. Back during slavery, the taste of one of these cakes was like a small slice of heaven.

In my hometown of Jonesville, Louisiana, they go all out for the Juneteenth Festival of Events. This has been a tradition for as long as I can remember. You will be sure to find all types of foods and events going on including a Juneteenth Parade. While we continue to move ahead; it is imperative that we remember our past. Happy Juneteenth. Omniley.

 

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is just around the corner! It’s June 19th in case you needed the reminder. I normally wait last minute to choose a gift for my husband because he is so hard to buy for…I mean what do you get the man that has it all. Please see my list of the Best Father’s Day Gifts for Dad 2022.

Outdoor Pizza Oven

Foot Massager

Lounge Suit

The Perfect Toolbox

Movado Watch

Wi-fi Meat Thermometer

Bull Griddle Insert

Arizona Slides

Lounge Shorts

 

 

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