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.
Greetings, I hope this post finds you in good spirits. I’m sharing my Juneteenth tablescape this year and I incorporated my favorite color “blue”.
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday. (Nix, What is Juneteenth? 2015)
I opted to make myrunnerthe focal point of this tablescape by using a kente runner. This runner represents the colors that symbolize Juneteenth.
COLORS OF JUNETEENTH
RED. Represents the millions of women and men that lost their lives
BLACK. Represents melanin, the soil of the Nile valley, and the unification of the African diaspora. “Black compels us to remember that we Black men and women are all unified as members of one family,” says the Pan-African Alliance.
GREEN. Stands for fertility, productivity, prosperity, and the fertile cradle of Africa.
BLUE. This color is in the original flag and showcases that African Americans were always American even throughout enslavement.
HOW TO COMMEMORATE JUNETEENTH
Charity. Donate to a black organization or a mutual aid fund. Learn more here.
Looking for a conversation starter and crowd pleaser? Prosecco Popsicles
We have finally opened our pool and I am trying to enjoy it every weekend. I decided to have a tasty cocktail on hand while floating in the pool. I ended up getting a floating tray, so everyone in the pool could have access to their cocktail at all times without leaving the pool.
One of our favorite thing to do is grilling. I usually have to wait for my husband to start the grill, but not anymore. We finally got a gas grill, and starting it is just like using a stove. I’m looking forward to doing a lot of grilling this summer.
MEXICAN STREET CORN (ELOTE)
Today I’m sharing my spin on Mexican street corn (ELOTE). The first time I had elote was in New York a few years ago, and it was amazing.
WHAT IS ELOTE?
In Mexico, corn on the cob is popular street food. Traditionally it is topped with mayo, lime, cotija cheese, chile powder, and cilantro and is typically eaten on a stick.
I love pairing this corn with any meal. It would be a hit for Memorial Day or the 4th of July. I think the key to this recipe is to cook the corn properly.
I make sure the grill is properly heated so my corn cooks evenly and gets the grill marks.
I like to top the corn as soon as it comes off the grill. This allows the mayo and cheese mixture to get all gooey and yummy.
I mix equals cotija and parmesan cheese for the cheese mixture. I love the nutty flavor the parmesan cheese adds to the bite. I think this corn would be perfect to pair with grilled burgers, hot dogs, or even a delicious steak.
EASY MEXICAN STREET CORN-ELOTE
Looking for an easy treat when you are grilling. This corn is a perfect treat to eat whether relaxing by the pool or to serve along with any dinner. This is traditionally topped with cotija cheese. I added parmesan for an extra nutty flavor.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
4 ears of corn, husked
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/3 c mayo
1 tsp lime juice
1/4 c cotija cheese, crumbled
1/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated
2 tsp chili powder
1/4 c cilantro, chopped
Heat grill to 400 degrees
Mix mayo and lime together and set aside
Coat corn in vegetable oil
Place corn on grill and cook on each side for 2 minutes
Remove corn from grill and brush with mayo mixture immediately
Sprinkle generously with cheese
Top with chili powder and cilantro (optional)
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Greetings, I hope this post finds you well. Thinking of treating mom to something different this year. How about hosting a generational afternoon tea party. I remember hosting a generational tea party about five years ago and it was unforgettable. The hardest part of the planning was locating the perfect teacup set. A generational tea party is perfect for moms of all ages.
I love mixing the old with the new; it not only speaks to my grand millennial style, but it is also sustainable. I was able to thrift my teacup and saucer set from an estate sale along with my floral teapot.
What do you need to host an afternoon generational tea party? Guest, tea sandwiches, scones, desserts, and of course tea. Traditional afternoon tea is normally served between lunch and dinner and is accompanied by light treats. I sharing all the hosting tips and tricks below on how to make a generational afternoon tea party a hit.
Earl Grey tea is probably the most famous black tea blend in the world. It has a citrusy, sweet flavor thanks to the bergamot oil. Earl grey tea pairs best with afternoon tea sweets.
I opted to serve chicken salad sandwiches, egg salad rolls, and cucumber dill sandwiches. The chicken and egg salad sandwiches can be prepared a day ahead. I don’t recommend doing the cucumber sandwiches until the day of your event. You can however slice the cucumbers ahead of time and place them in a Ziploc bag.
Here’s the perfect time to showcase your baking skills. If you have that perfect scones recipe it’s time to share it with your friends. No worries if you don’t bake or if you are short on time. Check with your local bakery or fresh market they usually have fresh scones daily.
Don’t wear yourself out when it comes to preparing your dessert. I was able to get macaroons and 2 bite brownies from our local Oak Point Market.
The last afternoon tea party I held was a few years ago. I don’t think we follow all the hard fast rules of a proper tea party, so I did find a guide that details the do’s and don’t of a tea party for reference.
Hosting Tip: If you are hosting a tea party at your house, you can use anything from a simple teapot or kettle to something culturally traditional, like a cast iron pot to brew tea. Cast iron teapots can improve the taste of tea, especially if they have been passed down from previous generations.
If you are still stuck on what to do for Mother’s Day or would like to hold your own afternoon tea party I hope you bookmark this reading and save it for later. Omniley
It’s almost that special day to celebrate your favorite mom. As a foodie and entertainer, I love getting items I can use and spread more love. I have rounded up some of the best Mother’s Day presents I have on my wishlist list.
I’ve had this massager in my Amazon cart for over four months now. If I don’t receive this for Mother’s Day from either my husband or son I plan on going on a cooking strike for a week.
I love a gift that benefits the whole family. We have been thinking about getting a stone oven for the patio to do pizzas. I think this would be perfect for us.
I was browsing Amazon last week and saw this heated mug and I thought how clever. This would be perfect for tea or coffee. What mom on your list do you think needs this?
Be sure to celebrate that special mom in your life daily and not just Mother’s Day! Omniley
What are your favorite Easter memories? Believe it or not, for me it was getting an Easter dress to wear to church when I was young. I believe this went on until I was at least 13, for that reason I always wanted to have a girl so I could play dress-up.
Fast forward to today my joy for Easter has not only shifted to understanding the meaning of Easter but also my love for Easter eggs has grown. I recently took a deeper dive To find out what Easter eggs symbolize. According to history.com “The egg, an ancient symbol of new life, has been associated with pagan festivals celebrating spring. From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. Decorating eggs for Easter is a tradition that dates back to at least the 13th century, according to some sources. One explanation for this custom is that eggs were formerly a forbidden food during the Lenten season, so people would paint and decorate them to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting, then eat them on Easter as a celebration.” (Source: History.com) Nowadays there are so many creative ways to decorate Easter eggs it is amazing. One of my favorites is the chinoiserie print.
This year I tried Easy DIY Candy Shine Easter Eggs. I recommend dying the eggs a few days in advance and adding the gloss over drinks with family or it can be done with the kiddos too. The Candy Shine Easter Eggs were super easy and I love the beautiful shine effect as they were displayed on my dining table. We plan on starting an annual Egg hunt with Chubbs this year. We did this with our late Bane and he found all the eggs every time. Are you looking for a sustainable way to use all your leftover eggs? Check on my blog on Deviled Eggs another yummy treat. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all. Nothing like celebrating the ones you love 365 days a year and doing it in color on Valentine’s Day. I’m sharing with you a few easy ways to show a little extra love on Valentine’s Day.
While my husband and I aren’t huge fans of Valentine’s Day I still have at least one nook in our home decorated for Valentine’s Day. This year it ended up being my buffet table.
This year I opted to get my husband and son special Valentine cards from Hallmark’s Mahogany Collection. They always have the perfect cards for any occasion. I also baked them a sweet treat and these came with heart sprinkles.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Valentine’s Day. Here’s to showing you family love 365 days a year. Be Well-Omniley
Greetings. I hope this post finds you well. A good friend once told me” a second on the lips and a lifetime on the hips”. I definitely find this true for traditional king cake for myself! I usually make a keto version, but this year has already been in full swing for me. I love that my local Oak Point offers all its flavors in a petite version and they bake them in-house daily. I’m not sure if the ship yet, but I have listed below some local bakeries that definitely ship.
Greetings and Happy Holidays! This year we went with a Grand Fir in our family room, and it did not disappoint. Initially, I had second thoughts when I started decorating it, and my ornaments ended up being too heavy for the branches. I quickly realized the beauty was in the tree itself. We then embedded the decorations closer to the tree trunk, and it turned out perfectly.