Busy Bee

Savvy Bridal

I have had a very eventful summer… with traveling nearly twice a month, work and oh starting a business… things have been a little hectic to say the least.

I am so thrilled to announce that in a couple of weeks my Bridal Consignment Boutique will be open for business.

Here is a little bio on what i am doing :)

Savvy Bridal was born on the premise that style and quality should not have to be sacrificed for price.

With its warm and romantic-inspired boutique in The Historic Independence Square, Savvy Bridal is a gorgeous little spot which offers new and once-loved wedding gowns off-the-rack at an affordable price. The boutique is designed to be intimate and personal. We only do one-on-one appointment. Let Savvy Bridal takes care of you while looking for your ideal wedding dress for your ideal day.

To read more about what i am doing visit my new website: http://www.savvybridalboutique.com

What I’ve been up to lately

Its been a while since I’ve posted up anything and the reason behind that is because I’ve been busy working on our freelance business. I am proud to say and i self taught with a little coaching from you tube videos and the assistance of my lovely husband  - i am now an amateur graphic/ website  designer. I call my self amateur but really i think i am pretty darn awesome… but the more projects i do the better i get so i am pretty existed!

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My take on marriage

Marriage..even though we’ve only been married for 18 months but we’ve been together for almost 7 years.. it sometimes feels like we’ve been together our entire lives. I see lots of couples around us that after only a few years of marriage start to talk divorce. So I wanted to share what I’ve learnt in the past 7 years.Tim and Me

These are the 7 things 7 years of Imene + Tim has taught me:

1. Marriage is easy

Yes, particularly if you married the right person. I don’t know what all the fuss was about ‘surrendering your rights’, ‘putting spouse before me’, ‘loving and serving’, etc. I thought my marriage was relatively easy. I think that’s where I’m extremely lucky. I got myself a good spouse. Well, I had 2 other competitors going for the same guy many years ago, but I won the fight and took the guy trophy home. It’s smooth sailing from then on. So my advice girls: choose your spouse carefully, and fight hard for him!

2. Marriage is safe

We decided early on to enter our marriage knowing that  never never are we to consider divorce as an option. It seems almost counter-cultural in this day and age where almost 1 in 2 marriages end in divorce. But we found that this commitment has kept both of us safe. We can count on the other at all times. We face challenges, any challenges, as a team. I feel safe when I’m with him, and so does he.

3. Marriage keeps you humble

I don’t like to admit this, but I often feel like a real flawed human because I’m living with a flawless partner. His compassion and purity of heart keeps my bossiness, know it all attitude in check. Each time I act like b*tch he reminds me of who I am and keeps me in the right perspective.

4. Marriage does not cure loneliness

It’s interesting to think that many people get into the marriage thing hoping to cure their loneliness. Not quite. What’s worse than being lonely is being locked in relationship with the wrong person and feeling alienated by that person. What some call loneliness, I believe is something else altogether. My lovely husband works long and tedious ours… I think before you truly are ready for a committed and solid relationship you have to be okay to sit at home on your own and occupy yourself. If anything you have to be our own best friend.

5. Marriage is fun

Needless to say, my happiest moments in life happen within the context of my relationship. And these joyous times are even better because they are shared with my best friend. Examples of our fun times? Purchasing our first home, family holidays, spending uninterrupted weekends together doing absolutely nothing but whatch movies and veg out, and well… a few other things that a family-friendly blog cannot include.

6. Marriage hurts sometimes

As iron sharpens iron, so does one person sharpens another. He makes me a better person. Not easy for him, nor for me. But I realize the emotional pain I feel is for my own good as he always sees the best in me. And because we know each other so well, we are also the one most able to hurt each other with a particular word or two. Marriage opens the darkest parts of me. He knows that, sees that, and still loves me because he can also see the potential good in me. The hurts are necessary so the good will be experienced.

7. Marriage is about the journey

We agree that we are stronger today than 7 years ago. We know the road ahead will not always be smooth because we have some very big dreams about what we want to do with life. But we’re safe. Because we’re best friends on the same journey, we can face all of life’s storms together. We do not know our ultimate destination, but because the journey is so enjoyable as it is with him at the moment, it probably does not really matter where we will be.

Here’s to you honey.. here’s to a life time of me and you….I am after all the ultimate romantic.. so I hope our story ends like it did in the Notebook.. I can’t see myself spending a day on this earth without you! I love you

Best Chocolate Chip Muffins! Only 95 Calories

muffin1 3/4 cup Oats

3 Egg whites

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp Vanilla extract

1/2 cup Plain Greek yogurt (or regular plain low fat yogurt)

1/2 tsp Cream of tartar (or 2 tsp. vinegar)

1 1/2 tsp Baking powder

1 1/2 tsp Baking soda

1/4 tsp Salt

1 cup Hot water

1/2 cup Baking stevia OR 1 cup sweetener of choice that measures like sugar 1

1/2 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with foil cupcake liners, or spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

In a blender, (or food processor), mix all of the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips. Blend until oats are ground and mixture is smooth.

Place mixture in a bowl and gently stir in 1/2 of the chocolate chips (set the rest aside). Scoop mixture into prepared muffin pans.

Place muffins tins in the oven for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, remove muffins from the oven (but don’t shut oven off), and distribute the other half of the chocolate chips on top of each muffin.

Place the muffins back into the oven and bake for an additional 2-5 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Cool muffins before removing from pan. ENJOY!!!

Italian chicken dumplings to warm the soul

I made this yesterday evening for my very sick hubby…not only did it warm the soul but it also magically made him feel better…or so he tells me.

Italian-Chicken

5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 lbs chicken tenderloins, diced into bite-sized pieces
salt & freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter, divided
12 large white mushrooms, sliced
1 cup carrot, shredded store bought
1 cup celery, from the heart very thinly sliced (4 ribs)
1 -2 fresh bay leaf
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups chicken stock, divided
1/2 Jar Pesto
1 lemon, zest of
2 (10 -12 ounce) packages fresh gnocchi

 

Directions:

Place a large pot of water on to boil for gnocchi.

Heat a pot with 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, a turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and lightly brown. Remove to a plate and add another tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter and heat. Add mushrooms, carrots, celery, and bay leaf, season with salt and pepper. Soften 5 minutes, sprinkle in flour and cook 2 minutes. Whisk in 2 1/2 cups stock, slide the chicken back into the pot and simmer to allow sauce to thicken.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat with the zest of 1 lemon.

Salt cooking water and drop gnocchi in the water, cook until the gnocchi floats, drain and add to the lemon butter and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss the gnocchi 2 to 3 minutes in lemon butter until light golden at edges.

Turn heat off chicken and stir in pesto sauce. Serve the chicken in shallow bowls and top with lemon butter dumplings

The most Amazing Strawberry Cupcakes!!

I ate a little piece of heaven the other day! An explosion in my mouth

My co worker made strawberry cupcakes…and i honestly don’t know what happened but in two seconds the cupcake was gone. It was by far the best thing I’ve ever tasted.

I wanted to share the recipe with the folks that actually read my blog. Please let me me know how your cupcakes turn out!!!

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Strawberry Cupcake

1 box white cake mix (do not make according to box)

½ Cup water

½ Cup Oil

Beat & add 3 eggs (one at a time)

1 box Strawberry Jell-O

2/3 box of fresh strawberries (blended)

Bake @ 350

18  minutes (cupcakes)

25 minutes (13×9 cake pan)

Strawberry Frosting

½ Stick unsalted butter (softened)

½ pound powdered sugar

Remaining 1/3 box of strawberries (blended)

(Added powdered sugar to thicken frosting as needed)

Its been a busy year thus far!

Well Tim and i certainly hit the ground running in 2013! I feel like we haven’t once slowed down. If we are not hosting friends for the weekend or doing some kind of work related event, than we are working on our ever growing freelance business.

We have just recently returned from a very much needed 5 day cruise to the Bahamas and in my opinion it was not long enough! We had an amazing time except that we dearly missed our little peanut Thor!!

When we returned to Kansas City, we were greeted with a drive way full of snow… we literally went from ‘Sand to Snow’ in less that 24 hours. Shortly afterwards i of course got sick with a cold and enjoyed being snowed it and hunkered down on our warm and toasty house. So our vacation lasted for a few more days thanks to mother nature!

Snow Feb 2013