Blogmas Day 1: I’m Engaged 💍

Hey my friends!

I am back after taking a very long break from blogging. I’ve been wanting to share updates for awhile now, but as they say…Life happens

After unexpectedly losing my dad last year, a big piece of my heart has been missing. This was definitely something I was not prepared for or could ever imagine happening. It’s been and still is a difficult time for me and my family. The one thing I know about my dad is that he would not want us to not move on with life. He would want us to live our lives and not stay locked up in a shell. I miss my dad more than anyone could imagine. I at times feel guilty being happy. Those of you that has suffered the loss of a loved one knows exactly what I mean.

My first post after a year is not meant to be a sad one, especially when I know my dad is looking down over me happy. I’m sure from the featured photo you know why I write that my dad is happy for me. I am engaged!!! Yes…I am getting married.

When I tell people how my fiancé and I met, they first say that my dad sent him to me and secondly, we have a beautiful love story. I definitely believe that as well.

When and How did We get Engaged?

It was February 12, 2022 and we planned on celebrating Valentine’s day that Saturday because my fiancé had to work on the 14th. I told him that I wanted to plan our Valentine’s dinner since he’s always the one setting up romantic events for us. He agreed, but said we’re going to do this prom style.

So back story, I told him that I never had the chance to go to my prom. Another story for another day. He spent his high school years in France and they don’t have proms. So naturally I thought it was an excellent idea. Now back to the proposal night…

He came to my parents house to pick me up with a beautiful corsage. You know what’s funny…my mom said to us wow you guys look nice, you better not run off and elope.

We went to the restaurant, which by the way was a big disappointment. Not at all the ambiance they potrayed on their website. Nonetheless we made the best of it. We were enjoying one another’s company, so that was all that really mattered.

We went back to my house and he immediately gave me a tiara, as I was the prom Queen. He then sent me to my room to set up the music for the prom in my office. He told me to wait 5 minutes, then I will be able to come out. Me being who I am, I waited probably 10 minutes fixing my lipstick and taking selfies.

I finally opened my bedroom door and there were candles and rose petals down the hallway leading to the office. I knocked on the door and no response. I knocked again and no response. This time I opened the door and he was standing there with my favorite music artist, Brian McKnight playing in the background with the room filled with candles and rose petals. He starts telling me how he feels about me and the impact I’ve made in his life. Then all of a sudden he gets on his knees and my big eyes became the widest it has ever been since I was born.

And there you have it…my proposal story. It was a surprise. I didn’t expect to get engaged yet, but am very excited and happy to have found love when I wasn’t looking.

Now that it’s less than 6 months until the wedding, I am going to blog all the details about our wedding. For a long time I was made to feel bad for getting engaged less than 4 months after my dad’s passing. I was made to feel as if I was being selfish and was only getting engaged because I was mourning. A time in my life that should be exciting was portrayed as disrespecting my dad. They don’t understand that I already felt guilty finding love and happiness. By saying these things, it took away that excitement and due to that all the things a woman would rush to do, I procrastinated because I didn’t want to be that selfish woman. But I’ve come to realize that no I’m not being selfish. It’s actually selfish to make me feel bad for wanting to move on with life. It’s already difficult knowing he will not walk me down the aisle or have a father/daughter dance. I will not crawl in a shell and not share with the world my happiness. I do this because in my heart and knowing the man my dad was, he would be happy for me. In fact, my dad would say it’s about time you’re getting married. And it’s a bonus that my dad would have absolutely liked having him as a son-in-law. They have lots of things in common…

Anyway my friends…until next time ❤️

Cinco de Mayo Food Idea: Easy Empanada Vegan Version

Hey my friends!

Happy Cinco de Mayo to those of you that are celebrating. In honor of this day, I wanted to make a mexican style dish or two. The twist is that it is vegan.

I love empanadas, but I don’t eat beef and didn’t want to make a vegetable empanada.

Here is my take on a beef and cheese empanada:

Ingredients:

  • Beefless ground
  • Taco seasoning
  • Vegan cheddar cheese
  • Jalepeno
  • Vegan butter
  • Flour
  • Pastry dough
  • Salsa

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In pan add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and turn heat to medium. Add the beefless ground, tablespoon of water and taco seasoning. Once cooked, turn off the heat and add in the vegan cheese and jalepeno peppers.

Now it’s time to start getting that dough ready to fill. Add some flour to the board and rolling pin. Roll the dough enough to cut into four squares.

*I like to use the leftover pieces of the dough to make an extra empanada.

Start assembling

Melt some of the vegan butter and brush over the dough. Put in the oven for 15 minutes.

Enjoy 😋

Until next time, night night 💋

Meatless Monday: National Grilled Cheese Day 🥪

Hey my friends!

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day! Yes, you read right. Who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese sandwich…well maybe those that don’t eat cheese because they’re vegan or dare I say it…lactose intolerant.

I absolutely love cheese and one reasons I always said I couldn’t commit myself to a vegan lifestyle is because I would miss it too much.

But guess what, you no longer have to miss out on certain meals, such as a grilled cheese sandwich. Just to put it out there…

Of course there will never be a 100% substitute for cheese, but there are products that come real close.

So to celebrate this day, I wanted to create one of my favorite ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich and it’s vegan. Your probably scratching your head and wondering how is this really going to taste. Will it give that same ooey gooey effect? Trust me…

Here’s what you need:

  1. Vegan cheddar slice (Violife is my absolute favorite vegan slice cheese)
  2. Plant butter
  3. Jalepeno slices
  4. Baby spinach
  5. 100% whole wheat sliced bread

I don’t need to tell you how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. I will say that I don’t use a ton of butter when making my grilled cheese sandwich. There’s just no need. I lightly butter the outside of the bread with the almond plant-based butter. No need to butter the inside, as we want to keep this somewhat healthy and thus the reason for adding the baby spinach. I like a little kick to my sandwich, so I cut my jalapeños into pieces and spread throughout the sandwich.

One of the reasons I love Violife cheddar cheese is the fact that it melts (and this is not sponsored by the way).

Whether you are vegan or not, I guarantee that you will love this. I’m curious to know if you’re not plant-based and decided to try this. Please let me know what you thought about it.

Until next time, night night 💋