Blogmas Day 1

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 ❤️

Workout Wednesday: Must Have Exercise Equipment…

Hey my friends 👋🏼

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite exercise equipments that is a must have.

Before the pandemic, my siblings and myself were attending the gym on a regular basis. One of my favorite parts about the gym was attending the ballet barre classes every Saturday morning. Ballet barre definitely tones and strengthens the body.

Low and behold for almost an entire year the gym was shutdown and we did not have access to a lot of the equipments. Sure you could attend classes via zoom. But how could I possibly do my ballet barre workout without the actual barre? Sure you can use a dining room chair or the edge of a table, but it’s just not the same.

So I decided to go on Amazon (because they sell just about everything you need) and purchased a ballet barre.

Let me tell you, this was a great purchase. Not only is it a sturdy barre, but it’s portable…mind blown!

I definitely recommend anyone looking to tone their bodies to purchase a ballet barre. It’s also perfect for ballet dancers to practice at home.

Here’s the link if you’re interested in getting one of your own.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/nawaterman

Meatless Mondays: Vegan Jambalaya

Hey my friends 👋🏼

For those of you that know me, you know that I don’t eat rice.  I actually despise it.  I always get asked the question, “How can you be an island girl and don’t eat rice?”

Well let me say this, I might not eat rice, but one of my popular vegan dishes is the jambalaya.  I personally can’t brag to you about how delicious it is, but my guests can definitely attest to it.

As we know, traditional jambalaya includes sausage, chicken and shrimp.  Obviously for the vegan version, we technically will not include the traditional meats.  Technically??? Just follow along…

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Beyond hot sausage
  • 3/4 cup of onions diced
  • 3/4 cup peppers diced
  • 1 cup of long grain rice
  • 1/2 Firm tofu cut into cubes
  • 1 packet of Creole seasoning or 2 tbsp of old bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth

Slice all of the sausage. Turn on your frying pan to medium and add a little extra virgin olive oil. Put half of the sausage in the pan with 1/4 cup of the diced onion and 1/4 cup of the pepper. Sauté…

While the sausage is cooking, fill the pot with the vegetable broth and the extra virgin olive oil. Add the rice, the remaining sausage, peppers and onions. Now add the sliced tofu and seasoning. Mix the ingredients, cover the pot and bring to a boil. Once boil, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20-25 mins or until the liquid is absorbed. Make sure you stir occasionally so the rice doesn’t begin to stick.

Once you plate the jambalaya, top it off with the sausage, onion and peppers that you sautéed. Enjoy 😋