Thursday, July 21, 2016

Poor Man's Stew... Hearty Meal for the Family on a Busy Work Week..


Hey Everyone!!
I'm back with a simply and tasty recipe..
It's called Poor Man's Stew, will more like a Deconstructed Meatloaf. 
I also made cheesy garlic biscuits..
This is something you can do right after work and the cooking time is about 45 minutes to an hour, minus the biscuits. You can pop open a can of biscuits, melt some butter, add garlic and herbs, put over the biscuits and pop them in the oven for 15 minutes. While you're preparing the ground meat, boil some potatoes or make rice.
EASY!!











Ingredients:


Ground Meats
Tomato Paste
Chicken Broth or Cube
Onions
Carros
Garlic
Peas
Parsley
Celery
1/4 Cup Flour
1 Cup Water


Seasonings:
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Pepper
Dried Parsley
Worcestershire Sauce
Steak Seasoning
Dried Parsley
Brown Seasoning












I got a great price on the ground meat.. 



All the veggies sliced and diced.


















Used frozen peas










Brown, drain ground meat and put in separate bowl.











In the same pot add carrots, onions, celery, parsley, and garlic.
Cook until tender.








Add broth or cube 





Let it saute' for about 2-3 my minutes.







Add flour 







Then add about 1 cup of water.






Add about a 1/2 Tablespoon of Kitchen Bouquet.
Let simmer for 5 minutes





Add browned ground meat.


Add 1/4 cup of Tomato Paste
















Looking Good..






Add peas






Let simmer for another 5 minutes.









 We love it over potatoes and I also made homemade garlic biscuits.  



Until Next Time....
MAKE IT CHIC!!!!










Monday, July 18, 2016

Family Time At The Dallas Musuem Of Art...



Hey Everyone!
It's family day again with The Atallah's!
Sunday was a day of culture and sharing new experiences at the Dallas Museum Of Art..
















LOL!
I had to put that in there.
If you could have seen there faces.
They were so over the walking.  
I myself, live and breath art. As you all know I fashion, DIY and gardening, painting with my daughter and cooking and baking with my daughter. Being creative is my way of life. So I really understood what some of these talented beings was feeling or not when creating. I was happy to experience these beautiful paintings, sculptures, and artifacts. I was in an whole new world in each collection we visited.







Most of the art was beautiful and exciting to look at but others left my empty and confused.
Maybe that was the point, I know this for sure Art is Rebecca Warren






Fernand Léger, The Divers (Red and Black), 1942, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of the James H. and Lillian Clark Foundation, (c) Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris






Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) is one of the most important figures of postwar American art.
I think it's called, "Yellow Table on Green".










The Colors of Mondrian (Painting by Piet Mondrian)











Barbara Hepworth








Works by Constantin Brancusi











Beautiful Indo-Muslim Jewelry.
I went crazy over all of these sensational pieces..





































Mo looking at the Indo-Muslim Artifacts.

They started coming around when we got to The Arts of Africa.
My Laila...











Nile has to show off her map skills.





















I saved the beat for last..

The most beautiful artifacts I've ever seen in my life.
I was in awe of all of the intricate details that were put into making these items. 


















 Breathtakingly Beautiful Beaded Crown














Wonderful!!!

Royal crown (ade)
A beaded crown with frontal faces, birds, and a beaded fringe veil is a Yoruba king's most important regalia. It is simultaneously a symbol of the king's semi-divine status and the mythic origins of Yoruba royalty. According to oral tradition, Oduduwa was the founder and first king (oba) of the Yoruba peoples. He wore the first crown, which was created by Olokun, the god of the sea and inventor and "owner" of the beads. When Oduduwa became old, he sent his sixteen sons out into the world to found their own kingdoms. Only those rulers who can trace their ancestry to Oduduwa are privileged to wear the beaded crown.












They too great pride in making these head-dresses.

Helmet mask (mukenga)
Among the Kuba peoples, as among most traditional African societies, the scale and duration of a funeral-from short and simple to days long and complex-is commensurate with the prominence of the deceased person during life. Masks with elephantine features appear at funerals of elders who were high-ranking members of a men's secret initiation society










Egungun Costume was magnificent..  
During the annual Egungun festival, Yoruba ancestors come home. Through masked dancers, the ancestors spin and twirl around, causing the colorful panels of their costumes to fly out in all directions, giving “breezes of blessings.”












Even the Comb (duafe) held a special place in my heart.

















Elephant mask (mbap mteng) was a little scary but I had to respect it.
The Bamileke peoples believe the king (fon) is the representative of the Supreme Being and the ancestors and has supernatural as well as religious and political powers. The fon, however, does not control human behavior. Secret associations acting on behalf of the king establish and enforce social order. One such association is the Kuosi (or Kwosi), which began as a warrior's or regulatory society and evolved into one composed of wealthy titled men. Kuosi members serve not only as the fon's emissaries, but as the protectors of kingship and as such remind the fon that he is not above reproach.


It really felt like I step back into time..

Thanks for taking the journey with my family and I..

Until Next Time..
FAMILY TIME IT CHIC!!!!






















Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ankara Pants- Simplicity 2562



Hey Everyone!
I'm back again this week with another blog post.
This time it's Ankara Pants!
Many of you remember me posting these pants on some of my Facebook Sewing Groups and now I've decided to do a blog about it. I made this pants in December 2014 or January 2015, this was before I knew I was excepting. After I received the news, I knew I had to put them away until after the baby. Well I didn't have the baby, but I did get a job. LOL! After getting this job, I knew I needed to start finishing my garments I've sewn, because I refuse to pay for anything I can make myself.
HOLLA, IF YOU HERE ME!!!

I know I need to make more Ankara pants, I've gotten so many compliments.
I've also gotten a lot of offers but I just don't like sewing for others, it's just extremely too much pressure.

I really took my time on these and wanted them to come out great and they did too.





Almost everyone knows that Simplicity 2562 is my go to pattern when I want a really nice
pair of trousers. I always use Average Cut, they just make you feel 10 feet tall.  






Everything's all cut out and ready to sew..



I never ever do Step 4, to me it makes your pants look too bulky in the front and it hard to sew..




I used a striped print for the pocket. 
I was afraid I may not have enough fabric, plus I wanted a little contrast.




View of pocket all attached and you all know the rest. 





Pant all sewn together but no zipper or hemming.
Aren't they Fabulous!!!





Zipper all done. 
One thing I've noticed about myself, I hate putting on the front lap of pants. 
I just like the exposed zipper in different colors. 
That's just me, please don't judge.. 



We're all finished!! 

Picture of me in the pants.
These pictures really don't do these pants justice.
They're so vibrant, fun and I felt so proud..




Another view of these..




Love that pattern matching!!!




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Until Next Time...
SEW IT CHIC!!!!