Quarter-Life Lessons of 2013

Quarter-Life Lessons of 2013

Jan 23, 2014 | No Comments

      Now that 2014 is here, I am in a reflective and introspective mood. Matter fact, if introspective was a default mood that would be mine. While little to nothing was written on this blog, much happened throughout the year, I got into grad school (Mama, I made it!). I wrote for other blogs and web […]

The Importance of Feeling Wanted

The Importance of Feeling Wanted

Dec 2, 2013 | No Comments

  One of the best things about kiki-ing (translation: gossiping) with your girls is that somewhere during the conversation it takes an interesting and sometimes insightful turn. During one of my recent kiki-ing sessions, I got to hear a story about a girl whose man paid her very little attention. If attention was the standard […]

The Family Guy

The Family Guy

Jun 24, 2012 | One Comment

When you find a man that’s compatible and loves his mother and family, it can feel like you’ve hit the relationship lotto. A family-oriented guy gets extra points because it exhibits how he would be should the two of you get married and have a family in the future. But what happens if he takes […]

The Not-So-Secret Injustices of Fatherhood

The Not-So-Secret Injustices of Fatherhood

Jun 23, 2012 | No Comments

  Father’s Day was this Sunday and while it was a day to celebrate the fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and father figures, many people saw the day as an opportunity to discuss the plight of fatherhood. The issue of absentee fathers is no secret, but somehow fathers that are present in their children’s lives is like […]

Lovin’ from the Sidelines

Lovin’ from the Sidelines

Jun 8, 2012 | No Comments

The other night when I was on the way home, I overheard a loud conversation a middle aged woman was having with a relative. After what seemed like a long story, she loudly blurted out, “I can’t believe he wants to spend the 4th of July with his wife instead of me, his girlfriend!” What […]

Pretty Cars with F’d Up Engines

Pretty Cars with F’d Up Engines

Jun 1, 2012 | No Comments

Ever met a guy that was attractive until he opened up his mouth? And before you start to wonder, I’m not talking about the dreaded case of bad breath. I’m talking about his conversation and actions. I mean within a few minutes of him talking or after the first couple of dates, that little fantasy you had from […]

Very Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze

Very Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze

May 27, 2012 | No Comments

By ANNIE PAUL–So, one day, I had a craving for banana bread. As I was looking up the recipe for it, I realized I had everything in the house for it which emphasized my desire to make it. I had made it once before and it was dry. So I thought a glaze (which penetrates through) and the […]

Being Purposefully Employed

Being Purposefully Employed

May 22, 2012 | 2 Comments

I am a firm believer in every person having a purpose in life. Every single person has a unique attribute that if nurtured can be one’s true calling. Around this time 2 years ago, I graduated from college. Armed with my hopes, dreams, and new diploma with a hefty price tag, I was ready to […]

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting and Salted Caramel Topping

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Frosting and Salted Caramel Topping

May 12, 2012 | No Comments

  By ANNIE PAUL–Recently my company had a bake sale to raise money for American soldiers in Afghanistan. Instead of making the same old cupcakes with the cake mix from the box, I made dulce de leche cupcakes with dulce de leche frosting and salted caramel topping from scratch. This sweet recipe is sure to […]

B’s to the Third Power

B’s to the Third Power

May 10, 2012 | No Comments

Recently, I read a wonderful book by Sophia A. Nelson called Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama. Unlike like many other books that dissect and analyze black womanhood in today’s society, this book was written by a black woman. Nelson not only discusses the many issues that plague the […]

When Keeping It Sexy Goes Wrong

When Keeping It Sexy Goes Wrong

Apr 25, 2012 | No Comments

When you think of R&B crooner Brian McKnight, you usually think  of smooth and sexy R&B that’s appropriate for a romantic evening…not the ratchet, hot-butt nekkid-sex (HBNS) filled music that infiltrates the airwaves on a regular basis. Well it looks as if Mr. McKnight decided to dabble in the latter mentioned arena when he took […]

Basic Crepes

Basic Crepes

Apr 24, 2012 | No Comments

By ANNIE PAUL– The perfect Sunday brunch – crepes. The best part is that it acts as a blank palate. It can be savory or sweet. I chose mine to be sweet Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup water 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter, melted Instructions: 1. Mix all the […]