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Enchant Me

Author: Tafari, Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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I walk past this wooded area severeral times a week and I always wonder where the paths lead. I wish I was adventurous enough to see but watching every release of Friday the 13th as a kid keeps me from finding out.

So for now, I’ll continue to wonder from afar.

The title here is inspired by one of my favorite ambient songs, “Enchant Me” by The Amalgamation of Soundz The video is hot!


Conferencing, Networking, & Politicin’

Author: Tafari, Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 12:50 PM

Earlier this week, I made my way to San Antonio, TX for the first time. I’ve wanted to visit for years after seeing various enticing shows on the Travel Channel & Food Network and as a history buff, I totally wanted to visit the Alamo and Catholic missions that are around the famed city.

Well, this trip to San Antonio served two purposes; business & pleasure.

Business: I was presented on a University of Michigan career development program at the 2014 CUPA-HR (College and University Professional Association for Human Resources) annual conference.
Pleasure: Eating, sightseeing, & whatever else I could get into.

The conference was AWESOME and my presentation went very well. I pretty much wanted to kick my feet in mid air after it was over.  I present frequently but this was my first time nationally so I’m feeling swell about this feather in my cap.

Everything else on the pleasure side was what I wanted and more. San Antonio is such a beautiful city! Met some fun locals & many other conference attendees at networking events. Had amazing food but honestly, I over dosed on Tex-Mex and prickly pear margaritas.

Upon leaving, I felt energized & empowered from the conference & certainly planning to go back to discover more of what the city has to offer.

It was a great week & I rocked it out!

Video done on the iPhone 6 with slow motion.
Music credit: “Keep Up” by Slakah The Beatchild featuring Ayah

See a few snapshots from my trip here


Autumnal Equinox

Author: Tafari, Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 10:29 PM

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Can we please just get a few warm days here in Michigan. PLEASE???


It’s Over

Author: Tafari, Monday, September 22nd, 2014 at 12:45 PM

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Feeling Myself @ 40

Author: Tafari, Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 6:25 PM

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My 40th birthday was over the weekend and I’m still basking in the glow over celebrating my life with friends and family.

Threw a party. People came. We ate the damn cake. My momma and other family Skyped into the party. I loved it all.

Life at 39 was so great & I have no complaints at all. Now, I’m looking forward to seeing what life on the other side of 40 has in store. Hopefully much more of the good stuff!

My favorite highlights from the weekend are dancing all night long to Osunlade & Moodymann DJ sets in a dark location with other black bodies. Having my momma call to sing happy birthday & retelling the story of my birth (that story always makes me feel good).

Photo Credit: Verlisa Allen
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Wanderlust

Author: Tafari, Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 12:05 AM

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Visions from a dreamer.


Husky Cat In A Hat

Author: Tafari, Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 4:15 PM

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Love my new burlap hat! A woman made me laugh the other day when she complimented me on the Stef-N-Ty creation. “What a cool hat, looks like it has wings.” I guess it kinda does.


Bygbaby Cooks: Rum Punch For The Holidays

Author: Tafari, Saturday, July 5th, 2014 at 6:48 PM

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I planned on making sangria to enjoy over this long holiday weekend but then something in my head went off and I decided to make rum punch instead. I love both drinks but the rum punch is a little more fun & certainly more boozy.

Ingredients:

2 cups of Dark Rum
2 cups of Light Rum
1/4 cup Velvet Falernum
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
3 cups of Pineapple Juice
1 cup Fresh Lime Juice
1 cup Fresh Orange Juice
1 Pomegranate

The Jump Off:

Cut your pomegranate in half and squeeze that mofo into a bowl getting as much juice from the arils as you can. It may me messy but it is worth it. When you have you juice, strain out any of the fruit skins and arils that make have dropped in. Combine the pomegranate juice with the rest of your liquid ingredients into a large pitcher & give a nice vigorous stir. I used Appleton Jamaican Rum and Bacardi Pineapple Fusion rum.

Let the boozy concoction get a chill in the fridge before indulging then serve over a ton of crushed ice.

Side note, many rum punch recipes call for grenadine but I hate grenadine. The taste makes me gag, so fresh pomegranate juice is the best and least sweet option. Not only that, it adds a richer color.


Bygbaby Cooks: Macaroni & Cheese Waffles

Author: Tafari, Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 7:18 PM

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So… I saw these macaroni & cheese waffles on Pinterest a while ago and fell in love with the very idea.

After savoring the thought for months, I decided to pull the trigger and make the waffles happen.  It was a success.

The process is detailed here but I tried slightly different ingredients.

  • 1/2 lb of macaroni (cooked al dente)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon mustard power
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 6 ounces bacon, cooked until crisp, crumbled, plus 1 tablespoon
  • reserved bacon fat
  • 12 ounces freshly grated cheddar (mild and sharp) cheese
  • 3 scallions
  • Cracked pepper (to taste)

Lessons learned: The waffles were excellent but after this time around, I would add a little more salt, not include the macaroni. It was a fun additive but unnecessary and just plain over the top. And of course, I’d add more bacon.

I also made a Sriracha & sour cream sauce to compliment the waffles and that was a win as well!

On a related note, I think I wanted to try a salmon, blue cheese and chive waffle next and serve it with a caper & orange whipped cream. The possibilities seems endless…

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Bygbaby Cooks: Watermelon Salad

Author: Tafari, Monday, June 16th, 2014 at 6:13 PM

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Pretty basic but super refreshing salad…

  • Watermelon
  • Cucumber
  • Kalamata Olives
  • Jalapeño
  • Basil
  • Feta Cheese
  • Pink Peppercorns
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar

I was inspired by a similar dish found on the New York Times page.

I decided to do balsamic for that wonderful sweet tangy taste vs the lime. Very delicious!

Served tonight with garlic fried chicken and potatoes with onions! Southern fixins done for the modern Negro.

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Bygbaby Cooks: The Dinner Sandwich

Author: Tafari, Thursday, June 12th, 2014 at 7:32 PM

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I had a lot of time and ingredients on my hands the other day so I made this monster of a sandwich for dinner.

It was the business!

And the cole slaw??? So damn good & basic. Dole bagged coleslaw mix, cilantro, green onion and Marzetti Original Slaw Dressing.

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Belle Isle Bitch

Author: Tafari, Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 6:23 PM

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Detroit: The city that I love to hate but ultimately love.