Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe (Makes about 1-1/2 - 2 dozen)
Hey SmF Fam! I wanted to share one of my favorite dessert recipes. I know we’re all trying to eat healthier, change our eating habits, and exercise, but I’ve learned that every once and awhile we should rewards ourselves with something…sweet. And these cookies my friends are worth all the sacrifice.
If you are like me, then the younger you’re getting the more difficult it is to digest certain foods. Or it may be that the kiddies have allergies to certain things. Unfortunately, it usually ends of being a lot of the stuff that we love, which is how I discovered this recipe (among others that I’ll be sharing). I had to find a way to still eat some of my favorite dishes and desserts without all of the allergen-inducing ingredients.
If you or your kids love the taste of Peanut Butter, than I know you’ll appreciate this easy breezy *drum roll please* dairy-free, gluten-free, flourless recipe. And don’t worry about the “free” and “less,” the family will love the taste of these deceptively delicious cookies. So without further ado, here is what you’ll need:
√ (1) cup of natural peanut butter. (I use peanut butter that only list dry roasted peanuts and sometimes salt as the ingredients)
√ (1) cup of packed light brown sugar
√ (1) large egg
1. Mix peanut butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the egg last and mix all the ingredients until the dough is blended well and smooth, not grainy.
2. Shape the dough into balls. Place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the dough slightly with a fork in a criss cross pattern.
3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until puffed, golden on the bottom and center is still soft to touch in the middle. Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet on a rack away from the oven for 5 minutes or as long as you can hold out.
Don’t eat them all up. Save some for the kiddies J
SiNgLe MoMmY FiLeS - FaShIoN FrIdAyS: “ThE LiTtLe BlAcK DrEsS”
It’s Friday Ladies and T.G.F.T.W. (Thank God For The Weekend)!! I’m sure you’re counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds, desperately waiting for your work day to be over and your weekend to officially begin. Some of you lucky ladies have plans and can’t wait for date night with your boo thang or the hubby, or to just hit the scene with the girls! And it’s a must that you look absolutely fabulous, but you’ve worn everything in your closet and posted the pics on your Instagram. So what’s a girl to do!?
We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But I like to think that a little black dress comes in at a very close second. A black dress is such a versatile essential to any women’s wardrobe. It can be dressed up or down. Used for nailing that job interview or securing a second date.
A Black dress is such a sexy canvas. Those of you who love color can experiment with wild and exotic shoe designs and makeup choices without looking over the top. And we all know black is forgiving. It helps soften areas of the body that we may be “currently working on”.
Most importantly, in this economy we have to learn how to “dress smart”. The little black dress can be worn at least three different ways and look totally different. Here are a few ideas: Pairing a more elegant black dress with a denim jacket and flats and subtle jewelry is perfect for brunch with the girls. Or how about throwing a colorful structured blazer over that dress for a business meeting? It’s absolutely impressive!!
You have my permission girls and guys (who shop for their girls) to go hunting this weekend and invest in your little black dress! Trust me, a little goes a long way.
Let us know what you think of this segment at SiNgLe MoMmY FiLeS. Send us a pic of you in your favorite black dress to firstname.lastname@example.org and you may just end up FeAtUrEd on the blog!!
Until next time stay fierce and stay fly.
Terrell Ransom, Sr. (@allstyle7)
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I’m interrupting our regularly scheduled program, WhAt MeN WaNt, and I’m introducing WoRkOuT WeDnEsDaYs! I’ll be giving expert advice, tips, and helpful exercises, to help you be a better, more healthy, YoU.
That’s what the new and improved SiNgLe MoMmY FiLeS is all about. I can’t do all of this growing and not share the things that’s improving my life, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and physically. So, today, we’re going to focus on the latter.
Being physically fit is not just about being a size 0 or 4. It’s definitely not about attracting a man, and although they’re very visual, they happen to like us in all flavors, shapes, and sizes.
It’s about feeling better about yourself, having more energy, eliminating stress, and…oh yeah…possibly living a longer, quality life. Exercise will not only help you with those things, it will help you in other areas too. So before I actually get into “what” and “how,” I want to talk about “why.” There are many benefits of regular exercise and physical activity, and here they are:
For all you single, not-so-single, and taken ladies, this post is for you. And just so you know, that picture up there is for me. ;-) Anyway, I decided to do a little research about some questions that has run across every woman’s mind at one point or another about their man…WhAt MeN WaNt!
So apparently Beyonce is not letting any of the backlash of the #Beygate scandal, where she reportedly lip-synced an amazing rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, during the 57th Presidential Inauguration, stop her from making moves, literally. She posted a couple pictures on her instagram and apparently she’s already in New Orleans rehearsing for the big halftime show for Super Bowl XLVII.
Ok, now that last one, where’s she’s rocking that “Can I live?” hoodie speaks volumes! Really, can she people? In some eyes, she can do no wrong, in other’s everything she does is wrong? She has a right to ask, or at least allude to it, especially when Bey news trumps world news and sometimes national disaster coverage.
I can already hear some of you asking, why is this news? Well, for one, I happen to love Beyonce. Lip-syncing, routine-stealing, and fake baby bumps aside (some of which are alleged, might I add), @baddiebey is one of the greatest singers/performers to ever hit a stage or bless a mic.
For two, I enjoy watching the game of football (note to all my potential single male candidates) and all those men in tight pants and heavy gear, being all rough and tough and stuff.
Plus, one of the teams that advanced holds a special place in my heart, after attending one of their winning away game last year (along with one of my besties) and meeting some of the players, namely Michael Oher, the man and story behind the award-winning movie, The Blind Side. Let’s go Ravens!!!
Happy New Year!!! Hope you all are well. I know the last time we met here was somewhere around the end of 2012. Obviously, my lack of blogging has not been without good reason. I committed myself to work on a project (that I’m not at liberty to discuss now), that had me working around the clock some days. Maybe not literally, but I was definitely putting in long hours, for days and weekends, at a time.
For every minute of sleep I lost, and for all the mental and emotional energy I invested, hopefully the project will come to full fruition this year. No! I take that statement back. It WILL come to fruition this year. I’m speaking it into existence in 2013!
A lot has transpired over the past few months, which I’ll be blogging about over time, of course. I can’t wait to talk about my international trip later. But first, there is something personal that I’ve been dying to share with all of you, and that is…I’ve eVoLvEd…and I absolutely love who I am, and what I’m doing, and how blessed I am, and where I’m headed, and how bright my future looks!
♪♫ Can you see me, can you see me, get your Visine on,
y’all just do not fit the picture; turn your widescreen on ♪♫
Gotta’ love @Drake right?! But seriously, I realized that with what I have been called to do and the lives I am supposed to touch, real change was inevitable. And for me that meant rising above every single last one of my insecurities. I couldn’t allow them to keep me constrained or afraid or feeling unworthy or unfulfilled any longer. And believe me, it wasn’t easier said than done, ‘cause she did that! *in my @TamarBraxtonHer voice*
SiNgLe MoMmIes!!! How are you? I certainly hope I’m finding you and your girls—whom you’ve referred to SmF—in a good place this week.
For those of you that have followed my blog from the beginning, you know that here at "SiNgLe MoMmY FiLeS" I’m all about being as open and honest as I possibly can. I’m trying to build something relatable and to write things that will resonate with you. I want what I share to make you laugh or cry or say “hmmm.” I would hope that I’m also challenging, inspiring, encouraging, and maybe even helping you all see things from different perspectives.
In the end, it’s all about giving you what you need straight from the source, whether its divorcee to divorcee, SiNgLe woman to SiNgLe woman, or most importantly, MoMmY to MoMmY or whatever your equation is.
I want to share with you an introduction that I wrote for a group of individuals that I have decided to embark on a new Journey with. I want you to understand where the motivation for this week’s post is coming from. Ok here goes!
“My name is Katrina. I live in beautiful Southern California. And contrary to popular belief—possibly because of Tony! Toni! Toné! #1 R&B hit—it does rain here, often.
Hey SmF fam! It’s that time of the week again! So glad you’ve stopped by and hopefully brought a friend!
Well, I’ve had a pretty interesting week, busy may be a better adjective, and I have my son to thank. He’s had call back after call back and ended up booking a role on a really great project and I’m super duper proud of my lil’ man! He absolutely loves what he does, works hard at his craft, and is grateful for every opportunity.
Me? I knew you would ask. Well, I’m still working on my book, you can kind of say I’m consumed with it at this point, and I’m also managing my talent consulting company. I invest so much time, energy, and support into my son’s career, but I realized it was equally important for me to focus on the things that brought me fulfillment.
As for my social life, that’s basically still non-existent, especially when referring to dating. Honestly though, I reeeeally don’t mind. And the more engrossed I am in all of the things I have going on, that’s bringing me worth, the less it matters.
I mentioned in last week’s post “AuGuSt RuShEd!” that I hadn’t decided if I wanted to go through with the whole Match.com fiasco or if I was even ready to date yet. And yesterday, I was reminded why I’ve been so torn, bi-polisherish even.
Hey SmF Fam!! I’m up this morning writing to you all after laying my head on my pillow at four am this morning. That’s nuts, I know. But I would not have traded one minute of sleep for what was transpiring last night.
Alright, maybe the last 30 minutes or so, because we were clowning, but for the most part, my sisters and I were sowing words of wisdom and correction and inspiring someone we loved, to just do better.
I plan to keep this post short this morning as I struggle to keep my eyes open. It’s just not one of those days that coffee can fix. My neck is all tensed up. I’m a little delirious and need a nap, but I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get that in, seeing that I have a jam-packed day, today. Hmm…maybe I do need to start the Keurig. Okay ladies, give me 10 minutes.
I needed more like 20 minutes to get myself together, but I’m now sipping on a cup of fogchaser, heavy French vanilla cream with two generous scoops of sugar, and I’m feeling preeeetty alert right now.
Soooo about last week’s post “CoInCiDeNtAlLy YoU!” , yea…uhm…that will be a NO. There were quite a few text messages exchanged yesterday, and he was saying waaaay to much, waaaay too fast, and threw up waaaay too many red flags. Just as I suspected, there was no way, I could move forward with this guy.
Hey SiNgLe MoMmIes, DaDdIeS, SiNgLe LaDiEs, or whatever category you fit in!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog. If you’re a regular, you know I appreciate the love and support. Next time bring a friend. I promise I’m trying to be more consistent. *winks*
Ok, ladies and gents, I have to get right to the point. What is it with me, the month of August, and African men?!? Like Seriously!! Remember last year around this time, August 24th to be exact, I met one, by way of a friends’ introduction, and we dated about four months and then sort of broke up?
Yea I know, technically I only alluded to the fact that he was foreign. So now you know, if you didn’t already guess, that "WrOnG MiStEr" 3-8 was African. Then, it wasn’t as important. But, because they seemingly pop into my life every August, I think now it is.
Disclaimer: The nationality and the month is more than likely very coincidental, but it’s being used for the purpose of this blog post anyway.
Okay, so let me just say, he has not be inducted into the “WrOnG MiStEr” series yet. I definitely don’t think he’ll make it, because I have no intentions of being anything other than a friend to this guy, if that, although, my son TJ is already heading his candidacy.
SmF Fam!!! How are you? I hope everyone that’s reading right now is in a good place, I certainly am, today, although, I must admit, I had a lil’ emotional breakdown a few days ago.
No, it wasn’t because of the “dreeeaded” *in my Sméagol voice,* you know, Lord of the Rings, 2002, ok, anyway, maybe it was, but all I know is this, I was at a breaking point. I really can’t talk about what happened to cause this. And trust me, I have good reason, because y’all know I would gladly have y’all all up in my business, any other time.
Besides, the “what” is not always as important as the “why” or even “how.” And that’s what I plan to explain. I know I’ve told you time and time again that I’m not perfect. Maybe, I’ve left it out of a post or two or five, the point is you all know I said it. I have issues, problems arise, I’m faced with difficulties, and my breath stinks in the morning, just like everyone else’s does.
You know the old adage, when it rains it pours? Well, that’s what was happening in my life. I had been dealing with an issue that arose unexpectedly about a month or so ago, and it ended up setting in motion some other issues. Before I knew it, I was in the midst of a torrential downpour without an umbrella…at least that’s how I felt.
I had gotten to the point where I had had enough. I couldn’t take it any more and I was so frustrated at how things were turning out. Every time I tried to fix one problem, here was another presenting itself.
Hey SmF fam!!! I missed you!! Let me just start off by saying, me and my baby boy was in a car accident on June 25th. There were no serious injuries on either side, Thank God, but my truck needs repairs. And TJ and I are still pretty “traumatized” by the unfortunate event, yet extremely grateful for our life and health.
I requested that I take a sudden leave of absence, from a few of my responsibilities, since I’m my own boss, which is why you haven’t heard from me in a few weeks. I don’t know if you’ve ever been in an accident, and I pray you never have to experience it, but I needed a little time to sort some things out, put others in perspective, and totally regroup. And let me just tell you, it was so necessary.
Soooo here I am, back refreshed again!!! I feel like I’ve been given a new lease on life…figuratively and literally…so I’ve decided to reinstate as of late, this motto I adopted back in 2009, that has evolved over the years, of course. I’m making it my business to:
LIVE FABULOUSLY! LOVE HARDER! & LAUGH LOUDER!
I have to enjoy my life to the fullest because I know tomorrow is not promised; situations happen, sometimes out of my control, which means, some things won’t always go as planned! I deserve the best, I will not settle, therefore I do and give my best. I am what I think I am (S.E.A.M).
I’ll have problems to solve and bills to pay. Love gives and takes away, it has the power to heal and hurt, so choose it wisely. People change for the good and the bad, by choice. I can’t take myself so seriously all the time, sometimes I need to “relax, relate & release” (in my Whitley Gilbert voice). And most importantly, God loves me no matter what!