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Ruby’s Recipes: ÔĽŅPan Seared Salmon Salad¬†

As much as I love seafood, I could slick be a pescatarian if I didn’t love me a good porterhouse steak, bbq and tacos! I mean, really I just love to eat.

Ain’t no shame in my game. (flips hair)

Nonetheless, I try to balance my ogre (think pretty version of Fiona in Shrek) pregnancy appetite with healthy options. Salads are a course an easy healthy option but I feel like I ALWAYS eat chicken salads. From time to time, I like to switch it up and add salmon for a fresh, light and swankier taste. Recipe below!

Ingredients for Pan Seared Salmon:

Salmon filet

Lemon Pepper Seasoning

Olive Oil

Skillet

 

Salmon is a very delicate fish and you have to ensure to prepare it correctly or it’ll be tough instead of its intended light and flaky texture!

 

Instructions:

Season salmon with lemon pepper and black pepper by generously sprinkling on top.

Rub in seasoning with your fingers to evenly distribute and create an outer coating

Heat pan on medium ‚Äď high (cast iron is my favorite) with just enough olive oil to cover the bottom of the skillet to ensure your salmon doesn‚Äôt stick!

Place salmon in skillet (non-skin side face down) and let sear for 3 minutes.

The best way to know when to flip the salmon, as with all fish, is by testing it with a little trick! With a spatula, try to flip it. If you feel hesitation, it’s not ready!

Once ready, flip then cook on the other side for another 3 minutes. Salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork. Squeeze fresh lemon juice for refreshing lemony taste!

Top salmon on your favorite salad mixture! For me, it is baby romaine lettuce, spinach, avocado, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese with balsamic vinaigrette. Healthy and delecatble meal in under 20 minutes!

How did you yours come out?

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Baby Brown’s Gender Reveal!

The time is here to find out the gender of Baby Brown!

In preparation for the party, I knew I wanted a simple menu with delectable appetizers under the theme of “beau” or “bow.” ¬†The menu consisted of “baby” items that were small and/or bite size such as baby quesadillas, baby meatballs, beef sliders, mini¬†pulled chicken bbq sandwiches, baby carrots, cucumbers and broccoli, fruit cups, ¬†taco dip, salsa¬†with scoops chips & salsa and cake pops!

    

 

We really wanted to be completely surprised and find out with all of your loved ones! In order to keep it a complete surprise, we had the doctor write down the gender of the baby and seal the envelope before giving it to us.

 

We had NO CLUE of the baby’s gender! Then, we took the envelope, blue and pink confetti to Jewel-Osco, ironically Party City will not fill the balloon with confetti, and had them fill the balloon with the correct color confetti! It was not until we popped the balloon that we found out with every one!

 

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 White Button Up Shirt Dress

White Corset Waist Belt

Gold Jeweled Choker

 

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Meet the Browns: Pregnancy Announcement!

I’ve been keeping a secrettttttt ūüėŹ We are very excited to share the newest member of the Brown family will be joining us September 2017!

Did I design custom shirts for the whole family for a mini pregnancy announcement photo shoot? Ummmm is my name Ruby? ūüė©ūüėā Yassss for the dramatics, I LIVEEEEE! Y’all don’t know how excited I am to finally take these photos and share the news with the world!

Now that the cats out the bag. Feel free to drop suggestions on how to stay healthy during pregnancy while wanting to eat like an ogre ūüė© I’m hungry now. Signing off, got to go eat. We liveeee baby!

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Don’t throw those roses away! DIY Rose Body Scrub & Rose Potpourri Pouch

Rinse. Reuse. recycle. As my mom always says, “Once you buy it, you can do what you want with it!” Well, Bay bought these roses for me but I am going to repurpose them to get the most out of the beauties. It’s been a week and they have held up magnificently but let’s face it, they will begin to wilt sooner than later. In this post, I will highlight 2 quick ways you can repurpose your roses!

FIRST: Unless your roses are organic, make sure to remove all pesticides by soaking the roses in baking soda for 15-20 minutes. You do not want to use roses/flowers with pesticides on your skin.

#1 Rose Body Scrub

Body scrubs are amazing to¬†gently remove dead skin cells, dirt and oil from the outer layer of skin. This helps to unclog pores and expose your skin’s underlying healthier layers.

Ingredients

1 cups Epsom Salt
3/4 cup baking soda
1 Rose
For Fragrance: Rose Essential oil  or Jasmine Essential Oil (Do NOT use NOT home fragrance on your skin!)

 

#2: Rose Potpourri Pouch  

Place them in your dresser drawers, closets or shoes to add a fresh fragrance to  them! Great to place in storage containers, cupboard to create fragrant aromas!

1 Organza Pouch

1 Rose

For Fragrance:  Rose Essential oil  or Jasmine Essential Oil

 

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Get Ready with Me Date Night Look Video Collaboration!

Ms. Rika of @RikaGlam and I loved filming a cute and easy get ready video featuring some pieces from the BrandedRoyalty.com collection. While I helped Erika accessorize her outfit,  she gave me a quick makeup beat to the GAWDSSSSS before my hot date.

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Biggest Lesson Learned from Superbowl Sunday.. Chile, it wasn’t about football!

When it comes to football, as the world renowned lyricist Trick Daddy stated, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know nan! Nope, nope.‚Ä̬†

All I know is that Super Bowl Sunday means pizza, wings, and great dips intertwined with the best commercials of the year. Honestly, I look forward to the commercials and piggin’¬†out chile. Give me my little dranky drank and conversation with my other girls partaking in the fake celebration of football. I don‚Äôt know much about the lead up to this Superbowl Sunday besides Deflate Gate and the possible wrongful use of drones to film other team‚Äôs practices. Shady McGrady business if you ask me. So, from there on, I was fake rooting for the Falcons.

Did I learn how many yards are needed for a 1st Down? No.

Did I learn the difference between the different flag colors? No.

Did I learn anything football related? Absolutely not!

Yet, I did learn a very important lesson: It‚Äôs not over, until you decide it’s over!

The faces of the Patriot fans accompanied by their social media posts drastically changed from the overzealous cheers of confidence to praying with the faith of a mustard seed. Child, rosaries came out and hearts began to beat rapidly hoping for mercy. It was over. I mean, it had to be right? It was the 2nd quarter with the Patriots not scoring, like Trina this time, not nan points.

 

But, wait how in the matter of a fill of guacamole and lime chips, a circle around the party being a Chatty Patty and a loud yell from the living room did the game become tied? As Braxton P. Hartnabrig would say, “What the heezy?”

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How did it happen you say? Because the Patriots were resilient, they were determined and committed to achieving their goals. They didn’t decide it was over.

It’s not over until you decide it’s over!

They didn’t let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential win. Let me say that again.

They didn’t let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential win.

Look at you neighbor and say neighborrrrrrr, “Don’t¬†let the fear of potential defeat diminish the glory of a potential ¬†win.”

Are you doing that in your life?

Do you push through despite all of the things that can go wrong? Or do you quit to prevent from failing?

Do you set goals for yourself with the mindset of accomplishing them by any means? Or do you allow yourself to be sidetracked by all the obstacles life throws your way?

Rather it’s starting your own business, getting that promotion at work, losing those extra pounds from last years resolution or embarking on your journey to financial freedom (plus that extra 5 you gained this year. Child, we all been there), are you going to do it? Are you going to commit to yourself? Because at the end of the day, you have to do it (Whatever it is) for YOU!

Or let me guess, you don’t have time, you work full-time and when you get home you don’t have time to work on your dreams? Oh, your kids are in involved in after school activities and sports so you don’t have time to go to the gym? Ohhhhhh you don’t know what you want to do in your career so you’ll just stay at this job because it’s comfortable? Excuses on top of excuses. Anything worth having, is worth fighting for. Are you going to fight for it?

You have permission to mess up the first quarter of your life, quarter and some change, of your life.

You have permission to make mistakes.

You have permissions to recognize¬†that you aren’t performing at the best of your abilities.

You don’t have to settle for less.

You don’t have to be comfortable with medicoritcy.

This uncofmortable phase of unhappiness you’re feeling, you can end it.

This does NOT have to be your destiny. It’s not over until you decide it’s over!

Most importantly, you have permission to rectify what’s wrong. Growth is the necessity of evolution. You can’t evolve in your spirit, your being and passions if you don’t grow!

No one can change your life but you. Are you going to do it?

If you don’t, who will?

I‚Äôll wait …..

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Ruby’s Recipes: Homemade Biscuits for a good ole’ country meal!

Yes, you can get you some canned or frozen biscuits and smack them in the oven but I can GUARANTEE they won’t last like these. Not to toot my own horn but beep beep ahhhh toot toot. There’s nothing, I mean nothing like some good thick southern biscuits chile! Add honey for a Popeyes feel or jelly for that belly in the morn’ting! ¬†Simple and easy.

When I cook, I just eyeball amounts. However,¬†if I say you need about two shakes of flour you mayyyy not know what I’m talking about. Thus, the hardest about making these biscuits were making sure to capture the correct measurements. You will love the simplicity of this recipe

First things first, I poppa — I mean, first things first, pre-heat the oven to 425¬į. Work with me y’all! I jams on the 90’s.¬†Preparation is key! Lay out all pf your ingredients, measuring cups and allow butter to begin softening on counter. Trick, place butter right on oven top as the heat will begin to help it melt.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 3/4 cup milk, ( feel free to add less or more per the consistency more)
  • Rolling Pin or (Wine Bottle wrapped in plastic wap. Hey, you gotta make sum shake! ūüíĀūüŹĹ)

Instructions:

Using a large mixing bowl, combine all of your dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. It is best to mix them when they are all dry to ensure the ingredients blend well. One of the worst things is biting into a patch of flour or salt! Blend it like you blend that makeup hunt!

If your butter still isn’t softened, fill a glass with water and microwave until boiling. Use a mitten to remove the glass from the microwave, pour out the water and place the butter under the glass with the opening towards the counter. Let it set to soften the butter for about 60 seconds. Repeat if needed.

After ensuring your butter is softened, cut the butter into cubes by cutting it vertically and horizontally. Then, take the butter knife in small sections to make cubes. You will then use a fork to smash the butter into the dry mix until it is a consistent texture. The butter should look like flakes in the mixture. DO NOT USE A MIXER! You want to butter to melt in flakes for that soft fluffy taste.

 

Now, you will need to slowly add milk into the middle of the mixture. You can use a large mixing spoon for the consistency until thick enough knead with your hands. The mixture should feel thick like dough and slight sticky. If still too dry, slowly add more milk only as needed.

How to roll the dough: Everybody get your roll on, everybody get your …roll on WHAT?!

 

Sift flour on a open countertop to create an even layer of flour by using a sifter or a cheese grater. (Queen of improvising taught you.) Place the dough on the flour and begin to roll. The thinner you roll the dough, the thinner the biscuit. The thicker you roll it, the thicker the biscuit.

 

 

 

 

 

Cut it, cut it, cut it, that dough is way too thick you need to cut ittt!

Once you have gotten it to your desired thickness, use a round glass to cut the dough. Tap the glass into the flour first to create a coating which will prevent it from sticking to the dough. Try to cut the biscuits as closely as possible to avoid any left overs. Look, you bet not waste those leftovers! Take the scraps, roll it in a ball and you got yourself a big ole biscuit. Waste not will not.

Bake for 10 minutes, spread butter on the top and bake another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Now, you can get down on it. Hannnnn.

                                    Finished product!
Breakfast is served! Homemade Biscuits Recipe ToBeRuby.com

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Rib eye steak, three cheese macaroni and fresh steamed green beans

16113249_10101857424204287_6236264399738159845_oFresh is where it’s at. Y’all, listen, you don’t know what you’re missing until you eat fresh vegetables. We grew up on fresh vegetables but in college I discovered canned vegetables and frozen broccoli. Look, it was kind of hard out here for a pimppp, when you eating tilapia but really want shrimpppp! I had to make it happen, let’s face it frozen and canned vegetables are just cheaper and quicker but not better for you..

Here’s a quick meal I whipped up for the family tonight. Time is of the essence, this meal took less than an hour from start to finish. Grandma need time to wind down before bed so ¬† ¬†dinner needs to be quick and easy so I can catch up on my shows. Yes, grandma loves her shows chile!

Ingredients:

Rib Eye Steak (3 for my family)

1lb Fresh Green Beans

Elbow Macaroni Noodles

1lb Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1lb Mozzarella Cheese

1lb Monterey Jack Cheese

1/2 cup milk

 

Seasonings:

Black Pepper

Onion Powder

Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

Salt

Pepper

 

Fresh Green Beans

Fresh green beans are more work but definitely worth the effort. Anything worth having is worth working for! Yes, maybe I got too deep on green beans, but that’s how passionate I am about them ūüėā

Prepare green beans by snapping the brown ends off and revealing the inner freshness of the vegetable. Place in sauvers, add water to the bottom of the pan and cook on low. The green beans take the longest to cook thus prepare and cook them first.

Macaroni & Cheese

Pre-heat oven for 400 degrees while beginning to boil the noodles. Fill pot halfway with water, dash of salt and oil to prevent noodles from sticking to each other. Once boiling, add 8 0z (half the box of noodles) until soft. Easy way to check, scoop a noodle with a spoon and sample for texture. Hey, I am not a fancy chef, I do things that work. ūüíĀūüŹĹ¬†Don’t replace spoon back in water, because, well, that’s just nasty – unless you’re just feeding your family. They drink off your cups and always eat off you plate anyway. ūüėā

Strain noodles in colander then place into baking pan. Quickly add cheeses as noodles will be hot and will begin melting the cheese. Spread evenly in the pan and place in oven until ooooey gooey approximately 10 minutes.

Rib Eye Steak

Steak is best prepared when it is room temperature. If a steak is freezing cole, it won’t cook as evenly and it doesn’t absorb the seasonings as easily. Tenderize the meat Season the rib eye steak with lawless, pepper and onion powder by sprinkling the seasonings evenly on both sides. Add oil to the skillet and cook on medium high for 5 minutes on each side until dark brown crust begins to form on bottom, cook 7 minutes¬†for medium well.

Now, place on a fancy plate and take a picture for the gram. Instagram stunting!

 

What are you favorite quick meals?

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Stuffed Bell Peppers in 5 Steps

Stuffed Bell Peppers Recipe

When you want to be fake fancy while serving a real family, this¬†is a quick and easy go to! The reality is, who has time to live in the kitchen when there’s a list of other things to tackle such as drinking wine and catching up on your shows? Not I said the cat, not I. Look, don’t judge me.

Ingredients:

4 Green Peppers

1lb Ground Turkey or Ground Beef

1/2 cup of brown rice (Get that minute rice if you have to, shoot!)

1/2 cup water

1 Medium Red Onion

1 Garlic Clove

1 teaspooon Lawry’s Seasoning Salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 can of tomato sauce

Only 5 Steps, then hit play on your DVR!

  1. The rice will always take the longest! Add rice and water into pot until boiling point. Then, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 to get it percolating. (It’s time for the perculator, it’s time for the perculator. Dewwwww Dewwwww! Ok, ok, ok I am back!)
  2. Ground turkey¬†is tricky to cook, if you don’t know what you’re doing. I’m not going to leave you hangin’ playa! Chop onions, garlic clove and season ground turkey with black pepper, onion powder and Lawrys at the very beginning! Ground turkey has to absorb that flavor or it will be bland. If you’re using ground beef, feel free to season throughout the browingine process. Stir constantly who mincing the meat.
  3. While the rice and meat cooking, you can prepare your green peppers. You can either chop the green peppers in half through the stem or cut the top off. It is all a matter of preference. I prefer them cut horizontally as they seem to cook evenly and are easier to season. Drizzle peppers with olive oil, salt and pepper to ensure they have flavor, too. Place on glass or non stick dish with opening face up.
  4. Mix rice, ground meat, tomato sauce and fill the green peppers with the mixture. Cover them with aluminum foil and place in oven for 25 minutes. add cheese for the last 5 minutes for the finishing touches.
  5. Serve on swanking table setting with garnish of your choice. Oh, you fancy huh?!

Want to be fancy? Use long sweet peppers to swank up your next dinner party!

Want to be healthier? Hold the cheese!

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Trap Transalations

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-8-18-52-pmIf you know me, you know I love all music. From one of my first purchased albums being¬†¬†Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill to, ironically, my next favorite album being¬†Jagged Edge, Jagged Little Pill. Jagged Edge is my favorite group of ALL TIME! Point blank period. Owned all their albums and still listen to them to this day! “Can’t take another heartbreak…Why’d you do the things you did, knowing that I loved you so babyyy!”“Can’t take another heartbreak…Why’d you do the things you did, knowing that I loved you so babyyy!”¬†I digress. I know, I know the sidetracking in me never left. I love to paint a story, I can’t help it ūüėā

Now, that’s the r&b/pop side of me who you will catch listening to Trey Songz on repeat, my favorite male artist (Have y’all listen to his covers? His mixtape are equivocal to his albums! Yuuuup), being a Belieber and of course sipping on my Lemonade with Yonce. The other side of me, loves trappin’ out the bando. ¬†Yes, I mean Future, Torey Lanez, ¬†2 Chainz and artist alike. ūüĎÄ

Are you judging me?

Like one of my mentors in my head, Shonda Rhimes, THE SHONDA RHIMES says in her book, Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, you will not come up on my page judging me.

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out hearing the rap music blare in your ear motivating you to get snatched while you find your “tempo like I’m DJ mustard whew!”
or motivating you to just get it done -whatever “it” is. No excuses. No complaints. Just trapping out the bando!

Besides random mumbling of disoriented lyrics with lack of substance that some rap songs have, sometimes all you need is a good beat. Like people kill me thinking everything has to be deep! Not all music is deep. Some music is specifically made for you to wipe off your head, shoulders, knees, toes because you ON! B-O-O-S-I-E B-A-D – ok, sorry I just mentally got turned up. I’m back, I’m back.! My point is there’s good music with clear meaning, depth and strong messaging, dance music with fun catchy lyrics to make you pop lock and drop it and some music that falls in between.

In this edition of Trappin Translations, we will visit the contributions of the orginator of one of my favorite motivational songs in the fine art of rap. Big Sean (Boooooiii!) is the artist whom created ¬†“Bounce Back.” The lyrics read,

Last night took an L, but tonight I bounce back
Wake up every morning, by the night, I count stacks

Trap Transalation:

Let’s talk about this, last night he took an L also known as a loss but by the end of the night he was able to bounce back. He was able to recuperate what he had loss rather it be his focus, his ability to achieve a goal or a certain amount of funds. ¬†Despite the situation that could have defeated him, discouraged him from pushing forward to prosper in his day, he was able to persevere by the end of that very same day. Talking about motivation?!?

Rather wanting to start your own business, climbing the corporate ladder, you should want to have this same mindset that one day can change anything!

Any day that you don’t, as Big Sean says in this song, wake up in “beast modeeee”, or not dedicated to your craft or showcasing your talents is a day that you can miss out on that opportunity! You never know who is watching you or whom you may encounter that day. It could be a influential customer who unexpectedly promotes your business or senior management who notices the astounding work your have been doing on a project. You just never know!

What is one of your favorite rap/trap songs? If you would like for me to review a certain song, drop your suggestions below!

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