Family Meal Made for Less Than 2 Bucks


If you read this post with the recipe for Boiled Plantains then you know that during the recent Grand Opening of the Lidl (lee-tle) grocery store in Middletown, they had some great bargains.  In addition to the fresh fruits and veggies, they also had a good deal on their Jasmine Rice, Cooking Sauces and fresh chicken, so in using these three ingredients, I was able to create a tasty meal for 3 for less than 2 bucks each!



chicken marsala




2 – Packages thinly sliced Chicken Breasts or Cutlets

1 – Cup Jasmine Rice -prepared according to package directions

1/2 – Jar Cooking Sauce – I used Tikka Marsala Sauce

Olive Oil Cooking Spray


Chicken Marsala



Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place chicken breasts/cutlets in a glass baking dish pan coated with cooking spray

Pour 1/2 jar of Cooking Sauce covering each piece

Rinse and cook Jasmine Rice according to directions

Cover baking dish, and bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken juices run clear

Serve over rice and enjoy!


Let’s Discuss – Do you have a recipe for a family meal that can be prepared for under $2 bucks if so please share!



The information in this blog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights.  This blog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer, it is solely my opinion.

Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.

I Was a Wild Child in the 60s

wild children of the 60s



Back in the 60’s we were all wild childs…

We rode bikes without a helmet

We rode in cars with no seat belts nor airbags

We sat in the front seat of cars with no restraints or piled up in the back of a station wagon



We lived in apartments with lead paint

We rode our bikes across town, (just had to be in before dark)

We drank from garden hoses

We drank from dirty water fountains

We chewed gum all day then wrapped it in paper for the next day

We ate candy from the necks of other people



We didn’t wash our hands after playing in dirt – spit was our antibacterial hand sanitizer

We hit kids in the head with Dodge Balls

We climbed ropes without protection



We ate what was put in front of us and didn’t complain otherwise we got smacked in the mouth

We played in rusted out cars, taxis, and vacant railroad trains



We inhaled 2nd hand smoke from our parents and drank from their glasses

We shared everything – clothes, shoes, and bathtub water

We had the front door key to let ourselves in with no fear of being snatched


second hand smoke in the 50s


Man, we were some wild childs back in the 60’s – how did we manage to stay alive?


Let’s Chat: What was the wildest thing you did in childhood?

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On my 56th Birthday I Wore Purple to the Green Turtle

Fashion and Fun after Fifty


On Wednesday, September 20th, I celebrated my 56th Birthday and even though I took the day off from work, which is my tradition, I was still up and out early starting the day at Delaware Technical and Community College for a 1 Million Cups presentation by Tanya Whye, President, CEO of Delaware Green, Mattress Disassembling, and Recycling.


celebrating 56th birthday
Purple Sheath Dress from JCPenney and Necklace from Walmart


A few months ago I was invited to become a volunteer organizer so every Wednesday at 8:00 am,  I am there listening to entrepreneurs and new business owners presenting their ideas or promoting their products/services. Next week, I will have the honor of emceeing the program.  If you are a small business owner, who is interested in giving an 8-minute presentation, free to promote your business, click this link to submit a request.




From there, I drove further into town to meet with Alex Close, the Corporate Relations Manager for the Sunday Breakfast Mission, which is an organization that not only feeds and shelters the homeless in Wilmington but also helps to restore lives to right relationships with God, families, and society.  He gave me a tour of the facility and we talked about ways in which I can promote the Sunday Breakfast Mission on my blog.


Sunday Breakfast Mission in Delaware


I left a little before noon and headed back home but not before stopping to get my nails done at my favorite salon, and I chose a Pale color Dip Powder manicure.  Then a quick stop at Summit Liquors for a bottle of my favorite wine, Liberty Creek Moscato before getting home at 1 pm.


Hubby was on the phone with our son, Malik and I had to pry him loose because I was starving!  I chose to have lunch at the Green Turtle which is a Sports Bar that recently opened a location in Middletown.  I didn’t want anything too heavy because I was conducting Part 2 of the Building Your Blog Workshop at DelTech later in the evening so I just had a Turkey and Cheese Flatbread sandwich with Raspberry Sauce and it was satisfying.


The Green Turtle Sports Bar


However, if you read the birthday post, you would have known that I wanted to be a kid again even if only for just a few hours, so I ordered a large glass of Lemonade and it was sweet!


The Green Turtle in Middletown



All and all, my birthday was blessed because it was spent assisting others and isn’t that what makes living worth living?


fashion after fifty

birthday lunch at a sports bar


Blogging to Build a Better Business

Delaware Blogger

A blog is a better business card for businesses in promoting their brand!


A blog is a better business card for businesses in promoting their brand


Blogging for business is not a new concept and for many small businesses, it can be an extremely effective tool to add to their social media footprint.  A blog will help establish and/or broaden their brand or position themselves in their area of expertise.

A strong social network can become an asset for any business. Social media offers every business the opportunity to strengthen relationships with their target audience, creating loyal customers and even brand advocates. 

Unfortunately, many companies are still not getting the best out of their social media accounts. Yet social media is big business: 74% of all internet users use social networking sites, and for younger adults, the percentage is even larger.

However, marketing on FREE social media platforms is not always FREE nor do you own them.  Anytime the creators of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platform gurus decide to change the algorithm, privacy settings, advertisement guidelines or timeline promotion, there is nothing you can do except roll with the tide even if it means losing fans and followers.  

On the other hand, a blog created and hosted on WordPress, for example, is owned by you and you have total control as to what you want to promote and when you want to promote it.  This is your choice, not Mark  Zuckerberg.  The ultimate benefit of blogging is the opportunity to communicate expertise and establish the business as a reliable resource.


content is king in blogging


While “Content is King Platform is Queen.”

Creating a platform is about building a social media presence, a stage that can be seen above the crowd. Content is the message, but a platform provides visibility, amplification, and engagement with your targeted audience.

Social media is a great tool for driving traffic to a website, but a blog will do more to build a platform. While there is much debate about the return on investment (ROI) for time spent on social media, the results of blogging are easier to evaluate with Google Analytics.


Google Analytics charts your unique visitors, comments, interactions, time on site and other social media metrics which help businesses learn more about their customer interests and problems that need to be solved.  Any owner of a small business could benefit from creating a blog as part of their website or as a stand-alone platform.  


When first starting it is important to make friends or engage with bloggers in the same niche if you are looking for partners in promoting your products.  You might be interested in reading more about working with bloggers in this post.


There is proof that not only can your blog help promote your business, it can even become an additional source of revenue.  Blogs are one of the top online services to influence a purchase. When making overall purchase decisions, consumers rank blogs third behind retail and brand sites.


As a blogger and the content creator of, which received the 2017 Best Blog Award from NorthDELAWhere Happenings Magazine and in 2013 the Reader’s Choice Best Blog Award from Delaware Today magazine, I have conducted workshops and training programs for many years teaching others how to blog.  


award winning blogger in Delaware


In these workshops, I have provided training to over 500 small business owners, entrepreneurs, and solopreneurs, teaching them how to create a business blog, how to use social media to drive traffic as well as ways in which to monetize their blogs.  

As a matter of fact, I will be presenting to a small group of business owners at the YWCA in Wilmington on Thursday evening.  If you are interested in learning more and would like to engage my services, head over to to learn more.


ABlake Enterprises rack card


ACCORDING TO THE CORPORATE-EYE.COM “The power of blogs in influencing consumer purchase decisions is stronger than you might realize. According to data from a research study conducted by Research Now, nearly nine in 10 consumers (84%) make purchases after reading about a product or service on a blog. Among consumers between the ages of 18-34, blogs ranked as the most important source of information to make buying decisions. Among consumers between the ages of 35-54, blogs ranked as the second most important source behind friends, family, and colleagues. Even older consumers (55 and older) value blogs when making purchase decisions ranking them third in terms of importance behind friends, family, and colleagues and editorial articles”


A Blog is a better business card that will broaden the brand and expand their exposure online.


Let’s Chat:  Do you enjoy reading business blogs?  If so, which one is your favorite?

HBCU Homecomings are EPIC


Homecoming is a fall tradition of welcoming back former students and educators celebrating their college’s existence.   Attending your adult child’s homecoming weekend is usually a big deal, especially if your student is a freshman at your alma mater.  

However, you must remember that your adult children have been gone for 3 months, and it may be the first time you are reconnecting, but it’s on their home turf.  He or she is no longer your baby and there are practical rules to follow.  You can’t just roll onto the yard and treat them like they were still your children at home no matter how much you have contributed financially to their education.



Homecoming at HBCUs are absolutely epic and even more special. Although it certainly isn’t the most important part of your university experience, having a homecoming that everyone flocks to is amazing.   HBCUs compete to outdo each other with celebrity appearances, epic fashion shows, amazing concerts, step shows, and so much more.



On this Podcast, my special guests are members of the Delaware State University Forever Friends DSU Alumni association and the topic is HBCU Homecoming Happenings @ Delaware State University which kicks off on October 13, 2017.

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