Turkey Pasta Salad

Disclosure:  As a member of the #SwitchCircle for Jennie-O, I received this product in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are 100% my own.
The weather this month hasn’t been as warm as it usually is so I haven’t fired up the grill yet…as a matter of fact, I haven’t even uncovered the pool which I normally do on Mother’s Day weekend.
Well, it may still be a bit too chilly to start cooking outdoors, but it’s not too chilly to start cooking lighter which is why thisTurkey Pasta Salad was perfect for a mid-week meal.

If you have been following along on my Instagram page you would have seen that I received three flavors of Jennie-O Smoked Turkey and the one that I used for this recipe was the Hickory Smoked Cajun Style.
  • 1 – 12 oz box of Rotini Pasta
  • 1 – package Hickory Smoked Cajun Style Turkey – diced
  • 1 – small onion – diced
  • 1 – container of cherry tomatoes – sliced
  • Dressing of choice
  • Shredded Cheese
ingredients for Turkey Pasta Salad SMLXL

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Prepare Pasta according to cooking directions, drain
  • Place Turkey Breast in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes
  • Wash and cut Cherry Tomatoes in half
  • Peel and dice onion
Turkey Pasta Salad SMLXL

  • Drain pasta and place in a large bowl, add diced Turkey Breast, diced tomatoes, and onion
  • Toss with a little dressing and top with shredded cheese
Pasta Turkey Salad SMLXL

Let’s Chat: what is your favorite Pasta Salad?

Wayback Wednesday – Mother’s Day Magazine

Happy Mother’s Day to all my friends, family and followers.  I hope you enjoyed your day, no matter what you did or didn’t do.  I started my day at Church but not before taking a few pictures with Tayair who had to go to work later at Home Depot.  We also took a few pics holding a portrait of Malik, who as you know is away at Bowie State University and won’t be home until Friday.


Hubby turned on the Keurig for my morning coffee but forgot to put in a Pod so I ran late for church getting there at 11:30 but I needed my caffeine.

This week’s Wayback Wednesday post is not going to cover the 60s or 70s, as we are only going back two years to 2015.  If you have been following my previous blog, DeDivahDeals, then you would have remembered the series of posts entitled Headed to Hollywood in which I chronicled my trip to California to be a Brand Ambassador for Depend/Walmart for a Vibrant Nation Campaign and appeared in the May issue of Woman’s Day Magazine.
Brand Ambassar SMLXL

Needless to say, this was an exciting accomplishment in my blogging career and although there hasn’t been anything to top it, I haven’t given up.  As a matter of fact, I just got back from New York hosting the 1st Annual Brand Ambassador Award Launch for AAU Global Production Media Group and next Sunday, I will be hosting my first Blogging and Beauty Mixer at the Reallook Med Spa.
This is the dress that I received for the photo shoot which is a Diane Von Ferstenberg and at the time the retail value was over $300 – which is by far the most expensive dress in my closet.
The shoes were a recent purchase from Ross and I love the chunky heels, a throwback classic from the 60s.
diane von furstenberg dress SMLXL

The purse, Relic Brand was purchase from Kohl’s last summer and the color is a perfect compliment to the dress.
Let’s Chat: what is the most expensive item in your closet?


Mother’s Day Will Be Bittersweet

REPOSTING FROM DeDivahDeals in 2012
  • Today at 50, I’ve been a mother for almost 20 years
  • My grandmother was 50 when I was born, she took me & my sis under her wing at the age of 57 and lived to be 98
  • Mother’s Day will be bittersweet
  • The parent of a 3-month preemie weighed a mere 2.5 lbs, not sure if he would live or die
  • My God is Awesome

  • I look in the mirror and see my mother
  • Bore but did not raise me
  • Died before I really got to know her
  • Feared I would have to care for her in her old age
  • Grandmother said in order to live a long life you have to treat everybody right and pray

  • Mother’s Day will be bittersweet
  • Not a friend but a fierce protector and provider
  • Mother never saw her grandsons
  • A mother of 2 black males – RIP Trayvon
  • In the store – keep your hands out of your pockets or they think you are stealing
  • Don’t lower your eyes
  • Know your history – never forget where you came from
  • Work hard
  • No fear
  • Believe and achieve
  • No drinking drugs or wild and crazy women
  • Pray every day
  • Bless your food
  • Be grateful
  • Study hard
  • Eat your food
  • Don’t eat too much candy

Mother’s Day will be bittersweet

  • You got an “F”!
  • Stop crying 
  • You’ll feel better
  • Didn’t I tell you
  • Now, why did you do that?
  • Wait for your brother
  • Are you listening to me?
  • What did you say!
  • I love you
  • Here, try this
  • Be nice
  • Save your money
  • Get a job
  • Go outside and play
  • You have to work 
  • Leave him alone
  • Say “cheese”
  • Come here
  • Sit down
  • Are you crazy?
  • What did you do?
  • Buried my father never knew my paternal grandparents 
  • I had a brother
  • my lil sis is gone
  • I’ll never be an aunt
  • Mother’s Day will be bittersweet
  • Don’t spit that out
  • I said, let’s go…now
  • Stop it
  • Gloria was killed
  • Do your homework
  • Turn off that tv
  • Dinner!
  • Have a good day
  • God bless you
  • How was school today?
  • Change your clothes
  • Clean your room


  • Mother’s Day will be bittersweet
  • Get up!
  • Make your bed
  • breakfast!
  • Take out the trash
  • Stop it!
  • working hard until he graduates from college
  • Remembering the fear of his first day on the bus, bigger fear, first day driving alone
  • emergency room visits
  • months and months in the hospital
  • surgeries, feeding tubes, IV’s, Central lines, RSV, NICU, PICU
  • what did I do to deserve this
  • God, why?
  • Teach me how to swim
  • can’t breastfeed
  • crying all the time
  • will this ever end?
  • fell off the bike
  • pregnant again…fear
  • water broke…uh oh
  • never got a maternity leave
  • Slow down
  • Barium Swallows, MRI’s
  • McDonald’s ball pit
  • Mother’s Day will be bittersweet
  • Pediasure, Pedylyte, nebulizer, syringe, pulse ox, nurses
  • Pick that up
  • Put that back
  • don’t play with that
  • Leave it alone
  • Boy don’t make me come and get you
  • I’m an orphan no mother
  • Mother’s Day will be bittersweet
  • IEPs, Department of Disabilities, nurses and kids, special ed classes, mainstreaming
  • Go sit down!
  • come here
  • Where you going?
  • I’ll put the ashes in the coffin with mama…


Mother’s Day will be bittersweet




Mother’s Day and MotoZ Photo Shoot

Disclosure:  This honest review for Verizon Wireless was facilitated by the loan of a Motorola MotoZ Droid and Hasselblad True Zoom Lens – all opinions are 100% my own as the Delaware Blogger #spon #VerizonWireless
Okay ladies answer me this question, and guys don’t go anywhere because I need an answer from you about the lady in your life.
Ladies, do you like trying on clothes in the department store dressing room or do you prefer to make the purchase then take the clothes home to try on in the comfort of your own bath or bedroom?
I must admit that I dislike taking the time to try on clothes in the store, but hate it more when I have to return something due to the fact that it doesn’t fit.

For example, this dress looked so cute hanging on the rack and I thought it would be perfect to wear to New York for the1st Annual Brand Ambassador Award Launch sponsored by AAU Global Production Media Group.

Unfortunately, the neck line it not cut to be as flattering as I would like so this dress will be returned to the store.  Hubby is really loving his retirement and has been sleeping in late, so he hasn’t been taking myOutfit of the Day pictures.
Today I purposely rushed home early so that he could take these photos before the sun went down.

If you remember, I had previously reviewed theMotorola MotoZ  Droid with the Projection Screen, but this Motomods attachment is a camera lens that attaches to the back of the phone.
I really liked it because it allow you to zoom in up to 10x and it has an amazingly fast shutter speed. There are options for aProfessional Mode, VideoandPaVideo aand alsoa regular point and shootPhotosetting.  It also includes a carrying case for storing the lens when not in use.

It took a few minutes for hubby to get used to the adjustments, but after a few tries it was easy and he was able to capture these images of me on the back deck, and of course I took an “usie”.

It’s amazing how far Smartphones have evolved, as a matter of fact with the MotoZ Droid and Hasselblad 4116 True Zoom I won’t need to break out my DSLR Camera when I want to do a few quick outfit of the day photo shots, what do you think?
In all honesty, I like theMotorola MotoZ Droid better than theSamsung GalaxySmartphone because the photo quality is much better.  When it’s time for an upgrade I will definitely be making the switch.

I haven’t been shopping in months, actually, I went the entire winter and only thrifted a few pieces so I felt the need to splurge at least on a dress forMother’s Day.  Of the four that I purchased, I will only be keeping these two.

I love the wide belt on this dress, but I see that I need to work on my wide waist – wide neck….wow – it was a long winter and I need to get back into an exercise routine!

Hasselblad 4116 True ZoomThehas a 10x Optical Zoom so you can capture details brilliantly – check out this Tulip!

The Hasselblad Lens has a built inXenon Flashand it comes with a Carrying Case and Quick Start Guide. The MotoZ Droid turns on and off quickly with it’s jazzy Lenovo startup screen and the photo quality is amazing.
Oh and the coolest thing about the powering on of the lens is: you can twist your wrist twice and the camera app starts up and it also activates the True Zoom Moto Mod lens shake it again and it turns into selfie mode!
“Shake Shake Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture”

After hubby finished taking pictures I decided to try out the video feature which you can check out below:
So which one of the dresses should I wear for Mother’s Day Brunch?

Missing Mom and Blogging Away the Blues

Mother’s Day has been bittersweet for me since 2009, and if you have been following me for awhile you will remember the post that I wrote.  If not, please check back in onSunday as it will be reposted.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my sons and enjoy our annual dinners atRuby Tuesday’seven though Malik hasn’t been home to celebrate in the past two years…however, he does call.

Anyway, any time that I get to spend time with my mini men it’s Mother’s Day!

Both hubby and I are adult orphans as neither of us have parents nor grandparents and it’s during the month of May when we miss our mothers and grandmothers the most.

Hubby’s mother, Adelaide passed away in August 2013, but her birthday was May 6th and I lost my grandmother on May 1st 2009, so May is a month of mourning as well as a celebration of Mother’s Day.

Listening to a recent radio broadcast I heard a doctor say that journaling is a great way to cope with depression and as you know Blogging is journaling so Blogging is Good for the Mind, Body and Soul!
How do you deal with stress and depression…how do you deal with loss and grief?  Writing clears the mind and heals the soul so why not start a blog?

If you are in Delaware, stay tuned for the schedule of the next Blogging and Beauty Mixer to be held at Reallook Med Spa in June.
Seating for the first Blogging and Beauty Mixer is at capacity and I am looking forward to meeting with the attendees so we can discuss why having a blog is good for the mind body and soul.
If you are interested in starting a blog or are looking to make your current one better, head over to my website or send an email to book a one-on-one consultation, ABlake Enterprises.
I am wishing all my moms, grandmas, Nanas, MomMoms a very