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I am beautiful …

15 Apr

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I am beautiful……. when I can look around and see all that is good and wonderful in the world!

How about you?

 

 

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia :)

Photo: Alexander McQueen runway butterfly head-piece.

DivaMoms Presents: On Grace…Susie Orman Schnall!

10 Apr

On Grace - CakeWhenever Lyss Stern tells you about a book, everyone listens!  So Divamom‘s choice for its Book Club was such an excellent choice!  On Grace by Susie Orman Schnall!

On Tuesday, April 8th the novel’s debut introduction was held in NYC, at a beautiful place named the DASHA Wellness  & Spa.  As you walked towards the Wellness Center; two charming woman greeted you with a big smile.  Walking further, two glass doors and as you opened them, you hear “Welcome Dolls!”

The space was rather large and your mind was quickly transformed to relax merely by the scent of jasmine in the air and beautiful white hydrangea all around.  A cocktail bar with all the fabulous favorites and trays of chocolate.   Refreshing cucumber water, chocolate truffles, platters of fruit and vegetables.

DASHA associates were providing mini massages to all the guests and giving tickets for a raffle to win two DASHA services at the close of the evening!  This is what you call Mommy pampering!

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Then as you turned, the beautiful Susie Orman Schnall, the author of On Grace was meeting and greeting everyone with such enthusiasm.  I wanted to know about her novel even more after meeting her!

Lyss proudly spoke about Divamom’s Book Club, its history and her warm felt introduction of Susie was received by an  abundance of applauses throughout!

IMG_2654Everyone hushed to hear Susie read an excerpt of her novel!  Without giving too much away about the novel, it’s a narrative of a young woman approaching her 40′s and exploring all the aspects of life which can, could and will affect a woman!  Dasha Wellness Spa

 

 

 

Soon after the novel was available to buy! For all purchases, Susie so kindly wrote a short message to the reader with her signature!  Cake cutting, DASHA gift bags and surprised winners were announced for the raffle tickets given at the start of the evening!   A wonderful time had by all!  For me, it was such a pleasure meeting Susie.  Susan Orman Schnall

 

Now… how could I talk about the novel, unless I read it!  So I had an entire day filled with On Grace!   It started early this morning while having breakfast, during lunch, waiting in the doctor’s office and then the long line I was on in Costco!  Rushing through my 30 minute exercise; upon returning home  - within shy of 12:30 AM with a cup of chamomile tea, I just finished the Epilogue!!!!!

 

Whew! Such a delightful page turner, leaving me thinking about how precious life truths are and the hardest part to do…is the next step!

Before leaving the event last night, I purchased an extra novel and it’s signed!  I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to introduce you to the author, see her literary style and most importantly enjoy a good novel; which I so enjoyed reading!

So I am doing a giveaway*!  And you know how when you read you like to relax…..so with the novel, I am also including one of my favorite candles by Thompson Ferrier! On Grace Novel & Candle Giveaway

To be in the giveaway, please leave a comment on your interest of the novel either on this post or on Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design’s Facebook page.  All comments will be read and I will select one person on April 21st!

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Thanks, Letia :)

Photos and purchases by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design.  To know more about Susie, please review her web page.  For more information on upcoming events with Divamoms, review their Event Page.  Info on 2013′s Mom Mogul Breakfast by Divamoms click here. DASHA Wellness Spa – Flagship is located at 115 East 57th Street, Suite 520 New York, NY, 10022 212.755.5500  Thompson Ferrier Candles are candles with true perfume fragrances.

 * Giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 united states or the District of Columbia, who are at least 18 years of age and at least of the age of majority in their state of residence at the time of entry, except employees or immediate families of Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC (including those living in the same household). All information requested to mail prizes to winner, will be kept private and confidential. All items were purchased and sponsored by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle and Design LLC; not the companies selected for giveaway items. By entering this giveaway, the contestant is in agreement with the terms provided. Winner will be announced during the week of April 20, 2014.

MLB! Baseball is Starting! So Pretzel or Hot Dog?

31 Mar

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It’s Spring!  Major League Baseball Opening Day!  That’s right!  While everyone is wondering whether the rumors are true of trades, ticket sales, uniforms styles….I’ll be thinking about what to wear to be dressed for the occasion and the food!  Yes the food!

Quiet as it is kept, only if there some good eats – I will be able to endure an overtime!  It’s the well done hot dog for me (two) with kraut, relish and mustard; fries – all with a nice cold beer!

There are fancy items now in the food arenas, actually gourmet dining.   But I must have my old standby – the hot dog. How about you?

Happy Opening Day!  The ultimate best for the season!  Woo Hoo!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

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10 Things You Might Not Know About St. Patrick’s Day!

15 Mar

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Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (“the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).  From the parades, the dancing, the music, the eating and the drinking – it’s a fun time had by all ages!  Everyone enjoy!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia :)

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“Sometimes the simplest wedding moments are the greatest ones!”

14 Mar

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Carrot Cake Recipe Needed?

2 Mar

It has been stated that a recipe is not a good recipe until you have tried it out!

Well, the latest attempt – showed something was missing!  I can’t put my finger on it!

I’d followed it line by line, measure by measure…..and it did not taste good at all.  I’m disappointed, in my mind I was going to have a slice to go right with my cup of coffee!  A bust!

Now, I could buy a box cake, but it just seems not the right thing to do!  If you have a recipe, tried, tasted and true!   Please, please, please send me one, I would like to do another attempt at one of my favorites!  :)

You can either e-mail me the recipe  (lee@lmlifestyleanddesign.com) or place it right in the comment box below!  And let me know where the recipe originated from, it’s backstory….it’s always good to hear the stories surrounding a good recipe!  :)

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PS…I’ll  will let you know how I made out!

I’m in Love with a Jamaican Bammy!

22 Feb

I’m just returning from a wonderful vacation in Jamaica W.I., where I discovered and absolutely fell in love with and tried all types of dishes – all true authentic Jamaican cuisine!

The most important part of the day is always breakfast! This is where one staple item became my recent love …,,,they are called bammies.

A bammy or bami is a traditional Jamaican cassava flatbread descended from the simple flatbread eaten by the Arawaks, Jamaica’s original inhabitants. Today, it is produced in many rural communities and sold in stores and by street vendors in Jamaica and abroad.

Bammies have been consumed since pre-Columbian times and is believed to have originated with the native Arawak people. For centuries, it was the bread staple for rural Jamaicans until the cheaper, imported wheat flour breads became popular in the post-World War II era.

Researching the facts while sipping my rum punch by the pool, I found out in the 1990s, the United Nations and the Jamaican government established a program to revive bammy production and to market it as a modern, convenient food product!  So bammies are very, very important!

So what is a bammy made of? So I had my Aunt Vadney with me to tell me all about it in her British accent…. which was so special!

Bammy is made from bitter cassava (also called yuca and manioc in other American cultures). Traditionally, the cassava is grated and placed in a press bag (woven with thatch leaves) and placed in an outdoor press where heavy stones are loaded on.

Once completely drained, but still a bit moist, the cassave is beaten in a mortar then sieved to a fine flour texture. Salt is then added to taste.  The actual baking of bammies varies across Jamaica!

Spreading a handful of the flour evenly in a baking ring on a flat iron or griddle on the open fire. While baking, the top of the bammy is patted with a flat board and then turned over.”

The baking process takes about 3 minutes and the final product is a thin, foldable bread about 10″ in diameter. This is similar to traditional tortillas of Native American cultures. It can then be eaten with whatever fillings are desired.

For a more modern (and popular) approach is to bake thicker bammies about 6″ in diameter, mass-produced in factories. When home-baked, the flour may be store-bought or made by hand-pressing.

The bammy can be baked on griddles or in baking pans on a stove top. Some choose to bake it inside an oven, add butter and other spices before baking.

Baking takes longer due to the thickness, and the final product is then cut into halves or wedges for freezing. When ready to eat, the wedges are soaked in coconut milk and then fried to a golden brown and served with meat, fish, avocado or other side dishes.  Aunt Vadney mentioned a little honey with a spot of tea is quite nice!

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Bammies, like wheat bread and tortillas, are served at any meal or consumed as a snack.   I fell in love with them and had it with my breakfast! Here’s the simple recipe!

Ingredients

1 pound Sweet cassava
A pinch of salt
1 tin of coconut milk
Preparation
Peel the cassava
Grate it
Wring out as much of the toxic juice as you can and discard the juice.
Add salt
Divide the mixture up in to one-cup sized portions.
Flatten each portion in to a thick disc shape.

Cooking
Add to a greased frying pan.
Fry each side of the Bammies over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes on each side.
Take out of the frying pan and soak in coconut milk for 5 minutes.
Place the Bammies back in the pan and fry until they are a light brown colour.

Then came the roasted yam with salt fish !!!! All I can say is HEAVEN!  Hope you are now hungry!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia :)

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