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Hot Summer Day! Soft Serve vs. Scoop Ice Cream?

17 Aug


Icecream ball

Creamed Ice Cream by Cascadian Farms

It’s 92 degrees outside and I’m loving the air conditioning inside.  I have to run an errand and dread going outside!

So with my water in my bag and shoes changed to flats; on my way.  Finally to  get to the front door and sighed for it feels like a furnace on my face.  I couldn’t help but to say loud “It’s HOT!!!!!!!!!!”

So I did my errand quickly and I didn’t want anything heavy to eat; but something real cool! Ice Cream…that’s it!  Vanilla ice cream!

One block walk and I’m at the ice cream place, crowded of course and I stand on line waiting to be served.  Lo and behold, which I can tell that I’d just walked into a lengthy discussion – just by the look on the people’s faces before me!


Chocolate Mint, Chocolate, Mango, Strawberry and Maple Fudge Extra Scoops

“Do you like soft serve or hard scooped ice cream?”  This was the topic. ‘Yeah you….hey a newcomer to the convo!”; said this sweetest looking elderly woman.  I really didn’t care, for I just wanted vanilla…ice cream….to keep cool; real simple!  So I thought, for voices were raised!

They were talking about Mr. Softee, sugar cones, milk, sugar….all the ingredients of ice cream; no taste to has taste.  It seems that it would never end, like a circle… soft serve or scooped????

I really had to go and all eyes were on me, when I said Soft serve!   Then the sweet elderly woman, “See I knew it”. Back in the day………



Sweet Corn Ice Cream

It was quite comical and what a way to spend the afternoon, talking about a topic loved by so many.  I would have loved to know how it ended, but I really had to go before the scouts come looking! Perhaps it never ended!!

I’ve asked my friends on Facebook which has also started a lengthy discussion too.  So I said, it would be fun to ask here too… what’s your take!   Enjoy your last few weeks of summer and keep cool!

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Historians estimate that this recipe evolved into ice cream sometime in the 16th century. England seems to have discovered ice cream at the same time, or perhaps even earlier than the Italians. “Cream Ice,” as it was called, appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century. France was introduced to similar frozen desserts in 1553 by the Italian Catherine de Medici when she became the wife of Henry II of France. It wasn’t until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public.

Photos by Cascadian Farms, Sweet Corn Ice Cream by Geezer – 3rdArmbizxe, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design. 

Mika Brzezinski! All Things At Once!

9 Aug

mika-brzezinski-21Continuing with my summer book list; it’s about an extraordinary woman!  Mika Brzezinski!  I have a few favorite morning shows and MSNBC’s Morning Joe is one of them, because of this lady!

There’s nothing like being up early in the morning at 5 AM and seeing this beautiful woman, ready and able!   The chemistry between her and her co-host Joe Scarborough is amusing; but yet wonderful to see the respect that they have for one another!

For those tough questions that have to be asked or perhaps when Mika is not satisfied with the answer provided –  I can always count on her to say exactly what I would say; she’s on it!  Or even those times when perhaps she makes me take a few minutes to let it marinate what was said among the round table of guests; ends up transcending to some valid points!

All At Once by Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinski

This left me wanting to know more about Mika Brzezinski and I didn’t want it from any newspaper clippings, someone’s interpretation or an opinion based on 10 minute segment!  So I decided to hear it from her!

She made it very simple, I read her first memoir!  Who best to tell…. than her!

While sitting on my balcony, with a beautiful summer breeze – I’d finished the last chapter of her book called All Things at Once <very honest and vivid!)>  So vivid, at times I could actually be put right in the scenes she was foretelling of her life.  Her life of humble beginnings and how we sometimes want to separate the things that we do – as if we do it separately.  But in all actuality we do it all the same time!

Although being the daughter of former national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski can open a few doors for you; it was up to Mika to make sure she held her own ground.

We always hear, that you can have it all and then you come to realize; having it all sometimes is not what it seems.  There is a juggling act and since there is only one of you, something or someone is going to be disappointed!  It might be even you, most of the time.

Mika explained how her life involves so many roles and the challenges.  A wife, a mother and person who gives it all in her job.  In many instances, questioning your decisions and often more that not feeling guilty; remembering all that glitters is not gold.  There are so many lessons in this book, where she says it has shaped her into the woman that she is today.

“I may have been woefully unprepared for that assignment, but my biggest mistake was taking it on at all.  Ultimately, that was the greatest lesson: be honest.  It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do, or what level you’re at.  Know your limitations. Know that it is okay to tell your bosses when you are over your head…they don’t teach you this type of thing in college.  It’s a trial by fire sort of lesson: the only way to get it right is to get it wrong first.”

As you read this book, there will be excerpts that you can relate to and have you thinking; everyone has their challenges.  It is so wonderful to get know the woman up early in the morning like I am!

Mika Brzenzinski

Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once is such a wonderful read. Published over six years ago; any avid reader would know a book is always available for your fingertips and time to escape; anytime!

As long as Mika keeps writing; I am interested in what she has to say; as well as listening to her in the morning!   Two more books to go and with my wish list; to attend one of her “Know Your Value” women conferences for 2016!

Bravo Mika… Thank You!


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In 2011, Mika Brzezinski also published another book named Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth (Weinstein Books 2011). Also told as her personal story, the book discussed women and financial negotiations. It included tips for negotiating salaries and compensation packages. Made the New York Times Best Selling Author list!  

Then a followup came in 2013, with Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – and My Own by Mika Brzezinski another life chapter which she shares, her evolving relationship with food. Being always honest discusses her unhealthy food obsession, battles with bulimia, binge eating and lifelong struggle to be “model thin”.  Besides given a larger perspective on our obsession with food; taking on food manufacturers, advertisers, the media and the government.   MorningMika for Twitter

Bronzer, the Summer Must! @Forever21

26 May

Hello everyone! I’ve received many emails questioning the bronzer I’d used from a Instagram photo I’d posted while away on my mental break in Cancun, Mexico!

The one which I’d practically fell in love with was Forever21’s Love & Beauty All Over bronzer!

Picked it up by chance and I’m so, so glad I did!

Absolutely beautiful at the beach! I’d even put it on my collarbone and hint on my shoulders; when dining out!


Forever21 Love & Beauty ALL OVER Bronzer

The best way to build up bronzer is to start below the cheekbone, closer towards the ear and lightly diffuse it outwards toward the cheek to blur out edges.

Then, sweep the brush to hit the high planes of the face (check, forehead, and chin) using a figure-3 sweeping motion.

Do the same on the other side and then finish down the nose!

Bronzer…..It’s wonderful for all skin tones.  A must get item for the upcoming summer fun; you’ll be hooked!!!!


Letia Mitchell wearing Love & Beauty ALL OVER Bronzer @ Forever21

Oh!  Don’t forget to use your sunblock first; then apply!

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 ALL Over Bronzer can be found at http://www.Forever21.com, under the Beauty section.  Photo by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC.  Love & Beauty ALL Over Bronzer photo, by Forever21. 

Peaches! Peaches! A Summer Peach Iced Tea!

11 Aug

Peaches!Yesterday morning while preparing lunch for my friends coming later in the day, I’d got a call from my girlfriend Sandra about my iced tea!

She had attempted to make the ice tea and her daughter told her…”This doesn’t taste like Ms. Letia’s!”

Not to say in the least that my girlfriend was just a little annoyed with the fact, her daughter wasn’t appreciative of her attempt!  With my gentle reply, I said keep the tea you’ve already made, you can incorporate it in the the new batch, you are going to make with me!  For luckily I was just in the process of making some and brought her through step by step!   So while as I was making the tea, I said let me also share with you all too! 🙂

  1. You can use freshly brewed tea (green, jasmine, Lipton, etc.) or any Ice Tea or even lemonade mix; whatever you prefer!  In a separate pitcher make your tea the way you like it! If you are brewing your tea, the tea should be very well cooled before adding to the peaches! To sweeten the tea, you can use honey, sugar, agave or if you don’t like a sweetened tea; nothing at all!  However, if you are using a mix, read the instructions on how much to use based on the size of your serving pitcher.  What I usually do to make it easier, is to make enough tea to add to the serving pitcher or two, throughout the lunch.
  2. Take 5 ripe peaches (you will know that they are ripe, because of the wonderful smell that they give off)!  If not ripe, using the old fashion trick – place them in a paper bag about two days before you are to use them – that will get them ripe!
  3. Wash the peaches very gently under cold water and pat dry softly with a paper towel, you want to show the pretty skin!
  4. Then take a clear serving pitcher and now begin adding your peaches:
  • I have the pitcher with the funnel in the middle where you put ice (I freeze it) to keep the pitcher cold without compromising the beverage with added water from the ice! You can place the funnel in the freezer the day before you are going to make the peach tea! Otherwise ice cubes to chill per serving, is just fine!
  • You want to cut the peaches in wedges, showing the beautiful red color left from separating the peach from the peach pit! With a fork, take each peach wedge and gently make a perforation and place in pitcher. This will allow the peaches to begin to extract their juices.  Let the wedges sit a bit, while you clean up a bit!

Peaches more... Beautiful Sliced Peaches

Now add your ready-made tea to your serving pitcher and stir about three to four times lightly, this will allow the juice from the peaches to incorporate with the tea! Let sit for about 5 minutes and then serve!

Peach wedges Placed in Pitcher

That’s it! Now once the iced tea is gone and you are left with just the peaches, they can be eaten too! Or you can take a mason jar and add the peaches with your favorite vodka to sit for about a month! This will make a nice peach tea liqueur for a cocktail, like a Peach Tea Martini or Peach Tea Amaretto sour…be creative! Or if you can’t wait that dog-gone long, muddle the peaches for your cocktail drink!!!!! 🙂

Beautiful Peach Ice Tea!

Peach Ice Tea!

Oh! And my girlfriend’s daughter was very happy with the walk through!  LOL!!!!!

Later that day, the lunch I’d prepared was great too!  Everyone enjoyed themselves, can you tell I’m really enjoying the summer!

The whole idea is, if you love peaches…..it is best to enjoy them while they’re in season by either making  a wonderful summer iced tea drink, cocktail or just have the fruit alone <I just thought of vanilla bean ice cream; heading towards the freezer now! Yummy>!!!!!!

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Pictures by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle &Design ®. Pitchers purchased from Christmas Tree Shops http://www.christmastreeshops.com/.

A Spur of the Moment Crab Seafood Party = Summer Fun with Family & Friends!!!!!!!

5 Aug


“Summer fun is connecting with family and friends, good food and having FUN!!…Letia

A few months ago I was sweetly reminded of the seafood parties I used to give years ago and how it would be so wonderful if we could partake in one again; this time a little smaller!

I thought about it and said; “You know what…why not!” A superb idea, got planned and then held just this past weekend! The most important part of the party of 14, everyone had such pure enjoyment in eating the good food and spending time with each other! Which definitely made a great mix of food and conversations and a lot of laughter!! On Saturday we started with:


  • 6 dozen Maryland crabs, cooked in beer, crab seasonings, chili peppers with parboil bags of chorizo sausage and red potatoes!
  • Fried flounder fried in a lite cornmeal batter
  • Fried tilapia in a lite egg Cajun batter
  • Fried shrimp in a lite cornmeal batter
  • Cold penne and prawn shrimp salad; with spanish olives, red and yellow bell pepper with cherry tomatoes
  • Cold chucked corn salad with fresh lime; with specs of cilantro and avocado slices
  • Crab rangoon
  • Cheese platter with crab cheese dip, smoked gouda, brie, goat cheese, salami, mozzarella, honey, strawberries, grapes and flavored crackers.
  • Strawberry shortcake <delicious>
  • Peach Ice Tea, Beer and White Zinfandel

There was more food, more eating and then some more food! Then the next day, yes Sunday it was hot dogs, pork & beans, chips, swimming in the pool and watching SPIKE TV episodes of Bar Rescue with Jon Taffer; leaving us to wonder whether we all could be becoming bar owners! LOL!

Well, I hope this post made you hungry and thinking about the rest of your summer. Is it going well or you just haven’t had the time to even think about having a summer get together? Well maybe, just maybe I might have changed your mind! There’s a few more weeks left! If yes, I would love to hear about it! 🙂

Thanks Oni for suggesting the party! Everyone had such a good time!!!!!!! ❤

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Summer Parties, Let The Planning Begin!

27 May
A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

I think we are finally getting some good weather! Finally…where  we can really start planning!

Planning?   Those summer parties where we can get together with family and friends!

How about starting off having small parties,  the first being an intimate party of 12 to 14 people! It’s less stressful and you can do a lot of preparing ahead of time, making it a little easier on yourself!  You’re the host; you are supposed to have a good time!

Your table setting can have a theme and the matching items can be found right from the house!

Like the leftover mason jars from your strawberry preserve project, they can be used as vases for flowers you’ve picked from your garden or even bundles of flowers brought from your local grocery store!  Like two beautiful damask curtain panels  for your tablecloth or even a runner made of brown paper with a scrolled detail added by using an ink stamp!

table garden party

Rosemary Olive Oil on scrolled runner, Mason vases & a divine salad!

Even the  place settings from your own dishes (they can even be mismatched) and silverware from your home, with cloth napkins made from three  old shirts you no longer could fit; but just hated to give away!

Even old fruit glasses filled with farm cherries to add; where your guests feel free to nibble at each and every conversation while enjoying the LA sun!

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If you can guess, one of my dear friends did just that and I thought I would share!   It was so beautiful and  anyone could do this; it’s not as hard as you think! You can be creative and do different things, making it really special.

So when planing,  first look around in your home before buying anything new!   Put them all together and have your checklist ready, to go around a second time in the house to see if you can add some items!

And  please, please remember….EVERYTHING DOES NOT HAVE TO MATCH!

garden party 3

Summer Planning, beautiful table set for 12


  • Theme
  • Tablecloth
  • Runner
  • One or Two Signature drinks
  • Silverware
  • Dinnerware
  • Napkins
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Umbrella(s)
  • Flowers
  • Baskets
  • Wine glasses
  • Water glasses
  • Candle holders
  • Celandine cables

Hope this gives you some great  ideas! Start planning to enjoy the  summer! 🙂

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