Smoothie of the Day: Pineapple Banana Dream

Pineapple Smoothie

This is one of the first recipes I made when I stopped resisting the urge to try my hand at making (as opposed to purchasing) my own smoothies.

Why did I resist for so long? I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but… I thought I needed a juicer to make a proper smoothie. Since I do not own a juicer, I incorrectly assumed making them was not in the realm of things I could accomplish, so I dismissed the thought and ignored the “smoothie trend.” I did not know all those wonderful smoothies could be made in a blender!

Isn’t it funny the way your mind can work against you? Preconceived notions about things can be sooo limiting.

Moving on.

This smoothie contains:

1 ripe banana

1 cup pineapple chunks

6 oz almond milk

about 5-6 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to your blender, set it on chop until most of the ice is crushed then puree for a few seconds. Pour in a pretty glass and enjoy!

If you enjoy making your own facial products, pamper your skin with this Banana Skin Softener.

What about you? Are you still resisting the Smoothie Trend?

Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream

I received a press sample of Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream from the iFabbo shop.

Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream

Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream – Front


Product Description:

This luxurious hand cream is formulated with 100% Organic Shea Butter and extracts of White Lily which are soothing and emolient to the skin. Aids in maintaining the skin’s appearance by helping optimize    elasticity and firmness. Additional benefits: Helps improve the look of the skin – Effective beauty treatment for dry, prematurely aged skin – Helps fight free radicals and protect against environmental aggressors – Recommended for areas most prone to dryness – No preservatives

Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream

Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream – Back

I have tested and written reviews for several Perlier products. Overall, I think they produce an excellent line of Bath and Personal care products, which I look forward to receiving as they become available. But I was disappointed in this Shea Butter Hand Cream. Let me explain why.

The cream is very rich having a nice, thick consistency. It’s not oily and it absorbs quickly, leaving your hands feeling smooth and soft. But the scent is overpowering. I think they overdid it with the white lily extract. The scent is so strong, I can actually taste it, and for me that was a turn off.

On the other hand, my Mother thinks it smells great and she loves it. We agree on the end result. It is an effective hand cream.

If you happen to like strong floral scents, you’ll probably love it. If you’re sensitive to scents, as I am, give this one a pass.

If you’d like to try Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream for yourself, it’s available exclusively on HSN. The network will be featuring this handcream in a variety of package deals on July 24th and 25th. If you like to know more about Perlier and their products you can check find them on





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Pan Fried Silver Trout: Soul Food Recipes

Pan Fried Silver Trout: Soul Food Recipes


Friday has been fish day in our house since I was a child. We buy it fresh on Friday morning and store it in the fridge until it’s time to cook it. When properly prepared, fresh fried fish has a thin, golden crust and is flaky, moist and delicious. There is nothing like it. Frozen fish can’t even begin to compare because once a fish has been descaled and cleaned, it’s supposed to be eaten. If you’re not cooking it right away, it should be frozen whole to retain the flavor. That’s not a rule, it’s just my opinion.

If I sound like a “fresh fish only” snob, that’s because I am. Frozen fish just doesn’t do it for me, however this method works the same way for frozen fillets if that is your preference. Just make sure they are completely thawed. It’s best to let them drain in a colander for several hours to get rid of most of the excess water.

Pan Fried Silver Trout 


3 lbs of fish – you can split them lengthwise or leave whole.

Salt to taste

2 tsp black pepper

2 tsp garlic (optional)

Fine yellow cornmeal

½ cup of canola oil

2 Tbs All purpose flour

Pan Fried Silver Trout: Soul Food Recipes



Start by rinsing your fish. Pat dry with a paper towel. Add the seasonings to the fish making sure each piece is covered evenly, front and back.

*I usually season mine about an hour or two before I plan to cook it. This step is optional but I think the extra time adds a bit more flavor to any meat.

Once the fish is cleaned and seasoned, pour a good amount of cornmeal into your container of choice – a large baggie/a bowl/a plate – whatever works for you. I use one of those black plastic bags most of the corner stores give out. :) Add the flour and mix well. I prefer a bag because like to shake the fish around in the mixture in order to get a good thorough coating.

pan fried silver trout, soul food recipes

Pour the oil into a heavy pan over medium heat. (I use a cast iron skillet) You may have to add more oil. The 1/2 cup listed in the ingredients is an estimate. The important thing is you want about a 1/4 inch of oil in the pan and if you’re cooking a lot of fish, you will have to add more oil as you go.

Shake the excess meal off of your fish before placing it in the pan. Fry both sides to a light golden brown, approximately 5-7 minutes per side. Lay the fish on paper towels to absorb the extra oil and serve immediately.

Bon Appetit!

Life is Short. Eat Well!

My Curls Are Loving InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Treatment


I received a free bottle of InstaNatural Argan Oil Elixir as part of an advertorial. I do not get paid for product reviews. As always l give my honest opinion. 

The blend of ingredients in this Elixer from InstaNatural are perfect for me. My hair loves it. I’ve been using it as a daily moisturizer  for almost a month now and my hair feels wonderful. It’s soft and I’m starting to see a nice little shine.

Right now, my hair is probably in the best condition it has been in since I decided to let it grow two years ago. Some of you may recall I was sporting a close cut up until then. Doing my hair every day is not on my “enjoyable things to do” list. That’s because I hate it.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I want my hair to look good. I just don’t like doing hair – mine or anyone else.  This hair elixir has not made the task enjoyable but it has made me hate it less. That’s a good thing.

Once I turned 50, all of my body parts, including my hair decided to do a new thing. For the most part, I’m okay with it but I was not ready for the dried out, brittle hair bit. I didn’t know how to care for it as I never had that problem. My hair was always soft and manageable. Now it’s coarse and dry. I’m really not in the mood to deal with that kind of foolishness. I know things are going to change, but… seriously?  Dried up hair? Lets move on.

This product is wonderful and I recommend it. Here is a picture of my soft, shiny, conditioned hair:

black hair care, black women over 50

Product Description: 

InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Treatment & Elixir is a leave in conditioner and restorer. It is made from a rich blend of 100% plant oils. There are no chemicals in this formula.


Argan Oil, Shea Butter,Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Sunflower Oil.

Thanks for reading!

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Soulful Sunday: Bobby Womack – I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much



Welcome to Soulful Sunday @ BWO50.

Every week we feature the lyrics and video (if available) of an amazing artist singing a soulful song.

Your suggestions are always welcome.

I Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much by Bobby Womack

I’m the best friend he’s got
I’d give him the shirt off my back
He knows he can trust me with his life
But he’s tryin’ to leave me alone
Leaves me alone with his wife

I wish he didn’t trust me so much
I think he really trusts me too much

How can he be so blind?
We’ve both got the same good taste
He should know when he’s gone on his business trips
I can’t help watchin’ his woman
‘Cause I’m losin’ my grip

I wish he didn’t trust me so much
I think he really trusts me too much

Though I swear, all is not my will
But there’s a way
There’s a way she make me feel
Lord, I’m scared, so scared of what I do
If she starts feelin’ same way too

You shouldn’t trust me so much
(We got a problem)
I think you really trust me too much

It’s not that she leads me on
I’m gettin’ there all by myself
But just being with her all, all alone
I can’t help but hopin’
That he never comes home

I wish he didn’t trust me so much
I think you really trust me too much

I wish he didn’t trust me so much
(We got a problem)
I think you really trust me too much

Though I swear, all is not my will
(Is not my will)
But it’s somethin’ about the way
The way she makes me feel
Lord, I’m so scared, scared of what I do
If she starts feelin’ the same way too

I wish he didn’t trust me so much
I think he really trusts me too much
(I got a problem)

You can see, I’m caught up
(I wish he didn’t trust me so much)
Caught up in the middle
(I think he really trusts me too much)
And I’m down, tired of playing…

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