Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine Guide: Fab Aphrodisiacs

Valentine's Day is tomorrow and I wanted to share some last minute tips for the last minute planner. We all know that Valentine's Day is the international day of love, but most do not realize how simple foods in your pantry or refrigerator can enhance the amore'. I will list 5 aphrodisiacs that you can include in recipes or eat alone to bring more passion to your day.

Almonds- White Chocolate Amaretto Cake, Wine sauce chicken, Orange Almond Biscotti

Asparagus- Pasta w/ Asparagus, Asparagus quiche, as a side to any dish

Avocados- Avocado salsa, Chicken avocado & mango salad, Guacamole

Chocolate- Do we really need to provide recipe ideas???

Strawberries & Raspberries- Chocolate strawberries, Raspberry chocolate Mousse

There are so many more aphrodisiacs out there to enhance your mood, but considering the occassion I think that you will be just fine!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Swizzle Stick Social!

MEBA is hosting The Swizzle Stick Social !, a social event for adolescent girls between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The purpose of the event is to promote sisterhood, self-growth, and community service among young girls. The social will consist of lunch, workshops, guest speakers, and games.

The social will be held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Lynnhaven Colony in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

We are currently seeking volunteers and sponsors for this event. If you are interested, please contact us at More information will be posted as the date nears.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Coo Coo for Signature Cocktails!

Part of the fun of planning events for me is the customization process. One the most fun things to customize is cocktails. A signature cocktail can add an extra flair to any event. Most signature drinks will coincide with the color scheme of the event. The color scheme for an August wedding that I am planning is purple and silver. The signature drink will naturally have a purple hue. Some examples of possible cocktail choices for the wedding include Lavender Cosmopolitan, Lavender Martini, or Lavender Wine. All of these drinks appear lavender in color or have lavender accents in the cocktail such as with the wine which uses lavender corollas to float on top of white wine. But do not think that signature cocktails are only limited to alcoholic beverages. You can also incorporate non-alcoholic signature drinks for your event. Such drinks as Lavender Lemonade and Lavender Punch are options that my bride may be interested in as well. But wait, let's not just focus on the color scheme of the drinks! You can also customize the names of the cocktails. Your signature drink can be named after the place that the couple first met, the couple's names, or after the theme of the party. So, if you want to add a special touch to your next event, consider placing your own personal stamp on it with a signature drink!

It's Black History Month!

Today, February 1st marks the first day of Black History Month. This is the time of year that we reflect on the accomplishments that African-Americans have made to the world. As an African American woman, I do this on an annual basis. I attended a predominately African American Catholic School which was taught by Caucasian nuns. Our daily curriculum consisted of Black History. We even said two separate pledge of allegiances- one to the Flag of the United States and the other to African American flag. I encourage all cultures to learn about their history as well as those of others on a daily basis, not just on a designated month. But during this month, make sure that you attend some of your community's Black History Month events and porograms. I'm sure that you will be enlightened