Envy…

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I’m not a poet, far from it. So, this little poem is not “poetically” correct but it’s how I felt at the time I was reminiscing on how far I’ve come since my mid-life crisis. It’s been a long journey in regaining the Over 40 & Killing it® Lifestyle. I’ve made it! I styled and wrote my way to success in 365 days. Success doesn’t happen overnight.

I am still sauntering down the streets of success, it’s never-ending. I do stop from time to time, to absorb all the beautiful things around me and to give thanks for all I have.

The greatest feeling is living in this new chapter of my life without the frienemies and jealous individuals I befriended during my mid-life crisis.

I can’t blame them for my demise, that was all me. However, I do thank them for their envious behavior, their empty dreams and their no ambition attitude. That was the driving force that catapulted me into aggressively going after my dreams and becoming a Jeans & a Tee, CEO of Over 40 & Killing it®.

Sometimes before I go to bed I think about the past couple of years and all I can do is shake my head at what I’ve been through and the people I encountered.

I haven’t spoken to any of my mid-life crisis frienemies but from time to time I get a glimpse into some of their lives via Facebook. They are just as I left them but older with sad souls.

They are doing the same things, living the same unproductive lifestyle and wasting money they don’t have just as they were 7 years ago when I first met them.

It’s sad a couple of them had true potential to achieve so much more than what they settled for. And with that being said…I wrote this poem on December 31, 2014, while reminiscing about years past, in honor of my frienemies!

 

What do I have that you want
I’m just like you
When you see me I don’t flaunt
But inside you brew

Hard work, patience, discipline
that’s all you need from what I see
to transform that arson
that burns so deep inside you have for me

What do I have that you want
I earned what I have
so take your envious taunts,
turn them into your wants

Your Mind, Heart, and Soul
will take you to the top
Take a survey, Take a poll
it will show you not to stop

Love your life not mine
Your next act, your action plan
will be well worth your time
You will have what I have,
And maybe your first fan!

 

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So until we meet again my dear Friend, “Stay Cool, Classy and Keep on Killing it. NEVER give up! NEVER be denied! You’re NEVER too old! NEVER look back!

With love,

Kimberly

Cheers!

Everything is better, “Over Cocktails or Coffee!” ~~kah

4 tips on how to deal with the heart & brain battle

When it comes to your dreams, your passions, follow your heart. When it comes to matters in dealing with friends, family, lovers, this is where the heart and brain begin to battle. My advice to you, from past experiences, listen to the brain.

I pride myself on my cold and calculating personality when it comes to making decisions. People who know me very well changed my middle name from Ann to Asshole. I’m okay with that. Once in a while, my heart will melt. I am human. When it does melt I’m kicking myself in the ass every time! It only happens once or twice a year, thank the Heavens for that!

The heart feels. The brain foresees. The brain knows the negative impact you will endure after the action you were contemplating is completed.

You will thank your brain in the long run, instead of second-guessing your action and feeling like a fool for following your heart.

When you’re contemplating an action which is based on feelings, never;

  1. Make that decision when you’re feeling vulnerable,
  2. When your mood maybe a little out of balance.
  3. Be patient and wait it out.
  4. During the wait, meditate and visualize the outcome you have chosen or what you want to happen

That wait and visualization will be the best thing for you.

I recently experienced the heart and brain battle. I felt that my seize the moment may have past.  This was a heart moment. I thought I may never have the chance to say how I felt and what my intentions were. An affair of the heart.

I was able to think through the outcome of my intended actions. I decided that my actions would’ve had a negative outcome.

There will always be that what-if question. That reoccurring thought of the unknown. These will pass.

You’ll thank me in the end.

Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come. ~~ Robert H. Schuller

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I would love to have you on the show. Let’s chit chat about your topic before we schedule a time for recording. You can email me at info@kimberlyannhawes.com. In the subject line put “interview.”

So until we meet again my dear Friend, “Stay Cool, Classy and Keep on Killing it. NEVER give up! NEVER be denied! You’re NEVER too old! NEVER look back!

With love,

Kimberly

Cheers!

Everything is better, “Over Cocktails or Coffee!” ~~kah

Clean your kidneys

Let’s start the “Health & Fitness” section with cleaning your kidneys… People ask me all the time how do you look so young.  Well, I’m going to share my secrets. Even when I was going through my mid-life crisis, I still held everything intact, skin, style, and health. Everything else fell apart but I kept those intact.

two glasses with a green smoothie and a wooden spoon

Our kidneys are filtering the blood by removing salt, poison, and any unwanted toxins entering our body. With time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and how are we going to overcome this?

It is very easy, first, take a bunch of parsley or Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) and wash it clean, then cut it into small pieces and put it in a pot and pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down and then filter it and pour in a clean bottle and keep it in the refrigerator to cool.

Drink one glass daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your kidney by urination also you will be able to notice the difference which you never felt before.

Parsley (Cilantro) is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!

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I would love to have you on the show. Let’s chit chat about your topic before we schedule a time for recording. You can email me at info@kimberlyannhawes.com. In the subject line put “interview.”

With love,

Kimberly

Cheers!

Everything is better, “Over Cocktails or Coffee!” ~~kah

Chicken & Dumplings

It can get chilly here in the Steel City. What’s one to do when you’re rolling solo? When you don’t have a significant other to snuggle up to.

Well I, head to the kitchen to whip up a pot of chicken and dumplings.

Chicken and dumplings in a white bowl

 

This is more than enough comfort for me. Yes, it would be lovely to have my dream guy next to me but at the current moment, I’m rolling solo.

Now onto the good stuff. Here’s the recipe …

Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 Cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 Cup chopped celery
  • 1 Cup sliced carrots (use your judgment – I use 2)
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, minced
  • 9 Cups of chicken and vegetable broth (If you’re worried about the sodium then get lower-sodium broth already made or make your own). I use Bouillons. I use more water to cut down on the sodium. Fix according to the directions on the box and add an additional 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 4 Tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • 4 Cups of cooked shredded chicken breast

Directions:

Chicken

  • I sautee my chicken in canola oil until done
  • For the seasonings I use, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder and McCormick® Grill Mates Montreal Chicken seasonings
  • I like for my chicken to be a little blacken
  • I cook the chicken before preparing the soup

Soup

  • In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter
  • Cook onion, celery, and carrots in the butter until tender about 5 minutes. Use your own judgment
  • Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes
  • Pour in chicken broth, basil, oregano, bay leaf, and the parsley, poultry seasoning,
  • Taste before adding salt
  • Add pepper
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes
  • Add the chicken then simmer again for about 10 minutes until chicken melts in your mouth

Homemade Drop Dumplings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 Cup lukewarm water
  • 1 Carton (32 oz) Progresso®Chicken or Beef Broth (Again I make own using the bouillons)

Directions:

  • Add all dry ingredients to a medium bowl and combine well
  • Add oil and mix with a fork.
  • Gradually add water to achieve your desired consistency
  • Bring broth to a boil and add dumplings by the spoonful.
  • Cook 5 minutes or until cooked through in the center

And that’s it, Ladies and Gentlemen … Bon appétit Y’all.

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s chit-chat about this. What are your thoughts? You can leave your comment in the section below. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or Pobean.

Don’t forget to join me on Instagram, Twitter, and the Facebook group page. I also have a YouTube channel. I will be adding videos very soon so subscribe and hit the notification button so you’ll be notified when the videos come out. Don’t forget to sign up for the emails, get on that VIP list.

I would love to have you on the show. Let’s chit chat about your topic before we schedule a time for recording. You can email me at info@kimberlyannhawes.com. In the subject line put “interview.”

So until we meet again my dear Friend, “Stay Cool, Classy and Keep on Killing it. NEVER give up! NEVER be denied! You’re NEVER too old! NEVER look back!

With love,

Kimberly

Cheers!
Kimberly Ann Hawes
KH

 

Everything is better, “Over Cocktails or Coffee!” ~~kah

King Cake

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love New Orleans. It’s my second favorite city in which I’m in love with.  New York City (Brooklyn) is my first and Charleston, SC is my second.

The Sunday before Mardi Gras I got the urge to make a King Cake. Since I didn’t make it to NOLA for this insane day of celebration. I celebrated here in Pittsburgh by cooking up my own King Cake.

King cake cinnamon buns in a circle with icing and green, yellow and purple sprinkles

 

Before I get into the recipe here’s a little history behind the King Cake courtesy of New Orleans Showcase® (source).

Mardi Gras season begins on January 6, of each year and ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Lent. One of the wonderful traditions of Mardi Gras, and probably the most delicious, is the King Cake.

On the Christian calendar, the 12th day after Christmas is celebrated as the date that the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus. This day, January 6, is known by several names, including “Epiphany”, “Twelfth Night”, or “Kings Day”. The celebration of this event has evolved over the centuries, with each culture adding its own unique rituals. The New Orleans tradition, borrowing heavily from European influences, is believed to have begun in the 1870’s. As part of this celebration, it is now traditional to bake a cake in honor of the three kings – the King Cake. King Cakes are oval-shaped to symbolize the unity of faiths. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors – purple representing justice, green representing faith, and gold representing power. A small baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus, is traditionally hidden inside each King Cake.

In New Orleans, King Cake parties are held throughout the Mardi Gras season. In offices, classrooms, and homes throughout the city, King Cakes are sliced and enjoyed by all. Like the Biblical story, the “search for the baby” adds excitement, as each person waits to see in which slice of cake the baby will be discovered. While custom holds that the person who “finds” the baby will be rewarded with “good luck”, that person is also traditionally responsible for bringing the King Cake to the next party or gathering.

The “traditional” King Cake is made from twisted strands of cinnamon dough, covered by poured sugar and sprinkled with purple, green and gold colored sugar. Today, many additional varieties of King Cake are also available by adding cream cheese, or other fillings to the “traditional” King Cake

Now onto the good stuff the recipe…

This recipe is going to blow your mind on how easy it is to make. I searched high and low for something simple and quick to conjure up.

There are a ton of recipes out there but they take entirely too much time to make.

You are going to high five me when you see how easy it is to make.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 (17.5 oz) cans jumbo cinnamon rolls with icing
  • Yellow, Green, Purple Sprinkles – Instructions on how to make your own sugar color sprinkles below

Directions:

  • Heat oven 350° (I put mine at 325°F)
  • Brush Bundy pan with melted butter.
  • Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon
  • Sprinkle buttered Bundt pan evenly with the sugar mixture
  • Arrange cinnamon rolls around the prepared pan, overlapping one another
  • Pour the remaining butter over the rolls
  • Bake for 35 minutes (Check after 20 minutes with a toothpick. If it’s clear they’re done)
  • Let cool for about 10 minutes, then invert onto a cake plate
  • Pour frosting over the top and then add the homemade icing on top of that
  • Decorate with the yellow, green and purple sprinkles

Since the rolls didn’t come with enough icing I made my own.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz of cream cheese softened
  • 7 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of vanilla (you know what I’m going to say – I add a 1 Teaspoon)
  • 2 Tablespoons of milk (I add more milk for my desired consistency)
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted confectioner sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of salt

Directions:

  • Beat together the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until creamy
  • Mix in the vanilla and milk
  • Gradually mix in the confectioner sugar and until smooth and fluffy

Make your own green, yellow and purple sprinkles.

  • You’ll need 3 ziplock bags
  • Fill each ziplock bags with a 1/4 cup sugar
  • Food color (yellow, green, red and blue)
  • If you have the liquid start off by using 1 drop for the yellow and 1 drop for the green) For the purple add 1 drop of blue and 1 drop of red and shake then spread them over the cake alternating each color
  • I wasn’t able to find the liquid so I had to use the gel.
  • With the gel, you’re going to have to experiment by starting off with a drop or 2. When you add the gel into the ziplock bag you’re going to have work through the sugar and gel together by massaging with your hands until you get the color you fancy

Bon appétit Y’all.

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s chit-chat about this. What are your thoughts? You can leave your comment in the section below. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or Pobean.

Don’t forget to join me on Instagram, Twitter, and the Facebook group page. I also have a YouTube channel. I will be adding videos very soon so subscribe and hit the notification button so you’ll be notified when the videos come out. Don’t forget to sign up for the emails, get on that VIP list.

I would love to have you on the show. Let’s chit chat about your topic before we schedule a time for recording. You can email me at info@kimberlyannhawes.com. In the subject line put “interview.”

So until we meet again my dear Friend, “Stay Cool, Classy and Keep on Killing it. NEVER give up! NEVER be denied! You’re NEVER too old! NEVER look back!

With love,

Kimberly

Cheers!
Kimberly Ann Hawes
KH

 

Cheers!

Everything is better, “Over Cocktails or Coffee!” ~~kah

My Madies

Hiya Ladies and Gentlemen, I like to call this post, my sweet tooth connection. If I’m not seeking out the best cupcake spots, then I’m baking up something to feed my sugar addiction.

On this particular day, it was the Madeline cookie. I despise Starbucks coffee. But the only good thing that I experienced from Starbucks was their Madeline cookie.

When I’m at Barnes and Noble, which is at least once a week. I wander off into Starbucks to get their Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino® Blended Crème. I always look for the Madeline cookies and without disappointment, there aren’t any. I even ask the barista if they have any, and I get the same answer, we haven’t carried them in a long time.

Saturday or Sunday, you’ll find me at the local flea markets. This particular Sunday, I stumbled upon a room where they get items from estate sales. As I’m sauntering through the isles. WHAT did I FIND? Yes, a Madeline cookie pan.

I was so excited. I was even more excited that it was only fifty cents.

I wasted no time in finding the perfect recipe. Then I was off to the supermarket (my favorite hangout spot) to get the ingredients so I could start making my Madies. 🙂

And voilà my Madeline.

These little cookies/cake are scented with a hint of lemon zest and vanilla bean. These little pieces of heaven go quite well with a cup of coffee (my preference) or tea.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Vanilla bean
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. I love vanilla so I use a teaspoon
  • 6 Tablespoons of unsalted (I use salted) butter, melted and cooled

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate small bowl, combine the sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla bean. Use your fingers to rub the zest and bean into the sugar, releasing their aromatic oils. Then add the eggs
  • Use your stand mixer (KitchenAid) with the paddle attachment to beat the sugar mixture on medium-high speed for about 3 minutes until the mixture is pale and thick
  • Add the vanilla extract
  • Use a spatula to fold in the melted butter, then the flour
  • Cover and refrigerate the batter for 3 hours
  • Preheat over to 400 (I prefer 325), grease and flour the Madeline pan
  • Fill the shells with the chilled batter until almost full. You may have to wet your fingers to stop them from sticking to you.
  • Bake until centers are puffed and edges are golden brown, about 10-12. I would check them after 8 minutes to be on the safe. Everyone’s stove is different. I don’t want you to burn them.
  • Let cool for a few minutes in the pan, then pop them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Madeline’s are best the day they are made. Trust they’re not a next day cookie.

These are great for an after-dinner dessert if you’re entertaining. You can get a little creative and serve them with a scoop of triple vanilla ice cream. Yes, I love vanilla. Or you can use just regular vanilla ice cream. Whatever tickles your fancy.

Bon appétit Y’all.

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s chit-chat about this. What are your thoughts? You can leave your comment in the section below. I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or Pobean.

Don’t forget to join me on Instagram, Twitter, and the Facebook group page. I also have a YouTube channel. I will be adding videos very soon so subscribe and hit the notification button so you’ll be notified when the videos come out. Don’t forget to sign up for the emails, get on that VIP list.

I would love to have you on the show. Let’s chit chat about your topic before we schedule a time for recording. You can email me at info@kimberlyannhawes.com. In the subject line put “interview.”

So until we meet again my dear Friend, “Stay Cool, Classy and Keep on Killing it. NEVER give up! NEVER be denied! You’re NEVER too old! NEVER look back!

With love,

Kimberly

Cheers!
Kimberly Ann Hawes
KH

 

Everything is better, “Over Cocktails or Coffee!” ~~kah

Keep the lips looking sexy & healthy!

Lips of a 51-year-old lady – KAH

Let’s find how to get those sexy, smooth lips. I do not wear make-up which is why I have a love/hate relationship with my profile picture on (Twitter & Facebook). It’s a nice picture but I’m wearing make-up. My nail stylist wanted to experiment with a new product. A friendly argument ensued and I ended up letting her throw some make-up on my face not once, but she got me a couple of times. I don’t want you to think I’m a hypocrite.

I wear lip gloss and eyelashes if I’m going out. A sexy lip and eye will take you far!

 

Closeup of Mexican woman’s lips

Lips

THIN LIPS Make thin lips look fuller and accentuate their shape by outlining just outside their natural edge with a lip liner. Brush on a lip color inside the line you have drawn. Avoid using very matte colors as these can make lips look even thinner; slightly glossy colors will make lips look fuller.

Uneven Lips Balance an uneven top lip by outlining just outside the thinner half of the lip and along the natural edge of the fuller half using a lip liner. Check that the line is even, then outline the lower lip. Brush on a lip color inside the line. II lips still look uneven, add more color to the thinner half of the lip. 

SHAPELESS LIPS Give lips more definition by outlining the top lip with a lip liner to emphasize the “m” in the middle and so create more of a cupid’s bow. Outline just outside the natural edge of the lower lip to make it look fuller. Brush on a strong lip color to help give the lips, even more, definition. 

FULL LIPS Make full lips appear thinner by lightly covering them with a foundation to help blur the edges. Using a lip liner, outline lips just inside their natural edge, then brush on a lip color, being careful not to go outside the line. Avoid pearly or glossy colors as these will make the lips look even fuller. 

UNEVEN COLOR Balance different-colored lips by covering both with a little foundation. Outline lips with a lip liner, then brush a darker shade of your chosen lip color onto until it looks lighter, on a lighter shade onto the one that looks darker. Purse the lips gently together to even out the color more.

(source: Dk publishing Inc – Classic Makeup and Beauty – Mary Quant & makeup-bellezza.com)

Having smooth, healthy-looking lips is just as important as keeping your face, neck, and hands youthful. Here’s one of my all-natural secrets I use to sustain my youthful-looking lips. I hate cracked dry-looking lips. Since is so easy to keep them looking fresh and smooth.

Not only am I into an all-natural look, but I also prefer it when I can use an all-natural product. So I’ve created a brown sugar lip scrub. 

Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

  1. 2 tsp Brown Sugar (I use the dark brown sugar)
  2. 1/2 tsp of honey or agave nectar (I alternate between the 2 each time I make a new container)
  3. 1 tsp of olive oil
  4. 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  5. Mixing bowl
  6. small glass container
  1. Grab the mixing bowl and add the honey or agave nectar and olive oil mix together.
  2. Now slowly add the brown sugar. The brown sugar is fantastic. It will gently exfoliate the dead skin and soothe those chapped lips.
  3. And last add the lovely smelling vanilla extract and mix together until all ingredients are combined.
  4. Then spoon into a glass container.
  5. Now I store most of my skin products in a small fridge.

For the fun part…

  • Scrub on lips in a circular motion for about 3 minutes (You can use your finger or a white washcloth)
  • Then let sit for about a minute
  • Wipe off with warm water
  • Then apply a couple of drops of Vitamin  E … Wait a couple of minutes then apply Vaseline
  • In the winter, I do this almost every evening because I live in the North East.  During the summer months, every other night.

Over 40 & Killing it®

Your lips and hands show your age just like the lines on your face and neck…TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIPS.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or Pobean.

Don’t forget to join me on Instagram, Twitter, and the Facebook group page. I also have a YouTube channel. I will be adding videos very soon so subscribe and hit the notification button so you’ll be notified when the videos come out. Don’t forget to sign up for the emails, get on that VIP list.

I would love to have you on the show. Let’s chit chat about your topic before we schedule a time for recording. You can email me at info@kimberlyannhawes.com. In the subject line put “interview.”

So until we meet again my dear Friend, “Stay Cool, Classy and Keep on Killing it. NEVER give up! NEVER be denied! You’re NEVER too old! NEVER look back!

With love,

Kimberly

KHCheers!
Kimberly Ann Hawes

Everything is better over cocktails or coffee.

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Beef & Broccoli

Hello, my, gorgeous Ladies and Gentlemen, what’s cooking, beef & broccoli, “Crockpot Style.” Cooking has become my go-to activity when I’m stressed when my mind starts to wander or if I have some deep-rooted problem that needs to be solved.

white dish with chicken and broccoli with chopsticks

I literally get excited, going to the supermarket, picking out items (along with items I don’t need), then heading home for some kick-ass cooking. The recipes I post will be for 2 servings. If you’re dining solo, you’ll have leftovers. If you get lucky and snag a date voilà dinner for two.

When I’m cooking, I literally lose myself. I have the music going, a couple of glasses or a bottle of wine or champagne. Since I no longer, “have” to cook for the kiddies, I love cooking.

So let’s get this party started with this sumptuous crock-pot style dish. I use my crock-pot a lot, especially on the weekends. I’ll prepare my meal, head out, and run all my errands (shoe/sunglasses shopping, lip gloss, fresh flowers, wine, champagne, Jack Daniels, the usual items). When I come home, dinner is ready!

While preparing this dish, I got acquainted with a bottle of White Zinfandel from Sutter Home, while listening to one of my favorite stations on Pandora, click to listen. If it doesn’t come up, the station is called Emancipator Radio. white-zinfandel-details_0_0

Ingredients:

1 lb boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips
1 Cup beef consommé
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
3 Garlic cloves, minced
2 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Tablespoon cooled sauce from the crock-pot after being cooked
Fresh broccoli florets, as many, as desired
hot cooked rice

Instructions:

      1. Brown your beef before placing in the crockpot. (Season the beef with a little salt/pepper, garlic/onion powder — optional, throw them into a brown paper bag (old school) or plastic zip-lock of flour — you can season the flour instead, then right into the hot skillet). I used peanut oil for this dish. You’re only browning so you don’t need a lot of oil. Enough to cover the bottom of the skillet. I also use a cast-iron skillet for browning.
      2. Place beef in a crock-pot.
      3. In a small bowl, combine consommé, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic. Pour over the beef and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
      4. Now grab a pot, pour the sauce from the crock-pot into the pot and stir in the cornstarch until smooth, then add back to the crock-pot. Stir well to combine. (If your sauce is not thickening, try bringing your sauce to a boil on the stovetop with the cornstarch mixture. Boil until your desired consistency is reached).
      5. Add broccoli to the crock-pot. Stir to combine.
      6. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes on high (the sauce has to boil for it to thicken).
      7. Serve over hot cooked rice.

    You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or Pobean.

    Don’t forget to join me on Instagram, Twitter, and the Facebook group page. I also have a YouTube channel. I will be adding videos very soon so subscribe and hit the notification button so you’ll be notified when the videos come out. Don’t forget to sign up for the emails, get on that VIP list.

    I would love to have you on the show. Let’s chit chat about your topic before we schedule a time for recording. You can email me at info@kimberlyannhawes.com. In the subject line put “interview.”

  1.  So until we meet again my dear Friend, “Stay Cool, Classy and Keep on Killing it. NEVER give up! NEVER be denied! You’re NEVER too old! NEVER look back!
  1. With love,

    Kimberly

  1. Cheers!
    Kimberly Ann Hawes
    KH

    Everything is better, “Over Cocktails or Coffee!” ~~kah

3 ways I travel, work from anywhere and receive perks!

France, Germany, and Denmark, three countries I will be visiting and staying for months at a time!

There are some great places that you can rent for 30 days because staying in the hotel would be too expensive.

This podcast is not about where you stay for how long. This podcast is about how I travel and receive tremendous perks and work from anywhere.

First I set my business up so that it’s on the go. My laptop, mobile, iPad, camera, and portable printer are my accessories.

Notes from the Podcast:

  1. Credit cards that offer travel rewards
  2. **Neighborworks Western Pennsylvania (non-profit to assist in credit repair).
  3. Mini business check list on getting an online business started!
  4. Host travel agencies – Reviews/travel companies and Find a host travel agency.

** The two paragraphs from Neighborworks.

NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania is a non-profit organization with the mission of financial empowerment that promotes homeownership and stable communities in Western Pennsylvania.

NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania offers free counseling, homebuyer education, and financial literacy courses designed to help individuals and families achieve their dreams.

I forgot to mention in the P’cast. You can start a podcast, take it on the road and have this as your online business.

Now check out the podcast and then begin planning your travel adventures!

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or Pobean.

Don’t forget to join me on Instagram, Twitter, and the Facebook group page. I also have a YouTube channel. I will be adding videos very soon so subscribe and hit the notification button so you’ll be notified when the videos come out. Don’t forget to sign up for the emails, get on that VIP list.

I would love to have you on the show. Let’s chit chat about your topic before we schedule a time for recording. You can email me at info@kimberlyannhawes.com. In the subject line put “interview.”

So until we meet again my dear Friend, “Stay Cool, Classy and Keep on Killing it. NEVER give up! NEVER be denied! You’re NEVER too old! NEVER look back!

With love,

Kimberly

Cheers!

Everything is better, “Over Cocktails or Coffee!” ~~kah

Sunday Dinner Date…

It’s Sunday and you have a dinner date! What to do? What to wear? What to cook? Well, calm down because Kimma has your back. How about..”Braised Short Ribs” it’s easy and delish! You can’t go wrong with this one and you’ll date will be pleasingly impressed.

Good things could follow after a meal like this if your rap game is on point. That’s another post.

Flour, Salt & Pepper
Beef… Short Ribs (any amount – I made 8 ribs)
1/4 C butter
1 C Onions, chopped
1 C Beef Broth
3/4 C Red Wine Vinegar
3/4 C Brown Sugar
1/4 C Hot Sauce
2 TBSP Bourbon Glaze (or ketchup)
2 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
2 TBSP minced Garlic

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Coat ribs w/flour, s & p. Brown ribs in butter in a Dutch Oven. Remove ribs. Add onions until soft. Return ribs to Dutch Oven. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over ribs. Cover and bake 2 – 2 1/2 hours, until tender.

Serve over mashed potatoes, gravy, string beans, and biscuits.

Decorating Tip:

dinner setting with white dishes, white roses and glasses of orange juice

If I do an 8 to 8, I try and keep the table setting cozy but formal. You can create your own theme like a Mardi Gras, 80’s theme that’s beauty in throwing your own Dinner party, you can do and create what you want.

You can listen to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, or Pobean.

Don’t forget to join me on Instagram, Twitter, and the Facebook group page. I also have a YouTube channel. I will be adding videos very soon so subscribe and hit the notification button so you’ll be notified when the videos come out. Don’t forget to sign up for the emails, get on that VIP list.

I would love to have you on the show. Let’s chit chat about your topic before we schedule a time for recording. You can email me at info@kimberlyannhawes.com. In the subject line put “interview.”

So until we meet again my dear Friend, “Stay Cool, Classy and Keep on Killing it. NEVER give up! NEVER be denied! You’re NEVER too old! NEVER look back!

With love,

Kimberly

Cheers!
Kimberly Ann Hawes
KH