September 28, 2012

I love Whole Food Markets. The products are great and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. At the store near my house I met a team member who was helpful and brutally honest, in a good way.

On a trip last year, I was looking around with a puzzled expression as I searched for a popular powered version of coffee creamer. The young woman stocking the shelved asked, if she could help me find something. I told her I was looking for my regular brand of the creamer. She said in a dry, but alarmed voice, “You mean white death.” I said, “I beg your pardon.” She repeated the phrase and went on to explain why my former favorite brand wasn’t the most healthy choice I could be making then pointed me toward a liquid soy coffee creamer. She finished with, “Try it and of you don’t like it, we’ll give you your money back.”

That started my love affair with Silk Coffee Creamer. It is smooth, rich with a hint of sweetness and the calorie count is reasonable.

I admit that it has helped me shave calories off of my beloved morning cups of coffee goodness. Try it. I think you will like it. And now as it has grown in popularity you can buy it at conventional and health focused grocers.

Because it need to be refrigerated it can lower the temperature of your hot cup of Joe. I typically poor a couple of tablespoons into a glass server and microwave for 30 seconds on defrost. This takes the chill off without affecting the composition. And that time of microwaving gives me a moment to do a plank core strengthening exercise. A bonus for my tummy.

I hope you will enjoy the soy…

Home-ista Kelly


Father’s Day Punch

June 18, 2012

It has been a long good day. I am grateful to God, for gracing me to marry a great dad for my children. Kenneth Vance Wilson, Sr., is doing big things with the arrows in his quiver.

Children are a gift from the Lord;
they are a reward from him.
Children born to a young man
are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!
He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

Psalm 127:3-5

Today, we tried to show him how much he means to us, in a meaningful way. But I also believe in showing love in the little every day things. Like making my husband’s favorite punch recipe to enjoy with a bowl of popcorn during the basketball game or watching the next episode of America’s Got Talent.


One 6oz can of Dole Pineapple Juice

1 and 2/3 Cups of Cranberry Juice*

1/4 Cup Sugar

Two 12oz cans of Sprite

(I usually keep can of frozen cranberry juice on hand. So I thaw the can in the microwave and use 1/3 of the concentrate plus 1 and 1/2 cups of cold water.)

Mix the first three ingredients together in a pitcher then add the soda slowly. The punch will have a cool purple fizz. It keeps overnight in the refrigerator just fine, but I suspect you won’t have any left.

Enjoy a glass with your family soon.

Home-ista Kelly

P.S. I am want to acknowledge my husband’s dad, and to honor the memories of my dad, Allen Tyrone Smith, Sr., my mom’s second husband Tommie Boyd, and our grandfathers who have all gone on to be with the Lord.