Archive for the ‘My Wedding’ Category


Saturday, June 16th, 2012

For our Honeymoon we went to Kauai in Hawaii. I went to Hawaii 12 years ago and spent some time on the mainland – Honolulu. This was my first trip to a smaller island and I had a wonderful experience. Kauai is simply beautiful. Now I know why lots of jungle-type movies are filmed on this land. From my experience with traveling, Kauai comes in second for the most beautiful place on earth. The first is every country I visited in Africa.

Check out the pictures below and others to come in the next few days.

On our way!

At the airport in Kauai. Notice the huge pimple. After an afternoon in beach water, it began to dry up the next day.

Chickens at the airport. They were everywhere. No one owns them. They roam freely throughout the island.

The resort’s beach from our balcony.

I don’t know why I got the boogy board. I totally didn’t use it.

I loved to take morning walks on the beach.

Okay – this seal was the Hub’s best friend. Every morning we saw the seal in the same spot around the same time. It was tagged and apparently trained to go to a particular location on the beach daily. I think it was part of a tourist attraction. I don’t like that idea.

Red Cardinal.



Friday, June 15th, 2012

So… I’s married now!!!

And – I am happy planning the wedding is behind me! I had a wedding planner but there was still a lot to do, and, not to mention, the accidental medical issues that caused me to slit my nail and get 5 stitches on my index finger on my left hand, in addition to, the Hubs getting a tiny piece of tile stuck in his finger, that lead to an infection, that spread up his arm, that lead to antibiotics being administered through an IV, and an overnight stay in the hospital, a day before we were to leave to get married!

But after all of that, we still jumped the broom, on time, as planned, on Rachel’s Knoll in Sedona, Arizona. I will post wedding pictures soon. In the meantime below are photos of the red rocks in Sedona.

Here are my box braids swooped to the side. In this picture they look unraveled more than they are.

Permed to Natural is Married!

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Today is a big day. Some would say the most important day of my life. I am getting married at this very moment surrounded by family, friends and the open skies of Arizona. We selected this location because it possesses majestic red rocks and picture-perfect spectacular scenery.

This place is by far renowned for its magnificent landscape and regal mountains. It has been described in travel literature and bridal magazines as one of the most beautiful locations for weddings in the continental United States.

Tonight’s full moon makes this moment a magical day to get married. Wedding legend has it – at the time of each full moon the moon is blocked by the light of the sun in such a way that the transmission of the sun is direct and not disturbed by the moon. Getting married during a full moon creates a setting for the couple to begin a new life together when the alignment of all the planetary and solar centers is in its highest state of sensitivity and contact.

So wow! This day has finally arrived after five months of planning and a lifetime of dreaming. I am very thankful I had a wedding planner. If I had to do everything myself I would have lost my mind. The planning/approving I did was enough. Not to mention finding time for my fiancé, family, overseeing our business, working with AmeriCorps VISTA, moving, getting settled into a new house, picking out new furntiure, nursing a seriously wounded finger on my left hand, and not to mention, finding time for the other love of my life – Permed to Natural.

As for my hair, I decided to wear indiviual box braids and place them in a chignon on top of my head. It’s simple and still elegant. You guys already know what I went through to get my hair braided.

I am having a small wedding – 27 people. They are just more personal. There will be a vegan cake for me to eat and a regular cake for everyone else. My sweetie will help me eat the rest of my vegan cake. He is not a vegan but he is also not a picky eater. Well he is sort of veganish. I keep a vegan kitchen but when he eats out chicken, beef, and OMG, even pork is part of his main course.

We are going to save the top layer of the vegan cake to eat on our first anniversary. By doing that, it is said to bring good luck to the couple. That’s another wedding tradition we are going to incorporate.

Well, by now, I already jumped the broom, and “I’s married now!”

Hip-hip hooray for first time brides over 40!

Vegan Cooking for Carnivores

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I have always enjoyed cooking. When I became a vegan in 2000 I had to learn how to cook all over again. As a new vegan there were ingredients I had never heard of and I made it my mission to know them all and how they blended with certain foods.

I discovered recipes by reading vegan websites, various cookbooks, and I watched cooking shows on PBS. The newest addition to my cookbook collection is VEGAN COOKING FOR CARNIVORES: Over 125 Recipes So Tasty You Won’t Miss The Meat (Grand Central; $29.99) by Robert Martin.

The first recipe I made is called Mexican Wedding Cookies. Are you guys tired of me talking about wedding topics?

Below are the ingredients, baking instructions and what I did to make my batch. Check it out!

½ cup raw, slivered almonds

½ cup chopped pecans

16 tablespoons (2 sticks) (1 cup) vegan butter, cut into cubes and chilled

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus 1 cup for dusting

1/3 cup agave nectar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

½ teaspoon kosher salt

2 cups organic, unbleached, all-purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Grind the almonds and pecans in a food processor until they are a coarse meal.

Add the butter, sugar, agave nectar, vanilla, and salt and pulse until a dough forms. Add half of the flour and pulse to incorporate. Add the remaining flour and pulse until incorporated.

Scoop out 2-tablespoon portions of dough and roll them into balls. Place the balls on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing the cookies 1 inch apart. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes.

Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool before rolling them in the confec­tioners’ sugar.


I found all materials for the Mexican Wedding Cookies at Whole Foods. Below is a picture of Robert’s batch.

Nice, uh? My stuff is below.

Raw chopped pecans and slivered almonds.

Vegan butter. I like this brand.

Confectioners’ sugar.



The recipe calls for kosher salt but I like sea salt.

Unbleached All Purpose Flour.

Everything mixed in my food processor/blender.

Raw cookies about to go into the oven. I substituted a few things as you can see.

My batch of Mexican Wedding Cookies!

I ate 1  1/2 cookies. A carnivore ate the rest!

I Can’t Believe It!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

I cannot believe I cut myself while chopping turnip greens. I mean I really cut myself – right down the middle of my nail and on the side of my pointer finger. I got five stitches. I am so mad at myself. I wasn’t paying attention – just chopping away – with a new knife set we received as a wedding present. I am going to loose half of my nail and it may take a long time to grow back.

Now is not the time for my left hand to look like this. In less than a month I am going to jump the broom. This jacked-up finger is going to be in all of the pictures. Everyone said add a Lee Press On or something like that but I don’t know if I want that pressure or glue on my healing skin. That won’t be healthy.

The good thing is – it didn’t hurt. I don’t know why but it didn’t. I am happy about that. However just the sight of it gave me nightmares. It is an ugly cut.

How could I be so reckless?!

Surrounded by Boxes

Monday, March 19th, 2012

I am totally surrounded by boxes. My fiance and I purchased a house and I am moving for the second time in less than 12 months.

The last time I moved twice in one year, I was a college student with loads of energy.

The boxes pictured do not reveal all of my stuff. It’s just the neatest pile of things right now.

With working full time, planning a wedding, packing, reorganizing my life, decorating a new house and getting my wisdom tooth pulled, I am surprised I found time to write this post.

As soon as I can breathe a little easier, I’ll be back with a bunch of new updates.

Permed to Natural is Getting Married

Monday, February 27th, 2012

I am part of a growing trend in the United States. I will be a first time bride over 40. I am so proud of that. However, over the years, I was often told that I wasn’t going to get married because studies revealed that women in their 40s had a better chance at getting struck by lightning then get married for the first time. Whatever. I never paid attention to that stuff or people who said it.

One reason (actually there are many) I admire being a first time bride over 40 is that I have explored and experienced a lot. I am able to proudly check off many items on my bucket list, and because of that, I believe I am a better person and will therefore be a better wife.

But before someone says something, I am not going to talk about being married because I am not, and that would be just silly. I am going to say that since first time “older” brides are increasing, I feel really good that I am a member of this glorious “Sisterhood.”

Hey, by the way, I am looking for a broom to jump on my big day. Can someone tell me where I might be able to buy one designed for weddings?

At the Kool and the Gang Concert

Celebrating Luminaria

Skiing at Taos Ski Valley

Taos Plaza in Taos, New Mexico.

Valentine's Day

Getting our skin ready for the big day.