Hola mi amigas! It’s been a little while since I’ve updated you on the behind the scenes of On Ty’s Plate. So, today I decided to share with you my current happenings and some family updates.
We sent our 8th grader back to public school this year —> insert crying emoji here. We are so proud of her and are confident that this was for the best. It wasn’t a decision made easily but it was time. We can honestly say that each of us learned something through the experience. I have a profound understanding of my limitations as a home educator. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t do it all over again but I am saying that I’m not doing it ever again! It was quite an eye-opener and very humbling. I have to plan an update to my previous post about starting homeschool at the end of the sixth-grade year. You can read all about it HERE.
The punkins started piano lessons this month and this momma could not be more proud. He’s so stinkin’ cute at that piano! I love it when he does a song with the teacher and he actually belts out the lyrics. I literally melt inside it’s just so adorable.
I’m watching my baby turn into a boy —> insert crying emoji! He’s so attentive to his teacher and follows instruction intently. I really was blown away by that. It only helps that Melissa, his teacher, is ah-mazing! Like the most gifted person for this job. Even still, the fact that my 2 1/2-year-old is pecking away at piano keys is just bananas.
This fall is about trying new recipes. Like way outside of the box recipes. I came across this cookbook by Von Diaz that had some really interesting ideas. Coconut & Collards; the title really intrigued me. Southern mixed with Puerto Rican cuisine. Umm, yes, I think I might. Be on the lookout for Brussels Sprouts with Chorizo Sofrito and Cinnamon Syrup Bunuelos (Fried Doughnuts)!
I’m always looking for healthier ways to prepare food but when I first heard about Afro-Vegan by Bryant Terry I wasn’t quite ready for it. Vegan was a foreign word to me at the time. But I’ve decided to circle back and give it a fair chance. Veganism being so popular now, it’s hard not to want to at least try it. My first attempt will be at the Berbere-Spiced Black-Eyed Pea Sliders. The ingredient list on that bad boy is pretty lengthy but I’m heavy into exotic spices and this one has spices from Ethiopia that I’ve never tried. I’m pretty excited. I’m also going to get to us millet in this and another recipe. Stay tuned!
It’s not often that I get to share with anyone other than my husband and a few concerned friends about the blog itself. So, I’m just stoked to share that I was approached by Southern Breeze Sweet Tea to try and share my opinion of their zero-calorie cold brew teas! This is a big deal for me as a newbie blogger. It’s sort of what I’ve been working towards. So, yeah, I’m pretty excited.
As for the tea, I am a fast fan. The whole family is in fact. I love that it’s single servings, cold brews in 5 minutes, and doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste like many zero-calorie drinks. I also love that my local Weis grocery store sells it, yay! If however, you aren’t as fortunate you can purchase it online directly from their website https://southernbreezesweettea.com/collections.