Hello Ladies. Let me know if you tried out last weeks recipe. My husband and I have been trying to stick with this healthy eating. So far he has lost 10 pounds since the first of the year.
This week's recipe will be Meatballs and Gravy.
Makes 2 servings.
What you will need:
5 Yukon Gold potatoes
1 yellow onion
3 garlic cloves
1 head of Broccoli
8 oz of ground beef 85/15
½ cup panko bread crumbs
1 oz of sour cream
2 tsp vegetable oil
3 TBSP butter
1 TBSP flour
¾ cup of water
2 TBSP of beef stock
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. Dice the potatoes and finely chop into ½ inch cubes. Peel and finely chop the onion. Peel and finely chop 1 of the garlic cloves, wrap the other 2 cloves in foil. Cut the broccoli florets off the stalk and then cut them into bite-sized pieces.
In a medium bowl, gently combine beef, half the panko, chopped garlic, 3 TBSP onion, ½ tsp salt and pepper. Mix and form into 1-inch balls. Place the meatballs and the garlic in the foil on one side of baking sheet. Toss broccoli with a drizzle of oil and place on the other side of the baking sheet. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to the broccoli. Bake until the meatballs all cooked through, broccoli is browned and tender, garlic is soft, about 15-20 minutes.
Place the potatoes in a medium pot with a pinch of salt and enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and then return the potatoes to the pot. Cover until you are ready to mash them.
Heat 1 TBSP of butter in a large pan over medium heat until melted. Add the remaining onion and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring until browned and softened, about 8 -10 minutes. Add flour then continue to stir and cook until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually stir in ¾ cups of water until fully blended. Stir in Beef stock and simmer until it thickens, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat to low.
Place roasted garlic from the foil onto a cutting board; mash with a fork. Add the garlic to the potatoes along with the sour cream and 2 TBSP of butter. Mash adding splashes of water if needed until you reach desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add meatballs to the gravy pan and stir until coated with gravy.
Then plate the mashed potatoes and broccoli and put the meat balls on top with gravy.
Let us know if you try the recipe and how you like it.
I would love to start share some of my adventures with you all. January 2019 is here, and this is the time of year where people start to focus on healthy eating. Everyone focusses on their summer bodies. We are all getting ready for the bathing suit and summer clothing. We all want to look our best. In our house we have started a healthy diet to try and shed some pounds. I want to share with you every month how we are doing with our diet and see how much we can shed. I will share my recipes with you and hope you will share yours with me. This will be a journey so join me on it. All my recipes will be for 2 servings.
Todays recipe is going to be a Meat Loaf. Let’s just say its not your momma’s meat loaf.
Prep Time 10-minute prep ready in 35 minutes.
What you will need: 4 garlic cloves, 1 zucchini, ½ cup panko crumbs, smoked paprika, 4 ounces of ground beef, 2 medium size sweet potato, 1 chili, 6 TBSP ketchup, 4TBSP butter, 2 tsp vegetable oil, salt and pepper.
Are you ladies ready to start 2019?
We are getting all geared up for 2019. Our first Girls Night Out of the year will be at City Stage. We are so excited to have you all of you join us again for another amazing month! After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the start of the New Year, it's girl time! Let's start January off with some good friends, good drinks, good food, shopping and lots of laughter!
We are excited to bring you Trades of Hope this month with Bethany Kenyon! Not familiar with Trades of Hope? Here's the story behind this great company and why they continue to do what they do:
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“So many women live in poverty, not because they lack abilities, but because they lack opportunity. We started Trades of Hope to give women that opportunity for a better life. Each woman has a story, and with Trades of Hope's help, their story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!
We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have HIV/AIDS and leprosy. These women have never had the chances we've had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.
We are helping by marketing their products through the home party model, so they can put food on their table, a roof over their head, get medical care and an education for their children. We want to tell their stories to the world! We have a heart for ministry and business, and through this we have started separate successful non-profit organizations and businesses. Together, we have a combined 30 years of experience. This has given us the tools and drive we need to help women and make an impact on the world! As mothers and daughters, we also wanted to partner together to help create a beautiful world for the next generation."
3GenFashion will also be joining us this month. If you haven’t heard about this family owned company here is a little background...
They are three generations of women, each with different styles, sizing, age, height, etc. They are real women that are here to show you what fashion looks like, no matter what your age or weight.
They will show you what the same style of clothing looks like on: Sue, the grandmother and mother, her true age is 74, she, like many women of her age, has developed the “hump” on her back due to osteoporosis, so the clothing will look and fit differently on her compared to her daughter and mother, Michele, who just turned 47 and is plus size, and her daughter, Jessica, who is taller and 27.
All three of these women have one major thing in common-they love the Piphany clothing brand and the way it looks and feels on them and they want to help their customers to feel the same way.
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Christy Moore Foreman will also be joining us with Scentsy this month! We love all their scents and we are sure you will too - if you don't have a Scentsy lady already, Christy is your girl!
Scentsy carries a wide variety of home and personal fragrance products:
• Stylish Warmers + scented wax
• Essential oil diffusers + all-natural oils
• Scented cleaning + laundry products
• Bath + skincare products for the whole family
Come out and meet Christy-you will love her and Scentsy!
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The wonderful Mandy Brady with Rodan & Fields will be back for Girls Night Out at City Stage!
This back and forth weather is doing crazy things to our skin and there's no way we're the only ones!
Mandy is passionate about bringing education and quality skin care products to you! A little goes a long way in terms of skin care and simple changes can make all the differences in the world.
She typically brings along a few samples to share and some of the most popular Cash and Carry items on hand. Ready to start chatting about your skin?
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We are so excited to welcome back Charmaine Teets Moberly for another event and sharing the health/wellness benefits of Young Living Essential Oils. Did you know that their oils benefit every body system? Its true! Charmaine is dedicated to inspiring and educating women to obtain a healthier lifestyle through essential oils.
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I'd like to send a big thank you to all who attended our Holiday Sip & Shop Girls Night Out event at The Brown Pelican this week. We had the bar packed, full of networking, shopping and holiday spirit! Lots of swag, raffled giveaways and of course, our cute Christmas elves that kept the night going!
Mandy is a Rodan & Fields Independent Consultant that knows how (and LOVES) to make you look and feel great! Being an example of the product herself, she is always looking forward to seeing and celebrating the results of her clients. Live better in your skin with Mandy!
Charmaine with Young Living Essential Oils is also an example of the product. She is so sweet and dedicated to inspiring and educating others to obtain a healthier lifestyle through oils and oil infused products. She even teaches FREE oils classes, incorporating lots of fun while learning about wellness with essential oils!
3GenFashion is a business Michele launched with her family, "we are 3 generations of women, each with her own style for her age, body-type and height, here to show you how our clothes offer "Fashion for the Ageless."' The clothes are adorable, prices are reasonable and every design really is made for every single body type and age!
Christy is an Independent Consultant with Scentsy, and let me just say, she is our go-to Scentsy lady! She knows her stuff and is a regular vendor with the New Bern Housewives in the City. Get your home and car smelling right with Christy!
Bethany is thrilled to partner with women from around the world, in addition to being a wife, mother, and educator. Her work with Trades of Hope is both fun and fulfilling - AND she gets to wear some beautiful jewelry while she does it! She wants everyone to know about Trades of Hope, fair trade, and sustainable business. Together, we can help others rise out of poverty and keep families intact.
The Jasmine Tasty Thai food truck was also at our Girls Night Out serving up some deliciously authentic Thai food out back! Great food, very friendly and awesome pricing!
Here is a blog I was reading this morning that I thought was worth sharing
.When my best friend dropped me, I felt devastated written
Its was written by :Harriet Lerner Ph.D.The Dance of Connection
A greeting card depicts a young woman telling her female friend, "I'll always be there for you." Inside the card is the postscript, "unless, of course, I have a date."
The message takes me back to my college days when my friends and I put more real energy into our discussions about men than into all other subjects combined. But even back then, the stereotype didn't hold water. Schmoozing with my friends is what sustained and nourished me, as it does now.
Friendship rarely becomes a nest of extreme pathology. I've yet to receive a letter that says: "Dear Harriet: A close friend insults and degrades me, and sometimes hits me. I love her and I don't know what to do." If a friend behaves terribly or evokes awful feelings, we don't just dream of escape—we get out.
But friendship is not without it's wrenching moments. Probably everyone has felt hurt or deeply disappointed or betrayed by a friend at some time, or dismayed to recognize mean-spirited feelings of one's own.
When I was sixteen my best friend dropped me for another girl because I wasn't "deep" enough for her. I felt devastated, my confidence crushed.
A boy might reject me because I wasn't cool enough, or pretty enough, or "his type." But this girl was my soul mate. When she dropped me for another best friend (whom I imagined to be far more complex and interesting than I was) the injury and loss were immense.
What a relief to be grown up, to longer take rejection so personally and to have best friends instead of one best friend. I treasure my friends, I count on them, I call them terms of endearment like "sweetums" and "honey-bunny." Sometimes I get judgmental. But when my own self-esteem is intact, I am simply amazed by who they are, their limitations and vulnerabilities only adding to my appreciation of their uniqueness.
I resonate with the words of Anais Nin, "Each friend represents a world in us."
Here's my advice about friendship:
1 Move toward having a number of "best friends" as well as friends who are more peripheral than others but who still count.
Each friend contributes something unique in the way of wisdom, support, and just plain good times. Having a community of friends will help you to not overreact to the limitations of any one friend. When we depend on one person to meet all of our needs, that person can't help but disappoint us.
2. Understand that friendship will evoke (and can survive) feelings of anger, envy, competition, and the entire range of emotions that make us human.
Indeed, our friendships suffer not from these "unacceptable feelings," but from the denial of them. For example, if you're not in touch with the fact that your friend is suddenly getting lots of money and recognition for her work, you risk acting out by ignoring or devaluing her work. (This doesn't mean you can't keep your feelings to yourself, when appropriate).
Despite the difficult challenges of friendship, Novelist Alice Adams puts it most succinctly: "I think women know how to be friends. That's what saves our lives."
We are so excited to introduce Mandy Brady to our ladies. Mandy is a Rodan & Fields consultant who will be joining us at The Brown Pelican on 12/12/18 in New Bern to show you her products.
I am sure by now you have heard about the Rodan and Fields skin care line. Both men and women are going crazy over it. Fall in love with your skin again. Get that clear young-looking skin back. Mandy will be happy to help you.
This time of year, the kids get excited because of all the Christmas light displays. It’s a great way to spend an evening with the kids just looking at the light shows in your area. Below is a list of the light displays in the New Bern area. So grab some hot chocolate and popcorn buckle the kids up in the car and enjoy a fun night and exciting night. The looks on the faces of your kids will tell it all. Merry Christmas 2018
Colonial Christmas in 2018
Meanwhile, at Tryon Palace, a faithful recreation of North Carolina’s last colonial headquarters and first state capital, these events:
Masquerade: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration: Saturday, Dec. 8 & 15, at the Governor’s Palace, Historic Grounds, Commission House, Stanly House, Dixon House, 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2018 for it’s 38th installation with beautiful new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. See the event page for more details and tickets!
Holiday Kickoff Movies: Saturday, Nov. 24, at the North Carolina History Center; noon and 3 p.m. The showing at 12 o’clock, noon, will be Muppet Christmas Carol (G). And the showing at 3 p.m. will be Elf (PG). Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids.
Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Décor: Wednesdays Nov. 28- Dec. 19, at Governor’s Palace, 9:30 a.m. Join the tour of the Governor’s Palace and focus on the decorations for the upcoming “Masquerade: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration”. Hadley Cheris, Try Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, will lead a tour of the first floor of the Governor’s Palace, describing the special items used in the decorations and the “Four Elements” theming of the pieces. Tickets are $10.
Chamber Music by Candlelight: Nov. 30, at the Governor’s Palace, 7 p.m. (Palace doors will open at 6:30 p.m.). Join the Brierwood Ensemble of Wilmington, N.C., as they perform at Tryon Palace. This event offers the unique and rare opportunity to enjoy the Council Chamber in the Governor’s Palace, gently lit by candles and decorated for the holidays.
There’s no denying it, the holiday shopping season is upon us! Even with Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, those of us shopping for the holidays will likely be out looking for sales and deals for the next few weeks. However, don't let the pursuit of the perfect present be a reason to let your guard down when it comes to safe shopping.
Gift cards are always a popular present. After all, who wouldn’t be excited about buying something for themselves that suits their individual wants and needs and can be used at their convenience? (It’s important to note that under North Carolina, gift cards purchased for a specific store or restaurant (not a generic gift card, for example, that can be used for any business in a mall or a Visa/MasterCard gift card) are valid for 4 years. Under federal law, they are valid for 5 years but may be subject to certain fees in the fifth year.) Buyers and recipients should remember to always treat a gift card like cash—if you lose it, it’s not replaceable. And if the store goes out of business, generally there is no recourse if the gift card has not been redeemed.
Although convenient, gift cards are also frequent targets for scammers. Gift card vendors have become better at preventing theft by, for example, requiring PINs or other extra steps before making a purchase, but these tactics are not foolproof. Be especially wary of emails, pop-up ads, or websites offering FREE gift cards. These enticements could be an attempt to steal your personal information, release malware into your computer, or otherwise get you to disclose your financial information (like a credit card number).
Even those racks and racks of gift cards in the grocery stores could be tampered with by thieves. If you do purchase one of these cards, ensure that its outer packaging is completely intact, so that no one could have copied the card number or scratched off the PIN that may appear on the back of the card. Better yet, buy gift cards directly from the company’s website or physical store.
While on the subject of purchasing gifts online, which many shoppers do these days, be sure to directly type the retailer’s web address into your browser. Just conducting a web search for a company that you’re interested in may send you to a fake or look-alike website. Also, when making any purchases online, make sure that the address in the top of your internet browser begins with https and not just http. That extra “s” at the end means that the website has secured your personal information through encryption or some other means.
Remember: Thieves DON’T take a holiday. Happy—and safe—shopping!
North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (1-877-566-7226) or (919) 716-6000.
We are really looking forward to our next event on December 13th at the Brown Pelican from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. https://www.facebook.com/Brownpelican.net/
Your sure to have a good time with this group of ladies while you eat, drink, mingle and shop with new friends. Never a dull moment with this group of ladies.
Here is a sneak peak at some of our vendors for those last-minute holiday gifts.
You may have heard about Trades of Hope but have not had an opportunity to meet Bethany Kenyon yet. We are so happy that she will be joining us.
"We are empowering women around the world out of poverty + creating an entrepreneurial opportunity for the modern American woman through socially selling ethically crafted accessories + home decor"
You can find Bethany online at:
And in person at our Girl's Night Out!! 🙌💝
A big welcome back to Michele Douglas with 3GenFashion. If you didn't get a chance to meet them last time, be sure you check out their holiday fashions. Prices are reasonable, and the clothes are super cute! The ladies were so excited about their items we received several emails after the show on how to get a hold of them.
They are three generations of women, each with different styles, sizing, age, height, etc. We are real women here to show you what our fashion looks like, no matter what your age.
Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see all the latest fashions
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Welcome Michelle and 3GenFashions
Do you find that, once Halloween is over, you find yourself thinking about Christmas? I start thinking about Christmas right after Halloween. It doesn’t matter that my family is thinking about Thanksgiving right after Halloween. As I attempt to avoid eating too much leftover Halloween candy, I begin to anticipate decorating the house, putting up the tree, baking cookies, shopping, and wrapping presents. Here’s my list of top ten signs you’re obsessed with Christmas:
5. You started a holiday count down in October. You quickly become the ‘go-to person’ when a friend is curious about how many days remain until Christmas.
6. Buddy the Elf is your spirit animal.
7. Your holiday baking and Christmas shopping lists are completed before Thanksgiving. 8. Before you know it, you have a list of things you want to do so you don’t miss any of the excitement during the holidays, such as; making snow angels, going ice skating, finding light festivals, and writing Christmas cards.
9. When Thanksgiving arrives, you don’t have to worry about those Black Friday sales. You already have your gifts purchased and wrapped for everyone. In some cases, gifts have been purchased the previous January.
10. Once Thanksgiving is over and everyone else is starting to feel the pressure of the Holidays you are sitting back and singing Christmas music out loud and spreading the Christmas Cheer.
Hi 👋 My name is Laurie and I am a Social Media Marketing Manager based in New Bern, NC. I am married to the man of my dreams, a mom and in love with my adorable grandson, Noah. I love checking out new local restaurants, festivals and events while searching for great places to host monthly Girls Night Out. You can usually find me checking out all things live music, the best hospitality in town and working on my campaign to bring Bonefish Grill to New Bern-it's going to happen!!