Tags and Q&As| The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

This is my first nomination for a blogger award. A big thank you and shout out to Lisa at Lisa’s Notebook for the nomination, she tagged me to do the Liebster Award, you can read her response here. The Liebster Award is a way to get to know and promote other bloggers in the community.

Lisa explained the rules really well so I’m going to quote what she wrote.

RULES

The rules are quite straightforward, you need to:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their post,
  • Answer the 11 questions they asked you,
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers, with your own set of 11 questions,
  • Tag your chosen 11 bloggers, and don’t forget to tell them as well!

Lisa’s Questions For Me

  • When and where do you like to blog?

    • It’s a two-step process really. For the most part, I come up with blog ideas on the spot. I never really know when inspiration will hit me so I like to write down my ideas on my phone. Sometimes I’ll even do a rough draft on my phone. But I like to do the final draft on my laptop because I use Grammarly to edit while I write. While I’m on my laptop I usually end up laid out on the sectional or on my bed. I like to be comfortable when I’m writing.
  • What is your favorite post you’ve written and why?

    • I don’t think I have a favorite. Each time I write, I get to do what I love. I don’t believe in doing anything if I don’t enjoy it or feel that it’s my 100%. There have been a few times that I’ve had ideas for blog posts, but it felt like pulling teeth to write. In the end, those posts got trashed because I didn’t like how they turned out.
  • What’s your favorite type of blog post to read?

    • I like to learn. So lately, I’ve been reading blogs about subjects I don’t know much about. Mainly I’ve been reading beauty blogs and travel blogs. I know how to do my eyebrows and that’s just about it. And other than traveling up North I’ve not done much traveling.
  • If you could be any superhero/heroine, who would you be and why?

    • Oh, this is so easy, Storm. And I mean the actual comic book Storm, not the movie Halle Berry (not that there’s anything wrong with her). My parents were both into sci-fi and I had cousins that loved comic books. I remember the X-Men being really popular when I was a child and I just gravitated towards Storm.
      • 87c3fd7c6b5abf3c16a6ddef2c8e42f0Growing up, there wasn’t a whole lot of representation for girls of color. But it seemed like out of the blue for me came this heroine who could control the weather and fly. As a child I was fascinated, now as an adult, I just appreciate the character even more. She was always seen as a person of authority who had great leadership skills.
  • T-Rex or dragon? Why?

    • I have such a love for dinosaurs, but if you think about it, T-Rex’s have tiny arms. I mean, they do have other great qualities, but dragons can fly. I’m not sure what we’re talking about here, but I’m going to guess it’s which to have for a pet. I would like to have a pet that could fly so I’m going with dragon lol.
  • Do you believe in ghosts? Why/why not?

    • No, I do not. But I do believe in demonic forces. I was raised in a Christian household and I read the Bible. The scriptures say Satan and a third of the angels were cast down to the earth. I really doubt they’re down here playing cards.
  • What book are you currently reading?

    • I feel bad, but I’m currently not reading one.
  • What was the first single you ever bought (or downloaded!)

    • B5- All I Do. It’s a remake of Troop’s All I Do Is Think of You which is a remake of The Jackson 5’s All I Do Is Think of You. This song came out in 2005 and at that time I was in middle school and couldn’t help but fall for the boyband-ness of a 90’s style remake of a remake lol.hqdefault
  • What was your favorite subject at school?

    • I didn’t just have one, English, History, & Math were my favorites.
  • What did you want to be when you grew up?

    • I went through phases. Writing has stuck with me since I was young. I’ve always been fascinated with dinosaurs and fossils so I thought about becoming a paleontologist. The sight of blood has never bothered me, so my mom is surprised I didn’t go into something medical.
  • Saturday night: Strictly or X-Factor? Why?

    • Neither. I don’t watch competition shows, I’m not good at tuning in every week. If I have evening free I’m usually watching something on Netflix.

I Nominate These 11 Bloggers:

Below are the following 11 bloggers that I nominate. I have not only listed their names, but their Twitter handles. The links will take you to their blogs.


11 Questions For You

  • What motivates you to keep blogging?

  • Do you have a blog schedule?

  • What platforms do you use to share your blog posts?

  • If you got the chance to collab with a brand, who would it be and why?

  • What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

  • Write an inspirational quote you think of when you’re having a bad day.

  • What do you do when you’re not blogging? (job, school, etc.)

  • If you could interview a famous person, who would it be and why?

  • What’s your favorite junk food to snack on?

  • When did your friends and family find out that you had a blog?

  • If there was a day in your life you could go back and re-do would you take the opportunity, and why?

Please tag me in your answers, I would love to read them!

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FRIENDS & BRANDS| Interview with Tony Vincente CEO of Rossario George

When I made the decision to create a blog, I not only wanted a platform to share my thoughts and views, but I wanted to help shine a light on talented people when the opportunity arose. Today, I’m extremely happy that such an opportunity has happened.

tony vincente profileTony Vincente has just launched his clothing brand, Rossario George. Not only did I have the privilege to interview him, but he was so kind to offer a $50 off coupon code that can be used at checkout.


 

When did you realize that you wanted to pursue a career in fashion design?

It’s always been in my blood. When I was younger, my mum loved high-fashion and that love was passed down to me. She was also the one who encouraged me to go into the modeling field (which I did for some years) and being in that environment only exacerbated my passions. The funny thing is that it wasn’t until this year when I was offered an outlet to design, that my dreams of being a fashion designer became a reality.

kimonoAre you self-taught or did you study Fashion Design?

I am self-taught. I seem to work better that way. I am a self-taught artist, chef and now a fashion designer. I think what makes this work is that I am not afraid to make mistakes, listen to the world around me and finally believe in what I do… no matter what it may be.

Did you worry or fear about starting your own line?

Not at all! I have been a business owner since 2009. (See here for the full story: Welcome to Rossario George) This is the evolution of my hard work and dedication and in my eyes my reward for staying the course.

yvette heelWhere do you draw inspiration from?

What inspires me and always inspired me is to always create beauty in a world that can sometimes be ugly. I also draw from other things and people who do the same. Nature, colors, patterns, you name it.

What fashion trends do you like and dislike?

To be honest I do not follow trends. I am a wear what makes you feel most stylish kind of person. I look for pieces in my own clothing choices and design pieces that are timeless. Good fashion should never go out of style. So to answer your question what trends do I like? Being yourself is my fav trend because that NEVER goes out of style. What I dislike? Trends…

Do you stay updated on current trends?

I am aware of all that is Fashion. But I make it a point to be a Designer, not a trendsetter. My fashions come from my heart and my observations of things around me. I never want to fit into a box in regards to what is coming out of Rossario George. couponI love surprises and like to surprise people. In fact, because your awesome Pae, I would like to offer $50 off on our shoes to all your readers! Here is the “coupon” you will need to use when checking out. Surprise!

What is a typical day like?

Waking up, taking care of my three dogs, get a cup of coffee, jump on my computer and market the site/design something new. Rinse, dry, repeat. HAHHAHA actually my day is mostly hard work and taking care of family. I’m a very private person these days, making appearances are rare but when I do, honey I make them count.esme boot

How do you describe your personal style?

Classic, Fun, elegant, relaxed and finally mine.

What is your vision for Rossario George?

World freakin domination! Okay, that may be super ambitious but so am I so we will see if this reaches fruition. Actually, my vision for Rossario George is simple. Provide clothing, accessories and more that make people comfortable and happy.

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What advice would you give to designers who want to create their own brand?

Do it, stick with it and never stop. Being a business owner (let alone a designer) comes with its challenges and nay-sayers but if you are passionate about it then do it. Believe in your vision and others will as well.

Do you have any short term and long term goals?

band teeShort-term goals:

  1. Get the word out about rossariogeorge.com
  2. Plan for Spring/Summer

Long-term goals:

  1. Open boutiques in the US: WA, NY, LA, HI specifically
  2. See Rossario George become a full lifestyle brand

Oh and world domination…


Links & Social Media

Rossario George
Tony Vincente

#WhatTheHealth| Bathtub 2 vs Me 0- Severe Ankle Sprain

I have this great talent of injuring myself in the weirdest ways. People always ask me, “Erika how did you do that?!” But the stories I have for my injuries are never that interesting, sometimes it’s just downright dumb. When my knee finally gave out, I was getting out of bed, nothing crazy. I will have to tell that story after this one because that one is quite complicated. Today, I’ll be telling the story of how my bathtub beat me up twice.


We have to take it back to the week of October 5th, 2017. Thinking back on that week, I can definitely give it the label of the most emotional week that I’ve had this year. I’m not an emotional person, but I cried so much in such a short span of time. I’m going to delete that week from my memory after this post.

That Thursday, I had just finished up another round of crying and I was trying to get out of the shower. I feel that our tub is a bit deep and that’s coming from a tall person. I had one foot on the floor and I was in the process of stepping completely out of the shower when… TIMBER!

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What I looked like when I fell.

Next thing I knew, I was on the floor. Though I landed in an awkward way. I’m a gangly, long-limbed person. I’m 5’9 and if someone asked me, I think I’m probably 85% legs, I have a short torso. So when I fell, my right leg was completely on the floor. My left knee hit the floor, but my left ankle smacked down on the corner of the tub.

When this happened, I was concerned about my knee. I’ve had two surgeries on it and I don’t particularly feel like doing another. My ankle was sore but it wasn’t showing any other indication that something was wrong with it at that time. The next day, I was very sore but other than that, I was okay.

Friday and Saturday I noticed knot forming on my ankle. It had been getting tender to touch and applying weight down on my ankle was increasingly getting difficult. Yesterday, I guess my ankle thought, “Enough is enough!”

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My poor ankle 😦

Walking on my ankle was just about impossible and I was kind of afraid that is was broken. When we moved, I made the mistake of getting rid of my crutches. But at least I had the forethought to keep my cane because that’s what I have been using for support.

We went to Immediate Care yesterday to get it looked at. They did x-rays on it, and thankfully it’s not broken but I do have a severe sprain. I have to stay off of it for a week. This does work in my favor because now I have more time to write and get ahead. For some reason, they didn’t give me crutches at the hospital yesterday. But we called my doctor this morning and she’s going to order some for me. In the meantime, I’ll be resting and writing.

 

 

Tags and Q&As| The Newbie Tag

I was tagged by Ashleigh (ashleighbekkah.wordpress.com) to do the Newbie tag. I thought it was especially fitting, because of today, PAE Reviews is a month old! It’s weird to think that I haven’t been doing this that long, but I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read, comment, like, RT and support me. I appreciate each and every one of you.

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I don’t have anyone to tag specifically at the moment. So I openly tag all new bloggers to do this. I have changed some of the questions to fit me.


WHY DID YOU START THIS BLOG?

My life kind of felt like it was at an impasse. I’m currently doing physical therapy to prep me for another surgery. My health and my schedule don’t leave me with a lot of options. One day recently, I started to think about what I was good at and what my health would allow me to do. Writing has always seemed like second nature to me. So the thought popped up in my head that I could start a blog and share my reviews and opinions. I’m kind of skilled at talking myself out of things so instead of thinking about all of the negatives, I just did it, and I’ve enjoyed making that decision ever since.

WHAT ARE SOME FUN AND UNIQUE THINGS THAT YOU CAN BRING TO BLOGGING?

I don’t want to be stuck in one particular niche or genre. I think it’s important to know what you want to blog about and have a theme, but I don’t think that blogging should be restrictive. For the most part, yes, you can call me a lifestyle blogger. But I like to think that I’m so much more than that.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW BLOG?

I’m really excited to see where this journey goes. Like so many, I would love for this to become my job. The people that I have met so far have been wonderful so I hope that I can meet more.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU THINK STARTING A BLOG WILL BE THE HARDEST TO OVERCOME?

Making a schedule and sticking to it. Just with doctor appointments and physical therapy I’ve found that it’s hard to get up the energy to write some days. So I can only imagine how other feel that lead full lives with school, work and a family. I’ve found that inspiration can be a struggle too. I’ve started to keep a notepad on me at all times so I can write down blog ideas when I think of them. Coming up with blog ideas on the spot is difficult.

WHERE DO YOU WRITE?

I like using my laptop to write on. Occasionally, I’ll start a post on my iPhone but I will always switch over to my computer. I use Grammarly as I’m writing and they don’t have an app for phones yet. You can normally find me writing where I can stretch out and get comfortable.

WHAT BLOGS DO YOU LIKE TO READ?

At the moment, a little bit of everything. But maybe mostly makeup. I have to admit that I don’t know much about it. I am learning, though.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS BLOG?

My goal is to continue to progress in making quality content. One day I hope to own my domain, but that goal is long off into the distance. I would like to start getting guest writers for some of my #hastag segments.

#LifeInView| Get to Know Me Q&A

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(PAE note: I know, I know, today is Friday, which means this should be a #FRIYAY review, but it’s not. Let’s just say I’ve run out of not so great products to talk about. So instead of trying to come up with a product every Friday, I’ll just keep it authentic and post a #FRIYAY when I find one that’s bad and review it then.)

Get To Know Me Tag


  • Full Name
    • Erika Elizabeth Alexandria P. (Yes that is my name. My brother named me Erika. My mom and father both had a grandmother named Elizabeth. And Alexandria was the name of an actress that my mother liked.)
  • Meaning Behind My Blog Name
    • I talk about this a little bit in, #LifeInView| Where Would We Be Without Support?, I think. But my intention with this blog is to share my thoughts, views, and opinions. So essentially, I’m sharing myself. EAP Reviews didn’t look or sound good to me so I settled on, PAE Reviews.
  • 3 Fears
    • Bugs, disappointing my loved ones, big bodies of water

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  • Last Song I Listened To
  • Favorite Movie
    • Night at the Museum is one of my favorites. I actually like the sequel and the third one. I’ve always been a history buff and I tend to stick to comedies and family movies so this is right up my alley.

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  • Favorite Songs/Music
    • I have too many songs to list them all, but I’m pretty selective when it comes to genres of music. At the moment I like: 90’s R&B, Classic Rock, Funk, KPop, some Pop
  • Favorite Color
    • Turquoise

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  • A Fact About My Personality
    • I’m an introvert, usually, in conversation, I’m the listener, not the talker. I’ve always been better at communicating when I could write things down.
  • What I Dislike Most About Myself
    • I’m constantly overthinking and worrying too much. I’m naturally an anxious person. I’ve gotten better at it over the years, but every once in a while, I’ll drive myself crazy worrying over something.
  • What I Like About Myself
    • My sense of humor. I try not to take things too seriously, my mom always says that you need to have humor in your life.
  • My Relationship With My Parents
    • As I mentioned before, my father isn’t in my life. But my mother is just about my favorite person on this earth. I tell her just about everything because I know that even if I don’t like her advice at the time, it’s what I need to hear in the end. Plus, she’s simply hilarious.
  • Last Time I Cried
  • Favorite Sports Team
    • I like College Basketball in general. I’m not loyal to one team, I just go crazy during March Madness.
  • Scars
    • Plenty, I have scars on my knee from two surgeries. Then I have scars on my right elbow, forearm and wrist from a Carpal Tunnel and Cubital Tunnel surgery.
  • Day or Night?
    • Night. I’ve always done my best writing and thinking at night. I can barely function in the morning, especially without coffee.

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#TackleThatFro| Protective Styling

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Previously on #TackleThatFro:


Before going natural, getting my hair braided was a struggle for me. I used to be quite tender-headed and the whole hair braiding process was not enjoyable to me and I know it probably wasn’t fun for the person braiding my hair either. I was the type to tighten up my shoulders, tense up my neck, basically fight against having my head moved or positioned. I had this spot right smack dab in the middle of my head, and when the hair braider hit that I would wiggle and squirm like a worm.

I am so thankful that I got over that because I get box braids now like every few months. They are my go-to protective style. In natural hair terms, a protective style just means that your hair is styled in a way that doesn’t require regular, sometimes daily, manipulation or “styling”. I realized very early on in my natural hair journey that I would need get better at my hair regime. The hairstyles that I was doing weren’t lasting very long.

I honestly felt that I had my hands in my hair too much. My hands were getting tired and my hair was tired. At the time of my TWA, I was styling my hair just about every day. Events just happen to coincide that I would be having knee surgery and be in a brace for months while doing physical therapy. We got in contact with a friend of my mother’s and set up an appointment for box braids.

I decided on box braids for two reasons:

  • One- The 70s and 90s are my two favorite eras and I love the Poetic Justice box braids. My style has always been a mix of the two times periods. If I was going to do a protective style, I wanted it to be something that would fit me and be something that I was comfortable with.
  • Two- I had tried other styles before and I didn’t like them as well. When I was a sophomore in high school, I got Micro braids and it was the worst decision I ever made. I didn’t know how to take care of them, didn’t know how to take them out, and they ended up doing more harm than good. I’d also gotten Kinky Twists before, and while I liked the style. I don’t think it looked good on my face it’d that makes sense. I would like to try a wig, but I haven’t found one I like yet.

Getting box braids was the best decision I made, not only because I didn’t have to worry about my hair while I recovered from surgery but my hair got a break. It was able to grow without the constant manipulation and during that time, I was able to learn what my hair needed. And I don’t want to make it seem that a protective style is: box braids. A protective style, in my own words, a hair vacation from the constant stress of heat and daily styling.

After the knee surgery talked about previously, I’ve gone on to have another knee surgery and this past April, I just had Carpal Tunnel surgery and everything else that goes along with that. And I’m currently doing physical therapy to prevent another surgery. For each of these cases, I’ve gotten and currently have box braids. In all honesty, it helps me focus on healing and not having to worry about my hair. Because who’s got time to do a twist out right now?

So for this #TackleThatFro, I want to hear your story? Do you protective style? And if you do protective style, what is your favorite, or what is a style that you won’t ever do again? Let me know, I’m curious.

#SPOTLIGHT Review| FarmRich Double Chocolate French Toast Bites


We picked this up last week when we went our local Sam’s Club. As you can see from the tweets, I was a bit intimidated at first. While I enjoy baking and even eating desserts for that matter, I don’t like sugary foods. When I ever I do, I always feel groggy and drained afterward, I’m frequently tested for diabetes but the tests always come back negative. I’ve just always felt this way. Seeing that this was a box of chocolate french toast with marshmallow icing I’m sure you can sense I was hesitant in trying this.

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I decided to give them a go and see what they were about. I was surprised that they weren’t overly sweet. The french toast bites have a dark chocolate flavor. I thought the marshmallow icing would be too much, but it actually lends a sweetness that the bites don’t have. These bites are advertised as a great breakfast food for kids and I found myself thinking, “How’s chocolate and marshmallow good for kids?” But now I can see why. There are 350 calories and 12 grams of sugar per 8 piece serving.

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I really like that you have so many options to make them. I’m really bad when it comes to eating breakfast, I can be downright lazy. So the fact that I can pop them in the oven or the microwave is great for me. The day I made them I put them in the oven so I just followed the directions for that. It says to put the icing in hot water, I didn’t do that. I just set it on top of the stove and the heat of the oven helped to unthaw it.

Overall, would I recommend these Double Chocolate French Toast Bites? Yes, I would. I won’t say that they are a healthy food to have for breakfast, especially for kids, but they are convenient and they taste good. There are times in life where making a full course breakfast just isn’t ideal because life is busy. Foods like these can come in handy. I even recommend having these around the house as a snack. I know I’m loving these right now going through my time of the month. So treat yo self.

Teen Ink| Personal Experience & Saying Goodbye

As I mentioned in my, #LifeInView| Where Would We Be Without Support? post, I used to be quite shy in showing what I was writing to my friends and family, but I had no problem publishing it online. I think I was I was worried about the personal opinion of what others that knew me, and I knew them. Online, I had the protection of anonymity, I didn’t have to worry about. The website that I turned to was TeenInk.com.

I found it one day while I was doing some googling. The website’s tagline is, “By Teens, For Teens” that’s what attracted me to learn more. Not only can you publish your writing on the website, but they select a few to get published in their monthly magazine. It allows you to connect with other writers, read their work, and have them comment on yours. But there is an age limit for the site, it is called “Teen” Ink. Once you are over the age 19, you can no longer publish to the site, but your work will remain.

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In 2009, I found out about Teen Ink’s NYC Summer Writing Program. It was open to girls in grades 9-12 of that school year. The itinerary included: writing courses, individual instruction, guest speakers, and daily outings. Housing was at the Juilliard College dorms. To apply I had to fill out an application and send in samples of my writing. Thousands of girls applied, but they only picked 30 to be a part of the program for that year. I was totally shocked to find out that I was one of them.

(PAE note: This is the video they made of our 2009 NYC Summer Writing Program. You’ll see baby me lol)

Once again, I never shared my writing like that, so to get news that I had been accepted into this program with 29 other talented girls blew my mind. At first, my mom was not into it. She thought it was a big scam and I was going to be sold into slavery off in a different country. She would tell me that multiple times a day. The top really blew off, when we learned that the total cost was going to be $4,000.

This was a two-week trip, so the cost included: meal plan, tours, Broadway shows, museums, etc. We just didn’t have the money. Throughout all of this, we were in contact with John Meyer, who was the owner and founder of Teen Ink. Looking back now, it’s simply hilarious and heartwarming because he would reassure my mom that the program was not a scam and I would not be sold into slavery. He said that they still wanted me to be a part of the program and things would work out.

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I kid you not, I remember sitting in my Creative Writing class and over the intercom, I got called down to the main principal’s office. The whole walk there, I was filled with such dread just thinking about the reason why I had been called out of class. His office was on the opposite side of the school, so I had a lot of thinking to do. I walked in, and there was a lady in his office with him, but they were both smiling so I figured I wasn’t in any trouble. She told me that she was from the Board of Education, and she heard that I had been accepted into the Teen Ink NYC Summer Writing Program. She said that she was proud that I had been one of the 30 accepted and that they were going to pay for me to go.

When I say I lost my mind, I lost my mind! I called my mother on the phone and she just couldn’t believe it. Honestly, it wasn’t until we got to Juilliard and she dropped me off did she stop thinking it was a scam. The program was absolutely amazing, I met many wonderful and talented individuals. I’m honestly glad that I went and took the opportunity because I learned so much about myself that I didn’t know before. Sadly, the program is no longer offered.

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Even after the program, and leaving my teenage years, I would still help Teen Ink. Occasionally, I would do the freelance reading for them and I kept in contact with John. We would always email back and forth, and try to keep each other updated on life. When we moved to our apartment, I emailed him to let him know our new address, but I never heard from him. There would be a gap in time between our emails, but never this long.

Last week, I emailed one of the editors to ask her and she informed me that he had passed away in January. He had liver cancer. I read the email at physical therapy so I couldn’t break down at the time, but I did when I got home. My grief is new, but he’s been gone for so long and I didn’t even know.

I had a moment last week of questioning myself. I questioned what I share and what I discuss on this blog. I never want to offend anyone by what I write, but at the same time, what I write is coming from my perspective and my life. I know that not everyone shares the same views as me, and that’s okay. But everything just got to be too much, and I needed a break. Then I thought about John, and his continual support and I knew that I couldn’t give up. But I’m going to end this here before I start crying again…

TasteofHOME| Kentucky Cream Pie

I admit that this week, wait… this is Sunday, so last week was extremely hard for me. I had to take a small break from writing and refocus. Monday, at physical therapy I found out the muscles in my shoulders and neck are inflamed. Because of this, I’ll be spending two hours at physical therapy instead of one so my shoulders and hip can both be worked.

Wednesday, I received a horrible email from one of the editors of a company I’ve been working with since I was a teenager. The owner was a dear friend of mine, but I hadn’t heard from him in a long time. I had emailed her to ask how he was doing, she, unfortunately, let me know that he died in January. I’ll talk more about this in another blog post today.

Thursday night, I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing and I slipped and fell in the bathroom. I was already an emotional mess so this just pushed me over the edge, thankfully, though, I didn’t break or mess up anything that had already been fixed. After floating through the clouds of being an emotional hot mess, I really needed something to anchor me back down to earth.

Yesterday, I was spending time with my next-door neighbor. I’ve unofficially-officially adopted her as my grandmother. We watch tv, bake sweets, and she feeds my newly acquired need for Gatorade.  We were discussing what sweets she was going to make next and I asked her if she ever made Kentucky Cream Pie. She said she didn’t know what it was. I told her about it, and that’s what we decided to make.

As I mentioned in my, Learning About My Family History Led Me to K-POP, my grandfather was originally from Mount Sterling, KY. Kentucky Cream Pie was something he grew up having. My mother made it for him a few years ago before he died, making it yesterday, made me think of him too.

Now, because it’s a Kentucky tradition and it’s been passed down through generations, it has many names. Our family knows it by Kentucky Cream Pie. But I’ve also heard it been called a transparent pie, sugar pie, and chess pie. We have a friend in Greenup Kentucky, who has a similar recipe but knows it by Vinegar Pie.

The family recipe that we follow calls for you to split the eggs. Use the egg yolks in the batter and the egg whites for the meringue on top of the pie. But our family recipe is also written inside of a Southern Living, 1983 Annual Recipes book. The recipe was written down by my mother, who will tell you that she’s not the best note taker. If  you would like to follow our family recipe, here you go, I wish you the best:

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As you are probably guessing, I didn’t follow the family recipe. I found a similar recipe at www.thespruce.com. We did not make the crust, we just used store bought. But in the link, they do have a recipe on how to make your own crust.

Ingredients Needed:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Whisk the eggs in a mixing bowl, then add the rest of the ingredients. Just as a word of caution, reduce the speed of your mixer when you add the heavy cream. Or else your floor may end up like this:

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If you haven’t made a mess of your kitchen, you can proceed to pour the mixture into your pie crust. The recipe that we were following said to use a pie shield, but we didn’t do that.

Temperature: 350 F

The recipe also said that cook time would only be 55 minutes, we didn’t find that to be true. Truly, it ended up being more like an hour and 10 minutes. Let it cool on a rack and then chill before serving.

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And here we have it, Kentucky Cream Pie. Those curious about the taste that has never had it, simply put, it’s pecan pie without the pecans. That’s the best way I can describe it. If you don’t like custard or eggs, you may not find this enjoyable. But for me, this was a taste of home.

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