Choosing wedding flowers: Tips & ideas

Wedding flowers are one of the most expensive items on the wedding budget which makes choosing them very important. They are certainly an item you cannot ignore if you want a beautiful and elegant wedding. Today we will talk tips for choosing wedding flowers and you will also get a glimpse into my wedding while we are at it.

Choosing wedding flowers. White and pastel bridal bouqet

My dream was to have lots of flowers like those you see on beautiful Pinterest boards but reality struck when I received the quotes from the florist shops. I mean seriously, I am surprised people pay these exorbitant amounts but I guess if you can afford it, why not.

Since I am not Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex; my goal was to find a florist that would create a look as close to the one I dreamed of without breaking the bank. Our wedding theme was simple, classic elegance with a touch of glam. Being the terrible procrastinator that I am, I chose my florist 4 months before the wedding. I definitely would recommend giving yourself more time than I did. I was lucky to find a great florist who could accommodate my time frame. If you are getting married in the Rhode Island area, I definitely recommend Studio 539 Flowers.We were very happy with the way the flowers turned out with no glitches in the process.

Choosing Wedding Flowers. Wedding table tall centerpiece
Soft color bridesmaids bouqets

There are so many things to consider when choosing your wedding flowers. Here are the main things I learned from my own experience.

5 Important things to consider when choosing wedding flowers
  1. Budget: First things first, how much can you afford and how much are you willing to pay? Always set the wedding budget first so you make sure you do not go into debt after all is said and done. Try to stick to the budget as much as you can. Request quotes from various florists before making your decision. When you get frustrated about not affording what you want, just remember the flowers won’t last but the memories will.
  2. DIY or florist service: Decide if you want to do your own flowers or have a florist take care of everything. I chose a florist because I already live a busy life and anything to reduce my workload and reduce stress was important to me. If you have more time on your hands and want to save more money you could order flowers from places like Whole Foods and arrange them yourself. Whole Foods especially is well known for their ability to cater to wedding requests with great results.
  3. Venue style and size: You will be surprised how many people forget about the size of the venue and focus only on the number of tables to decorate. If you have a large room with high ceilings then small flower arrangements are just going to disappear‌ in the furniture and not have a visual impact. A small venue may look too crowded with large centerpieces on every table. We had a medium sized venue so we had some tables with large centerpieces and others with small centerpieces. This was a great way to lower the costs and worked well with the room size.
  4. Wedding theme: Is your wedding going to have a rustic farmhouse feel or are you going for a more polished and glitzy wedding? Knowing and sticking to your wedding theme creates a cohesive and visually appealing wedding. For example the wheat bundles will look great in rustic farmhouse style wedding but will not work well in a classic vintage themed wedding.
  5. Bride and bridal party flowers. Your bouquet is a key accessory to your dress. Put a lot of thought into it and make sure it complements and doesn’t overpower your dress. Also remember the bridesmaids flowers are also a key factor to a pretty wedding. For example, If your bridesmaids dresses are soft colors then you want flowers that complement that look; think whites and pastels. Flower girls flowers and groomsmen boutonnieres should all be considered when deciding on your flowers.
Choosing Wedding Flowers

Are you getting married or are you already married? I would love to know your experiences and advice for future brides in the comment box below. Have you got your shoes yet? check out my post on how to choose your wedding shoes

Grenadian Bake & Fishcake Recipe

There are certain things in life that we all love for example long weekends, pay day, free lunches, vacations and mom’s cooking. As someone who cooks most of the time, I truly appreciate it when someone cooks for me; especially when it’s my mom or mother-in-law. Nothing beats a mothers cooking, it is just a known fact in life.

Bake & fishcake

The past two weeks my mother in law was visiting from Grenada and we had the pleasure of enjoying her cooking. Waking up to the smell of breakfast and relaxing while dinner is being prepared is the best feeling.

​​​​​​​I loved watching her and her niece cook Grenadian dishes. Grenadian food is delicious, unpretentious and packed with lots of flavor. After all, the island is known as the ‘Isle of Spice’ which means you can expect aromatic and well seasoned food. I especially liked learning how to make the popular bake and fishcake breakfast/brunch dish. Bake & fishcake is made with bread that is baked or fried in oil. The bread is usually served in sandwich form with fried fishcakes (bacalao mixed with fresh seasonings) and veggies.

After falling in love with the dish I decided it would be the perfect dish to share with you. Keep in mind there are many ways to make bake and fishcake so this is just one way to do it. One thing in common with all the recipes is they taste amazing no matter how you cook or eat them.

How to make Bake & Fishcake

Step 1. Prepare your ingredients. For the bakes you will need 6 cups all purpose flour, 2 tbsp baking powder, 2 tsp instant yeast, 3 tbsp sugar, 1 1//2 cup butter or butter substitute and a tsp salt.

Step 2. Mix flour with baking powder, yeast, sugar, salt and add butter. Mix the butter into the flour mixture using the rubbing in method. Prepare for messy hands here but make sure your hands are washed before you begin.

Bake & fishcake kneading dough

Step 3. Add fresh coconut blended with warm water into the flour mixture (about 2 cups) and knead till a soft well blended dough is created. You can also use canned coconut milk. It is best to knead on a clean kitchen counter if you don’t have a large board.

Bake & fishcake flour dough ball

Step 4. Form the dough into a large ball and let sit for about 10 minutes. At this point it is a good time to preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 5. Break the dough apart into small balls. Flatten the balls and place in a greased baking tray and bake in the oven till browned on both sides. Usually for about 15 minutes. Make sure you keep an eye on them to prevent burning.

coconut bake

The result is perfect hard on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside bread. Next steps is to make the the fish cakes.

salted cod

Step 6. Place desalted saltfish in a large bowl. Salt fish can be desalted by boiling the fish and changing the water till the it reaches your desired salt level. Remember to set aside 2 cups of the salted water for later.

Step 7. Grind cloves and garlic using a pestle and motar. Be warned the aroma of these 2 ingredients combined is so good you will find yourself constantly sniffing it.


Step 8. Chop onions, seasoning peppers, garlic, fresh thyme and green onions. Add to the salt fish together with the clove and garlic mix.

Step 9. Add about 1 1/2 cups of flour and the reserved water from the saltfish boil and mix till a fluffy consistency iss reached.

Bake & fishcake Fried fishcake
Bake & fishcake

Step 10. Fry the fish cakes on both sides till they reach a golden brown color and are crispy on the outside. Place cooked fish cakes on a platter lined with paper towel to drain excess oil.

Bake & saltfish

When ready to serve, slice each piece of bread in half and place a piece of fish cake between the 2 slices. The result is a simple but super delicious bake and fishcake sandwich. It is almost impossible to eat just one because they are just so good. You could go all out and add tomatoes, lettuce and all sorts of fun stuff however these are still awesome served as is. Have you been to the Caribbean before? If so, what was your favorite local dish? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. For more tasty recipes like my favorite Curry Goat recipe click here.

Have you been to the Caribbean before? If so, what was your favorite local dish? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below. For more tasty recipes like my favorite Curry Goat recipe click here.

Print Recipe
Grenadian Bake & Fishcake Recipe
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Bake
  • 6 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups Butter or Butter substitute
  • 2 cups water and coconut mix You can also use coconut milk.
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
Fishcake
  • 1/2 pound Salted fish (dry salted cod)
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 large Chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves Fresh garlic minced
  • 2 Green onions chopped
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 5 sprigs Fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 2 Seasoning peppers finely chopped Preferably Grenadian sweet seasoning peppers
  • 1 tsp Pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Canola oil for frying
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine Caribbean
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Bake
  • 6 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/2 cups Butter or Butter substitute
  • 2 cups water and coconut mix You can also use coconut milk.
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 3 tbsp White Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
Fishcake
  • 1/2 pound Salted fish (dry salted cod)
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 large Chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves Fresh garlic minced
  • 2 Green onions chopped
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 5 sprigs Fresh thyme finely chopped
  • 2 Seasoning peppers finely chopped Preferably Grenadian sweet seasoning peppers
  • 1 tsp Pepper sauce
  • 2 tsp Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Canola oil for frying
Instructions
Bake
  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, yeast and salt; add butter and rub in using your fingers.
  2. Stir in water and coconut into flour mixture until well blended and can form into a ball.
  3. Place on a floured board or the kitchen counter and knead for a few minutes. Let it rest for about 10-15mins
  4. Divide the dough into about 20 pieces and shape them into balls. Flatten each ball and place on greased baking tray.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned
Fishcake
  1. Boil the fish and change the water after each boil until it reaches your desired salt level. Set aside 2 cups of the salted water for later.
  2. Grind cloves and garlic using a pestle and motar. Chop onions, seasoning peppers, garlic, fresh thyme and green onions. Add to the salt fish together with the clove and garlic mix.
  3. Add about 1 1/2 cups of flour and the reserved water from the saltfish boil and mix till a fluffy consistency is reached.
  4. Heat a canola oil in a deep frying pan. Drop mixture by spoon full into the hot oil, 4-6 at a time until golden brown and crispy on the outside.
  5. Slice each piece of bread in half and place a piece of fish cake between the 2 slices...sooo good.

Burgundy In The City

Boy its been a moment since my last style post, that can only mean it’s winter time. When it gets cold, venturing outside becomes a chore for me. All I want to do is stay indoors, watch Netflix and chill. We had a slightly decent winter day recently and I was very happy to head into the city to hang out. I had also been dying to wear this burgundy coat and hat that I got a while back.

Burgundy Coat

Outfit details:

Burgundy Coat : Jones New York

Black Mid-Rise Jeggings: Target, Hat : Amazon

Chunky Necklace (Similar): Avenue , Bracelets: Email to order


Burgundy Coat

Burgundy is one of those colors that you just don’t seek when you are shopping. You hardly hear anybody say burgundy is their favorite color but I am here to let you know you can totally rock this color. Because of its deep, rich and powerful look, burgundy is more suited for cooler temperatures similar to brown and navy blue.

Burgundy goes well with black which is the color combination I chose for my outfit. You can certainly pair it with other colors like sky blue and gold. Pairing it with white works but will look too preppy and uniform-like.

Burgundy in the City

For more winter style ideas check out the comfy cozy cape look. What is your favorite look in the winter? Are you a down coat type of person or a wool coat kinda person? I would love to know what you are wearing this season in the comment box below.

Good Eats Boston: Cafés and Coffee

I love coffee shops and cafés. The smell of fresh coffee brewing and the look of people quietly sitting at their tables working on their laptops or girlfriends chatting together sipping on lattes is a vibe I like very much.
There are certain things that I look for in a coffee shop or café. Great coffee, good ambiance, variety and great service. Boston has plenty to offer and there are two coffee shops and cafés that have caught my interest recently.

Tatte Bakery & Cafe
Tatte Bakery and Cafe
Tatte Bakery and Cafe
Tatte Bakery and Cafe chai tea latte

Tatte Bakery & Cafe wins in all aspects. The moment you enter, you are greeted by the smell of baked goods and fresh coffee. As a lover of anything freshly made, this is a winning combination in my book. Their menu is filled with lots of delicious items including avocado toast, topped with arugula and poached eggs. They even have shakshuka which is one of my favorite egg dishes. The decor is very crisp and like all their locations, the tiles are unique and eye capturing. No wonder many Boston bloggers can often be found here snapping cute Instagram photos. Tatte Bakery & Cafe is eye candy with a good menu to match.

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

La Colombe Coffee Roasters is a very no frills spot but is a winner when it comes to serving awesome coffee. I loved their colorful ceramic mugs very much. Even a simple order of hot chocolate is served with latte art. If you love Colombian coffee for its full body, smooth, and low acidic taste then this is your spot. Don’t expect a large selection of food but they serve some classic items like croissants, brownies and biscotti to go with the coffee.

What are your favorite coffee shops and cafés in your area and what do you like about them? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below!

Keep Lunch Simple With Ling Ling Potstickers

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Ever have those days when you are craving something delicious to eat but don’t want to spend too much time and effort in kitchen? Well, those days happen quite often for me and something tells me I am not the only one. Although I love to cook there are days when something from the frozen isle does the trick.

Keep Lunch Simple With Ling Ling Potstickers

Potstickers are the cure for lazy lunches and dinners. Known for their use of quality ingredients and authentic Asian recipes; Ling Ling Potstickers are my first choice. Their potstickers are super convenient and ready in minutes. No need to worry about whipping up a dipping sauce as the potstickers come with Ling Ling’s yummy signature dipping sauce. Since we have gone part vegetarian in our household we like the vegetable flavor. They also have Chicken & Vegetable and Pork & Vegetable flavors too.

The great thing with potstickers is that they can be prepared in different ways. You can boil them, steam them or even fry them. For our lazy Saturday lunch last weekend I boiled the potstickers for 6 minutes, browned them in olive oil and served them over roughly chopped iceberg lettuce, sliced green onions, cucumber with a drizzle of the delicious dipping. I could have gone all out and added carrots, herbs or many other ingredients but simplicity wins with this dish.

Ling Ling Potstickers

4 ways to eat Ling Ling Potstickers

Other than eating them plain by themselves, there are other awesome ways to eat potstickers. Here are a few ideas:

  1. In a salad: Potstickers are great way to upgrade your salad game. Just make your salad as you normally would but use potstickers instead of meat. This is such a fun tasty salad to make.
  2. In a soup: Add your favorite Ling Ling potstickers into a hearty broth. Toss in any veggies like bok choy, spinach, broccoli, carrots, with some soy sauce and a delicious soup is ready in minutes.
  3. In a stir fry: Stir fries are great because you can cook veggies and proteins together all in one pan. Sauté fresh vegetables, potstickers with a stir fry sauce for an easy and quick weeknight dinner. No noodles necessary because the potstickers provide the carbs.
  4. As an appetizer: Potstickers make the most delicious appetizer. It’s almost impossible to eat just one. Pan fry them on one side and leave the other side steamed for the perfect bite.
Potstickers
potstickers

Is your mouth watering yet? Go grab yourself a bag of Ling Ling potstickers at the grocery store and you are in for a delicious meal. Better yet Chinese New Year is coming up on February 5th so why not bring your friends together and enjoy delicious Chinese food and potstickers.

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