Cravings | Beef Tenderloin with White Wine Cream Sauce

“Words Are Sweet, But They Never Take The Place Of Food.” ~ Ibo Proverb

Beef Tenderloin

Let’s Blog Over The Perfect Beef Tenderloin…

Happy Tuesday!!! Just in case you aren’t already completely aware of this fact…it’s the most festive month of the year, and the second week in December! The time of year when dinner parties are in full swing, and fancy menus items, like this Roasted Beef Tenderloin are just what everyone needs in their back pocket. Easy recipe ✔️ Delicious recipe ✔️ Y E S ! ! !

I’m struggling to write this post because my trainer legit almost killed me last night. He doesn’t want me in these streets looking like regrets, but even with all the pain shooting through every inch of me, I’m So Excited For Christmas!!! This is legit the B E S T time of the year. The only thing missing from my little bubble of happiness is snow. Real snow… With all of the exciting things happening for the holidays, I am also kind of looking forward to the end of the month when things kind of wind down. I need to take a chill pill and relax.

I’m excited for Christmas with my family. It’s full of cooking, good food, plenty of cocktails, gift wrapping (for the last minute folks), and hanging out. I mean, it’s still a crazy day, but in good way, that I 100% love.

I wanted to kick off the month with my favorite Christmas dinner entrée. Roasted beef tenderloin. Last year for Christmas this was an absolute hit with all of my family and friends. They went wild for it!  How did this come about? I’m not really sure…  I just cooked it one year and it’s been an added tradition. We have our traditions in my family and we cook certain things on certain holidays. Some of those highlighted dishes for Christmas would be the two different gumbo’s that I am obligated to make, as well as this beef tenderloin. This tenderloin is a treat that I don’t cook often since it usually costs me a minimum of $150 just to buy it (because of all the people eating), so you could say that it’s definitely a treat that everyone appreciates. I call it a Christmas present.

The beef is seasoned simply with good olive oil, crushed peppercorn, kosher salt, garlic and rosemary.  The secret though? Just a little bit of butter…I can see one of my brother rolling his eyes now, “more butter!?”. Yes Blue, more butter, but only a couple of tablespoons, and honestly, it really is the secret here. It’s what makes the meat just melt in your mouth and helps to make it tender, juicy and perfect.

Beef Tenderloin

A shared plate of beef.

I roasted the beef over a bed of mushrooms for yet another layer of flavor. The mushroom and pan drippings are what create the white wine cream sauce. Here’s the thing, while the steak is amazing on its own, this sauce takes it to a whole different level. The drippings from the pan create the most flavorful cream sauce and it’s probably the best thing ever when paired with beef tenderloin, for real. If you don’t like sauce though, I’ve also got a little side dish of red wine rosemary butter. Gosh (slaps forehead)! How B O M B does that sound??? BTW you guys have no idea how hard it was for me to take this perfect photo. It photo bombed legit a million times!!!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

3 Tbs. olive oil

3 Tbs. of Butter

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 Tbs. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper


1 center-cut beef tenderloin, about 4-5 lb

White Wine Cream Sauce:

1/2 cup white wine 

2 tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

2 cups heavy cream 

1/3 cup grated parmesan

kosher salt and pepper

Red Wine Rose Mary Butter:

1 cup (8 fl. oz./250 ml) dry red wine

1 sprig fresh rosemary

2 sticks (8 oz./250 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tsp. kosher salt


To make the red wine–rosemary butter, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the wine and rosemary sprig. Bring the wine to a boil and then simmer until the wine has reduced to a syrup. About 20 minutes. Allow the wine to cool to room temperature. Place the butter and salt in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the wine and process until the mixture is smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape the butter into a line on a large sheet of parchment paper. Fold the parchment over the butter and drag a clean spatula down along the line of butter to push it into a log. Twist both ends of the parchment to seal the ends and refrigerate the butter until ready to use, at least 1 hour.

To prepare the beef tenderloin, place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, stir together 2 Tbs. of the olive oil,  the garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the tenderloin. In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil and butter. Saute the mushrooms. Add the beef and sear the tenderloin on all sides until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 125 degrees F for medium rare, 30 to 35 minute. Remove from the oven and transfer the meat to a cutting board. Cover the roast loosely with foil and let rest for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the cream sauce. Place the same skillet used to roast the beef over high heat. Add the wine and scrape up any browned bits off the pan. Simmer 3-5 minutes or until the wine has reduce by about 1/3 to 1/2. Add the butter and thyme and continue cooking another 2 minutes until the butter has melted into the sauce. Slowly pour in the cream and bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in the parmesan. Season the sauce with salt and pepper. Serve the beef tenderloin with mushrooms, cream sauce and/ or butter!

I cannot wait to hear your thoughts on this recipe!








Holiday Gift Guide For Him | Under $200

Let’s Blog Over Gift Giving For Him!

I don’t know about you, but as simple as men are,  for me it can be a bit difficult shopping for that perfect something for them. I’ve put together a gift guide for you to give you some ideas. The best thing about this list is that almost everything is under $200!

I love everything about this Wool Coat. It’s not only classic, but a stylish staple piece that can be worn over and over again.

This Ralph Lauren Scarf is the perfect accessory to almost any outfit this fall and winter.

Throne Watches have been one of my favorites brand of watches for years now. It’s kind of splurge, but this classic watch is a must to add to your guys watch collection.

These Topman Ripped Jeans are perfect!

Suede Chelsea Boots are a must have for any wardrobe.

Ralph Lauren Pajama Pants to lounge around in.

If your guy loves jazz, this book would be perfect.

My guy is always traveling, so this Ted Baker Duffle Bag is perfect.

I have the Tom Ford version of these, but these Ray-Ban’s are classic.

For your photographer, this Polaroid Camera is a must have!

Master & Dynamic Earbuds in black and gold.

By now I’m sure everyone knows how obsessed I am with these Old Skool Vans. Everyone is getting a pair of these.

This classic Burberry Card Case is in someone’s Christmas stocking already.

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @Ralijah for updates and snaps!


Homemade Holidays | Christmas Potpourri

Let’s Blog Over Making Your House Smell Like Christmas!!!!

It’s finally the time I wait all year long for.

Thanksgiving week is here and that means the holiday craze is beginning! Yes!

Here’s the thing, every year I always make these grand plans in my head to do all my favorite holiday things. Like all of them. Put up my tree, decorate the tree all fab, make sugar cookies, decorate the house, make gingerbread houses from scratch, send out christmas cookies and holiday cards to everyone, find the best gifts, watch A L L the Christmas movies, go ice skating, make hot chocolate with giant marshmallows and loads of whipped cream, make the most grand Christmas dinner – with the table set all cute and festive. The idea is pretty much just to have the perfect Holiday season, which for me started in October.

Here ‘s the reality though, I maybe do half of those things and then Christmas comes and goes and I am really sad it’s over because I didn’t even get to cross off the other half the things on my list. It honestly happens every year.

So this year, I am speaking it into existence to get all those things done. Especially with how busy I am right now, it’s close to impossible. Instead, I am bringing the Christmas fun to the blog and making my work not work like at all. Gotta love that. I have decided that there are just way too many things I want to tell you guys all about this December, so now the weekends will be filled with Christmas cheer.

So exciting right!?!? Ok well exciting for me any way.

Today I am kicking things off with some crazy easy, holiday potpourri that simmers on the stove all day long. Don’t think I am all old and lame trying to tell you guys to make some homemade potpourri, I promise you will love this. Just trying to make the house smell like Christmas – like home. I spend tons of money on candles, and this is a cheaper option. Even if you’re a candle person, you’ll love this potpourri.

The best part is, you can really use whatever you have on hand. The must-haves in my opinion are cinnamon, citrus, ginger and vanilla. Nothing makes it feel more like the holidays than those smells. Trust me, if you are having guests over this is the perfect thing to have simmering away on the stove. So try it at Thanksgiving. It’s a great easy fix that makes people feel warm, cozy and welcomed!

Jeez, I am so domestic and excited. It’s the holidays, they do that too me.

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3 tangerines halved
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise gives a strong black licorice smell. optional
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean + 1 vanilla extract
  • 1 small branch fresh pine
  • 1 cup apple cider pomegranate or cranberry juice
  • water

I can’t wait to hear what you all think!


Faux Fur | Style Guide

Faux Fur

Let’s Blog Over Faux Fur!

I never thought to blog about this, but I posted a photo on instagram and a few of you messaged me about my jacket and my top, so I figured I’d do a post about it for you ladies and some gentlemen!

Now that we’ve officially entered the holiday season i’ve been seeing SO many great faux fur options and had to share this one with you. I love a good statement jacket so in today’s post i’m sharing tons of great faux fur options …at all price points!

Pink Faux Fur

Seriously how cute is this pink coat?! If you’re going to go faux fur you might as well go allll out right?! This jacket is so bright and girly that I wanted to keep the rest of the look monochromatic and let the jacket do the talking. I dressed mine up by pairing it with black distressed jeans, and a gooseberry intimates body suit, but you could easily pair one of the jackets in today’s post with denim and ankle boots as well for a little more dress down/casual vibe.

Style Guide Gooseberry Intimates

Similar Coat Here |Similar Body Suit Here| Black Skinny Jeans | Heels

Here’s a roundup of all of my favorite Faux Fur pieces.







Happy Saturday! Let’s Chat…

I’m looking for a stocking for my baby girl (her first Christmas)! Any suggestions on cute ones that aren’t too childish looking?

I get all of my Christmas stockings from Pottery Barn. You can never go wrong with this classic one, and I think this collection is just TOO cute!!!

I’m in need of some new black lingerie. Can you give me some suggestions on cute pieces or where to shop?

I love lingerie from La Perla, but I’ve been getting everything lately from Gooseberry Intimates. Fleur Du Mal has some amazing pieces as well.

Riley, with your HR background, can you give resume tips, or maybe do a post regarding that sometime soon? I’d like to be prepared for the new year.

I’ll work on a post for you!!!

Hi Riley! I met you at Williams Sonoma. We were the older couple. You are such a sweet girl, and you’re so funny. Absolutely informative about the kitchen. Will you be posting your duck recipe anytime soon?!

Hi!!! Thank you for your sweet words. When we get a little closer to Christmas I will post the duck recipe!!!

What shows are you currently watching? I need something to binge!

Hmm… Well, my friend Caroline got me stuck on this show called 90 Day Fiancé. I started from season 5. It’s a mess, but keeps me glued. I just finished watching Stranger Things. I love the Good Doctor. However- Power, Insecure, and Game Of Thrones is my shit!!! Lol. Real Talk…

What was the lash serum you posted on instastories?

Olive oil in one of my moms jars.

Riley- I was shocked to learn that you were 30. I wouldn’t have thought you were a day over 23. What is your skincare routine?

It is true. I celebrated my dirty 30 this year. It wasn’t dirty though. I don’t wear makeup a lot. I actually didn’t start wearing makeup until I was 25. I drink a lot of water, and I just wash my face every morning and night followed by moisturizer.

Your instagram story of you, your brothers, and dad was so funny. I love your laugh!!! What was the back story on that? You guys all range is colors and features. Who do you look like? Are you all close?

GAWDDDD!!! They’re so annoying, but they’re so funny so it’s hard not to laugh. I don’t remember the back story, I just know they were talking smack about everything. Lol. We do all look different. Jordan is tall and very, very fair with red hair. Blue is really dark with colored eyes, and then me… I took after my mom. My family and I are very close. My brothers are my best friends.

How does it feel to look in the mirror and be so perfect looking? Seriously a question though lol…

Honestly- I wouldn’t know…

Hi! You always braid Skylar’s hair so beautifully. How did you learn to braid? I’ve tried braiding my daughter’s hair, but not only can i not braid but I can’t get her to sit still. Any tips?

I’ve always known how to braid, but I learned all kinds of braids in Cosmetology School. I took Cosmetology in high school mostly because it was 3 credits in one year. Lol. True Story! Skylar has always been good at being still when I did her hair. My little Angel Girl. Try giving her a book, or turning on a show she likes.

What was the name of the christmas song you were blasting while you were cooking? It sounded very catchy.

Lol! That was called the Mistletoe Jam by Luther Vandross. That’s my Jam!!!

What are you cooking today?

Hamburger Helper. Lol! Nothing fancy going on over here today!

What are you listening to right now?

The new Sam Smith Album. OMG you H A V E to listen to it.

Where’d you get those ripped sweatpants?

My favorite store. Target!

It was fun chatting. If you have any questions please leave them in the comments or shoot me an email.

-Have a great weekend! xx