#CoffeeTalk

Let’s Catch Up!

Riley, I loved that you posted snaps of your date night at home. By any chance would you be willing to share that filet mignon recipe? It looked DEVINE!!!

I have been getting so many requests for that recipe. I will do a follow up post on that.

Hi Riley! I loved meeting you at Neiman Marcus. You are so sweet!!! The men in your life are going to have an amazing Christmas this year. I recall you asking for a specific kind of cologne. I want to build up my husband’s cologne. Willing to share the scent you were buying your guy?

Hello!!! I buy him Tom Ford Ombre Leather. He’s getting something new this year.

I loved how big your gingerbread house was. Mind sharing where you got it? I’d love to get one in that size. It was huge!

I picked it up from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.

Hi Riley!!! You have the best family. Your Grandma is hilarious! I’m eager to see your family’s Christmas party this year. I wish I could invite myself. My question is about balancing families between mine and my husband’s family during holidays. Any suggestions?

Pick the holiday you like the least, and that can be the holiday you hang with his family. LOL. Just Playing… Sorta…

Skylar and Aven are so cute. I loved their gingerbread houses. They looked so focused when building them. I have a 4 and a 5 year old, and I want to get them in the kitchen. When did you start Skylar and Aven, and what did you start them off with?

Skylar and Aven always loved helping out in the kitchen. I think it’s great to get kids involved with cooking especially if you have picky eaters. I find that if you get them in the kitchen and let them help you prepare a meal, they’re more eager to help and try their food. I started them out when they were about two and three. We’d do some vegetables, and desserts and stuff. When they hit five and six we started cutting things. Now they can cook full meals.

I saw Skylar’s chef jacket, and it is to DIE FOR! I want to get my niece one for Christmas. Can I please have the details?!?!

Ralph bought that for her along with some bakeware. I think he got it from Williams- Sonoma.

I am loving all of your instagram stories, but can we get life lately via the camera roll? I don’t want to miss anything.

I can do that! Beware- there’s a lot that’s been going on!!!

Hi Ralijah! I just wanted to say that you are HILARIOUS!!! I loved your instagram story of you at the french wedding. The guy comes up to you speaking french and you say que? When your friends walk up you speak french! Please share the story on that. I watched that about a million times!!!!

Lol… There was this guy who kept eyeing me. I was waiting for my friends and he comes up to me and he just said he liked my style. Then proceeded to  ask me where I was from, and to end the conversation I pretended I didn’t know french and responded in spanish. Lol. Then my friends came up speaking french, and I respond in french with yea I’m ready to go. His face dropped. LOL. Nothing too big. I just didn’t feel like being social.

Congrats on being HR Director! That’s a huge accomplishment. Can I say that You Are GOALS!!! Any advice for someone starting out in HR?

Have patience, and know that it is ever evolving with regulations. So stay up to date with your certificates and so forth and you’ll thrive.

Riley I LOVE YOU!!! I saw a mutual friend snap you cooking. You looked so sweet, and fashionable, and you’re in the kitchen cooking you started dancing to pills and automobiles and rapping and I almost DIED!!! Please be my friend!!! I stalk you now! I would have never imagined you listening to and knowing all of that rap music!

I love trap music and fine dining!!! I don’t know why it shocks people, and yes I’ll be your friend!

Hi Riley! Have you thought about doing relationship posts? I feel like you’d get a huge following. Some friends and I were talking and we love you guys! We would be so interested in what you’d have to say!

I’ve been thinking about it… we’ll see what happens in 2018.

I’m headed to New York for the New Year and saw your friends snap where you were talking to your brother who is in New York. If you go can we meet? Please?!

Yes my brother is in New York working and I miss him sooooo much!!! He suggested (more like demanded) we come there for the new year. We’re considering it, but Spain might be happening so I don’t know… If I’m there I’d love to meet you!

I’ve been waiting for you to do some fashion posts. Especially with those striped pants. Please give me the details!!! You kill it every time!

I’ve been slacking. I’ll catch up with my fashion posts.

I have two questions. What brand are those snake skin boots and bag your grandma got you? As well as those nude tie up heels your mom got you.

My Grandma bought me Tom Ford, and my Mama gifted me with Gucci.

Favorite Christmas Songs? I need a playlist for a party and yours sounds so good!

OMG I have the B E S T  Christmas playlist. I keep it Luther Vandross and Mariah. Throw in some Boys II Men, Justin Bieber, Andrea Bocelli, 3LW, Destiny’s Child… Tell you what… follow me on Spotify. I’ll share my playlist.

Riley you’re so funny! I just love you and your family. I saw a snap Skylar posted of your Dad washing the car and you wearing this fabulous fur coat while singing contagious. LOL! You’re hilarious. Please share where you got the coat from and if you ever helped your dad wash the car?

Have you seen the contagious video with the Isley Brothers? Every single time I wear fur I sing that now. I’m so weird! I got that coat from my mom’s closet. My mom has a killer closet. It really is to die for. I definitely wasn’t helping my dad wash the car. It was cold outside. I bought him dinner though. That evened us out.

Thanks for your questions. If you have anymore just shoot me an email, and we’ll catch up!

Have a great weekend

Riley

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Cravings | Gingerbread Cookies

“I Want To Take All Our Best Moments, Put Them In A Jar, And Take Them Out Like Cookies And Savor Each One Of Them Forever.” ~ C.W.

Let’s Blog Over Gingerbread Cookies…

Happy Friday!!! I hope everyone is having the best week! I’m so excited for this weekend. We have a lot of fun activities planned. I wanted to share a fun kid friendly activity with everyone just in case you needed some ideas on how to entertain the little ones this weekend. The activity just happens to be gingerbread cookies!!!

Everyone knows Christmas isn’t Christmas without baking some cookies, right??? I love baking cookies with the kids. We started doing this when they were very little. 2 and 3 to be exact. My best friend Trashon insisted on this tradition with Skylar and Aven. I, however, didn’t want to be left out, so I help out. Now it’s O U R tradition. Now that they are 10 and 12, they actually look forward to doing this every single year.

Trashon and I are very domestic, and most definitely know our way around a kitchen. We refuse to use store-bought dough (not that there is anything wrong with it), and decided we should come up with a recipe. After a lot of arguing, bickering, back and forth, and profanity (because we both think we know E V E R Y T H I N G, and H A T E to be wrong) I can say we finally have the best gingerbread cookie recipe.

This is a fun way to get creative with your family, children, and friends. I’d suggest making a big batch because these will most definitely go fast! Make sure all of your ingredients are room temp. before starting.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

All Purpose Flour 3 cups 

Baking Soda 1 teaspoon 

Ground Cinnamon 1 teaspoon 

Ground Ginger 1 teaspoon 

Pumpkin Pie Spice ½ teaspoon 

Salt ½ teaspoon 

Black Pepper ¼ teaspoon

Unsalted Butter Room Temp ¼ cup 

Shortening ¼ cup 

Light Brown Sugar ½ cup packed 

Molasses ⅔ cup 

Large Egg 1 

Vanilla Extract 1 tablespoon 

 

Directions:

Sift the flour with the baking soda and all of the spices and the salt and pepper, set aside. Cream the butter and shortening with the brown sugar until light and fluffy about 4-5 minutes. Add the molasses to the creamed butter mixture and mix well, scrape the sides of the bowl and then add the egg and vanilla extract. Add the sifted flour – spice mixture while blending on low-speed, mix until it is all incorporated evenly. Turn out the entire dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap the dough tightly and press into a disc. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight before rolling. Once out of the fridge you must re-roll this dough. Mash it all together and knead it back together, then RE-roll on a floured work surface until it is pliable. Cut your shapes, and place on a parchment lined sheet pan. Preheat the oven to 350° F, you will bake for approximately 12-18 minutes or until light golden brown.  

Riley

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Christmas Traditions | Letters To Santa

“I Will Honor Christmas In My Heart, And Try To Keep It All The Year.” ~ Charles Dickens

Let’s Blog Over Letters To Santa!

Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. When I was a little girl me and my brother would A L W A Y S write letters to Santa. Nothing was more exciting to me than getting a response, and then sitting by the tree with a huge cup of hot chocolate with giant marshmallows, and whipped cream topping trying to figure out what each gift was.

I kept this tradition going with Skylar and Aven. I’m a little more dramatic with it though. My Grandma lives in Alaska. In Alaska outside of Fairbanks there is the North Pole. North Pole, Alaska is wear Santa lives. You can actually go to Santa’s house and see reindeer, and elves, and the workshop, and it’s just about the most exciting thing ever. You can also send your Christmas letters.

We would write our Christmas letters, and I’d actually put the letters that we received back in the freezer until I was ready to give it to them to read. You have no idea how excited they got. I’m giggling just thinking about it right now. When they were busy, or it was nap time, I’d take the letters out of the freezer and sneak to the mailbox and hide it in the other mail. Then I’d run errands, or do something with them, but it always ended with us checking the mail.

Then I’d just say “OMG! Skylar and Aven you have mail! It’s from the North Pole!” Of course the letters were freezing, and of course when you’re a child the most thrilling phenomenon is receiving a letter from Santa! To see the glee on their faces filled my heart with such joy!

If you’d like to do this for your little one, you can check out Santa’s website here.

Riley

 

 

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Cravings | Chili

“If I Were A Food, I’d Be A Chili Because You Know… I’m HOT.” ~ Louis Tomlinson

 

Let’s Blog Over Chili…

Happy Friday Everyone!!! I have been having the best week and each day has been getting better and better. So many great things are happening this way, and I just can’t help but to be in the best spirits because of it. Not to mention that it’s snowing here in Houston, and I absolutely L O V E it!!! We have these huge floor to ceiling windows in my home, and I love looking outside seeing all snow,  the Christmas lights, and hearing the holiday music blaring. And (I know never start a sentence with AND) did I mention that it’s S N O W I N G ? ! 

With the weather, the fireplace burning, and Home Alone blasting on my T.V., I figured nothing would be better than cozying up with a nice bowl of chili as well right???

I wasn’t even going to post this recipe as I feel I haven’t perfected it yet, but when I put it on my Instagram snaps, and Facebook, I received a lot of messages in either handing over a bowl or sharing the recipe, or having a cook off. My family and friends are so competitive. They know they can’t, and W O N ‘ T beat me… I think I’ll be quiet just in case my luck changes and I start taking some major L’s.

Moving on…so to be fair, I have never made chili. My mom and friends usually make the chili and I just eat it. A lot of it. My household insisted on me making a big pot. My friends Caroline and Alex got me this bottle of hot sauce that I needed to try in food since it just about killed me when i poured it on my spoon to taste it, so I decided why not? Why not make a big pot of chili so I can use this hot sauce on something T O D A Y ? From my reviews, and the fact that the pot is empty, and was just basically licked, I think I’ve just made the best chili ever!!! So much that I wasn’t able to take proper pictures of anything but chili’s… Gosh…

Chili

So this recipe has a balance of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Seriously…that should be enough to get you excited a little, right??

Here’s What You’ll Need:

4 Tbs of good olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 Anaheim chile pepper chopped

2 red jalapeno pepper, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 1/2 pounds lean ground beef

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 pinch garlic powder, or to taste

2 beef bouillon cubes

1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle light beer

1 (28 ounce) can crushed San Marzano tomatoes

1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

1 (12 ounce) can tomato paste

1/2 cup white wine 2 tablespoons chili powder

2 Tbs ground cumin

1 Tbs light brown sugar

1 Tbs of dark brown sugar

3 Tbs Mad Dog 357 Gold Edition 

2 1/2 Tsp dried basil

1 1/2 Tsp smoked paprika

1 Tsp salt

1/2 Tsp dried oregano

1/2 Tsp ground black pepper

2 (16 ounce) cans Bush dark red kidney beans

Directions:

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir onion, bell pepper, Anaheim pepper, jalapeno peppers, and garlic in the hot oil until softened.

Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; add Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Crumble bouillon cubes over beef and add beer. Continue to cook , scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet, until liquid is hot, about 3 minutes. Stir beef mixture into pepper mixture.

Stir crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and wine to the beef mixture. Season with chili powder, 2 tablespoons cumin, brown sugar, pepper sauce, basil, paprika, salt, oregano, and black pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until meat and vegetables are very tender and flavors have developed in the chili, about 90 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mix kidney beans into beef and vegetables. Continue to simmer until beans are hot, about 30 minutes more.

Garnish with sour cream and cilantro. Do it. It gives it S O much flavour.

Please email me your photos and thoughts on this dish! Can’t wait to hear about it!!!

Riley

 

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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!

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