Welcome to my blog, I'm Ricki! I always wanted to share my love for fashion and beauty and a few other things so I finally took the leap and did it! I am almost 40, a wife, mother of 4 and work in progress! I hope to show you with all that life brings your way, you can still be stylish and beautiful! No matter your age, shape, size, budget or imitations I hope to show you that you can always be the best version of you!
Hi Ya’ll! I know we all LOVE to scroll, watch, and drool over those amazing TikTok and Instagram food videos BUT it occurred to me recently that maybe we need to get down some kitchen and cooking basics prior to attempting these fabulous recipes! A question I’m asked often in my comments or DMs when I post my food videos is what seasonings did I use? I figured I would start this Back to Basics series by talking about basic seasonings I feel you should have in your cabinets or pantry for flavoring your food. I created the PDF below to save to your phone when you’re out shopping for groceries and I did a quick overview of what you need in a reels video on Instagram and Facebook. I hope this helps and let me know what seasonings you love to use and what else you would like me to share in the Back to Basics series!
Last year the Christmas season was lit after hot chocolate bombs (HCB) went viral! I sold so many of these! They are some work but easy to make and I am sharing a tutorial here as well as a video on my Instagram and Tiktok!
Candy Melts (these are easier to use than chocolate because you don’t have to temper it and almond bark because they are made to melt!) I get mine from Hobby Lobby but you can use the Wilton’s or store brand version as well
Vegetable oil – 1-2 tsp
Measuring cup or microwave safe dish to melt your chocolate
Sprinkles, candies, peppermints, sanding sugar or whatever you want to decorate your HCBs with
Plastic sandwich ziploc bag
Parchment paper (optional)
Start off by pouring your candy melts in a microwave safe bowl or cup and adding 1 tsp of vegetable oil. Mix and melt in microwave in 20 second intervals. You don’t want to melt it too fast or you will burn your chocolate. You want to mix after each interval. You may need to add an additional tsp of oil to get it to an easy to pour consistency. Once chocolate is melted set aside. You want the chocolate to have some time to cool down before pouring because you never want to pour hot chocolate it will mess up the look of your HCB.
Cut your silicone mold into individual pieces and set on a cookie sheet. I actually use a 3 pc mold but I wanted to do the tutorial with the silicone molds since they are easier to get your hands on.
Once you have your individual pieces of mold cut, stir your chocolate and add a spoonful to the mold. Move the mold around until the chocolate covers every area. Pour excess chocolate back into the cup or bowl and scrape side of mold with a knife or small offset spatula. Repeat this process and the place molds in freezer for about 3-5 minutes until set. Remove from freezer and then let sit for 1-2 minutes at room temperature. Repeat process of adding chocolate so you have a stable shell to work with. Don’t worry about what it looks like inside, no one will see that!
Once you have your shells complete carefully remove them from the mold. This should be easy since we cut them in individual pieces. Place one half of the shell on a cupcake liner. Take a glass plate and place in microwave on 30 second intervals til hot (make sure you use a pot holder to remove!) I actually heat my plate on my gas stove because it’s quicker but be careful. You can also use a griddle if you are making a large batch. Put it on the lowest setting and add a sheet of parchment paper on top to cut down on clean up.
Now you can actually take both side of the shell and place them on the plate to get smooth seams but I forgot to do that in the video. I filled one half with cocoa, marshmallows, candies etc and set aside in the cupcake liner. I placed the other half of the shell on the plate until the side was melted and attached it to the shell in the cupcake liner. If you have gaps you can simply take your finger or a spatula and add melted excess chocolate from the plate to fill in (see video) but melting both sides (before you place one half in the cupcake liner and fill) to make them even will mostly avoid this and is easier! Don’t forget that like me!
Once you have your bomb formed it’s time to decorate which is my favorite part! This is a great time to let the kids help and make it a family activity! I add chocolate to a ziplock bag and cut a tiny tip and drizzle on top. After you drizzle you can add sprinkles, candy canes, etc to decorate it’s up to you!
Once you have your bombs decorated you can place in a cupcake box and add candies or whatever and give as gifts. Or add to a hot chocolate station which I will be showing in an upcoming video. You enjoy these by adding to your favorite mug and pouring hot liquid (I prefer milk), stir until melted drink! I hope this tutorial was detailed enough and helpful. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask!
Hi y’all if you know me you know I don’t cook for major holidays. It’s my time to enjoy family and relax. But I will bring a dessert and this year it will be this one!
Peach cobbler dump cake is the perfect recipe for my non bakers or beginners because you literally dump everything in layers and bake! You can’t mess this one up lol. Wanna make it? Recipe is below!
•1 box of cake mix – you can use any brand as long as it’s a yellow or butter cake •2 sticks of butter (I always use salted butter but it’s your preference) •2 (15 oz) or 1 (29 oz) can of peaches in heavy syrup •Cinnamon •Pumpkin pie spice or you can just add nutmeg •1/4 cup sugar (optional) •1/4 cup brown sugar
Directions: Dump peaches in pan and add sugar and spices and mix. Pour even layer of cake mix and add brown sugar, more cinnamon and butter sliced on top. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 45 mins to 1 hour. Let set for about 15-20 minutes then serve & enjoy!
I made a video on Instagram to show you how to make it so follow along there.
Y’all this was sooo good!!! Bean said it tasted just like peach cobbler! You can bring this to the family gathering and sit back and watch everyone enjoy like a proud granny!!! Let me know if you try this& tag me on Instagram @severalpeoplesmama
Hi y’all! I know it’s been awhile since I wrote a blog post & I apologize for the absence and inconsistency. I’m working on getting back to posting here as well as social media because this is my website that I actually own and well social media and their algorithms are working my last nerves! So look for more blog posts soon!
In the meantime I wanted to pop in and share something I created. I love planners and stickers just like the next person however with taking care of myself, my family & my business (in that order!) I just don’t want to make the time to always play in my planner. I actually have found I’m more efficient if I make a list and check it off. So that’s what I did! I made a to do list with some things I wanted to include such as spaces to write a verse or an affirmation and to write what I am thankful for. I also included an area to list the top 3 things I want to accomplish that day. I am loving using this list because it’s simple and allows me to feel accomplished when I check something off. I write my list in the morning, take a picture so that I can refer to it thru the day (because we ALWAYS) have our phones and when winding down for the evening or even the next morning sometimes I can check off what got done and move what didn’t to the next day or even delegate it (we’ll talk more about delegating in another post because it’s important!)
I figured I would share my list here for anyone to download and use for themselves! Let me know what y’all think?
My goal for the summer is to spend the least amount of time possible in the kitchen and the perfect way to accomplish that is to cook meals that require me not standing around the stove! Sheet pan dinners are perfect for this!
Now this meal did require some prep but you can cut down by not marinating the chicken ahead of time or preparing during a weekly meal prep. Let’s cook!
1 1/2 to 2 pounds of chicken (I used boneless, skinless chicken tenders and thighs to cut down on cooking time. If you use larger pieces or skin cook for an extra 20-25 minutes or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees)
1 cup Greek Vinaigrette (I used Ken’s)
2-3 tablespoons of oregano
2-3 tablespoons of garlic salt
2-3 tablespoons of all purpose seasoning (I used Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute but Italian seasoning can work here as well)
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
8-10 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 red onion finely chopped
1-2 cups zucchini sliced into coins
1-2 cups yellow squash sliced into coins
1-2 cups of yellow potatoes quartered
Place chicken in bowl and add 1/3 of olive oil, 1/3 cup of Greek vinaigrette, 1/3 of minced garlic, 1/3 garlic salt, 1/3 oregano, 1/3 all purpose seasoning & 1/3 red onion. Add juice of 1/2 lemon. Add all of red wine vinegar. Mix until chicken is coated and set aside to marinate for at least one hour. When ready to cook, pre heat oven to 400. As a shortcut I pre-cooked my potatoes only in the microwave for 3 minutes so they would be fork tender. In another bowl add potatoes and 1/3 of Greek vinaigrette, oil, seasonings, garlic and red onion. Mix to coat and add to sheet pan sprayed with oil. Repeat with zucchini and squash in same bowl and then add to sheet pan. Add juice of the other half of the lemon over veggies. Cook in oven for 45-50 minutes or chicken reaches internal temp of 165 then (you may want to check and turn the chicken and veggies about 20 minutes into baking). Set oven on broil and broil for 5-8 minutes. I garnished with crumbled feta cheese, kalamata olives, and banana pepper rings. Then dinner is done!!!
The flavors of this meal were amazing and we all enjoyed it. It was even better the next day as leftovers. We will definitely add this to the rotation. Make sure you check out my reels on Instagram to see how I made this!