Bar-B-Q(ueen)

My summer time vibes are REAL, QUEEN! I love to host #PatioParties and fire up the grill. It’s an extension of the kitchen lezzbehonest, of course I love it.

Had friends over for a BBQ on our deck. Kids played while the adults adult’d. Lovely evening! We had surf and turf. Spoiler alert, it was amazing!

Girly Gift Shops

In my world, it’s birthday season! Tons of family members and girlfriends are celebrating their trip around the sun. For this self proclaimed shopaholic, hi my name is Brittney, I enjoy every gifting opportunity. #ShoppingIsMyCardio

The Queen’s Top 10

Lastly, ribbon for these beautiful gifts must come from Anastasia Marie’s Etsy shop.

Happy shopping whether it be cyber, window or otherwise!

Fancy Flank Steak

If you’re not a fan of meat…swipe left. I don’t discriminate against ANY food group but totally respect your right to choose. #DoYouBooBoo

Here’s my marinated flank steak from week 11,986,391 of quarantine.

Ingredients:

  • Flank steak, cut into chunky strips
  • Packet of seasoning, dealers choice (try Mongolian Beef or Korean BBQ)
  • Soy sauce, 1/4 Cup
  • Scallions, 1/4 Cup chopped
  • Curly leaf parsley, 1/4 Cup chopped or ripped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

Let’s Cook Queen:

Toss your packet of desired spice, soy sauce and steak strips into a gallon size zip top bag. Seal the bag and shake the shit out of it to ensure that each piece gets coated. Marinate the strips in the fridge for 30 minutes, give or take.

On the stovetop, sear each side of the flank steak on high heat. Side note: I use a 12″ cast iron skillet that is coated with vegetable oil after each cleaning. Sear until you’ve achieved a dark brown caramelized color, then transfer oven safe skillet to a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.

Lastly and most importantly, let the steak rest! Lay a long piece of foil over a large dinner plate. The length of the foil is twice as long as the plate. Transfer all the steak to the foiled plate. Wrap the excess foil over the steak and fold the edges to lock in the heat. After 5 restful minutes the steak will have retained its juices and be ready for a garnish of parsley and scallions. Enjoy you, fancy Queen!

Meals For Munchkins Vol. 2

Attention KIDDOS: It’s lunch time! I don’t always make my boys fancy lunches, but when I do, they are EXTRA! I’m talking curly straws with juice, crustless sandwiches cut into mini shapes, fun toothpicks and the list goes on.

It’s all about the details. Let’s be honest, kids are visual eaters and DO judge a book by its cover. Turn up the volume on the drab brown bagged lunch and see the difference a little fancy can make. Betcha those kids will notice your efforts. Go crush it moms! #ImYourCheerleader

Pancake kebabs with peanut butter and jelly

Week Night All Star: Vol 5

Tonight I embraced the K.I.S.S. method and kept it simple in the kitchen. Mozzarella basil chicken is a staple in our house. With bikini season right round the corner, I opted for a side of roasted asparagus in leu of carbs. If I haven’t said so before, the best way to slice mozzarella cheese is with original flavorless dental floss. That’s right, DENTAL FLOSS! Sounds insane, right? But when I saw the Barefoot Contessa do it with ease, I was sold. Matter of fact, you can find Top Care dental floss in my Jr Varsity kitchen tools drawer. Have fun in the kitchen, gang!

Date Night Vol 1

Date night entails stilettos, a can of hair spray and all the gems!

On Brittney:

My man’s rocking:

Nails did, hair did, everything BIG!

Fancy Pants Vol 2: Denim

Finding the right pair of jeans for your body can be a treacherously long and winding road. Finding denim that easily pulls over my thighs and hugs my waist has been a struggle, until Khloe Kardashian and GOOD AMERICAN came along! For the record I am 5’7” and have an athletic/curvy build with powerful quads and hamstrings. These jeans skim your curves without restricting movement. They are extremely slimming and include ultra high rises. In addition to GA, I fancy Mother denim. In my opinion, these brands balance stretch while maintaining their shape. As for my favorite style of denim, nothing makes me feel more fierce than flares. Some will say they are back in style, but if you ask me they never left, love!

Ride or Die Vol 2: Make-Up

Wake up! Time to put on your make-up! I’m a big fond fan of girly stuff, shocker. Growing up in a family dominated by females gave me exposure to the glam life from an early age. My sisters and I adored playing with my mom’s Clinique eye shadow palettes, coral lipsticks, and bright pink blushes. We each had a stash of ‘play make-up’ to fill up a Caboodle. And why shouldn’t we, our favorite past time was getting dolled up and strutting our stuff down a pretend cat walk while our Nana (the MC on the mic) would describe our elaborate costumes, hair and make-up.

Pat McGrath Labs mascara, Too Faced liquid lipstick, YSL foundation, Milani blush, Becca highlighter, MAC brow pomade, Charlotte Tilbury contour wand, Shiseido lash curler