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Quick Chick Recipe

The weather is getting warmer and starting Sunday the sun will be out longer so it’s time to make my dinner meals quicker and easier. 

I will continue using the Crock Pot but this easy breezy, 3 ingredient recipe is perfect for the mid-week or even a weekend meal when wrapped in a tortilla and sprinkled with cheese.

mid-week meal made with chicken


3 Individually Wrapped Packs of Chicken Breast Tenderloins

1 Package Frozen Stir Fry Veggies

Cooked Rice  

Olive Oil Cooking Spray


3 ingredient chicken recipe

I love using these individually wrapped chicken breast tenderloins and keep several of them in the freezer.  

I only need to use one portion when it’s just hubby and I, however, since Tayair decided to grace us with his presence I used 3 packages and it was more than enough for all of us. 

As a matter of fact, I had an extra piece of chicken to use in my salad the next day.

Olive Oil Cooking Spray


Coat the skillet with an Olive Oil Cooking Spray

cook chicken until no longer pink

Cook chicken tenderloins on medium heat until no longer pink, please note that the safe internal temperature for cooked chicken is 165°

Turn down heat to low, add package of frozen veggies and cover for approximately 15 minutes

stir fry veggies

cover the skillet

Cook rice according to package directions

Rice cooking

Top rice with chicken and veggies and sprinkle with seasoning of choice, I used Ground Cumin, Hot Madras Curry Powder and Dried Parsley

seasonings for chicken recipe

This was an easy breezy simple and delicious meal, you gotta try it!


What is your favorite chicken recipe?

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8th Annual MACCDE Spring Expo

8th Annual MACCDE Spring Expo

Last Thursday I attended the 8th Annual Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce Spring Expo held at the Townsend Fire Hall.

The Fire Hall was filled with tables of more than 95 business owners ranging from AHDTV Network to Uncle Mike’s Ice Cream and Water Ice.  As a new member of the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce I was there representing ABlake Enterprises, Social Media Management & Consulting and was able to share a table with my partners, Mike, Trisha and Ari Fox of Splash DesignWorks.

Me and the Fox family

It was a beautifully bright day which drew a huge crowd of more than 1000 attendees, young and old alike including some very adorable young entrepreneurs who were sharing the table with their parents.

Entreprenuer at the Expo


Balloons, Banners, Chair Massages, and Giveaways added to the excitement of this fun and festive family event.  I have lived in Middletown for over 23 years and had never attended an Expo which is now in it’s 8th year, I will however, never miss another one! 

Expo Entrance

The 2016 MACCDE Spring Expo was not only a great place to network and connect with local businesses in the area, it was also a great venue to see old friends and meet new ones.  

networking and meeting new friends

Sipping on freshly made lemonade from Bahama Breeze and noshing on a pasta and shrimp dish from Pat’s Select was the highlight of my day.  However, for the winners of the many door prizes ranging from a Flat Screen TV to a month of FREE food, I’m sure it was probably an even better one for them.

Pat's Select Middletown

The little ones who stood quietly by their parent’s side were also treated to food and fun.  Goodies including slices of pizza, sweet treats of personalized cookies, cupcakes, and water ice.  Giveaways and chatskis such as glow in the dark pacifier necklaces, Frisbees and free passes to the Dover Skating Center also delighted them.


Appo Sweets

And for the bigger kids adults who also stood quietly in line they too were treated to sweet treats – samples of wines from Kreston Wine & Liquors and Crow Farm & Vineyard.

Wine Time at the Expo

Obviously, there were too many businesses to name them all in this post, but here are the names and slides of just a few.  The full list can be obtained from the Chamber of Commerce’s website.

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  • Elite Feet

  • Glasgow Medical Center

  • STAM

  • Back Creek Golf Club & Grille

Spring Expo Slide Show 2

  • Moore Seal, Inc.

  • Middletown Chiropractor

  • Westown Movies

  • Sherms Catering

  • Middletown Transcript

Middletown Transcript

I had a great time taking pictures, recording a Periscope and collecting business cards.  I can’t wait to attend next year’s 9th Annual MACCDE Spring Expo!


8th Annual Expo


Spring Expo Slide Show 1


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8 Healthy Habits You’re Not Doing (But You Need To Be)

8 Healthy Habits You’re Not Doing (But You Need To Be)

By: Darci Maxwell


Jim Rohn said “Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.”  While we all want to take care of our bodies, we tend to get a little lazy here and there, neglecting do many necessary things to keep us healthy.  We all do it – our lives become hectic and we decide that we don’t have time to do the little things, or we simply forget.  Unfortunately, neglecting these little things takes a toll on our overall health.  Make a change today by finding time to create the eight healthy habits below.

Getting Enough Sleep

We are all culprits of not sleeping enough.  Some people see it as a waste of time, others just can’t seem to find the time to do it.  Research, however, has proven that getting enough sleep will help you be more successful throughout the day.  It sharpens your mind, eases stress, decreases the risk of accident and injury, and increases the chance of developing diseases such as heart disease and cancer. 

To help yourself sleep better, don’t drink alcohol or coffee for four hours before bed. Create a bedtime routine that starts one hour before you want to be in asleep to help you wind down.  Turn off all electronics during this time.  Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, regardless of whether or not you need to.  Exercise more often to help you sleep better at night. 

Flossing Your Teeth

While half of all Americans brush their teeth about once a day, nearly 80% of don’t floss their teeth.  Your toothbrush cannot reach every crack and crevice between your teeth, and if you do not floss, it increases the risk of plaque, gingivitis, and cavities.  If your gums bleed whether you are in a dentist’s chair or just when you floss at home, it is an indicator that you are not properly taking care of your teeth.  You should be brushing and flossing twice per day for optimum dental care. 

8 healthy habits

Drinking Enough Water

How much water do you drink a day?  A cup? Two cups?  It is recommended that you drink ½ oz to 1 oz of water for every pound that you weigh, every day.  So if you weigh 145 lbs, you should drink about 70-145 ounces of water a day. Of course, that range depends on your circumstances.  You need to drink more water if you are exercising or if you are out in the sun than if you are sitting at your desk.  

Fortunately, all of this liquid does not have to come from just drinking water.  You can drink juice, eat soup, or eat a popsicle, just make sure that you avoid alcohol and soda as those can dehydrate you more.  Remember that if you only drink water when you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  Sip water throughout the day for a healthier life.

drink plenty of water

Washing Your Face

We all know the importance of washing your face, but few people actually do it every night.  During the day, your face collects dirt, dust, bacteria, and more.  Washing your face every night with lukewarm water will remove any buildup that you have accumulated throughout the day. 

Massage a gentle cleanser into your face for thirty seconds to a minute to properly clean the face.  Rinse with water and pat dry.  Rubbing dry can damage your skin and create wrinkles.

Cleaning Under Your Nails

Finger and toe nails are one of the germiest places on our bodies, but we rarely take care of them the way we should.  The black gunk under your fingernails is dirt, lint, keratin debris from your nail, as well as skin cells.  If it is every green, that means that you have bacteria living under your nails.  You need to be extra vigilant in taking care of your nails if you have artificial nails as there are tiny spaces perfect for bacteria growth. 

Put soap in the palm of your hand and scrub your nails clean in a circular motion, using your palm.  If the buildup is particularly bad, you can sweep under them with an orange stick.  Be gentle when cleaning under your nails because you can separate your nail from the nail bed if you are too rough. 

Leaving Your Face Alone

Resting your hands on your face at work, picking your face, or just touching your face is terrible for your skin.  There is a lot of oil and bacteria on your hands, so leave your face alone.  Picking your face will actually make you break out more, break down your collagen, cause scarring, spread bacteria, and make it more difficult for your skin to heal.  Touching your face, like picking your face, also spreads bacteria. Find something else for your non-dominant hand to do while you’re scrolling through your social media feed, like playing with a spinning ring or twiddling a pencil. 


It is recommended that you exercise 30 minutes a day 6 days a week.  However, very few people actually find the time to do so.  Exercising decreases the risk of many diseases, and helps you stay young and healthy.   To help you exercise more often, keep an extra change of workout clothes in your car, buy clothes that you like, follow a fitness guru on social media, and set daily reminders on your phone. 

exercise outdoors

Spending Time Outdoors

Being trapped at a desk during your 9-5 job can make it difficult to see the sunshine, let alone spend time in nature.  Spending time outside can help boost your focus, creativity, improve your mood and self-esteem, increase your Vitamin D levels, as well as heal your body and soul.  The earth has a negative charge, and “plugging in” to the earth (by walking barefoot in the grass or sand) can help rejuvenate your body. 

Take an afternoon walk, eat outside, exercise outside instead of in a gym, or just go sit on your porch for a few minutes.  Even spending five minutes a day outside can change your life.

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Spring Cleaning with Renuzit Sensitive Scents

Disclosure: The Renuzit brand provided me with samples of Renuzit Sensitive Scents in exchange for an honest product review.  All opinions are however, 100% my own.

Last weekend I was able to enjoy one of my few unscheduled Saturdays so I took full advantage of it and decided to get a jump start on a little Spring Cleaning. 

With the sun’s rays shining through the windows it was obvious that the dust bunnies had multiplied over the winter!

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As you know, I have two sons, Malik, who is away at school at Bowie State University and Tayair is home attending the CLSC Program at the University of Delaware.

I had recently received these Renuzit products from Social Insiders so I was anxious to try them out and their bedrooms were the perfect place to begin.  When Malik is away his bed is striped of it’s sheets and coverings so I started by spraying his mattress pad and pillows with the Renuzit Trigger Spray. 


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The Pure White Pear & Lavender scent was light and not overpowering which is great because both of my sons have seasonal allergies.  If you watch the video below you will also see that I used the Trigger Spray in Tayair’s room, closet and on his sneakers.

Renuzit Trigger Spray


I used the Pure Ocean Breeze Plug-In in Tayair’s room since it needs a bit more of a constant freshening and those of you who have teen age sons or young male adults know what I mean.  The Pure Ocean Breeze scent was light and airy and after a few hours it made the whole room smell refreshed.

Renuzit Plug in


I was going to leave the Renuzit Sensitive Scent Gel Freshener in Malik’s room but once I took a whiff of the Pure Water Blossom & Cucumber scent, I immediately took it to my bedroom – it was heavenly!  I will have to buy another one for Malik’s room before he gets home.


Renuzit Gel Freshner

Having used Renuzit products in the past I was familiar with them, however, these new Sensitive Scents are much better and the Plug In Refills are universal so that they fit in any Glade or Air Wick warming unit, which saves you money if you have them already. 

And speaking of saving money, I am conducting a Rafflecopter Giveway and will be giving away these 3 Coupons for a FREE Renuzit Sensitive Scents product. You can enter the contest below and make sure to leave a comment as to what your favorite Spring Scent is – good luck!

Renuzit Trigger Spray

Drawing is open to USA residents only and will end on Sunday, March 13th.

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National Entrepreneur Week Delaware

Last week I had the pleasure of being part of the “Out of the Box Business Panel” hosted by the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute (DFLI) in celebration of National Entrepreneur Week.

Out of the Box 2016

These two free workshops were held at the Wilmington and Dover libraries which were great venues for attendees who came seeing information on either starting or expanding a current business.

Ronni Cohen, Executive Director of DFLI and Keyanna Mozie, Program Director kicked off each evening with a brief introduction of the program and that of it’s moderator, Terrance Vann.

National Entrepreneur Week


Terrance Vann is not only a great moderator, he is also a very talented artist who’s work can be seen on his website and on his Instagram page.

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Tuesday evening’s workshop was held in Wilmington, and I, representing A.Blake Enterprises and Blogging with Blake, was joined by fellow panelist Chris Fullman, Department of Labor, Jaimie Hayman, Hayman Creative Promotional Products Agency, Inc., and Queon Jackson, Summer J. Artisan Ice Pops, LLC

On Thursday the workshop was held at the Dover Library, and Daneya Jacobs from Candy Connections joined Jaimie, Queon and myself. 

National Entrepreneur Week Panel Thursday


We began with a brief introduction of ourselves and of our business, then the moderated questioning began.  I can honestly say that not only did the attendees receive great take-away information, I think each of us on the panel did as well – at least I know I did.

National Entrepreneur Week

National Entrepreneur Week

National Entrepreneur Week

National Entrepreneur Week was designed to celebrate American entrepreneurs and the lifelong learning educational opportunities that prepare the NEW business leaders of the future.

The Week is in response to the U S House of Representatives Resolution #699, supporting an annual National Entrepreneurship Week and encouraging the celebration of it annually at the local, state, and national levels.

National Entrepreneur Week

Despite the cold temps and drenching rain those in attendance who had braved the elements came armed with insightful comments and questions.  Questions ranged from how to take the ideas in their head and write a business plan to what are some of the licensing and insurance requirements for starting a business in Delaware.

attendees at National Entrepreneur Week  

Conducting these workshops in the libraries was great because public libraries contain numerous resources to help those searching for employment, starting or expanding a business and even studying course work online.  

Please visit for more information.


panel discussions


Over the past 13 years, DFLI has also become “A Community of Learners, A School Without Walls,” providing a host of services to adults, women, youth and families. DFLI’s signature program, The Money School, provides hundreds of students throughout the state with more than 600 free financial education classes.

DFLI info

Thousands of students have learned how to manage their money and save with DFLI’s award winning program, Bank At School. Programming such as From Purses to Portfolios, Money Clubs, and Passport to Prosperity offer women a wealth of resources, special programs and events, all to help participants take charge of their money.

DFLI’s newest program, The Center for Business Growth, provides small businesses with the critical entrepreneurial and financial skills necessary for business success and it was an honor being part of these fantastic workshops.

National Entrepreneur Week   


How did your state celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week?

National Entrepreneur Week in Delaware Terrance and Keyanna

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