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Fish Tacos

Now that hubby has a little more energy after being chemo free since January, he has started doing more of the grocery shopping.  Years ago when he would shop, nine times out of ten he would bring home items that I normally wouldn’t buy. 

He would bring home foods that were high in sugar or sodium, like Lemon Meringue pies, Chocolate Chip Cookies and canned foods. But that has since changed and he is paying closer attention to product labels.

However, the one food that we both always bought was fresh fish especially Salmon.  Last week hubby decided to buy a package of frozen Tilapia filets which turned out to be a perfect alternative and it made for a great quick weekend meal.  

Normally I bake fish with just a little lemon juice and olive oil but this time I decided to make fish tacos and they turned out pretty good. Fish Tacos for dinner

Using the following ingredients we had these awesome Fish Tacos for dinner



3 Frozen Tilapia Filets

1 Package Ortega Fish Taco Seasoning (use 1/2 pack for less sodium intake)

1 Box Ortega Fiesta Flats

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (scallions)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

8 oz container of Sour Cream

3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic

1 Teaspoon grated lime rind

Juice from a small lime 

Shredded Cabbage (optional)

Shredded Cheddar Cheese (optional)

ingredients for fish tacos



Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Coat pan or cookie sheet with Cooking Spray

Cook fish filets in the oven according to package directions

cooking spray to prevent sticking

Place Tilapia in preheated oven

Chop onions and cilantro then place in a bowl, pour in Fish Taco Seasoning Mix, add Sour Cream, Mayo, Grated Lime Rind and juice from the lime.  Stir until mixed thoroughly.

Dice Scallions and Cilantro

Add Mayo and lime juice

Fish is done when it flakes easily, test with a fork before removing from the oven.  Add fish to the bowl or add some of the mixture into the pan and stir lightly with a fork to coat.  

I only used 3 Tilapia fillets, but you will have plenty of sauce to use for at least 12 Fish Tacos.

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Divide fish evenly among Fiesta Flats and top with shredded cabbage and cheddar cheese.

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Serve with Black Beans and enjoy.

What is your favorite way to cook fish?

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5 Favorite TV Shows in 2015

5 Favorite TV Shows in 2015

Last week while driving into work, I was listening to the Tom Joyner Morning Show and one of the New Year Eve’s topics being discussed was the “top television shows of 2015”.  Although I liked most of Nikki’s choices, I did however, have a few of my own.

The Walking Dead on

#1 – The Walking Dead

Yes, I am a “Walking Dead Head” as I grew up watching all-things horror, everything from Saturday’s Creature Double Feature, The Outer Limits, the original Night of the Living Dead …”they’re coming to get you Barbra” and of course The Twilight Zone, which I am watching now and have been for the past 24 hours! 

The Walking Dead keeps hubby and I glued to the tube every Sunday night wondering why no one wraps their arms, neck and legs in leather to cut down on the possibility of being bitten by a Zombie!

Cast of Blackish

#2 – Blackish

Not just because I LOVE Anthony Anderson, not just because I LOVE Laurence Fishburne and not just because I LOVE Jenifer Lewis but because I am glad that finally there is a comedy aka The Cosby Show that everyone can sit down to watch and really laugh out loud – LOL. 

I must admit that it took me awhile to get used to the kids, especially the twins, but they grew on me as do most kids who are not related and Deon Cole cracks me up as Dre’s co-worker Charlie.

Empire on Fox

#3 – Empire

Okay where do I begin…Tarji P Henson and Terrence Howard are definitely my favorite on screen couple and this was way before they teamed up to be what is going to be their best small screen project ever.  Not only did Lee Daniels a phenom, create a highly charged “sitting on the edge of your seat” show with A-List guest stars,  he also created a following that has people Tweeting, Facebooking and blogging every week about Lucious, and Cookie Lyons as well as their 3 sons in the cut throat music industry. 

And really, how do you not love Oscar winner Marisa Tormei as Mimi, the billionairess who not only loves hip hop music she also loves beautiful women and recently revealed that her character has breast cancer.

Cast of The Haves and the Have Not

#4 – The Haves and The Have Nots

I like Tyler Perry’s Madea plays and movies, but I love Tyler Perry’s small screen hits, Meet the Browns, The House of Payne, For Better or Worse but most especially The Haves and The Have Nots #HAHN.  Tiki Sumpter as Candace and her “drama mama” Hanna, her brother “Speedy” Benny; Judge “Can’t keep his pants on” Cryer, his wife Katheryn, their “drugie” son, Wyatt and “RIP” daughter Amanda. 

Oh, but how can you not HATE “gangsta in Gucci” Veronica?  Angela Robinson is playing her role to the max with her blindly-in-love-husband David and their “finally getting a back bone” son Jeffrey all which make up the cast of this great show on the OWN Network.  I can’t wait for them to return to the network’s line up as they are now in their OWN LINE UP being booked and heading to jail!

Chopped on the Food Network

#5 – Chopped

I like Sunny on The Kitchen and Guy on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and of course my own YouTube feature, Brunch with Blake, but Chopped is my favorite because four chefs face off against one another to prepare a spectacular three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert. I like the episodes featuring grandmothers, grandfathers and kids but the fun part is watching their creativity when it comes to using all the ingredients they are provided, sometimes even weird stuff like beef tendon balls.

At the end of each course, a panel of three guest judges “chops” one chef who fails to measure up in terms of taste, presentation and creativity and the last chef standing takes home $10,000.

Let’s Chat > What were your favorite television shows of 2015?

Summer Sizzles with Kabobs and Kraft!

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Sssh..don’t say this too loudly but it’s almost the end of the summer season…I may not miss the sizzle of the sun, but I will definitely miss the sizzle of the grill especially on the weekends.

Last week I decided to fire up the grill and make chicken and veggie kabobs, a quick and easy side salad and a pitcher of cold and refreshing Country Time lemonade.

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countrytime lemonade

Hubby and I headed over to Walmart to get the fresh veggies, Kraft dressings, including a bottle of Zesty Lime Vinaigrette for the pasta salad; and a bottle Kraft Three Cheese Ranch to use as a dipping sauce for the grilled veggies and chicken. For the salad, I also picked up a package of Kraft Sharp Cheddar Shredded Cheese and a pack of Pepper Jack Cheese because you know I like it spicy!

Kraft Dressings in Walmart

Kraft Cheeses

You can basically use any veggie for the kabobs, but I chose yellow summer squash, red onion, mushrooms and sweet Zima tomatoes, all of which can be found in the fresh market produce section at Walmart.  I also picked up a bag of mini Sweet Peppers, I love eating those as snacks!

Fresh veggies at Walmart

A little twist was added to the CountryTime lemonade with chunks of fresh watermelon and cantaloup also from Walmart’s fresh produce section and I must admit, not only were these melons sweet they also had a a sweet price!

melons in fresh produce market at Walmart

Countrytime Lemonade

To see the complete recipe and instructions for making the pasta salad, check out my Brunch with Blake video below.

Summertime is fun time for pool parties, picnics and parades and the last thing you want to do is spend it indoors cooking, so head outside and #FireUpTheGrill. Create your own style of chicken and veggie kabobs and dip them into some Kraft Creamy Ranch Dressing.  With so many varieties to choose from there’s gotta be a flavor that everybody will love.

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What is your favorite summer grilled food?  Click here to check out Kraft’s digital cookbook for more mouth watering recipes.

ingredients for pasta salad

Chicken and Veggie Kabobs

If using wooden skewers, allow them to soak in a dish of water for a few minutes first to keep them from burning on the grill


Skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins, cut into chunks then cooked in the oven for about 10 minutes @ 350~ or you can boil them. I prefer to cook the chicken so that veggies don’t burn as they cook very quickly on the grill

2 – yellow summer squash – sliced and halved

1 – container of mushrooms, stems removed and washed thoroughly (see my IG video for a “Toni’s Tip”)

8 -mini sweet peppers, halved

½ – Red onion, sliced (see my IG video for a no-tear onion cutting tip)

1 – package of Cherry or Sweet Yellow Tomatoes

1 bottle of Kraft Creamy Ranch Dressing – any flavor

Seasoning Salt (optional)

Cooking Oil Spray


  1. Heat Grill (follow instructions for propane or charcoal)

  2. Preheat oven to 350~

  1. Cut chicken breasts/tenderloins into chunks, then place them, single layer in a small pan or tray and spray with cooking oil.  Cook for 10 mins or until no longer pink

  2. Allow chicken to cool just enough to handle

  3. Skewer veggies and chicken alternating each

  4. Sprinkle with seasoning salt (optional)

  5. Spray each side with a little cooking spray

  6. Place Kabobs on grill, but use a grill mat or grill pan because veggies tend to soften and fall through the open grates or onto the ground…have you ever stepped barefoot onto a grilled cherry tomato…hot hot hot!

  7. Grill kabobs for 5 minutes then turn – grill for another 5 minutes then remove – turn, turn don’t burn

10. Remove from grill, and allow to rest for 5 minutes then yell…dinner’s ready!

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Sippin’ Soup when you’re sick

Disclosure:  I received the Organic Soups from Campbell’s in order to facilitate this review, however, opinions are 100% my own.


Hello friends, you know how it is when you don’t feel well, the last thing you want to do is head into the kitchen and cook.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love cooking for my husband and sons and enjoy preparing meals for my YouTube Channel segment, Brunch with Blake.  However,  after returning from our road trip to Virginia Beach I began to get sick and that’s something that does not happen to me.  I am normally a very healthy person and can’t even remember the last time I had the sniffles.

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Fortunately, I had a few containers of Campbell’s Organic Soups on hand, so on Sunday, I warmed up a container of Chicken Noodle soup then curled up on the couch to rest and relax.  The Campbell’s Organic Chicken Noodle Soup is only 100 calories, however, the sodium content is 690 mg, therefore, if you are watching your intake, I suggest you add water to thin it out. 

The ingredients in the 17 oz containers are as follows:


Organic Chicken Stock, Organic Carrots, Organic Chicken Meat, Organic Egg Noodles, Organic Wheat Flour, Organic Eggs, Organic Egg Whites, Organic Celery, Organic Potato Starch, Water, Organic Chicken Flavor, Salt, Organic Onions, Organic Chicken Fat, Organic Sugar, Organic Carrot Juice Concentrate, Organic Spice, Organic Rice Starch, Organic Yeast Extract, Organic Onion Juice Concentrate, Organic Garlic, Organic Flavoring, Organic Dehydrated Carrot, Organic Tomato Paste, Organic Dehydrated Garlic, Organic Tumeric, and Organic Canola Oil.


Organic Tomato Puree (water, organic tomato paste), water, organic diced tomatoes in organic tomato juice, organic heavy cream from organic milk, organic tapioca starch, organic sugar, contains less than 2% of organic basic, sea salt, organic spice.

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One 17 oz container filled the mug and was a delicious tasting soup.  I will stock up with more because Malik will be home next week!

I hope your day is as beautiful as you are!

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Goodwill Goodies 2 ~ Shoes and Accessories

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.  I was just going through the videos on my YouTube channel only to realize that Episode 2 of Goodwill Goodies was never published, so I wanted to pop in to let you know that is now up and live.  I thrifted some great belts, shoes and jewelry and gave a tip on disinfecting shoes.  I also wanted to announce that starting in April, I will be writing a monthly Guest Post for the Goodwillde blog so make sure to follow it, that way you can keep up with my “5 for under $25” Goodwill hauls.

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Thank you all for supporting me and my blog as well as subscribing to my YouTube channel – I now have 100 subbies – woohoo!!  Enjoy the weekend and have fun, see ya on Sunday for Brunch with Blake!

New Year ~ New You

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