A few months ago I was approached by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine about being featured in their September issue. I was excited about the opportunity and couldn’t wait to share the news with my readers. The magazine hit newsstands and mailboxes across the country this weekend. I’m also sharing my favorite items from the BHG online store. Click here to view the rest of the article.
One of my goals for 2014 was to finish researching my family history. As a child, I always asked about my ancestors but got no answers so I took it upon myself to do some digging. In December, my mom researched her mom’s side of the family all the way back to Africa as a gift to my grandma for her 90th birthday. My mother’s fathers family is from the Bahamas and we have hit a road block on that side of the family.After that I became even more interested in learning about my past. So when 23 and Me announced they were partnering with Pfizer Inc. to research individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. They offered free genealogy kits to us and we would have access to our DNA history and family information.
It took a month for my results to come back after mailing off my saliva to 23 and Me. I was little surprised by results. As a women you only have access to your mother’s genome because you only have to XX chromosomes. So I am planning to have my dad do his DNA before the end of the year.
My results are below and I’ve used several third party sites to dig a little deeper. In discovery I found out that my African ancestors most likely came from West Africa. The surprising information I found was that I am part Scandinavian and Jewish. I knew about my Portuguese, French, and British heritage. I was also surprised about that lack of Native American heritage because my great grandmother was Native American. Using a third party site I did discover one of my ancestors was apart of the lemme tribe.
The one thing I love about 23 and Me is that is has allowed me to connect with 3rd and 4th cousins I didn’t know existed who have ties to my family in the Bahamas. Connecting with them has helped me move further along in my journey.
Have you had success learning about your family history?
The team at Decorist recently approached me about working with them to do a mini makeover for my guest bedroom. I worked with their design team to discover my wants and needs for the space so that they could create an environment that was welcoming and homey. My goal is to have my guest bedroom complete by the end of December so I can have guests stay at my house for the holidays. Check out the inspiration board below created by Decorist for my guest bedroom.
Interested in having a room made over in your home? The team at Decorist is offering all Eat.Drink.Shop.Love readers $10 off a mini-makeover from their website when using this code decoristaEDS.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Celebrity Chef G. Garvin to talk to him about his partnership with Allstate for the Give it Up for Good Campaign and his love of food.
Can you tell me about your partnership with Allstate for the Give it Up for Good Campaign? The Give it Up for Good Campaign is about sharing great positive stories of local heroes who are changing lives in their communities that may not be getting the recognition they deserve.
Can you tell me about your new show on the Travel Challenge called the Underground BBQ Challenge? What are some of the cities you visited? I had a great time filming the show Underground BBQ Challenge. I traveled across the country to some of America’s best BBQ cities. The show challenges neighbors vs neighbors in a BBQ cook off. The contestants are given ingredients and a menu to plan a party. It gets interesting because there is also a wild card thrown into the mix. I visited Kansas City, St.Louis, Miami, Austin, and more. Each city has it own flare and way of cooking BBQ.
Will you still be working with the Cooking Channel? Yes, I am fortunate enough to still have a great relationship with the Cooking Channel.
I love entertaining friends and family members, what are you recommendations on menu ideas that are quick, easy, and affordable? I love serving one bite meals to guests like Ceviche, Tuna Tartare, Stuffed Shrimp, Lamb Chops, and Chicken Lollipops.
Later this month, I’ll be heading to the beach with my family for a vacation during the Labor Day holiday. I’m looking forward to this much needed vacation because it will a great way for me to relax and unwind. I’ve started compiling a list of reading materials perfect for the beach. Check out my list below. Leave a comment telling me what you are reading this summer.