Monday, November 11, 2013

A Cause for Jubilation: Delicatessen with Love




Cayman Islands



My husband always tells me stories of how his fascination and passion for food grew out of the moments he shared in the kitchen with his Jamaican born grandmother as he grew up. The family would anxiously await for dinner and compliment her on the dish, when really she had only just begun with a mixture of onions, curry or basil that would fill the room and tease their tummies. While watching Fay who hosts Cook Like a Jamaican, guide viewers through her recipes she'd share, my hubby felt like he was transported back to his childhood apartment, her voice reminding him of his grandmothers and the stories she told him.

This time of year always brings back memories for me of huge family dinners on the Lower East Side where my gramps threw on her red apron, started singing gospel songs and got to work in the kitchen, with her grey sassy cat Gracie beneath her feet. The photo series Delicatessen with love  features beautiful grandmothers from around the world sharing their best recipes and meals created in their own kitchens. My hubby and I both lost our maternal grandmothers the same year but this series brought back such warm memories of watching them with admiration and love, as they took care of their families by nurturing our bellies and souls. What are your fondest memories of your grandmother in the kitchen?

Oh Snaps! A Peek at our October on Instagram

It seems October came and went like a cool autumn breeze and now we are tip-toeing upon Turkey day and holiday shopping, I was even tempted to blast some tunes from my holiday playlist on Spotify. October was a busy month for us, the hubby started culinary school, I juggled my teaching job + working weddings and constant Crohns flares while we kept up with our crazy monsters.
  •  First signs of leaves turning in our Queens neighborhood.
  • Tristan and daddy working on a craft project after reading the the book Perfect Square
  • The monsters tried convincing us that their new ride would fit in our tiny apt.
  • Power breakfast courtesy of the hubby.
  • All set for the I Do's at the Cottage in Milleridge Inn
  • Squirrel vs. Toddler.
  • I fell in love with the book Alpha Block and it's on my gift giving list.
  • Tristan's completely enamored with my bestie Tacha.
  • Dinner is served!

  • A little morning inspiration beneath my feet.
  • I'm not envious at all, of the reading in my hubby's future.
  • Unexpected flowers from my boys since I was a sick hot mess.
  • Can you tell they are super proud of their daddy?
  • The monster turns 3!
  • Sonic wants to play with the sleeping monsters.
  • Not sure who loves the hat more, me or him.
  • The highlight of my month is when new magazines load on my nook.
  • Trick or Treat
I hope you all had a wonderful October and that you enjoyed a peek at our moments from Instagram. If you already follow our adventures on Instagram, thanks bunches and If you'd like to you can follow us @Dellahsjubilation

Bunches of Xoxo's

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Elated with Etsy : Shop Spotlight on Charlie Be Good

This time of year I start contemplating our color palette for holiday decor in our house and once that's figured out I go on to planning our family outfits for our holiday card. We used to go to those mall portrait studios but we've since learned after our oldest had a horrific toddler tantrum {picture a bloody nose all over their faux white fur rug & nerve-wracking crying that signaled all the judgmental stares from parents much older than we were} that we'd just have a family member snap a pic of us with our cellphones in the comfort of our own apartment. Gotta Keep it simple during the holidays, right?

Usually we include our terrier Sonic in pictures with the boys individually because we've never successfully pulled off a family photo with the dog and both kids looking in the same direction. We thought we'd attempt at trying to get him in the family picture this year. We've chosen the color scheme of berry colors {think purples, burgundies and blues} with accents of black or gold. Since it seemed like a sophisticated choice we think we'll get Sonic all snazzy and get him a bow tie.

Right away I headed to and discovered the shop CharlieBeGood, which sells super cute, handmade bow-ties, collars, leashes, dog beds and carriers at really affordable prices. The boys and I agree that the Purple Polka-dots bow tie {last picture featured} will be so perfect and we're hopeful that Sonic won't get too distracted by it, long enough to snap a good picture! Do you include your pets in your family holiday photo's? For laughs here's a few awkward holiday pet portraits and 5 tips to get the best holiday pet photo and I wish you all lots of luck with your holiday picture taking!


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