Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Looking for something to do this upcoming weekend with your children? February 27- March 1,  the Royal Hanneford Circus will be in town. The event will take place at Cincinnati Gardens 2250 Seymour Ave Cincinnati, OH.45212. If you are interested please visit www.ticketmaster.com for tickets
When it is cold out, many people such as myself enjoy meals that warm the soul. This past Saturday I decided to make delicious Gumbo. Below is a recipe of the Gumbo that I whipped up! I tweaked the recipe by adding shrimp and poured it over rice. I also paired it with corn bread. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! God Bless!

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Difficulty: Moderate
Makes/Yield: 6
Categories: Stew, Main course, Autumn, Cajun/Creole

- ½ cup canola oil
- 2 lb. bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 8 oz. andouille sausage, cut into ½" pieces
- 4 slices bacon, cut into ½" pieces
- 1 cup flour
- 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
- 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
- 2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1 tsp. cayenne
- 6 canned, whole peeled tomatoes in juice, drained and crushed by hand
- 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 10 oz. okra, trimmed and cut into ½" slices
- 4 cups chicken stock
- Cooked white rice, for serving
- Hot sauce and filé powder, for serving

This bitter cold weather can really do a number on your skin. Make sure that you are keeping your skin hydrated by increasing your water intake and keeping your skin moisturized. This is advice that I am giving myself as well as my daughter. Also, feel free to order my Sweet Vanilla and Mocha Sugar body scrub to exfoliate your skin, to remove the dry and dead skin. If interested, please email me tianatribble@gmail.com. Thanks and stay warm!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Considering that Hamilton County is currently in a Level 2 snow Emergency what are your indoor plans? If you are interested in doing a little retail therapy online, check out Nordstrom's website. They are currently having a big sale. http://shop.nordstrom.com.  If you are interested in watching something with your children, you can check out Shrek the Musical on Netflix. This musical has humor for the adults as well as the children. It also gives your children an opportunity to enjoy the arts. 

In addition, Parents don’t forget to check your children’s school website for school assignments and/or packets. Although there should be some time for relaxation, the children should also utilize this time to stay up on their studies. Remember when you don’t use it, you lose it!

Please remember that when the city is under a snow emergency please stay indoors unless you HAVE to go out. Be safe my loves and Stay tuned for more Mocha Tee!


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Snow Day!

This makes snow day #3. My girls and I plan to watch the Shrek the Musical a bit later, and play some board games. However, before all of that takes place, it was important for me to have some me time, by catching up on many of the things that I have recorded throughout the week on my DVR. Mom's please use this time to not only interact with your children, but to take at least an hour or two for you! It's essential! Enjoy your day!

Mocha Tee's Things to Do with the Family!

Do you have a little detector around the house? Does your little one enjoy playing I-spy and is fascinated with solving mysteries? If so make sure you check out the Detective Agency which takes place at the Children’s Museum.

Ages 6 – 12 can solve mysteries around the Cincinnati History Museum while learning about the history of Union Terminal and the era in which it was operational as a train station. “Agents” solve mysteries to move up in rank and earn prizes. To join, see the Chief Inspector in the agency office. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. Wed and Sat, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 5 p.m. Sun; there is an initial fee of $5 to join (museum admission not included).

Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave.; open Mon – Sat, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; all museum pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 – 12, $4.50 toddler pass, $6 parking; 513-287-7000, cincymuseum.org.

Welcome To Mocha Tee

Welcome to Mocha Tee, where I will be giving you the tea on my favorite things here within the city. I will mention everything from places that I enjoy such as things to do, stores, as well as restaurants.  I will also share some recipes with you all while you are here. I hope that the information that I provide is helpful! Enjoy your visit!