Cheesy Cajun Grits and Spicy Sausage

Learn how to make a savory filling 30 minute meals that’s sure to please your family.

If you are a mom like me, you understand that time is not always on our side. We have to be mom, superwoman, playmate, maid and most of all the chef. I love cooking, but I don’t always have the time to cook an elaborate meal to feed my family. I have come up with an easy recipe that would sure hit with your family.

In a medium sauce pan, add your water, chicken broth, and butter and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, add in your onion powder, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning, and creole seasoning. While water is boiling, add in 2 cups of grits and stir until grits adsorb the water. Once grits have thicken cover your grits and cut your temperature to low and simmer.

*Tip for cooking grits, use a whisk to stir your grits. Also add water every 4 to 5 minutes to loosen your grits and to keep from lumping.*

Once your grits become smooth (no grainy texture), its time to make them creamy and cheesy. Add in one cup of milk and stir. You will notice your grits instantly become creamy. Add in pepper jack cheese, and Gouda cheese and stir. Cover and cut your grits on warm.

In a medium skillet on medium heat, add a little olive oil and saute your onions, peppers, and garlic. Once veggies are soft add in your sausage and cook until brown. Once you sausage is done you are ready to eat.


Busboys and Poet

Close your eyes and let me take you back to 1997. We are having drinks in Chicago at a famous poetry lounge. The host takes the stage to present the next poet and you hear, “Darius Lovehall.” Darius steps to the mic and says, my poem is called, “A Blues for Nina.” The room lights up with snaps and cheers. This is how I felt at Busboys and Poets. I felt I had been teleported to that famous scene in my favorite movie, “Love Jones.”

While in DC, my friend Greta and I had a girl’s night. We only get to see each other once or twice a year, so we decided we will try this restaurant we found in the “Eat the City” group on Facebook. Greta hit me earlier in the week to tell me her friend was performing at a poetry slam too. Of course my artsy ass is in. I love poetry and I love poetry slams!

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Travel Post Corona Virus

A look into what travel could look like post Corona Virus.

If you are a traveler like me, you are itching to travel as soon as the quarantine is over. But what does travel look like post Corona Virus? Will we be afraid to travel due to the fear of the virus spreading again? Will prices be ridiculous due to companies trying to bounce back from the money they have lost? Will we be afraid to interact with one another?

The truth is none of us know what we will face when the world opens back up. Yes, the world, because the entire world has shut down. What we can do is take precautions and learn from our mistakes.

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Winter Park the Hidden Gem of Orlando, FL

Winter Park, Florida the Hidden Gem of Orlando

Winter Park is absolutely stunning. Beautiful historic buildings, brick streets, Spanish moss and weeping willow trees, lakes, cute cafes and bars. Its so quiet there.

When you think of Orlando, Florida the first thing that comes to mind is Disney World, Universal Studios, and the beach. I have been to Orlando a thousand times since I was a kid. I never thought about anything outside of the theme parks. On my recent trip to Orlando, I wanted to see what else the city had to offer.

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All travel agents are not the same.

Explaining the difference in travel agents the services each agent provides.

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As many may know, I am a travel agent and I have been in the travel industry for years. I have worked for the airline industry as well as the hotel industry. I thought that I knew so much about the travel industry prior to becoming an agent, but LORD WAS I WRONG.  

Becoming an agent was very overwhelming at first, because I felt that I needed to learn everything about every vendor, country, and types of travel there were. I thought all travel agents were the same and sold the same product. WRONG! I quickly learned that not only are travel agents different, but they are different in the type of travel they sell. So, we are going to dive into some of the different types of agents. 

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What I have learned as an travel agent vs consumer.

What I have learned as a travel agent vs being a consumer making travel arrangements.

I have worked in the travel industry via the airlines for several years. I thought I knew everything about booking trips because I had done it for friends and family members, but boy was I wrong! I will list some of the things I have learned since being an agent.

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Top five places to eat in Dayton , Ohio

Meals and Miles Top five places to eat in Dayton, Ohio.

5. Dorothy Lane Market

Imagine a World Market mixed with Publix, Trader Joe’s, and Sam’s Club. My mouth hit the floor when I walked into this Market. There was a coffee shop in the front and a bakery on the right. A bakery with all kinds of goodies. From cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, scones, brownies, rice crispy, and more. Then there was candy galore. The deli was massive. You can even take your personal dishes from home and take them to the market and they prepare food in your dish and you take it home to cook.

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Spiked Red Velvet Cupcakes

Meals and Miles Spiked Red Velvet Recipe

It’s that time of the year again, when baking is at an all time high. One of my favorite cakes to bake is red velvet. Let’s be honest red velvet is one of the best cakes ever, but it’s really just a chocolate cake with food coloring, lol. Nonetheless, it’s still one of my favorite.

While visiting family in Dayton, OH, I noticed Bailey’s released a limited edition Red Velvet drink. Now, Baileys is great in coffee and drinks, but I wondered how would it taste in a cake. So I decided to try to a spiked red velvet cake. Baileys hit the nail on the head with the taste, but would it translate in a cake? Yes, it did. It was really good. You get a hint of the Baileys and it did not over power the cake.

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Gift Guide for Travelers

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Gift Guide for Travelers
Ideas for Gifts for Travelers

As the holiday season approaches, it is always hard trying to figure out what you should get people for Christmas. I can imagine its probably hard to figure out what to get your traveling family members and friends. Don’t worry I got you covered.

As a person who travels alot, I have come up with some gifts that all travelers need and use the most.


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As a traveler you are always looking for good sturdy luggage. Luggage needs to be durable as it is tossed around from the time you drop it off at the ticket counter till the time you pick it up at baggage claim. As someone who you used to work for the airlines, we do not care about your luggage. We have times to meet. When purchasing luggage for someone, avoid black and navy blue luggage as everyone has that color. If luggage is ever lost, it hard to identify which of the thousand of black or blue luggage is yours.


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Backpacks are important for travelers. It holds our laptops, chargers, snacks, camera, etc. If you are like me it also holds an extra pair of clothes. If my luggage is ever lost I can at least change clothes once until I get my luggage (tip of the day).

Extended Battery

This is a must. Extended batteries help charge your phones, camera, devices, and anything else you need. They normally have more than one charger port. There are not enough plugs in the airport to charge everything you need at one time. Also, so of the older planes still do not have plugs to charge you device while in flight.


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Headphones can make or break your travels. One of the worse feelings is being in the airport or airplane and you do not have headphones. I personally do not want to talk on the airplane. Let me go to sleep, but when you do not have headphones you hear everything.

Gift Cards

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Airline, hotel/ resorts, and uber/lyfts, are all helpful for travelers.

RFID Wallet

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With identity theft at an all time high, its important to have an RFID wallet. I have had friends information scanned while at the airport. RFID helps protect your credit/debit card for being picked up on scanners.

Portable Blue Tooth Speaker

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I love listening to music in my hotel and I don’t always want to take my phone in the bathroom while getting ready. Portable blue tooth are clutch. You can take them to the beach, sit on the balcony or patio and listen to music.

I hope this guide gives you some ideals of what to buy your traveling friend and family members.

Merry Christmas from Meals and Miles