Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty! – New Year’s Day Style – Greens & Blackeye Peas

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My parents were from the deep south, but they never cooked the traditional dishes known for southern cooking. When my family moved to the south my southern sisters introduced me to this dish…needless to say, it took some years to get it just right…49029604_2733762649968000_9150101011476512768_o


  • ½ pound black-eyed peas, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 large bunch collard greens (1 1/2 to 2 pounds), stemmed, washed well and chopped or cut in ribbons
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste dissolved in 1/2 cup water
  • ¼ to ½ cup chopped fresh dill (to taste)
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • For topping (optional): crumbled feta or fresh lemon juice49274302_2733762686634663_3711966425196265472_o

    1. Place the black-eyed peas in a large saucepan, cover with water by two inches, bring to a boil and then drain. Combine with half the onion and one of the garlic cloves in the saucepan. Add water to cover by two inches, and bring back to a simmer. Add the bay leaf, and reduce the heat. Add salt to taste, cover and simmer 30 minutes, until the beans are just tender. Drain through a strainer set over a bowl.
    2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large, ovenproof lidded skillet or Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat and add the remaining onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, about five minutes, and add the remaining garlic. Stir together for 30 seconds to a minute, until fragrant. A handful at a time, stir in the greens. As the greens wilt, stir in another handful, until all the greens have been added and have collapsed in the pan. Add the dissolved tomato paste and stir together. Add salt to taste. Add the beans and enough cooking liquid to barely cover everything, cover and place in the oven for 30 minutes, until the collards are tender and the beans very soft.
    3. Uncover the pot, and add a bit of liquid if the beans are dry. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the dill, cover and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Serve warm or hot. If you wish, top with crumbled feta or a squeeze of lemon.




Food Styled and Prepared By Smarty Marty

Recipe By –

Atlanta Based Photography Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) weekly food/recipe contributor Smarty Marty(My Older Sister) combines her love for cooking, photography and plating meals each and every Tuesday for this Segment entitled Foodie Tuesday. Join us each week for a variety of dishes prepared by Smarty Marty



Dear 2018, Thank you for the Relationships & Experiences Part two

We are back to share more highlights and moments from our 2018!

Social Events, Weddings and Functions in between!

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Donnie Davis – On Location Photography Session – July 2018

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Kj’s Birthday Celebration – July 2018

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Marcus Long- Flo Wines- Corks and Cuvee – July 2018

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TCM Lifestyle – Atlanta Launch – February 2018

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Prayer Vision Board- Tangy Henry- January 2018

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Raven’s 16th Birthday Session – July 2018

Official Jasmine Block Head Shots 2018

Jasmine Block – Headshot Session – July 2018

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Symphony and Leonard – June 2018

Official Additional Photos June Altridge 2018

June Altridge 90th Birthday Celebration – July 2018

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Pastor Roy’s 70th Birthday Celebration- June 2018

Official E-Chixx Candid Captures 2018

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Aj’s 50th Birthday Celebration – June 2018

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Glitter and Goals – July 2018

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Studio Expansion Masterclass – Westin Hotel Atlanta- July 2018

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Christina’s 9th Birthday Celebration – May 2018

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Elijah’s Preprom Photo Session with Family – May 2018

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Ronda’s 40th Birthday Dinner Party with Friends- April 2018

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Shawana’s Surprise Birthday Celebration – Lake Lanier Island -May 2018


Dear 2018, Thank you for the relationships & experiences Part one

So here we are… days away from the New Year.. and we were looking for a easy way to share our year of relationships, experiences and work throughout the year. For us to look back through our file images, is amazing, because you will say to yourself Wow that did happen to us this year So we are going to present to you our year in review in pictures, Not in chronological order, but we will add the dates along the way. Enjoy our sharing of our services with you!

Official Monica's Graduation Images 2018

Monica Epps Graduation Photos! Class of 2018 Georgia State Graduate! December 2018

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Walker Legacy Power Awards – Atlanta, Georgia – November 2018

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Correllations LLC Event Planners Retreat- Chicago, Illinois – November 2018

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Royal Baby Shower – November 2018

Official Posed Images_ Zora Halloween Party 2018

Halloween Brunch – October 2018

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Hamilton’s Halloween Party – October 2018

Official VanessaParker Speaking Images 2018

Vanessa Parker- Business Services Images – October 2018

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Endre & Lenorris’s Engagement Party – October 2018

Official Preview Mark and Megan Wedding 2018

Megan and Mark Newbern Wedding Ceremony – October 2018

Official Preview of Jimmy & Kierra Wedding 2018

Kierra & Jimmy Franklin Wedding Ceremony – September 2018

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#Whenwomenheal Brunch Event- August 2018

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Jasmine Block’s Baby Shower – September 2018

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CeCe’s 50th Birthday Celebration – August 2018

Video Wedding 2018

Augustine Wedding Celebration- August 2018

Official Baby Jordon Dedication Services 2018

Jordan’s Dedication Services- August 2018

Jerrye Camp Celebration

Jerrye William Camp Celebration of Life Service- August 2018

Video for Kim and Carlos

Kim and Carlos Foster 20 Year Vow Renewal Ceremony- September 2018

Stay Tuned for more…. Part Two Up next!

Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Pumpkin Soup!

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Happy Happy Holidays to everyone!!! Foodie Tuesday is here with a delightful Holiday Dish! Impress your family and friends with this easy breezy pumpkin Soup

First things First…. Gather up the necessary ingredients:

  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 whole black peppercorns



Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered.

  1. Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender.
  2. Return to pan, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.

Serve it up in style!



Food Styled and Prepared By Smarty Marty

Recipe By

Atlanta Based Photography Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) weekly food/recipe contributor Smarty Marty(My Older Sister) combines her love for cooking, photography and plating meals each and every Tuesday for this Segment entitled Foodie Tuesday. Join us each week for a variety of dishes prepared by Smarty Marty

Power Hour with Kara Norman- I was Featured on Feminology!

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God is so good! Just when you think that nothing is happening with your gifts and passions, God shows up to remind you that He is still in charge no matter what things don’t look like! 😊

I am honored to be included in this wonderful campaign created by two amazing holistic doctors that founded feminology: the art and science of female hormones . The Campaign #blackandbrownwomenofwellness is highlighting women of color that are experts in the health, wellness and natural medicine field! 🧘🏽‍♀️❤️🧘🏽‍♀️! Check my feature this week on their Instagram page @feminologist as well as the other beautiful profiles of the doctors and leaders that are focused on holistic care and natural medicine!


I was definitely intimidated by all the “doctor” titles of the women that were asked to share their wisdom in the initial group messages that we were in online. I’m learning to not ask questions as God is moving me along for His purposes! I have been studying and learning about hormonal health and balance and the changes that women go through in perimenopause on my personal healing journey. So many things that we as women should be aware of and practicing. I look forward to sharing more in 2019! Here’s the link to the post! Yay! Be sure to check out the other women and the great resources that Dr. Nash and Dr. Nayak share on women’s health on their platform!


You can visit their website here:…

By Kara Norman- Empower Her, Inc.

Kara Norman Atlanta Based Women Empowerment Thought Leader and bi-weekly blog contributor.

Kara Norman has been working with Women and Girls for a number of years. Her nonprofit organization Empower Her Inc , have led to many opportunities in the space of making social changes as it deals with women and their many roles in society. You can learn more about Kara Norman and Empower Her Inc. at

Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Chicken Souvlaki

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This week’s Foodie Tuesday meal idea for you is Mediterranean style dish using Chicken… To get started cooking up this delicious delight we need to gather up the necessary ingredients.

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  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely grated
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 3 plum tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 small red onion, cut 3/4 inch thick, and separated into slices
  • 4 whole-wheat pitas
  • Garnish: oregano leaves

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1. Whisk together lemon zest, 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice, half the garlic, the oregano, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add chicken, and toss to coat. Refrigerate, covered, for 45 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, stir together remaining lemon juice and garlic, the cucumber, yogurt, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

3. Heat grill to medium-high. Thread chicken, tomatoes, and onion onto 4 metal skewers. Brush with remaining 2 teaspoons oil, and season with pepper.

4. Grill skewers, turning, until browned on all sides and cooked through, about 8 minutes. Grill pitas until charred, about 2 minutes per side.

5. Serve skewers with charred pitas and cucumber-yogurt sauce. Garnish with oregano leaves.

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Food Styled and Prepared By Smarty Marty

Recipe By

Atlanta Based Photography Elisha Akram (Kustom Kreation Photography) weekly food/recipe contributor Smarty Marty(My Older Sister) combines her love for cooking, photography and plating meals each and every Tuesday for this Segment entitled Foodie Tuesday. Join us each week for a variety of dishes prepared by Smarty Marty


Dear 2018, My letter of reflection…

Dear 2018,

So December you made your way to the present and as I made notes to myself starting December 1 , I would begin writing my letter of reflection to 2018! This would be more then a four page letter (my Aaliyah fans would get that 😊) I want to use this next 31 days of December to reflective look back at my year and thank you for EVERY experience, acquaintance, difficult moment , every laugh, every cry, each hug , traveled places, workshops, retreats, broken deals, every sunrise… you name it im writing… Life is so short the moment your in you want to Make it last forever or depending on the situation you want it to go away to what’s next… 2018 you been an action packed movie…Like Whoa!!! So I’m putting the ink to the paper and running it all the way down….