Get to know Tamara and her appetite for Food & Life

TamaraWhat do you love about Food & Life? I’m about the 4 F’s in life…Food, Friends, Family, and Fun. I couldn’t imagine not eating my way through life and enjoying these moments with those who are special to me.

What do you love about Florida this time of year? I love Florida year round even though the summers can be brutally warm but the fall brings cooler weather and it means some of my favorite holidays are right around the corner. We all love Halloween even as adults. At least the big kid in me will admit or maybe I’m just slightly obsessed with everything

What is a favorite go to fall dish? Hmm, well again I think anything pumpkin is good this time of year. I like pumpkin trifle, pumpkin latte, pumpkin pie, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin bread. HA, I think you catch my drift!

How would your friends describe you? FUN! I’m pretty outgoing and I love to entertain. We all have a little Diva in us and I like to let my inner kitchen diva shine and be the hostess with the mostess.

What would you say your favorite kitchen utensil would be? Well, a nice knife is a must because there isn’t much you can do without a good sharp knife but I think a set of tongs would come in second place. You can do a lot with a set of tongs. Oh, and a glass of wine. What, that doesn’t count as a utensil?

Would you paint a picture of you cooking in your kitchen? Sure! I enjoy a glass of wine or a bottle depending on the day. I really enjoy music playing in the background and usually its blues or jazz or oldies (Motown). Yes, I know my friends make fun of me. Music makes my world go round and I listen to everything. Oops lets not forget Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett (classics). I guess you can say I’m an old soul.

What is the soul purpose of your brand? I am inspired daily by people that I look up to in a many areas of my life and I hope to inspire others before I expire. I am touched daily by women on all of my social media outlets telling me I motivate them and inspire them. If I never made a dollar with my brand the fulfillment I get from the touching words of others has been rewarding in itself and it means I am doing my job. The brand is in place to build strength and confidence and camaraderie amongst women while nailing home the positive business tag line, “Pretty is NOT a Shape, Size, or Color… it’s an ATTITUDE!” {stb}

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Skinny Pumpkin TrifleSkinny Pumpkin Trifle

Ginger Snap Cookies
Pepperidge Farm Ginger Bread Cookies (for decor purposes)
1 Cup of Greek Gods Honey Yogurt
1/3 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
Sugar Free Cool Whip
1-2 tbsp of Agave Nectar (depends on your level of sweetness)
1 tsp of Vanilla Bean Extract
1/8 tsp of Apple Pie Spice

Throw a handful of ginger snap cookies into a Ziploc bag and crush with a roller pin. Add crushed cookies to your mini trifle dishes. Next, mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl (you can add less/more vanilla & agave based on your taste) and spoon over your crumbled cookies. Then add sugar free cool whip. Sprinkle over some crumbled ginger snap cookies and stick a ginger bread man cookie in the side of dish. HELLO PUMPKIN & HELLO FALL!