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Kimmie Taylor

Month, Day & Place of Birth:  September 14th, Bay Area

Zodiac Sign:  Virgo

Hobbies:  Songwriting, travel, martial arts

Favorite Color:  Midnight Blue

Favorite Food:  Fruits & veggies

Favorite Movie:  What The Bleep Do We Know

Favorite Sports Team:  San Francisco Giants

First Job:  Barista (not Starbucks)
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Jul 09, 2013 -- 2:47pm

Oh, Twitter. You bring out the best and then sometimes you just make me question who’s really behind some of these thoughts transformed into 140 characters. This morning, there was a topic on my timeline (follow me @KBLXKimmie) about  ‘Cheating On Single Women’.  This, my friends, is impossible.


The definition of being single is, well.... It’s slightly complicated isn’t it? Does being single mean you’re without any sort of romantic interest? Yes.  Does it mean you sit at home every night with your sweetheart named, Xfinity OnDemand? Possibly (and hopefully you’re happy about that). Does it mean that you’re open and willing to take a chance on someone? Totally. Can being single mean that you are having the best sex of your life but aren’t in a relationship? Absolutely.

I know you might be thinking, “Whoa! Whoa! Kimmie slow down!”  I could slow down if you all would slow down and then this blog wouldn’t even be needed.


Did you notice how different the concept of being single changed once the S-Word was used? Sex does change everything, doesn’t it? There are so many men and women out there that are living under the guise that a sexual relationship automatically makes them in a committed relationship. This is wrong.  Sadly, a lot of these relationships start with two people who really are good for eachother but ruin everything because they don’t utilize a tool even more powerful than the one in between their thighs, communication.

Ladies, let me talk to you first. It’s a wonderful feeling to meet someone and have a desire for them. The situation gets really good when you discover that they also have an interest in you. What usually happens is, first, the numbers are exchanged. A few innocent ‘likes’ on Facebook or Instagram, perhaps a dinner date or three. The next thing you know, you can tell the world where he has a cute little birthmark on his back. This still means you’re single. Just because you don’t mind the way he snores in bed, you’re still single. Despite the fact he texts you everyday and calls you ‘Honey’, you are still single. Hold onto that thought while I speak to the men for a moment. Then I’ll bring you back into this little open discussion right here.

Gentlemen. First off, I love you. I love your ways, your clothes, your cologne, your strength, your entire purpose in life. I also love how you try to impress us. What I can’t stand about some of you is the concept that you have to lie to women.  Stop dangling a carrot in front of a woman disguised as a relationship you have NO interest in being involved in.  You’ve heard it time and time again, women HATE LIARS. We do. It’s a terrible habit and lies really make you ugly from the inside out.  To avoid the drama and to prevent  women  from flipping out on you is to simply use your words. If you tell a woman that you have no interest in being exclusive or have no intention on taking the emotional responsibility of a relationship and she spazzes out on you, she’s done you a favor despite how uncomfortable those two minutes might have been. She’s letting you know, in her ways, that she isn’t what YOU want. Telling her your truth doesn’t make you a bad guy, it makes you an honest man. In time, she’ll thank you for it and you'll have dodged a lot of stress and potential drama.

Ladies, I’m going to keep it one hundred percent real. Don’t be wide open for a man you’re afraid to open up your mouth and talk to about what is happening. It’s a trip how comfortable some ladies are with sharing EVERYTHING with a man but get scared to ask him if he’s dating other women and/or having sex (hopefully safe sex) with other women out of fear of losing him.  If you’re afraid of his answer, you have no reason to be with him. Let him go. You should never fear the word, ‘No.’ It won’t break you. You won’t crumble into a pile of dust if the answer is that he does not want to stop sleeping with other people. You won’t be any less talented, beautiful, caring, kind, and sweet if he tells you that he does not want to be a boyfriend. You’ll live through it.


So back to the original question. Can you cheat on a single woman? No. You can’t. Until you have a conversation to establish rules, boundaries, and expectations you’re single. Ladies and Gentlemen, have fun, be safe. Use your words and let the magic of communication lead you to where your heart desires. In closing, let me pass on these words a wise person once wrote, “To add years to your life, don’t sleep with a person you would never want to be.”   



It's officially BBQ Season! Turn your charcoal grill into a smoker!

May 31, 2013 -- 1:23pm

It’s hot enough to bust out the BBQ this weekend! Here are great tips to help you give your food that undeniably delicious smoky flavor. 

Things You'll Need

2 charcoal grills (1 with lid)

Fire tongs

Charcoal briquettes


Choose the type of wood chip based on what you are cooking. Alder chips have a light flavor good for salmon, chicken and pork. Apple or cherry chips provide a sweeter, fruity flavor excellent for pork, poultry and other birds. Hickory chips are very popular with a strong flavor used for smoking beef, pork and ham. Maple chips have a sweeter smoky flavor good for game, poultry and pork. Mesquite chips are similar to hickory but sweeter and good for lamb, beef and duck. Pecan has a rich, but subtle flavor excellent for poultry.

Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes before they are used.

Place about 25 to 50 briquettes (depending on the size of your grill) into a pyramid and add about 1/2 cup of lighter fluid. Wait until the fluid has soaked into the charcoal before using a long-handled lighter or match to ignite the coals. Wait 10 minutes or until the flame dies down.

Set up your charcoal grill up for indirect cooking once the flame has died down. Use your fire tongs to rearrange the briquettes in the grill around the drip pan. You can place a drip pan in the center of the grill with about half the briquettes on either side, or place the drip pan to one side of the grill and place all the briquettes on the other side.

Wait about 20 minutes until most of the coals are covered with a white ash. The briquettes will look ash gray during the day, but will be glowing red at night.

Fill your drip pan two-thirds full with liquid. You can use apple juice, wine, beer or water. You can also add spices, herbs or vegetables to the liquid. This will prevent the smoke from dehydrating the food and give the food extra flavor.

Place a handful of wood chips directly on the charcoals. For more smoke, you can wrap a cup or two of wood chips in aluminum foil, poke a few holes in the foil and place it on the coals.

Spray the food grate with nonstick cooking spray and place it on the grill.

Place the food directly over the drip pan and replace the lid to the grill.

Tamper the air vents so they are partially closed. Keep the top vent open or you risk making the food bitter by oversmoking it. Adjusting the bottom vent will help you adjust the temperature of the grill--close them when the temperature gets too high, open them when it gets too low. You want to keep the temperature between 225 to 250 degrees F. Place a stemmed grill thermometer in the top vent to monitor the temperature.

Wait about 20 minutes, and then light about 15 charcoal briquettes in your second grill. Once they turn white, transfer them to the main grill and add another handful of soaked wood chips. You may also mop your meat at this time, but you do not need to turn it. Replace the cover on the grill.

Repeat Step 11 every 45 minutes until your food is fully cooked.


Happy Summer, everyone!! 

Let's eat! 


Mother's Day Cinnabons!

May 09, 2013 -- 10:17am

Happy Mother's Day!  Put something extra sweet, warm, and comforting in Mom's life with this super simple recipe! The final product should remind you of your favorite cinnamon buns found in airports and malls all over the world! 


Homemade Cinnamon Rolls 


  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets
  • 8 cups All-purpose Flour + 1 Cup
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
  • Melted Butter
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Melted Butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix 1 quart Whole Milk, 1 cup butter, and 1 cup Sugar in a pan. Bring almost to a boil, just “scald” the milk. If you boil you went too far, it will curdle the milk. Remove from the heat and let it cool until warm. Add 2 packages Active Dry Yeast, 0.25 Ounce Packets and mix in.

Now transfer to a bowl all the liquid, then add 8 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda, and 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for about an hour. After it has risen, turn out to a floured surface ( like above) and add about 1 more cup flour while kneading it all in.

Take about 1/2 of the dough and roll it out into a rectangle. I would say 18 inches by about 9 inches or so. Cover with a thin layer of melted butter, sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and then sprinkle with brown sugar. Starting with the long side away from you, roll the dough up towards you. Fold the dough up and close the roll by pinching it together.

Now take the sharpest knife you have and cut the roll into 2 to 2 1/2 inch sections. Now place them in a greased pan almost touching each other. Let these rise about 20 minutes and put them into the oven at 400 for about 15 minutes. Remove and cover with frosting!

Free Your Mind 50 Different Ways!

Apr 24, 2013 -- 12:45pm

Life is a trip. It's good and at other times it's even better. Here are 50 awesome things to remind us why life is just simply amazing!


  1. You are only destined to become one person – the person you decide to be.
  2. Do good and feel good.  Do bad and feel bad.  It’s that simple.
  3. You are what you do today, not what you say you’ll do tomorrow.
  4. We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us.
  5. Ultimately, it’s not what you do every once in a while; it’s what you dedicate yourself to on a regular basis that makes the difference.
  6. Stay true to yourself.  Never be ashamed of doing what feels right.  Decide what you think is right and stick to it.
  7. If you don’t stand for anything, you will remain forever on your knees.
  8. No amount of money will make you happy if you aren’t happy with yourself.
  9. You know you’ve made the right decision when there is peace in your heart.
  10. Don’t worry if your goals seem crazy to other people; oftentimes the crazy ideas are the ones that have the greatest impact.
  11. If you’re thinking like everyone else, then you aren’t thinking.  (ReadThinking, Fast and Slow.)
  12. Control your own destiny or someone else will try for you.
  13. Sometimes standing up to your friends can be just as difficult as standing up to your enemies.
  14. The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks.
  15. When people undermine your dreams, predict your doom, or criticize you, remember, they’re telling you their story, not yours.
  16. There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.
  17. No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities.
  18. Your greatest task isn’t to find love, but to discover and destroy all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
  19. A loving, happy person lives in a loving, happy world.  A hateful, miserable person lives in a hateful, miserable world.  The world around you reflects YOU.
  20. Worry gives small things a big shadow.
  21. Focus your conscious mind on things you desire not things you fear.  Doing so brings dreams to life.
  22. It’s not the mistakes and failures you have to worry about, it’s the opportunities you miss when you don’t even try that hurt the most.
  23. It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one over and over again.
  24. To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done.
  25. The harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing.
  26. Our problems are really our blessings if we use them to grow stronger. (Read 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)
  27. Anyone can run away; it’s super easy.  Facing problems and working through them, that’s what makes you strong.
  28. When you have two good options, always go with the one that scares you the most, because that’s the one that’s going to help you grow.
  29. Courage is being scared to death, and then taking the next step anyway.
  30. Sometimes our greatest insight comes from our failure, not from our accomplishments.
  31. You need to screw up to learn.  You need to experience it all to create greatness.
  32. Just because you don’t understand something now doesn’t mean the explanation doesn’t exist.
  33. Not knowing everything about your future is a good thing.
  34. Don’t worry about what you can’t control and you may liberate yourself.
  35. People of average ability often achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit.  Most people succeed simply because they are determined to.
  36. Temporary happiness isn’t worth long-term pain.
  37. Patience can be bitter, but the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit.
  38. The less you expect, the more pleasant life gets.
  39. The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.
  40. The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for.
  41. It usually isn’t what you have or where you are or what you’re doing that makes you happy.  It’s how you think about it all.
  42. Do not dwell so much on creating your perfect life that you forget to live.
  43. You are not in competition with anybody except yourself; plan to outdo your past not other people.
  44. To admit that you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before.
  45. Humans see what they want to see.
  46. If you spend too much time judging yourself, you won’t have any time to love yourself or anyone else.  (Read The Mastery of Love.)
  47. At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s holding you together.
  48. Look through the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.
  49. You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when.  But you can choose how you are going to live, right now.
  50. Be done with regrets; they are an excuse for people who have failed.  You still have a chance.

Tags: Joy, Life , Love, Simple

'TASTY TUESDAY'- Parmesan Bread Pudding

Apr 02, 2013 -- 11:43am



If you know me, you know I don’t really have too much of a sweet tooth.  When I discovered this recipe for a savory bread pudding I knew it would be a wonderful addition to my recipe repertoire.  You can serve this with your choice of meat. I really enjoy Parmesan Bread Pudding on days when a soup or a salad is the main course because it’s really rich. This is also a perfect addition to any Sunday Brunch menu.  This dish is a pillow of soft, cheesy heaven.


·         1/2 loaf of brioche bread, cut into 1" cubes

·         3 1/3 c of manufactured cream or heavy cream

·         6 eggs

·         3 cups of sautéed onions

·         1 1/2 cups of Swiss cheese, shredded

·         2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated

·         1 1/2 cups cottage cheese

·         4 tsp salt

·         1 1/2 tsp black pepper


1.     Butter a 9 X 12” baking pan very well.

2.     Mix bread cubes with cream and eggs.

3.     Add sautéed onions, Swiss cheese, Parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir.

4.     Pour into pan. Cover and bake at 350° F for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 35 minutes at 325°.


·         Artichokes

·         Mushrooms

·         Sun Dried Tomatoes

·         Broccoli Rabe

·         Squash

·         Fontina Cheese

"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating." Luciano Pavarotti

A Tasty Tuesday Salute To Spring!

Mar 19, 2013 -- 12:59pm


Asparagus Salad Topped with Poached Eggs

Recipe courtesy of eatingwell.com


This asparagus salad topped with poached eggs is satisfying yet light, making it a nice option for lunch,brunch or even dinner with some crusty bread. Roasting brings out a toasty flavor in the asparagus. I like this salad with medium-set poached eggs so the yolks are still a little runny, but poach your eggs for the full 8 minutes if you prefer hard-set yolks.


·         2 bunches asparagus (about 1 pound each), trimmed

·         3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

·         1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

·         1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided

·         Zest of 1 lemon

·         2 tablespoons lemon juice

·         1 tablespoon minced shallot

·         1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

·         4 large eggs

·         1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

·         1 7-ounce bag baby arugula (about 10 cups)

·         1/2 cup thinly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (see Tip)


Preheat oven to 450°F.

Toss asparagus with 2 teaspoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a large bowl. Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. Roast, stirring once, until very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon oil, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, lemon zest, lemon juice, shallot and dry mustard in the bowl. Set aside 4 teaspoons of the dressing in a small bowl. # When the asparagus is done, set aside to cool while you poach the eggs.

When the asparagus is done, set aside to cool while you poach the eggs.

Break each egg into its own small bowl. Fill a large, straight-sided skillet or Dutch oven with 2 inches of water; bring to a boil. Add vinegar. Reduce to a gentle simmer: the water should be steaming and small bubbles should come up from the bottom of the pan. Submerging the lip of each bowl into the simmering water, gently add the eggs, one at a time. Cook 4 minutes for soft set, 5 minutes for medium set and 8 minutes for hard set. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a clean kitchen towel to drain for a minute.

Toss arugula with the dressing in the large bowl. Divide the salad among 4 plates. Top with asparagus and a poached egg and drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the reserved dressing. Garnish with cheese.


·         Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dressing (Step 3) for up to 1 day.

·         Tip: To make shaved cheese for topping salads or pasta, use a vegetable peeler to thinly shave slices off a block of hard cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, Asiago or Pecorino Romano.


Per serving: 239 calories; 18 g fat ( 4 g sat , 11 g mono ); 191 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 13 g protein; 3 g fiber; 361 mg sodium; 535 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (60% daily value), Vitamin A (53% dv), Vitamin C (38% dv), Calcium (23% dv), Iron (16% dv), Potassium (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 1/2 vegetables, 1 1/2 medium fat meat, 2 fat


sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love” 
E.E. Cummings


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