Author: KnowlesMalinda

Small Business Saturday

 

Don’t forget about the fashion and art shop for Small Business Saturday! And definitely consider pre-ordering from the M2 collection.

Here are a few of my favorite items: 

  1. Sunset on a Florida Parking Lot top $200

Pre-order for SS 2021

2. Sunset on a Florida Parking Lot Sequin Denim $3000

Pre-order for SS 2021

3. Walk to The Beach Face Masks, $10 

4. Sunset on a Florida Parking Lot Mask, $10

 

5. River Flows T-Shirt ($28.22) and Pillow ($21.65)

 

5. Stairway to Heaven Art Print $20.21

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

 

 

Black Friday Deals

Happy Black Friday! Deals on deals…sales and discounts all over the place. Don’t wait until the last minute, what you want may be gone. So, check these out below.

    1. Proenza Schouler up to 40% off
    2. Coltorti Boutique to 40% off
    3. Steve Madden Get 35% Off Sitewide, plus up to 50% off Select Styles! Use code BF2020 at checkout.
    4. Neiman Marcus up to 75% off
    5. Walmart 45% off toys 30% off home stock up and save
    6. Forzieri up to 50% off luxury
    7. Nordstrom up to 50% off and an extra 25% off on clearance items
    8. Farfetch up to 50% off with an extra 20 % off on Black Friday

Enjoy!

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

The Best Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Hey everyone! I know you all are thinking about Thanksgiving next week. Well, I am planning to make the best baked macaroni and cheese for dinner. I hardly ever make it because I’m always dieting but for Thanksgiving, it’s a must. Now this is not my recipe, this is Chef Resha’s recipe. She has some great recipes but this macaroni and cheese recipe is banging!

DESCRIPTION

Chef Resha’s version of baked macaroni and cheese.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4½ cups whole milk, or half & half
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp dry mustard (optional)
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup seasoned Italian or Japanese breadcrumbs (optional)
  • 1 lb dried pasta of your choice (see note below)
  • kosher salt (for the pasta water)

CHEESES I USE (SEE NOTE BELOW):

  • 1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • ½ cup pecorino-romano cheese (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded fontina cheese, plus a few pieces cut into cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Butter a 9×13 or 8×11 baking dish and set to the side. You can use cooking spray instead.
  3. Boil your pasta in water seasoned with plenty of salt (about a tablespoon) for about 4 to 5 minutes. You want it undercooked because it will continue cooking in the oven when you bake it. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the macaroni and quickly rinse with cool water to stop the cooking process. Let it sit and drain while you make the cheese sauce. You may not need the reserved pasta water, but it’s good to have just in case your cheese mixture gets a little too thick and gloopy.
  4. In one heavy bottom pot or large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium heat. When it starts to foam and bubble, add the flour and immediately whisk so that it forms a paste. Allow this to cook for about 1 minute to get the “raw” flour taste out, whisking frequently.
  5. SLOWLY add 2 cups of the milk (or half & half) while whisking constantly to remove any large lumps. Continue to whisk until smooth and thick, about 20 seconds. Add the remaining 2½ cups of milk (or half & half) and continue to whisk until smooth. Increase the heat to medium-high to allow the mixture to simmer and thicken, about 5 minutes. Season the mixture while it thickens and taste as you go. If the sauce is yummy alone, just imagine how incredible it will be once you add the cheese.
  6. Once your mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, add in the parmigiano-reggiano, pecorino and gruyere cheese and remove from the heat. Taste it again, season if you need to.
  7. Toss the cheese sauce with the pasta, and taste to season if need be. Don’t panic if there’s more sauce than pasta, you’re going to spoon it into the baking dish, so you’ll be able to control the cheese sauce/pasta ratio. As you’re layering, it’ll start to thicken up even more. On the flipside, if your mixture is too thick, add a bit of the reserved pasta water to the sauce coated pasta to thin it out. You want it smooth and creamy, but not incredibly soupy and watery.
  8. Ladle a layer of the coated pasta into your prepared baking dish, then sprinkle a layer of the remaining cheeses and repeat until all of the pasta and cheese is used up — lasagna style. This is where you can “eyeball” your cheese portions. Use more or less, it’s totally up to you. Too much cheese can be a problem because it’ll make it too oily and clumpy, so don’t go too nuts with the cheese.
  9. Run a spoon thru the entire mixture just to lightly mix in the cheese throughout the entire dish. Smooth the mixture with the back of a spoon just until its relatively even on top, and sprinkle a thin layer of seasoned bread crumbs on top for an amazing and tasty crunch, if you’d like. The breadcrumb crust also acts as a barrier to keep the cheese from drying out by helping to keep it moist. But again, you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.
  10. Bake on the center rack of your oven for about 20 to 35 minutes or until the center is bubbly and the entire dish is golden brown.
  11. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before you dive into it.
  12. Enjoy, and make this again and again until you nail it 😉

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

River Flows Painting

Good evening everyone! I just added my River Flows painting to the site. I created it last year but hadn’t put it up. I just love the color blue and went on an abstract tip to create this painting. I love the ocean and water so simply recreated a bird’s eye view of land. The black is a target and the red is a dock. Don’t ask how these things come to me but I hope you enjoy. Oh, and if you really love it, there are prints, pillows, masks and more (as seen below) that you can buy here.

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

Stopped By Le Macaron

Hey there everyone! Just wanted to share a post today, I went by Le Macaron in Rosemary Square here in West Palm Beach, Florida. I just love supporting French businesses and thought I would try some of their macarons. These are the flavors I picked up: vanilla, lemon cream, strawberry key lime and passion fruit. They were quite tasty after having lunch. One of these days I will have to try making some. Sometimes you just have to indulge in your favorite sweets.

Anyway, check out more photos below. Have you had any macarons lately?

   

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

M2 The Making

Hi everyone! I want to introduce M2 to you. It was to come out a little earlier this Spring/Summer but with the virus I waited around to introduce it. If you’ve seen my latest post, I have been going through a lot but one must keep the faith. These clothes are beautiful and inspired by my “Sunset on a Florida Parking Lot” painting. They are available in different sizes here. We worked hard down in Miami earlier this year and I hope you love them!

Hiding Out

Hey followers. Sorry for no update. I have been hearing voices and have had some technical difficulties where I am. Sometimes it seems like you can never get past an angry spirit. I still have hope for the world today and I have faith that things will change for the better. I have been hiding out and trying to deal with some major problems. I will be back soon, bear with me.

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles

 

P.S. If you like what I’m wearing, it’s vintage H & M.

Scorn

Happy Saturday. This sketch came to me recently. I don’t know if it’s other worlds speaking to me or just an idea. I am unfortunately a victim of domestic violence and I heard it was on the rise with the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Couples should not hit, threaten, rape, assault or exhaust one another. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely believe in self-defense and justice. The angry emoji shows some of the anger and resentment that I have. But, hey, we are all a work in progress. 

We all must remember that intimate partner and family relationships are precious. And, they should be treated that way.

What do you think about the rise in domestic violence and how do you like the drawing? Let me know in the comments and have a good rest of your weekend.

Sincerely,

”Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles 

Luxury Silk Loungewear

 

Happy Monday! Hope you had a nice weekend. So, depending on where you are, some things in your town have probably started opening up. Coronavirus or not, I find myself still staying home for the most part. And, sometimes I put on a cute outfit but other times, I’m in my pajamas. Red Valentino and Ciao Lucia have some cute luxury silk loungewear available for pre-order on ModaOperandi. We’re all in the house so why not splurge on some nice silk pajamas? 

 

Red Valentino

Ciao Lucia 

 

Sincerely,

“Fashionably-Late”

Malinda F. Knowles