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The sweet tale of “QueenBerries”

Keedie’s Corner recently caught up with Nikki Jones to discuss her “QueenBerries”, which are a royal treat among the Central Floridians. She has a delightful twist on strawberry decor and she gave us the opportunity to share her story. Read along as we tell her tale.

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Where are you from Ms.Nikki?

  • I’m from a small city called Crescent City.

How long have you lived in the Central Florida area?

  • I’ve lived in the Central Florida area for about 10 years now.

How long have you been making your famous “QueenBerries”?

  • I’ve been making “QueenBerries” for about 4 months now.

And you also make Cocktails?

  • Yes, sweet cocktail jars!

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What motivates you to go hard in life?

  • All of my strength comes from the Lord, FIRST & my 5 yr. old daughter Derielle, everything I do is for her!

Do you have anything else in store?

  • I’m always brainstorming ALWAYS! (LoL)

What would you describe as good customer service in your line of work?

  • I’ll just say PATIENCE is a virtue.

How do you balance it all out? School, berries, cocktails and family?

  • GOD! I’m not just saying it in vain sometimes I find myself praying ALL day, I have to give credit to God. It’s easy to step off track or get unbalanced so to speak, when I feel like giving up he reminds me he hasn’t bought me this far to leave me! I have to keep my eyes on the prize!

Do you find yourself eating your creations?

  • Not really, I’ll taste a strawberry to make sure my batch is pretty sweet, but my daughter on the other hand doesn’t get sweets often so she looks forward to mommy messing up a “QueenBerry” so she can eat it!

What do you do in your personal time?

  • I like to shop, spend time with my family & friends, SLEEP!  All my friends & family knows I LOVE to sleep, I’ll take a nap in a quick minute! (LoL)

What are some goals you would like to accomplish?

  • To become a home owner, go back to school, & be happy every single day!

What level of success would you to have to reach to feel accomplished?

  • It’s hard to answer that. I’m a dreamer, a doer, a thinker, I see possibility everywhere, the sky’s the limit for me! Even when I feel accomplished I’ll set another goal to reach! I’m constantly challenging myself & having fun in the process!

What’s the most creative design you have made on your berries?

  • Um that’s kind of hard I’ll say so far the leopard print…or maybe the tuxedos.

What are some of the weirdest request you have received from your customers?

  • Oh my God if only I could share them all! The weirdest/funniest one someone wanted me to draw was a crab on the berries. (LMBO) I’m no artist & my space on the berry is only so big.  Everyone wants to be “different” until it gets ridiculously funny!

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• Do you have any shout outs?

  • Of course I would love to give my #1 supporters Latoya Scott (my sister), & Tangela Walker (God-sister)! My mom & dad for always being there no matter what venture I wanted to try, Derielle (my daughter) she’s always giving me ideas, & willing to help her mommy out! My dear friends who I send pictures, ideas, etc to Shala, Falon, Shayla, Nacole, Felicia, Kellee, Derrick, Brittany & my favorite cousin Tangela Williams I love each one of y’all in a very special way!

Any words of wisdom or encouragement? 

  • “Positivity is the KEY honey! Things are going to happen life happens, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. There’s a blessing in every lesson. Use it as an opportunity to grow or a stumbling block to keep you from growing! Walk in your purpose!”

Where can the viewers go to follow you and your movement?

  • Facebook: Nikki Jones

  • Instagram: QueenNikBerries

 

Source: http://www.facebook.com/nikkijones

Written by: Keidra Ponder

Published by: Keedie’s Corner LLC, 2014

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9 Disgusting Things You Didn’t Know You’ve Been Eating Your Whole Life

Some processed foods are most enjoyable when consumed under a veil of ignorance.Otto Von Bismarck, the politician who allegedly coined the phrase,“If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made,” knew this all too well.But what about the everyday eats we assumed were safe, like bread, soda and cereal? Even if some of these foods seem innocuous, the fact that we need to pump up our snacks with additives speaks volumes about how far from ‘natural’ our food has become. Read below to find out what ingredients are really lurking behind those labels.

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  1. Beaver Anal Secretions Listed under “ingredients” as: Castoreum How we consume it: Vanilla-flavored treats Even if castoreum, a liquid found in castor sacs near a beaver’s anus, might not SOUND tasty, it is widely used as a substitute for vanilla flavoring.

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  1. Human Hair Listed under “ingredients” as: L-Cysteine How we consume it: Bagels, cakes and more. Believe it or not, this compound made from human hair and/or duck feathers is actually used as a flavor enhancer. L-Cysteine is pretty common, so don’t be surprised if you’ve already eaten some today.

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  1. Coal Tar Listed under “ingredients” as: Food coloring. How we consumed it: Almost any artificially-dyed food When manufacturers began making synthetic food coloring nearly 120 years ago,they relied heavily on coal tar (the byproduct of carbonized coal). Although the food industry has mostly phased out this product, the alternative isn’t much better: oil. “Although certifiable color additives have been called coal-tar colors because of their traditional origins, today they are synthesized mainly from raw materials obtained from petroleum,” says the FDA website.

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  1. Anti-Freeze Listed under “ingredients” as: Propylene Glycol How we consume it: Salad dressing Propylene glycol is commonly used as an anti-freeze (but less toxic than ethylene glycol, a similar product), and can also be found in salad dressings as a thickening agent.

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  1. Flame Retardant Listed under “ingredients” as: Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) How to consume it: Citrus-flavored soda Something called “vegetable oil” might seem unassuming in food production, but the active ingredient, bromine, is widely used as a flame retardant in furniture, and can be toxic. High levels of consumption may be tied to impaired neurological abilities and early onset puberty.

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  1. Biodiesel Additive Listed under “ingredients” as: Tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) How to consume it: Chicken nuggets TBHQ is not just gross; it can be highly dangerous, too. The synthetically-created preservative is used in everything from bubble gum to nail polish to cheese crackers. Unfortunately, the stuff is so toxic that just one gram of it could make you ill.

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  1. Sand Listed under “ingredients” as: Silicon dioxide How we consume it: Salts, soups and more Silicon dioxide can be added to foods as an anti-clumping agent, and is often used to control humidity. If your soup tastes a little gritty, now you know why.

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  1. Jet Fuel Additive Listed under “ingredients” as: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) How we consume it: Cereal We’ve all been told that antioxidants are good for us, but some are certainly better than others. BHT falls into the “others” group. This antioxidant property helps keep foods fresh for longer. So as long as you are fine with consuming the same chemical compound found in petroleum products, such as jet fuel, your bran flakes can stay crunchy for weeks!

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  1. Borax Listed under “ingredients” as: E285 How we consume it: Caviar Borax, the well-known home cleaning agent, can also be found as a food preservative in caviar. Although it is banned from most foods in the U.S., imported caviar preserved with E285 can still be sold here.Clarification: The image originally associated with propylene glycol suggested that it was an anti-freeze commonly used in cars. This chemical is often found as a cooling agent in electronics.

Source: Huffington Post
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