Hey, I’m Shanika!
𝑾𝒆𝒍𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝑶𝒓𝒄𝒉𝒊𝒅𝒔 + 𝑺𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒕 𝑻𝒆𝒂! Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!
I’m a self-taught cook + baker, food stylist, recipe developer who has had the pleasure of working with brands like Navitas Organics, SunButter, Organic Valley, So Delicious Dairy-Free, Drew’s Organics, Sprinkle Pop Sprinkles, just to name a few! **See our Press Media page for more info.**
More importantly, I’m a connoisseur of interior decorating (hence my passion for beautifully staged food photos—-it just oozes from my pores), a wife, Mama to a witty toddler, AND am absolutely obsessed with things that are simple, YET have a healthy dose of sparkle + bling. Yes, both can co-exist. Haha.
While most of my college career was spent studying Psychology (Yes, I love learning about the science of the mind) and some parts of Health + Nutrition Science, blogging has been my biggest breakthrough yet! It has allowed me to be the most comfortable in my own skin—the ultimate creative realm and of course, I get a chance to share the things I truly care about with you on a regular basis!
Besides priding myself in being a Wife + Mother, I am even more proud to have found my place in Christianity since the age of 13—-that’s why I aim to inspire the way that I do. My own personal journey with God + Life has inspired me to create the other element of Orchids + Sweet Tea—-Wellness, which incorporates Mind, Body, + Soul and everything in between as it relates to segments such as Coffee + Good Vibes, Well-Being, Food News, and Food Hacks.
WHAT’S ON ORCHIDS + SWEET TEA?
Today, Orchids + Sweet Tea is a place within the cyber community that holds true to helping others discover their love journey through Healthier Food and a better Lifestyle in overall Wellness; with a little Brooklyn Flavor + a touch of Jamaican flare, + a whole lot of Southern charm!
Because of my Southern roots + Jamaican background, you’ll find a lot of my old childhood favorites (a few which were made with a lot of love in the kitchen by my Grandma, Grandpa, Aunts + Uncles), along with many NEW FAVES that offer bold flavors and intricate combinations (often stumbled upon by trial, error, + a whole lot of grace!). That’s why you’ll find a ton of different options (still ALL Healthy), which caters to my entire foodie community—Vegan Bites, Gluten-Free, Breakfast, Entrees, Sweets, Drinks, Appetizer, Snacks, Weeknight Meals. Take your pick! Haha.
New to Orchids + Sweet Tea? — No worries, I’ve included a few READER FAVORITE recipes below to get you started:
Delicious Homemade Classic Cinnamon Rolls
Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Cucumber Ginger Lemon Detox Juice
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Homemade Blueberry Vegan Pop Tarts
Soft + Crisp Crinkled Butterscotch Cookies
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To touch a bit on 𝑾𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔—-for me it’s all about Mind, Body, + Spiritual wholeness. I’ve learned that oftentimes you have to lose to win! Whether that loss comes from eliminating certain things from your diet for optimal health or killing certain relationships to ensure that the positive aspects of yourself are secure and protected, or even setting aside time to cultivate your spiritual being through self-care or spiritual practices; whatever it looks like for you, rest assured that your losses will only bring forth new + fruitful gains if you choose to let them.
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