Thoughtful Parenting

Thoughtful Parenting

By Tommi Vincent Empower children to be self-sufficient who recognize thoughtfulness is one of their most powerful weapons. Giving deference to mindful thoughtfulness as a parent requires a genuine desire to know your children in an intimate way beyond duty.  Children start out as feeble infants. They solely rely on their parent’s ability to nurture...


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Finding Your Purpose

Finding Your Purpose

By Troy Vincent Sr. There are a lot of people who talk about finding their purpose. Books have been written about discovering the purpose for your life. From that purpose, your ability to lead and succeed spring forth. Purpose is about your principles, values, passion, and faith. It is in the integration of all these elements that you will come...


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Pineapple Upside Down Trifle & Banana Pudding Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Trifle & Banana Pudding Cake

Mother’s Day is a day earmarked to celebrate moms. As a mom, I am fully aware that my children have been nurtured and cared for by many women! Nurture is an innate quality that most women have naturally and are taught by the seasoned women before them. Mother’...
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Mom & Son Event

Mom & Son Event

By Tommi Vincent During the National Football League Draft, we hosted the moms and sons of the Walverly-Belmont Bulldogs of Nashville, TN. We were asked on many occasions why not invite the fathers. There was an assumption they would have a greater appreciation for the experience. There is a very simple explanation why the moms...


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How Strong Is Your Village?

How Strong Is Your Village?

By Tommi Vincent How strong is your village? It really does take a village to assist us in raising our children. Even in a two-parent home, Troy and I rely on the support of family and friends. The quality of individual matters. We have learned from our past experience, just because a relationship is familiar...


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Take Your Success Personal

Take Your Success Personal

By Troy Vincent Sr. Many people often ask, “What is the key to success?” How does one become successful? It is a good question. People seek success in so many ways. Some labor hard and long. Others try to take shortcuts. Sometimes it seems that success is the luck of the draw. Personally, in my experience, success is...


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Our Issue: We all have a role in fighting sexual assault

Our Issue: We all have a role in fighting sexual assault

By: Desiré Vincent Levy Almost three years ago, my husband, DeAndré and I launched Our Issue to raise money to support the ongoing effort of processing over 11,000 neglected rape kits that were found in an abandoned Detroit warehouse. We joined the effort of many individuals and a few organizations that were active across the...


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Because I Said So

Because I Said So

By Tommi Vincent Raising children is an honor and privilege that must not be taken lightly. Our parenting style is largely shaped by how we were raised. As a child I can vividly recall moments when I swore, I would not be like my mom or dad. Of course, this was in the moments when...


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Establishing Your Leadership Standards

Establishing Your Leadership Standards

By Troy Vincent Sr. As you aspire to leadership, there is something that all good leaders have in common—standards. Standard is defined as a level of quality. Another term is excellence. The standards of leaders are not all the same, but all leaders have standards. Leaders are governed by their own inspirations and motivating factors....


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Collard Greens

Collard Greens

Collard greens are my personal favorite green leafy vegetable. For me they drum up many childhood memories that span across the many kitchens of grandmothers, aunties, or any gathering worthy of the preparation of these tender and tasty greens. Bagged precut greens were not of that error. I very ...
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Vincent Country Safe Zone Activity Day 2019

Vincent Country Safe Zone Activity Day 2019

By Tommi Vincent On July 24, 2018 I took a site visit to Humphries Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia to evaluate the school community, and determine if it was the next location for Vincent Country Safe Zone Activity Day during Super Bowl week. Every student deserves to receive a high-quality education with equitable resources available...


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Success Is Intentional

Success Is Intentional

Top row center young Troy Vincent Sr. surrounded by fellow Miller Phillies baseball teammates of N. Trenton, New Jersey By Troy Vincent Sr. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”–Jeremiah 29:11 Ever wonder why some...


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Getting Our Children to Buy into the Process of Success

Getting Our Children to Buy into the Process of Success

By Tommi Vincent How do you get your children to buy into the process of success? It is not an easy task. The process requires FAITH, MENTAL TOUGHNESS, and PATIENCE. The requirements are challenging for adults, let alone young developing minds.  Keeping your mind geared up for the process maybe the most challenging aspect.  In VINCENT COUNTRY, we have...


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Cheeseburger Pie

Cheeseburger Pie

I remember growing up and wanting to get my cheeseburgers from a fast food joint. If you grew up in a home like mine, fast food burgers came far and in between. If we had groceries at home, there was absolutely no reason the go by food from somewhere else. Either you ate what was...


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Get Your Mind Right

Get Your Mind Right

By Troy Vincent Sr. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”—Romans 12:2 A dear brother, friend and colleague can be heard while encouraging young men and women he mentors, “Get your mind right.” These next generation of leaders may...


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Mini Cookie Butter Lemon Pies

Mini Cookie Butter Lemon Pies

  Dessert is a sweet delectable treat that should be enjoyed by all. There is a greater fear of baking than cooking savory dishes. Baking is a science, that is true. However, there are some simple desserts that even the person who never picks up a pot or a pan can achieve! This mini cookie...


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Turkey Pot Pie w/ Herb Biscuit Crust

Turkey Pot Pie w/ Herb Biscuit Crust

  Winter time is the right time for the comforts of a turkey pot pie, and if you have leftover turkey from the holidays this recipe is for you. Quite frankly, this pot pie recipe will work great with chicken, beef, ham, or no meat at all! The filling can be made in advance and...


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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Who does not like macaroni and cheese?!  In VINCENT COUNTRY, you will not find one. We are fans and are extremely particular about the preparation. There are many ways to prepare this soul-stirring comfort dish, and for us baked is the only way to go. Macaroni and cheese baked is considered a casserole. For special...


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A Wife’s Perspective on the “S” Word!

A Wife’s Perspective on the “S” Word!

Written by Tommi Vincent Right off the back I am going to use a word that has become a bad word- “submission”. Yes, the “s” word! Submission has been so distorted to point of diminished value. This is woefully unfortunate, because there is a sustaining power that is given to a wife with this one...


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Three Bean Turkey Chili

Three Bean Turkey Chili

Game on! Football season is getting down to the nitty gritty and VINCENT COUNTRY is all in. It is the perfect time to whip up Chef Tommi V.’s monster pot of chili. It yields enough for a game day party, or you can break it down into batches of three and freeze in ziplocks. Chili...


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Sweet Potato Pie

Sweet Potato Pie

There is nothing like a sweet potato pie! While some may favor pumpkin pie, hands down sweet potato pie wins over pumpkin pie in VINCENT COUNTRY. My family might send me to the woodshed if I even attempted to utter the words pumpkin pie. There is something very comforting and reminiscent of down south that...


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Your Gifts Will Make A Place For You

Your Gifts Will Make A Place For You

By Troy Vincent Sr. “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men”—Proverbs 18:16 Dr. Myles Monroe once wrote that “God has put a gift or talent in every person that the world will make room for.It is this gift that will enable you to fulfill your vision.It will make a...


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To Vote or Not to Vote – Excuse Me?!

To Vote or Not to Vote – Excuse Me?!

By Tommi Vincent Why does voting matter? It is an opportunity to allow your voice to ring throughout the nation. This year, for the 2018 midterm elections, our son Taron will have the opportunity to vote for the first time! That is a big deal. He will be traveling home from Ohio State University to...


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Peach Cobbler for the Vegan in All of Us!

Peach Cobbler for the Vegan in All of Us!

For people who subscribe to being carnivorous in nature (ME 😃) the term vegan causes our ears to perk up. Not because we are curious to try the food, but because it does not translate into food we will enjoy. That is a result of the misconception that vegan eating is a “diet”.  The bad...


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The Power Of Forgiveness

The Power Of Forgiveness

By Troy Vincent Sr. Forgiveness is something we often ask for, but sometimes rarely give. The point being that forgiveness is not a sporting event where we keep score, it’s a matter of the heart for both the offender and the offended. Forgiveness involves both attitudes and actions. If you find it difficult to feel...


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Victory In Our Challenges

Victory In Our Challenges

By Troy Vincent Sr. We all are faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. Often times the challenges seem so difficult and we ask ourselves where do we start, and how will this end. I know, I’ve been there. Knowing that the inevitable is going to happen, the question we must ask ourselves is “How we...


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Mean Green Turkey Burgers with Spinach Feta Pesto

Mean Green Turkey Burgers with Spinach Feta Pesto

Troy is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. He could easily go days without a vegetable, and not even realize he has deprived himself of nature’s promises! He is such a carnivore 😆! If I prepare them he has no problem eating them, but due to his work schedule and travel, he is the...


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Many Roads to Travel in Life, Choose the One with Your Name on It

Many Roads to Travel in Life, Choose the One with Your Name on It

As we journey through life we will have to make many choices as to the direction we will take. Should I go left, right, straight? One thing for sure we always need to forge ahead and never go backwards. By Tommi Vincent No one wants to be like Lot’s wife who looked back and turned into the pillar of salt! The challenge we face is our instinct to retreat from obstacles that lie ahead. Challenges build character and fortitude. They are also preparation for the many lessons we will encounter throughout our life. No...


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Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad

Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad

It is summertime, and with summer comes barbeques and a many variety of celebrations. I always enjoy the menu selection during this time of the year. There is nothing like charred meats on the grill, but no summer celebration is complete without the sides to accompany the barbeque. There are staples, such as, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and a faithful toss salad. All good in a nostalgic kind of way. I like to mix it up, some staples with some surprises. This year I added my “Curry Shrimp Pasta Salad” to the repertoire. It is a sure crowd pleaser and may just...


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