Friday, December 5, 2014

Pinterest Foodies: Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

I found this  recipe, Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes, on Pinterest.

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken with Zucchini and Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients Serves 2

2 tbsp oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
12 lemon
2 clove garlic
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 sprig thyme
8 oz zucchini
4 oz cherry tomato
14 cup chicken stock


  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned. Squeeze lemon juice into pan and add garlic and herbs. Cook for about 1 minute.
  2. Remove chicken, keep warm and add zucchini and tomatoes to pan. Saute just until heated through and slighly soft; remove from pan. Add chicken stock to pan and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until hot and slighly reduced. Add chicken, zucchini and tomatoes back to pan and just heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

It was a very tasty and easy recipe.  I suggest you give it a try
I think I will give it 9/10 on my cooking scale.
Try a new recipe.
Happy Cooking Everyone:-)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Monday Morning Motivation. Jonah/Forgiveness

This past weekend was Thanksgiving.  I had a wonderful time with family and friends.  They say that holidays are the most difficult time for people going through death or divorce.  I would agree.
On Sunday I did not go to church.  I slept in and then had a lazy day.  I did listen to a podcast from a local church, CrossPointe.  The message was on the book of Jonah from a series called "Can't see the Forest for the Trees".
How I applied it to my life...
In the early days of my transition, from my life as I knew, it I was bewildered, I felt completely lost in my new reality.  I cried, I prayed, and was slowly sucked into deep depression.  I wanted to give up, I had no idea what to do.  I began to dwell on escape.  How can I end this?  How can I escape these painful emotions.  I was giving up on God and on myself.  I wanted to run away like Jonah did.  I regret that now.  I ask for forgiveness that discretion.  But that does not change my story.  It happened.

Even if we are horribly wronged we need to work on forgiving those who caused us pain.  It will not change them but it will allow us to move on with our lives.   Forgiveness does not change the events and does not alter our story, which I will continue to tell.  It is what it is.  I believe the act of forgiveness will change our future into a brighter one.  I am working on that.

"In my distress I called to the Lord and he answered me.  From the depths of the grave 
I called for help and you listened to my cry"
Jonah 2:2
Happy Monday Everyone!
Enjoy Your World:-)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!

(photo from the web)
It has been a difficult time, these last couple of years, but I remain thankful.  I am thankful for my friends, for my family, for my job, for my home and for God in my life.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Everyone.  Be Thankful!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Fashion Friday "My Version"

Fashion Friday "My Version"

I love this look.  I love the boots and the vest.  I decided to shop my closet and shop the sale racks at Belk's to attempt to duplicate this look.  Here goes. Wish me luck….
First shop your closet.  Great way to save money.  I already had the stripped shirt. It even has little black elbow patches.  I bought that on sale at Belk's weeks ago.  Then shop the sale racks. I checked out every sale rack at Belk's to find the vest.  
Got a good deal, on sale and I had a coupon:-)
 The scarf I bought from a patient.  Her niece developed this design for her college.  Don't ask me what school, I don't remember.  Down south somewhere.  I wonder if my UNC fan daughters will be upset if I wear it??????:-)  I don't usually wear scarfs so I will need to Google how to tie the scarf.
 I already have 2 pair of boots.  Both are "Vegan" leather, but thats ok.  
I won't tell if you don't:-)
I know I need to become a Belk's affiliate but in the interim I will try to find some of these items on Amazon….
Remember shop your closet first and then the sale racks.
Happy shopping and pinning.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Finding Joy."40 Ways to Find Joy in Your Everyday Life" from the Huffington Post. #10

Finding Joy."40 Ways to Find Joy in Your Everyday Life" from the Huffington Post. #10

I try to seek out joy.  I try to see God's Beauty even in the pain.  With that in mind I decided to be deliberate about finding joy.  On the Huffington Post web site there is an article that gives you 40 ways to find joy.  I selected # 10 because I have already done it.  I can't say it was for no reason though, it was halloween after all, but it sure was fun.
"10. Dress up in costume for no reason."
Dressing up for Zumba.  What a great time with my friends….

 Dressing up with Caleb on Halloween night.  He was a Dragon Monster and I had a little headband with Frankenstein faces on it.  We had a great time searching out candy in his neighborhood….
 There is joy and beauty all around us.  Sometimes we need to seek it out.
Wishing you a joyful week.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pinterest Foodies….Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad from Flavor Mosaic on Pinterest

Searching Pinterest I came across this tempting salad from the Flavor Mosaic.  I had to work all day but thought this would be a quick and easy meal to whip up.  I studied the recipe and after work stopped by Harris Teeter to pick up the supplies….(My comments will appear in red)
Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad

 Prep time
Total time
Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 4

    • 1 bag 50% blend mixed greens and spinach, washed
    • 2 green apples, sliced
    • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
    • ½ cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (I used Blue Cheese)
    • ½ cup walnut pieces

      Apple Cider Vinaigrette
      • ¼ cup olive oil
      • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
      • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
      • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
      • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
      • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
      • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
      • I also added about 2 tsp of sugar and also bought a piece of ham to the mix.

        1. In a large bowl, toss together all the salad ingredients.
        2. In a small bowl, whisk together all the vinaigrette ingredients. Drizzle vinaigrette over the salad and toss. Serve immediately.

        I gathered my ingredients and started putting things together.

        I love to wisk my dressing in my new pottery bowl:-)

        So what would I rate this lovely salad?  I would give it a 8/10 on my food scale.  Yummy and easy!
        Happy Cooking Everyone.

        Monday, November 10, 2014

        Monday Morning Motivation. "Broken in The Right Places" by Alan Nelson

        Monday Morning Motivation. "Broken in The Right Places" by Alan Nelson

        Here are a few quotes from a book I am reading, 
        "Broken in the Right Places" by Alan Nelson.
         Chapt. 1 & 2

        "A breaking process, as it emerges in these pages, allows us the often painful opportunity to grow and reach a level of maturity which cannot otherwise be achieved"

        "The world breaks everyone and afterwards many are strong at the broken places"
        Ernest Hemingway

        "Almost everyone of us", says Gordon MacDonald, "will encounter some issue that introduces us to brokenness at a far greater intensity then we ever thought possible".

        "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart.  He heals the broken hearted.  A divine romance exists between the broken and their Creator"

        Alan places questions for reflection at the end of each chapter.  I will answer two.
        "Have you gone through specific wilderness periods you could refer to as times of brokenness?  What were they?"
                  My husband leaving me unexpectedly after 37 years of marriage.  

        "How could a breaking process enhance one's relationship with God?"
                  I entered what I will call a pit of sorrow.  Entering that type of emotional despair makes you realize just how much you need God in your life.  I believe I have never relied so fully on God and his promises as I have during this time.  He is my savior, my friend, my father.  He is daily teaching me to lean on him to direct my path.  He is bringing me back to a place of joy even in the confusion and pain.
        For that I am grateful:-)

        Happy Monday Everyone!
        Enjoy Your World:-)