Showing newest 6 of 33 posts from 05/01/2010 - 06/01/2010. Show older posts
Showing newest 6 of 33 posts from 05/01/2010 - 06/01/2010. Show older posts

Monday, May 31, 2010

Creole Seafood Bake


We just had this for dinner tonight and booooy was it delicious! Lucky for you, I'm going to share the recipe, so you can try it out for yourself. I have a hunch you're going to like it as much as we did. :-)

Ingredients:

4 pieces of light fish (haddock, tilapia, or whichever you prefer best)
20 frozen Shrimp
3-4 cubed Red Potatoes
2 Ears of Corn (cut into 3 individual pieces)
1-2 Cups of frozen Brussels Sprouts
1/2 cup of sliced Onions
3/4 cup of Chicken Stock
2 tablespoons of Minced Garlic
Few tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons of chilled Butter
Generous sprinkle of Creole Seasoning
Dried Parsley garnish

Directions:

~Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
~ Meanwhile, start boiling a large pot of water (salt the water generously)
~ Boil the potatoes and corn for about 10 minutes until slightly tender (not fully cooked).


~ Drain potatoes and corn in a colander.
~ Cover a large glass Pyrex baking dish with aluminum foil, drizzle a few tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the bottom of the baking dish.
~Layer as follows: Fish (sprinkle creole seasoning on top/bottom of fish), Shrimp, Corn, Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts.


~ Next, Add the sliced Onions, diced Butter, and minced Garlic. Sprinkle a generous portion of the Creole seasoning on top.


Creole Seasoning

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme


~ Completely cover with another sheet of Aluminum Foil. Bake at 450 degrees for about 40-45 minutes, or until fish is completely cooked through.



~ Separate the Vegetables from the Seafood when plating. Top Seafood with Tartar sauce, fresh Lemon, and a Parsley garnish.


Sit back, relax, eat, and enjoy!

I hope you all enjoy this Seafood Bake as much as my Hubby and I did!

With LOVE,

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It's The Little Things In Life

Even the smallest of blessings deserve acknowledgment from a thankful heart. Cookies may not be that big of a deal to some people, but I certainly appreciate them. Nothing gives me more pleasure than knowing my son is happy, safe, healthy, well-adjusted, and being raised in a home filled with God's love. I am blessed as a mother to have the privilege of giving my sweet babe a fresh homemade cookie. :-) You are good, Lord and I praise you for your everyday blessings!
 

Happy Memorial Day everyone : ). I pray you have a lovely, relaxed holiday with the ones you love most.

With LOVE,

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cute Decor Doesn't Have to be Expensive!



First of all, I would like to personally thank sweet Traci (Beneath My Heart), and loving Dawn (The Feathered Nest) for mentioning Just For Love on their blogs! Both of them blessed me so much by doing so. They are incredibly TALENTED and I very much enjoy both of their blogs. Thanks again for all of the love and support. :-)

Below is a picture of a collage I just finished in my living room, about a month ago. To be honest, I had to do it because I accidentally ripped a lot of my drywall off. Oops. I had hung a few pumpkin decorations up on my wall this past fall. And, well...let's just say they didn't come off too well, HAHA! 




I knew I couldn't spend a ton of money on different artwork to cover up all of my boo-boos, so this frugal approach is what I came up with!




Isn't that just precious? I love birdie nests--especially with blue eggs! You wanna know where I got the picture from? It was on the cover of my 'Enjoying Everyday Life' magazine. See! You don't have to buy all of your prints...just keep you eyes pealed and you can find beautiful pictures all around you. I use pictures out of 'Country Living' and 'Better Homes and Gardens' all the time. Nobody ever knows unless I tell them. 

It probably sounds crazy, but I honestly prayed for that bird nest picture. I didn't have the extra money to buy one, and the very next day that magazine came in the mail. Coincidence? I think not. : )




I did the same magazine-clip-trick with this mixed media bird piece. All it took was a 99 cent wood plaque from Walmart, scrapbook paper, tissue paper, a little modge-podge, and pretty bird pictures I snipped from a magazine. Who would have guessed? 




Awww! Look at those sweet, handsome men *sigh*. Here we have another Walmart frame that came with a simple white border. I thought the plain brown frame was boring, so I painted it with some pretty green and yellow paint. Afterward, I rubbed a little stain on. I wrote, "I will love you with my whole heart for my whole life" on the white border to spruce it up a tad. Looks muuuch better now, doesn't it?





This one is my absolute favorite out of the collage. Again, Walmart frame, paint, and a print directly out of my 'Enjoying Everyday Life' calendar. BEAUTIFUL! I glued some scrapbook paper hearts on the outside of the glass to give it a little 3D action.





Are you sitting down? GOODWILL: 97 cents. Yep, I know...adorable! I think I screamed out loud when I found those.



It really is amazing how far a bit of paint, glue, and scrapbooking paper can take you. All it requires is a little time, patience, and vision. Well heck, not even vision is required! I just mess around with the stuff and have fun as I go. I never sit down and start with a plan; I just paint until my little heart's content with the outcome.



The biggest thing I wanted to achieve with the collage was to add COLOR to my living room. That was something that was definitely lacking with all of the brown frames. So, I must say, I'm pretty happy with the outcome. :-)

Hope you all have a great weekend!

With LOVE,

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P.S. I am currently in the middle of working on my Etsy store . It's not where I want it to be yet (with products), but here's a taste of what more to expect...



20% of all my sales will be donated to 'Hand of Hope' ministries and other mission outreaches. To read more about it click HERE.
God bless you!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I Am a Christian


When I say, 'I am a Christian,' I am not shouting that I am clean living. I'm whispering 'I was lost, but now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say, 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say, 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say, 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say, 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect. My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say, 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain. I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say, 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow!

With LOVE,


Tuesday, May 25, 2010

God is Not in a Hurry






*I just came across this article today. It reminded me how of important it is to continually put God FIRST in my life. If  I want to live a happy, healthy, and productive life in Him, it requires balance that only He can provide. I need this reminder more than all of you combined! Hope you find the time to read and enjoy. God bless you!*

Slow Down and Enjoy Your Life
by Joyce Meyer

I believe Jesus lived in an unhurried manner, allowing Himself to be aware of what was going on around Him and tune in to the needs of others.


I don’t think He ever rushed from one thing to the next or was impatient with people whoweren’t moving as fast as He wanted. We too need this kind of calm and spiritual sensitivity if we want to be aware of what’s going on around us and meet the needs of others. But in order to do this, we must learn to slow down.





Rushing has become a disease of epidemic proportion in today’s society. It is a problem that creates pressure, which in turn creates stress and ends up affecting not only us, but also everyone around usIf we want to be at peace with ourselves and enjoy everyday life, we must stop constantly rushing from one thing to the next. While this may not be easy, it is possible with God’s help. Here are some godly principles that will help heal the "disease" of hurry in your life.







Good Thoughts—God’s Peace





The habit of rushing develops the same way as everything else we do—it begins in our mind. Proverbs 23:7 says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. You and I will never enjoy the calm, unhurried lives that God intends for us to have until we learn to think in a calm and unhurried way. One thought pattern we need to avoid as much as possible is thinking I have to hurry. When we are rushing, we often make mistakes that end up costing us more time in the end than if we had remained calm. I like what Proverbs 21:5 says in The Message: Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.


Rushing also has a negative effect on our relationships. When we have a hurried mindset, we aren’t able to listen and be sensitive to the needs and desires of others. One thing you and I can do to help change these harmful thought patterns is make positive confessions. For instance, if you get up in the morning and start feeling rushed, say,"I am glad I don’t have to hurry. I will do things today at a pace that enables me to enjoy each task and be sensitive to the people around me."

Now, I realize there are times when you and I feel we have no choice but to rush. However, the Bible teaches us to call things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17 NIV). When we say, "I am so sick and tired of being in a hurry all the time," we may be stating a fact, but our circumstances can change. God has a better way for us to live and it starts with developing a daily habit of saying what you want to have,not what you currently haveI encourage you to take a step of faith and begin declaring what you want to have, not just what you have right now.






Good Morning—God’s Pace





I’ve found that the way my day begins sets the pace for the whole day. If I start the morning in a hurry, everything inside me goes into high gear, and I never seem to slow down or relax the rest of the day. On the other hand, if I slow down and enjoy my morning—spending time with God and not rushing to get dressed and out of the house—the whole day goes better. Psalm 90:14 says, O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning…, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. It is unlikely that we will rejoice and be glad all our days if we are hurrying through them as fast as we can.






The simple truth is our pace of living affects the quality of our lives, and God did not create you and me to rush around and live under pressure day after day. When we eat too fast, we don’t properly digest our food. When we rush through life, we don’t properly digest our experiences either. Our life is a gift from God, and He means for us to slow down and enjoy it!







Good Limits--God's Balance 






You and I can always do what we are called to do, but we can’t do everything we would like to do. And we certainly can’t always do what other people expect us to do. We have limits! We need to know what our limits are and not be ashamed to admit we have them. God gives us the gifts, talents, energy and grace to do what He wants us to do. When we try to keep up with someone else, or rush around doing things God never asked us to do, it keeps us from being ourselves and enjoying life. I know from personal experience that it can even make us physically ill.


I thrive on activity, and I am normally a very busy person. God has given me an abundance of passion and energy for what I’m called to do, but I still have limits. When I spent years pushing past them, I eventually became ill and discouraged. I finally realized it was not wrong to have limits, and I learned to make choices to live within them. Living beyond our limits will eventually damage not only our bodies, but also the relationships that are important to us.

I find it interesting that according to James Dobson, overcommitment is the number one killer of marriages. Satan is happy to keep us out of balance, trying to get us to do more than we should. God warns us of this in 1 Peter 5:8 saying, Be well balanced…for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring…seeking someone to… devour. I believe that the devil can’t devour just anyone. He has to find someone who is out of balance. When we don’t make conscious decisions to live within our limits, we become easy prey for the enemy.

There were many days when I was out of balance. I worked so hard and hurried so much that if I took a vacation, it was almost over by the time I geared down enough to enjoy it. Fortunately, I finally realized that my life, and the relationships God put in it, are too precious to let rush by.


If you are suffering from the disease of hurry, why not give yourself a gift and learn to live by God’s rhythm rather than live at the world’s pace. Change the way you start your day. Examine your thoughts and learn to live within your limits. You’ll enjoy your life a lot more all year round! 


This article was such a blessing to me. I pray it was for you too. God bless you!

With LOVE

Monday, May 24, 2010

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This dip is one of my bible study's favorite appetizers. It pairs so well with carrots, celery, and whole grain tortilla chips. Mmmm it makes my mouth water just looking at it! I LOVE this dip.

The best part about it is that it only takes about 10 minutes to make, and requires only 5 ingredients! Seriously, could it get any easier people? Don't think so. Below are the ingredients you will need...

Ingredients:

1 12 ounce can of shredded chicken breast
1 8 ounce tub of cream cheese (you may use regular, fat free, light, or vegetable--whatever you prefer is fine.)
1 half cup of blue cheese dressing (I prefer Kraft)
1 half cup of mozerrella cheese
1 half cup of Frank's Red Hot

Directions:

Simply blend all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring once in between. *Be very careful when handling the dip. It can get VERY hot while microwaving.*

See? EasyPeasy. This dip requires absolutely NO culinary skills, and I promise you...everyone will be asking you for the recipe after trying it. It really is delicious.
Happy Tuesday, Gals!

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Dining With Debbie, Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, Tuesdays at the Table.
With LOVE,
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