Thursday, February 26, 2015

Shrimp and Grits

I have been wanting to make some Shrimp and Grits and all I can say is.........YUM, YUM, YUM!

A friend posted this on her Facebook page and needless to say I grabbed that baby right up! I knew I had to make it.

Okay now for the step by step. EASY PEASY!

Thaw out one bag of deveined and peeled frozen shrimp.

Next: Take one bunch of green onions, wash, and dice up. Then take 3 cloves of garlic and dice and some fresh parsley and dice.

 I still have parsley growing and it was great to pick from your own little herb garden. Mix all 3 together in one bowl and sit aside.

Take a whole pack of bacon and dice it up in bite size pieces and fry it. **I cooked my bacon in the oven** simply because I did not want the MESS on my stove...(I despise all that popping) After it cooks drain the grease from the bacon and place the grease in your frying pan. Set aside the chopped bacon.

Get ready to make your grits now!
Make 2 cups of 5 minutes quick grits BUT use chicken broth instead of water. 

I had all my ingredients out on the counter and ready for action!

Now cook your grits. When done add 1 stick of butter, 1 1/2 bags of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, salt to taste, cooked bacon and give it a stir and then cut off the burner to your grits.

Take your shrimp and toss in the frying pan with your bacon grease. (which is actually not much grease but enough)

Add your green onions, garlic and parsley and toss it around. Cook on medium heat till shrimp are done...which is only a few minutes.

The smell is so good!

By the way...I love my Rachel Ray pots! Don't know how I ever cooked without them!

Now take the cooked shrimp, green onions, garlic and parsley mixture and toss it in with your cheese grits.NOW take some Tabasco sauce and as Linda said, "Liberally shake into the pot of grits and stir".

Good grief don't that look good?

I had a loaf of baguette bread so I popped it in the oven to go with our Shrimp and Grits.

This dish is so good! It's hearty and filling. And....we had some for leftovers for the next night and I just added a green salad. 

Louisiana don't have NOTHING on Linda's Shrimp and Grits! 

Hope you try it.

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday in the Word-Laughter is the Best Medicine

 Ecclesiastes 3:1 says;
 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—and Ecclesiastes 3:4 says;
A time to weep and a time to laugh;  A time to mourn and a time to dance

Laugh is just what we did at Aunt Lucille's Pound Cake Bake-off!

I recently had the privilege to spend several hours with family and friends as I was invited to be a judge for Aunt Lucille's Pound Cake Bake-off. The event was to celebrate the Memory of Aunt Lucille's birthday with none other than trying to mimic her famous pound cake! (which would be a hard job to do in my book)

The bake-off was hosted by her granddaughter Tracy in which I must be a mom to 4 kids, work outside the home as well as in the home she sure made MULTITASKING look easy. With a baby on her hip she was tossing around tablecloths, centerpieces, paper goods, ordering appetizers for everyone, arranging door prizes and more! MADE ME TIRED WATCHING HER!

And dang, she still had time to put on some lipstick. A woman after my own heart!

 Contestants consisted of Aunt Lucille's daughters, granddaughers and yes, great-granddaughters. 

All cakes were numbered, foil was lifted and the judging began with appearance of the cake.

The judges were in for a HARD JOB! But a TASTY one!

The slices of cakes was displayed and the tasting began.

The categories for judging was based on Overall appearance, crust, flavor, and moistness.

I felt like I was Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. (I kinda looked like him too by the time I got through tasting all those pound cakes)

Listening to their cake baking stories that day kept me in stitches. It somewhat went like this among these girls: Mixer tore up, had to bake cake with one beater, their recipe was sabotaged, one was told to bake at 325 and one at 350. Crisco shortening or any brand? Imitation vanilla or the real thing? Sift the flour or do not sift flour. Funniest story was "she had to use a strainer" because she didn't have a sifter! PROOF that we can make do with what we have right?

Lots of laughter.... 

I didn't taste a slice that was not good but there could only be one winner! Tracy being the gracious host that she was decided to have a Winner, 2nd place and 3rd place. 

The winner was Presli....8 year old great-granddaughter of Aunt Lucille!

  Not only did she earn the CROWN but also won an array of items to use with her FUTURE pound cakes that she will bake. (and I got a feeling that she will be baking more than pound cakes) GET READY for the NEXT Food Network Host!

2nd place was Aunt Lucille's daughter Brenda.

 3rd place was Aunt Lucille's daughter Janet.

 So much fun was had that day keeping Aunt Lucille's memory alive with family and friends. Aunt Lucille would have been proud!

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What do you do to keep the memory alive of your loved one? Are you making new memories loaded with laughter and fun? Memories that are passed down to future generations?

The thing I have learned and I am still learning is that just because you have lost someone so very dear and near to your heart doesn't mean that YOU QUIT LIVING! God never intended for our life to be one of gloom and doom.

Aunt Lucille was sitting on the porch talking with her husband one minute and within a split second she was standing in the presence of God! Just that quick and just that fast. No warning signs that death was upon her. This was hard for this family but they choose to make memories and good ones to pass on to future generations!

Several of us talked about what could be worse; loosing a loved one so quickly with no warning as they have experienced or watching a loved one that has been sick for some time, on a continuous cycle of decline slowly take their last breath as our family had experienced.

There is no GOOD way to loose a loved one! 

 But here is the good news. The Bible says in John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".

 Death has no sting if we belong to the Most High God...Jesus Christ. Loosing a loved one is never easy but knowing where they are spending eternity and that one day we will see them again is precious. May you know that you know where you will spend eternity my friend!

I got a feeling that Aunt Lucille and my precious motherinlove (aka Nanny Conner) is baking up some pound cakes and chewy cakes in heaven. Lord help the JUDGES! LOL! 

And if you are wondering what the secret was to Aunt Lucille's famous pound cake? That is simple!

  Hugs and blessings, Cindy 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday in the Word-Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

It is funny at how we start thinking about getting older as we become OLDER isn't it? Seems when we are in our teens we can't wait to be in our 20's. By the time we enter into our 30's we somewhat slow down with the excitement of reaching 40. Then we began counting EVERY year instead of every 10 years of life. I can remember being a teenager and thinking those in their 30's was knocking on death's door because of their age. WOW!   The truth is whether we spend 1 minute entertaining the thought, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 month, 1 year or 10 years, we are still going to grow older if we live.

 Time will pass, the sun will continue to set and rise and flowers will bloom and wilt. Life will still go on until God's call of life to end comes.

Psalm 139:13-16 says;

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

We're here for the privilege of celebrating who we are in God, and being thankful for having made it through another year!

Another year older to celebrate family....

Another year to celebrate life is simply His Amazing Grace.....

No matter what day it is we're supposed to concentrate on HIM always and remember HE is the reason for our being and doing. 

So thankful to celebrate another year of life today.

I like what Mark Twain said:

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And I just can't help myself today....I love this....and It is my birthday ya know so I can have a good laugh............

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This is the day the Lord has made...let's be glad and rejoice in it. Psalm 118:24

Hugs and blessings, Cindy