Monthly Archives: October 2013

I am Frustrated

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Today is a rant-ish post. I am frustrated. You may ask, “Why are you frustrated?” Well, I’ll tell you. I’m frustrated at how people say how relationships, from marriages to dating to friendships, ought to be. These people will tell you, “Honey, just leave him. If he loved you, then he would…..” Or, they’ll say something like, “You need to find someone to make you happy.” Um, pardon me, but I think that’s a bit messed up. I firmly believe the world would be a much better place if we concentrated less on feeling “loved” and concentrated more on trying to love others.

In dating relationships and marriages, your goal shouldn’t be feeling loved and how he/she should make you happy. It should be where the both of you are trying to make each other happy. There is an extremely strong chance (and I mean extremely strong) that you’ll feel so much happiness and love you won’t know what do with yourself. Of course, there are some relationships where this may not even work. Even if that’s the case, wouldn’t it be better knowing that if your spouse left you for someone else that it was not your doing at all, but the person who decided to be selfish and concentrate on himself/herself?

Whatever happened to loving people? Caring about people? Helping people? Concentrating on other people’s needs ahead of your own? This is a pretty good part of the reason why many of the people of this world are walkin’ the green mile to destruction.

Stop this whole, “No one is gonna look out for me but me,” nonsense. I certainly know that my mind feels a whole lot lighter not worrying about how other people are treating, but how I’m treating others.

And another thing, don’t worry whether or not a homeless man is really homeless or wonder what he’s going to do with the money you give him. There is no way for you to tell. Just give it in the right heart to someone who may appear to need it, if you are able to do so, of course. Don’t worry about how that person may be worse than a two-timin’ carpetbagger. I’d rather have a loving and giving heart, than a suspicious and skeptical mind. Keep in mind, if that particular homeless man is taking advantage of your kindness, he still has to take that up on Judgement Day. Just like you have to be accountable for how you treated people.

End. Rant.

Southern Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

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Tonight I’m typing out to you my recipe for chicken and dumplings (it tastes very similar to my great-grandmother’s recipe). I hope you enjoy!

Tools you’ll need:

Crock pot or a 9*13 pan for the oven

Large pot (it honestly tastes fantastic with everything made in a cast iron dutch oven, but use this if you don’t have one)

Wooden spoon (it doesn’t leave a taste like metal and plastic spoons)

Cooking spray

Can opener

Ingredients:

4.5 to 6 pound uncooked whole chicken (if you don’t have time to cook one, just pick up a rotisserie chicken at the store; it isn’t as good, but it’ll do)

Chicken stock

Can of cream of chicken

Heavy whipping cream (it’s in a carton)

Salt, black pepper, red cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, mexican chili powder, paprika, brown sugar (optional)

First, put the chicken in the crock pot or pan and season it with all of the spices listed above and rub it all in really good (I don’t like to list amounts, because people have different tastes), and then pour as much chicken stock in the crock pot or pan as it can hold. Make sure the gibblets and all that are removed. Next, add the spices again, but don’t rub it in. Cook the chicken in the crock pot on high for at least 6 hours (this is for a 4lb chicken, cook longer for a larger chicken) or in the oven at 450 for 15min and then reduce it to 350 and 20 min per pound (honestly the oven is my favorite way). Be sure to check to make sure it’s done all the way through. Then, take the chicken out and take out the bones and take off the skin. After you’ve done that, shred the remaining chicken and put it in a pot on the stove. Have the stove on a medium setting. Just throw out the bones and skin, you don’t need those. Add the cream of chicken and a little bit of salt and pepper. Then, add the juices from the crock pot (if you don’t like it soupy, just don’t pour all of the juices in there or pour all of it if you do) and add at least a cup of heavy whipping cream (you may add more as you’re cooking, I usually do).

Dumplings

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup of milk (start with 1/2 cup and add more if needed; depending on the weather or climate you may need to add more)

1/4 to 1/2 cup Crisco Shortening

Mix all together and knead onto a flour surface no more than 12 times. (You are more than welcome to add flour if it’s too runny or more milk if it’s not runny enough.) Once it’s good and easy to move around without sticking, flatten out and cut into strips. Leave them out to harden a little bit before adding them to the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Cook until done.

Enjoy!

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Psalm 46:10

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The first part of Psalm 46:10 reads, “Be still, and know that I am God.” As I’ve been struggling with missing my husband, trying to fight postpartum depression, and all of my other ailments, I have to say this verse has calmed me the most. It reminds me to just take a deep breath, put my hands down, and just relax. This reminds me that God is here for me, yes, even me. That He is able, that He is strong, that He is love in its purest form. Not only has He taken care of me, He will continue to do so as long as I follow Him and do His will. Whenever I read this first, it humbles me. I take a deep breath and just let things go, and find comfort in the fact that God is God and He is so much wiser than I am ( “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?” Romans 11:34). God is our strength and refuge, a very present help in times of trouble no matter the difficulties (Ps. 46:2,3). God does want us to just put things down sometimes and to just trust in Him.

If it seems as if your world is caving in, don’t waver in faith in God. Not faith in yourself; not faith in that you’ve seen, done, experienced it all; not because you can keep your composure no matter the strife.  Be still, because of what you know from scripture about God. He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 28:20).

Don’t forget to be thankful, no matter your circumstances (Ephesians 5:20). Other verses that may help encourage you are: Ephesians 4:6-9; Matthew 6:25-34; Matthew 11:28-30; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Psalm 46; Psalm 51; Psalm 55:22; Isaiah 41:10; Proverbs 3:5,6; Psalm 34; John 14:27; etc. If there are any verses that you use for comfort, please share them in the comments section.

Steps to Salvation 1. Hear – Romans 10:17 2. Believe – John 8:24 3. Repent – Luke 13:1-5 4. Confess – Romans 10:10 5. Be Baptized – Acts 2:38 6. Live Faithfully – Revelation 2:10