Archives for August 2010

Aug 31

She Cooks, She Feeds, We Eat

You know the saying, “It’s know what you know, it’s who you know?”, well, I’ve found that to be true A LOT of the time!  One of these times was last Thursday.

Last week was extremely busy for me and my family.  It was all filled with good stuff, just a lot of stuff.  I have 4 kids at 3 different schools and school started last week.   My husband and I both work every day outside the home. My son, Hayden, had his first high school football game ever on Thursday night. With all of the back to school paperwork, shopping, practices, homework, etc. I got overwhelmed quickly.  Realizing last Thursday that there was no way in the world I could do all I needed to do plus get a meal on the table for my family, “she” came to my rescue!  (this is where the “who you know” worked in my favor)

I work in the same office with LeAnn Rice, the She Cooks lady. LeAnn loves to cook and she shares this gift graciously with all who know her.  As luck (and God) would have it, she wanted to try out a recipe on my family, one of our favorites, Sloppy Joes!  Or in this case, Sloppy Taylors, named in honor of well, none other than my family (who happens to be a little sloppy!).  She cooked this meal on Wednesday and brought it to me on Thursday. It could not have come at a better time.

LeAnn brought everything all made up to the office. All I had to do was follow the simple instructions and heat it up at home.  Just look how easy she made it for me and how much my family enjoyed our quick meal before Hayden’s first game. It also reheats beautifully. After the game, Hayden enjoyed the meal too!

Dylan, sloppy taylors

Dylan gives “Sloppy Taylors” a big thumbs up!

If you haven’t met LeAnn yet, jump over to her blog at She Cooks.  You will be blessed.  You’ll also find an awesome recipe for an awesome meal we call, “Sloppy Taylors!”  Enjoy!

****a special THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to LeAnn for providing for me and my family last Thursday. This wasn’t the first time you did this for us.  We love your cooking, but more than that, we love you!!!

You can also follow LeAnn on Twitter and friend her on Facebook.

She Cooks. She Feeds. We Eat…..and We Smile :)

Melissa
Aug 30

Cast Your Burdens, Cares, Worries, Anxieties, and etc.

Just as my child brings his broken toys

with tears

for me to mend,

I took my broken dreams to God

because He was my friend.

But then…instead of leaving Him

in peace

to work alone,

I hung around and tried to help

with ways that were my own.

At last I snatched them back

and cried,

“How could You be so slow?”

“What could I do, My child?” He said.

“You never did let go.”

—-Faith Mitchener

Is there a worry, care, burden, or issue that you are holding on to that you need to turn over to the Lord?  Maybe today is the day we should do just that.  I say “we” because I have a few myself.   I pray to God, but then I still worry about them or try to fix them.  So, really I never turned them over.

Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.” NIV

1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” NIV

Claiming these verses today.  Care to join me?

Melissa
Aug 23

Memory Out of the Blue

Have you ever been going about your daily routine, happy as a clam, not a care in the world, when all of a sudden something sparks a memory and you are stopped dead in your tracks?  All of a sudden, you are taken back to a place you never intended to go.  That happened to me today.

I was serving my family their supper: grilled chicken sandwiches, brocoli & cheese, and macaroni & cheese (okay, I know it’s too much cheese, but that’s how we do it in my family….cheese it up), and lemonade.  The mac & cheese was a new recipe (thank you to LeAnn of She Cooks).  I asked the kids how they liked it.  Well, they all LOVED IT.  But it also brought up discussion about their MaMaw, my mother.  Her specialty was mac & cheese. That conversation led to another of my Mom’s specialties, Tea Cakes (sugar cookies, but much better), which led me to go get the recipe box.  Well that’s when it happened.

I took my mom’s recipe box out of the cabinet.  I began thumbing through the recipes.  A lump developed in my throat. My eyes filled with tears. The cards in the box held recipes in her handwriting, and well, that did it.  All of a sudden, I was taken back to a place I never intended to go.

My mom was diagnosed with cancer almost 2 years ago.  Sadly, she lost her battle in March, 2010.  It was the saddest season of my life.  If you’ve read any of my stuff (blog, FB, CaringBridge, or P31 devotions) in the past year , you know how hard it’s been for me.  I miss her so so much. Sometimes I still can’t believe she’s gone. When I saw her handwriting on those recipe cards, I was taken back….

there she was, writing a new recipe to try out on the next family dinner.

there she was, planning her menu based on the recipe she was viewing.

there she was, we lived in Winter Park, FL. I was in the 1st grade.

there she was, teaching me how to make macaroni & cheese.

there she was, cooking on Thanksgiving Day.

there she was.  there she was.   was.  I hate the word was.  I want it to be is.

I have many fond memories of my mother, but I have to be honest, I don’t want them to be memories.  I want them to be now.  I don’t cry as much about her dying as I used to.  I am kind of in a phase where I don’t think about it if I don’t have to.  Those stages of grief…..I’m not sure where I am.

But one thing I do know. I had a great mom.  And memories out of the blue are a blessing.

Melissa