Monday, October 13, 2014

Birthdays


I have the uncanny ability to call my Mom at the exact moment she is about to eat or is actually eating.  As she's gotten older, my Mom has decided to thank of it as sweet or endearing instead of frustrating. Many times I was met with "Girl, can you just smell it when I start cooking?!"

Well, the other Sunday was no different.  I called and she was having dinner. So jokingly, I said, "Mom maybe it's related to my actual birth day.What were you doing when I came into the world?"
She laughed and said, "Eating!"

"You were born on the 3rd Sunday in August.  It was the last day of revival, and you know back then the women brought boxes of food for dinner at the church.  I can remember like it was yesterday.  I was sitting on a bench, under a tree, eating collard greens, cornbread, ham and potato salad trying to ignore my labor pains...because the food was so good," she told me through bursts of laughter. Her pauses heavy with reflection.

I said, "Well, Mom that explains it! My love for cooking, nature and my lifelong desire to feel connected spiritually."

Tweet: Do you know the story of the day you were born? Ask and see if hints of who you are today are revealed. #birthday http://ctt.ec/ze359+ Do you know the story of the day you were born? Ask and see if hints of who you are today are revealed.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Shrimp Po'Boys

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday~ featuring recipes I've tried and loved. Let's feast!

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Before you say you don't eat mayo on seafood, try the Angry Mayo in this Michael Chiarello recipe. Tweet: Before you say you don't eat mayo on seafood, try the Angry Mayo in this Michael Chiarello recipe. http://ctt.ec/ef6kN+ I found this old favorite in my recipe collection. For some reason, I attributed it to Guy Fieri whenever I raved about it. I guess it was the "Angry Mayo"--sounds so Guy, doesn't it? I know...foodie stereotypes. *hehehe*

Orange zest, basil, chili pepper, lemon juice, gray salt--that's just the ingredients for the ill-tempered condiment! This recipe is flavor galore! Oh, there's a light crispy crunch to the shrimp thanks to Wondra (a very fine flour). You will love it. I've even had the mayo on catfish and tilapia, but I added a touch of spicy brown mustard.

Remember make the recipe your own and find ingredient substitutes, if needed. For example, Women's Health recommends several alternatives for flour on their website.

Whatever you choose, feast on this delicious sandwich and let me know what you think.

Bon appetit! 

Be blessed~*


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Wonder How LeBron Would Answer...

I saw the following question on a Facebook ad. Powerful, insightful and I invite you to spend some time contemplating the answer...as I did:

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Do you know who you are at your core? If you're not sure, because we're all at this crossroad at some point in our lives, see Ephesians 1:3-6.

Be blessed

Friday, September 26, 2014

Foodie Friday: Broussard's Cajun Cuisine

Part of Feasting on the Divine is enjoying delicious food! You know those dishes where the first bite takes you to a happy place and sometimes even cry a little on the inside? Oh you don't? Okay maybe it's just me!

Once a month, I'll share a new dining delight. I hear you saying, "Well, what about fitness, Trinka?" I know. I know. However, it would basically be sacrilegious for a Georgia girl NOT to indulge in great food. As Blanche would say, "it would be simply unsouthern." (true fans will know her). Besides if fitness is a lifestyle, you shouldn't deprive yourself. Enjoy it and exercise even more to burn it off! Soooo, in a way, it's like motivation. Yeah, motivation...

Okay so where did I feast this month? My niece Chelsea (over on Contemporary Teal #plug) suggested it for lunch one day. Her mother and I drove over to Cape Giradeau, Missouri to visit her, and we ended up at Broussard's Cajun Cuisine!


A cozy restaurant with lots of character, Broussard's is over 25 years old. Right away I love two things about this Cape Giradeau charm: 1). It's not part of a chain. 2) Behind the building is the Mighty Mississippi River!

We were greeted with smiles and sat in the bar area while we waited for our table. Looking around you could see people from all walks of life--families, couples, young and old. And the smell? Intoxicating! I was so ready to eat. Thankfully, our wait was less than 10 minutes. Even though the "joint was jumping," our server was pleasant, courteous and knowledgeable of the menu. (It's just a quirk of mine when a server has no clue about the menu.) She even gave me tips on how to eat crawfish, but I wasn't feeling brave enough to order them that day.



Our lunch selections were:
Cajun 3-Way Sampler--pic Courtesy of Broussard's

Loaded Bacon & Cheddar Potato Skins
Shrimp Creole
Fried Catfish-pic courtesy of Broussard's

Annnnnd there may have been some Shrimp Etouffee on the table. Annnnd there may be a reason why I had to "borrow" pics from Broussard's to show you what the entrees looked like. Annnd we'll just leave it at that! The food was wonderful!! We even had leftovers to enjoy later.

This Georgia girl is thankful the Broussards had the vision to bring the art of southern cuisine to the Midwest. Kudos to the owners that have upheld the legacy and spirit of the restaurant!  I will definitely visit again soon! It's worth the 2-hour drive. Plus my niece is there! Sorry about that honey! You're worth the 2-hour drive. *hehehe*  

Check out their website!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blessings for Obedience: Deuteronomy

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The following verses are always great motivation for me. Reminders of God's goodness and love. No, I wasn't always obedient, and I'm not perfect now.  However, these days I make a greater effort to follow and live by my Father's guidance.

In case you need a reminder today (or if this is brand new for you), please meditate on the following verses and pray for Holy Spirit to give you understanding. Obedience has its rewards and your heavenly Father is waiting to bless you!

28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them. (Deuteronomy 28: 1-12 NIV)

Be blessed!