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Drought

Fall trees

Living in the Sunshine State, we are accustomed to a lot of sun.  We haven’t had a good rain in a couple of months, and we have been in a bit of a drought.

Today, we have had a bit of rain.

“Sitting outside.  Heard raindrops patter the leaves before they ever graced the dry ground. Oh, to hear God’s Spirit pouring midair and look up.” – Beth Moore

I have been a drought of self doubt…knowing better.  I feel as though I am in a season of renewal.  Shedding my fears, and negative thoughts.  I question so much…am I good enough?

Listening…feeling the rain…grateful for the earth, rain, and leaves.  God’s spirit talks to us everyday…just have to want to see it.  What I hear today is renewal.  A new season is approaching…

Blessings.

 

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Broccolini

If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I love roasted vegetables.  I tried roasting this broccolini to go with the Salmon and Orzo the other night.  I used the same flavor profiles in the Salmon and Orzo, and I think it work out nicely.

Two pounds of broccolini, washed, and dried off.  Place on a baking sheet (I line my with foil).  Sprinkle olive oil, salt and pepper.  Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes until it is partially cooked.  Grate two cloves of garlic over the vegetables, and the zest of one lemon.  Bake for another ten-fifteen minutes or until they are tender.  Sprinkle lemon juice over before serving, and enjoy!

Broccolini is a hybrid of kale and broccoli, and to me, not as bitter as either individual vegetable.  Add in the lemon and garlic, this makes a wonderful side dish.  At least for me.

Blessings.

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Salmon en Papillote (Salmon in Parchment)

I love fresh Salmon, and used to eat it at least twice a week.  It is super easy to cook, and comes out perfect every time, especially when you cook it in parchment.  We had friends over for dinner, and I made sure to ask if they liked Salmon.  They do–score.

I purchased a whole filet, and made sure it didn’t have any bones or scales.Cut the Salmon into equal portions (I didn’t weigh them), and place them in parchment paper cut to approximate size (you will need to measure before cutting to ensure that the paper will close tightly).Salt, pepper, a bit of olive oil, and two slices of fresh lemon on each piece of Salmon. Wrapped them.  Start at one end of the parchment working your way to the other end, crimping the paper as best you can until fairly sealed.  Place on a foiled baking sheet.Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.  If you only have thicker slices of Salmon, check them at 15 minutes.  My piece was a thin slice, and was a bit overdone (you can tell with Salmon if it ‘bleeds’ white).  But it was still super tasty and tender.  Our guests seem to enjoy the dinner as well.  I made a nice, cheesy orzo with spinach and roasted broccolini (hybrid of broccoli and kale – I think it is sweeter), both recipes to come later in the week.

Blessings.

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These women…

No matter the circumstances or the time that passes these two have been amazing…always there, always loving and supportive.

I wish I lived closer…I wish I could be there for all of the important moments. I don’t. But…it doesn’t matter. We are always there when we need each other, regardless the circumstances.

Love knows no boundaries…and these two prove that.

Blessings.

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Sunday

Traveling to NW Arkansas for a memorial service, and it has been thirteen years since Carmen was here.

This was a wonderful moment in our travels yesterday. Twelve hours in a car, to attend a service for essentially my little brother has been difficult to say the least.

He would be turning 50 the 24th of this month. Far to young to be gone. Tony was fun, engaging, strong minded, mean, and loving. I will miss him something fierce.

We were out of touch for about fifteen years, but have been talking every couple of weeks recently.

Life is short. I am grateful I knew him and that he was a part of my life.

See you on the other side cowboy. I love you.

Blessings.

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Thirteen

Today I have been married to the man of my dreams for thirteen years.  This is what he wrote on Facebook today:

Thirteen years ago today, I started on an amazing adventure, with the best partner that I could ever imagine. Together we have laughed often, cried rarely, and loved constantly. These years have passed in the blink of an eye, yet I feel like I have always been here, where I was meant to be. I must say, I had a fantastic life before I ever met Jerry Ann. But that was all just a preview. Since she came into my life, it has been turned up to 11! 

And not only did I become a husband that day, but I became a dad. (Well, I say that, but in reality I feel like being a dad is something that you have to earn every day.  ) It has been an incredible joy to spend these past 13 years as part of this family, and I am humbled that they chose me.

Happy Anniversary, my Beloved Jerry Ann!

img_1844I cherish this man, and all that we have together…and there is no way I could add anymore to what he stated.

Blessings!

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Gangster

Kindness is So Gangster!I went to visit Carmen in Tallahassee this weekend. We had a great time putting together finishing touches on her apartment, shopped and had some great food.

We had brunch/lunch at Jeri’s Midtown Cafe before I headed back home on Sunday. The service was impeccable, and the food was fresh and flavorful.  Their servers wore these shirts stating kindness statements, but this one really spoke to me.

Kindness is So Gangster!  Embracing this…as I have begun to love this phrase.

Happy Monday!  Go Gangster!!

Blessings.