8/31/2011

Hot Water Cornbread

  • cups cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • teaspoon sugar
  • Approx. 1 tablespoon oil (I used olive oil)
  • 3/4-1 1/4 cup boiling water (this may vary and you may need more to get it to the correct consistency)
  •  oil for frying

~Directions~

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl.
    Bring water and oil to a boil; Gradually add boiling water, stirring until batter is the consistency of grits. I like mine a bit thicker.

    Pour oil in skillet (preferably iron skillet) and heat over medium high heat.  Wet hands in cold water and carefully form patties with your batter mix.  Take care it is hot.  Fry approx. 3 min. each side or until golden brown.  Serve immediately.

    These are good with beans, greens, or we even drizzle honey and butter over them and enjoy as a snack.

    ENJOY!!!!




8/26/2011

Long Time...

It's been a while since I've seriously blogged.  I haven't had much to say really.  I've been trying to refocus my thoughts and heart toward Jesus and re-evaluate what's going on in my life and the things that are important and of value to me.
God has had to pry some things out of my grip and I'm slowly moving along drawing closer to Him and yet waiting for instructions for the next steps I need to be taking.
God answered so many prayers during our trip to Arkansas regarding the house and van, but there were still some heart wrenching prayers that I had no answers for yet.
I've been chewing on a verse in scripture...Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you;
I've been trying to wrap my brain around this verse and really get ahold of it for me.  I'm probably making more out of it than needs to be, but hey, that's how I process things. 
My closest friends know that I've said there is but one thing keeping me in Texas.  I can correct that and say there are 2.  The first being my home church and the second being my sons karate instructor.  
Well, as I've been praying God answered the first and solved that "problem" for me.  I can watch my pastor on the church channel online, I can order his DVD's weekly, as well as get his teachings on CD weekly.  OK, next...
I'm praying now about the karate thing.  When you're a single parent, it's hard to find people you trust to be around your children.  This instructor has taken my son under his wing in a sense and He is a man of faith.  He doesn't do anything spectacular with my son, but my son thrives under his encouragement when they are at practice.  He and his wife are always speaking truth to my son and I'm hoping that when I do make the move, that we are able to find and instructor comparable to the one he has now.
I have no clue when I'll make the move, nor where EXACTLY we'll be heading.  At this point I'm thinking it will be somewhere in Arkansas, but I'm still waiting for instructions.  
If we cross your mind, please pray for us, that God will speak specifically speak to me in this area.  I'm kinda one of those "IN YOUR FACE" kinda gals.  I don't want to leave any room for doubt.


I've also decided to train to be a pharmacy tech.  I began training over 12 years ago and never finished.  I am pretty sure this is the route I'll be going.  I'm trying to get registered, as classes start on the 20th of next month.  I'm pretty excited and ready for this next phase.  I've been trying to work out a schedule I'll be available to work, I will do part-time so that I can still be home for the most part with my children.  Please pray for wisdom in this area as well.  Once certified, I can work in any pharmacy in TX, but I've also begun researching what I need to be a tech in Arkansas and it doesn't appear to be much.  I would like to get at least 6 months of experience under my belt here in TX.


We're having record heat here.  At times I swear we have knocked on the devils door. (no snide comments please, it's just a joke).  I'm ready for the heat to leave and fall to usher in cooler temps.  I'll try my hand at a fall garden.  My spring/summer garden burnt up from the scorching heat.  I wonder what gardening in Arkansas will be like...

8/11/2011

Yep, again...

I'm going through the stage of not really having much to say, so I'm sharing all the giveaways I'm entering in.... Have fun with this one!

8/09/2011

Last Entry before Winner Chosen

This giveaway closes by 4 PM my time today!  I'm excited and anxious all at the same time. I've daily entered for this MILL!  I really, really want it yet will be super excited for whomever God has chosen for this gift.  It's full of all the things you'd need to get started making bread too!
I'll keep you posted on who the winner is...they'll be chosen later this evening!

8/08/2011

Time is winding down...

The winner of this MILL will be announced tomorrow.  Just 2 days after my birthday.  It would still make a remarkable birthday gift and be a HUGE blessing to me and to my family.  My idea is to bake bread and sell it from my home, along with a jam or two.  It would really be awesome to start a small cottage business that will meet a need or two for my family and maybe keep gas in our van.  At any rate, having this MILL would make things just a bit easier for me!

8/07/2011

It's My Birthday...

And YES, I'm STILL trying to win this MILL!!!!

Today, 40 years ago, the Lord blessed me with life outside of my mother's womb.  It's kinda neat being 40, but you also begin to truly realize your mortality.  You know when you're in your teens you think you're invisible, then you embark on your 20's and you think you've got forever and that this is surely the life.  Then you embark on your 30's and life seems to begin to really hit you and you begin to grow in wisdom.  You begin to realize that some things you put great importance on really aren't important at all.  You begin to take inventory of the life that you have lived thus far and Lord knows you wish there were things you could go back and change and decisions you wish you had not made. You near 40 and FOR ME, you wish there was a box you could check that said DO OVER!!!!
I don't know what God has in store for me in this time frame of my life.  I do hope and pray it's better than the last 10 years of my life, but only God knows the portrait He has painted for my life.  No matter what the finished portrait looks like, I pray He will sustain me and strengthen me to walk thru it as I desperately hold His hand.

8/06/2011

It's Saturday...

And I'm still trying to win this MILL!!!

But on a serious note, please be in prayer for me and my children.  I'm getting very discouraged in my job search.  I know there are thousands upon thousands that are out of work and I empathize and sympathize with them as well.  This can cause one to totally give up.  I'm trying to keep my focus on today and today only, praying continuously for my DAILY bread, but it gets hard when you know utilities are scheduled to be cut off and temps are soaring into the 100's.  I'm considering going back to school, but that still means I need to have some kind of income to take care of our needs.  I'm seeking ways I can earn extra income from home, but that has not transpired as of yet.  I'm also seeking employment as a nanny or housekeeper, but still to no avail.

Lord have mercy on us unemployed.  Provide the needs we have and cancel any debts You see fit to cancel.

8/05/2011

I'm trying...

to remain optimistic that I could really win the MILL.  But I can honestly count on one hand items I've one.  I'd really like to win a million bucks!  I'd be debt free and so would a few of my closest friends.  Oh, but we're talking about the MILL right????

Well of course the possibilities are endless.  My kiddos would like cinnamon rolls first and I'm thinking about sourdough waffles.  Imagine, all made with fresh, ground, whole wheat flour.............. SIGH

8/04/2011

ONLY 5 days left...

For the chance to win this awesome MILL.  Now let me just say that I have now seen 2 for myself in action.  Two of my dear friends have one and they ground the wheat berries themselves and then bagged up the flour and handed it to me.  I have some in my freezer right now and I can't wait for the temperature to cool down enough for me to bake up some bread and cinnamon rolls oh and some waffles using the flour.  It is different than any other wheat flour I have ever bought at the store before!!!!

8/03/2011

Awesome Birthday gift

This Mill would really make an awesome Birthday Gift!!!!  I'm prayin' for it anyway!

I'm ready to bake some bread this winter with my own fresh ground wheat.....  I can
smell it right now.

8/02/2011

To The Right, To The Right

See that button to the right?  Click it and you too can have a chance to win that lovely kitchen gadget!  Though I am praying that I'm the blessed winner.
I can count on one hand the number of times I've won something!!!  Praying I can add this to the count!

8/01/2011

It's my baby girls birthday

To kick off celebrating HER birthday, I'm signing up for this giveaway again!!!

It really is hard to believe that MY BABY GIRL and first born was blessed with life and gifted to me 19 years ago today!!!  She makes her mama proud!!!  Happy Birthday Hun.  I love you with all my heart!

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