Wednesday, April 24, 2013

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

* Sunshine. I swam into work this morning.

* Think my hair would do this?

* These maxi skirts are great for weekend, but pretty enough for a party! And you can't beat the price.

* Need a new accent table? It's another Target find!

* A happy birthday to my DADDY!

What's your wish?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

don't waste your cancer

Many of you may know my mom was diagnosed almost a year ago with ovarian cancer. Those words rocked our world completely and turned our lives upside down. I was just a few weeks pregnant at the time, and I knew it was no coincidence that God would use Eleanor as encouragement for my mom through her treatment and recovery. We have been infinitely blessed that she is now cancer free (for all intents and purposes)!

About a week ago, one of my mom's dearest friends, Susan, received an almost identical diagnosis. Susan's support and love and encouragement sustained me through my pregnancy and my mom's illness, and to hear "cancer" again attributed to a woman I adore as deeply as my own mother was a total shock and a blow to my existence. She has recently undergone surgery and is in the recovery process before her treatments begin, and her family has rallied around her with the grace and comfort only God can provide.

Susan's middle son David recently posted this on her Caring Bridge page. If you or a loved one has ever faced cancer or any scary time in life, repeat these words to yourself. Even if you don't believe them at first, God will work in you.

Don't Waste Your Cancer
1. You will waste your cancer if you do not believe it is designed for you by God.
2. You will waste your cancer if you believe it is a curse and not a gift.
3. You will waste your cancer if you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God.
4. You will waste your cancer if you refuse to think about death.
5. You will waste your cancer if you think that “beating” cancer means staying alive rather than cherishing Christ.
6. You will waste your cancer if you spend too much time reading about cancer and not enough time reading about God.
7. You will waste your cancer if you let it drive you into solitude instead of deepen your relationships with manifest affection.
8. You will waste your cancer if you grieve as those who have no hope.
9. You will waste your cancer if you treat sin as casually as before.
10. You will waste your cancer if you fail to use it as a means of witness to the truth and glory of Christ.
"The Lord your God is with you; He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing." -  Zephaniah 3:17

Monday, April 15, 2013

catfish bread

I have several friends who are pescetarians, meaning the only meat they eat is fish. Sounds great, until I realized I could never have a steak or a burger or a turkey sandwich. But this recipe is delicious, and has nothing in it that once walked the Earth.

Katy’s Catfish Bread

4 (3-5 oz) catfish fillets (Simmons Catfish! Be sure to like them on Facebook for more recipes!)
½ c. soy sauce
1 T. creole seasoning (like Tony Chachere’s)
½ c. unsalted butter, softened
½ c. mayonnaise
½ c. shredded parmesan cheese
4 oz. can of black olives (I left these out)
6 green onions, chopped (green part only)
2 cups (total) shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
½ t. garlic powder
½ t. garlic salt
Dash of cayenne pepper
2-3 drops of Tabasco sauce (I prefer Louisiana)
1 loaf French baguette (I sliced mine up and made it into crostini)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place catfish fillets on baking sheet. Cover with soy sauce and sprinkle with creole seasoning. Bake for 20-25 min. or until catfish flakes easily. Crumble fillets and set aside.

Make a paste with the butter, mayo, parm, olives, onions, shredded cheeses, Worcestershire, garlic powder, garlic salt, cayenne and Tabasco. Mix paste with crumbled catfish. (You can make this 2-3 days ahead and store in the fridge!)

Spread catfish paste on halved French bread (or crostini, in my case) and place on baking sheet. Place in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 min or until slightly brown on top and cheese is melted. Serve warm.

And that’s how you do it. I took it to a party this weekend, and both kids and adults loved it.
Do you have a favorite pescetarian dish?

Friday, April 12, 2013

how did this happen?

It's so true. Babies grow so fast!

My little blob of a baby is now rolling over. Where did the time go?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

wish list wednesday

What am I wishing for this Wednesday?

Custom Address Stamp, Self Inking Rubber Stamp, Pre-Inked, Calligraphy Stamp, Personalized Gift, Custom Address Rubber Stamp, Christmas Card* That it hadn't been so long since I've posted! But I'd say I have a good excuse.

* Wait, why is it so hot?

* This suit makes me so glad one-pieces are "in."

* Being able to use this stamp would make writing thank-you notes much more fun!

* I love all things heffalump.

What's your wish?