Slumbo Gumbo

Let’s Celebrate our Journey with some good ole’ Slumbo Gumbo…by Sunny Anderson
slumbo gumboIngredients
5 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large Vidalia onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon file gumbo powder, plus extra for garnish
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more for seasoning
1 (4.5-ounce) can tomato paste
5 cups seafood stock (or 2 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice)
1 pound haddock, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound shrimp, shells removed, deveined
12 oysters
1 1/2 cups lump crabmeat, picked over
2 tablespoons hot sauce
4 cups cooked rice (brown)
Heat butter and oil in a 6 to 7-quart stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, pepper, and garlic and saute for 5 minutes, until softened and slightly caramelized. Add gumbo powder, bay leaf, cayenne, paprika, salt, thyme, oregano and pepper and continue cooking, another minute. Add tomato paste and cook until it browns, another 4 minutes. Add seafood stock, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Right before serving, add haddock and continue to simmer for 5 minutes, then add remaining seafood. Cook another 5 minutes. Add hot sauce, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve over rice and sprinkle with file powder.

Live in the Moment

live in the momentMorning Inspiration….

In the words of T.D. Jakes: Many times we get so wrapped up in achieving our life’s goal that we miss the opportunity to stop and be thankful for the things we have already achieved. When working diligently to complete a race we often stay focused on the finish line. While determination is critical in achieving anything, I challenge you to slow down the pace every now and then, look back at the ground you have covered and applaud yourself for making it thus far. Give God the praise even when the goal seems only a distant blur.

Always work diligently to complete your goals but don’t forget to slow down thank God for your accomplishments and then get back on track of what God has in store for you!!!

Proverbs 13:4

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.

I’m Looking at the Man in the Mirror

changeMorning Inspiration…wanted to share a post I came across from uglybeyoutifulme on Facebook. After reading this post I knew I had to share and I knew that it was time to start working on Me…My own Man in the Mirror!!!

Change Challenge: Lately I have been re-evaulating some things in my life and I have a desire to do things differently. One of the biggest things was to develop a more closer intimate relationship with the Christ. I wanted to know him more intimately. So one of my really good friends Malina Bolds) had a really good discussion about this very topic. One of the key things she mentioned was I diligently need to place God at the forefront of every decision, concern, worry, blessing, misunderstanding etc ( which I thought was doing) however, I did not completely trusting God with the outcome. So for the past month I put myself on a surrender challenge to completely surrender all things to him (it’s been hard ya’ll and I have fallen)- still a work in progress. However I truly have a desire to change for the better to be an example for Christ operating in love, being forgiving, and just allow God lead and NOT ME! (talk about difficult!!) this is call submission (not an easy tasks). So my pray was to God show me all the things I need to work on in order for me to change (so that’s when Micheal Jackson song ” Man in the Mirror” took effect. God has been revealing things I need to change within me. As 2 Corinthians 5:17; if anyone is he Christ he is a new creature; old things past way and all things become new. Change is truly hard; it is even uncomfortable like really awkward; cause when you are so “use” to doing something to have to change talk about awkward. But I have a desire to really be a new creature. Since thing I have seen the manifestation of these changes, which how I talk, my actions, my behavior, how I treat other people, my love for myself and others, peace and my conviction to get it right and not allow old things to linger. It’s crazy how God truly does change you. I really understand (2 corinthians 5:17) even more. However, there are still some things I need to tackle. So I came up with a change challenge for myself. God has already provided me with the mirror of things I need to change, so I will be working on them until they are completely past away. Would you like to join me. I will be having what are called mirror moments on my uglybeyoutifulme page to discussion some of the things I still need to work on . I would love it if you would join me. Let’s all change together.


disciplineMorning Inspiration…I am working on discipline…it is easy to control somethings while hard to get started on others. I am challenging all of you to do something that has been so hard to accomplished for the next 21 days, so we can work on our disciplines

In the words of Iamrennyren…

Discipline is a form of controlling your thoughts. Sometimes you find yourself in situations and wonder how you’ve gotten yourself into a particular situation. If only you wold have taken a moment/few seconds to think about it all before the fact, things would have turned out different. God gives us things that we should and shouldn’t do, some are easy to follow and some are hard. Just as a parent tells a kid not to do something, God tells us for a great reason, we won’t understand until later. He tells us no lies and only has our best interest.

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.-Proverbs 1:7