Thursday, September 29, 2011

Renewing your Strength

The Lord put in on my heart to share with you and invite you to take a few minutes for yourselves today. Life continues to get busier but your mind, body and spirit need renewing on a regular, daily basis.

Are you exhausted today? Are you taking pills or drinking drinks for energy just to get throught the day? Or are you on a nervous high and need something to slow you down? Perhaps what your body is crying for is rest and relaxation. Is there rest for anyone in this tension filled world?

Just as the disciples returned from a missionary journey, they were elated with their success. They gave glowing reports of how God had worked. Jesus was glad to hear their accounts, but he knew they needed physical rest after their journey. He invited them to come and rest with him in a quiet place.

We, too, need to refresh ourselves to maintain our physical and spiritual strength. Our schedules are demanding. They drain our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual life. I believe God plans for us to include times of rest and relaxation in our schedules. If the disciples needed rest, so do we.

"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." Jeremiah 31:25

As you think, how in the world I am able to take time to rest and relax with my busy schedule, it only takes a few minutes. Did you know 10 minutes of relaxation is equivalent to 1 hour of sleep; 20 minutes of relaxation is equivalent to 2 hours of sleep. You make take a few minutes for yourself each day, even if it's just a hot bath, light candles, close your eyes and relax for a few quiet minutes during your busy life. For others it may be reading a book in bed or getting a manicure or pedicure.

I have been given the opportunity to help you Relax, Rejuvenate and Renew. While seeking work, I went to a Bridal SPA night that my friend Jen won. During this one hour of relaxation I feel in the love the SPA products that were used on me. I have very sensitive, dry skin and I'm allergic to everything. These products felt wonderful on my skin and I had no reaction. I wanted to purchase some items but with no income it just wasn't in our budget since the move back to TN and about that time I got a call from Mother and she asked what I was doing and I shared my experience from the Bridal SPA with her, she said get the starter kit, I will get it for you, you deserve to have beautiful skin and you rarely find anything that you are not allergic to. That night, I bought the specially priced SPA Facial Starter Kit and a week later started my new skin regiment. Then I found out if I went to a 4 hour class on a Saturday I would receive a FREE Microderm Abrasion Set worth $150. Well I can give up a Saturday morning for free products. I was certified as a SPA Consultant that day and have been using these amazing skin care products ever since. My goal is to make extra money sharing these products with friends, family, coworkers, church members, etc. I believe in this company and these products and welcome the opportunity to share them with you.

I am not a salesperson and my DBT blog will not become a blog for simply selling products but I feel that we all need rest, relaxation, a few minutes to rejuvenate and renew our body, body and spirit. Reading God's word helps me renew my spirit, relaxing in a hot bath with a few drops of Detox Bath Soak helps me renew my body and enjoying a few minutes of quiet time with a warming green tea facial and cucumber nourishing eye pads help me renew my mind and skin.

Whether you have a SPA day with me or take time for yourself on your own, be sure to find a few minutes daily if possible to take time to relax, rejuvenate and renew your body, mind and spirit.

"He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40":29-31

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Have a blessed and relaxing day!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's for Dinner? Pork Chops, Green Beans & Cinnamon Apples

What's for Dinner tonight?

As I think of fall recipes, I thought of pork chops and cinnamon apples. Terry had boneless pork chops thawing and I decided to add some cinnamon apples.

I tenderized and seasoned the chops with Cavender's Greek Seasoning, rubbed them with mustard, honey, a dash of balsamic vinegar and apricot preserves (sugar free). Put them in greased casserole uncovered on 375 to bake for 25-30 minutes.

I took a can of apple pie filling, added cinnamon,6 small pats of butter and 1 TBSP brown sugar. Cook uncovered on 375 for 20 minutes. BTW, you can use sugar free apple pie filling and Splenda Brown Sugar for a healthier version.

Whole green beans are cooking on the stove with Cavender's Greek Seasoning, Olive Oil, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Balsamic Vinegar, on medium heat for 20 minutes, drain and throw in a hot skillet sprayed with Pam, add a shake of crushed red pepper and a sprinkle of brown sugar, sauté and serve.

Give it a whirl, it's delicious and super easy dinner in 30 minutes...

Bon Appetit!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures... I just love the smell of a pot roast throughout the house. I put a roast on earlier and can't wait until it is done for us to enjoy this evening.

Roast, potatoes and carrots is the simplest one pot meal. You have options of cooking in a crock pot or in the oven. Today I am cooking mine in the oven so it will cook faster at a low temp. I season the roast, brown it on both sides on the stovetop to seal in the juices and it will naturally make some beef stock, then remove the roast, add my potatoes, carrots, onion, dry seasonings and can of French Onion Soup (Campbells) and 1 cup water, place the roast back on top of veggies, put lid on the stock pot and bake on 300-325 for 3 hours.

For crock pot roasting I also start on the stovetop to brown roast and seal in juices, make some natural beef stock then transfer to a hot crock pot, add vegetables, seasons and soup and cook for 6-8 hours depending if you are cooking on hi or low. Always delicious!

Bon Appetit!

Thursday, September 22, 2011


This morning as I went to put some BC items in my guest closet, I saw in the cureo the book my Grandmother made for me it's called "Grandmother's Memories". Today I would like to share some of the things she wrote in this book with you.

"When I was a baby...
I was born April 19, 1920 in Covington, TN Route #1. I was named Dorothy Gertrude Walton. I was born with blonde hair and blue eyes. When I was a baby, some people said that I only weighed 3 1/2 pounds but that in my Mother's words "I growed off real good".

A story my family tells about me when I was a baby is that I was so small that I could fit in a shoe box. When I was six weeks old I had a cist removed from my leg and that I was the youngest baby that Dr. Sale had ever put to sleep. They said that after that I was a healthy, happy baby. I had loving, caring parents who took care of me.

When I was a child
One of my earliest childhood memories is of my Grandfather rocking me and siging to me a song about angels watching over me.

My nickname was Dot because it was a shortened version of my name, I do not know how early I was called Dot, but most of my life.

The most popular games then were hide and seek, jump rope, hop scotch, annie over, marbles and of course playing with our dolls and dishes and making mud pies.

My childhood favorites: Doll named Ruth given by our Auntie. Set of china dishes and cook stove and broom.
Favorite Songs: Jesus Loves Me, The Church in the Wildwood, Aint Gonna Rain No More, Uncle Bud.
Books - First Reader - Baby Ray, Sunday School Cards and books.
Movies - Tarzan of the Apes, Katz and Jammer Kids.
Activies - Going to church, visiting my grandparents and other relatives. I think the happiest place that we lived when I was a child was at the Walton home place in the house with Uncle Carl and Aunt Pauline. We did so many things there. One of my favorites was fishing in teh creek behind the house. Aunt Paulinemade us hooks from bending straight pins and tying them to twine strip and onto cane. She would make a float from the cork tops of snuff bottles. She always went with us and we caught lots of fish.

Some things from my childhood that I will always remember are the house were I was born and lived until after I started school. Mammy Jane, who helped Mama in the house and helped with us children. She was very black and very tall and real sweet and nice to us. Going to church in a top buggy. I sat between Daddy & Mama. Mam held Annie Mildred and Leno sat in the floor board. I remember Grandma's beautiful house, her chocolate cake and her little bed. Granddaddy cutting my hair in his shop. The button on collars that he wore on his shirts and what nice people they were.

When I was a Teen
I remember being a teenager as if it were yesterday. I had lots of friends and lot os fun. We worked hard in the fields chopping and picking cotton, but we played just as hard whe the work was all done. We could always have firends at home. I was happy throughout all my childhood and teenage years thanks to my parents and a God who has guided me all the way.

The most important events that I remember in my lifetime are visits to the Memphis Zoo. Going to the Reunion in Brighton, TN in the late 20's we carried a trunk of food and churn of lemonade. All the family and Uncle Carls family went from Walton Loop on a wagon, there were 10 of us. Going to Union University in Jackson, TN to the experimental station. Crossing o a ferry from the Reelfoot area to Missouri coming back through Arkansas into Memphis and then back home. The highlight of my life was coming to Charlotte to visit you (Scarlet).

Some of the things I most wanted for my children were that they would be honest, dependable and God fearing children. I tried to teach them to do their best and that happiness is not having or getting everything you want but to be content in all things and make the most of everyday.

I remember when my allowance was .25 cents a week. I could buy an ice-cream cone for .5/cents, a candy bar for 3 for .10 cents and soda pop for .5 cents. A movie ticket cost .7 cents and popcorn was .5 cents. A hamburger only cost about .10 cents and a new bicycle was less than $10.00. When I was teen and young woman, a good salary was $20.00. A nice pair of shoes cost $2.98 and I could buy a nice dress for $5.00. A typical date costs less than $2.00. New cars sold for about $600.00. A nice apartment rented fror about $10.00 per month and a typical new house sold for about $1,000.00."


WOW have times changed. This memory book is chopped full of so many more memories, these are just a few that I shared with you today. My Grandmother loves the lord and her family. She has instilled in us all the love for the Lord, the love for our family and each other, the love for our neighbors and friends. She has shown throughout her life that hard work makes you stronger and that you can get through anything with the Lord by your side.

I just felt like sharing a little bit of her childhood and history with you today, more to come on another day. I'm off to get ready and go visit with Grandmama today.

Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Did you 94 days?

Did you know that as we are thinking of fall festivials, Halloween costumes, hay, mums and pumpkins for the front yard, that Christmas is only 94 days away?

Oh my goodness, I haven't decided what we will be giving this year as gifts. I don't know about you but I love to make home-made treats for friends and family, just a little something sweet along with the recipe to share with others. Christmas is time of celebration to me and my family, it's not about the gifts or how much you spend, it is a celebration of the birth of Christ.

We also will give to families in need during the holiday season. Terry has always found families that are in need and we work with our co-workers to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinners for them. I am sure we will do the same here in Jackson. It is such a blessing to help others especially in their time of need.

With all of that said, it's time for me to put my creative hat on and start to think of what we would like to share with our family and friends this holiday season. I have a couple of thoughts on that but need to talk with Terry before I start working on our christmas gifts. Now, when I say home-made let me clarify, I don't make tacky gifts, I've given Family Cookbooks (with family recipes), decorative boxes filled with delicious homemade christmas cookies and candies, personalized stationary, note cards and address labels, decorative bottles with fragrant bath salts and products, painted pictures, etc.

Time to think outside the box and see what I can come up with in the next 94 days.

Have a blessed day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Leftover Dip...

Did you know that when you have leftover dip from a party or event (i.e. spinach dip, artichoke dip, etc.), you can use that dip in your next family dinner recipe?

Add to Chicken or Pork Chops:
Pound (with a mallott or meat tenderizer) boneless chicken breast or boneless pork chops til flat, add a spoonful of your dip in the center, roll up and tie with cooking twine (or toothpick if not to thick), continue til you run out of meat/dip then bake until your meat is done (20-30+/- mins on 350). Your leftover dip will add flavor and makes a delicious meal. Serve with flavored rice, pasta or potatoes (if you like starches) or with fresh or grilled vegetables and a side salad.

Add to your Bread:
If you are making fresh bread with dinner like cresent rolls, lay the triangles flat on your greased cooking sheet, add a spoonful of your dip, roll up the dough and bake according to directions. Adds flavor to your dinner bread.

Salsa leftover:
If you have leftover salsa, add your salsa on top of chicken breasts in a greased casserole dish and bake until chicken is done. Salsa chicken can be served with spanish rice, refried beans, black beans or just with a side salad. Delicious!

I'm looking forward to hearing back from you so please let me know what recipes you created with your leftover dip.

Bon Appetit!

p.s (the spell check icon is missing from my blogger site, if there are typos please excuse me)

Fall Favorites

As the temperatures fall outside (daily up & down) I am starting to think of all the wonderful Fall Recipes that I love to cook this time of year. Here's a start, just to name a few...

Roast, Potatoes and Carrots
Rotel Chicken Spaghetti
White Beans & Ham
Chicken and Dressing
Baked Pork Chops with Apples
Roasted Pork Loin with Apricots
Sweet Potato Casserole
Baked Sweet Potatoes (sprinkled with brown sugar & butter)
Carrot Cake
Pumpkin Bread
Spiced Cider

Over the next few weeks, I hope to make one or more of these each week and will post photos as well as my recipe for each.

This is such an exicting time of year, the changing of the seasons. We are heading to the attic this week to get our fall decor out and then will make a trip to get our hay and mums and as soon as it's safe temperature wise, we will get our pumpkins too.

Off to put on my creative hat to come up with a new fall design of our DR table decor, the beach theme is done for the season, time to warm the house up with fall colors and smells.

Have a blessed day!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Pantry Recipes

So today I went through the pantry, fridge and freezer to come up with our dinner tonight. Sometimes you just need to be creative.

I got out the crock pot, took two big frozen chicken breasts out of the freezer, turned crock pot on high, placed frozen chix breasts in crock pot, added a can or Rotel Original Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, 1 cup water, 1 bag Spanish rice, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper. I let them simmer on HIGH for 2 hours, removed chicken breasts and shred them, put back in c/p and then turned it down to low the last 2 hours. I topped it with shredded cheddar cheese and we have Chix Mex as I call it. I served it with soft taco flour tortillas and we have enough for Terry to have some nachos tomorrow too. You could easily add another can of tomato sauce and some tortilla strips and make a Chicken Tortilla Soup with this mix.

I also took a container of frozen strawberries (thawed) and mixed with lite cool whip and 1/4 box of cream cheese and whipped all together with mixer. Took a bag of graham cracker crumbs, placed in a pie dish and added my strawberry fluff, placed it in the freezer and its easy Frozen Strawberry Pie. I didn’t really do any measuring so I will have to make again and measure to give you an exact recipe but you should try it.

Take a look in your pantry and see what you can come up without a recipe and let me know, I might try your recipe out one day soon!

Bon Appetit!

Catching up...

Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. I have been in Covington helping with family illnesses the past few weeks and without my computer.

So today I have gathered items from the pantry and thrown them in the crock pot creating what I call Chix Mex (a chicken Mexican) recipe. I'll let you know how it turns out and will share the recipe.

Also, started my SPA Escapes business. I am now a Certified Spa Consultant. I have been using these amazing SPA skin care products and my face is glowing and my I promise I look younger. They have this product that I call "botox in a bottle" a firming serum and it really is helping. My neck is an area that I would like tightened so I've been using this product on it and in 4 days it's already firming up. I ordered another new product that they nick-named "skinny butt" that is a body firming treatment that should help firm up giggly or dimpled areas like your bottom, tummy, thighs, arms, etc. I can't wait to try it out. If you would like to host a SPA Retreat for your girlfriends in your home and relax, rejuvenate and renew, just let me know. I have my first SPA booked for this Sunday and can't wait. I've spent today working on SPA marketing flyer's, email invites, ordered FREE business cards from, and send Alicia her hostess package.

Now that I am back home and getting back into my normal routine, I will be posting more recipes. I am going to work on our menu plan for this week and will share recipes with you.

Hope you are all doing well and have a blessed day!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

According to plan...Who is in control?

Does everything in your life work out according to plan? If you are like me it doesn't always go according to plan unless God is in control and it works according to His plan.

I read this today:
"Remember – God already has your next new job all set up and planned out for you. All you have to do is simply wait for His timing to bring it to you!".

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5)

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass … Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:4,7)

God was in control when we made a decision to relocation from sunny Florida to Jackson, TN, it was His plan. God was in control when I wasn't able to find a job immediately because it has allowed me time to help with my Grandmother and help Emily with her children from time to time.

He was in control, when I received the lead on the sales rep position I interviewed for, it just so happens the owner is taking his time in making a decision on who to hire and I know that God is control.

Today, He was in control when my friend Judith sent me a lead on a college friend of her's that owns businesses in Jackson and through a simple message on FB, I am now meeting him next week to discuss a sales rep position for his magazine and a possible p/t position assiting his PR director.

If you let go of your plans and ask God to take control and are willing to live your life according to His plan, you will be amazed at what might happen. There will be no need for your worry, He will take care of you.

I am trusting in the Lord, acknowledging Him, and allowing Him to guide my steps. I pray you will do the same.

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Does your job define you?

I've been pondering if a job defines me. I haven't worked the last 6 weeks since we relocated to Jackson. I am steadily seeking a new job, have interviewed and have my resume out there but this is a new concept for me. I have always been very independent and enjoyed working. The break was nice the first couple of weeks and then have spent the last two weeks mainly in Covington with my Mother, Aunt and Grandmother whose health is failing; I am so blessed to have this time with her. I have had time to visit with Emily and the kids as well (which I missed when Jonah was Georgia's age) and I cherish the times we have together, soaking up Jonah's take on life and Miss Georgia's growth and sweet smile.

I run into people everywhere I go and they ask "so what do you do" or "where do you work" and I am baffled and have to come up with a response. If I had an endless supply of funds, I would love not working and be able to go for lunch dates with friends, get mani-pedi's, hair appts, new shoes or a new fall outfit now that is starting to cool off but that is not in the budget. I'm finding it hard to ask my husband for cash or if I can schedule a hair appointment, is that in the budget this payperiod?

When we made the decision to move from Destin to Jackson I was working 4 jobs at the time. No, I am not a workaholic just doing what I had to help make ends meet and keep some pocket change for me. With the downturn in the economy I found myself out of work in my field of expertise a couple of years ago and started picking up part time jobs until I had 4 going. To say that I was exhausted all the time was an understatement but I enjoyed each and every job. I love the opportunity to meet new people and make a connection. For 16 years when someone asked "what do you" my response was "I'm in architecture" as the Director of Operations or Project Finance/HR Administrator, etc.  and for the last two years the response was "I'm in marketing" for a restaurant in Grand Blvd. Town Center, as well worked for Chico's, an architect in Destin, and a concrete contractor.

I've recently interviewed for a architectural sales rep position with an Italian tile company in Memphis. I would have a territory and call on architects and interior designers within that territory. Last I heard, the owner is still making a decision on who he is hiring for this position and I'm still in the running. I have submitted my resume for a Construction Project Analyst in Millington and for a variety of positions at Regional Hospital of Jackson, Operations Manager for a new Dental clinic in Medina, and numerous other positions in the Jackson area. I have sent emails to area architects along with my resume in case their firms are looking for someone as well. I have made contact with many business associates between Nashville and Memphis just to see if anyone knows of anyone hiring with my skill set. I honestly don't want a 8-5 M-F job but can't afford not to have one. I am praying that the right job for me, a job that I will enjoy and excel at, will be available to me soon.

To answer my question at the start of this blog, NO a job does not define you. Sometimes a job is just a job, a way to provide income for you and your family and a way to connect to the outside world. Today I am going to seize the day and be proud to be a Housewife. I am going to clean my house back up after having family over yesterday, do laundry, and try to relax while checking out indeed, simply hired, monster, craigslist, etc. for new job postings.

Happy Tuesday and hope you do something fun and creative today. Have a blessed day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day Picnic Recipes

Today we had the Shanklin Family over for a Labor Day Cookout. Everyone brought a dish so we only made a few things. Thought I would share a few easy recipes along with you.

Grilled Hamburgers  (As a rule, 1 pound of ground meat will make approx four (4) 1/4 pd burgers.)
Ground Beef (ground chuck, sirloin or turkey)
Worcestershire Sauce (1/4 cup per 2 pds of meat)
Dry Onion Soup Mix (1 pkg per 2 pds of meat)
Patty your meat and refrigerate until ready to grill. Add different cheeses to give a different flavor like Colby, Monterrey, pepper jack, sharp cheddar, blue cheese crumbles, Gouda, feta, etc.

(We had hot dogs and smoked bbq bologna too)

Easy Cole Slaw
2 pkgs shredded cabbage/cole slaw mix
2 TBSP Cavender's Greek Seasoning (garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, ground mustard)
3 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
3 TBSP Sugar
1/4 bottle coleslaw dressing (or mix together yellow mustard, mayo and dijon)
Mix together, cover and refrigerate until serving (I don't like runny or really wet cole slaw, if you like yours really wet, add more cole slaw dressing).

Chocolate Eclair Pie
1 box graham crackers
2 cans chocolate fudge frosting
1 lg pkg instant vanilla pudding
3 cups cold milk
1 lg Cool Whip (thawed)

In a 9 x 13 pyrex dish, ice one layer of graham crackers with chocolate frosting. With mixer, mix your vanilla instant pudding with 3 cups cold mix. Gradually add cool whip. Spoon 1/2 this mixture on top of the bottom layer of iced graham crackers. Then add another layer of iced graham crackers. Add remaining pudding mixture. Top with iced graham crackers, adding extra icing to cover top like a cake all the way to the edges. Cover and refrigerate overnight before serving.

Bon Appetit!

Friday, September 2, 2011

September - The start of Fall

It's September, the month of my birthday, the month that we start to see the changing of the season and the weather, we attend football games, hear about and attend hertiage days, festivals, and fairs.

This is the first September in 5 years that I will get to experience the fall season first hand. Fall was the only season of the year we didn't really experience in Florida. Our leaves didn't change, we had football, festivals and fairs but I can't wait to see the beautiful fall foliage, changing leaves and crisp evenings between now and Thanksgiving. I also can't wait to get my bales of hay, pumpkins and mums out front in celebration of fall (we never could get bales of hay, had to use bales of pine straw for our fall yard decorations).

Thinking of fall, I remember back to the days that I would go to my Grandmother's on Saturdays and we would play in the stacks of raked leaves, knowing that we would have to help re-rake them in piles after playing in them. It also reminds me of my Grandmother's apple cake. She made the most delicious apple cake. My Great-Grandmother had a delicious carmel icing recipe. This September I'm going to make my Grandmother's Apple Cake and Ice it with my Great-Grandmother's Carmel Icing, yum! The picture on the cover of the September Southern Living magazine gave me the idea to combine the two recipes.

I have been taking many of our family recipes that are "from scrach" and modifiing them to "semi-homemade" to make them easier to make and allows me to save time in the process. I am hoping to have time to write and share some of the semi-homemade family recipes soon. When I make the two "from scratch" recipes for the apple cake and carmel icing, I will see if I can modify the recipes to make "semi-homemade" and keep the same delicious flavor profile. Photos to come as well.

This week I spent a lot of time at the Assisted Living with my Grandmother, Aunt and Mother. We told stories from our childhood, stories from my Grandmother's childhood and just did lots of reminising. Family is so important to me. Always remember to LOVE your family, tell them that you LOVE them, show them that you LOVE them. We all may have disagreements or hurt feelings from time to time but you have to forgive and love them. You need each other. Remember to always hug your children not matter how old they get, tell them you love you, tell them your proud of them, support them in all they do. We (Terry & I) don't have children but we LOVE our nieces and nephews like they are our own and their children are like grandchildren to us and we LOVE them all unconditionally.

Labor Day is coming up on Monday and we are planning a cookout with our Shanklin Family here at the house with Fresh Grilled Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Smoked BBQ Bolonga. I've got a tub of outdoor game supplies in the attic. I know we have the rope for tug-a-war and hope we have the potato sacks for sack races, we have a children's horseshoe game but the adults can play it too and not sure what else so need to go to the attic when it's cooler tomorrow morning to see what I can find. It should be a fun day filled with Family and new memories.

Happy September and enjoy the long weekend! Have a blessed day!