Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Permission Granted To Dream Bigger: God Let Me Live In My Gift!

Sometimes we have so much going on in our lives, we want to ask God to fix it all!  You been there?   Oh, I know for sure because I've been there more times than not and today was one of those times! 
I felt trapped today and confused.  Aside from all of the other things I have going on in my life that I know are much bigger than my dream, I still think about the goals I set for myself sometimes.  I think about the groundwork I have already laid to help with making my dreams a reality one day.  I think about where I am right now in the 2nd chapter of my life. 

I retired 5 years ago with big dreams of doing something I wanted to do in the next chapter!  Am I happy with my day to day career?  Is this how I see myself now and in the future?  No, its not!  I've got stuff in my way once again and I'm just feeling disgusted!  Does this sound like you?  Oh well, maybe its just me but it happens!!  I have to do something....
What else can I do? Well, I did what I know best.  I spoke to God.  I asked God several things today after I thanked Him for everything else He does ;-)!

In all that I said, there was one thing that I said to Him today that was real and profound for me.  I asked God if He could "let me live in my gift."  I found myself saying this in my head over and over again.  "God, let me live in my gift."  "God, can you help me live in my gift?" 
I felt so drawn to these words that I put them on paper.  I wanted to remember today.  I want to look back on today and smile!  I really found myself in a dark place today.  I wanted to share that with all of you that follow me.  I've got stuff going on too.  I'm just at a lost in this moment and not sure what to do next to "shift to my gift"...LOL!!!! 
Seriously.  I feel as though I have done so much already and I'm stuck.  Even coaches (that's me!) need coaching sometimes and I surely needed it today.  When I looked around, there was no one in sight but my GOD!  Here's what I asked Him, in my own words, my thoughts and my prayer for today! 

Bless you..keep dreaming & keep smiling!
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God Let Me Live In My Gift
God let me live in my gift
Keep it close to my heart, never apart
Even in times when I drift.
Only you can know what I go through.
The times when I'm feeling so blue.
I call out your name
It's always the same
You telling me what I should do.
God let me live in my gift.
I want to start now and before you I bow
Praying to you for the shift.
My happy is waiting for me
Through you I am able to see.
The highs and the lows
The fast and the slows
I want to walk in it and be free.
Author & Original Poetry By:  Deb Ramsey

Cast Iron Cooking: Don't Castaway Your Cast Iron!

Years ago cast iron skillets were all our Moms and Grandmoms had to use when frying chicken or some good ole catfish that taste the best when it was fresh out of the grease...haha!  Bring back memories?  It sure does for me. 
Today, because I eat so much healthier, I hardly ever fry foods.  I never thought I would ever be able to say that because of how much fried chicken I use to make for dinner. 

"Here's how I became acquainted with cast iron cooking again, while getting back in touch with my roots!!"

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Well, a few weekends ago, I was out and about locally and decided to make my normal stops, Home Goods, Marshalls and TJ Maxx!  Yes, those are my main stopping grounds on weekends when I want to do some fun shopping :-)!  Anyway, I found a good buy on some individual fajita frying pans and an even better buy on a deep dish cast iron pan for frying chicken!  Yes it was a no brainer, I purchased all of them!  They were all on clearance and anything that is paired (2 fajita grill pans), I usually buy!  They make serving dinner for two so special, when both of you have the same size and kind of serving dishes (that's just something I

So, just when I thought I didn't have a reason to keep some good old cooking grease in my pantry, everything changed in the moment I started reminiscing about my childhood and how my Mom use to cook everything in cast iron pans.  I'll never forget my childhood days because this is one of the things that I remember well.  Life seem simpler then and I know that was partly because I was a kid and had no worries but to just be a kid and listen to my parents...LOL!!
There was no Farberware or MasterChef pots in our house!  My Mom cooked breakfast lunch and dinner in good old cast iron skillets, used so much that they were permanently seasoned.  What's that??  You don't know??? "Seasoned" as it relates to cast iron skillets is when the cooking oils and shortening have absorbed so well into the cast iron itself, that the iron literally begins to transform from what was once a dry, rough rusty surface, to a smooth black finish.  It's cooking at its best when your cast iron pot gets fully seasoned!!!!  (This could take a few times cooking in will get there!)
In fact, the way to clean cast iron pots is by wiping them down after every use with a little warm, soapy water and a sponge.  It is not recommended that you soak a cast iron skillet or leave it immersed in water to soak it clean.  After sponge cleaning with some warm soapy water, rinse it, dry it and apply a thin coat of vegetable oil or melted shortening to both the inside and outside of the skillet. 
Did you learn something new?  Well, if you are a youngster or a millennial reading this, I'm sure you just heard something you never knew before!!  Cast iron cooking is more alive now than it has ever been.  Just watch the Cooking Channel or Food Network and see how many chefs use cast iron skillets when preparing some of the best meals in the world!
Brown Sugar Glazed Grilled Pork Chops
The next time you are out browsing through the stores and shopping around, be on alert for that something that you didn't plan to purchase but were pleasantly surprised to find! 
It may be a piece of cast iron cookware....LOL!!!   Go ahead, get it! 
You won't be disappointed  ;-).