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Nudged By GOD

I always wanted a hobby since I first was asked what is my hobby. Which I never considered myself a crafty hobby person.  I was always more academically a book worm. I love to learn and study.  A few years ago, I was challenged by my beautiful baby daughter to make her a monkey headband. Granted I do not know how to sew or have my Mom’s patience for sewing, I accepted my daughter’s challenge and off to creating I went.  I later discovered in the creating process I was stumped big time and so wanted to impress her rather than going to the store and buy her one. Why the challenge came out? I don’t know. But at that time I was going thru a hard time and this became my new focus. A focus put upon me or us through GOD.  I believe with all my beings of atoms in my body and all the air molecules that this challenge was put into my mind not only by my daughter but GOD. HE made it possible for me to put focus elsewhere.  To put good positive focus to create something great with my hands. GOD’s nudge.

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The nudge appeared again during my vacation. To begin my journey again of designing. And that’s my tag line on my Facebook business page:  Journeying my way through business & crafting. All nudges by GOD.  Everything that has been shared, posted, created, designed, idea, thoughts of my headbands are all #nudgesbygod Nudges By GOD!  Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

What I am saying is this:  If you have a desire, an idea, or something that you need or want to begin. Listen to the nudges because the answer and solution are all set in place.  Trust the process to begin seeing the path!

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Baked Fish Sticks

You’re invited to our Sunday Dinner!  And do I have a new and family approved!  Baked Fish Sticks!  It’s so light and no frying is the best part! Yummy!

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1 1/2 pound of Alaskan Cod Fish cut into 1 to 2 inches

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon salt and pepper

1 bag of panko crust lemon pepper

1/4 tbsp of melted butter

A drizzle of olive oil

1 tbsp of fresh parsley or parsley flakes (I used the flakes because I forgot to get the fresh while shopping!)

1/2 or 1/3 cup of parmesan grated cheese (I used less because I didn’t want the cheese to over power the cod but to give it a slight tang to it.)

Canola spray for the baking pan

Let’s begin with cutting/slicing the cod pieces. Set aside.

Bowl 1 – Mix the flour, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl. Set aside.

Bowl 2 – Crack the eggs and mix.

Bowl 3 – In the 3rd bowl mix the panko crust, parsley, butter, and oil. Mix thoroughly. Then add the parmesan. Mix. Set aside.

Begin with bowl 1. Follow video.

Bake at 415 degree oven for 12 minutes. Flip the sticks and cook another 5 to 7 minutes.

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Bon Appetit! From my kitchen to yours!

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Doing It Scared, Under HIS Care

Doing It Scared, Under HIS Care

Recently, I’ve introduced a Headband Beta Box Launch because I’m more than ready to creative, give, and share my talent and skills to the interwebs.  And this Beta Launch is about to happen really soon, quick, fierce, fast, and furious.  I’ve previously done many craft shows in Houston, TX. Craft shows such as the mom and pop one’s, juried, 3 day weekend events, and out of the city shows as well.  Did I like it?  Yes! It was a great learning experience. It was a great step up from a daughter challenge to selling them at shows.

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Everything I’ve learned and more is so different from an internet launch. Totally opposite fields. With this beta launch, I’m so ready to receive all the goodness, the fails, the learning, and the growing from this launch!  So excited! At times I do get scared but I’m covered by HIM.  Doing it scared, under HIS care! How awesome is that! My desire for expansion has reemerged this creativity  of mine which I call, “My Thing” to be shared through a launch! This launch is not about a launch! It’s something more here. Nudged by GOD. #nudgedbygod #doingitscaredunderhiscare

On my Facebook Live today, my deep thoughts were let it go.  Girl, let it go!  If you need to unzip that pant for a few moments, unzip it.  If you desire a piece of cake, go eat it!  If you desire to share something with someone, then go do it. Letting it go means doing it scared but under HIS care. Let go of the worries. Let go of the dirty house if you need to focus on something else for a few days.  Let go of whatever is ailing you and trust HE’s providing everything for you. Amen! Amen! Amen!





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Crab Cakes

Hey Y’all!  You’re Invited to our Sunday Dinners!  Always happy to have you over for some good home cooking eats, sit at our table with us, chat, and enjoy some coffee afterwards.

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Zatarain’s Crab Cake Mix

1 lb. of crab cake (I used a crab cake from my seafood place I get all my seafood from.)

1 cup of Hellmann’s Mayonaise

Oil for pan

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Step 1: Make sure and squeeze out any remaining liquid from the crab using a towel and gently pressing it out.

Step 2: Open and pour crab mix in a giant bowl & mayonnaise.

Step 3: Mix in crab & form 8 round good size patties. You can make them smaller if you prefer. They are good either way.

Step 4: Pour in some oil in pan and bring to a gentle temperature before dropping in crab cakes.  Cook each side thoroughly to where it begins to form brown crust around them.

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Serve as an appetizer, main dish, or as a side.  Shoot! I served this for breakfast!

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You Are Granted Permission

Whatever you are seeking to do in life, job, change lifestyle, or change something for the better of your current status. You are granted permission from the most high. Everything that you are seeking that will improve your life, your families life, your job has been granted from above.  Anything that you cannot foresee or are seeking to get to create, develop, change, or go toward too, you are granted permission from the most high.

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There isn’t really a wall. It’s ourselves stopping us from progressing to the next steps.  Yes, them hard and scary steps, but necessary steps.  What we have developed in our mind is an invisible wall that seems to stop us from going forward.  You are granted permission from the Most HIGH.  Granted permission to succeed. Granted permission to progress. Granted permission to doing it scared. Granted permission to fail, fix, and grow. Now give yourself permission.  Give yourself the opportunities.  Give yourself permission and extinguish that invisible wall.  Give yourself permission for HE has granted you permission since birth and even before.

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Plentiful Pesto Dinner Options

You’re invited to our Sunday Dinner! You are always invited and welcome to our home to have some good eats, chat, and coffee afterwards! Today it’s all about continuing and ending the pesto theme with some plentiful pesto dinner options.

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The grilled shrimp dish I simply poured a few spoon fulls of the Basil Pesto ala Presto while the shrimp was almost done with some egg noodles I had on hand.

The next dish was a grilled chicken breast and simply poured a few spoon fulls of the Perfect Basil Parmesan Pesto toward the end of its cooking stage as well.  Any reserve in the pan, I pour over the salad as my dressing.

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Lastly, I used my new FAV, Canola Garlic Oil Parmesan Pesto as a dipping sauce or drench over an individual crab cake!  These pestos are great for mixing and matching.  Even for a simply pesto mozzarella toast!  So delicious and easy!  They will store for about 4 to 6 weeks in the refrigerator in a well sealed container or jar.

Items Used: Oster Blender | Plastic Container Cups | Small Wood Serving Bowls

From my kitchen to your table! Bon Appetit!


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Deep Faith Monday

Stay In The Happy Zone

Stay in the happy zone by not worrying or playing a scenario over and over with the worst outcomes. Life can grab up by the horns and yank at us in all sorts of ways. However, worrying doesn’t add to one’s life.  It doesn’t make the day better, does it?  Does it keep one in the happy zone for long? No.

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Worrying expends an abundant amount of unnecessary energy.  Maybe for that one person it’s a coping mechanism but shut it down before life shuts down. Shut it down before wasting all these precious minutes and hours on something that will more than likely not become.  Rise up and become a better giving person by staying in the happy zone.  If you must worry so, give the worry up to GOD.  Hand it over graciously and be on your day as you were called to be.  HIS plan is bigger than a worry.  HIS power is grander than worrying all day or all week. Be gone worry and welcome in a breath of happiness.

Matthews 6:27

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Canola Garlic Oil Parmesan Pesto

Here’s your invite to our Sunday Dinner!  You are invited to our home for some food creations, ideas, and chat.  Continuing my pesto theme this gorgeous Sunday. All it’s all about my new fav! Canola Garlic Oil!

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For starters, it’s rather simple to make your own infused canola garlic oil.  In the vid below, I mention to gently crush some big garlic to release it’s properties that will infuse the canola oil.

I would use this on grilled shrimp  or grilled fish with a bit of butter.

Tune in next week with all these tasty pestos on a couple of dishes of the week!

Items Used: Oster Blender | Plastic Container Cups | Small Wood Serving Bowls

From my kitchen to your table! Bon Appetit!


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FAV Amazon Face Deals

If you missed my Facebook Lives on my FAV Amazon face items, don’t worry!  It’s all here along with my usual basic routine. But first, if you haven’t signed for AMAZON Prime. What are you waiting for!!! Below is a sign up link to get these amazing FAV’s of mine and get some really good most of the time FREE shipping deals sent directly to your home.

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First thing in the morning I wake up and wash my face with Aveeno Face Wash and rinse.  I then apply my fav face cream Retinol Advanced, no matter if I’m wearing makeup or not for the day.  I won’t put it on if I’m going straight to the gym after I drop off the kids.  I’ll save it for after my gym shower and then I’ll smear it on.  Fun, huh!

Let’s be honest…it takes a village!

On a very cold day and my skin needs more help I’ll use some Olay cream as a secondary backup. But again, after I’m done with my exercise. No sense in wasting on sweat!

Next, if I’m going out or want to wear makeup, I’ll then apply a good size dime drop of It Foundation and let it set before I use anything else. 

At the end of the day I’ll wash off my makeup again with either Aveeno Face Wash or the Aveeno scrub, if I have more makeup than usual.  I follow with an astringent…sometimes. I know. I know, I need to get better at it.  I never had much acne prone skin. Knock on wood!  Afterwards, I apply my night creams of Olay Regenerist sometimes or if I feel my skin needs something more, I slap on again my Fav Face Cream or Retinol Advanced!  A little Vitamin E oil and good night! If there’s a zit, I use Tea Tree Oil and let is soak in all night long.

And my favorite before a big event or date night I use my face lift in a jar! My Alpha Hydroxy Cream. This is better than them Diva Rings.  And no  a Diva Ring is not contraceptive related either.  Google it! This fav cream literally gives you fresh renewed skin without going under the knife and shelling out thousands! WARNING: I don’t recommend using everyday and you must use SPF the next few days if outdoors. All instructions should be on the jar. And don’t use before going to an outdoor sunny event. And remember less is best.  It has 7.8% Gylcolic Acid. Rule of thumb here is don’t go over 10% if using it sparingly at home.

This is how I use it. Let’s say I’m having date night with my Big Kahuna or I just want my skin to feel refreshed for the weekend and without going to see an esthetician.  I would prepare 3 days ahead of my event, date, or weekend.  And do I this consecutively for 3 nights.  That would be Wed., Thurs., & Friday. I take a nickel size of the cream on my finger tips and rub in (not on eyelids or  inside the nose…who does that!).  I also use it on my neck and back of hands. This will soak in all night and do it’s work.  It will revive and encourage new cells.  I would begin minimally because it has a slight tingling effect.

I’m becoming a bit more consistent and daring and now I’m trying charcoal mask sheets and mud cream masks every hump day. That’s Wednesday, you know that right?

A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Let me know which one’s you tried and like.

Fav Face Cream | Another one of my Fav go to face creams | Charcoal Mask Sheets

It Foundation | Aveeno Face Wash | Aveeno Face Scrub | Olay Regenerists

Tea Tree Oil | Alpha Cream


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Don’t Get Snarky, Get You Some Jesus

As I was reading my go to devotional this AM I decided to dwell more into it based on lives perspectives.  Many times as an individual we come across many types of personalites, situations, and circumstances that most of time have nothing to do with us.  Some times people, kids, spouses, colleagues and neighbors will toss in a snarky remark, urgent, or under lying malicious remark/comment. Now in defense of both sides, I sometimes notice that it’s not their entire fault but it’s inherited from their family baggage. In reality, this baggage has nothing to do with us but more of them. So what do I do or suggest?  Stop, Drop, and Roll!

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No of course not! In all seriousness, I would suggest to Stop, Turnaround, and Run but during that time, I would silently pray for them.  Now, if I see that they are in deep misguidance I would suggest to ask if I could pray for them. You would shocked as to how many people would say yes.

There is no point in getting snarky back. No point in remarking or encouraging such behavior and think this is a reflection of you.  This has no bearing or weight over you unless you give it power. JESUS is your stronghold. Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my stronghold of my life. Make HIM the stronghold over your thoughts and over the people that are acting up around you. Make HIM the stronghold of how you react and simply walking away from such environment or comments will prove to you how the LORD is taking a stronghold of you. Let JESUS cover you in HIS blanket of everlasting love, guidance, and strength this week and always going forward.