Prayers for Paris

Tonight as I’m sitting safely in home, my heart is overwhelmed by the “Terror Attacks” in Paris.  I personally do not know anyone over there, but my prayers go out to them.  So far 158 people have been reported dead… I don’t understand how so much hatred and meanness is out in the world today.

My daughter and I were watching Aladdin a couple of weeks ago, and it upset her that Jafar was such a mean man.  I explained to her that it was just a movie… but her heart was filled with compassion towards him saying, “Mama, Jafar needs Jesus.  He needs to be saved, and know Jesus, because then he wouldn’t be so mean, and he could go to Heaven.  I’m going to pray for him that Jesus comes in his heart…”  Such powerful words from a 5 year old.  I explained to her that “if” Jafar was a real person, HE would have to ask Jesus to save him, that no one else could do it for him.  I gave her the example of how I couldn’t ask Jesus in her heart, just as she couldn’t ask Jesus into my heart.  That it is a personal decision.

I’m sharing this experience with you, because although we can’t ask Jesus into someone else’s heart, we CAN pray for them that they accept him.  We can also pray for everyone.  I’m asking that you join me in prayer for:

  • There to be peace in this wicked world
  • Safety for our loved ones, and those we do not know
  • Comfort to those who are hurting
  • And kindness to be shown worldwide, where no one will have to leave in fear of a Terror Attack

Thank you to all veterans, alive and those who have passed on before us, fighting and putting your life at risk, that we as a Nation could be free.

Love and prayers for Paris.

XOXOXO – Georgia Peach Queen

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Pantry Homemade Double Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

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Yesterday, I was trying to get a meal plan for the month (okay maybe just the week… baby steps) and I knew that we wanted soup.  It’s been rainy and nasty in Georgia the last couple weeks.  With that being said, I wanted to make a new soup that we haven’t ate at home this winter, and not have to go to the grocery store to do so.  There’s not many things worse than unloading your groceries in the cold and rain with your little one.  So what is a mom to do you ask? Cook from your pantry.

First of all I want to say that I got my inspiration for a “pantry make-over” from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen.  You can click here for her recipe.  I happened to find her on Pinterest.

I revamped this soup to fit our hibernating needs and making a good wholesome meal with what you have.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1/4 Sweet Onion (chopped finely in food processor)
  • 1/2 cup Canned Carrots (drained well & chopped finely in food processor)
  • 2 tsp – Minced Garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. Self Rising Flour
  • 6 Chicken Bouillon Cubes
  • 8 Cups Water
  • 1 Pinch of Ground Nutmeg
  • 2 Pinches of Thyme
  • 1 Can of Spinach (well drained)
  • 5 Chicken Breasts (could used canned, drain well)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk – 1/2 cup Melted Butter
  • 2 – 17.6 oz Packages of Gnocchi

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400, line your baking sheet with aluminum foil – spray – place chicken on baking sheet.  Spray the tops of the chicken with cooking spray.
  2. In food processor, chop carrots and onion.
  3. Meanwhile, drain your spinach, shaking to get any excess liquid off.
  4. Using the biggest pot that you have (trust me you’ll be happy you did) melt the butter.  When melted add carrots, onion, minced garlic and celery seed. (This is a true time saver, not having to worry about vegetables getting soft.)
  5. Whisk in flour, add water and bouillon cubes. Whisk until it all comes together.
  6. Add nutmeg and thyme. Let it simmer while your waiting on the chicken to finish cooking.  Keep whisking.
  7. Add cooked chicken (I chopped up 3 chicken breasts in food processor, and pulled 2 pieces of chicken apart by hand.  That way you’ll have some nice small chunks of chicken, giving the soup a nice texture.)
  8. Bring to a boil for about 5 minutes, then bring it down to a simmer.
  9. Melt butter and add to the milk.  Heat mixture in microwave, until warm.
  10. Add butter/milk mixture, spinach and gnocchi to the pot. It will look glorious 🙂
  11. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, making sure the gnocchi is cooked and soft.

I hope you enjoy this soup as much as we did.  My little family devoured this, and said it was definitely a keeper.  They want it again this winter.   The Georgia Peach King said he liked it better than what Olive Garden serves, because it has more chicken and more gnocchi’s.

I’m so glad that I stumbled upon Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen, so that I could make this wonderful soup.  Making it truly our own by what we had on hand.

Grief & Healing

I have been away for a while… today marks 2 weeks since my grandfather passed away.  I loved him dearly.  We didn’t always see eye to eye on things, but that is normal with anyone, even family… it seems that as every day passes by, more and more memories are brought to my attention…

As a baseball/softball lover, you would always find my Pa-Pa at my softball games, cheering me on.  While I was pitching and while I was batting.  If you know me well, you know that pitching for Fastpitch Softball was my life… I lived it, dreamed it, and spent many many hours perfecting my pitches.  My Pa-Pa was always there when he could be, and if he wasn’t there, he was there in spirit.

I remember practicing one afternoon, when he had took me to practice.  I was so excited, and overjoyed at being on the mound.  When it came my time to bat, he was there cheering me on… even at practice.  I had made contact with the pitch and it was a foul ball… he was a lover of the sport and even at the young age of about 65, he was going to interact with the game.  I remember being so guilty of my Pa-Pa getting hurt.  I had fouled the pitch off, and he was trying to catch it..  With him trying to catch my foul ball, he fell and broke his glasses.  It broke my heart knowing that he got hurt because of me. It wasn’t until years later, that I realized, he never complained about having to get new glasses, or getting hurt… he was in his element.  His “girls” were his world.  He had given up many years before trying to catch for me…. Not to toot my own horn, but my love of pitching, had reached past his years.  He always told everyone that my pitching could whip anyone, especially any boy. He and my Granny had not raised some “sissy girls”.  We were brought up to take up for ourselves.

My Pa-Pa was always there for us.  Whether on the field or off the field.  It was a known fact “not to mess with his girls.”  You never get to old for a Pa-Pa to take up for you.  He always told me, “I may be old, but no one is going to hurt my babies.”

Today has been 2 weeks since Pa-Pa has left us, and gone home to be with his Lord and Savior and his other loved ones in Heaven.  I miss you as much today, as I did when you passed on.  Fridays are now very hard for me to bear with, but I know that he’s better off, and he’s now with my Great Grandparents and Uncle Shorty that have gone on before…

I remember cutting their grass for them, and he insisted that having “chewing tobacco” in my mouth would help me cut the grass. LOL.  I turned green, and about lost my breakfast and my lunch that day. 🙂

I drove by his grave on Thursday, and I was overwhelmed with pain.  I love him so much, and it doesn’t seem real that he’s gone.  I am grateful that I got to say I loved him, before he passed… but it doesn’t take the hurt away.  Only God can help ease my pain.  Shelby the “Georgia Peach Princess” is really taking his death hard.  She’s 5, but saw him almost every day of her life.  She has dreamed of him, and my heart aches for her.  In her lifetime, she has lost 3 Great Grandfathers.  I know that she will see him again, but until then, I pray that she finds peace and comfort in the Lord.

Tell the ones you love them every time you leave, because tomorrow isn’t promised.  Rest in peace Pa-Pa I will see you soon.  Until then, we will stay strong as you raised us to be.  Family is the main priority besides God.  Stay close to your family, and do all that you can with them, and for them.

Please pray for our family during our time of loss.  2 weeks seems like an eternity for us, but I know that our days are mere seconds to what he is experiencing now.

We love you Pa-Pa, and thank you for all that you did for us.  Our family is not the same without you, but you raised some strong willed girls, who aren’t afraid to take on the world.  Until I see you again, Shelby & I love you.