Here’s Goes My Favorite Deviled Eggs Recipe

Not everyone is a fan for deviled eggs I know. But for me, they are a childhood favorite and every so often I get to yearning for a taste. So today they were great to have along with a plate of cooked fresh picked collards and turnip greens from our garden this week. I tell you those greens were so tender and didn’t take as long to cook as the ones brought in the grocery store (those grocery store greens are tough) and drinking the liquor from them is best.

This combination was so delicious to have for a change. I like the taste of the spicy mustard in the yolks which reminds me of sour or dill pickles, another food I love and this meal was so easy to make. Which reminds me further that my husband should plant some cucumbers in our garden this time because last summer a family member gave us a basket of full of huge cucumbers they grew in their yard and so we made a few jars of cucumber pickles which was so easy to make. But there is one I must try the next time….. that’s jalapeno pickles. Anything hot and spicy is what I like. LOL!

Deviled Eggs Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon of Distilled White vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Kosher Salt

2-4 Tablespoons of mayonnaise

2-4 Tablespoons of Spicy Brown Mustard

1 Tablespoon of Plain Yogurt

a dash of smoked paprika

a sprinkle of salt (as preferred)

12 large eggs

boiled water

Utensils:

1 sauce pan (3-6 inches deep)

deviled egg tray

or a serving tray (covered with a paper towel so the eggs don’t slide)

small mixing bowl

fork or potato masher

tea spoon

Directions:

1. Add eggs, kosher salt, and vinegar to sauce pan and add enough water to cover.

2. Bring to a roaring boil for 1 to 2 minutes then turn off flame and cover pot with top and leave eggs sitting in the boiling water for at least 5 to 7 more minutes.

3. Put pot with eggs into the sink and allow cold water to run over then for at least one minute and then let them sit in the cold water for a few more minutes to completely cool down.

4. Peel each egg being careful to preserve the egg white skin in tact (so they will look smooth and pretty.)

5. Slice eggs in half’s and remove the yellow yolk and place yolks in bowl.

6. Lay each egg white on egg tray or serving tray with the insides facing upwards.

7. Mash the yolks then add the mustard, yogurt and mayonnaise and continue to mash/mix and blend together until it’s smooth like mashed potatoes.

8. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of the mixture to fill in the egg white center hole.

9. Just a sprinkle of salt and smoked paprika across the tops.

Then they are ready to serve.

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Tomatoes, Potatoes and Petunias Oh MY!

I tell you there is nothing more amazing then the good feeling you get from growing some of your own food.

Well this week we shopped at the super Walmart garden center and picked up a few garden pots, tomato plants, petunias, growing potatoes, garden soil, granulated tomato food and general plant food.

The next day we got busy, as my husband laid down sheets of card board boxes we’d been saving and placed them in a corner of our back yard, compiled concrete cinder blocks on top of the cardboard to create two raised beds. He mixed granulated lime and granulated tomato food into the garden soil, set up the tomato cages, dug holes into the soil and we poured in crushed egg shells in the holes then planted the tomato plants into the holes of the raised beds and watered them a bit.

Next we filled four pots with potting soil and petunia plants, watered and hung them up in the front yard. Then finally we filled a grow bag with soil and a few potatoes.

So now we will just keep a watch, water and feed everything and hope for the best.

I tell you I just love growing my own tomatoes. Although we give the excess away to my neighbor, what we keep we make into sauce for spaghetti or baked zitti or for just cutting up a fresh tomato over a delicious fresh salad and make my husband’s favorite meal of fried green tomatoes.

So bit by bit I am loving every minute of our growing garden.

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You Need A Strategy: Bob’s Wisdom

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We are in an environment that is challenging

and is often hostile but also can be rewarding if we make our dreams a reality

and you need a strategy for that…..

~Bob Law~

of Night Talk (WWRL)~

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Live Your Life…. More of Bob’s Wisdom

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Whatever the distractions are, they are there.

Our responsibility is to deal with the rhythms of life,

not just to moan and groan…..

but to do our share to make

our lives as fulfilling as can be…..

~Bob Law~

of Night Talk (WWRL)~

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(I love to sing this song, so cute…)

Mama used to say- Junior WITH LYRICS!

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Be….At Peace: Bob’s Wisdom

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Be at peace with yourself. Be happy, feel good about your life and the possibilities about your future even in the face of adversity. See it as a challenge. See what you will accomplish in this world…….

~Bob Law~ of Night Talk (WWRL)~

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Relationships According To Nirmala Sareen (Suhasini Mulay)~Jaane Kya Baat Hui Serial~

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It takes an entire life in making one relationship….

~Nirmala Sareen~(~Suhasini Mulay~) Jawahar’s wife

~Jaane Kya Baat Hui Serial~

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Rhythms Of Life: My Sister Used To Say….

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My sister used to say ….

In life’s relationships we suffer storms. If it survives one storm then we proceed. Each one makes you even stronger for the next one. Sometimes they can come like a rhythm, one after another, one after another and one after another and then a period of rest comes. But learn from each passing storm, never abandon ship, fight and bounce back. You’ll learn valuable lessons, never learned otherwise.

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Whatever the distractions are, they are there.

Our responsibility is to deal with the rhythms of life,

not just to moan and groan…..

but to do our share to make

our lives as fulfilling as can be.

~Bob Law~

of Night Talk (WWRL)~

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It takes an entire life in making one relationship….

~Nirmala Sareen~(~Suhasini Mulay~) Jawahar’s wife

~Jaane Kya Baat Hui Serial~

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Bob Law Of Night Talk (WWRL)

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Over-Come……. A Bit of Bob’s Wisdom

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We need to be well balanced,

effective emotionally,

physically sound.

Take care of body, mind and

develop our potentials…..

You are an over-comer.

~Bob Law~

…of Night Talk (WWRL)~

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Don’t you just love it when someone or something comes along to encourage you by reminding you that …..

You Are An Overcomer! 

(I just adore this YouTube video ….it brought me to tears )

“Mandisa – Overcomer”

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Our Garden Is In Motion: There’s Enough To Make A Meal

If you were to pass by my yard today yall, you’d see how pretty our collard greens are looking. They are growing up so nice and getting larger by the day. I am amazed because we had a really bad frost this winter and so I think we lost all of the turnips in the wooden raised bed to that frost and I thought we’d lost all of the collards too because they were wilted over just like the turnips, but to my surprise some of them bounced back up. I am so thankful that not all was lost as there seems to have been those stubborn few collards and turnips plants that survived.

And I tell you I can’t help but notice how much the grass is growing up quite early this season while at the same time, there’s still some dead leaves on the tree’s and some still falling to the ground. We normally do not have to concern ourselves in getting someone to cut the grass so soon especially in March but from the looks of things nature has decided to speed things up a bit I guess.

And another thing, it’s been just raining and raining down here every week and for days and days on end. Well all of this is quite amazing that you’d think something has to be going on with nature because apparently she’s acting a bit confused. (lol!)

It also seems to me as if the days are getting shorter because time is going by so fast that there aren’t enough hours in the day and not enough time to do everything you have to do. I remember how summer’s were long and winter days were even longer.

Well I am looking forward to day lights saving time to come kicking in this week. I’ve had enough of winter! Well unless winter looks something like this…..

yeah, I could live with a winter that looks like that… LOL!

So anyway my husband has our little garden in motion as he started it up by filling up several large old tires with good quality garden soil mixed with lime and filled in the wooden raised bed too with the soil and so looking around at the progress makes me so happy when I can see some of the greens we planted has survived. Its a good thing we over planted because I thought we put out too many of them and they were so close together and I was kinda worried but as it turns out, more is less because less then half of them even survived but are growing up pretty nicely. Well maybe it’s not so many left but as one of my old country friends down here says “it’s enough to make a meal!”

So may you have an amazing weekend!

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Each Others Crazy….

Marriage is likened to flies on a screen door.

Those on the outside want to get in

and those on the inside want to get out.

~Unknown~

Like most newly weds we hoped our marriage would last, and so far it has. I was not too sure that I could make this marriage work as I was afraid. But it was my faith in God that helped me to keep my promise. It’s been my experience to go through the blissful state at first of course, and then the trials came to test my faith. So in my opinion it seems being and staying married can be one of life’s greatest tests because it’s never easy.

I’ll share a story: A disturbed woman called me to ask if I’d join her for lunch that day but first I wanted to know how did she get my phone number. She said she got it from the contact list my friends passed around because I remember how we met casually. Well I had to decline lunch for the moment because I was kinda busy but we did agree to have dinner at my house around seven that evening.

At first our friendship seemed pleasant, nice and it moved along well but later on I noticed abrupt changes in her personality, mood and in her conversation which made me began to inquire a little bit more about her with several of my friends who knew her before I did. One friend told me that she was kind of odd and so did all the others. I responded each time by saying she seems to be more then just odd, the woman is a bit crazy! And I requested my phone number be removed from the contact list since everyone I was friends with already knew my phone number anyway. I did not want it to fall into the wrong hands again. Well to make a long story short I stopped taking her calls until she got the hint that I was not interested in the friendship any longer.

Well marriage can be almost like this story. It can start off pretty nice at first especially because the pair is being extra cordial and kind to each other to win each other. Then six months down the road as the pair becomes relaxed and comfortable to the point that all guards go down so that eventually all quirks or odd ball ways are revealed. So you want to know just how deep seated and serious the quirkiness or odd ball ways are and where it stems from and why it exits to be sure about whether it’s just some minor personality differences that can be lived with or if it’s way too serious to even consider accepting. Those little differences can wind up later on creating full blown problems which can make it a deal breaker, end of story.

One thing about living with another person for a while is guards tend to go down as the pair starts to open up a bit more with each other as true identities shine forth. All that emotional baggage starts getting unpacked you know. LOL!. So nine times out of ten issues spill out all over and into the marriage relationship, good or bad, and at that point one gets to decide their willingness to accept the differences while ensuring that lines are not crossed nor does anyone feel disrespected by them.

I guess it’s smart to say that nobody’s perfect and everyone carries with them their strengths and weakness, ups and downs, personality differences, issues from childhood or whatever else. Society tells us that it’s important to go for premarital counseling so there are no serious surprises later on, but even with that, sometimes certain things won’t show up until much later in the marriage and some new issues can evolve naturally over time.

In my opinion I think the reason why some marriages fail is because people want instant gratification in their relationships and it doesn’t work like that at all. Marriage and hard work go hand and hand just to create a basic good marriage. So having a little patience and consideration for each other goes a long way. And another reason why is because in the American culture people have been fooled into believing life’s all about being happy. But the truth is that joy, love, happiness  and good companionship go hand in hand with suffering. There is going to be some pain, unpleasantness, uneasiness, inconvenience, mental distress or hardships along the way too. So yep it’s all in there. It’s a package deal baby. And the million dollar question is- Will you bounce at the first sign of suffering or will you allow fortitude in to save your marriage and develop your personality?

I was fortunate enough to have been advised early on that suffering is a part of relationships. We have to take the good with the bad. That’s how marriage gets it balance. If there’s only suffering in a marriage that’s a signal it’s time to find a way to bring in some more happiness. And if there is only happiness in a marriage then something could be wrong still. LOL! But for me I would ride that wave of happiness for however long it will last. LOL! Because suffering is somewhere hiding or around the corner, you can be sure of that.

Now to want and expect it to be all happiness all the time is a distortion and a figment of the imagination. And I’ll go as far as to say some people are poor at suffering and so prefer to move on rather then let it build their character and make the marriage stronger when coming out of the end of it. So suffering with a little bit of adversity can be good.

As my husband and I have been married for many years and it is my hope that we will stay married and love each other as we keep working at it one day at a time. Then perhaps we will be one of the lucky ones who eventually winds up looking up to see that we’ve grown old and were still together.

Have a great day all!

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