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Grits

Friday, September 30, 2011

This is hilarious! Before you start sending me historical corrections, just go with the flow and read to the end. Also, this is my no means endorsement of the nutritional value or horros of grits. (I'm getting so good at disclaimers, aren't I? lol) As an aside, being from New Orleans and not from the country, I've never had red eye gravy or even seen it, so I'm clueless about that but I don't think I like the sound of it. Still... I love being from the deep south! LOL



What Are Grits?

Some folks believe grits are grown on bushes and are harvested by midgets by shaking the bushes after spreading sheets around them. Many people think grits are made from ground up bits of white corn. These are lies spread by Communists and terrorists. Nothing as good as a Grits can be made from corn. Research suggests that the mysterious Manna that God rained down upon the Israelites during their time in the Sinai Desert was most likely Grits. Critics disagree, stating that there is no record of biscuits, butter, salt, and red eye gravy raining down from the sky, and that God would not punish his people by forcing them to eat Grits without these key ingredients.

How Grits are Formed:

Grits are formed deep underground under intense heat and pressure. It takes over 1000 years to form a single Grit. Most of the world's grit mines are in Georgia , and are guarded day and night by armed guards and attack dogs. Harvesting the Grit is a dangerous occupation, and many Grit miners lose their lives each year so that Grits can continue to be served morning after morning for breakfast--not that having Grits for lunch and dinner is out of the question.

Yankees have attempted to create a synthetic Grits. They call them Cream of Wheat. As far as we can tell, the key ingredients of Cream of Wheat are Elmer's Glue and shredded Styrofoam. These synthetic grits have also been shown to cause nausea, and can leave you unable to have children.

Historical Grits:

As mentioned earlier, the first known mention of the Grits was by the Ancient Israelites in the Sinai Desert . After that, Grits were not heard from for another 1000 years. Grits were used during this time only during secret religious ceremonies, and were kept from the public. The next mention of Grits was found amidst the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii in a woman's personal diary discovered in the seat of an old sedan. The woman's name was Herculania Jemimana, who was known as Aunt Jemima to her friends.

The Ten Commandments of Grits:

I. Thou shalt not put syrup on thy Grits
II.Thou shalt not eat thy Grits with a spoon or knife
III.Thou shalt not eat Cream of Wheat and call it Grits, for this is blasphemy
IV. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Grits
V.Thou shalt use only Salt, Butter, and red eye gravy as toppings for thy Grits
VI. Thou shalt not eat Instant Grits
VII. Thou shalt not put ketchup on thy Grits
VIII. Thou shalt not put margarine on thy Grits.
IX. Thou shalt not eat toast with thy Grits, only biscuits made from scratch.
X. Thou shalt eat grits on the Sabbath for this is manna from heaven.

How to Cook Grits:


For one serving of Grits: Boil 1.5 cups of water with salt and a little butter. Add 5 Tbsp of Grits. Reduce to a simmer and allow the Grits to soak up all the water. When a pencil stuck into the grits stands alone, they are done. That's all there is to cooking grits.

How to make red eye gravy: Fry salt cured country ham in cast-iron pan. Remove the ham when done and add coffee to the gravy and simmer for several minutes. Great on grits and biscuits.

How to Eat Grits:

Immediately after removing your grits from the stove top, add a generous portion of butter or red eye gravy. Do NOT use low-fat butter.

The butter should cause the Grits to turn a wondrous shade of yellow. Hold a banana or a yellow rain slicker next to your Grits; if the colors match, you have the correct amount of butter. In lieu of butter, pour a generous helping of red eye gravy on your grits. Be sure to pour enough to have some left for sopping up with your biscuits. Use biscuits made from scratch. Never, ever substitute canned or store-bought biscuits for the real thing because they can cause cancer, tooth decay and impotence.

Next, add salt. The correct ratio of Grit to Salt is 10:1 Therefore for every 10 grits, you should have 1 grain of salt. Now begin eating your grits. Always use a fork, never a spoon, to eat Grits. Your grits should be thick enough so they do not run through the tines of the fork. The correct beverage to serve with Grits is black coffee. DO NOT use cream or, heaven forbid, Skim Milk. Your grits should rarely be eaten in a bowl because Yankees will think its Cream of Wheat.

Ways to Eat Leftover Grits:

Leftover grits are extremely rare and may only be a rumor. Spread them in the bottom of a casserole dish, Cover and place them in the refrigerator overnight. The Grits will congeal into a gelatinous mass. Next morning, slice the Grits into squares and fry them in 1/2' of cooking oil and butter until they turn a golden brown. Many people are tempted to pour syrup onto Grits served this way. This is, of course, unacceptable but delicious.

BLESSING BEFORE EATING GRITS

May the Lord bless these grits,
May Yankees never get the recipe,
May I eat grits each day while living,
And may I die while eating grits.

AMEN

  
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SLS-NY2IN 10/9/2011 9:17AM

    I first tasted Grits on trip to Florida. You can find them at Seymor, IN, Waffle HOuse; on breakfast menu but then must proceed to KY to find more. (this has been in my limited traveling experience lol)
Alas, a transplanted NY'er used inst. grits and loves them with a little raw sugar and teeny bit of milk. At least, I am not doing the Cream of Wheat!!! emoticonMaking from scratch sounds like a lot of work and I am not to familiar with the red? whatever gravy either?? Coffee grounds??
I am not southern cooker I guess. lol emoticon

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LIGHTHEART09 10/4/2011 8:24AM

    Sugar Bear introduced me to grits...I called them Skrits and ate them like cream of wheat...he loved his grits....Gosh that makes me cry thinking of my beloved Sugar Bear and how he always cooked for me every meal...Bet he is eating his grits in Heaven with the LORD!
xoxo
Love ya,
Nan

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ROZEEROZ1 10/4/2011 5:53AM

    I have not tasted grits. Heard loads about them.
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 10/3/2011 8:08PM

  Missy, Missy, you are so smart with your historical facts of grits LOL

I myself really enjoy eating grits with butter and salt.

I do not like creme of wheat because it will turn my insides to cement LOL

I eat regular grits, not the quick cooking ones.

Also I am born and raised in Chicago, and Chicago has more southerners then the south LOL

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DMT1956 10/2/2011 4:42AM

    i had grits when i lived in little rock

with fried breakfast usually aren't they?

i liked them and buscuits and gravy.

wow seems like lots of calories though.

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TEXASFILLY 10/1/2011 11:10PM

    *LOL* Stick a pencil in 'em and when it stands up they're done! *LOL* Loved it, Missy! Made me think of Flo on that ol' TV show "Alice" when she said, "You can kiss my grits!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
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Grits are an acquired taste~ I can take 'em or leave 'em. Thanks for sharing. *hugs* BB~



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IUHRYTR 10/1/2011 7:57PM

    Reading this reminded of the scene in the movie, "My Cousin Vinny" when Joe Pesci, a defense attorney, questions a prosecution witness over the length of time the witness cooked his grits. Pesci had just seen his first grits that morning at the town's diner and had to ask what they were and how they were cooked.

I enjoy grits but Dad always said they tasted like sand to him and never ate them after his first bite.

And, referring to gravy: My brother-in-law, a true Cajun, while we drove to the store one night during my visit, pointed to a long, open field and asked how I could tell a true Cajun. A true Cajun, he said, could look at an empty field like that and not only tell how many bushels of rice could be grown on the field, but could also tell how much gravy it would take to cover that rice. Got to love southerners. emoticon -- Lou

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SECRETMUSIC 10/1/2011 7:34AM

    Funny! Around here they eat grits with white gravy. Ah, but they also eat Cream of you-know-what. Thanks for posting!

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TRAVELNISTA 9/30/2011 8:12PM

    emoticon and I love grits

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/30/2011 5:48PM

    emoticonI shall remember this! emoticon

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 9/30/2011 5:12PM

    As I may have mentioned, I am on a high protein, high carb diet. Grits ARE acceptable - and I adore them and eat them almost every day. With a fork. But then, I am a transplanted Southerner living far away from, and on the other side of where paradise really reigns (ie: North) but my Texas roots survive; my Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi travels taught me well what is good. Do I remember correctly or did they used to call 'em Hominy Grits? Anyway, Yummmm! emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/30/2011 5:14:24 PM

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KRISZTA11 9/30/2011 3:56PM

    I loved this LOL emoticon
Still no idea what grits are made of, though... : )
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IAMWINNING 9/30/2011 3:52PM

    emoticon Missy, I loved this!

This proud Yankee's introduction to grits was sad: My DH, our 3 kids and I moved to Memphis, TN and stayed several days in a motel. Breakfast that first morning was 'interesting' to say the least. We ordered bacon and eggs, and when served, there was some white slimy-looking stuff swimming on the plate in a puddle of grease. When we asked the waitress what that was, she was horrified that we didn't know, and informed us, "Why that's yer GRITS!" LOL

Years later I learned to appreciate a well-made dish of grits, and to this day, I will try them on occasion. The one southern treat that I MUST have every time we visit our 'southern dau' is deep-fried okra. I know - deep fried is not the most healthy way to go, but there's nothing better tasting than deep-fried okra.

Thank you for bringing a huge smile to my face with your blog.
Nancy

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 9/30/2011 3:42PM

    LOL..very funny.
This Canadian girl loves Grits....no, not Cream of Wheat....lol

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RICHILA 9/30/2011 3:28PM

    Now, see what Y'all did. I have to go buy grits on the way home. In leiu of red eye gravy, crispy bacon is good mixed in. To be really decadent, top your grits with cheddar cheese and bacon. I plan to use turkey bacon and 2% shredded cheese this weekend.
You know you are Southern when your favorite Chef owned gourmet restaurant always has White cheddar grits on the menu. emoticon

Comment edited on: 9/30/2011 3:33:19 PM

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SADIEDOLORES 9/30/2011 3:06PM

    NEVER TRIED THEM MAYBE NEVER WILL, BUT GO FOR IT IF YOU LIKE THEM.
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/30/2011 1:49PM

    Never had Grits till I tried Martha Stewart's recipe, you add cottage cheese. That was the beginning of a love affair!

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SANDYBRUNO 9/30/2011 1:31PM

    I've never tried them but if I ever do I will use your recipe.

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PARAEAST 9/30/2011 1:30PM

    love your blog and I do enjoy my grits in the morning too!
Thank you for sharing it with us!1 emoticon

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SUSAN134 9/30/2011 1:22PM

    Ha! Always wondered what Grits were and now I know LOL! Thanks Missy!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/30/2011 1:21PM

    Red eye gravy ROCKS! emoticon

Thanks for sharing the funny. emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 9/30/2011 12:53PM

    This is SO funny! I luv it! emoticon emoticon

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MISSG180 9/30/2011 12:30PM

    This is hysterically funny! Thank you for sharing it. I always regarded grits as one more nasty regional food until I had them cooked right and served with just butter and salt. Delicious!

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Tom Hill, Horseshoe Sculptor

Thursday, September 29, 2011

This so impressed me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! You can see more of his work and story here:

horseandman.com/western-equine-artis
ts/tom-hill-horseshoe-sculptor/


























  
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LIGHTHEART09 10/4/2011 8:17AM

    amazing!~

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PEPPERLEAH 10/3/2011 11:01PM

    That is so cool! What a talent!

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CAPTAINCOOKIE 10/2/2011 12:49AM

    way cool

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LINDA! 9/30/2011 12:50AM

    emoticonThanks for sharing.

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TEXASFILLY 9/29/2011 10:50PM

    What an incredible gift! I'm so glad he's made use of his talent and in such a creative way. Thanks for sharing, Missy~ *hugs* BB~

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INFLATED 9/29/2011 8:41PM

    Thank you for posting this. I love to see what others do. He has a great talent!

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ROZEEROZ1 9/29/2011 8:10PM

    Impressive work!!

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NELLIEC 9/29/2011 7:56PM

    Very impressive!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 9/29/2011 5:53PM

  This man is really awesome with what he does, just really great work thanks Missy

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SUSIEPH1 9/29/2011 5:48PM

    Just lovely Missy !! Thanks for sharing!!
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SUSAN134 9/29/2011 5:02PM

    Amazing! I love seeing art like this.....thanks for sharing Missy!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/29/2011 3:56PM

    Cool!

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IAMWINNING 9/29/2011 3:50PM

    That is one talented man!

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 9/29/2011 1:58PM

    Wow....too cool!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/29/2011 1:04PM

    Cool

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SANDYBRUNO 9/29/2011 12:08PM

    Some people have so much talent. This artist is really good. Thanks for sharing.

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JULIEFRANCES112 9/29/2011 11:47AM

    It always amazes me how much talent and imagination some people have. emoticon

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SADIEDOLORES 9/29/2011 11:33AM

    AWESOME THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US MISSY.
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SKYFROG 9/29/2011 11:05AM

    Amazing - thank you so much for sharing such beauty!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/29/2011 10:44AM

    Missy, that really IS neat! I would never have the patience to do something like that! emoticon

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 9/29/2011 10:43AM

    That is awesome art! So glad you shared it! Animals have such grace and intrinsic beauty. I don't think we appreciate them enough. We certainly don't protect them enough! My mother, who is an artist, would love this. I'll have to try to print it for her (No computer. Even if I bring mine to her house, no internet there...) Hope you're having an awesome day! emoticon

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4MRSDAND123 9/29/2011 10:42AM

    So cool! It would be fun to have one in the yard...

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Two Bags

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This story is old. When I first discovered the Internet, some 15, 16 years ago, this was one of the first e-mails I ever got. It is still one of the funniest things I've ever read. All these years later, I still literally laugh out loud every single time I read it. I hope you enjoy it!

Below is an article written by Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated. He details his experiences when given the opportunity to fly in a F-14 Tomcat. If you aren't laughing out loud by the time you get to "Milk Duds," your sense of humor is seriously broken.

Someday you may be invited to fly in the back-seat of one of your country's most powerful fighter jets. Many of you already have. John Elway, John Stockton, Tiger Woods to name a few. If you get this opportunity, let me urge you, with the greatest sincerity...

Move to Guam.

Change your name.

Fake your own death!

Whatever you do

Do Not Go!!!

I know.

The U.S. Navy invited me to try it. I was thrilled. I was pumped. I was toast! I should've known when they told me my pilot would be Chip (Biff) King of Fighter Squadron 213 at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

Whatever you're thinking a Top Gun named Chip (Biff) King looks like, triple it. He's about six-foot, tan, ice-blue eyes, wavy surfer hair, finger-crippling handshake -- the kind of man who wrestles dyspeptic alligators in his leisure time. If you see this man, run the other way. Fast.

Biff King was born to fly. His father, Jack King, was for years the voice of NASA missions. ("T-minus 15 seconds and counting ..." Remember?) Chip would charge neighborhood kids a quarter each to hear his dad. Jack would wake up from naps surrounded by nine-year-olds waiting for him to say, "We have a liftoff"

Biff was to fly me in an F-14D Tomcat, a ridiculously powerful $60 million weapon with nearly as much thrust as weight, not unlike Colin Montgomerie. I was worried about getting airsick, so the night before the flight I asked Biff if there was something I should eat the next morning.

"Bananas," he said.

"For the potassium?" I asked.

"No," Biff said, "because they taste about the same coming up as they do going down."

The next morning, out on the tarmac, I had on my flight suit with my name sewn over the left breast. (No call sign -- like Crash or Sticky or Leadfoot .. But, still, very cool.) I carried my helmet in the crook of my arm, as Biff had instructed. If ever in my life I had a
chance to nail Nicole Kidman, this was it.

A fighter pilot named Psycho gave me a safety briefing and then fastened me into my ejection seat, which, when employed, would "egress" me out of the plane at such a velocity that I would be immediately knocked unconscious.

Just as I was thinking about aborting the flight, the canopy closed over me, and Biff gave the ground crew a thumbs-up. In minutes we were firing nose up at 600 mph. We leveled out and then canopy-rolled over another F-14.

Those 20 minutes were the rush of my life. Unfortunately, the ride lasted 80. It was like being on the roller coaster at Six Flags Over Hell. Only without rails. We did barrel rolls, snap rolls, loops, yanks and banks. We dived, rose and dived again, sometimes with a vertical velocity of 10,000 feet per minute. We chased another F-14, and it chased us.

We broke the speed of sound. Sea was sky and sky was sea. Flying at 200 feet we did 90-degree turns at 550 mph, creating a G force of 6.5, which is to say I felt as if 6.5 times my body weight was smashing against me, thereby approximating life as Mrs. Colin Montgomerie.

And I egressed the bananas.

And I egressed the pizza from the night before.

And the lunch before that.

I egressed a box of Milk Duds from the sixth grade.

I made Linda Blair look polite. Because of the G's, I was egressing stuff that never thought would be egressed.

I went through not one airsick bag, but two.

Biff said I passed out. Twice. I was coated in sweat. At one point, as we were coming in upside down in a banked curve on a mock bombing target and the G's were flattening me like a tortilla and I was in and out of consciousness, I realized I was the first person in history to throw down.

I used to know 'cool'. Cool was Elway throwing a touchdown pass, or Norman making a five-iron bite. But now I really know 'cool'. Cool is guys like Biff, men with cast-iron stomachs and freon nerves. I wouldn't go up there again for Derek Jeter's black book, but I'm glad Biff does every day, and for less a year than a rookie reliever makes in
a home stand.

A week later, when the spins finally stopped, Biff called. He said he and the fighters had the perfect call sign for me. Said he'd send it on a patch for my flight suit.

What is it? I asked.

"Two Bags."


  
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 9/29/2011 5:48PM

  This is one of the funniest of the funnies!!!!!!

I'm still laughing!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon two bags LOL

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/28/2011 1:58AM

    Oh no...LOLOLOLOL! Two Bags! Yikes..how funny!

Thank you for sharing!

Hugs,

Kristi
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AUNTC321 9/28/2011 12:09AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SUSAN134 9/27/2011 9:30PM

    This is priceless! Absolutely loved it! LOL

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/27/2011 9:29PM

    This was a good one! So funny, and I could just picture that poor guy.
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TEXASFILLY 9/27/2011 8:23PM

    emoticonLaughed 'til I cried! Thanks for sharing, sweetie~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 9/27/2011 5:39PM

    Hillarious!!
Thanks for the laugh Missy!!

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PEPPERLEAH 9/27/2011 5:37PM

    I'm afraid if it were me, I'd need a lot more thn 2 bags. LOL

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NELLIEC 9/27/2011 5:14PM

    Not only did I laugh, but I had to read it to my chore worker. He was also laughing!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/27/2011 2:37PM

    Thanks for the belly laugh LOL LOL

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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 9/27/2011 2:35PM

    Very funny..thanks for sharing!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 9/27/2011 12:45PM

    One of these days, when I have a day off (rare), I am going to go back as far as the website will allow and read every blog you've ever posted. From spirituality, to humor, to kindness and caring, you are one of the most together people I have ever encountered. Love ya! emoticon

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IAMWINNING 9/27/2011 12:10PM

    emoticon I may never be able to stop laughing! Thanks for sharing.


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SADIEDOLORES 9/27/2011 10:32AM

    I WOULDN'T GO AFTER READING THIS, MADE ME LAUGH BECAUSE IT HAPPENED TO SOMEONE ELSE THANKS.
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AKCHELLE 9/27/2011 10:19AM

    thanks for the laughs

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    emoticonNo more Milk Duds at this house. emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 9/27/2011 8:03AM

    Love it!

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A Fruitful Day

Friday, September 23, 2011

I know I already posted a blog today but I could not resist this one. As most of you know, PepperLeah and her husband have moved here from Florida and are staying with us, which is one of the biggest blessings of our lives. In response to the blog I posted on the 20th, Leah got creative, herself, and started playing with our own food! lol She is SO adorable!!

  
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ROZEEROZ1 9/26/2011 11:05PM

    Atistic!! Hi Leah!!

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RORYLYONS 9/26/2011 12:46AM

    They are awesome looking.....so creative..

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IUHRYTR 9/25/2011 7:15PM

    It would be hard to eat these after seeing their smiling faces. emoticon -- Lou

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4MRSDAND123 9/24/2011 8:48PM

    Those ARE so adorable. Boy she is talented.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/24/2011 7:47PM

    How clever and artistic Leah is!!! So glad you have the picture to keep!!!
emoticon and emoticon Leah and Missy!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen



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BOBBIENORTHERN1 9/24/2011 5:22PM

  Missy, she is so full of talent isn't she?

These are so adorable looking and i am so glad you shared thanks, I have enjoyed looking at them.

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NYARAMULA 9/24/2011 12:06PM

    Adorable!

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TEXASFILLY 9/24/2011 11:10AM

    *LOL* Love it! Thanks for sharing! *hugs* BB~

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ABETTERSOUL 9/24/2011 8:49AM

    How fun!

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IAMWINNING 9/24/2011 8:31AM

    How talented and clever she is! Thanks for sharing

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/24/2011 2:31AM

    A Healthy Fruit is a Happy Fruit--and those all look quite healthy and happy! Thanks for sharing!

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SANDYBRUNO 9/24/2011 1:37AM

    Very cute! emoticon Leah

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1COUNTRY_GAL 9/24/2011 1:36AM

    You could never eat them,lol! Award wining talent! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 9/23/2011 11:15PM

    I love it! I think I like the granny smith apple the most! emoticon

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TINKERBELL200 9/23/2011 10:43PM

    Love it! How creative that PepperLeah is!

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KNITTABLES 9/23/2011 10:19PM

    Very cute

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NELLIEC 9/23/2011 9:01PM

    I think that is a good way to play with food!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/23/2011 8:54PM

    LOL.....thats awesome LOL

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SUSAN134 9/23/2011 8:37PM

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SADIEDOLORES 9/23/2011 8:36PM

    LOVE IT, emoticon

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What I learned from Zerubbabel today.

Friday, September 23, 2011

I share a lot of fun stuff here. Sometimes I share the stuff of life that we're experiencing. More often than not, when I have a message that's spiritual in nature, I post it on my team threads instead of in a blog. On rare occasion, I choose to blog it because I think the message is so very necessary and I don't want those who need it to miss it. Even now I pray that everyone who needs this message will be drawn to it, enriched and empowered by it.

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Because some of you, my dear SparkFriends, do not share my belief system, I will post this blog with a caveat: It is based on biblical principles that I believe are in perfect alignment with SparkPeople philosophy. I love, respect, and value you regardless of what you do or do not believe, and I will be in no way offended if you choose to exit this blog right now. I hope you won't, because this is such vitally important stuff for those of us who struggle, trying to win this thing physically, without incorporating the soul and spirit of us, as well. Another warning: It's long!! So you may wanna grab a bottle of water and an apple. lol

Zechariah 4:6 "This is GOD's Message to Zerubbabel: 'You can't force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,' says GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies.

Zechariah 4:10a Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They'll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!"

The children of Israel had been in exile for 70 years, having been captured and carted off to Babylon. When the exiles began to return to Jerusalem, the city of God, they found it utterly destroyed, a pile of rubble, all of her former strength and power, her splendor and grace gone. Some of us (probably many of us) have experienced the same thing. Overeating, poor dietary choices, sedentary lifestyles, and lazy leisure lives wrought devastation in our lives, crumbling our strong joints and sapping our energy supplies. We'd fallen to formidable enemies such as diabetes, high blood pressure, injured joints, shattered self esteem, depression and far, far worse things as these enemies of health and comfort continued to invade and, ultimately, carry us off, to imprisoned us in isolated cells of despair and hopelessness.

Zerubbabel was a realist. He saw that the task of rebuilding, of restoring the city and the temple were outrageously ambitious, seemingly impossible to the human eye. The enemy very much wanted Zerubbabel to have enough faith to believe in his inabilities and limitations. The enemy devised a clever plan by not only taking the Hebrew people prisoner but by also destroying their homeland so that going back to recapture what was rightfully theirs would seem like such a daunting impossibility that none of them would be able to muster up the courage to attempt it. Some of us, like me, have so very much weight to lose that it seems beyond reach, simply unattainable. Regaining our health and mobility, our energy and vitality are far, far beyond our grasp. The chasm is just too wide and the abyss too deep. It can't be done. Or so it seems. The enemy who robs, kills, and destroys wants it to end there, without us even trying.

The first message of God to Zerubbabel is His message to us: You can't force these things. They only come about through my Spirit. I co-lead two teams, one is Can't Do This On My Own and the other is I Can Do All Things Through Christ (and I thank you, GlitterGirl69 and IUHRYTR for the opportunity to serve these wonderful faith-based teams). The team titles say it all. We absolutely cannot tackle life-long patterns of unhealthy living without supernatural, divine help. I believe part of the success of AA and similar types of programs is the acknowledgement that the problem is bigger than we are and that we need help of some kind. I choose to call upon the name of the Most High God for that help and He has never once failed me. Also, we cannot force ourselves into a size six jeans overnight. Ain't gonna happen. We can't force decades of learned habits to dissolve all at once. There is a process. Restoration takes time. Rebuilding takes resources and laborers, and lots of both.

We must seek the Holy Spirit's guidance. He's promised to lead us and guide us into all truth, to teach us, to convict us, to convince us. Do a word study in your bible of all that the Holy Spirit is commissioned to do in our lives and you will quickly realize that He energizes us to our task. We're told that ONLY the Spirit of God knows the spirit of man, that our own hearts are deceitful. We truly cannot know our own hearts, what drives us, what compels us without the revelation power of the Holy Spirit. Armed with that knowledge, we are able to make the lasting change needed to turn the wreckage of obesity into the useful and glorious vessel God intended for us. Seek that wisdom and you WILL find it by the Holy Spirit's help.

Zerubbabel was criticized. So are we. I know I'm not the only one who has been told by a well meaning relative or friend: Oh, we love you just like you are! You don't have to change! Or, even worse: You've been fat all your life, you aren't ever going to change! Or, the worst: Why try? You can't do this! *groan* Just typing them out hurts. People approached our pal Zeru and told him that he was nuts. They told him it couldn't be done. This city will never be the powerhouse of magnificent beauty it once was. There's no use. You'll never have enough resources to pull this off. AND! If you DO? Someone will just come along and tear it all down again. Sheesh!!! The clincher for Zeru, though, was that he had heard from God. GOD! The very Creator of the universe had told Zeru it COULD be done and that it WOULD be done... by the Spirit of God. Period. You see, the enemies didn't know a secret that Zerubbabel was wise to remember. GOD made that city, just as He made our bodies. He bought us with a terrible and precious price, took us out of bondage and dark hopelessness, into His glorious light of hope and promise. HE holds the deed, NOT the enemy, and HE has the resources needed to accomplish every single task required for total restoration.

Knowing all of that, Zerubbabel was okay with a small start. We should be, too. Pick a spot. Start tossing out the debris of doubt and shame and fear of failure. Get a wheelbarrow and throw in the rubble of shattered hopes, regrets, excuses, rationalizations and justifications and tote them to the shores of the Sea of Forgetfulness and dump 'em in, to be remembered NO MORE. Sweep up the dirt of negativity and approval seeking, the dust of apathy and the blame-game and discard them forever. Then begin to BUILD... one brick at a time. Do what you CAN do instead of wasting precious time and energy whining, complaining, defending what you CAN'T do. Start small but START. Today. Right now. This minute. The Spirit of the Living God will help you if you but ask.

Thank you so much for making it this far. Because you have, I pray that God will bring forth the increase of His message within your life (and I hope you will pray the same for me). I pray that you will not fight against the bricks in your own strength, grow weary, even give up. I pray that you will come to know that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual in nature, that the mind of Christ will rise up within you and fill you with hope, quickening your mortal bodies. Above all, I pray that you will prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. I love you, dear friends.

Missy

P.S. When you are about to birth something in the spirit, you come under attack. A week ago I had a temporary crown put on a molar. After a round of initial pain and then difficulties with the pain pill I took, I thought it was over. (As an aside, can you even imagine why people would pay money, risk going to jail, ruin relationsips and busineses to feel the horrible way that stuff makes a person feel? It's beyond comprehension for me.) A few days ago the jaw pain kicked back in and shot all the way up to my head. I am so blessed with health that I am a total weeniebaby when it comes to pain. I could hardly focus my eyes for the pain and suffered least when in a darkened and quiet room. I will be SO glad when the permanent crown is in and this is over.

I know that the enemy of our souls delights in distracting us from what we should be doing and I allowed myself to miss going to the pool this morning. Not only did I miss it for myself, but my dear, sweet PepperLeah stayed home, as well, opting, instead, to watch over me and care for me, praying over me, serving me in every way imaginable. (We could learn SO much about serving as Jesus served from this precious, special child of God. So help me, she should give loving lessons because she's SO good at it.) Thank you, Leah! I love you and I love your heart!!

Having missed the physical goodness for today, I was determined not to miss the spiritual goodness for today. Headache or none, I began to read my bible, with as little light possible. I'm so glad I was not deterred from doing so. I believe the gems that opened up before me were not only to give me instruction and hope but to were also meant to be shared with you, my precious SparkFamily. Normally I use the NIV when studying, but my daily reading for this year comes from The Message Version, so these verses are MSG.

  
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SCOTTSLASSIE 9/24/2011 10:50PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this insight that the Holy Spirit has given you. I needed to hear this. Jesus knew that it needed to be brought to my attention where the discouragement and struggle come from...me listening to and believing the lies of the enemy.

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TEXASFILLY 9/24/2011 11:24AM

    There are no coincidences, only miracles. This morning before I arose, I prayed to our Heavenly Father and asked His forgivenes of the damage I had done to the wondrously wrought body He gave. It was no coincidence that I was let to your blog (via WildFireKristin via Teeny Bikini). Thank you for taking the time to share His wisdom and His strength. God bless you, dear heart. *hugs* All the best, BonnieBlue~

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BECCASINGSLEAD 9/24/2011 9:23AM

    Amen! Thanks, Missy. I needed this message today.

Be blessed!
Becca

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SJG1953 9/24/2011 2:23AM

    Oh, so much what I needed for today. Thank you Missy for sharing. What a blessing!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/24/2011 2:02AM

    What an awesome blog! A true lesson to be learned. Thank you for sharing.

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SANDYBRUNO 9/24/2011 1:43AM

    I will pray for you. Only Christ can help us to reclaim our bodies and to restore them to health again. Satan constantly tries to make us think this is an impossible task but fear not God can and will conquer the evil one and give us victory.

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SLS-NY2IN 9/23/2011 10:16PM

    emoticonblog and Words of life! emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 9/23/2011 9:03PM

  Missy, we come from the same Spirit, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of love and grace.

Exactly what you wrote is exactly what has been being revealed to me one day at a time since about two weeks ago the revelation of all what you have to say has been being shown to me spirit and soul and I have been making great strides with all of these revelations of love and care.

Our Lord Jesus is such a care giver and He gave us Mr. Holy Spirit to live in us and care for us and give us the mind of Christ and the wisdom of God for in and all and every area of our lives.

I am in complete and total agreement with every bit of what you wrote. Yes and amen.

Yes again, I have started with small steps and am doing this losing weight stuff for healthy living according to how I am being led with each new day of offering my body daily as a living sacrifice to Jesus which is my reasonable service and He shows me what to eat and how much to eat and when to eat and how much to excercise with each new day.

It is working out so well and is a very silky smooth transition of doing this His way and depending on His grace instead of relying on my flesh.

My flesh has always failed me and left me frustrated.

So far I have turned the entire care of this matter over to the one who cares for me and all of us more than anyone ever could because He does care so much for us and wants us to cast all of our care no matter what the care is.

But, I have to make sure to stay in touch and in tune with this precious Holy Spirit living on the inside of me to allow Him to lead and guide me.

Missy, I just love your blog.

No matter what He gives us His strength and grace to get the job done no matter what the job is.

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SUSAN134 9/23/2011 8:44PM

    Missy, thank you for this beautiful blog. I'm not an overly religious person, although I am spiritual and I found your writing very inspiring. You are a beautiful, loving person and your wonderful spirit comes through in your words. Thank you my friend and I hope your head/pain is relieved soon!

xxoo

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JULIEFRANCES112 9/23/2011 7:53PM

    Awesome God, Awesome blog. Thanks for sharing. Praying your pain goes away.
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ERIN1957 9/23/2011 7:11PM

    Very spiritually powerful and filled Missy.
I know that this tooth issue will pass and it will become nothing more than a very faint short memory. As so much pain in our lives does. The joy of finding comfort and peace with Him is the key to so much and never ceasing to praise even in pain or trials.
God Bless,
~Erin
praying for healing for you

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 9/23/2011 6:49PM

    Thanks for this!!!!!!!!

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PASTORMIKE7 9/23/2011 6:49PM

    Missy,

Thank you for being a blessing, and blessing us with this awe-inspiring blog!

Will be in prayer for you as you go through this process with your tooth!

In His Love,
Pastor Mike

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 9/23/2011 6:33PM

    Praying for you that you are soon back to 100%. Your headache sure sounds like a migraine to me. God brought you to this for sharing...our God is an AWESOME GOD!!! Thank you!

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SUSIEPH1 9/23/2011 6:22PM

    Hi Missy, I must admit I am not as religious as you ...But I did read your blog all the way through ..
Thank you for sharing!!
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ABETTERSOUL 9/23/2011 5:01PM

    Thank you for sharing God's Word. I pray it is encouragement and hope to all who read.

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 9/23/2011 4:57PM

    I read everything you write. You are re-sparking the deep and abiding faith I once had, that I started to doubt because there are so many issues in my life, so many responsibilities, so little fun. Are you a minister? If not, you should be - your prayers and messages are way beyond just an inspiration. I so wish we lived closer so I could really know you. I'm so glad there was someone there to help you and take care of you. I hope you know our prayers are trying to do that, even from afar. Thank you again for sharing. Hope you're so much better now. emoticon (My name is Leah, too.) ELLKAYBEE is derived from my initials.

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PEPPERLEAH 9/23/2011 4:56PM

    Miassy, God is so good! What a joy and pleasure it is to be able to pray for and with, serve, care for and minister to the needs of each other. That is what God wants us to do, and it is a blessing to be able to do those things freely. And the blessings I receive are abundant!

What an awesome blog this is; God has surely shown you this for a reason today, and I thank you for sharing it with all of us! I know there is a tremendous wealth of knowledge here for al who read it, and I know it is something I needed to hear. God bless you exceeding abundantly for your heart of service and obedience to ministering to us!

I love you, too!

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NELLIEC 9/23/2011 4:41PM

    Wow, the headache sounds almost like a migraine! Ouchy, ouchy, ouchy!

I have 3 root canals coming up. Hopefully I don't get those problems. I do not like pain pills because they make me itch which to me is worse than the pain!

I am praying for your quick healing!

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4MRSDAND123 9/23/2011 4:23PM

    I hear ya sistah. I'm dealing with an abscessed tooth that'll be getting a root canal. Hope you get to feeling better soon. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 9/23/2011 4:19PM

    Beautiful, powerful and true. Thank you so much Missy for sharing this with us. emoticon

You are in my prayers.

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