Monday, January 16, 2012

I Smile

I guessed my fingers were crossed real tight last night (or the weather man was right, but I prefer to believe my first reasoning), because it snowed late this morning from about 10-1130am. So Baxter and I headed outside to enjoy it while it lasted.


*Baxter playing in the snow*

A song that goes long with the weather this morning and also is encouraging, is a song called I Smile by Kirk Franklin. This artist was introduced to me by a fellow military wife, Marie, that I met through a Facebook group. She's pretty much amazing, and is very encouraging to have around to talk to. :D She directed me to this song, and glad she did. It's different that what I normally hear, but it's really rich in it's words. Simple but rich. Check out the music video here, or here's a portion of the lyrics below. The song pretty much repeats these stanzas over again.

I Smile
Today’s a new day, but there is no sunshine.
Nothing but clouds, and it’s dark in my heart
and it feels like a cold night.
Today’s a new day, but where are my blue skies.
Where is the love and the joy that you promised me
tell me it’s alright.

(I’ll be honest with you)

I almost gave up, but a power that I can’t explain,
fell from heaven like a shower now.

(When I think how much better I’m gonna be when this is over)

I smile, even though I hurt see I smile,
I know God is working so I smile,
Even though I’ve been here for a while
I smile, smile..
It’s so hard to look up when you’ve been down.
Sure would hate to see you give up now.
You look so much better when you smile, so smile.
*Courtesy of*

Wasn't I right when I said the song was simple but so rich. There's something about simplicity when talking about God that I just love. Sometimes that's what we need. To take out all the complexity, that usually confuses us, and just tell us, what we need to hear in basic terms. Love this song!

Anyways, tonight I took myself on a date. Well, not out on a date, I just chose to stay in, but do things a little differently. I made myself a nice dinner, recipe is below, of a Chicken Breast with Mushroom Cream Sauce and made Cauliflower Couscous Pilaf for a side, again, with a glass of wine. I then proceeded into the living room and watched seasons 3-4 of the Office and shared a few good laughs with myself. I had a great time! It was nice. Can't wait to make the dish for Adam, though!

Recipe: Chicken Breast with Mushroom Cream Sauce
Makes 2 servings

2 5-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and tenders removed (see Tip)
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 medium shallot, minced
1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps
2 tablespoons dry vermouth, or dry white wine (I used Yellow Tail's, Sauvignon Blanc. The wine specialist at Fred's told me it's a great cooking wine).
1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, or scallion greens

1.Season chicken with pepper and salt on both sides.
2.Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once or twice and adjusting the heat to prevent burning, until brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, 12 to 16 minutes. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm.
3.Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2 minutes. Pour in vermouth (or wine); simmer until almost evaporated, scraping up any browned bits, about 1 minute. Pour in broth and cook until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cream and chives (or scallions); return to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, turn to coat with sauce and cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

Nutritional Info:
Per serving: 275 calories; 15 g fat ( 5 g sat , 7 g mono ); 84 mg cholesterol; 5 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 1 g fiber; 373 mg sodium; 370 mg potassium.
*Courtesy of*

This was a great deal and made my date happy (ie. myself)!! I would make this the next time you are looking to have a nice date-in.


Hope you realize in your week, despite all the chaos, business, and storms you may be going through, that there is a reason to smile! :D

I'll leave you with a quote from the great Reverend, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."

♥ to you all!

1 comment:

  1. aw you listened to it! Get that gospel goin' girrrl! haha ;) those snow pics are SO pretty!!! And I'm going to have to try that recipe! stephens home soon so I gotta start cooking everrry day again lol (and shaving my legs Ahhhh! ;) and thank you so much for those really nice words! Some things had just came up that had me feeling prettty down and I just got picked right back up again :) bless your heart! Glad you had a good date night! I'm thinking of one tomorrow night lol