Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you. - John Owen

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teddy Bear

Isn't he just too cute to resist!?! 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Cajun Style Blackened Snapper

OK, this is a seriously incredibly amazing recipe. :) Papa told me that this was the best fish he'd ever had.

I was digging through the freezer last week and came across snapper fillets. How on earth am I supposed to cook snapper!?! I went to and found this delicious, though very spicy, recipe. It was specially requested again this week. I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did.

One side note: 
DO NOT cook this fish in the house, unless you have a very powerful vent!!!  I tried it my first time and there was white smoke billowing up to the ceiling and out the door.  My family (who were all outside at the time) congregated outside the back door with frightened faces.  :)  I removed quickly to the stove top on our grill and had no further problems. :)

I served this meal with a big salad and homemade cream of chicken soup with rice to "cool" the heat of the fish. Enjoy!

Cajun Style Blackened Snapper


2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground white pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
4 (6 ounce) fillets red snapper
1 1/2 cups butter, melted


In a small bowl, mix together paprika, cayenne pepper, white pepper, black pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, and oregano.
Heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat for 10 minutes, or until extremely hot.
Dip fish into melted butter, and sprinkle each fillet generously with the seasoning mixture. Place the fish fillets in the hot skillet. Pour 1 tablespoon of butter over each fillet. Cook until the coating on the underside of the fillet turns black, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the fish over. Pour another tablespoon of butter over the fish, and cook for 2 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup


1 1/2 cups chicken stock, divide
1 teaspoon finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 pinch ground allspice
1 pinch ground paprika
1 cup milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Place 1 tablespoon of chicken stock in a saucepan over medium-low heat, and cook and stir the onion and garlic in the broth until they are softened, about 3 minutes. Pour in the rest of the broth and 1/2 cup of milk, and whisk in the salt, black pepper, parsley, lemon pepper seasoning, allspice, and paprika. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and allow to simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.
Whisk flour into the stock mixture in the pan, alternating with milk until smooth. Keep whisking continuously to avoid lumps until the soup comes almost to a boil and thickens.
I'm grateful for amazing brothers who are so kind to clean up my cooking messes. :)  Special thanks to the dish-washers!  That job doesn't get enough credit. :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Up and Coming Photographer

We are babysitting some sweet and super cute little children today.  I took Josie outside earlier to take pictures.  She wanted to "do it herself" so I let her use my Canon camera.  I think she liked it!  :)  Here are a few of my favorite shots from today and random photos from the past couple of weeks.   Enjoy!
Josie has the most gorgeous red hair! 
We have recently been doing a lot of work in our kitchen area.  Mama painted the cupboards and we all laid a new floor. Papa did an incredible job laying the tile and it looks beautiful! Elijah and Jeremiah, having zero experience in grouting, completed the job like pros.  :) 
Just last week, Teddy got in the pool for the first time - he'll go anywhere for a treat! :) 
Teddy loves to jump when he gets excited. 
Amanda and I had a sweet opportunity to serve at a wedding last week.  Old Heritage catered the food and we served it.  We had a blast! :) 
The veggie tray. 
The cheese tray was so pretty with the tomato roses in the center. 
After the wedding, I went out to the Richter's and stayed the night.  Their cousins came for a visit, too.  This is Grant's new puppy, Badger. 
In the evening, we went out to the field and took a whole bunch of photos.  I love the soft evening lighting that makes everything feel so warm. 
Margo in the cornfield. 
"Jeddy Blue" :) 
I really, really like this photo. 
After I took this picture, I got stung by an angry wasp. :) 
One thing about photography that really draws my attention is lines.  Fields are a great place to get gorgeous photos with lines stretching on and on. 
Reading the Bible before the service. 
Lauren is such a sweet big sister. 
After church and the fellowship meal, the kids went down to the playground.  Jeremiah dug a deep hole in the sand. Jeddy enjoyed it a whole bunch! 
Haley, the gymnast. :) 
I was going after some squirrels the other day with my camera.  I climbed the tree barefoot and had Jeremiah hand up the camera. :)  The squirrels ran away, but I was able to get this sweet shot of my little Christian. 
In church, I noticed that baby Chase's hair forms a heart on the back of his little head.  How sweet is that!?!

Have a blessed and joy filled day, everyone!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Blessing #5!!!

Praise the Lord for His immense and joyous blessings!!!  The Phillips family had Chase Matthew at 7:00 this morning.  Mama, Christian, and I had the opportunity to visit at the hospital earlier today. Baby Chase is so cute, and, being born on July 4th, he's definitely a little firecracker!  :)  He was so alert and wide awake most of the time we were there.  Here are a few pictures that I snapped:

B-I-G yawn!  :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Little Blessings

Psalm 127:3-4
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.

This sweet couple is expecting their fifth child any day this week.  I pray that the Lord will bless them as they raise these arrows for the glory of His name.