Month: July 2018

‘Slap Yo Mama’ Cornbread

I worked on this recipe with the Mrs. over and over until we got it exactly how we wanted it and I think we crushed it, but I’ll let you be the judge. The kids made the muffins in the pic above over the 4th and they were a smash hit.

If anything ever made you get so excited you might slap yo mama, this is it, but resist as that kind of stuff cannot be condoned. Anyhow, here goes:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Cornmeal
  • ¼ Cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbspn Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Tspn Salt
  • ¼ Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Plain Yogurt (I use Non Fat Greek…guess it makes me feel better!)
  • 4 oz. Apple Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Butter
  • 1 Ear Fresh Corn
  • Optional: Want to change it up a bit, try mixing in some minced jalapeno or shredded coconut (I dust the top with coconut as well, like the snap at the top, before putting it in the oven)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400F. Remove kernels from ear of corn and set aside. Cold whip the butter. Grease a pan w/ a little butter (for this I like to use either tiny muffin cups or a square cast iron pan but do what you like) and sprinkle a small amount of cornmeal in each cup or on the bottom. Pour batter in cups and bake approximately 22-25 minutes. Stick a toothpick in it and it should come out clean so you know it’s done.

Let it cool down just a bit and get after it…goes amazing with this Shrimp Creole by the way. Enjoy!

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Friends…Choose Wisely

“A friend is one to whom you can pour out the content of your heart, chaff and grain alike, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away”

Show me your friends and I will tell you who you are. If as the saying goes, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, who are those 5 and are they the ones you know they should be?

As my beautifully wise Mom told me at one point when I was a boy, true friends you can probably only count on one hand… the kind that will drop everything just to help you regardless of what is going on in their own life. Regularly tell these people you are grateful for them…they are nearly impossible to replicate.

If you’re married, consider that your significant other is probably your best friend… do you treat them that way? If not, time for you to do better.

To make more friends, ask yourself at the end of the day…”who did I help today?”… you have to take a risk to be somebody’s friend… put yourself out there. See your relationships as the place you go to give, not a place to take.  Friendships of convenience in the moment usually end poorly…look for long term potential.

Always be elevating your associations…not for more money but for people that will challenge you. Really good friends will help push you out of your comfort zone… associate with people that will do you this kindness.

Could it be possible that some person whom you consider to be a friend is in reality your worst enemy because of his negative influence on your mind? Sometimes the truest friends come in disguise. You may not recognize their true beauty at first. The same is true in reverse. Choose wisely!

“It doesn’t matter how many friends you can count, but how many you can count on. It is more about quality than breadth… go deep” -Jason Gaignard