Yes, I know I am late with the sandwich a week posts for National Sandwich Month "but what had happened was" LOL
So, if I had to pick a favorite sandwich of all time, the BLT would be it. I mean this classic sandwich has come a long way from plain old lettuce, processed cheese, and "light" bread.
In our home, we build BLT like we build our burgers; piling them high with all kinds of goodness! This particular sandwich was blessed with bacon jam aioli *faints and faints and faints*
We test tasted this at our favorite grocery store and loved it. The store had a buy one get one free *schwing* All I did was mix a couple of tablespoons in about a cup of regular mayo...instant bacon jam aioli!
I piled my sandwich with romaine, avocado spread, bacon jam and a really good aged Wisconsin sharp cheddar...girl bye!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway!! A jar of this bacon jam could be yours! Go here for details.
So the super awesome Kristen over at http://www.kristendanielledesigns.blogspot.com/ gave my blog some pretty! Do you see how fancy I try to keep it for you people! I even have a cute little grab button...um I didn't know what a grab button was until last week #TrueStory
I am so happy with the new look, I'm going to do a giveaway! My first giveaway will be of one of my new favorite things: Bacon Jam! *Swoons* Get your life cause it is soooooooo good! You can mix it in burgers, add it to mayo or even add it to a sauce. The salty, sweet mix is perfection!
One randomly chosen person will receive one jar of this deliciousness courtesy of me! Alls you gotta do is leave a comment on this post telling me one thing that makes you happy. That's it! Easy right?
The Bacon Jam Giveaway starts today, Monday, August 27, 2012 and ends at 11:00pm CST Friday, August 31, 2012. Winner will be announced Monday, September 3, 2012. After the winner has been announced, he or she will have 48 hours to email me with their mailing information before a new random winner will be chosen.
I have always wanted to buy and renovate houses and sell them (long before it became en vogue)
I want to own a little strip center for other small businesses to realize their dreams
I also want to own and operate a private school and daycare
I want to open an amusement park for little kids, like for ages one to seven or eight; I mean if you have ever been to Six Flags with small children, there is not much to do in the way of rides and games for the little ones.
I have even entertained the idea of owning a small dessert bakery.
I also want to own a venue that is strictly a live music venue; there would be a house band and the best live music around!
I want to make the rules for my life and determine how much money I am worth and not rely on someone else to determine that for me. In order to do that I need to Take Lots of Chances....but it’s scary.
Every time I think of the things I want to accomplish, I get an extreme case of Whatifitis: what if I run out of money, what if I don't have enough money, what if no one likes my baked goods, what if I can't find reliable and responsible employees, what if I don't hire the right attorney, I have plenty of common sense but what if more experienced business persons take advantage of me, what if I can't find some really great real estate for my businesses, what if...I fail? I want to be successful so badly that I don't do anything because I am so afraid of failing. Silly right??
My daughter's former Nanny is an older lady with a family of her own. She has been caring for other people's children her entire life. She has always wanted to own and operate her own daycare facility, but money was always tight or timing was just not right; she is married with six children and a daughter in law and her mother who all live with her; she and her husband are paying for medical school and college for two of the six and two more will going next year PLUS she has this huge house. Anyway, over the time we'd known one another, owning this daycare has been her dream. She tried getting loans and she was always turned down for one reason or another. She was so discouraged that one evening I'm getting B and she starts crying, I mean the ugly, snot running down her nose, can hardly breathe cry! So I hug her and ask what is the matter and she tells me that this daycare is the one thing she wants and it seems that it is the hardest to attain. And in all of my wisdom (not really!) I say to her, "When it is time for you to own that daycare, every single thing will fall into place, everything."
And sure enough it did. After we prayed together (she to Allah and I to my God) over the next several weeks her dream came to fruition. She found a foreclosed, top of the line daycare, she went 'balls to the wall' and placed her house up as collateral for her loan, she passed every single one of her inspections with flying colors! I am enormously proud of her; she is living her dream!
But alas, I need to take my own advice and step out on faith. The dreams I have now are the same ones I had 15 years ago. Alls I have to do is do it. So what if I fail at least I tried right? So I, like you, should start today by taking the necessary steps to accomplishing your dreams because great success requires Taking Lots of Chances!!
What are some of YOUR dreams? What are you doing to make them come true?
I believe that it is never too late for people to have the life they envisioned for themselves. I am thankful that the Creator has seen fit to keep me here a little longer. It just tells me He is not finished with me yet; that I still have work to do, dreams to fulfill and goals to accomplish.
The process of living your best life has to start with you. You have to believe that you deserve all good things for yourself. You have to believe you are worthy of respect, worthy to be cherished and loved and cared for. However, that begins with loving yourself. When you love yourself there are just certain behaviors you will not even entertain. You teach people how to treat you. Let me share a little secret, it is OK to NOT want to be lied to, cheated on, beat on, verbally abused, used as a doormat, etc. You accept the love you think you deserve.
I also believe that you have to stop being angry about the Life hand you were dealt. None of us started life, or even went through life, where it was all sunshine and rainbows. Most of us started out on the BS Playground. Get over it already! Seriously, you are 30, 40, 60 years old and still harboring anger over choices your parents made when you were fifteen? Come on son!
One of my favorite 'Mom saying' is life is about choices, choose wisely. Each one of us has made some not so bright decisions but what did you do after that? Did you see the lesson? Wallow in self pity? After I got tired of wallowing, I talked to a counselor about the bad things that happened to me and about the bullshit decisions I made that negatively affected my life. I have stated this before, but seeing a professional was one of the best thing I ever did for myself. That was the beginning of me letting go of the past and loving myself. Notice I didnt say "forget".
Additionally, you can't be angry with the people you allow to maintain space in your life, the career path you chose but hate, the husband/wife that you knew was no good for you before you got married or is not good for you now, the city you live in or whatever it is that is holding you back from your happiness. You can change all of those things. Choose to change. Choose to have better. Choose to love yourself fully and completely. Stop being afraid, step out on faith and believe in your soul that you deserve every ounce of good life you have been denying yourself!! Revisit the things that make you happy, the things that happened in your childhood, your previous marriage/relationship or whatever, that is causing you apprehension, bitterness, misery or anger. Find a way to let it go for good. Then tell me how much more your life has been enriched because of it! You only have one life, don't waste it being angry at the world! LIVE IT UP!
So E had a come to Je-sus talk with me about my timeliness and how it affects B and her issues with responsibility. Eye-opening! Thankfully, I was receptive to all he had to say! I am expeditiously taking steps to improve some things he pointed out; not only because he pointed them out but because I know they are issues too.
I already have my Christmas color scheme for this year. White tree...that's all I'm saying right now!
I LOVE Christmas time
We had a life altering event happen to us this summer. It made me thankful for my faith and for being semi-prepared. Once we come out on the other side, we are going balls to the wall to make sure our preparedness is top notch chick get the most not the lesser.
I like sprinkling rap lyrics or movie quotes in my everyday vernacular! LOLOL
I probably quote The Color Purple once a day...at least
I am going back to school this fall. I’m trying to wrap my head around that.
NOT having this particular degree is limiting my income by about $25k. Like, when I get this degree and because of my experience and skill set I can immediately increase my income by at least $25k. Many companies are just now moving to something our company's been doing for two years now.
Yeah back to school I go
I am taking Friday off for all of August. I don’t feel like I have had a summer break because of this work issue. I miss my sweet Babe too. She always lets me know when she needs some momma time. She has spoken loud and clear! LOL
She is going to be a 5th grader *strokes out*
She is still looking for her signature shoe for this year after I nixed the Doc Martens idea…too hot and too pricey. I remember we used to buy knock offs for $20 when I was growing up! Remember how when Mary J Blige came on the scene rocking those jokas and we ALL wanted a pair...in every color?? Oh. That was just me? OK
In the past her signature shoes have been: Converse for two years, ballet flats and booties
I will have to take pictures of the pre-back to school fashion show she puts on for me after she decides all of her first week outfits. *eyeroll*
Signature shoes and back to school fashion shows…who does that? Oh. My kid.
My backyard is a hot funky fried mess! I pulled weeds and cleaned it all up last weekend...I am still super sore. The bending and pulling and raking and brick moving...my body was begging for mercy!! The country girl in me loves doing that stuff though.
Our local garden center has all of their plants 70% off, I was all up in that thang! Once I figure out how to keep the dog from peeing on my plants and they actually start to fill out, I will take pictures
I've finally decided on some exciting plans for the backyard....just gotta call Mr. Joe to see if he make my vision a reality.
However, don't let me figure out how to use a saw and what not...I will build what I want myself!!! #NoJoke
Please teach me to be more thankful for all of my blessings. You love me so much and I take that for granted. I take you for granted. You have blessed me with so much more than I could ever have dreamed for myself yet I complain about what I don’t have or about what I think I should have. Yet you still bless me. You still love me. You STILL love me! I can’t put into words how much your patience and love means to me. It used to grate my nerves when people would say they are “blessed and highly favored” but that is exactly how I feel! That is exactly what I am!
There was a time not too long ago that I couldn’t say that. There was a time when I was alone and lonely; a time when death was more inviting than living. A time when I all I wanted was to be loved long before I realized I needed to love myself first. I have come a loooong way. I can look back over my life and clearly see how you have protected me. How my foolishness could have had my behind hemmed up somewhere but you were always there. Always.
I know there are tons of areas that I need to improve upon. The difference between then and now is that I am not overwhelmed, I believe I can improve and mostly, I love me some me! I have full faith and confidence that there is NOTHING I can’t do as long as I have you guiding me!