Thursday, October 8, 2015

{Recipe} Breakfast Burrito


This morning’s omelet turned burrito was so good I had to share.

Not really a recipe, it is more of a method:

Start with a quick sauté of diced zucchini and red onion in a touch of olive oil in a good non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper to taste.  Remove from pan and set aside. 

Turn skillet to medium.

Heat a tortilla in skillet until soft and warm.  Remove and set aside on a plate.

Whip together one egg and two egg whites with salt and pepper. Pour into skillet. Allow egg mixture to set a bit. Using a spatula, pull the egg from one side of the pan to the middle while tilting the skillet to allow the wet egg mixture to slide onto the exposed pan surface.  This process helps the wet egg to set without overcooking the omelet.  Rotate pan and repeat until eggs are set.

Slide the open omelet onto the warm tortilla. 

Top with sautéed veggies, chopped cilantro, and your favorite salsa.  


Wrap it up and go.


 It is a portable breakfast of vegetables, protein and flavor in less than 10 minutes.


I used only zucchini and red onion because I’m overdue to the farmer’s market, and this is all I had.  Mix it up and use whatever veggies you like.  I’m thinking a mushroom mix with spinach and chopped tomato would have been yummy.

 A bit of sliced avocado or a dollop of guacamole would be slamming ads as well.
Re salsa: I adore Hatch brand. Their Tex-Mex is the best salsa I have ever purchased.

Hatch salsa is the business!
If taking this to go, wrap in aluminum foil. This will keep it warm, the tortilla moist and catch the juice from the salsa.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Love in a Suit

This weekend the Greater Louisiana Baptist Convention Annual Women's Conference was held in and hosted by the Southeast Region.  As a member of the conference committee, my seat was in the pulpit for worship Friday night, which in a National Baptist Convention church means certain dress requirements. 60% of my wardrobe is active wear, and appropriate dress options are limited.  I rarely buy clothing for a specific event, so I dug in the closet and came across the Dynasty era suit my mother made for my Delta Sigma Theta Neophyte Ball pictured below.

Strolling at the Illini Union - March 1988
I was 19 and haven't worn this suit in probably 2 1/2 decades. I remember quite some time ago coming across the suit while cleaning out my closet.  My husband and I had a hollarin good laugh when I tried to put it on, and the skirt would not come up past my knees.  It got stuck at my knees! SMH.  Will asked why I would keep something I probably never wear again.  (He said something about keeping hope alive. LOL.)  My response was simple - I  keep it because this is the last dress Momma made for me.

Growing up, my Momma had gifted hands that were seldom idle. While working full time, she always prepared home cooked meals for us - often containing foods she had grown in the garden. She canned and froze and preserved. Baked goods were made from scratch, and she treated us to ice creams, pickles - even sausage made by her hands.  Momma was also a talented seamstress. She started taking in sewing at the age of 13 and could look at a garment, create a pattern from newspaper and in few days, tailor make one to fit you like a glove.  Momma enjoyed creating for her family and friends, and after working all day, stayed up late into the nights leading up to holidays or events sewing something special for us.

Thinking back to my youth, I didn't value Momma's skill.  She tried to teach me to sew and bought me a sewing machine in my teens.  My most advanced creation was a patchwork quilt project, that due to my limited interest and patience, resulted in a one sided patchwork pillow. I remember having aint-nobody-got-time-for-that kinda thoughts in my head, insisting I would pay someone to make, fix or alter my clothing.

I was also very unappreciative of Momma's gifts.  I recall a few extremely ungrateful times when I wanted a certain item from the store - mainly because everyone else had it. "I don't want these Mammy made clothes!"  {That was also said in my head only. I was shortsighted and ungrateful - but not crazy!) I valued clothes with some brand written on it more than the outfits Momma made with all kinds of love in it.  What a shame.

I thought of this when I saw the suit Thursday.  I thought about how blessed I was then and how blessed I am now because my Momma is still here - 85 years old.  She is experiencing some medical challenges, and her strength and abilities are starting to wane a bit, but thank God she is still here and feeling relatively well.  I looked at the workmanship of the garment and thought about how Momma's elegant hands that cut, pieced, sewed and tailored this garment now have difficulty using scissors or fastening a button.

This suit is precious to me.

So I took it off the hanger and was pleasantly surprised as it slipped on and fit comfortably. Actually, it was a bit loose.  After sharing another laugh and high five with my husband, I called Momma. She remembered the suit and reminisced about some of the sewing projects she did over the years - repeating some stories or statements several times. Momma's short term memory is dulling, but her long term memory is sharp as a tack. I used to get impatient with the repeats.  Now I see it as an extension of Momma's walk down memory lane.  I listen attentively to the stories and gratefully take that mental walk back in time with her.

The Friday worship attire decision was a wrap.  I freshened the suit up, replaced a missing button, carefully removed the 80s Rhythm Nation shoulder pads and proudly wore that 27 year old suit to the conference Friday night.

Wearing a vintage Momma Maxwell creation

My age rounds up to 50, and as a woman with long struggles with weight, it is cool to without struggle, wear something I wore at 19, better than I wore it at 19.

It is more cool to find love in a jacket, seam or hem.

I didn't see it then - but I clearly see and feel it now and the ability to talk to Momma and express my appreciation is such a blessing.

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
She sets about her work vigorously;  her arms are strong for her tasks.

She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
Psalm 31:13, 17,27,28a

More thoughts:
Momma started sewing at 13 and tried to teach me to sew.
Most 13 year olds today can barely make their beds.  What are most mothers today teaching their daughters?

Looking in the mirror.
I get that not everyone has that gift or interest - but basic sewing should be a basic skill.  I'm embarrassed to admit the time and concentration it takes me to put a simple hem in my children's pants - or how scrapply the result will be.  I currently have about a dozen suits and skirts in my closet waiting to go to a seamstress because I am unable to take them in.  I said I was gonna pay someone to do these things for me - it is a shame I have to!  This will change.

Friday, September 25, 2015

{Food Find} Hi I'm Skinny​ Sweet Onion Quinoa Sticks

Check out this fantastic snicky-snack:  Hi I'm Skinny​ Sweet Onion Quinoa Sticks

NJ Image Hi I'm Skinny Quinoa Sticks bag

They are made from quinoa, packed with chia seeds and contain 12 grams of whole grains per serving.  The sticks are non-GMO verified, certified gluten free, vegan and delicious!

NJ Image Hi I'm Skinny Quinoa Sticks
Image source:

I picked them up at Fresh Market in Baton Rouge (they are also at Albertsons and Rite Aid).  More info and a store locator at


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Expecting Great Things

The next few weeks are jammed packed with opportunity. Opportunities for me to pour into others via my service to God, and opportunities for me to be filled through the ministry and work of others. The way God works through people to bless people is beautiful.

I am honored and humbled, excited and expectant about what is to come.

Here is a peek at upcoming events and projects on my schedule. I request your prayers, your help spreading the word, and if you are in the area, please come share with us.

It has been a long time coming, but the release our Resources for Faith and Fitness Series is near. The genesis of this series is the volume of supplemental materials created for workshops, classes and messages I've delivered on faith and fitness topics over the past 15 years.  Materials are updated and expanded into stand-alone, application-oriented resources that inform, inspire and support growth in mind, body, and spirit.  Series elements include will workbooks, eBooks, Bible studies, devotionals, resource guides, challenges and plans suitable for individual or group use.  Make sure you are subscribed at for notification of new releases and special offers.
This Saturday, I look forward to powerful teaching and warm fellowship at the Greater Louisiana Baptist Convention Family Conference at Good Hope Baptist Church in Lafayette, Louisiana. The conference offers 15 class sessions including: Rekindling the Flame; God's Design for Singles; God's Design for Husbands; God's Design for Wives; God's Design for Marriage; God's Design for Youth; How to Thrive as a Single Parent; Raising Godly Children etc. The conference is free and open to men, women and children. For more information go to

Sunday, I will deliver the message at St John the Baptist Church in White Castle, LA.  The occasion is Young Women's Day, a time this body of believers dedicates to highlight and edify the next generation of women in the Church. So cool! I take the Titus 2 direction for older women to teach and nurture younger women seriously and count this call to serve a privilege.  The Holy Spirit has laid on my heart to encourage the young women to see themselves as God sees them, pursue their God-given potential and walk in their worth.  

Priscilla Shirer is an anointed, expository Bible teacher.  If you have not seen her teach or are not familiar with her books or Bible studies, you may recognize her on screen as the wife Elizabeth in the movie War Room.  I am consistently helped by her studies and look forward to her teaching when The Fervent Tour comes to Baton Rouge next Wednesday, September 30th.  For more information, go to

Two days later, months of prayer, planning and preparation come to fruition at the Greater Louisiana Baptist Convention Annual Women's Conference. Each year, the worship and teaching has been impactful, and we anticipate another blessed experience.  Friday, October 2nd, worship will be held at New Hope Baptist Church.  Saturday, October 3rd, classes and a culminating luncheon will be held at the Crowne Plaza.  If you are available, join us.  More information and registration at

A busy few weeks, and I'm expecting great things.