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So I put my own spin on a version of a one pot Jerk Chicken from African Bites. I have to admit, I thought it was delicious. But my husband on the other hand thought his mouth, tongue, cheek, lips, were completely on fire.¬†In the summer one of our favorite dishes is Jerk Ribs. It’s always a huge hit with guest and an unsuspecting hit in the throat for people who aren’t ready for the heat.

I’m all about WalkersWood. It has great flavor and comes in a less spicy variety in case you live with someone with a sensitive palate (like I do). If you do like a little spice in your life use cautiously and be creative. You’ll find a 101 ways to use this sauce in your Kitchen.

What are your favorite go to sauces?
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Walkswood Spicy Jamaican Sorrel Chutney -7 oz (pack of 6)

Updated August 9, 2017 of the daily prompt: Spicy

I’m an artist, I have to tell the truth – Pearl Cleage

I love news magazine programs. 20/20, Dateline, Anderson 36o, and most of all Melissa Harris- Perry, Jeff Johnson, Don Lemon, and Soledad O’Brien. ¬†On saturday mornings, I make a cup of coffee and settle in for a heated debate about society today. The issues plaguing the urban citizen or the lack of access for rural communities. But what I love most it the diversity of people sitting around the table. I picture myself begin some type of special guest discussing how this heated topics affects peoples lives on a daily basis.

In my own way, this my news desk. Accept there is no news just one long editorial segment.

I look at writing as a my way telling the truth. I try to see how our life experiences have have shaped the people we are, the person I am. I spend days in suits and around tables debating issues that may or may not matter after 5pm. When the computer comes on the screen stares back at me. I’m an artist, and I have to tell my truth. ¬†The truth is, I want to debate all the ails of the world, but sometimes the work is just hilarious to me. ¬† My family is enormous and ridiculously complicated. My job is madness and littered with political correctness, which basically still paints you in a conservative corner. My neighborhood is interesting to say the least. An interesting blend of the United Nations meets the South.

My truth tonight is to be true to myself, heart, and my needs. Who are you? What’s your truth?

 

 

Perfect Imperfection

So much time and effort¬†is placed in relationships of all kinds: marriages, friendships, dating relationships, colleagues…whatever the case maybe. But no matter what we have, we constantly crave something that we don’t. Not that there’s anything wrong with the healthy relationships we nurture. In fact, we need relationships, “trusted advisors”. Proverbs 27:17 is very clear that “Iron sharpens iron”. ¬†The best parts of someone can enrich your life in ways you have not predicted or even known possible.

As my Grandmother would say “tell the truth & shame the devil”. We, people of earth, for some reason seem to want what we can’t have, what we don’t need, what’s not good for us. People who aren’t married, want to be married. Unfortunately, some couples who are married, don’t want to be. People who know a lot of random people but can’t say they have any tried and true friends want that small intimate group to bond with. Likewise, people with close meaningful circles sometimes need a break. Responsibility laden folks long for days when there was no one to worry about but themselves. The footloose and fancy-free¬†want somebody, ANYBODY, to need them.¬†

¬†Now, of course, some will say that they are the exception to the rule. Some in denial¬†will say they are the exception to¬†the rule. However, the cause of this dreadful illness is searching for the “Perfection” or the “Perfect Person.” The endless quest for perfection impedes our ability to experience happiness. True joy and contentment with the life we have and blessings we have been given. ¬†

¬†Today a friend asked me about happiness. Her questions were straight forward and simple. 1)Has your¬†definition¬†of Happiness changed over time? ¬†… 2) Do you think your definition of Happiness will change in the future?¬†

I encourage you to examine how you define your happiness. Accepting you are not a perfect person allows you to love the imperfections in others.  

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*** Reviewed & Revised 8.2017 as a personal  Homage to my younger self.