Roses, Accountability, Devotions, and Gumbo Recipe

Happy Weekend, Loves!!
 I'm blown away by the positive feedback from my Healthy, Not Skinny and Eating Clean posts!
My wheels have been turning and even though I've never hosted a link-up, or been crazy about the idea of doing so, I think I'm going to give it a shot!
So many of you are trying to make a lifestyle change and I am SO proud of you!
I want us to be accountable to each other, so I was thinking about hosting a weekly link-up called Get Healthy, Not Skinny, where we can link-up and share our ups and downs of the week, progress, new healthy recipes or suggestions, work-out routines/exercises, and more!
Even if you don't have a blog you can still participate-just share your updates in the comments section!!
I'm sure you can tell, but I am SUPER excited about this-about each of YOU taking the initiative to be the best you can be!
I want to help you in any way I can, and I believe we can all help each other, too. 
So, I hope that some of you will consider participating, being accountable and building new friendships with one another!!
 My mama brought these roses over and they are just beautiful!
I love this color, so I just had to photograph them!
January can be a drab and dreary month, so I wanted to share these and maybe liven your day a little!
This is in our foyer. The room is not complete, but it's coming along!
Some of you have asked me in the past about what I read for my daily devotions.
I love Sarah Young. Jesus Calling is the book I recommend the most.
This is the third year in a row I am reading that book.
This year I have added Jesus Lives.
I also got the Jesus Calling desk calendar this year for the clinic and I am loving it! 
Just because it's so cold in so many places, I'm going to share my Gumbo recipe with y'all!
The side dish is grits and greens casserole.
I'm the queen of "I don't measure," so these measurements are approximate. Shocking, I know.
But fear not, you can't mess it up!!
I make an extremely large pot, so I'm going to half what a normally make for y'all.
 By the way, did you know that the word gumbo actually means okra?

For the roux:
-leftover bacon grease-about a 1/4 cup
- 3 tablespoons of butter
 - 6 heaping tablespoons of flour
- 3 tablespoons Tabasco sauce
- 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning (I use Tony Chachere's)

For the soup:
- 1 large Vidalia onion, minced
- 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 bunch celery stalks, finely chopped
(the onion, bell pepper and celery are known as the Holy Trinity in Cajun cuisine)
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
-  4 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes
 - 4 cups seafood broth (you can substitute chicken broth if you can't find seafood)
-1 bottle of low sodium V-8 juice
- 3/4 pound andouille or other smoked sausage, sliced (I use Ragun Cajun sausage)
  - 3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning ( I use Tony Chachere's)
-3 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
- 2 tablespoons of file powder
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch cubes or pieces
- 1 pound frozen okra (you can use fresh if you have it on hand)
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
- optional: oysters, fish, crab -quantities at your discretion
- 4-6 cups cooked rice, for serving
Hot sauce, for serving 
In a large saucepan, melt the butter and grease over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until it is a peanut butter color, about 5 minutes (this is the “roux”). 
 Add the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, broth, V8 juice, sausage, Cajun seasoning, and file powder and bring to a boil. Add okra and chicken. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes. Season to taste with Tabasco and additional Cajun seasonings.
 Add the shrimp and simmer until they are pink and cooked through. Serve over the rice.
 Pictured above is the roux.
Blow is the chopped chicken and other vegetables.
 Below is the roux with the chopped veggies added.
 Here is some of the leftover packaging from ingredients I used.
  This is after the okra and chicken have been added, but before the shrimp.
Those are all of the pictures I have of the process, but hopefully you can get the idea from them. 
This is a pretty healthy dish, but if you want to make it super healthy you can pick out the sausage and forgo the rice. 
You can find more soup recipes over at Kelly's Korner today. 
Also, I want to remind everyone about A Day to Pray-it's this Sunday, the 20th.
Please RSVP on Facebook
 I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!!

"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." - 2 Chronicles 7:14


  1. I would love to participate in the link up. I need some more recipes, especially since I'm trying to get my meat and potatoes husband to join me in eating healthy.
    I've never been a measurer, just an eyeballer. I make my gumbo pretty much the same way. I'm curious about this grits and spinach casserole. I looooove grits! (shrimp an grits were one of the main dishes at my wedding)

    1. Awesome!! Yay!! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only person who eyeballs when cooking because most people think I'm nuts for doing that! I'll have to share the grits and greens casserole. It's actually made with collards and not spinach, but spinch may be good, too...hmmm...
      We had shrimp and grits at our wedding, too! Love it! Have a blessed weekend! xoxo

  2. That gumbo sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    Also, random question-- but where do you find your oyster shells for decor? I'd love to get some so I can make a frame or mirror! :)

    1. You are so welcome!! I actually got them from St. Simons Island when we lived near there. I made an oyster shell mirror, chandelier, and a few other things. Check and see if there are any oyster shell recycling centers near the coast where you live-that may be a good place! :) Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo


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