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Country Fried Okra Recipe

Country Fried Okra Recipe

We recently were gifted 2 large gallon size freezer bags full of fresh from the garden okra! So, of course, I took it straight home and we had our favorite dinner!

fried okra

Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with country gravy, fried okra, and black-eyed peas!

Here’s how we make our country fried okra.

Country Fried Okra Recipe

1. Combine corn meal, flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

2. Chop the okra into thin slices.

3. Toss the chopped okra in the corn meal and flour mixture.

4. Heat the bacon grease or oil to medium high in your grandma’s iron skillet.

5. Sift the okra out of the corn meal mixture that remains in the bottom of the bowl.

6. Fry okra in batches until golden brown.

7. Place on paper towels when taken out of the grease.

8. Salt to taste.

9. Serve with fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Black-eyed peas optional.

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Learning From Parenting Mistakes – When You Suspect Lying

This post is part of a series on parenting mistakes I have made. I am sharing those here in hopes that some of you may be encouraged that you are not alone in making mistakes and also to hopefully keep you from making these same mistakes.

Parenting Mistakes

One of the mistakes I regret the most happened when I strongly suspecting one of my children was lying. The thing is, I had no way of proving it, just a very strong suspicion. Here’s what happened:

Just after my son had been playing alone in the backyard, I noticed that the concrete bird bath had been toppled over and broken into pieces. I immediately suspected that he had something to do with it, so I called him into my room and questioned him about it.

He immediately and confidently, too confidently, I thought, said that he didn’t do it.

I felt certain that he had done it and was lying to keep out of trouble. After all he had just been out there, and everyone else was playing elsewhere. Who else could have done it? It had to be him. Circumstantial evidence was supporting my suspicions.

I went over all the above details and told him I knew he was lying and he had better confess. He stuck to his story and I stuck to my guns.

After a very lengthy session of “You are lying” and “No, I’m not,” he finally confessed, although very grudgingly.

Years later, through many bitter tears he told me I had actually coerced him into lying. He had not really done it, but in order to stop my torturous accusations, he lied and told me he had. (We together concluded our large dog must have done it.)

Can you imagine my horror and shame? My own son could not trust me to protect him. From ME.

It took time and many tearful apologies from me to heal the wounds and mistrust that I caused him through my accusations.

Because of that incident and the damage done, my policy now is that unless I can prove a misdeed with conclusive evidence beyond a shadow of a doubt, I do not accuse.

I will ask for a confession, and I pray aloud for the guilty party to be racked with so much guilt that they will confess and repent.

Recently, we had an issue of unauthorized cutting of the baby’s hair. I knew she couldn’t have done it herself, because a big gap was neatly cut in the back. No one would admit doing it, but the baby repeatedly placed the blame on a certain sister. I was pretty sure the baby was right, but since I never got a confession, I did not accuse.

But every night during bedtime prayers, I asked God to lead the guilty party to confess and repent. She never did, and I have had to let it go. It is so important to me to never repeat the situation I put my son through, that I am willing to let a crime go unpunished, rather than falsely accuse a child ever again.

I hope to never repeat the awful mistake I made years ago, and I pray I won’t make other mistakes that have lasting effects like that one.

The thing is, now I have enough years of parenting experience that I know mistakes are inevitable. It’s the humility we have about those mistakes that can be a teachable moment for our children.

Of course, we don’t want to make mistakes, but when they happen, we can learn, along with our children, about the power of forgiveness and God’s amazing grace.

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Facebook Party and Giveaways

YL Facebook Party


I’m hosting a Facebook party tonight with lots of information about the 11 essential oils included in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. Join the party here.

I’ll also be giving away some prizes!

Essential Oils Pocket Referenc

Of course, everyone who signs up with Young Living through my link will get one of these 485 page pocket reference, which lists the uses for every oil Young Living sells.

essential oil keychain case

I also have several of these oil case keychains to give away! They come with 8 vials and places to store them.

There will be a special prize for the person who “brings” the most guests, so invite your friends who are interested in learning about essential oils!

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30th High School Reunion Recap

Since some of you have asked, I thought I would give you a recap of my 30th high school reunion.

First of all, it was at the Lockhart Smokehouse in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas, and the food was AMAZING! One of my classmates owns the restaurant and he closed the whole thing for the evening just for us.

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As I was talking to the different people coming in, one of my classmates, a man, said, “Oh, you went with the black outfit!” And I was all, “… YOU read my blog???” And then I cracked up to think of it! (I’m looking at you, Gregg!)

I’m not sure why, but the thought of a man reading here struck me as so funny. And also made me wonder how many things I should be embarrassed about. (Note to self: No more posts about “female issues.”)

I had decided on the blue dress with boots, but thanks to a fall at the roller skating rink the day before the event that left me with huge bruises on both my knees, I went with the black pants at the last minute.

30th high school reunion

Here I am with my drill team besties.

About THE cheerleader: She was a grade or two ahead of me, so she wasn’t there. Another cheerleader who was there and had read my post took me aside and said, “Was it MEEEE??? I am so sorry if it was!” I assured her that it wasn’t and she was so relieved. She said she had worried about it that day!

I had a fabulous time catching up with friends, some I hadn’t seen in the 30 years since graduation. It is so interesting to hear all the stories and follow all the turns their lives had taken. One guy came all the way from Wyoming!

I’m really glad I went and I’m so glad I can continue keeping up with everyone and their families on Facebook.

What about you? Do you attend your high school reunions?

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DIY Pain Relief Cream

DIY Pain Relief Cream

I whipped up this recipe for “pain relief cream” that I found on the 1000+ member private essential oils group I’m in on Facebook.

The group I’m in is such a blessing, because it is a place I can ask questions of long time essential oil users, or use the search feature to look for successful treatments to ailments, or post success stories that have worked for me.

I made this recipe because I have a couple of friends who are in almost constant pain. One is a cancer survivor and another is a friend from high school who was involved in a wreck and is suffering from whiplash.

I gave the cancer survivor a jar of my DIY pain relief cream, and here was her response to me in a private message:

Connie, I used the mixture last night, and the pain was much less!!! I just rubbed it on my back and my ribs, and it seemed to really help!!! Then I just now I was hurting in my back, rubbed it on, and man it is so much better!!! I think this will work!!!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet my friend who had the wreck, because she had to cancel going to our high school reunion since her back was hurting so bad. I am planning to meet her for lunch this week, and I have the cream already in my purse to give her.

Here is the recipe I used:

DIY Pain Relief Cream

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (solid)
  • 10 drops Young Living Valor
  • 10 drops Young Living Peppermint
  • 10 drops Young Living Pan Away

1. Combine ingredients and whip together with mixer.

2. Place in glass container, and use sparingly as needed.

3. Keep out of reach of children. (Contains small amounts of wintergreen, or methyl salicylate. Topical application of methyl salicylate can be hazardous if it is smeared over 40 percent of the body, if someone has a skin condition or if another medication interacts negatively with the products.)

These essential oils are only available through Young Living, and each one above comes in the Premium Starter Kit. If you have been hearing about what a fantastic product Young Living has and have been considering joining, there has never been a better time! I add all members who sign up with my member number, #1908386, to the private 1000+ member Facebook page, so you will have plenty of support as you start your journey into essential oils.

Essential Oils Pocket Referenc

Plus, I also send all my sign ups this 485 page Essential Oils Pocket Reference (a $25 retail value), which includes the uses and safety precautions for every oil Young Living sells.

Find out more about how to join me in loving Young Living essential oils here.

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30 Year High School Reunion – HELP ME!

Some of you know that my 30 year high school reunion is this weekend.

What you may not know is that I was sort of a dork in high school. Okay, I was a big dork in high school.

In fact, there is a story my children love to hear of when I wore pants with embroidered roller skates on the pocket that had actual laces that tied.

Yes, I thought they were super cool.

Yes, this was high school.

What?! It’s not weird!

Of course, all the popular kids had Gloria Vanderbilt jeans, but no self respecting dork would be seen following a trend. Am I right?

Well, a certain popular cheerleader took it upon herself to point out my dorky pants in the crowded cafeteria one day and then proceeded to make a spectacle of untying my roller skate laces in front of everyone! Oh! The humiliation!

(Come to think of it, why do you children like that story???)

Well, now that I’m going to my high school reunion, I am a leetle nervous about that whole Dork Legacy. So will you help a girl out? Tell me which of the following outfits I should wear to redeem my self and my roller skate pocket pants.

which reunion outfit

(Please ignore the chickens in the background.)

The event will be dinner at a smokehouse in downtown Dallas, so I’m thinking my old prom dress is out, although I think I could totally pull that off!

So, WHICH OUTFIT? Please, help me out and leave your comment below.

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