A Year of Smiles – Day 235

Reason to SMILE #235: COOKING DISASTERS (Might as well SMILE, right?)

I’m trying to hone my cooking skills. Normally, it takes me forever to prepare a meal. If the recipe calls for a preparation time of 30 minutes, it’s guaranteed to take me at least an hour – sometimes longer. 

The evening of the solar eclipse, I decided I’d try to cut down my cooking time by doing two things at once. Cooking rice on the stovetop was one of those things. Now, I must tell you that I’ve always done well with cooking rice. It was one of the first things my mother taught me to cook and I’ve always been able to get it just right until…

I think I’ll stick with preparing one item at a time! I was so upset with myself until I looked into the pot after throwing out the burnt rice and discovered…

… an eclipse!! It has the diamond ring and everything! ūüėČ

My cooking disaster turned into a SMILE and I couldn’t help but share it with my Facebook friends:


Yeah. God’s display in the heavens was so much more impressive, wasn’t it? <giggle, giggle> ūüėĀ

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A Year of Smiles – Day 157

Reason to SMILE #157: TACO SALAD

4:29 PM.¬† I’m preparing for the third night of Vacation Bible School at my church.¬† I have an hour before the night begins so I’m pretty busy.¬† My phone whistles.¬† “On no!” I think. “Please don’t¬†let it be someone who can’t make it.”

I pick up my phone and am pleasantly surprised to see that it’s my older son who is currently¬†away for the summer¬†interning¬†at a church in North Georgia.¬† He has this question for me:

text 1Several things begin to run through my mind:

What a horrible mom I am for sending my kid off on his own without teaching him how to cook!

How am I supposed to get everything I need to do done in the little time I have and teach my kid how to cook at the same time?

And how in the world am I supposed to teach this kid to cook via text message?

Over the next few minutes, my son and I text back and forth while I go about prepping for VBS Night Three.¬† From how much meat is needed to browning the meat to heating up the black beans,¬†I give the instructions as¬†succinctly¬†as¬†I can¬†and I say a quick¬†prayer for safety.¬† Lord, please don’t let him burn down the Youth Minister’s house!

6:59 PM.  VBS was running smoothly.  I decide to find out how the cooking went.  So, I send my son another text:

text 2    taxo salad

He did good!  He made his momma SMILE.

I may have been busy when that text was sent to me this afternoon but it made no difference.  My son needed me and I was going to do everything I could to help Рeven if it meant giving a cooking lesson by text!