First Watercolor

I’m so excited to share with all of you my first watercolor painting.

My mother loves Holly Hobbie and her birthday was coming soon so I was browsing Pinterest and saw a watercolor that this one is based on and thought it was such good timing! I have to say, for my first watercolor, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and my mom loved it! 🙂

Growth in Darkness

Today I want to share an excerpt out of a wonderful book by Oswald Chambers called “My Utmost For His Highest”. It is an amazing daily devotional that I have been reading for a few years now and I thoroughly enjoy it. This excerpt comes from the February 14th reading.

“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon housetops…”  ~Matt. 10:27

At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God’s hand until we learn to hear Him. “What I tell you in darkness” – watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut. Are you in the dark just now in your circumstance, or in your life with God? Then remain quiet. If you open your mouth in the dark, you will talk in the wrong mood: darkness is the time to listen. Don’t talk to other people about it; don’t read books to find out the reason of the darkness, but listen and heed. If you talk to other people, you cannot hear what God is saying. When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light.

I just love that. It’s a bitter-sweet reminder that we walk through dark times for a reason, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” ~Ecc. 3:1. Remember, during your times of darkness and waiting, that the Lord has a plan for you and He may need to put you in a place of solitude so that all your focus can be on Him and what He is trying to teach you.

Marinated Tilapia

As promised on my about me page, here’s a quick and easy recipe I hope you’ll enjoy.

I had the idea for this recipe last week when I wanted a little more than just a salad. I knew I wanted some protein and a little zing and most importantly, something that would cook quickly since I had this lovely idea an hour before supper!

I just happened to have some tilapia fillets in the freezer that I had gotten from Aldi’s and a bottle of citrus coconut vinaigrette from Sam’s Club.

It has a bit too much zing for my taste but it’s great when I add some to my homemade mayo and make it a dressing (I’ll cover the mayo in another post). I was hoping that it would lose some of its zing in the cooking and it did.

I poured 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette onto a 2oz. frozen tilapia fillet, made sure it was evenly coated, and let it thaw. If your tilapia is not frozen that’s fine, just put it in the fridge while it marinates 10-30 minutes.

After about 30 minutes, heat a small frying pan on medium high heat. When the pan is heated (after maybe a minute), turn it down to a low medium and place the tilapia in, scraping all of the vinaigrette onto it and into the pan and let it simmer for 2-3 min.

Flip the tilapia and let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes and then you’re done.

I poured the excess vinaigrette onto my salad as the “dressing” and it was yummy!

One thing I don’t care for is fish that tastes “fishy”. Tilapia is great because you only get a subtle hint of fish flavor which, in my humble opinion, makes it easy to add to almost any dish.

Recipe Recap
serves: 1

2 tbsp vinaigrette (whatever’s your favorite)
2oz tilapia fillet

Marinate the tilapia in the vinaigrette for 30 minutes.

Simmer for 6 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Enjoy!