Going To My Happy Place

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window viewMy Refuge and My Fortress
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1

For as long as I can remember my husband will occasionally remark “I’m going to my happy place.”  I’ve never asked specifically where that is and I believe it has changed over the years.  In our career days I think his happy place was somewhere he didn’t have to talk to people, solve problems, or respond to an emergency.  Sometimes it was a mental place, like vegging in front of the TV and sometimes it was a physical place like a long run.  Today when he says that I know it means he is headed to his “shop.”   He is leaving the estrogen jungle he lives in and is going for some peace and quiet!

wheat grinder LeeIn his happy place he tinkers, naps, exercises, and fixes a variety of kitchen appliances that I have broken.

SONY DSCThe other day I was right here in the middle of this kitchen mess.  I was finishing one meal and getting ready to start cooking for another.   I was home for the day.  No appointments, no where I had to be.  I looked around me and thought, “I am so happy here.”  I started thinking about my happy place.  I concluded that my soul is content and my heart sings in two places in particular.  This messy kitchen is one.

IMG_1705This messy workroom is the other.  While both of these places have “messy” in common, they are not always messy.  But when I am happiest, most content, they are messy.

I realize that I don’t get to the kitchen as often as I use to.  I love cooking, baking, and creating food for my family and friends.  But I also have found a space of peace and comfort when I am in this little workroom.  This is where I read my Bible, study my lesson for Community Bible School, Sunday School, or our Tuesday night small group.  (Which now we are reading and studying Pilgrim’s Progress!)

I call it my “work room” for lack of a better term. It was a guest bedroom until my Chief carpenter filled it with cabinets, hooks, organizational bins and a “work table” for me.  It isn’t an office, it is more than that.  It is a little sanctuary. When I close the door I shut out the world and move into the world my soul longs for.  It is where I spend time talking, listening, and enjoying fellowship with God.  It is my happy place.

Where is your happy place?  Do you go there often?

Happy, happy!



Shrimp Bisque With Friends

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The Choir Girls

 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  No longer do I call you servants,   for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. ”     John 15:12-15

Is there anything better than hanging out with your peeps?  How about a night of laughter, chatter, and shrimp bisque?

Earlier this month I received an email from Angela (red hair, second from the left) telling me that she was planning a night with her musical friends from the Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, Florida.  She wanted to serve a shrimp bisque and wondered about doubling or tripling my Lobster Bisque recipe.

Much to my delight I have received back this lovely picture of the friends getting ready to spend the evening dining on Shrimp Bisque, a tossed green salad and sourdough bread.

Compliments of Brooklynplated.com
Compliments of Brooklynplated.com

Angela says “we are The Choir Girls, “The Peeps” for short.  We are all in the choir (one is in the orchestra) at Anastasia Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL.  We try to meet once a month or so to recharge our batteries and share what it going on in our lives. “

Thank you Angela for reminding how much my family adored this bisque recipe.  You have inspired me to make it again soon!

Angela reports, “It was absolutely delicious. I tripled the recipe, but double would have been more than enough for the six of us.”

These winter months are the perfect time to combine an evening for friends, bisque, and lots of fun and chatter!  Check out the bisque recipe here!

Happy Cooking!


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