Wednesday, May 4, 2011

As Iron Sharpens Iron...

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17

Once in a while, perhaps even once in a lifetime, are you surprised with a gift that is so rare, so special, that you never cease to marvel at how your life has changed since the very day you stumbled upon it.

I don't think I'll ever be able to truly express in all it's fullness how blessed I feel that such a gift was given to me, and it all began in the strangest of places....

It was just about this time last year that I entered a recipe contest. And through that recipe contest, a community of kindred spirits began to form. And within that community, a certain thread was birthed. And within that thread, friendships emerged. And through those friendships, one particular friendship became a sisterhood.

Sweet Bella Lorraine, I thank God continually for bringing you into my life. You know and understand me better than some who have known me for years. You sharpen my iron....fiercely. Your wisdom, beauty, grace, and strength proceed you. Your kindness, compassion, and encouragement refresh my soul. Your light shines BRIGHTLY, and my world is enriched in every way because of it. You are, and forever will be, woven into the tapestry of my life.

Happy Birthday Lorraine!

What a thrill it is to celebrate the day you were created.
Fearfully and Wonderfully made for a Divine purpose,
and with a destiny that only you can fulfill.

Won't you help me celebrate Lorraine today....stop by her beautiful blog
You will be so very glad that you did. She will inspire you with incredible meals, poignant poetry, and her heart of gold. Beauty drips from her fingertips and her words....truly....are a GIFT.

As a special tribute to Lorraine, I would like to share two of her amazing recipes that I have personally made, and they are absolutely magnificent. The first, Meatballs Mafaldine w/Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce *pictured above*. Click HERE for the recipe complete with step by step video instructions.
The second, Pepper Rice Sautee w/Bacon & die HERE for the recipe complete with step by step video instructions.

The next three dishes of hers that I simply cannot wait to make are her Cream Cheese Asparagus Souffle, Thai Infused Polenta Muffins, and Peaches n Cream Baked Alaska. sigh. Such a delectable repertoire of recipes under her belt. Keep shining Sweet Bella!!

May I also take this opportunity to wish my other sis, Sweet Bella Kelly, a very Happy Birthday today as are an absolute treasure to me. It's difficult to describe with human words what a blessing you are to me....YOU ARE THE ONE AND ONLY EVER YOU!

On a final note, an early shout out to all those special women out there:

Happy Mother's Day !!!

"She walks in beauty like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies,

And all that's best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes; ~ Lord Byron

‎"She's clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs at the days to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her Blessed..." Proverbs 31:25-28


  1. Happy Birthday to both Lorraine and Kelly! What a sweet tribute post and wonderful dishes...
    Wishing you a most beautiful Mother's Day!

  2. My sweet soul sister! I have no words right now...just tears! You continue to touch my heart; my soul with the un-conditional love you show me daily! I can't adequately express the abundance of blessing I've received in my life because of you. God knew what He was doing, bringing us together through such non-traditional means...His creativity never ceases to amaze me! I only wish I could express the gratitude to Him accurately. My words are not enough...but He does hear the groanings of my heart. He knows exactly how I feel! Thank you sweet Bella, Jaime for being you and for being present in my life! What an honor to be called your friend! I cherish our sisterhood! My heart is filled with love and joy!

  3. P.s!
    I hit post too quickly....
    A Very Happy Birthday to Kelly! Another person touched by your love.

    And to YOU, Jaime...
    and every Mom...
    May God's smile upon you bring warmth, sunshine and sweet joy to your Mother's Day...Abundant blessings to you, always! xo

  4. Awww this is so sweet! What beautiful friendships you have! :)

  5. Happy Birthday to Lorraine, and Kelly!
    Such a beautiful "sisterhood" you have with these beautiful ladies.
    I admire the beautiful dish you created with the inspiration of your sweet friend's recipe and video instructions. Lorraine is very talented and her poems are "sheer magic"
    Happy Mother's Day, sweet Bella!

  6. What wonderful dishes and a wonderful friendship!

  7. Tanti auguri a Lorena e Kelly. complimenti per questi piatti favolosi, le polpette con le reginelle sono un'idea fantastica.
    Un abbraccio Daniela.

  8. Happy Belated Birthday to Lorraine and Kelly! And a belated Happy Mother's Day to you and the ladies too! Such special friendship is certainly a treasure!

  9. Those recipes look delicious.

    Thanks for visiting on my SITS day. Come back any time. You're always welcome at my place.



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