SWEET HARVEST

There’s nothing as sweet as the feeling of joy and pride that comes from one’s accomplishments. After several months of toil and sweat nothing beats been able to see results and the satisfaction one derives from knowing that you didn’t give up but finished your course to the end. Many have embarked on similar feats but are nowhere to be found because they lacked the will to carry on in the face of daunting challenges.

On the farm we suffered quite a few; the army worm attack, squirrels and birds eating the ripe maize and wrong advice on how to tackle them. However, it helped in prompting research and learning other creative and safer ways to tackle pest on the farm. All these discomfort helped to make me better on the farm. Challenges shouldn’t deter us; they should be stepping stones to been better in areas of our lives that need to be better.

Oh yes! We had lots of fresh sweet corn to eat and sell as well as fresh okra and pumpkin leaves for personal and commercial consumption. I can’t begin to describe how happy I was that I was able to prove that your outward physical appearance doesn’t equate the strength you carry on the inside. Having a slender frame doesn’t mean you cannot lift things three times your weight, or because you haven’t tried something you can’t be good and successful at it.

Stay focused on your goal, never look back, drown out the excuses, eliminate the you can’t syndrome and draw strength from your insides, the tiny part of you that dares you to imagine its possible, nurture that part until it helps you override all your doubts. The harvest is indeed sweet and you can’t afford not to taste it and of course share it with those around you. Ciao

 

 

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GIVING UP IS NOT AN OPTION

Whoever said tilling the ground was easy, no wonder the bible said that ‘’man would eat bread in the sweat of his face.’’ Not an exact quote but you should find the actual quote in Genesis 1: 19. Oh yeah! Farming is not joke especially when it’s not something you accustomed to and you can’t afford to pay workers because you are barely scraping available funds to buy seeds and do other important stuff. It was definitely like a rollercoaster; scary and exciting at the same time.

I remember all the digging and weeding and planting under the hot scorching sun, trying to make sure the seeds were in the ground in anticipation for the rain, the sleepless nights worrying that the rains would come as expected or my blistering hands that would keep weeding in spite of the pain. The body aches and pains that come with the territory. Did I think about quitting? Oh yes! But the determination to achieve was much greater than my discomfort. If for anything I wanted to prove to all the doubting Thomas’s that this working momma can farm like a pro. Lol

Yes, I had an 8am-4pm job, had a family to cater for and I added farming to my already spilling plate. That is where my multi-tasking skill was strengthened coupled with learning to prioritise my daily activities and making out time for all the things I needed to do on a daily basis. The most comforting part in all of these was the fact that I was having a ball and learning to push myself beyond my perceived abilities and level of tolerance.

If you wondering if I made mistakes, yes! I did. I made lots of them which I would be sharing in later posts. It’s ok to make mistakes but giving up is not an option, it should propel you to doing better or trying out more beneficial alternatives. People often say great things don’t come easy and I definitely agree and I have come to realise that great value is placed on things we have worked hard to achieve. The next time the thought of quitting comes to your mind, remember that great things don’t come cheap, they come at a price and are definitely more rewarding than those we got on a platter. Do enjoy the photos below, I was having a ball. ciao

 

DO WHAT YOU MUST

Yass! I told myself I was going to make my 2017 count by doing something I’ve always wanted to do but didn’t know how or what to do to get started. I wasn’t exactly sure if it was some whimsical feeling or something concrete but I was determined to do something even if I failed while trying. I haven’t updated my blog this year but I have got lots to share over the final days of this year.

I remember growing up as a child, my siblings teased me a lot for being fearful because I would normally show fear or caution in doing daring things like climbing trees way up to the top, I would rather stay at a level I consider safe in the event of a fall and the would call me ole(lazy). I never took it to heart though, because deep down I knew I wasn’t what they called me.

I remember how they were so scared of how I would deal with labour when I had my son but I gave birth like a boss (lol), need I say they were shocked and proud of me the way I handled childbirth; they probably thought fear would cripple me and turn me into a drama queen in the theatre but thank God it was a memorable experience.

Okay, back to why I decided to put up this post; so I wanted to farm badly but I had no idea what to do, I googled some materials, started following young farmers on social media, gulping all I could lay my hands on and eventually I made up my mind about crop farming and so decided to plant vegetables and maize. I wasn’t sure about how to acquire land but I kept my ears open and eventually I was told I could get over a plot of land where I work to test run my farm at no cost to me.

I remember the first time I publicly voiced my interest someone, practically laughed and said I must be kidding that I wouldn’t be able to do the tedious job of farming, guess I didn’t look like a girl raised on the farm or in a village, I wasn’t perturbed as a lot of people tried to discourage me but thanks to a friend and big aunty who at the time was also venturing into farming who encouraged me and told me to drown out those voices telling me I couldn’t.

O boy! Did I listen to the negative voices, hell no! I went right ahead, got the land cleared and prepared my tools to embark on my journey. Little did I know that we will gradually grow from that plot of land in the coming months. I have got lots to share but this will do for now. I will be uploading pictures along with the post so you have a feel of the thrill I had trying my hands out at farming.

However, 2017 is drawing to an end, don’t feel bad about those things you didn’t put to action, your plans, goals, ideas, dreams etc. it is never too late to start. It doesn’t matter how many people are already doing what you want to do, believe in yourself, shut down the negative voices in your head and around you, surround yourself with people who will cheer you and if you can’t find any, cheer yourself up, fix your gaze on that idea, that dream and take deliberate steps to actualise it. Don’t wait till 2018 is upon you, those steps might be shaky, wobbly, don’t fret, and keep taking it until they become stronger and firmer. You owe no one but yourself to be the best version of you. Ciao.

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WHEN WE’RE ASKED TO PRAY

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Life is like a roller coaster full of ups and downs, sharp bends and quirky turns, despite the fact that we have ridden a couple of time we still experience the adrenalin, the sudden rush and sweaty feeling, that herald those sharp bends. This can be said too about life challenges despite the fact that we are familiar that challenges are a part of life and are not alien to us, we sometimes find ourselves surprised, bewildered and overwhelmed by certain challenges that threaten our entire peace and ability to cope.

If you are religious and believe in God like me, I am sure people have made suggestions about you going to God in prayers, and if you felt like me that sometimes reply in my head (who said have not been praying, or haven’t prayed enough, should that be the solution to my problems?), Then you need to understand this. Prayer might not be the most practical solutions to all the problems we face as individuals but it sure works wonders for the mind and soul.

There’s a scripture that says ‘’so then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy. (Roman 9:16) another one says ‘‘for by strength shall no man prevail’’ (1 Samuel 2: 9c) you need to understand that it’s not by our strength or capabilities or in our problem solving skills, but it is in God’s hands to get us out of our mess. We do not reserve prayer for special times or for peculiar situations, we must ‘’pray without ceasing’’ (1 Thessalonians 5: 17). I found out that praying is one difficult thing to do when you are self-assured and believe strongly in practical solutions to problem, especially when you need a quick solution to an issue or every time you try to pray you are frustrated by self-condemnation or weighed down by the thoughts of what you going through; you must understand that it doesn’t matter about how you feel because often times our emotions becloud our sense of sound judgment.

Prayer is essential in your Christian walk. However, for prayer to be effective, you must open your heart to God, with humility of mind and purpose; you must acknowledge his sovereignty over the situation you are facing. In the place of prayer, you will find clarity and direction on what to do about that situation. You need to listen keening to what God is dropping in your spirit as you acknowledge his ability to help you find solution. You must be ready to let go of all the baggage you came with, acknowledge your weakness and inability to cope, it is okay to admit all the negative emotions you experiencing but you must also be willing to accept Gods help to deal with your issues.

Are u facing trials in your career, marriage, business, family, with your children, etc. whatever the case may be, don’t forget the words of the song writer ‘’WHAT ARE FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS  click link for full hymn https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/789 are u faced with sorrows, trials and temptation, bring to God in prayer.  Consistently and persistently ask God for help in these areas you will be amazed at the wealth of solution you would find. The next time family, friends, colleagues, etc. ask you to pray do not scorn them, take it up, talk to God even as you make those decisions tell God about it and everything will fall into place for you. Let go of all the noise around you, seek him, pour your heart to him and you will find him and lasting solution to that difficulty. Ciao

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

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Okay! It’s getting stale already I suppose, because the year is slowly but gradually ticking away. What are your plans, goals and aspiration for this year?  before you tell me It took me almost nine days to write a happy new year post, don’t forget that it is never too late to begin the year with dreams, goals and plans for a better year. At least I got my a…s up and I’m writing something. Don’t judge. Lol. But more seriously, I always look forward to the New Year because it makes us aware of our past mistakes and helps us refocus our energies into making better decisions and recreating healthier memories. As we begin to make plans, write goals, about the changes we expect to happen in our lives this year we need to carry a mindset of they are achievable.

However, why it is important and great to do all these at the beginning of a new year, this year 2017, we need to be Deliberate about our dreams, plans, goals, and strategies for the coming year. We need to be willing to work and walk the talk, we need to be ready to overcome the challenges, or else all our planning will become a mere wish before our eyes. I haven’t been deliberate about a lot of things in my life, but I have made my decisions to be more deliberate this year. You too should make that decision, yes! You. Lol.

This year, expect a lot of random post; after all this blog is about self-discovery. I will put a reminder on all my devices about all I need to get done, don’t forget to set deadlines for your goals this year, be realistic with them, be patient with yourself, most importantly, this year love , live and let live( what’s that? Well help me out. Lol) like the coaches on a Facebook community I belong to will say be #phenomenal #toolatetobenobody. CIAO

PANCAKES WITH CORNED BEEF SAUCE

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Ingredients

Pancake mixture:
1 Cup All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup Milk
Sugar
1 Egg

Sauce:
1 Onion bulb chopped in rings
1 can of Corned beef
2 Fresh peppers
2 tomatoes

Preparation pancakes: Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg into milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
Heat a large non stick pan over medium heat, and coat with cooking oil or butter. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the pan, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

Preparation for beef sauce: pour a little cooking oil of choice into pan, add onions, stir, add tomatoes and pepper, go easy on salt or knorr cubes(seasoning of your choice) as corned beef are already salted. Stir for a few minutes and set down.
Servings: Serve with pancakes.

SMOKED FISH PUMPKIN SAUCE

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Hello,
I have been so out of touch lately and everyone has been clamouring for a new food post. so will be dropping more yummy meals for us to try.
Ingredients

Freshly rinsed Pumpkin leaf chopped
Smoked Atlantic mackerel fish popularly known as Titus fish in Nigeria (shredded beef or chicken optional)
Dried shrimps/ prawns
3 tomatoes chopped
3 red peppers chopped
Onion sliced in rings

Preparation: place sauce pan on fire, add cooking oil of choice(palm oil), add onion rings, add curry powder(if using vegetable oil), add tomatoes and red peppers and stir till water dries up, add smoked fish and shrimps, add seasoning(knorr cube), stir for a few minutes, add pumpkin leaf taste for salt, add a little and let simmer for 2 minutes and set sauce pan down.
Serving: serve with Rice or boiled yam.

Hope you get it right. would love to hear your feedback how it turned out.CIAO.