Hello out there in Review Land! I know you all have wondered about my disappearing acts and me lately! I had an unplanned trip to the ER last week and then surgery on Friday! Fun, Fun, Fun, in the neighborhood! Not! I think I may live another 20 years or so!

Remember the family of Dale Dykes. It is hard when you lose your spouse and the patriarch of the family! You are never ready for it. I want to pay a short tribute to my beloved daughter this week. This coming Sunday, August the 7, will be the 15th anniversary of my daughter, Amanda Kathryn Lee. She was 22 years old when she took her life.

It is the worst thing in this world a parent has to go through. You never get over it, however you learn to live with it.

We looked like twins as she got older. She was so beautiful and talented. If she had lived I really believe she could have made it in the music industry. She got it honest.

The music flowed through our veins from the Tate’s and the Sorah’s. Some of it had no choice but to fall on several generations of both families. I am just glad Amanda and I were blessed to get a double portion of it. She could play the strings off of a guitar.

I do rejoice knowing where she is today no more pain, sorrow or tears.

We were taught that when you take your own life, you will die and go to Hell. That is not the case at all. You cannot and I do stress the word cannot do that and be in your right mind. If any of you out there have had this situation too deal with, I am available to help you deal with the grief.

You go through the emotional gauntlet and it hits every one of your emotions you can have. That is normal. We serve a mighty God. He can help all of us get through the struggles of life. We just have to ask him to help us cope. It is always in the back of your mind.

I will tell you this, you should never blame God for your circumstances. I sure didn’t. He has got all praise and glory from this girl. He knows what we need and when we need it. All we have to do is call out his name and he is always there. There have been times when I would have loved to just give her a whuppin for doing it. I do miss her real bad. There are days that it just smothers me.

The best is yet to come though and that is when I will rejoin with my family and we will have our glorified bodies. Oh my, what a day that will be. You can never really help someone when things like this happens, unless you have been through it yourself.

Hold on to your children, love on them with hugs and kisses and let them know you will do what you can as a parent to be there for them. Guilt and regrets love to creep in and tell you you’re the blame for the all that has happened. Grief, sorrow, guilt and regrets are always what is left to follow, you the rest of your life. Don’t let it happen, fight it. Look to the Lord. He is all you need.

“And that’s the way I see it!”

May God bless and keep you and your families this coming week! You are loved!

Let’s get to cookin’ you all. The first recipe is one I am going to try. I have had it, when I was out to eat and now I want to try it at home. Stay tuned and I will let you know. Enjoy!

 Chicken Marsala

(My favorite)

4 boneless chicken breasts

¼ cup flour

½ tsp. crushed marjoram

1/8 tsp. salt

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

2 tbsp. green onions, chopped

3 tbsp. butter or margarine

¼ cup chicken broth

¼ cup Marsala wine

Fresh parsley

Pound chicken between wax paper or plastic wrap. Stir all dry ingredients and set aside. Press chicken into flour mixture. Cook mushroom and onions in 1 tbsp. butter. Remove and add 1 tbsp. butter. Saute chicken in same pan 3 0r 4 minutes. Add onions and mushrooms, broth and wine. Cook uncovered 3-5 minutes or until chicken is done. Sprinkle with Parsley. You may add Parmesan cheese to top it off. Serve over Angel hair pasta.

 Freezer Slaw

2 large heads cabbage

4 sweet peppers

2 onions

4 carrots

3 cups sugar

3 cups vinegar

Salt to taste

Chop or shred all vegetables and mix together. Put into containers and freeze.

Note: Sometimes mom would thaw it out and eat as is and sometimes she would drain it add mayonnaise to her liking and black pepper to taste.

 German Slaw

1 head cabbage, chopped

2 bell peppers, chopped

2 onions chopped

½ cup oil

1 ½ tsp. salt

1cup sugar

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Let set in refrigerator overnight. Keeps well.

 Tip of the Week

Don’t worry, be happy, Feast at the Father’s table, it is more filling and there are no calories. Give Him all Praise and Glory!