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World Renowned Chief

You may not know this about me but I'm a World Renowned Chief! I'm best known for my Famous Chocolate Shake and Rock Soup. People have come from far and wide to just have a taste of my shake. Ok! Maybe I'm not world renowned but at least in my neck of the woods, I'm famous.

This is not a photo of my Famous Chocolate Shake or Rock Soup - It's my Famous Beef Pot Pie.

My shake was created out of necessity. I have really bad 'charlie horses" in my calves. The kind that wake you out of a deep sleep and hurt so bad that it hurst to walk the next day. I was told to eat bananas, however I can't get past the texture of them. I love the taste but just thinking about the texture makes me gag. One evening I wanted chocolate ice cream but I didn't have any. That didn't stop me. My brother-in-law at the time was visiting, he suggested blending ice cream with my chocolate Quick. That sounds good but it won't blend without some liquid. A light bulb went off in my head, let's add milk and a banana. My famous Chocolate Shake was created!

I'll share my secret recipe with you but know this, many have tried and few have been able to make it with the special touch I have. If you are ever in Shreveport, hit me up, I'll be happy to make you one.

Tonya's Famous Chocolate Shake -

You will need: 1 Banana

3 or 4 heaping spoons of chocolate quick

Ice Cream - fill blender

Milk - about half the blender - enough to blend

Blend until it is spinning smoothy - This makes enough for two servings

I'm also famous for my Rock Soup. Yes, that's right rock. I created this recipe when my son was small. He was full of questions this particular afternoon. I was in the middle of cooking dinner and the questions from this little tot, was getting on my last nerve. I hadn't had adult conversation all day and now I'm being questioned by this kid.

What are you doing? Why are you doing that? When will daddy be home? Why are you cooking? Why? But Why? The final questions before I lost my mind was, What are you cooking?

Without missing a beat, I told him, "Rock Soup!" I'm cooking rock soup. He followed that with yet another questions, can I help? Yes! Yes, you can, take this little bowl and fill it up with the smoothest rocks you can find. He was so happy to go special rock hunting. He came back with many rocks to test. Once he found all the rocks, he wanted to know what happens next. I put the rocks in the soup (not really, I had to pull a magic trick so he believed they were in there) I explained the soup now had to boil for a long time to soften the rocks.

At dinner that evening, my son ate more than normal. He was so proud to tell everyone how good Rock Soup is and that he helped pick out the rocks to help me cook dinner. A few weeks passed and his request for dinner was Rock Soup. He also asked if his friends could come over too. He and his friends loved my Rock Soup. Still to this day, these boys love my Rock Soup. (If you haven't figured it out, my secret recipe for Rock Soup is Potato Soup but don't tell the boys.)


You can make something out of nothing.

You can make a previous memory, even when it started with your last nerve being worn on.

Life should be fun, full of memories. Children will only be little for a short time, enjoy and embrace the moments.

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