My New Recipe Page!

October 29, 2012

I am discovering I find fussing in the kitchen relaxing and have been exploring new recipes lately.  My blog has a lot of posts now that it is over a year old, so I will have to find time to read down the very long list of posts to see what I have forgotten about, but my new RECIPE page on my blog will have a growing list of links to give easy access to the recipes I’ve posted and reblogged and also to recipes pages on other blogs!  Do you have a fav recipe blog?  Do you have a recipe blog or page of your own?  Please feel encouraged to place a link in the comment section on my Recipe page on this blog so folks can easily find yours!  As the list grows I will periodically update it to make it easier to find things . . .  it is not in alphabetical order at present, but I’ll take care of that as it grows.

Spread the word!  Let’s link up!  See my new page!




Martha’s Quick Applesauce Cake

October 29, 2012

My favorite “other” mother, the late Barbara Brosnan from ME made yummy homemade apple sauce and lots of other treats from an abundance of “drops” from the nearby farm.  Drops?  The apples the pickers dropped on the ground or the wind blew from the trees.  They couldn’t be sold at premium prices so a bushel went cheap and Mom B had a whole bushel of kids, not even counting me.  Lol  I’m not she, so I used store bought chunky applesauce for my cake but if you make chunky homemade sauce, oh do use it!  Great for breakfast, with ice cream, or anytime.

Here’s what you need:

2 tablespoons (packed) brown sugar, 1 tablespoon Bisquick – mix together and set aside (topping)

1/3 cup milk

1 egg

½ cup chunky applesauce

2 cups Bisquick

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Beat milk, egg, and applesauce slightly in mixing bowl, blend in 2 cups Bisquick and 2 tablespoons gran sugar, mixing until moist.


Pour into greased  8 x 12 baking pan and sprinkle with reserved topping.


Bake at 400 degrees for approx 22 minutes, until top is golden and tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Yummy served warm with ice cream!


Note:  This is a light and not overly sweet cake which is just my “thing” but you can drizzle a simple confectioners sugar glaze over the top if you like super sweet treats or served after dinner with ice cream, warmed apple sauce, and a dollop of whipped cream . . .

The Truth We Refuse To See

October 29, 2012

Growing up, I was led to believe that my church did things right while others did not.  It doesn’t matter which denomination it is.  I’ve since found many denominations share this opinion about their own sense of what “the truth” truly is.

I came across this quote this morning:

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do — they all contain truths. – Muhammad Ali –

It reminded me of some courses I studied in college.  I attended a Christian college and was “required” to take a world religions course.  I loved it and opted to take more than one such course.  You see, they taught us not only Christianity . . . not simply western religions . . . but eastern ones too.  It was truly a “world” religions course.  I was taught about some groups whom I’d been raised to believe were “evil” in their beliefs.

Know what?  When you are put in a position to listen, to truly listen, to the culture and values and beliefs of another, you learn that we are all far more alike than we are different.  I was amazed at the similarities I could suddenly so easily see as I compared and contrasted the many religions of the world.

This is not the place to delve into a long sermon on what I took away from each and every world religion I studied for it would be far, far too long for a blog post.  I write this because rarely do I pick up a newspaper, click to a webpage, or switch on the television or radio without finding the “different” among us being judged and found lacking.

We judge one another, but we also judge the church . . . in my mind that is much the same thing since WE are the church, not the brick or wooden building with a few trees and a parking lot.  You and I are the church and we carry its message to those who need to know it in our generation and the next.  How can we do so when we seek to relate hate and indifference rather than truth?  A tired cliché tells us the “truth will set us free.”  Sure enough.  Freedom.  Isn’t that what we all seek?

Yesterday’s Gospel reading at my church spoke of difference, of the truth, of freedom, and of healing.  You do not have to belong to my parish, my denomination, be a Christian, nor belong to any “organized religion” to admit those are things you seek.  We all do.  It was, in fact, creating a stir in the Gospel story told.  Someone seeking those things was not “one of us.”  He was overlooked, despised, an outcast.  What was Jesus response?

In the reading Jesus was surrounded by a vast crowd including His chosen 12 and oh so many others eager to meet Him, to hear Him, to touch Him.  One man, Bartimaeus, was blind.  He’d been the despised one of which I spoke.  Society at the time believed his condition surely was caused by some dreadful sin he or his people had committed?  He cried out to Jesus believing He would heal Bartimaeus.  Oh, the crowd had fits, even Jesus own chosen 12.  Jesus, though, called the man to come to Him.  Jesus didn’t care which “group” this man belonged to.  He surely wasn’t part of any.  Jesus didn’t overlook him as pretty much everyone else did.  He healed the man and told him that “your faith has set you free.”  Freedom, healing, acceptance.

We climb over, walk around, and pass by those who are different every day.  We wrinkle our nose at how they “smell” and cover our eyes at the way they look.  Our failure to accept them forces them to live as they do in many cases.  Why do we not look at them?  Could it be that if we looked into their eyes we’d see ourselves reflected there?  Could it be that we’d see our own human weakness, often denied, staring at us?  Could it also be that we’d see Jesus Himself looking back at us?  We would see the Truth staring back at us for sure.  We don’t want to see it.  It is time we stopped denying.  We are all different.  It is time to embrace this and to seek unity.

October 29, 2012

My soul hungered for these and in these troubled days, I simply had to share the food with you.

Poems From Psalms And Nature

. . . he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalm 23: 2b (KJV)

Be still, and know that I am God. . .
Psalm 46: 10a (KJV)

He that dwelleth in the secret place
of the Most High shall abide
under the shadow of the Almighty
Psalm 91: 1 (KJV)

“Sea Shell on Black Background” by Fiona Storey.
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October 29, 2012

I’m feeling mindless and this appealed to me for so many reasons. It is so simple and adaptable for carnivores or veggie lovers or both. Try it. I will be.

Worship In The Storm Monday Bible Verse

October 29, 2012

Whether it’s the hurricane or the spiritual storm, perhaps today is a rough one for you.  It has been for me.  Perhaps you wonder what you have to give to God whom you love and who loves you so much?  Here is an answer.

“[A Living Sacrifice to God] And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” Romans 12:1 NLT

Joy Unmasked?

October 28, 2012

The mask he wore


The sadness underneath.

Its bright colors,

Its painted smile,

Portrayed a joy

Not known

Yet hungered for.

He wandered about


Without finding it

For the answer was never outside

But held captive within his soul all along

Just waiting to be set free.

I pray he finds it.

By Martha L Shaw – copyright 10-28-12

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