May 10, 2019

The sun still shines

on dark rainy days.

You can see it reflected

in EVERY puddle!

By Martha L Shaw – © 2016



September 6, 2018


Daily Bread . . .

cuban bread

The Aroma of Distraction

“There’s nothing I can do . . . “

Counting out cups of flour.

“How can I fix this mess I’m in . . . “

Measuring the salt,

Adding sugar.

“I’ve got nothing left . . . “

Sprinkling the yeast.

“It’s hopeless . . . “

Pounding the dough.

“I’m tired of feeling so . . . “

Noticing the scent filling the room.

“When will I ever . . . “

Absently placing the luscious loaves

On the counter.

“Hmmm . . .

Maybe a small slice . . .”

A little bit of butter  . . .

“Here, have one.  I made extra.”


Bread for today

He has plans for tomorrow . . .

“now, where was I?”

Off track

but now thankful!

By Martha L Shaw –©2016

Soul Food

August 14, 2018

My mind can only know so much.

It is only when my soul is fed

that my life is forever changed.

By Martha L Shaw – © 2014



March 25, 2017

Okay, it is difficult to find a Bible translation with the above book in it, but stay with me!

whit cookies

One of my favorite things to do is bake for folks.  My late Mother did also and so it stirs up happy memories, so when I began to have some limiting physical challenges as she had, I could not do exactly what I used to do.  This was the stage at which Mom gave up.  So, my reaction?

  • What?  I cannot bake?
  • It was fun!
  • People were happy!
  • Dang, what good am I?

For a while I wished I could do what I “lost”and pouted!  That blessed nobody!  Eventually, the Lord spoke louder and got my attention.   He gave me a heart and mind and I gave up too soon!  If I was meant to accomplish something, He would provide a way!  So, when He said “make a different cookie!”  I realized if I had quit sulking, I might have gotten a lot  more baking done a lot sooner.

This isn’t really about cookies, though the story is true.

When the road turns in a new direction, the trip isn’t over yet!  His plan is ALWAYS best.  There have been loads of surprise road blocks in my life, but when I FOLLOWED HIM, what He planned was SOOO MUCH BETTER than mine!  Can I get an AMEN?


White chocolate chip cookies

1 cake mix (I used butter pecan)

2 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1 tsp vanilla

choc chips of your choice (I did not measure)

Mix well and bake at 375 for about 9 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet, pay attention as time may vary.  Should be light brown on bottom and will be very soft until cooled!  I made mine just under golf ball sized. Smaller will need less time and ovens vary!

Laugh!  I always have a few cake mixes, when they are on sale, and dislike cake generally.  VERY handy for baking all sorts of non-cake treats in a hurry!  As for cake, I prefer my ice cream solo!
















March 20, 2017

Grocery shopping can be vexing.  

Image result for peas and carrots

In order to obtain what we need, to meet health restructions, etc., we must read every label, hope for full and clear disclosure, yet still discover we have not seen enough to judge.

Image result for canned goods

WHY then, knowing only God can know a human heart, do we persist in placing a label on one another?

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Hope Rises

February 24, 2017

 My bread dough rises like the sun

In a cold unleavened sky.

My heart is warmed,

My hands reaching out

To prepare the loaf it will become,

To bake,

To break,

To share.

By Martha L Shaw – ©  1-2015

portuguese bread

Haiku Horizons prompt “late”

January 3, 2017



Rain drops gently fall

It is neither late nor light

Their music feeds me

By Martha L Shaw – © 2017





Mom – Gone But Not Forgotten

December 5, 2016

Mom made these every year and I have the wrinkled scrap she wrote the recipe on.  It has been a trying year but blessings come to mind as well.  I will share the cookies I make thinking of blessings past and knowing more will come!  The joy and the cookies will be shared!  Cider anyone?




Bits of sugar,

salt and flour

iced and setting on the tray.

Shared memories . . . making new!

By Martha L Shaw – © 12-16-2014

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September 5, 2016


Try breaking CAKE together on your knees!

bread of life

Okay, do you swoon over the aroma of freshly . . . cake?  Not me!  Getting a little light headed right now because there is a loaf in my oven!

beer bread

Ever sit around the camp fire singing “I am the cake of life?  Leavened or not, I am a happy girl!

portuguese bread

Oops!  Time to kneed my dough!







August 4, 2016

Perhaps it’s just me but I tend to associate the word craving with food.  This could explain my hips . . . but I was thinking there are many things I yearn for or desire.  Here are the ones that popped into my head.  Laughing is okay!  Feel free!

  • Sunshine
  • A cruise
  • A nap
  • The cute guy at church!
  • A smaller waistline
  • To trust as much as my dog trusts me!
  • Grand kids
  • To author a best seller
  • Liverwurst on rye!

Oh, dear! I blew it with the last one, but it’s time for my lunch!  Lol  

morning coffee

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