a meal the entire family likes

This morning before school Sarah read me her reading assignment.  It was a book by Gail Gibbons about the sun.

It became an unexpected sacred morning moment; a small girl tucked up beside me reading in her sweet voice.

“The sun gives all living things energy and strength in order to grow.”

Ah yes, thank you Jesus, the Light of the world and only Son of God.

“Without the sun, there would be only darkness and nothing could live.”

…..he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

What a dark and deathly world it would be without His presence.

All of humanity benefits from his warm and life-giving light.

I see Him everywhere, I know you do, too.  There is no need to force a religion (laws and rule keeping) when you truly believe and love Christ.  He opens your eyes to see Him, He puts a longing (hunger and thirst) inside of you to know His beauty, and the whole of life blossoms and flourishes because of the relationship you share with Him.

Since Sarah read me her book, an old hymn has been keeping me company for the morning; written by Philip Bliss, the author of many of our favorite hymns:

The Light of the World is Jesus

The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,
The Light of the world is Jesus!
Like sunshine at noonday, His glory shone in;
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;
Once I was blind, but now I can see:
The Light of the world is Jesus!

No darkness have we who in Jesus abide;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
We walk in the light when we follow our Guide!
The Light of the world is Jesus!

No need of the sunlight in Heaven we’re told;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
The Lamb is the Light in the city of gold,
The Light of the world is Jesus!


After getting Sarah on the bus, I went for a short ramble all by myself in the snow.  I was still wearing my pajamas but it wasn’t too cold thanks to a sweatshirt, a sweater, and shawl.

Orange fungus growing on a dead tree;


I noticed snow covered cobweb wisps everywhere on the trees (why?)…….



reflection of the stream;


texture of slushy icy water;



black and white;


There is something magical about being outside in the woods while it’s snowing.



Inside the chicken coop;


I was thrilled to find a half dozen eggs!!  (the hens haven’t been laying for over a month)


I rewarded them with a bowl of snow.


Which they appreciated very much.


And now for a recipe.


This recipe is “blog worthy” because the whole family loves it.  It’s different; there is no milk or cheese in the sauce, the mayonnaise gives it a richness.

Scalloped Potatoes and Onions

5 large potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
3/4 cup chopped onion
6 T. butter
1/2 cup flour
3 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 325.  Grease a baking dish.
Layer potatoes and onion in prepared baking dish.
Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat; stir in flour until smooth.  Gradually add broth, mayonnaise, salt, pepper; cook and stir until thick and bubbly, about 2 minutes.  Pour mayonnaise mixture over potatoes and onion.  Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour 45 minutes.  Remove foil and continue to bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes more.  Cool slightly; serve.

(I double this for my family)

Also, the original recipe doesn’t call for ham, but I do add it whenever I have leftovers to use up.  Enjoy.


The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.
Henry Ward Beecher

8 thoughts on “a meal the entire family likes

  1. Snow and single digits here. No walking around with just a shawl.
    Glad you are making sweet memories with your little one.

  2. Hi Shanda,

    The observations and pictures of the snow are beautiful. You are so good with the camera. We got about 1/2 an inch recently. We usually only get about 3 snows per year here, but it is so much more than where we use to live! I love the snow and the cold weather. Our chickens didn’t want to come out of the hen house, LOL! When the sun came out, and it started melting some, I pushed them out. They thanked me after the fact. 🙂

    I haven’t felt like blogging, lately, but I still love reading and keeping up with you…just haven’t felt like I’ve had much to say or contribute. I’ve only recently started feeling more like myself.

    I hope you and your family are doing well.

    Love, Kara

    • Dearest, I’ve been thinking of you and I know how you “disappear” at times and I think it’s GREAT that you know yourself and know when to step away from putting yourself out there on the internet and blogging. I think that’s what makes your blog so special. I’m glad to know you’re still reading along here and I look forward to when you get back to blogging again. Praying for you with lots of love.

      • Thank you for understanding. You have no idea how much that means to me. 🙂 Thanks, too, for the prayers and love! 🙂

  3. I guess that sounded kind of mean and I need to clarify. The chickens stayed inside the entire day that it snowed that 1/2 inch. The snow was melting the second day, and the sun came out and it was warmer outside than it was inside the coop. That is why I made them go out…mean Mama that I am. This is not to mention that I had hoed a path (in that deep 1/2 inch of snow) for them the day before. :-/

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