Grief, a thought

Thankfully, I am past the third anniversary of Mom’s passing. I miss her, but the hurt isn’t there as often. In thinking of all who have experienced loss and kept going, I have this thought to share for your consideration:

Grief is a process and quite the equalizer of humanity. Would that we looked beyond the presentation of others to the real person who needs love, true in each of us. — Me

(Her favorite flower)


Recipe ~ Kielbasa Bruschetta Pasta, fast and easy

A while ago I hosted a Pampered Chef party and purchased the Deep Covered Baker (DCB). Isn’t it pretty? I haven’t used it as often as I would like, but last night it was a handy tool. I made Bruschetta Pasta with Kielbasa sausage in less than 20 minutes. This dish was yummy, and my hubby and 3 year-old approved.

Here is the link for the original recipe from Tara’s Go-To Recipes. She used fresh basil, chicken stock, and fresh tomatoes.

Here is my version (the measurements are “ish”):


16 oz. box of spaghetti, broken in half
3 1/2 cups chicken broth


1/2 T dried basil (to taste)
1/2 T minced garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
14 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
Parmesan cheese, garnish

If you want to add meat, I used Kielbasa sausage that I sliced and cooked separately. You could also use cooked chicken or shrimp. Add it at the end and toss together, or plate it on top of the pasta.


Break the pasta in half and put it in the DCB. Add the chicken broth. Cover and cook in the microwave for 8 minutes. Stir. Cover and cook 8 more minutes. (Mine made a mess in the microwave, but it was cooked nicely.)

Meanwhile, cook your meat and prepare your sauce in a medium-size bowl. Combine the drained tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and garlic. When the pasta is ready, add your sauce to the DCB and mix all of those flavors together. Dish it and put your protein on top. Garnish with Parmesan to taste.

*I wish I had taken a picture, but we were hungry. Maybe next time. 😉

Book Review ~ Precious Moments God Watches Over Me

Would you like a book for a young child to demonstrate God’s presence in each day? Consider Precious Moments’ God watches over me. In classic Precious Moments design, each page has a Bible verse, one poem, and an illustration to go with it. Many writings are by Jean Fischer, and the last entry is “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Although it is a board book, the content of God watches over me is more appropriate for children ages 4-8. The front cover is a padded foam board, and the back is hard board. It is about 5″ x 7″ and 32 pages long, front and back, with full color illustrations. There is no Table of Contents, so here are the entry titles:

God watches over me:  all day long, when I need help, when I’m hungry, when I play, when I travel, when I learn, when I think that I can’t, when I need to be brave, when I get hurt, every day, while I sleep, all the time

God watches over my: friends and me, family and me, pets

God watches over the world and everything in it!

I like this collection of illustrations and poetry, but I don’t think it’s appropriate for the target audience of children ages one to four. The pictures are cute, but it is wordy. My son is 3, and he enjoys about 20 seconds of this book at a time. It is one to grow on, but not easily engaging with an energetic little one.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review ~ Psalm 23 by Richard Jesse Watson

Using the text from the King James Version of the Bible, Richard Jesse Watson illustrates the 23rd Psalm of “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” in a board book format for children. Without preamble, the reader opens the book to begin the psalm. There is one picture and page set for every 1 to 2 lines of the psalm, which is written in its entirety on the last page of the book.

The illustrations bring the words to life and help the reader understand their meanings. In keeping with the shepherd concept, there is a lamb included in each illustration. While the KJV is not my favorite, the pictures are lovely, colorful, and charming without being gaudy. The child-like innocence and trust comes through. Our 3 year old son likes it, and I recommend it for toddlers through young elementary age.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Book Look Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and they are not required to be positive.

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