Author Archives: Marcia Ren

A Tuscan Soup & Baguette Recipe

“ How wonderful it is that nobody need to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are hungry today because this post is all about food… Keto Tuscan Soup I had to laugh when I received the recipe for this soup. It was shared by a new friend whom I met in an online bible study. There were no measurements just the ingredients. That being said I sort of experimented with how much to measure. Also…my friend is Italian and I’ve never met an Italian that isn’t a natural chef. btw.. this soup was fabulous! INGREDIENTS Hot sausage or just regular ground pork (I used 4 hot Italian veggie sausage links) onion (I didn’t use) garlic (3 diced cloves)chicken broth (I used about 8 cups) frozen chopped spinach (or fresh chopped spinach) I used 1 box frozen sun-dried tomatoes … Continue reading

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Put Your Heart Into It…A Recipe For Hearts

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 Hello, sweet friends… I’ve been a crafty gal this week… playing around with 2 ongoing projects kept me joyfully occupied… the first one was a prayer journal… the second was… a Valentine tree…. Creative expression has always been important to me… I have found it helpful in releasing thoughts and emotions that sometimes don’t find expression. I’m grateful for the many ways to create…Painting…music…dance…writing… it’s taken many years to realize I don’t have to be “perfect” at creating … the most important thing I’ve discovered… is that by exploring ways of being creative… I learn more about myself and this helps me grow… my creativity allows me to just be me…and that, dear reader, is the sweetest powerfully creative experience there is. CANDY HEARTS During one of my excursions to JoAnns I came … Continue reading

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Welcoming in 2021…

For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 Hello, sweet friends… It’s Thursday early afternoon as I write this week’s blog post…the first week of 2021 has been lived… most of the Christmas decor taken down… lovingly tucked away… wanting to maintain a cozy vibe… I decided to keep 2 trees up… transitioning the main tree to a Valentine’s tree. I told Joe that my Valentine’s tree will become our new Christmas tree. (giggle) The point being that this year Id like to build a whole beautiful life from the smallest of moments making each day count the most. What’s Cooking? Often on Sunday I prepare a salmon dinner. I’ve experimented with several recipes and this simple yet delicious recipe seems to be our favorite. INGREDIENTS Creamy Dill Sauce ▢ 1 large … Continue reading

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2020…The Year We All Stayed Home

There are two ways of getting home…one of them is to stay there…the other is to walk around the whole world till we come back to the same place.” -Chesterton Hello, sweet friends… Having recently celebrated another trip around the sun…. AND… being a gal who never volunteers to share her age or weight…I do admit that this past year has made me years wiser not older…(wink) 2020 has been quite the year…still, good things did happen. Things have changed…and perhaps some things will never come back. Our homes became the great theaters where the drama of our daily lives were played out. When the world seemed to grow darker the desire for me to create a sanctuary grew stronger…and, I discovered to slow down in life. 2020 would have a silver lining… a deeper appreciation for life…not to take anything for granted because one day all I will have … Continue reading

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A Christmas Tea 2020…

🎄Be truly glad…there is wonderful joy ahead.🎄 -Peter 1:6 Hello, sweet friend… Merry Christmas! Recently I asked Joe what he would like for Christmas…he said he didn’t need or want anything…that all my cooking during this pandemic was the biggest most wonderful gift of all. He went on expressing gratitude for my efforts in preparing meals while also creating a beautiful cozy home for us. Honestly, I was a bit gobsmacked! I thanked him and while handing him my Christmas wish list (giggle) I knew just what to give my charming husband… I would surprise him with a Christmas Tea! 👩‍🍳 What’s Cooking… Along with a variety of simple tea sandwiches such as egg salad, smoked salmon and cucumber… I also baked semi-homemade scones using a can of mandarin oranges with a handful of chocolate chips. I baked Krusteaz lemon bars and pulled out a few sugar cookies I had … Continue reading

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