Moments of Gratuitious Grace

”How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine, a roast chestnut…the sound of the sea…All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.”

-Nikos Kazantzakis

Cooking date with Joe

Hello, dear friend…

Somewhere in the week’s passing moments…

as I was doing nothing particularly special I looked around the cottage and thought how good this day is…

how good it is to be alive...
My SoCal roots-demand pretty flowers
Checking out my She Shed


if it’s raining…to feel the cozy sound of rain…

Pitter patter of rain

I think about how meaningful & good life can be when I take the time to celebrate ordinary moments.

Taking a stroll
Marina on Presidents’ Day
February’s full moon…known as a Super Snow Moon

Those simple things in life which bring the possibility of the moment…

Joe slicing and dicing

Snapping up as much as I can…

Bluebird of happiness
Stir away Joe!
Ready to bake…

those illuminating moments…

when I feel open to all the rhythms of life…


Savoring the desire for awakening…as a hope…a possibility…one which feeds my soul…making contact with an inner life…

Kitchen Art

This, sweet friend, is what makes life precious.💋

A yummy breakfast casserole


This Hashbrown and egg breakfast casserole is a no- fail breakfast recipe that everyone will love. (Joe and I substitute Italian veggie sausage for regular sausage) To make this casserole just mix everything together and bake!

  2. 12 eggs
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 pound ground saugage (cooked)
  5. 1/2 green/red/orange bell pepper (chopped)
  6. 1 cup broccoli (chopped)
  7. 1/2 onion (diced fine)
  8. 1 tomato (diced)
  9. 16 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
  10. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  11. 1 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a bowl, beat eggs and milk.
  2. Stir in all other ingredients.
  3. Put in greased 9 x 13 inch pan and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes or until well set.


Of course if it makes you happier…😉 You could also use bacon/ham in place of sausage…and serve this topped with salsa & cheese.👩‍🍳

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4 Responses to Moments of Gratuitious Grace

  1. Joe says:

    Thank you for your beautiful post as a reminder to enjoy the simple pleasures Life gives us each day!!

  2. Judi Hansen Soliday says:

    Oh my goodness! I sure do enjoy your posts. I’ll be trying this recipe soon! Love your beautiful blue mixing bowls! Thank you for sharing your joyfulness!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Judi,
      The recipe is great and quite easy. The mixing bowls were a gift from a friend here on the coast…I love them too! Thank you for your sweet comments.

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