A close up of a collection of whites and a bit of black. Do you see an American state?
Some more of my Seaham collection.
Sand dollars from Southern California.
Some stones from a variety of places, including Campobello Island.
Years of bits and pieces from all over the world.
The sea glass candle/tea light holder I made.
Grace & Peace,
My collection from the West coast of Scotland – August 2016.
Some finds from the beaches of Kent, England.
My Scottish beachcombing collection.
The Shepherd’s Joy
A Christmas Poem
by Chris Lane
Death, darkness, fear and shame
No one, nothing else to blame
He brought it on himself he fears
With choices that now draw these tears
Heaven’s help is what he needs
To overcome his dire deeds
Alas he bows with heavy heart
And trembles from the devil’s art
For loneliness and a sinner’s brand
Are Hades’ power and heavy hand
Locking him in desperate straights
His heart is aching; his prison waits
What can free him from this doom?
And cast a floodlight on his gloom?
Where are the heroes, the happy ending?
Who will his broken heart be mending?
But, look, upon that barren hill
With flocks of sheep and shepherds still
The quiet of the night is broken
With brilliant light and hope that’s spoken
A heavenly host in the sky appears
The shepherds shake, their spirits’ fear
An angel speaks, his words bring joy
The answer is a baby Boy!
With visions of the hosts’ rejoicing
Shouting songs and praises voicing
Glory to God, to men good will
The shepherd runs on down that hill
Bethlehem’s lights are far away
But on this night he will not stay
Out in the darkness and the gloom
When heaven’s Son came from the womb
In a stable with a manger
He finds salvation from sin’s danger
This Child of Hope, this Christ the Lord
To escape death, he must run toward
For on this fledgling Christmas day
Among the shepherds and the hay
The fabric of the world is torn
The Savior of the world is born
His heart is filling up his chest
His throat is dry, he cannot rest
He sees the Babe, now fully grown
With bloodied back and hears Him moan
Carrying a cross, the crowd presses in
The devil thinks he has the win
He hangs upon that awful tree
Bleeds out His blood to set men free
Then the darkness and the grave
It seems Himself He cannot save
But what is this, could it be true?
The grave clothes empty, the tomb is too?
The shepherd saw that Babe and praised
And now he sees the Savior raised
Up from the grave to conquer death
It all makes sense, it takes his breath
No more darkness, fear or shame
Because this Christ took all the blame
He broke the chains of death and sin
To change their lives who let Him in
So, keep in mind this Christmas day
He started in a manger’s hay
To buy you back when you were lost
A priceless gift, at countless cost
We had some delicious lasagna the other night. I used some roasted veggie slices as a partial noodle substitute to add color, flavor and nutrition to the dish. This recipe was inspired by a variety of different lasagnas that my family and I have eaten over the years. I’ve had lasagna in many different places. My lasagna-eating-adventure started in my mother’s kitchen (homemade sauce and all) and moved on to many other places. Lasagna is one of my father’s favorite foods. I really don’t eat it often, but I have tried it in lots of locations. I’ve eaten lasagna in Italy (even in those autostrade places!), Germany, maybe Belgium(?), probably some other places that I’ve forgotten (Turkey?) and in the kitchen of my sister & brother-in-law, Allison & Zech. The butternut squash is in this lasagna because of Allison & Zech’s recipe and also because we harvested some from our garden this week. The squash were about the only thing that survived this summer. It was a disappointing harvest, but the squash are delicious.
I cooked the lasagna in a large, oval French/Dutch Oven. It’s a large pan and we have more than enough for leftovers for an easy meal this weekend.
Ingredients – all approximations – I did not follow a recipe or really pay attention to amounts. Sorry.
1 large Butternut squash – peeled & sliced lengthwise – roasted with olive oil until tender
4 Medium Zucchini – sliced lengthwise – roasted with olive oil until tender
3 or 4 medium Eggplant – peeled & sliced lengthwise – roasted with olive oil until tender
8 cups fresh spinach – braised with fresh garlic & olive oil
2 lbs. organic Italian-style turkey sausage – browned
6 cups mixture of cheeses (+ egg) of your choice – ricotta/cottage cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano + herbs/spices of your choice
3 cups shredded Mozzarella
6 cups of your favorite homemade meatless red pasta sauce
1 package of lasagna noodles
Assemble (& cook) the lasagna as you normally would. Remember to substitute 1 type of the sliced and roasted vegetable slices as noodles.I ended up with only 3 layers of noodles (bottom, very middle and top) and very thick lasagna. I’ve made pasta-less lasagna before and this recipe would work well without the noodles.
Thanks for stopping by!
Grace & Peace,