Devotions and Recipes

1 Jan 2015    It's Stilll Christmas/Bow Tie Pasta
1 Dec 2014    Where in the World?; Peasant Soup
1 Nov 2014    Pieces and Parts; Pull Apart Pizza Bread




I guide you in the way of wisdom, along straight paths. Proverbs 4:11 NIV


I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8 ESV


     With 45 years of accumulation of “stuff”, moving is a daunting task for anyone. For me, it was  a trip down memory lane, an opportunity to give things away and most definitely an opportunity to downsize and purge contents that are no longer needed for my life season.

     Cleaning the garage with my daughter Kate was one of my most challenging parts of moving. There were items I could readily identify--fishing gear, cleaning supplies, garden equipment--but some of my late husband’s tools posed a dilemma.
     Holding up a package I asked, “What do you think this is?”  

     “I have no idea,” Kate answered as she briefly looked up and kept working. She was determined to finish that day and wasn’t about to read the label or attempt to figure out what it might belong to.

     “Well,” I said in resignation. “It’s a part to something. To what, I have no idea, but I may come across the connection as we sort through things.”

     “You’re saving it?” she questioned in exasperation.

     “Yes,” I may discover it’s something I need, when I find what it belongs to.”

     I saved it and still don’t know what it’s a part of, but it got me thinking.

     Parts of something. “Pieces and parts” as my friend Judy often says.

     We face parts and pieces daily.

     One of my friends is waiting for a house to sell. It’s been on the market for over a year and she has had one showing in the past six months. She can’t understand the delay.

     A conversation with another friend is layered with tones of disappointment and discouragement. Her unmet expectations trouble her.

     In another case, I listened to the lament of a marriage that wasn’t reconciled.

    A dear friend has moved to another state hasn’t made friends, and is lonely.

    A glance at my news feed on Facebook reveals job loss, an engagement, a new baby, serious health issues, an annoying noisy neighbor, a car accident.      

     All are parts and pieces of something bigger. Often we don’t see the big picture, only our small piece. Ourpart may appear to be random, puzzling, hurtful or even wrong, but God has a purpose in it. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”(Romans 8:28 ESV)

     We long for an answer or a solution and neither comes or it is opposite of what we desire. Yet, God is working our piece and part together for good. We see crooked paths and wrong turns. He wants us to know that part of the “good” is for us to know His presence, His love and His faithfulness no matter what.    

     Yes, I’m holding on to that “part” and my “parts”.  It’s something I need. It fits with His grand design.




I came across this recipe on Facebook and thought it was appropriate for our thoughts on “parts”. I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks yummyand might be a fun activity with children.



Prep time:  10 minutes

Cook time:  30 minutes

Total time:  40 minutes

Serves: 8


  • 2 Cans of Pizza Dough
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning or parsley flakes
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 1 - 8 oz package of pepperoni
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Optional: Add a ½ teaspoon of fresh garlic or garlic powder


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Cut pizza dough into quarters

Cut the pepperoni into smaller pieces

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and toss so that the oil is spread evenly on each piece of dough.

Place in a bundt pan. (You can use a 9x13 pan if desired.)

Bake for about 30 minutes (or until the top is brown and the center is thoroughly cooked) TIP: Be sure to check it in the middle before you pull it out. If the middle is still not cooked thoroughly be sure to leave it in another 5 minutes at a time until it's done.

Flip over on to a plate while it's still hot.

Serve with a side sauce and enjoy!

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1 Mar 2014    Secret Space; Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
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1 Dec 2013    What's in a Name? Sweet Potato Casserole
1 Nov 2013    Casting: More than Fishing; Apple Crisp
1 Oct 2013    Great Plans; Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes
1 Sep 2013    September Focus; Biscotti
1 Aug 2013    Findings; The Medley
1 Jul 2013    Worn Out, But Better for the Wear; Chocolate Cherry Bars
1 Jun 2013    What Do You Know?; Ham and Cheese Croissant Casserole
1 May 2013    More Than a Hallmark Holiday; Chocolate Drops
1 Apr 2013    Word Themes; Strawberry Pretzel Salad
1 Mar 2013    Newspaper Drives and Broken Hearts; Beef and Noodles and Sour Cream
1 Feb 2013    Court Proceedings; Manicotti Shells
1 Jan 2013    Faithfulness; Oven Chicken Salad
1 Dec 2012    Christmas Rest;; Savory Green Beans
1 Nov 2012    In Everything; Sunshine Chicken
1 Oct 2012    It's in the Air; Lasagna Soup
1 Sep 2012    Spools of Thread; Peanut Butter Pie
1 Aug 2012    Anchors...more than boating; Spinach Salad
1 Jul 2012    Comforters; Zucchini Bread
1 May 2012    English Class Essays and Other Discoveries, Layered Salad
1 Mar 2012    A New Perspective; Chicken Divan
1 Feb 2012    7 NEW HABITS: Guest Writer
1 Nov 2011    Resting and Thankfulness; Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 Oct 2011    Missing the Treasures; Roasted Potatoes
1 Sep 2011 pray! Pork with Sesame Marinade
1 Aug 2011    Praying About Praying; Crab and Rice Salad
1 May 2011    Intentional Moments; Iced Tea Punch
1 Feb 2011    Crystal Clear Reflections; Baked French Toast
1 Jan 2011    New Steps for a New Year; Lasagna Soup
1 Dec 2010    An Uncluttered Christmas
1 Nov 2010    Too Many Controls; Spinach Cheese Squares
1 Oct 2010    Work; Gnochi
1 Sep 2010    Classroom 101; Overnight Salad
1 Aug 2010    Invisible; Surprise Chicken Salad
1 Jun 2010    Family Members; Date Roll
1 May 2010    Human Signs;; Zucchini Ricotta Cheesecake
1 Apr 2010    Excess Baggage; Italian Easter Bread
1 Mar 2010    Dressed with Purpose; Creamy Fruit Salad
1 Feb 2010    Snowstorms and Shadows; Hearty Soup for a Winter Day
1 Jan 2010    Gifts; White Pizza
1 Dec 2009    Who's Coming to Town?; Peppermint Bark
1 Nov 2009    Messages, Messages; Apple Coffee Cake
1 Oct 2009    Simply Spectacular; Pineapple Cake
1 Sep 2009    School Days; School Days French Toast
1 Aug 2009    The Mercedes Incident; Black Bean Burgers
1 Jul 2009    Object Lessons; Summer Skewers
1 Jun 2009    Morning Lessons; Bread and Butter Pickles
1 May 2009    Focus; Sunshine Cake
1 Apr 2009    Road Signs; Macaroons
1 Mar 2009    Preview from Diva Delights: Stretch Marks
1 Feb 2009    Moving...Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
1 Jan 2009    Too Much to Resist; Irresistable Salad
1 Dec 2008    Rest; Christmas Ice Cream Dessert
1 Nov 2008    Where Do You Live?; Pasta e Faglioli aka "Pasta Fazool"
1 Oct 2008    Recalculating, Continued...Power Outage; Overnight Salad
1 Sep 2008    Seasonal Recalculating; Rice Salad
1 Aug 2008    Recalculating; Pasta Salad Recalculated
1 Jul 2008    TEACH; Angel Delight
1 Jun 2008    Remembering; Fiesta Chicken
1 May 2008    A New Crown; Crockpot Chicken
1 Apr 2008    Light-en Up!; Light Fruit Salad
1 Mar 2008    Memories; Toffee Bars
1 Feb 2008    Today's Featured Teas; Two Minute Pie
1 Jan 2008    Below Expectations; Chicken Soup
1 Dec 2007    "Must-haves"; Sweet Potato Casserole
1 Nov 2007    In a Matter of Minutes; Pumpkin Muffins, Macaroons (repeat)
1 Oct 2007    Hand-Holding; Cut-out Cookies
1 Sep 2007    September Schedules; Beef 'n Noodles
1 Aug 2007    Journaling Your Journey; Pasta Salad
1 Jul 2007    (In)dependence Day; Red, White and Blue Trifle
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1 Feb 2007    Trading Hearts; Crockpot Chicken
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1 Oct 2006    Reunions and Reunion; Pineapple Raisin Drops
1 Sep 2006    Shoes...and More; Autumn Baked Sandwiches
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