Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me

I was about to fall asleep the other night when a childhood memory came pouring into my mind about the night prayers I used to say with my mother before bed each night. I hadn’t thought about it in ages and, word for word, just about all the words were in my mind. Peaceful, happy memory!

Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear Me

Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me;
Bless Thy little lamb tonight;
Through the darkness be Thou near me;
Watch my sleep till morning light.

All this day Thy hand has led me,
And I thank Thee for Thy care;
Thou hast clothed me, warmed and fed me,
Listen to my evening prayer.

Let my sins be all forgiven;
Bless the friends I love so well;
Take me, when I die, to Heaven,
Happy there with Thee to dwell.

Mary L. Duncan (1814-1840)


Healthy Chicken Chowder Soup!

I recently started cooking the Whole 30 way which is a way to get the useless carbs out of your diet, increase your protein intake, and, possibly, feel better. I don’t usually purchased ‘diet’ specific cookbooks but it wasn’t the concept so much as the recipes that got my attention. I’ve tried quite a few of the recipes, already, and all of them have been exceptional. This is a version of one of the recipes that we particularly enjoyed.

P1000567Since the recipes take several ingredients that go into the mix at different time, in order to avoid over or under cooking any one item, there is a French directive that keeps you on track very easily – “Mise en place” which, basically, means everything in place. So, dice, chop, and line up your ingredient before you turn on the burner and the recipe isn’t quite as confusing as you might think.