When I finally got around to trying out this recipe, I awarded it four stars. I served it for lunch along with soup to my "out of town" weekend guests. It was so delicious and easy to put together that I decided in advance that that it would be my "go to" recipe to make for all the "dish to pass" events that occur around the holidays.

It is not a sammysgrammy "original". I honestly don't remember where I printed it out from but it did have a url on the page. I'm including it here because I want to give credit where credit is due.

After my company and I all shared a lovely lunch, there was still half left over. I was jumping for joy. That meant that I could have luscious leftovers for several meals. I warmed a slice at a time in my toaster oven so that it would stay crispy and not get all limp and mushy in the microwave.
The measurements are in metric but I (completely technically challenged) figured it out. I'm sure the Americans reading this will be able to do so, as well.  I did receive some handy tips from other sources. #1 is defrost the phyllo in the fridge. It always wants to be cold. #2 Drain the ricotta, in the fridge,  overnight, in a fine sieve over a bowl (you want it as dry as possible) #3 same with the spinach - drain it to remove all liquid (finally putting it in a clean dishtowel and twisting it until it's as dry as possible.

Shared with you for this holiday season by sammysgrammy.  Now it's ready to assemble and bake. Bon appetit


A friend and her husband recently "got away" for a week.
They have a young family and it is rare that they can get more than 
a quick weekend away nearby but this trip involved traveling
hours to an area that was unfamiliar to both of them.

It was very cool when she mentioned that using a GPS is kind of like the 
Christian Walk where you don't necessarily see the distant
future or the next steps but you follow that voice from the box,
in the case of the GPS, or that Still Small Voice in the case of 
the Holy Spirit, moment by moment.

There is a huge element of trust.
We discussed how it is that it never seems to work to 
plan out our lives of service years ahead.
When we think we have it all planned out
 we always find out that it is much 
more efficient to follow His voice
in real time.

Detours to OUR plans happen all of the time.

As we continued talking about it she commented on the fact that she loves
having a GPS because she feels that anywhere she is it can guide 
her well to the destination.

She mentioned a large city and said that she would feel safe 
even there because the GPS would lead her.
Well, having been in that city this year and having our GPS signal blocked 
at a very, very important time I had to give her the voice of 
experience that she shouldn't become overconfident in this 
handy, dandy gadget.
She was relieved to have this bit of information
before trying it out for herself.

While the GPS devices are pretty cool and make our lives 
a lot easier in many cases they are not infallible.
That can only be the case in one situation.
Our Heavenly Father.
He is the only one who can lead us through every 
step we take and it will be perfect.
No large buildings or radio signals will ever jam 
His transmission.

Don't forget to consult 
His voice...
today and every day.

You won't be sorry.

Show me your ways, Lord.
Teach me your Paths.
Psalm 25:4
"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma."  Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

Have a blessed Sunday!

...the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:7 (NIV)

"Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!  
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
 we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!"
Psalm 100:1-4 ESV

Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord - Psalm 100 - scripture paper cut silhouette art

Happy Sunday!

I like to garden, but I don't relish doing the fall clean up when it is cold and wet, especially when my hands and gloves get wet and cold.  It was snowing and my calla lilies were still in my  huge pottery pot.  If the pot wasn't emptied the wet soil would freeze and break my pot.

 A few days before I tackled my calla lilies a friend had given my husband a pair of diving dry gloves. They were too small for him and too small for Dave and too big for me. sounds like Goldi Locks' dilemma.  We were going to give them to our son-in-law, Rich, who teaches scuba diving.  He might know someone whom they would fit.

With the snow falling I put on my winter coat and these gloves and took my calla lilies out of the pot.  My hands stayed dry and warm. All I had to do was run them under the tap to wash them. Sorry Rich I am keeping this gift from a friend. I never dreamed of owning dry gloves.  I believe God wanted to bless me with these gloves.

This reminded me of another time, many years ago when God took care of a small thing in my life.

Before I had lazer eye surgery I wore soft contact lenses. My evening ritual was to take out my lenses and put them in solution to clean and store them.

One evening, my contacts were stored and I had drifted off to sleep. A few hours later, so I thought, I woke up to go to the bathroom.  I have another nightly ritual. After I go to the bathroom, I fumble in the dark, at the sink, feeling for the glass to get a drink of water.

That evening, as I ran my hand around the counter hoping it would stumble upon the glass  I knocked over my contact lens case.  Now I had to turn on the light and replace the sailing solution that had spilled out of the  container. To my surprise I had forgotten to put the sailing solution in the container. In the morning my contacts would be dried to a crisp.  We were heading on a trip first thing in the morning and I would have had to wear my glasses, which I didn't like doing.

When I got back to bed, the clock showed it was only a few minutes since I first drifted off, not hours as I thought. God knows my nightly rituals. That night he just had to wake me up much earlier than normal.

Doctor Luke says in Luke 12 : 6-7  Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear, you are more valuable than many sparrows.

I need constant reminders of this, sometimes I forget how valuable I am to God and how much he cares for me.

I pray that you know how much God cares about you too.

We would like to welcome Mary Jane from Janey Laughs to our Wednesday featured artist post! 

Mary, tell us about yourself! 
My Name is 'Mary Jane (Janey) Gust. My Shop name is Janey Laughs. I chose my shop name "Janey Laughs" because I enjoy laughing, and seeing the funny side of life.
I was made fun of often in my life for it, but just can't help myself! LOL. My interest in creating dolls, dresses...etc. came at a young age of 6 or 7 years old. My mother bought me a toy sewing machine that actually worked somewhat, and I spent hours with that machine, along with many other artful interests.
Married at a young age and raising 3 girls and 3 boys, I used my sewing talents to make them stuffed toys and many outfits.

Often people would tell me I should sell my items, so after retiring I sew when I find time, as this is my fun hobby. I create most my own  patterns for dresses and dolls.
A typical day for me is enjoying an early cup of coffee with my precious Husband, and we read scriptures and pray together every morning, then he heads off to work, and I start my day first tending my huge flower garden of which is one of my many first loves:)
The day goes way too fast, and I have to have my list of priorities, but sometimes i ignore that list and just sit in my sewing room and stuff my dolls, sew those cute little dresses!
*If I could be anywhere in the world for ONE day I would choose to take a walk with my Hubby in the'' Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. We both have relatives in France, so we'd stop over there quick for some good restaurant experiences with them also!
My Favorite verse is Proverbs 31:25 "She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future."

My favorite Etsy item listed is Peppermint Patty doll...She just has that huge smile! with rosy cheeks. I love them all, but Patty is special.

Thank you for sharing your shop and creative process with us. Where else can we find you online? 
I'm on Facebook
Please visit Janey's amazing shop and take a look around. Comments are always welcomed and appreciated!