Why Do You Do That? How We Communicate–

Paulsen Family Reunion Sign

My youngest brother, John, and I were helping my sous-chef dish-washing mom to blow up balloons and decorate a pavilion where our family is gathering for meals during our family reunion this week. We had a couple of tanks of helium and two bags of balloons. My Chief Balloon-blowing husband was working the helium machine, I was handing off filled balloons to my brother and mother, and they were creatively attaching them on curling ribbon. We were working together like a well-oiled party-making machine!

phone texting
All of the sudden my sous-chef dish-washing mom lets out an “oh no!” and it seems we have run short on curling ribbon. My other brother, Michael, had just left for a trip to store. Without saying a word I picked up my phone and quickly dictated a text to him.

“Hey bro, when you get to Wal-Mart will you get us a roll of string or some curling ribbon to use for the balloons? Thank you!”

Without missing a beat in the workflow, my younger brother said, “why do you do that?”

“What?” I said.

“Text when you can easily call and talk with him,” John replied, still tying balloons.

I stopped and thought about it for a minute. “Well, it’s easy, I can give him a quick message and he doesn’t have to stop what he is doing and answer the phone.”  [ side note – I love to text! John texts too – but not always!]

My youngest brother is a great communicator. He has spent his entire adult life teaching and leading young people. He is a natural-born leader and he has inspired many to become leaders over the years. He goes on to say, “So Mike gets the text. He may wonder, does she really want string or does she prefer curling ribbon? If ribbon, does she want a certain color, a fancy silver foil or just something to get the job done? Is there a color theme or anything goes? Will the string be too heavy for the balloons to float up?”

John makes his point.  And what if Michael doesn’t see the text until he has left the store and is on his way back, and I don’t end up with anything? I pick up the phone and call my brother. In less than 30 seconds the deal is done.

I have pondered John’s question to me, “why do you do that?” Technology is a wonderful thing and all of us use it in many ways. But, at what cost?

Beth Moore Conference 2016

This past weekend I was blessed beyond my wildest imagination to attend a Beth Moore Live conference. At one point she asked the crowd of 7,300 women and a handful of brave men (!) “how many of you have your Bible on your phone, ipad, tablet, or computer?” Hands all over the auditorium shot up.  She said, “That is wonderful! Technology has given us the ability to keep the Word of God with us at all times and easily and quickly access it.

Beth Moore June 2016

Then she said, “Keep doing that, BUT, don’t give this up.” She held up a large, dog-eared Bible, peppered with yellow sticky notes, and filled with years worth of hand-scrawled notes. Use technology she said. But when spending time in the Word and talking with Jesus, hold your Bible, read your Bible, let the weight of it rest upon your lap. Moving through my Bible I let my notes drift through my memory as I read things I have jotted down through the years. My eyes take in the notes that I know were inspired by the Lord as I read His Word.

Beth Moore, Anointed to teach!
Beth Moore, Anointed to teach!

When spending time with Jesus I realize sometimes we want to just send up a quick text to him. Just quickly give Him our needs list. No true communication, just a one-way stream of “and I don’t forget this Jesus, I need this Jesus, please send me this, Jesus.”

My brother John has reminded me that communication is vital to any and all relationships. God communicates with us through the Bible, revealing His character and His will and this requires interaction on my part and on His part!

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

We communicate with God through prayer, sharing our thoughts, our needs and our desire to do his will. He communicates with us through His Word, which He writes on our hearts and breaths into our lives.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

“And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.” (1 John 5:14-15)

“No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

“And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

Father God, I am so grateful for the influence of others in my life. I am grateful for my brothers and the wealth of knowledge, experience and love they share with me. I am thankful for Your Word and the many ways you have created for us to receive it. My heart overflows with thanksgiving and love. Amen.

Have a blessed day communicating with others!


When The Student Surpasses The Teacher & Blue Apron Sumac-Spiced Salmon

Sumac-Spiced Salmon
Sumac-Spiced Salmon

Last February my son, Cory, and his wife, Ann, began using Blue Apron, a meal delivery service.   Both Cory and Ann work outside the home and so they share the meal preparation. But Cory enjoys cooking much more than Ann does and so he is the primary cook (and she does the clean-up!)

Cory blue apron boxBlue Apron is a nationwide delivery service (for the most part) that sends a box of pre-packaged meal ingredients, farm to table fresh, with the recipes and complete step-by-step “how to” instructions. For a price of $59.99 Blue Apron delivers three meals serving two people each. So, for less than the price of a meal out, a really nice gourmet-type meal is prepared at home. Like so many 30-something’s, my kids are very busy between their work schedules and the school and activity schedules of two growing boys!

Blue Apron Recipe Cards
Blue Apron Recipe Cards

There are several different companies that are now delivering this type of pre-portioned, ready to cook meals. Cory chose this one because of its reputation for high quality, fresh ingredients and good reviews from those who are using the service.  The day we arrived their Blue Apron box was sitting at the front door.  The box is packed with ice and everything comes out very cold and fresh.  I took some pictures as Cory unpacked the box. But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Central Park West

Central Park signI went for a walk in Central Park this afternoon. OK, maybe I need to back up.  I wrote this while I was in New York City for in May.   So – this is an after-the-fact blog post!  Use your imagination as I start over. 🙂

I went for a walk in Central Park this afternoon. I am staying with friends at Hephzibah House. The house is just a half a block off Central Park West. So now I can say “I went for a walk in Central Park this afternoon” and it will make perfect sense!

As I head down the street by myself it is a little overwhelming for this Nebraska girl, transplanted to the countryside of Tennessee, and now walking the city streets of Manhattan.  At the corner of the block is The San Remo, an enormous building with two beautiful towers. The towers rising up from the concrete of Central Park West can be seen a great distance. But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Happy 5th Blogiversary and Create Your Own Ice Cream Cake!

5th-Birthday-CupcakeFive years ago tomorrow I wrote my first blog post on My Daily Bread Body and Soul.   It was my third attempt at creating a blog.  Three cameras, 2 computers, 3 different WordPress themes, 686 posts, 2,242 comments and over 1 million views later … here we are!

My first posted featured the recipe for Asian Slaw and it did not include a picture.  I have since updated with pictures and an updated recipe file.

As I reflect over the past 5 years I laugh at my original plan to make a recipe for my family, photograph it, edit the photographs, write a blog post and include a scripture … every day! In that first plan, I neglected to make room for “life happens“!

Just recently I took a 49-day sabbatical from blogging and most social media after a post of, Unplugged Solitude, on April 16, 2016. This has been a wonderful time of reflection, but most certainly a time of discernment for the future.  I’ve spent time traveling, time with family and friends, and time alone with God.  At the end of the day, it seems clear to me that blogging is a part of this season of my life and has become a part of who I am.

Joan and Catherine Closeup HH
Joan and Catherine

As we finished the Community Bible Study year in April I headed to New York City where I participated in the annual spring tea for Hephzibah House and my friend Joan was the guest speaker for the event.   I stayed on for another week to become a member of their Board of Trustees.  This is a picture of  Joan and me on the steps of Hephzibah House in Manhattan.

By this time, it was 20 to 25 days into my blogging sabbatical and it was very clear to me I have to write.  I went to bed at night thinking about things I would like to share with you and when I woke in the morning I would once again think of a story, a scripture, an encouragement I wanted to tell you about!  Three times during those weeks I wrote an email to a group of friends that really was a blog post disguised as “I just thought you’d like to know” sort of ramblings! 🙂

While I was in Manhattan, my friend Catherine, told me how to make a very “quick and easy, but delicious ice cream cake”.  We wanted to make one together but ran out of time.

Just a short time later my Grandson Cole said he wanted an “ice cream cake” for his 8th birthday party. He went with his parents to Dairy Queen to pick out just the right cake.  That is when I decided I also wanted an ice cream cake for my 5th Blogiversary!  Thank you, Cole, for inspiring this cake, especially the cookie crumb layering between the ice cream!

To make this ice cream cake you need to gather your favorite ice creams. I decided to try five flavors using a loaf bread pan before committing to a LARGE cake!  I lined the pan with a small piece of plastic wrap so that I could easily remove the “cake” when it was frozen solid.  Then I began scooping ice cream in no particular order. After filling about halfway I covered the ice cream and pressed it down so that it would fill the loaf pan.  Then I continued on adding scoop after scoop until I got to the top.

[BAD IDEA – About 1/2 way through filling the loaf pan,  I swirled in some chocolate syrup and caramel syrup.  This turned out not to be the best idea because the syrup does not actually freeze.  So when I was cutting the ice cream cake later there were pockets of syrup that ended up quite messy.  My Chief Ice cream lover husband says the syrup is wonderful on each slice.  I didn’t like the mess.  You can decide.]

ice cream loaf frozen

After the pan was full of ice cream I patted it down again and then covered with the plastic wrap and froze it overnight.  When I gently turned it upside onto a plate the plastic wrap helped to ease it out of the pan.  This is what the ice cream cake looked like at this point.

frosted ice cream loaf
I frosted it with Cool Whip and placed it back into the freezer for a couple of hours before serving. What surprised me most is the oohs and aahs from The Chief and my sous-chef dish-washing mom.  They were thrilled with my new creation.

Ice cream cake
On the heels of my culinary success, I took to making a LARGE ice cream cake using an angel food cake pan. I used 8 different ice creams (which I bought on sale, so it wasn’t a bank breaker) and with my friend Maribeth’s help, we quickly scooped ice cream into the pan. One-third the way through I sprinkled in a package of crumbled vanilla Oreo cookies.  We continued another layer of ice cream and then added a second layer of  crumbled cookies using chocolate Oreo’s this time.

Frosted Ice Cream Cake tabled


Again, after freezing overnight, I added Cool Whip frosting and then placed it back in the freezer for another hour before serving.

The Angel food pan served 20 good-sized pieces of ice cream cake. I like this recipe because it is so versatile – any pan, any size, any amount of ice cream, any flavor! You choose to create it just the way your family and friends will like it!
Ice Cream Cake thumbs Up!
I made this ice cream cake for our Tuesday Night Small Group
end-of-the-school-year cook-out and as you can see they gave it a “thumbs up!”

Frosted Ice Cream Cake flowersIt was especially fun to serve because while I was cutting and they were eating there were lots of “wows” and “I love this” remarks.  For this ever-so-humble cook, I will bake for compliments!

Ice Cream Cake
Ice Cream Cake

Seriously, this ice cream cake is so good (and easy) you really must give it a try this summer!

I will sign off today with one of my favorite scriptures, which I used on June 4, 2011, and my very first blog post.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present not the future nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

Keep cool and God Bless!

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Create Your Own Ice Cream Cake!
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Let your creative juices flow as you choose what kind of ice cream to combine into a lovely and delicious ice cream cake! This dessert will feed a crowd and is very easy to make!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 20
  • A variety of ice creams (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, butter pecan, rocky road, caramel, etc.) totaling somewhere around a gallon, depending on the size of cake pan you choose.
  • Vanilla or chocolate cookies, crumbled* Optional
  • 12 ounces Cool Whip
  1. Cover the inside bottom of an angel food pan with plastic wrap. This is to keep the ice cream from sticking to the pan once it is frozen.
  2. Scoop ice cream into the cake pan alternating flavors with each scoop. About halfway up the pan pat the ice cream down to get out any air pockets.
  3. Sprinkle a layer of crumbled cookies on the ice cream.
  4. Continue scooping ice cream until the cake pan is filled or until desired amount of ice cream is used.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 8 hours, overnight is good.
  6. Remove ice cream cake from freezer and using a thin knife or spatula slide down the sides of the pan to separate the ice cream from side of the cake pan. Invert onto serving platter.
  7. Rather quickly frost the cake with Cool Whip. Return to freezer for at least an hour or until ready to serve. At this point the ice cream cake can stay tightly covered in the freezer for several weeks.
  8. Remove from freezer, slice and serve immediately.
Pan size and shape is optional depending on how many you want to serve. This recipe works great in a loaf pan and will serve about 8. A 9"x13" cake pan will serve 18-20. A bundt pan will work great and serve 12-14 and this angel food cake pan easily served 20.


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