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DSC00115I am an ordinary woman with an extraordinary God!  I fell in love with Jesus Christ many years ago and I am so blessed to be able to live my days under the sun in fellowship and worship of him.  Ever since I was a little girl I loved to spend time in the kitchen.  It was many years ago the seed of hospitality was planted in my heart and soul.  I love cooking, baking, and serving delicious food to my family and friends.  When I began this blog on June 4, 2011 my goal was to share scripture, a recipe, and maybe a rambling or two.  I never imagined the extraordinary changes that would take place in just a few short years. I still share scripture, I share recipes of mine and others, but the biggest surprise has come from my desire to write.  To share stories with my readers and friends.  To open up a snippet of my world to those outside my world.

Besides the thrill I still get every time I push the PUBLISH button on my website, I have joined  communities of writers, cooks, and Christians throughout the world.  I am in my second year as an Associate Teaching Director for Community Bible Study.  I didn’t imagine that or see it coming.  But when the call came God equipped me to use the talent he has given me to add “teacher” to my life. This blog provides a creative outlet for me like none other.  Several times life events have threatened to stop me in my tracks.  But as of today, perseverance has won out and it is my prayer that I can keep on writing in whatever way God has planned for me.

In 2015 I will add “speaker” to my list of activities as I travel to New York City for a special women’s event.

God Bless You for spending time with me and My Daily Bread Body and Soul.   (December 23, 2014)

Psalm 34:8

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

 My Daily Bread Body and Soul located at www.praycookblog.com is a personal blog filled with writing about two of the things that guide me everyday of my life – my faith, that being a follower of Jesus Christ and food – what are we eating today?!

As a young wife I and mother I cooked to feed family and friends.  Later I was fortunate enough to be an innkeeper of a 170-year-old bed and breakfast home.  I prepared and served hundreds of breakfast meals and gourmet dinners for guests.  In this season of my life I once again cook mainly for my family and friends.  Sharing recipes along with a daily devotion or scripture has been a long time dream of mine and the internet has given me a stage to do just that!

In the United States we are blessed with the freedom to not only live out our faith each day but to talk about it, write about it, and share it!  The scriptures I share are from The Bible, the ramblings are my own.

I love to cook and after a half century under the sun, I am blessed with the freedom to decide each day what I want to read, think, cook and eat! This blog — a few of my favorite things — family and friends recipes and the words of scripture that guide my thoughts and actions. My hope is that through My Daily Bread you will find inspiration today for your body and soul.  (August 2012)

Blessings!  Catherine

I created this blogging website in the attempt to share some of my favorite recipes, a daily scripture, and some ramblings of this blogger.  Please add your email to this blog and you will receive a message whenever a new recipe is posted.

Since starting this blog I have been blessed in so many ways that I didn’t expect.  Originally I was drawn to blogging simply to “create” something.  I love the challenge of learning new ways to use my computer.  I love cooking and I depend on scripture to guide my days.  All of these activities culminated in this blog.  In the beginning I didn’t think beyond the daily posting of recipes, scripture, and some ramblings.  But now, just five months in to it, I realize that I am being blessed in many other ways.  I have discovered that people all around the country are interested in daily scriptures and devotion, that readers love new recipes and pictures, and that occasionally I will print something that rings a bell, brings back a good memory, or strikes a cord with someone.  It is when I receive comments, emails, recipes, and pictures from others that I really get excited!  I have also discovered that I am hooked on photographing FOOD!  I didn’t expect that — but I am learning about getting the right light, getting the background looking good, and much more.  Recently, my lovely niece, Catherine Kelley Paulsen wrote to me saying, “Catherine, I just wanted you to know that I’ve been cooking/baking a lot lately. Just last night I made monkey bread and I thought of our trip to visit you all this summer! I think I’m going to try a few of your recipes from your blog. :)” Catherine is in college in Kearney, Nebraska and it thrills me to no end to hear that she is cooking and baking!  Both her mom and dad are great cooks so you might say, “it is in her blood!”

I thank God for the time I can spend on this blog, I thank Him for the unexpected blessings, and I thank Him for you!  Thank you for taking time to stop by and spend a little time with me.

Happy Cooking!

June 4, 2011    “Bloom where you are planted”, “today is the first day of the rest of your life”, “the grass isn’t greener on the other side”.  I am sure you have heard these sayings before. Well, after a half-century plus “under the sun” I do believe we are called to bloom where we are planted, that yesterday really is “past” and today and what I do with it matters!  Life has shown me that the grass isn’t greener on the other side – it is, well – just grass.  And the bottom line – no matter how busy our day, week, month or year seems to be, as a follower of Jesus Christ, we must commune with Him daily, feeding our soul, in the same way we must spend time feeding our body.  I am neither an expert nor a scholar.  I am a fellow seeker with a servant’s heart,  a love for reading and sharing the Word, and a women who loves to spend time in the kitchen!   My goal is to share scripture and recipes that will help you to do both without filling either your soul or your body with unhealthy and unwanted junk food!  My niece recently told me “creating feeds my soul” –  I totally get that.  I believe that creating this blog definitely feeds my soul.  I am so glad you stopped by for a visit!  While you are here, please take time to sign up for an email subscription and you will receive an email whenever there is something new within the blog.  Thanks again and have a blessed day!


My personal life verse Romans 8:28          And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.                        Read all of Romans 8

I was so pleased to hear from my niece, Alesa, when she made the Chicken Carbonara recipe for her husband Ty.  I believe their new puppy Hera, received some also!  Thanks for sharing Alesa!

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.    Psalm 34:18

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”

 25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
26 it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.    Lamentations 3: 22-26

Dear Lord,
Please help me in this time of loss and grief. I don’t understand why my life is filled with this pain and heartache. But I turn my eyes to you as I seek to find the strength to trust in your faithfulness. I will wait on you and not despair; I will quietly wait for your salvation. My heart is crushed, but I know that you will not abandon me forever. Please show me your compassion, Lord. Help me through the pain so that I will hope in you again. I believe this promise in your Word to send me fresh mercy each day. Though I can’t see past today, I trust your great love will never fail me.
A new addition to my blog!  GRAND! 
My new GRAND! tab will highlight recipes from the recipe boxes of  grandmother’s!  I have several grandmothers – three to be exact.  And then, my mother is a grandmother, so technically her recipes should be featured on this page as well!  I love looking through all cookbooks, reading the wording and measures of cooks that have gone before me.  Some of these recipes are just plain down right funny!  One of the first things I researched when looking through my grandmother’s recipe box is recipevs receipt!  I learned that up until recent years these words have been interchangeable when referring to recipes!  At the end of today’s blog I have included some history on this curious word usage.  I hope you will take a look at the new GRAND! page!
After posting How to cook a pumpkin and make pumpkin puree
yesterday, Toni sent in this question:
This is absolutely terrific! I have a question though. is it possible to use “ordinary” pumpkins? I didn’t know there was such a thing as a pie pumpkin until today. The deer have helped themselves to the best pumpkin so far.. but I have a couple more nice ones growing, just wondering if they would work. Thanks for your input.
This is such a great question that I want to discuss it here in case you might miss it in comments.

ANSWER:  This is a great question. I thought I knew the answer but did a little research first — just so I wouldn’t lead you astray! Field pumpkins, which are bred for perfect jack-o-lanterns, tend to be too large and stringy for baking. Jack-o-lantern pumpkins are bigger and because they’re grown for size, tend to have this stringier flesh and are more watery. However, on the bright side – the seeds are great for roasting! We have some field pumpkins being grown so I can use them to decorate this fall. When we carve them, I am going to roast the seeds, so later this fall I will post the roasting pictures! Bottom line –keep the jack-o-lanterns for carving and for roasting the seeds; bake the pie pumpkin. Trust me – you don’t want that stringy stuff in your prize pumpkin recipe!

ANOTHER Newly added!  This year our Pastor has included a prayer at the end of each week’s sermon notes.  He has us focusing on our prayer life throughout each day.  He has encouraged us to pray each week’s prayer throughout the week.  World Outreach Church has been kind enough to allow me to re-post these prayers.  Therefore, I am including a new prayer on my Home Page each time I blog.  I hope you will find these prayers helpful and encouraging.  If you know someone who might enjoy or benefit from this blog, please pass it on 🙂


This is why I started this blog, to me it just doesn’t get much better than this…. (email received via facebook)

Hello Aunt Catherine!

I just wanted to write you about that baked oatmeal recipe you posted. I saw it and just thought it was so fantastic and felt bold enough to try it. I’m living on my own now and am very busy, so cooking for myself sometimes is compromised because I’m working all the time.. especially when it comes to breakfast. But this just looked so fantastic so I tried it (with blackberries… mmmm!) and it turned out great! I was proud of myself because I actually baked something (teehee) and also wanted to compliment you and thank you for the recipe. Being so busy and waking up so early to go to work means that, much to my mothers dismay, breakfast often times gets skipped. But this is a wonderful way to make sure I grab a little something before I head out. I can save it and reheat it in the morning for myself. It’s a wonderful recipe, so thank you so much for posting!

Also, I had never been to your website before, but I absolutely LOVE it. The wonderful recipes are all gems but I really love the scriptures. It’s just all around fantastic!

Well, I hope that everything is going well for you! I just wanted to share my little success with the oatmeal lol 🙂   Love you lots and hopefully I will get to see you soon 🙂

Love,   Sarah

5 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi! I recently got a comment from you about exchanging guest blogging spots on each others’ blogs. I think the original comment was from a rotten spammer, but I would still be interested in doing some guest blogging. I thought it might be fun to do something on the topic of grandparents’ recipes. I love your idea for the GRAND page! I have recently inherited several of my Grandma Arnold’s canning cookbooks. I could blog about rhubarb jam or something like that on your blog…and you could do something on mine. We could link back and get more traffic to both of our blogs, and make more connections. Let me know what you think.
    Thanks! Gingerskeeper (AKA Rebecca 🙂 email me rebecca@thisbountifulbackyard.com

  2. Catherine,
    Thank you for your wonderful blog. I love read de Devotions, recipes and all.
    If one day God give you an opportunity to be in Brazil you are invited to visit us in Cerquilho, a little nice city a 140km from the Capital.

    God bless you !

    1. Thank you Talita, I have never been to Brazil, yet, but I never say never because life can take us the most amazing places! I am so grateful that you are reading my blog and I will think of you as I read and post my devotions! God Bless you and your family. Catherine

  3. Catherine—you look great!!! You have lost some serious weight since we last visited you, Lee and your B&B in Shelbyville.
    Love and God bless.
    Jerry and Barbara Cooper

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