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When Breaking Bread looks like Normandy Pie — 15 Comments

  1. Not only have I copied and pasted this recipe into a document for pie-making, but am pondering the gathering around a table and grasping the depth of relationships that can be built around that table. I am so used to spending those precious meals with only one other person, this woman without children nor many close friends to invite to gather. Plus I really do not enjoy cooking. Yes, I love to bake so there are moments when a group of women gathers around for a bite of a homemade dessert and tea/coffee after a small group Bible study. My gatherings are small and God will use the one or six at my table to draw us together build us deeply. I am grateful.

    • One or six my friend – grilled cheese – somehow God makes the breaking bread together something more – like he made more out of the the loaves and fishes!God sends you those who need a seat at the table! Shalom, Linda. Praying fullness and joy as you celebrate Christmas in a new place! ~ Maryleigh

  2. ‘Cooking is more than cooking. Sitting around the table is more than sitting around the table. . . and breaking bread around that table – no matter what that bread looks like – is so much more than buttering up a roll and filling bellies. It’s about filling souls.’

    Amen, Maryleigh! I’ll be keeping your wise quote close to my heart even as I continue to try to open our doors and embrace hospitality as part of our identity. More than ever, people are yearning for community and connection … and all it requires is an available heart and a listening ear.

    Super article, friend! Merry Christmas!

  3. Maryleigh, I love your thoughts on breaking bread, relationships, love and courage all finding space at the table. And yes, even when the chairs that used to be filled are empty, we can still cherish the hearts that once broke bread with us. Thank you for the encouraging “soul food” my dear friend, and the delicious pie recipe!!!

  4. Thank you for this beautiful encouragement to open our family table, “It’s about filling souls. God designed us to break bread – physically, spiritually and emotionally.”

    Thank you for sharing your Muddy’s Normandy Pie recipe. I look forward to baking it for my family.

  5. This >> “Don’t underestimate the God-infused power of sitting around a table and breaking bread.” Amen! It truly has nothing to do what the food that is shared, but the bond He forms. Thank you for this encouraging reading as I pray for those who will gather around tables!

  6. So lovely. I am blessed whenever I look around my table at beloved faces. Your post reminded me of a sad poem that begins “Music I heard with you was more than music/Bread I broke with you was more than bread.” So very true. The food just serves to make space for the real meal.

  7. Change with individuals does take place around tables. It is so easy to forget this. Your opening made me hungry. I made a pie similar to this (only it didn’t have nuts) for Thanksgiving and it was delicious. This one with pecans sounds heavenly.

  8. Love this so much, Maryleigh! I cannot remember who said it, but I like the idea of “We are not filling holes, we are filling souls,” when it comes to feeding families and friends.

    (Your recipe looks like a winner. I’m going to try it.)

  9. Maryleigh, what a fantastic and blessed post. I love the concept of desert stories, I never looked at it that way but it is so true, the stories you hear around deserts and while breaking bread. I cherished this post. Blessings.
    Visiting today from Remember Me Monday #4 & 5

  10. Maryleigh, I forgot to tell you. Your pecan pie recipe sounds awesome. I love how you pulverized the pecans. Oh, how I enjoy a good pecan pie. But! I don’t like to wear my teeth 🙃. I’m going to have to save this recipe. Blessings.

  11. Maryleigh, remembering that the food around the table is not as important as the welcoming and soul food. And yes, the best conversations happen over dessert! I remember the last Christmas our cousins spent together before “C” hit. They grabbed out family albums, photos, and we recalled such heart-warming stories and memories. I look forward to that time again. And I hope that I can offer that kind of hospitality to others, where I’m not so concerned about the food but about welcoming them and making them feel at home.

  12. I’ve never heard of Normandy pie! But any pecan/chocolate combo sounds delish! I love sharing our table with others and listening to people’s stories :). I’m here’s something about food that brings out conversations and ease and community.

  13. As a child, I remember more people did gather with friends for meals. Sadly, our world has gotten so busy that I don’t see people doing that as often. Yes, sitting and visiting with or chatting with a stranger shares His love.

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