Eating like a Shepherd!

Last night we enjoyed pie….

Not your regular pie. A Shepherd’s Pie, as we call it. I wanted to make something that represented the Shepherds on the day of the birth of Christ. These were lowly men in some people’s eyes yet honoured through God, to see the birth of His son. Before I came to Christ I was lowly too. What a wonderful God we serve!

Shepherd’s Pie came to be known as that around 1877 when they used meat such as mutton and lamb. But, it originally was for the poor when potatoes were introduced as a food staple in 1791. Then, it was called Cottage Pie.

Below I will show you how I feed my hungry crew of 7. This includes 4 boys, 1 man and two ladies ūüėÄ


My Shepherds pie uses venison because my husband hunts and is a cheap means of meat for us. Plus, it is super lean and natural to eat–Which would have been similar to the foods resourced for back then, and it stays true to being a cheap meal today!

So Enjoy!


Cooking Venison is cheap for us and may not be for others…

Use whatever you have available. However, if you use fattier meat. Omit the oil later and drain some of that fat out!


Gather the amount of potatoes you will need. I need a lot.


Peel potatoes. If you are like my mom and still use the old-fashioned knife…then, you probably still have all your potatoes–and you wouldn’t have accidentally dropped two in the garbage while peeling them, like I did!


Chop into Bite-sized pieces! This cooks faster.


Wash potatoes!


Drain the dirty Potato water.


Add clean water to your clean potatoes!


Add salt to your potatoes. This is my little secret! Bring them to a boil and let them continue boiling at Medium heat as to not over cook them. You want them soft and falling apart but, not absorbing too much water!


Add oil to your venison! About 2 tablespoons and start cooking on Medium/High heat.


Gather 2 small onions and garlic cloves. I used about 5 cloves.

Chop into small pieces and mince garlic if you don’t have a garlic press.


Gather spices that you would like to use.

I chose these to enhance the natural taste of venison and give it more of an authentic taste. I have:

Organic Better than Bouillon (I LOVE this stuff) 1 HEAPING Tablespoon.

2 Bay leaves

1/3 Cup of Rogers or Organic White Flour

2 Cups of water

Seasoning Salt of your choice

Thyme (1Tablespoon)

Marjoram (1 Tablespoon)

Sage (1 Tablespoon)

*We love herbs and spices ūüėÄ


Add ingredients–except water, bouillon, and flour, to pot of cooking meat

(when it is about half way done cooking)


Whisk water, bouillon and flour together.


Add to meat, stir and cook a little more.

Take out Bay leaves, they are not edible!


Drain Potatoes when done–that is when it is soft and mashes easily.


Get some Organic frozen corn or another veggie you want to use. Layer on top of the cooked meat.


Gather the Ingredients for making your potatoes.

You will need; butter, salt (to taste..use enough…)¬†and cream

I like using half and half cream or full cream. I know, I am such a rebel!


Use 1/2 Cup of cream and 1/4 Cup of butter.


Whisk/Blend all into potatoes until very smooth.


Spread potatoes evenly on top of corn layer. Sprinkle some paprika and marjoram on top for added appearance and flavour.


Have oven pre-heated at 400 degrees.


Place your pie into the oven!


Set timer for 18 minutes.


Now it is time to clean up the mess of making your wonderful Pie. 18 minutes should be enough!


I had two minutes left and…


got it all done ūüėÄ


Take out your wonderful and nummy Dinner!


If you are Canadian, you will want it with Ketchup. However, my kids have eaten all the ketchup which is perfect for me because I love it, just, as is.



Luke 2:13-20  from Bible Gateway

“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!‚ÄĚ[c]

15¬†So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‚ÄúLet us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.‚Ä̬†16¬†And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.¬†17¬†Now when they had seen¬†Him,¬†they made widely[d]¬†known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.¬†18¬†And all those who heard¬†it¬†marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.19¬†But Mary kept all these things and pondered¬†them¬†in her heart.¬†20¬†Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”

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Giving can be hard but, receiving can be even harder!


Is sometimes better than giving.

…as a measure of good medicine!

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When you have nothing and work so hard for everything, pride can slowly creep in.

If you are not careful, it can turn you into a¬†Scrooge! Especially when you are faced with the fact you might have a lousy Christmas in the gift giving department! Life can offer set backs at VERY untimely moments: a lost job, a house flooding with the Cities Sewage water!!!!! I am not sure if you can tell…but, that one just happened to us. *Ahem* moving on: unexpected bills, loss of a loved one, family problems, etc. Often times, it can suck out the heart and soul of the Season and leave us wanting to recite those famous lines, “Bhaaa-Hum-Bug.”

To be honest, I didn’t even get the Christmas tree up or lights put out this year. The grandparents came over and made me pull it out. As my husband and I stepped out for a bit to pick up dinner, they did it all with the kids and had a blast. I was actually super grateful for this because I have been tired and suffering some other health issues. This was a great blessing to us. But…if I really examined myself, I didn’t care less if I had the tree up or not. That is a sad truth and¬†a real truth. We had no money because of our set backs and I knew we weren’t having Christmas this year. So why put up a tree, I thought? The excuses flooded in (no pun intended) and I just surfed them out.

I find it humorous¬†how when we think things are impossible, that is when God decides to do the¬†Possible–to–Him miracles!

I prepped my kids for the inevitable and asked them what would happen if they got nothing for Christmas? What would they do? How would they feel about it?

I was very impressed by my eldest’s response. He said, that Christmas wasn’t about presents and it was okay. I was so grateful for his attitude but, I wondered still, if his reaction would stay true to that statement on Christmas morning when¬†they’re¬†really wouldn’t be presents under the tree, or¬†candy in their stockings, or any¬†Candy canes to decorate with?

I was comfortable with the idea of just sitting around the tree, saying all the things we loved about Jesus in a quiet remembrance of what He came for. I had peace with it finally and looked forward to embracing the day a¬†real gift was given to¬†us. ¬†It made me think about how I have nothing to offer Jesus besides my wretched life and yet, He was there, was given for us…laid¬†his life down as our gift. It dawned on me; giving sometimes can be easier (in a sense) than receiving–something we know we don’t deserve and it is free for us! I watched the twinkling lights and truly was excited for Christmas morning, fast approaching.

Then it happened…

The miracles.

The blessings.

The pride.

We received gifts from family, from Insurances, from different sources–over and above our thoughts. And, God wasn’t done. He gave more through gifts to the children for Christmas that didn’t cost us much: Through our work, through people, through friends…

It literally just poured in!!

Through trials came pain and then, many blessings. We were patient and satisfied with even the little we would have had. Yet, God saw fit to provide for us and we were¬†so grateful for that.¬†But there was a slight problem….me!

Some of those blessings came from places and people that¬†was hard for me to receive them from. Not because I didn’t love the people or places that it did come from…but, because of myself. I could feel pride creep in and I wrestled with the idea of receiving these blessings.¬†I had to remember that this was a blessing from God. We were in need and He was providing.¬†He chose to use these times and places. I had to be willing to receive my gifts as well as give them too.

This is and was, a hard lesson for me (or anyone) to learn but, good medicine for the soul.

James 1:17

‚ÄúEvery good and perfect gift is from above,¬†coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,¬†who does not change like shifting shadows.‚ÄĚ

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