My Daily Bread

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Have you ever found a hidden jewel? An amazing place you just could not keep to yourself? Well I found one recently and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

It’s called Mediterra Bakehouse and I am in love with it! Since I made a recent commitment to eat healthier, I have tried to find new and exciting ways to enjoy good grains. So when a friend told me Mediterra had a local location, that was all I needed to hear.

Bread 4The first thing I noticed when I walked in the door was the row of Greek Orthodox icons along the wall. When I asked the owner’s daughter about this, she confirmed her father is from the same place in Greece as my mother’s family- the island of Chios. I have to say, I instantly felt at home.

It was difficult to make a decision at Mediterra. I saw kalamata olive loaf, peasant bread, Mt. Athos Fire Bread, and a delicious looking pecan raisin bread. I couldn’t resist the latter and actually tore into it on the way home in the car! (A day later I bought some Tzatziki just to dip it into!) I also chose the chile cheddar loaf, ah! with its chunks of vermont cheddar and petite slices of jalapeno pepper.

I headed back a week later and this time I bought the Sunflower Honey Whole Wheat. I can’t wait to try it with a bit of Jim’s honey.

The trip to Mediterra got me thinking about the similarities between daily bread and spiritual bread. Daily bread nourishes my body but spiritual bread nourishes my heart and soul. I have been trying to start my morning off with a good meditative reading, something that fills me with gratitude and awe for this wonderful life. That is my spiritual bread.

Here’s what I read today: Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. John Muir

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May you be blessed today with your favorite daily bread! What’s your favorite loaf or spiritual saying?

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21 thoughts on “My Daily Bread

  1. Julie (aka Cookie)

    Ok, if I send you may address you can send me some of the bread!!! and of course some of Jim’s honey :)—I can practically smell it—-nothing better to be sure–oh, don’t forget the real deal butter—and truly such a tie that binds us to our Heavenly Father……….thank you for nourishing both body and soul this morning ….

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  2. Linda McCoy

    Joanne, I always get inspiration and peace when I read your blog. You are truly an amazing person, I also can almost smell the bread. Thank you again for a wonderful story. xxxxoooo

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  3. cindy

    “Give us this day our daily bread,”…..what a wonderful Sunday morning post. I wish I had that pecan raisin right now with my coffee.

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  4. Cathy McElhaney

    I am not big on breads, but I think my favorite would have to be banana nut bread with real butter!
    “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

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  5. Jeannine

    Matthew 4:4 – man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Just like some breads can be hard to chew, some scriptures can be hard to take in as well. Some are wonderful and soft and people eat them up. Others can be tough and scrape the roof of your mouth and cause pain. Yet we are charged to accept them all. Thank God there are no carbs in spiritual bread!

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  6. Kathy Brittner

    Hey Jo – Hope you are having a peaceful Sunday. The jalapeno bread sounds heavenly to someone with “hot” tastes. Glad to hear you are keeping up with your meditative promises. My poor prayer jar hasn’t seen a message for quite some time! Arg….maybe today I can fill it with a thankful thought. Had a wonderful time with my daughter, sister & niece at T. Swift concert. We sang our hearts out!!!

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  7. Marianne

    The bread sounds and looks wonderful. What a blessing that you found a fun and homey place. I like the saying…Hmmm, I can’t think of a favorite one at the moment, except Mark 11:22-24 because it gives us the power to change our lives around.

    Have a wonderful week, Joanne,
    Marianne xo

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  8. Gallivanta

    I love that you walked in to a place with such close connections to your Greek heritage; that would make the bread extra special. Another blogger opened my eyes to the origins of the word Lord, which derives from a word meaning ‘guardian or keeper of the loaf”. Lady comes from ‘ loaf kneader’ and a household servant comes from a word meaning ‘eater of the loaf’ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=lord The very old origins of these words suddenly made the Lord’s Prayer and Give us this Day our Daily Bread seem as real to me as a slice of good bread.

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    1. Katherine's Daughter

      I did feel instantly connected to the bakery, given the icons. And, I am always amazed at very old origins of names and words. I will check out the link you gave me. Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  9. Professions for PEACE

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing. And a favorite saying of mine, one I often say quietly to myself, is ‘Thank you God for this day’. It may only be six simple words but they move my heart and remind me of how precious life is. With gratitude, Gina

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