Saturday, February 28, 2009

Bread Recipe!

To make one larger braded loaf, like the one I pictured, double the recipe.

1-1/4 cups water (70-80 degrees)

2 tablespoos honey

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

1-1/4 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk powder

1-3/4 cups all purpose flour (you can use all whole wheet, I've done it, it's just a bit more dence)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup quick-cooking oats

1-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

1/8 cup flax seeds (dry)

Mix together warm water, honey and yeast and set aside for about 5 to 10 minutes. Pour into a bread mixer and add the butter, milk powder, flours (gradually), and oats (those last). Turn timer on mixer for 15 minutes on medium speed. Add flax seeds at the last 5 minutes and the salt. Let sit covered with a light cloth for 15-20 minutes, until doubled. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour dough onto a floured surface and knead for a minute or two. Divide into three balls and roll out to be long "stips. Attatch the end and tuck under; braid well. ;) Carefully place on a lightly greesed and "oated" pan (use quick-cooking oats on pan instead of flour), and sprinkle braid with oats. Bake on 350 for 60 minutes (if doubled, the 70+ minutes).

(P.S. I mix in more seeds, such as sunflower, flax -brown and white, poppy, pumpkin, and whatever I might have on hand that sounds good. :) )

To A Friend

Ok, Hannah, this post is for you! :)
The first pic is of an Italian Turkey and Veggie "stir-fry" dish, second and third of whole-wheet, oatmeal-flax seed rolls, fourth 6 grain and seed bread (amazing!), fifth of a fudge-brownie-white-chocolate-chip desert, and sixth is, umm...I forgot the name, but it was some cheese-filled something-or-others with tomatoes and lotts of chopped red and green peppers in it! (yuuumm!!!).
Three lovely sisters
(Excerpt from a letter of Legh Richmond)
I assure you that "knowing the terrors of the Lord," I would "persuade men" with all truth, earnestness, and sincerity--to flee from the wrath to come, and throw themselves and their sins at the foot of the cross--with true repentance and faith.
Faith is the hand which stretches forth to receive the benefits of Christ's blood! Faith is the soul of the spiritual life, and the grand distinguishing characteristic of the true Christian from the false. Faith is the touchstone of Christianity; and the burning coal which sets fire to the sacrifice on the altar. Faith is the sun which enlightens the wilderness of the world; and the lantern which guides our feet through the valley of the shadow of death.
True faith never can be separated from hope and love. They are three lovely sisters which take up their dwelling in the heart--when it becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit. Their parent is God; and their offspring are righteous works. How do these three lovely sisters shine forth in the midst of a vain and wicked world--like a candle set upon a hill in a dark and gloomy night!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Little Boys Grow Up To Be Men

Oliver hits the 'age of Manhood'! Twelve.
Luk 2:42-52
And when He (Jesus) became twelve, they went up [there] according to the custom of the Feast; and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. And His parents were unaware of it, but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they [began] looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. And when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, looking for Him. And it came about that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. And when they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You." And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's [house?]" And they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all [these] things in her heart. And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


My favorite "snack tray". :)
Rom 12:9-13
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sunday's Treats

This was a chocolate cheesecake with white chocolate drizzled over it, and chocolate covered strawberries, which we had a few Sunday's ago. Yummy. :)
1Pe 2:1-3
Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


Recipe # 1:
Southern Style Corn Bread

1/3 cup sifted flour
1 1/2 cups cornmeal, sifted before measuring
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, if desired
2 eggs, well beaten
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 350°.
Sift the flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir beaten eggs into the dry ingredients. Stir in the buttermilk and 1 cup whole milk.
Heat the butter in a 9 X 2-inch iron skillet. When skillet is very hot but butter has not browned, pour in the batter. Carefully pour the remaining 1 cup whole milk on top of the batter; do not stir. Place the skillet in the oven and bake 50 minutes, or until cornbread is set and baked through. Slice into wedges.
Recipe #2:
Buttermilk Cornbread

1/2 stick butter
3/4 c. unsifted flour
1 c. yellow corn meal
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. sugar
3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter and set aside to cool. Combine all dry ingredients in mixing bowl.
In separate bowl beat eggs; add buttermilk and melted butter. Mix and add to dry ingredients. Stir until dry ingredients are moistened.
Bake until golden brown.

Southern Style Corn Bread

The corn bread Jenny and I made the other evening (and I think we finished the whole pan that evening, too!).
1Pe 2:2 newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation....

Monday, February 2, 2009

A Sample of the Simple

So, the other night was "simple supper" night. :) Which, I didn't think, turned out too bad! We had freshly cooked broccoli with cheese sprinkles, organic wild rice, fresh-from-the-oven corn bread, and fresh-from-the-blender apple sauce. :)
Zec 8:16-17
'These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates. 'Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,' declares the LORD."