Monday, June 30, 2008
will you share with me the books that have caused you to grow in your walk with Christ? aside from the most important Book, what has influenced your faith?
Thursday, June 26, 2008
3 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups all-purpose flour (up to 4 cups)
in a large mixing bowl dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. stir in honey, salt, shortening, 1 3/4 warm water, and the wheat flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough of the all purpose flour to make the dough easy to handle.
turn dough onto lightly floured surface. knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. place in a greased bowl and turn once. cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
punch dough down; divide in half. roll into loaves., place seam sides down in 2 greased loaf pans. brush lightly with butter. cover and let rise another hour.
heat oven to 375*. bake until loaves are golden and sound golden when tapped, about 30 - 40 minutes. remove from the pans immediately and cool on a wire rack.
kneading the dough
didn't it rise beautifully?!
B with her fresh loaves of bread and homemade butter. she did such a great job! (i realize she needs a comb run through her hair, but i like to think that the real laura ingalls was not worried about combing her hair either!)
everyday gift: fresh bread baked by a little prairie girl
i don't know what these little purple bells are called. they popped up in a clump of lilies given to me by a friend. i almost weeded them out, but hesitated when i didn't recognize it, i figured if it came from viv's garden it must be good...i was right!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
everyday gift: the thistles in my life
Sunday, June 22, 2008
everyday gift: swedish cream with raspberry sauce for dessert
Saturday, June 21, 2008
mark takes pictures like this:
he has been doing some clean up at an old barn and has found many antique farm tools and implements. you know the ole saying, "one man's junk is another man's treasure".
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
but today i am thinking not about father's day gifts, but of a father's gift. last night after the younger kids were in bed, and my own eyes were closing on my book, i overheard mark in the kitchen with C. over the clinking of spoons in the ice cream bowls, i heard C asking questions about the sunday sermon from the book of james. i heard the rustle of bible pages turning from the new testament to proverbs. i heard my son wrestling with the big questions of faith and works, of consequences of sin, and a christian response to this world. and i heard a father engage his son with wisdom, patience, and love.
this morning as i start the coffee in the kitchen, i see sticky ice cream bowls left on the table, C's bible, and sermon notes in his own scratchy handwriting. and i smile. what a beautiful sight. i guess i will not scold about the dirty dishes left out or the handwriting that needs improvement. instead i am praising God that mark has established such wonderful lines of communication with his children and he is not afraid of their hard questions.
everyday gift: late night talks at the kitchen table with dad
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
nice shot, B!
darling, yoooooou send me!
everyday gift: playing croquet in the yard
Monday, June 16, 2008
please pray for bryce as he wages his battle against lymphoma.