Friday, July 22, 2016

My Easy Homemade Bread Recipe

Yes~you can make Homemade Bread! I love the smell of homemade bread baking in my kitchen.

3 cups of white or whole wheat flour, or 1-1/2 cups of each (plus a little extra flour for kneading)
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet, or about 2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar or brown sugar or honey
2 tablespoons oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup warm water (not hot, just warm)

*Place 1 cup of warm water, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and yeast in a small bowl and let this froth. It will bubble and grow about double. If it does not froth it means your yeast is not good.

*Mix together flour, salt, 1/4 cup sugar into a mixing bowl. If you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer with a kneader~put into your mixer.

*When your yeast has frothed, add it to your dry ingredients along with your oil. Mix slowly~if it is to dry add just a bit more water. It depends upon the day here in Mo. You want to make a nice dough kind-of like play dough.

*If you have a Mix Aid Mixer~knead about 3-4 minutes on a low setting then turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth like a baby's bottom. If you knead by hand~knead about 10 minutes.

*Place dough into a large greased bowl. Let rise to double size. It will depend on how warm your kitchen is at the time how quickly it will rise. It seems to take about an hour if your kitchen is real warm. It will take a bit longer if your kitchen is cooler. Do not rush this step!

* After your dough has risen, punch it down, shape into loaves. This will make 1 really large loaf or 2 small loaves. Let it rise again in the pans to double size. I like the smaller ones for sandwiches and toast. If you're  making it for a meal the large loaf is pretty.

* Bake @325 for about 50 minutes. Watch it closely. I just changed to an electric oven in our new home and it cooks faster.

* You know it is done when you take it out and give the bottom a thump. If it sounds hollow it is is down. If not put it back in for a few more minutes.

This is an easy bread to make and so cheap. I use it for cinnamon bread and cinnamon rolls also. Enjoy! Nothing makes a meal more complete than homemade bread.

Rolls~you just roll into a ball about the size of a lime. Then place them side by side, cover them and let them rise until double. Bake them at the same temperature as the bread.. It will only take about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cinnamon rolls~ Same thing after they have risen~cut the dough into two balls. Take your rolling pin and roll out into a flat circle about 1/4 inch thick. Now cover with your butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Lots of butter and sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon just a bit thicker than you would toast. Now roll the dough up into a jelly roll and slice them about one inch thick. Place them side by side in a large cake pan. Let them rise until double in size. Bake about 18-20 or until golden brown. I like to cover mine with a powdered sugar frosting with maple added.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Have You Ever Thought Of Setting Food Boundaries?

I started a new Bible study for the summer. It is called, Taste For Truth,  by  Barb Reveling. She has a book that goes along with it called, I Deserve A Donut. I normally don't buy books anymore because I review for several publishers. However, purchased these books and I am so glad I did.

I found them on Amazon~

I am a disciplined person when it comes to my faith, my marriage, housekeeping and really in so many areas of life. I have many boundaries in these areas of life. Yet~ it has really never occurred to me to set some boundaries in my eating.

I grew up in the 60's. When Diet Pop was good for you and nothing was better than Diet Pop and a candy bar. Now we know that "Diet" anything is not really good for us.  A little too late. I am a recovering Diet Coke addict. I am a work in progress.  For several years I have been working on eating food for that is good for me. It is a battle to break bad habits~ so hard!

In this study, Barb, is encouraging her readers to set some boundaries with food. These boundaries need to start today because tomorrow is never going to be any easier.  I started with baby steps but none-the-less, I have started.

Today my challenge is to rate all food that is not good for me on a scale of 1-10. If the food is not a 9 or 10~ I won't eat it.

Do you have food boundaries?  If so, what are yours? Do you think God wants us to set some boundaries?

Romans 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Black Beans and Rice Recipe~

This one is so yummy you won't know it is so very good for you and your heart. 

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup  cooked rice (brown or white)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Brown onion and garlic in olive oil.
Add cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper, cumin, and rice.
Mix it all well.
Stir in black beans and cook until completely warm.

*It is very yummy served with fish.*

Christmas In July~ Homemade Bubble Bath

Am I the only one that is loving Hallmark's Christmas In July week?  I have been watching the craft and ideas and it has inspired me to get started on my homemade gifts.  Homemade gifts are the best.  Starting now will give me plenty of time to get them done leaving December to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas without all that stress.  I have no pictures just yet because I need to find some pretty jars. What a great teacher gift idea.

2 cups  Ivory dish soap (unscented)
10-15 drops of essential oil

Mix ingredients. Let stand for 1 week. Use 1/4 cup per bath.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Don't Go To Bed Angry Stay Up And Fight~ Learn How To Fight ~Enter A Giveaway

We all come to marriage with baggage. We have our way of doing things ~ he has his way. My family did it this way and his family did it that way.  Sometimes this just makes for conflict. Then there is the issue of how to deal with the conflict. Then top it off with bills, children, and all the other daily things in a marriage that tend to try to divide us. God has a way of dealing with conflict. Really ~He does and it works well.  The book deals with conflict~ how to deal with it without destroying your marriage.

The Authors of this book took much time and study in preparing a help for young couples to set up some boundaries so that they build their marriage instead of tearing it down.

 Learn how to fight fairly and Godly with the study guides and wisdom from this book.  As the Authors state in the book ~ our Christianity can't be separated from our marriage. We need to love our spouse like God commands us. 

I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I rate this book 5 stars~ it is a great reminder for older marriages and an excellent help for new marriages. 

About The Book~

Don’t Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight (Abingdon Press, June 2016)
A practical handbook on how to fight better—together—for your marriage.
In every marriage, there is conflict. And with every conflict, there is a choice for resolution. Will you ignore the issue until it seemingly goes away? Or will you work together to find peace?
In Don’t Go to Bed Angry, Deb and Ron DeArmond give you permission to fight. Conflict isn’t the problem, after all; the real issue is how we deal with the conflict. Deb and Ron demonstrate how communication through conflict can safeguard—and even strengthen—your relationship. Immensely practical features including worksheets and discussion questions make this a definitive go-to resource to help you start fighting—together—for your marriage.
Deb DeArmond is an author, speaker, and coach with a focus on communication, relationships, and conflict resolution. Her writing explores marriage, parenting, in-law and extended family relationships. She is the author of "Related By Chance, Family By Choice" and "I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last." Deb is the founder of Living-Write, where she coaches aspiring authors. She's monthly columnist and feature writer for Lifeway's "Mature Living" Magazine, and has published more than 120 articles online and in print publications. ||**|| Ron DeArmond has a hungry heart for the Word, and has studied the Bible for 45+ years. Ron's call to serve men is evident in his previous ministry positions with Christian Men's Network under Dr. Edwin Lewis Cole and Faithful Men Ministry. Ron is currently the Associate Pastor of men's ministry at Catch the Fire/ DFW and has ministered around the world. The DeArmonds live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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