Thursday, May 26, 2016

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls~ It's Really Not Hard

Yes~you can make Homemade Bread! I love the smell of homemade bread baking in my kitchen.
This recipe can be used for bread or cinnamon rolls.

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. 

*When your yeast has frothed, add it to your dry ingredients along with your oil. Mix slowly~if it is too dry ~add just a bit more water. 

*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 in 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 warm. It will take a bit longer if your kitchen is cooler. Do not rush this step!

*Punch down the dough and roll out. I roll it into a large rectangle shape.

 Cover the dough with butter and then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll the dough into a log and slice it about an inch wide. Place rolls into a greased cake pan. This recipe will fill a normal cake pan nicely. Let the rolls rise again. Once the rolls are doubled in size ~ bake them in a 325-degree oven for about 20-25 minutes. Watch closely~ and remove from oven when they are golden brown.

Frost the rolls with a powdered sugar glaze. I add maple flavoring to mine. They are delicious. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting And Resting At My "Jacob's Well"

I am enjoying my new home. However ~ it has been way harder than I expected it to be. I am sure there is a divine purpose for God taking me out of my comfort zone and placing my feet in a world of unknown.  This morning in my quiet time I am reading about resting and waiting.

Jesus and his disciples had come from a long journey and they were weary. I get that at this moment in time. The disciples had gone to Sychar for food. Jesus was tired and he was sitting on the well. As He was resting and waiting a woman came to him. She was of Samaria. He asked her for a drink. This would have been uncommon because a Jew would not have spoken to a person from Samaria or had any dealings at all with the Samaritans.

Jesus went on to tell this woman about the Living Water that she could drink of and never thirst again. He proved himself to her by telling her all she had ever done. She left a changed woman and went to tell others of the man who shared everlasting life with her.  You can read the account here in John 4. 

 Noticed what Jesus was doing here in this setting. He was resting and waiting by the well. My new home ~  new city~  new church~ new neighborhood right now has become my  "Jacob's well."  A place where  I am resting and waiting for God to unfold the next chapter of my journey. The next place where I can serve~ where I can make friendships ~ where I can call a church my home~  where I can share with a lost soul the Living Water.  I am way out of my comfort zone. I am a bit undone. In light of seeing it all as my " Jacob's well" ~where I am waiting and resting, it seems to be doable this morning. I find great encouragement  knowing as I rest and wait on my Heavenly Father that He will bring His work to me.

On this rainy morning, I am counting my blessings that my "Jacob's well" just happens to be in my beautiful new kitchen where I am sipping coffee .

John 4:4-14 (KJV)

And he must needs go through Samaria.
Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.
Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.
(For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)
Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

We Have Landed~

We have landed in our new little town. There is unpacking to do and much work still to be done. As we add touches~ this house is becoming our home.  Our journey here is unfolding. We know without a doubt God has led us here to serve. My Brian's path is clearly laid out but would you pray for God to bring mine to me? I am excited to get busy. 

I have missed my blog friends. I am not sure what Farming On Faith will look like in the future but I am excited to see what God has in store. 

While I was away not only did we pack up and leave my hometown but I celebrated my big 50.

And my baby moved into his own place ~ 
leaving him behind has been way harder than I thought it would be. 
I miss my boy!

We said goodbye to an old friend.

Patches just didn't have it in her to make the move.
She has been in our family for a very long time. 
I loved that crazy little cat with a lot of sass. 

Eight years ago I started blogging and I have been so blessed by the friendships. God has a way of bonding his children together. Never would I have dreamed when I made a friend on the internet that I would move and meet one of my prayer warrior friends from the Blog World~ Down on the Farm. Robbin and I have spent the past eight years sharing our hearts and praying for each other's burdens.  I am so excited that God looked down in time and knew I would need a friend in a new place where I did not know a soul. Today my sweet friend is coming to my house for lunch. How exciting is that? God is so good.  He has our path set out before us.  Even when the path is not clear we can trust that God is at work in our lives. 

For now ~I am just waiting and resting for the next chapter to begin. 

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love;
 in honour preferring one another;



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