Monthly Archives: October 2008

Brown Bread

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We had finished a meal using our fresh whole wheat bread and I asked the kids which one they liked better, white or whole wheat. Everyone said they preferred the whole wheat, except my girl. She scrunched up her nose and said, “I really don’t see any difference.” Fine. She doesn’t enjoy bread on the best of days. Weird. When she felt it was safe to continue talking, and that mommy wouldn’t cry, she said that she wondered what Grammie’s magic was to make her bread. “Magic??” I asked. “Yea, to make her bread brown and taste so good”, says she. Um hm.

So why don’t I just give you Grammie’s magic bread recipe, and then you can decide for yourself which one of the three you like most. And since my WordPress account is still acting up, there will be no pictures for you. :(

Put 2 Cups of Oatmeal in a large bowl.
Add 1/4 Cup Shortening.
Add 3 Cups boiling water. Stir until shortening melts.
Let sit for 20 minutes.

In 1 Cup warm water add 1 tsp sugar and 2 Tbsp yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes.

After the Oatmeal has sat for 20 minutes add 2/3 Cup Molasses, and 4 tsp Salt.
Stir risen yeast with fork and add to Oatmeal mixture.

Start adding flour a Cup at a time until right consistency. (I think it ends up being about 7-9 Cups)
Let rise 1 hour.
Cut into 4 loaves (they will be slightly smaller than the other recipe)
Place in greased loaf pans and let rise 1 hour more.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Make sure they are completely done, no fun having doughy brown bread…. I know. :(

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You-won’t-die-as-fast-whole-wheat-bread. (with corrections!!!)

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Something is very wrong with my computer. If things look funny and there aren’t any pictures, its because my computer hates me.

(You’d have to check out the comments on my previous bread post to understand the title there. Just so ya know.)

Since I posted about

  • baking bread
  • , and y’all were so nice to leave comments, I thought I’d give you the other recipe. Of course, I wasn’t going to pass it along until I tried it. Yesterday I tried it.  It was good. :) As you will see the recipe is very similar to the white bread recipe I gave you.

    Scald 1 1/2 Cups Milk
    Dissolve 2 tsp sugar in 1 Cup warm water. Add 2 pkgs (4 1/2 tsps) yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes.

    Put into large bowl:
    1/2 Cup lightly packed brown sugar
    2 Tbsp salt
    1/2 Cup Shortening

    2 1/4 Cup warm water

    Pour milk over and stir until shortening melts.
    Stir yeast mixture with a fork and add to shortening mixture.

    Beat in 6 Cups Whole wheat flour. Beat vigorously.
    Then gradually beat in 6 – 6 1/2 Cups All-Purpose flour.

    The same as the white bread here, just knead it until it seems right. I like to leave it almost sticky.
    Then oil a bowl or 9×13 pan and flip the dough around in it til it is covered with oil. Cover with warm wet towel or cloth. Let raise 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled.

    Cut into 4 pieces and knead each piece into a loaf shape, getting all the air bubbles out.
    Set in greased loaf pans and cover. Raise 1 hour, or until doubled.

    Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

    Let me know if you tried it. :)

    Book Review Friday: Matthew 5-7

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    If you do not know about Book Review Friday, you can find all the details on my sidebar. Jump in wherever we are reading and say hello. We’d love to have you along!! :)

    First things first, we’ll move on to Matthew chapters 8-11 until next Friday. I’m finding it hard to take Matthew as slow as I am. I know what book we’re doing next, and I just want to get to it. But there is much in Matthew that I’m sure I need to get into, and so I shall be patient. :)

    As for my review, I had a hard time with 5: 11, 12, “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”  You know what?? That really isn’t my cup of tea.

    On one hand I love getting into the Word more. I love learning and coming out of my shell and talking with people about what I am becoming passionate about. On the other hand, I don’t want to deal with the negative side effects of growing closer to the Lord. I’m all for leading people to Christ, teaching my children how to walk in the Truth, and setting my city on a hill for all to see, and my candle on a candlestick too… but only if everyone is going to be nice to me & mine. Seriously. I don’t like thinking about persecution and what I believe we will have to go through if the Lord doesn’t come back soon. I’m a wimp.  But the verse says to rejoice when it happens. Rejoice, folks. Very hard. Our reward is coming later. Its all part of that eternal view and losing our earthly eyes I guess. I’m just not there yet.

    It was 5:37 that convicted me just last night. I was asked to help in the Awana store. It is a very noisy, kid filled, crazy part of the evening, and I said I’d help. As I got to the doors and saw that there were plenty of people already helping I almost turned around to do other things. But then those haunting words came to mind, ‘let your yes, be yes; and your no, be no’.  So I walked back into the noisy room and set up a table and helped the kids buy cool stuff.  Deep stuff here I tell ya. Deep.

    That is all I’ll write this time. Life is short. Some days it seems shorter than others. :) Here is Mr.Linky for all the reviews that will immediately pour in, and I will read each and every one with gratefulness in my heart for y’all.

    Reasons to bake your own bread.

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    PICT0030

    *It tastes WAY better!!                               
    *It is better for you.
    *It is not hard to make and it only takes a couple minutes, don’t believe those who tell you any different.
    *It is more filling.
    *It makes your whole house smell cozy.
    *It makes a great gift on the run.

    I’m sure there are many other reasons to make your own, but these do it for me!
    Here is our ( Seven gave me her recipe & I love it, so I now consider it ‘ours’) recipe just in case you don’t already have your own favourite and want an easy sneezy yummy thing to do in the next day or two. Don’t worry, if you can’t use 4 loaves up in the next day or two, it freezes really well. :)

    Homemade White Bread- 4 loaves:
    Dissolve 2 tsp of sugar in 1 cup warm water. Add 4 1/2 (2 packages) of yeast. Let sit for 10 minutes.
    Meanwhile scald 2 Cups Milk (I like to use sour milk now).

    In large bowl, put 1/4 Cup sugar, 4 tsp Salt, 1/4 Cup Shortening, 1 cup warm water. Pour Milk over these and stir until shortening melts.
    Once yeast has risen for the 10 minutes stir with a fork and mix into bowl.

    Add 4-5 Cups flour and stir briskly until all combined. Add another 5 cups or so, kneading to ‘perfect consistency’ (you just have to do it a time or two to know how you like it.)
    Lightly oil a large bowl (or 9×13 pan is what I use), make sure dough rolls around in oil and cover bowl with damp cloth to let raise 1 hour.
    Take it out of bowl and cut into 4 equal loaves. Knead each piece into a loaf shape and place in a greased bread pan. Cover pans with damp cloth again and let raise 1 hour.

    Bake at 400* for 30 minutes.
    Turn onto cooling rack.
    Brush with butter if desired.

    Let me know if you tried it. :)

    Randomness

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    Before you click on this link, forget what we know of what Ecclesiastes says. When I saw all those gorgeous gowns I didn’t care about vanity, I wanted every single one of these. I wish I could sew so beautifully and I’d just make my little girl a bunch for her own closet. Mercy me, I want one of each in my size too!! :)

    I know, I know, its all vanity. But vanity sure is beautiful sometimes! :) Then again, none of it lasts forever. Some of it doesn’t even last more than a few years.

    And getting back to the more important things in life, “here is a video from Voddie Baucham that is definitely worth a minute or two of your time. Mercy me, BRING IT ON!!!

    Book Review Friday: Matthew 1-4 (Edited)

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    I’m sticking Mr.Linky up here really fast because I just can’t get to my review or a proper post until later.
    If you already have a review, I’m sorry I’m so late, and here is Mr.Linky for y’all. I’ll get back to do BRF better hopefully before 3pm. :)

    I’m back with my review way way too late. It’s a good thing you all are so forgiving. :) I’ve only got a minute before I have to go pick up hubby from work. Early day today, Woo hoo!!! :)

    You probably already guessed the reading for this week. We’re going to study through Matthew chapters 5-7. We’re only doing 3 chapters, but I thought it would be a fun thing to just concentrate on the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ for a week. We’ll know it better than we ever have before.

    This’ll be short & sweet. I’ve already read Kim’s review (forgetting that I shouldn’t until I’ve done my own) and I didn’t want to write mine. Hers was good, and I have nothing really to say. I’m not looking forward to any other ones that have been posted. I love reading the reviews. :)

    Now for my review… I remember hearing somewhere sometime about how the time line with Jesus and his ministry was significant. I can’t remember why though. As I read I noticed that Jesus didn’t start His ministry until after he was baptized, he didn’t get baptized until he was my age, and He didn’t even call the disciples to follow Him until that time as well. :)…. wish I could remember why it matters. :(  This is the first time it mentions Jesus being tempted as well, I think. And what about the Holy Spirit descending on Him? How can God be separated from Himself in the first place??? I mean, I know Jesus was fully human… but He was fully God as well. Is it one of those things that we just won’t ever understand?  I guess I’ll have to ask hubby when I pick Him up.

    I love John the Baptist. I’ve always loved his straight-forward approach to the gospel. I love people who say it like it is (the right thing in the right way of course) and John was one of those people. Love it.  Then I got to thinking, what would he have said to me? What would he have been frank about with me had he known me?  What would have been going through my head when he said, “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.” ?  I probably would have felt a little differently.

    One thing is for sure, after reading about John the Baptist, no one should be concerned about making the gospel more ‘friendly’ in any way. John said it like is was and God spoke to peoples hearts, it was amazing. A guy wearing camels hair and livin in the boonies eating big grasshoppers can lead people to Christ, I’m sure we could do it. :)

    I’m afraid that is as good as it got this week. I suggest that everyone check out the reviews on Mr.Linky for more exciting reviews.  So glad you ladies are out there! :)