Sick Momma

I haven’t been feeling well for a few weeks now. This week I’ve felt really bad so I decided it was time to go see the Dr. I have an upper respiratory infection. Yuck! The upside is Miss Bethany made dinner for us so I could rest. When did I get to be such a lucky Momma?

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Small Things

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“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Vincent Van Gogh

 

 

Mom’s Birthday

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Today we celebrated my mother’s birthday with family dinner, cake and ice cream of course. The cake was a  delicious buttermilk spice cake with brown sugar cream cheese frosting. For her gift, the gift of an adventure. I love this woman. Life would simply be unimaginable without her. She is the best Mom/Gram anyone could ever ask for. Don’t believe me? Just ask anyone in our family.

Starry Night

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Co-op starts on Monday for my children. I will be teaching Art History and because I love Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh we will be starting with him. I love this painting. It gives me a feeling of peace, awe and wonder. I can imagine looking up at the stars on this night. The stars almost seem to be exploding. I am excited to expose these teens to all the mysteries of the artists and their artwork. It’s going to be a good year.

Fresh Baked Bread

When the heat of summer is more than I can stand I never get around to making bread but when we start to get cooler days the children start asking when I’m going to get to it. I never make less than 2 loaves. One will get eaten for a snack with honey butter or fresh strawberry jam, while it’s still warm of course, and the other loaf will be for the pantry.

Family Bread:

  • 6 cups of bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, brown sugar or honey
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups warm water

Knead until dough is soft and cohesive. Let rise for about 60-90 minutes, until about doubled in bulk. Divide dough in half, shape into loaves, and allow to rise again in greased 8-inch bread pans. Bake at 325* for 25-30 minutes.

I often use 3 cups of bread flour, 3 cups of wheat flour and honey for my sugar to make honey wheat bread.