Finally! After 13 weeks of making bread I finally made one that didn't look like a hockey puck. They were all eatable... they tasted the same... they just didn't look right!But here it is...I found out that I was killing the yeast. I was using water that was too hot and I was letting it knead for ten minutes in my Kitchen Aid Mixer. So now I have a beautifully yummy Red Hard Wheat Bread [...]
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Over the past few years we have tried a LOT of recipes and many of them have totally flopped. When it comes to finding a good unleavened bread recipe, there are a ton out there and many of them are not very tasty. But do not fret, I am ready to share the few recipes we have found that are no-fail, tasty, easy recipes that even your kids can make on their own (if they [...]
Sometimes being a mom is just hard. Sunday afternoon was one of those times. Our family was planning on going to the movie theater to see a cool new family flick in celebration of Father's Day. And one of my precious children was caught in the action of losing self-control of one of his appendages, actually punching a sibling in the head. Now before I continue to tell you my story from Sunday, I have [...]
Just a short few weeks ago we began our intentional studies and remembrance traditions leading up to the crucifixion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. Coincidentally, these past few weeks have been unusually warm for the Pacific Northwest, inspiring new growth that the awakening of Spring brings. And when there is growth, I am beckoned outside to tend my garden and vineyard. Yes there is weeding to do, grass to mow, but the very [...]
An Easter Tradition that Decorates Your Home, Creates a Project for Your Kids, and Recycles Your Christmas Tree
Remember the Cross We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power,and the wonders he has done. Psalm 78:4 Teach them to your children and your children's children. In all the traditions, the holidays throughout the year, we need to remember that Jesus died for us to live in freedom from bondage. Both eternally, and here on earth. As I share [...]
Weeding with your kids is an opportunity for deep conversation, reflection, teaching and training in the discipline of work ethic. The most common complaint from children when weeding... I hate these weeds, they are prickly... they are a nuisance. The most common question among children when weeding... WHY? WHY MOM? WHY ARE THERE WEEDS? WHY DID GOD HAVE TO MAKE WEEDS? I love it! These are the kinds of conversations I simply love while weeding [...]
What is the Vision you have for your family? Do you envision having a close knit family; where your daughters are there for each other, taking care of each other after they have a baby, or watching one another’s children for date nights, etc... What about your sons, could they maybe work together? Or will they want to get there families together because they actually like each other and it is not just something they [...]
Hospitality is one of those passions of mine. I highly value community and so it is no surprise I LOVE getting together with other families. Over the years as our family has grown, hospitality has been one of those practices that has not been as purposefully frequent as other seasons; and unfortunately many people do not excited about the thought of having a large family over either. I have heard "We would just love to [...]
Kid's are Smart- they know what real relationships are about! If you were to ask yourself- Do your Grandkids think you know them? What would your response be? Kids are not dumb. They can see right through your facade, and they know when they are truly being loved and cared for. They know if you are faking it. Grandparents are to be a testimony to the little ones in the way they live out life, [...]
While Kelsey can not take all the credit for these eggs because sooo (my postpartum nurse-midwife, Isaac, Keziah & Kelsey) many blessed people have served me in making these eggs...I am so thankful to her for all the dozens of mornings she has made these for me and with different variations. They are delicious as well as nutritious...A MUST TRY!Kelsey's Kale ScrambleIngredients:Eggs, chopped kale, diced onion, kelp & salt mixture, pepper, diced tomatoes, & diced [...]