Welcome New Year – 2016. Welcome Friends.
Come and sit with me and let me pour you a cup of coffee. I didn’t make a double chocolate chai pie with real whipped cream for you today……perhaps next time.
Today, I have lovely slices of homemade bread. Warm. With butter and/or some local Amish Blackberry Jam. Help your self. Eat as much as you want.
As we sit here together let’s chat. I want to tell you how excited I am over the arrival of a new year. I’ve made no resolutions, never do, but I have decided to make my own bread as opposed to buying well-preserved breads in the stores.
I have also decided to get busy. As some of your know, I care for my grand girls five days a week while my son and his wife attend University. I’ve done this for about two plus years. I would do it again in a heartbeat, but it has been a sacrifice in many ways. But I see no greater gift that I could give than to be a part of raising these girls. They have taught me so much and my heart has grown in love.
This year, I decided to write more. Even help my husband to write the books he needs to along with the one I need to finish. I need to play my ukulele more often – it brings me such joy.
There are other creative and practical things I need to do that will come out along the way. One thing I know is that I need to do the things that were planted in my heart to do by my best Friend, Jesus.
You see, Life is short. We’ve all heard that before. But we truly do not know our days. I’ve said goodbye to a dear friend just after Thanksgiving. I see the news rattling off numbers of deaths in various world events. All ages. The anniversary of the loss of our dear daughter is coming up. You can’t help but reflect on your own life. The things I’ve put off and just refused to do. The dreams that I have forgotten.
Here, have another slice of bread and a warm up your coffee……
You see, some dreams may change over the years or even be put on a shelf for a while. Some may be lost on the shelves or in a box in the attack or basement. How about we take them down and dust them off. How about we search out those that were lost and thought forgotten.
Let’s take them and sit with our God and our friends who believe in us and look them over, shine them up, tweak them here and there and most of all…… Pursue them! Yes. Let’s do it.
And that is what my new year is looking like. Pursuit. How about yours? Those dreams and ideas are still there. Those ideas for a business are still there. Find friends who only encourage and love you enough to help you go forward. Find others who need your encouragement and help in finding and going for their dreams.
I’m cheering for you. Maybe next time I will make that chocolate chai pie for you.
Thanks for stopping by. In case you want it, here is the bread recipe:
I mixed mine in a Kitchen Aid mixer with dough hook.
1 pkg. active dry yeast – or 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup butter – cut up
1/4 cup organic raw cane sugar
1/4 cup Molasses
2 tsp. salt
2 cups boiling water
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup Cornmeal – 1 cup Oats
Enough Unbleached Flour to make a sticky dough – approx. 4 cups
Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.
In a smaller bowl I put the butter, sugar, molasses and salt with the boiling water. Let butter melt and let it cool down so as not to be too hot for the yeast. I test that by holding my finger in it for a few seconds – if I have to yank my finger out then it is too hot.
Add liquid to yeast along with the WW Flour, cornmeal and oats. Then mix in White Flour and use that dough hook until all is incorporated. A good 3-4 minutes of mixing is good. If dough is too sticky – meaning you cannot pick it up in one ball – then slowly beat in more white flour until right consistency.
Put dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a clean cloth for about 1 and 1/2 hours.
Punch dough down and form into any shapes you like. Pace on greased baking sheet or greased loaf pans. I chose this:
I cut slices in them with kitchen shears.
Cover these with the cloth again and let rise for about 40-45 minutes.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 40-50 minutes. Cool out of the pan and you better cut an end off while hot and smother it with butter and eat it!