Archives for June 2013

Imagine Great Things!

This picture makes me laugh! I hope you never stop imagining great things for yourself-no matter how you look to the rest of the world!

~Jen

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Bread Wars

Does anyone remember these?

IMG_2058A few months ago, I unearthed this bread machine that I hadn’t used in years, with the idea of making my own bread in this new quest of mine to consume more natural, preservative free food.  In our house normally I eat 100% whole wheat bread and the rest of the family eats potato bread, a type that actually has a decent amount of fiber in it, but has the texture of white bread.  I have tried everything to get them to eat whole wheat bread, but they would rather go without any bread than eat whole wheat, so I gave in and the potato bread was my compromise.

So I decided maybe I could trick them into a healthier bread by making my own delicious recipe with the bread machine.  The first recipe I tried was a classic white bread recipe (big mistake to try this first) and they gobbled it up!  So next ,I tried to change things slightly and made a recipe with 1/2 white flour and half wheat flour.  Surely they wouldn’t notice this little change!   Right away little one wrinkled up her nose and they both asked me what was different about the recipe.  They noticed it looked “browner” than the first batch.  (I guess I’m not sneaky enough!)  So it was back to the drawing board!  Next, I tried a mixture of 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat white and those little stinkers still wouldn’t eat it!  I even found myself saying, “Well you better get used to this bread because that is all we are having around here, you need to learn to like it!”  They just didn’t eat bread.

So for a month or so I went back to just buying the potato bread from the store.  This week I hauled the bread machine back out and whipped up a batch of white bread for them.  I decided that although it wasn’t wheat bread, at least it was fresher and had less preservatives than the store bought kind.  Will I make bread every week?  Nope!  I just don’t always have time, but I will try to make it as often as I can.  I wish this story had a happier ending, that both girls fell in love with my delicious wheat bread, but alas, it does not!  Maybe one day when they grow up and have more sophisticated tastes they will switch to wheat bread.  So I did not win the bread war…yet!  Anyone have any bread recipes you think might work to trick these picky pants?

Here is the white bread loaf (I have to admit-it does taste divine!)

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Here is the basic white bread recipe I used:

http://baking.about.com/od/breadmachinebreads/r/basicwhite.htm?p=1

Basic White Bread

By , About.com Guide
Basic White Bread is a recipe everyone should have in their bread machine repertoire.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Preparation:

Place ingredients in bread pan in order listed or according to manufacturer’s directions. When adding the yeast last, make a small well with your finger to place the yeast. This will insure the proper timing of the yeast reaction. Use basic (standard), rapid, timed cycles or according to manufacturer’s directions. Makes a 2 pound loaf.
Here is the recipe for the half and half bread they rejected but if your kids like any type of wheat bread I think they would like it.  I thought it was yummy.

Bread Machine Wheat Bread

16 Servings Prep: 5 min. Bake: 3-4 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm milk (70° to 80°)
  • 1/2 cup water (70° to 80°)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Directions

  • In bread machine pan, place all ingredients in order suggested by
  • manufacturer. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color and
  • loaf size if available. Bake according to bread machine directions
  • (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of
  • water or flour if needed). Yield: 1 loaf (1-1/2 pounds).
Finally, here is a very dense, whole wheat bread recipe that hubby and I like.

Honey Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread (for bread machine)

Ingredients
4 ¼ cups whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups warm water (not too hot or it will kill the yeast)
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil (or melted butter)
1 packet or 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast
Instructions
1. Follow your bread machine’s directions for making a whole-wheat sandwich loaf. For me that means putting in
the dry ingredients first with the wet ingredients on top. I have the Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker
and it takes the machine five hours to make this loaf.
Copyright © 2012 100 Daysof Real Food. All RightsReserved.
http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2011/08/17/recipe-honey-whole-wheat-sandwich-bread-for-bread-machine/

Blessings,

Jen

 

God Girl

I   feel like it is a music kind of day. It started out nice here but turned a little gloomy! My sister shared one of this young lady’s songs awhile ago and now I want to share one of my favorites. I just love this young lady! She is so peppy and loves the lord. An excellent role model for young girls! Jamie Grace Harper is an American Contemporary Christian musician, singer, rapper, songwriter, and actress from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2010 she was discovered by TobyMac and signed to his label Gotee Records.  You can also find Jamie on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jamiegrace…. Take a listen!

Julie

Do What You Love

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There are a lot of things we have to do every day that might not be what we love (laundry, housework etc.).  Sometimes these things can take over and before you know it a whole day has gone by and you never get to the things you love to do.  This happens to me a lot!  So today, I am going to set aside some time to do one thing I love-crack open that new book that has been calling my name but I have been too busy to start!  Spending a little time each day doing things you love, will help you get through the parts of the day you might not love as much and leave you with a feeling of peace and contentment.  God created each of us with these unique and special interests, it is a gift to be cherished.  How about you?  What do you love to do?  Please add a comment and let us know, we would love to hear from you.  I challenge you to take some time today and do it!

Blessings,

Jen

Rescue at the Lake

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This picture is not from the day of the actual rescue, but this is very much what it looked like from my view!

Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (Ephesians 1:11 (NKJV)

I am blessed to work in the village of Lexington. During the nice weather I take every break opportunity to walk out to the harbor. It clears my head and calms my soul. One particular afternoon my schedule was booked but the sun was out and I really wanted a break. I only had a couple of clients left and I would be free. I checked my voicemail and lo and behold I had a cancellation, so I changed my shoes and away I went, knowing I only had about an hour. It was a very windy day, but it was very hot and I didn’t mind. As I approached the harbor the wind was so strong and noisy I pulled my headphones out and just focused on the waves. It wasn’t the normal crowded beach that day, although there were a few families braving the churning waters. I walked to the end of the harbor and noticed some people jumping the waves. It crossed through my mind how dangerous this was giving the days weather. On my way back I noticed two men, two teenage girls and two little girls that were struggling near the rocks. A woman on top of the rocks was screaming at them asking if she should call 911. I wasn’t clear yet if they were in trouble, or if they were still just playing. The man yelled up YES! Call 911! Now I have two pretty bad knees and it looked like a long crawl to get to them. I also knew that if I waited for the rescue squad to get there it could be too late. I looked around and it was just me. No time to think, Lord help me out here, I have to go down. I climbed down the rocks. The wind was blowing and waves were crashing over my head. Thank God there was a small ledge to stand on. The little girls were being bashed against the rocks and I didn’t know if anyone had actually been sucked under the rocks. After a few attempts the man was able to hold on to the littlest one and I reached as far as I can. I grabbed her and our eyes locked. I promised her I would not let go and I didn’t. After pulling her to safety I went for the next one. Eventually all were pulled to safety. I was thinking how I was going to manage to climb back up those rocks. When I turned around to climb ou,t I realized a human chain had been formed, a young teenager, an older woman, another passerby. And they helped us all out. The family was bruised and battered, but they were okay. The man called me an Angel, but I knew who really did that rescue. Point of story. I should not have been there that day. I should have been at work. Once again God reinforced to me just how much HE is in control. He opened up my schedule that day. Despite the wind I decided to walk to the end of the harbor. I had taken my head phones out and paid attention. I never saw the family again, and by the time the rescue squad had arrived I had already left. I have to smile sometimes at the way God works, but work HE does, and for that I am not only grateful, but happy to be able to help Him out when He needs me!

Peace,

Julie

This is a picture of the rocks on a calm day. I still can’t find the exact spot where this happened. Every place looks too steep and impossible to climb. Somehow that day either the rocks formed steps or I was just invincible!

 

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Sloppy Joe Sauce Recipe

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My Mom was visiting this month and made Sloppy Joes with a recipe for homemade sauce she found on the Internet.  The hubby and kids devoured them and said they definitely tasted better than the kind I usually make out of a can!  I never stand a chance against Grandma’s cooking!  In a quest to be healthier and avoid preservatives and sodium, I have been trying to avoid canned food, so this is a recipe I will be keeping around.

Here is the recipe and link below.  You can make adjustments to fit your family’s particular tastes.  We didn’t have and Worcestershire sauce on hand so we left that out.  Also, you could try fresh garlic instead of garlic powder.  To really up the health factor, use whole wheat sandwich buns and low-fat ground beef.

Enjoy!

Jen

http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Sloppy-Joes-Sandwiches

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

4 Servings Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 hamburger buns, split

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink;
  • drain. Stir in the ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire
  • sauce, mustard, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Bring to a
  • boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes. Serve on
  • buns. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutrition Facts: 1 sandwich equals 439 calories, 16 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 1,360 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 27 g protein.
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