Recipe Box Challenge Thursdays Are Coming!

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Jan 052012

Introducing Recipe Box Challenge Thursdays!

Back at Thanksgiving I was looking for a new roll recipe.  The one I wanted I couldn’t find and the sweet lady who made these rolls had just passed away so there was no way I could find a copy of them. So some friends and I on Facebook started talking about looking for a roll recipe this year as it seems that many of us have lost the recipe we wanted. During the course of this conversation, the idea came to host a recipe exchange on my blog.

I know, I know, a lot of people hold recipe exchanges on their blogs. What’s new about that one, right? Well, I was thinking that we are going to organize it more like a recipe box. The linky will be open for a week on every-other-Thursday. And we’ll have themes, like a recipe box. So one week we’ll post our favorite soup recipes, the next time maybe our favorite beef recipes, another time our favorite bread recipes. The theme for the link up will be posted on the first and third Thursdays of the month, you’ll have a week to get your recipes typed up on your blog and then we’ll post on the following Thursday (second and fourth) and the linky will be open for about a week. And if you have pictures, that would be terrific! (I don’t know about you, but I choose new recipes a lot of times from the pictures in my cooking magazines )

So, for the first Recipe Box Challenge Thursday, our theme will be soups. It is cold and chilly and perfect soup weather here. What is your favorite kind to make? Is it something traditional like chicken noodle soup? Or do you like something with a kick to it like chicken tortilla soup? Or is it an ethnic soup like pho? Share your favorite next Thursday and check out everyone else’s..

Nov 222011

This year I was going to make Lottie Rolls for Thanksgiving. In tribute to a lady from our church growing up who made the absolute best from scratch, homemade rolls ever. Lottie, in her mid-nineties was called home at the end of last week. She was the sweetest lady imagineable. And one of the best cooks I’ve ever seen. So I was rather upset today when I couldn’t find the old church cookbook with her roll recipe in it. So I had to settle on Beef House Rolls instead. If I find Lottie’s recipe, I so will be making them in her memory.

There is a steak house back home that makes the second (aside from Lottie Rolls) best rolls ever. This year, for Thanksgiving, I’m going to try to replicate them. I’m using a copy cat recipe from the Middlefork United Methodist Women’s Cookbook which was submitted by Jeanie Prillaman.  I don’t have the fine Wondra flour it calls for (never heard of it actually) but I do have the extra fine Winnona which I’ll use instead.

3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. Salt
3 Tbl. Margarine (I’ll use real butter, we don’t let margarine in the house)
1 egg slightly beaten
2 pkgs dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
5 cups Wondra flour

(Directions verbatum from the book)

Mix 3/4 cup water, sugar, salt and margerine. Bring to a boil and cool to lukewarm. When cool, mix yeast in 1 cup lukewarm water until disolved. Then add mixture, egg, and 3 cups flour (adding more to make it unsticky). Beat until smooth. Add rest of the flour and mix well. No kneading necessary. Place in a greased bowl and let rise until doubled, about 1 hr. Punch down and form into balls, 2 per roll. Place in muffin tins and let rise again until desired rise. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes (check after 10 minutes and cover with foil if getting too brown).

So, what rolls are you baking? Have a terrific recipe? If so, post it on your blog and leave the link in the comments. Don’t have a blog, try to post the recipe in the comments so you can join in the fun. I’m planning a recipe box meme coming up soon complete with linkies, so be on the lookout for that.


Homekeeper’s Journal 3.22.2011 (late…)

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Mar 232011

In my kitchen this week … is comfort food.  Spaghetti, meatloaf and such.  I do need to make a batch of bread too.

In my household plans this week …. Keeping up with the girls…We cleaned their room very well this past weekend.  I was shocked at the amount of clothing I found under the 3 y.o.’s bed….

My off-the-cuff definition of Unity is ….when people stand together and support and love one another without fighting, even when they may not see eye to eye on a matter.

The opposite of Unity is… chaos, hurt, discord.

Unity in my home ….. is when even when the girls can’t agree on something, they compromise (a game, music etc).  When Hubbs and I come to an agreement on anything, even if it is something that I don’t want and I submit to his decision in it without grumbling, complaining or bad talking it.

Unity in my Church … is when we all stand together as a united front, despite what we feel or differ on in ideas.

Between a husband and wife, Unity ….is beautiful. A manifestation of the supernatural working in the physical world and the two are indeed one even if they aren’t in agreement over an issue.  When the wife respects her husband and the husband loves his wife.  When the wife submits to her husband joyfully, no matter what the issue or decision was.
This post is linked up over at the Christian Homekeeper Network for her weekly Homekeeper’s Journal.  Go on over and see what other’s had to say this week..

Mar 212011

I know, I haven’t been posting daily about Lent for the 40 Days of Following Him meme. I guess that I just don’t feel like I have a lot to say that is worthwhile about it.  Or at least anything that anyone would want to read about it. So, this is turning more into when I have something worth saying I’ll post (at least if I think I have something worthwhile to say).

For Lent this year, I decided to give up wearing pants. It is all skirts or dresses from Ash Wednesday until Easter. I know, you all probably are thinking I’ve gone off the deep end.  Who doesn’t wear pants in this society except the strange off shoots, right? Besides, aren’t pants more comfortable and practical?

Well, not really.  I have several normal friends (not religious legalists or belonging to strange off-shoot denominations) who have chosen to wear only skirts and dresses.  Trust me, these people are normal, they have just chosen to wear what they have been led by God to wear in an effort at promoting modesty and gender differentiation (male and female were created to be different from each other.)  And pants really aren’t that much more comfortable. Maybe for being out in the garden or doing an exercise video pants might be a better choice, but for everything else, there really isn’t much of a difference in convenience.

Men and women are different and we do fulfill different roles (contrary to what our society says). Why should we as women be the same as men? I don’t want to be a man. Nor do I wish to look like a man. One way I can make sure that I am a woman, perceived as a woman and feel more feminine is by not wearing pants. The past nearly two weeks haven’t been that much of a trial in regards to giving up pants.  Other than discovering that my favorite skirt was AWOL (found that while cleaning the girls’ closet this weekend.  How it got in there is quite the mystery) and only having two skirts for everyday around the house stuff and then my favorite denim skirt for regular stuff and the rest are all nice skirts for things like skirt, I’ve had to do more laundry for myself than I usually do. But I’ve felt more lady-like in the skirts. I feel more feminine. I’ve even been wearing an apron over my skirts more while cleaning the house. I like it. This may be something that lasts long after Lent is over.

And I’ve noticed the girls going with me in this.  They go and put on skirts or a dress for the day when they see me in a skirt. They pitched a fit the other day when we went outside to play and I had them put pants on to go out mud puddle jumping, swinging and hanging off the swing set (you have no idea the peep show the neighbors would have been treated to). They see me and want to emulate whatever it is I’m doing. If you have young children, I’m sure you’ve noticed it yourself. It struck me with how hard it is to raise children with how they like to do everything I do. If they see me doing something, of course they are going to internalize it and emulate.  Now, is my behavior and choices something I want them to emulate? A lot of times, I don’t think so.  So today, think of what you are needing to change in your life so when your children are going to do what you do, you aren’t embarrassed by it. Or when they are adults and do things that you do, you are proud of them and the choices they have made.  Now, we aren’t going to mandate the girls wear exclusively skirts and dresses.  We are going to leave the choice to them.  However, if that’s what mom wears, they will likely be my little copy cats. I’m ok with that.  I want them to grow up feminine and lady-like which is so much easier in a skirt. I’m not raising boys (not yet anyway). I’m not raising feminists, I’m raising feminine daughters. Daughters who are different and we can revel in our differences instead of trying to be male.

So, I’m trying to reclaim the culture of femininity for me and my daughters. And reveling in the fact that God created me to be female for a purpose. I do not want to be what I’m not.

There’s my take on Lent today. Sorry for being disjointed.  Now, I’m going to go and put on my apron and tackle the kitchen that was neglected this weekend.

This post is linked up over at A House Upon the Rock for the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme.  Go on over there and see what others have to say today..

Homekeepr’s Journal 3.15.2011

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Mar 152011

My entry for the Homekeeper’s Journal for this week.  It is This and That….

In My Kitchen this week……….. is a 25lb sack of flour that is needing to be used….

In My Yard …….. the birds are looking to start building nests.  I noticed today that the tree in my side yard has some giant buds.  And my back yard is full of water from the recent rains.  However, some friends of ours gave us two 4×4 raised garden beds! So now I’m planning out what to put in them.

I’ve been thinking ….How I was a perfect mom. Before the children came along…Also about a new endeavor that has been placed on my heart for some time and how to best go about this new project that is seeming to be coming to me.

What motivates me more than anything else is …..knowing that my husband will praise me when he sees it.  Silly I know, but it does help get the dishes done.  Though knowing that company is coming lights a fire under me too!

My Devotional life and walk with Christ …. isn’t where it should be at the moment.  I’ve been fighting to reclaim it.

I struggle ….. with wondering if I’ve chosen the best way to homeschool our daughters, if my house is clean enough, what if I put all this time and energy into the vegetable garden and it fails miserably.

I dread …. scrubbing the fridge.

But I look forward …. to having my windows and doors open more often as the weather warms up!

This post is linked up over at The Christian Homekeeper for her weekly Journal.