Sunday, March 29, 2015

Challah and Calvinball

Hello, amazingly, delicious bread!! Why have I never made you before? 

I will post the recipe soon. It is really just bread with extra eggs and butter in the dough. I threw it in the KitchenAid, let it rise for 2 hours, punched it down, let it rise 1 hour, rolled it out and braided it, let it rise 30 minutes, and baked it. ATK says it makes the best French toast, but who would let it get old enough for French toast? It is too good. 


Martin decided to play a game with the baby. They wore special hats, hit the stuffed lion with a feather duster, and carried a basketball around. My sister said it looked like Calvinball. Ha ha. 




Friday, March 27, 2015

English Muffins

Have you made English muffins yet? They are so easy and delicious!! I was feeling like one for breakfast this morning. So, I threw a batch together and had them warm for lunch. They are pretty incredible. I make mine all whole wheat, but you can use white flour or a mixture. Plus, they cook in a pan on the stove. 

Our favorite ways to eat them:
Toasted with butter (and honey or jam)
Mini pizzas (slice in half, top with tomato sauce, cheese, and other toppings - broil for a few minutes)
As sandwich bread
As hamburger rolls

Enjoy! 


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Boys

Warren is moving much sooner than Martin. He rolled all over the floor last night before bed. His head hits the ground with a "thunk" each time he flips over. It doesn't deter him though. Over he flips again with a huge grin on his face. He also is trying to crawl. I am not ready for that yet. 

Martin will be happy once Warren can play with him... Until he takes his toys. Ha ha. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Great For You!

Really WalMart? Vegetable oil is great for you? Should I drink a glass with my breakfast each morning? 

Also, has anyone else read the ingredients in vegetable oil? All it includes is soybean oil. So, why isn't it called soybean oil? I am so confused. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In lieu of a measuring cup

I needed to make 4 pans of brownies for a church fundraiser and both my liquid measuring cups were in the dishwasher, which was running.  What to do? What to do? Then I remembered that there are measuring lines imprinted right on the sides on Mason jars. 

Ps. The brownies seemed to turn out normal using this method. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Some Articles I Want to Read

I started this one, it looks great. 
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/moms-need-theology-too

This one also looks useful. 
http://thewardrobedoor.com/2014/11/parenting-sanctification-reputation-mind.html

And this one caught my eye because I haven't been able to fall back asleep easily if either Warren or Martin wake up in the middle of the night. 
http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-sovereign-hand-of-sleeplessness

I want to download this music for the boys. 
http://songsforsaplings.com/music/songs-for-saplings-abc/#content

Teaching your children to worship sounds extremely needed.  I am currently reading so many parenting books right now. I need help raising kids. It is such a responsibility. 
http://www.pcacep.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/TeachingYourChildrenToWorship3.pdf

I really liked this article and want to read it again. I want my children it value working hard. 
http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/our-childrens-first-glimpse-of-the-value-of-work

And I want to watch this video. Read those sample questions. I need to watch this video. Am I spending more time on what my kids eat than what they take in around them each day? 
http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/parenting-eternity-not-just-5-pm

One last one on hospitality. I want to be more like this. 
http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/open-roof-hospitality




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Oatmeal

Jared eats oatmeal every morning. He likes to take it with him and eat it later. We have found the cheapest and most convient way is to prepackage a bunch of containers at one time and leave them on the counter. That way he just grabs one, fills it with hot water, and takes it with him each morning. 

This has saved us money and it cuts out all those weird chemicals in oatmeal packages (and apple pieces dyed red to look like strawberries...). 

Jared likes raisins and pecans. 
I like raisins, pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar. :) 
In the summer we add fresh fruit in the morning with the hot water. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cupcakes

I am baking cupcakes. The Wilton cupcake boxes say they hold 48, but that is if you want them to be squashed into oval shapes. I opted to only put 40 in each box. I am so glad I bought an extra box in case of problems. 

The total:
48 chocolate peanut butter
50 boston cream
48 vanilla buttercream