Monday, December 27, 2021
Favorite Flaky Biscuits Recipe
Friday, December 10, 2021
The benefits of trials
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Glazed Honey Rolls
I recently discovered this recipe in a cookbook my sister had brought back to her home from the library. It has become my new favorite roll recipe! The rolls are moist, mildly sweet, and best of all for me, :) easy to make.
Glazed Honey Rolls
1 cup warm milk, 70°-80°
1 large egg, room temperature
1 large egg yolk, room temperature (set aside the egg whites...this will be used later for the glaze!)
1/2 cup canola oil
3 Tbsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 1/2 cups bread or all-purpose flour
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
Glaze: (The glaze is optional...I've made these without it completely, other than just brushing them with melted butter instead, and the rolls still taste great).
1/3 cup sugar (Note: I personally don't care to use a lot of sugar...so I actually left this part out of the glaze completely the times I did make it, and just increased the amount of honey. It's up to you.) :)
2 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. honey (or, if leaving out the sugar...may be increased to 2 Tbsp. or so.)
1 large egg white
Additional honey, optional
Dissolve yeast in warm milk. In another bowl, combine egg, egg yolk, oil, honey, salt, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour; beat on medium speed until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until dough is doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide and shape into 24 balls; place in 9x13 in. greased baking pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350; glaze and bake 20-25 minutes. Brush with additional honey, if desired.
Note: The honey glaze will make the top of the rolls look darker brown than usual earlier on in the baking, making it a little more difficult to tell when they are done. I was a bit worried they were burning at first, but that's just normal with the glaze. :)
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Thursday, November 11, 2021
One of the last daisies still hanging on. Most of our other flowers are finished blooming for the year.
With the days getting colder, I have felt a little more like baking than usual...(baking is not one of my favorite things normally for some reason, although I do try to occasionally). I hope to share one of the new recipes I tried on here soon! It is a new favorite of mine.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
It's October, and...
I am unsure if this video will load properly for everyone...but this is a short
Friday, September 10, 2021
Monday, August 2, 2021
Encouraging Truth's from Plants...
I love gardening, and many times as I'm out working in the garden, spiritual applications from the Bible come to my mind such as the parable of the sower, and how weeds growing up remind me of the seriousness of sins that can spread so easily and choke out the good growth in peoples lives. Also, as I'm working on pruning our bushes and trees, seeing the effect of the cuts helping stimulate the plants to grow even better, make me realize how often the Lord uses hurtful things in our lives that seem like "cutting back" and harmful things at the time, but in the end He uses it to cause us to grow in grace more. So, when I came across this information about plants, it amazed me and once again reminded me of more spiritual lessons we can observe from God's creation.
This is what I found:
Plants do most of their growing at night. The absence of light actually stimulates plants to grow fastest in the darkness. Actually, the major part of the cell division and growth in plants is done at night. So we can easily conclude that plants need darkness as much as they need sunlight to grow. Plant phytochromes detect darkness, encouraging growth hormone production, causing the plant to elongate in search of light. The same process helps plants orientate their foliage to light and helps seedlings stretch in search of light.
Roots of most plants also grow at night. The food prepared in the form of glucose is utilized at night for cell division. Not only the roots, but also stems, flowers, and fruits grow at night. This is the time when the accumulation of food and water is actually done.
While plants capture energy during the day, the synthesis of new tissue is often better accomplished at night, because the conditions then allow avoidance of heat stress and water loss. In plants using CAM photosynthesis, the stomata in the leaves are shut during the day to reduce evapotranspiration, but are opened at night to collect CO2, and carbon fixation occurs then.
If you put plants in light for whole 24 hours then they will eventually die. Likewise, if you put your plants in complete darkness for long, they will lose chlorophyll and hence die. So both sunlight and darkness are required for plants to grow healthy. Some plants need more light, while others need more shade.
These things reminded me and gave me comfort in times of my own struggles, that the Lord knows exactly what each one of us needs...sometimes seasons of darkness, sometimes seasons of light and joy. It's all for our growth and our good.
"Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God."
"He really cares about us in our sufferings. The greatest blessing in this world is to know God, and to have a knowing relationship of Him. You can't know Him fully without suffering. You can't know Him truly as the God of all comfort, without the excruciating pain of tribulations and pressures and trials and troubles. There is no other road to knowing Him in this way, than the road of pressure and suffering and trials."
But the God of all grace, Who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
-1 Peter 5:10-11
Friday, July 30, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Thankful for Freedom
Monday, June 28, 2021
Vistors in the Garden, and Some Random Summer Photos
The mother rabbit made her nest in the corner of my garden, in a pile of grass I had left for using as a mulch. I was grabbing an armload of the grass to use in the garden one day, when some slight movement caught my eye. It was then that I noticed the fur lining the nest, and discovered the baby rabbits. It gave me a laugh, as we had just been attempting to fence in our garden to keep the rabbits out - but the rabbits were one step ahead, and had made a nest right inside the garden! 😄
Saturday, March 20, 2021
First Flower of the Year
What could be more appropriate than to discover the very first flower I've seen this year in our yard, today on the first day of spring?! :) I was so happy to spot this pretty little crocus as I was out taking a walk earlier today.
"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;"