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Homemade Bread!

Let’s start at the very beginning…

Then….

Wheat Berries!

Grinding the wheat berries into flour….

The wheat gets hot as it is ground into flour!

Next….

Freshly ground whole wheat flour

Now for the bread!

Ingredients!

Warming the milk in the microwave...

Use a BIG measuring cup for the yeast mixture!

Honey will feed the yeast!

Mmmm, yeast!

Stirring the yeast into the warm water/honey mixture...

Yard egg!

Grapeseed oil...

More honey!

This is why I said use a BIG measuring cup!

EEEEK! It's ALIVE!

Don't forget to add the milk!

Add some flour...

Then the yeast (Which had filled the 4-cup measuring cup completely)

Dough dough dough dough........dough dough dough dough DOUGH!

When the dough looks like this, then....

Sprinkle some of the remaining flour on a clean countertop...

A very important note about bread dough: Please don’t ever just dump a pre-measured amount of flour into the dough. Work it in, little by little. Finished dough should be tacky, but not sticky. Make sense? The more flour that gets beaten into the dough, the tougher and denser your bread will be. This is especially important to observe when making bread with freshly-ground flour, as whole wheat bread is naturally more dense and heavy than “regular” bread. Unlike pie crust, bread dough LOVES to be kneaded, and it actually makes for a better texture in the finished product. So knead away! Just don’t add too much flour in the process. 🙂

Let the dough rest for a few minutes...

Grease your loaf pans! I like to use glass for visibility while the bread is baking, plus it seems healthier.

After the dough rests, it needs to be kneaded again.

I like using a scraper to cut the dough!

Press the dough into your loaf pans...

I forgot to take pictures of the baking, and of the finished bread. Sorry! I’ll have to remember to do that next time. I hope you enjoyed the photo story! 🙂

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. ~ John 1:1-5

Merry Christmas!

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

~ Phillipians 4:7

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This is just a test

I’m trying to post this from an iPod. Please ignore! 🙂

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Homeschooling

Photo courtesy of Felixco, Inc.

I apologize for not posting sooner. I got busy and couldn’t formulate a blog post to save my life! 😉

Homeschooling has always been near and dear to my heart. I was always homeschooled, and felt that it helped me be able to learn at the right speed for me, and learn more than if I had been in public school.

My mom isn’t a certified teacher. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard or read someone saying that they “weren’t qualified” to teach their children. That just doesn’t fly with me, or with the vast majority of homeschoolers I know!

Homeschooling doesn’t take a degree in rocket science. You know your children the best, and you know all their little quirks, strengths, and weaknesses. Not every child is wired to learn to read at age 5. Some begin reading at age 2, while others don’t grasp reading until age 10 or even later! Personally, I began reading at age 6-1/2, after working on phonics with my mom for many months beforehand. Just 6 months later, I was reading at a much higher grade level than where my age would have placed me!

The same can be said for the child who learns complex things at a very early age. If your child learns to read at age 2-3, and you put them in kindergarten at age 5, they will be bored stiff. Homeschooling doesn’t have this problem! 🙂 It’s also handy if your child is at different grade levels for different subjects.

Another reason for not homeschooling that I’ve heard many times is “I could never homeschool. My kids and I would be at each other’s throats all the time!” This one in particular makes me sad, because if you can’t get along with your kids, you need to evaluate how you’re disciplining them. If their behavior is so bad that you can’t stand to have them around you every day, then something is wrong.

The last reason I’ll give in favor of homeschooling is this: as parents, you are responsible for what your children are taught when they are at their most impressionable ages. I recommend the book “The Harsh Truth about Public Schools” by Bruce N. Shortt for an eye-opening account of what goes on in most public schools now.

If you want to start reading up on homeschooling, I highly recommend anything written by Mary Pride! She has written many excellent, helpful books on homeschooling (as well as a woman’s role in the home…but that’s another post! :))

I am always looking for websites that are supportive of homeschooling; please feel free to comment with your favorite homeschooling links!

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Working on some new posts!

I’ll be working on some new posts during the next several weeks!

The topics will include:

  • Homeschooling
  • Working
  • Modesty
  • Anything else I can think of!

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A tiny update

I just updated my two “extra” tabs at the top of the page. Just so you know. 🙂

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Marriage

I just found this post, and thought it was excellent!

http://www.generationcedar.com/main/2010/03/a-letter-to-my-children-about-marriage.html

I always love when “seasoned” married people write things to us young (or maybe not-so-young!), single upstarts. 😉 It’s always such a blessing!

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