Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!
Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey cinnamon roll on Christmas morning, and in my opinion, it’s even better if you can sneak a little nutrition into them as well! Here’s my take on our favorite Christmas treat.
Add 1/2 cup honey to tepid water. Stir with a fork. Add 1 and 1/2 TB yeast. Stir. Let proof for ten minutes.
Add 1 1/2 tea salt, 1/4 cup melted and then cooled coconut oil. Mix. Slowly add 6 cups of bread flour and 1/2 cup wheat bran or flax seed. Mix well. Let rest in a well oiled bowl for about an hour.
Roll out on a floured surface. Spread melted butter over the surface. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of butter. Roll up the dough and cut into 1-2 inch pieces (depending on how big you like your rolls). Place in buttered 9×13 pans with towels covering. Let rise until doubled in size. Cook at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. let cool and then ice.
“MOM! Annabelle broke baby Jesus again!” one of my children shouted from the family room.
I sighed and walked over to my youngest who was gently holding a delicate, ceramic baby Jesus in her small hands, a ceramic baby who had been placed front and center on our coffee table during the holiday season and usually replaced every few days with a fresh application of hot glue because Annabelle had somehow managed to dismember his arm from the rest of his body once again.
Remember the old metal table I had my eye on in my husband’s junk pile
It’s not an old metal table anymore! Not only has he masterfully restored it to a beautiful new desk, but he’s also masterfully restored an old barn on our property into a quiet space for me to write and practice yoga.Continue reading “A New Desk and A Podcast Debut”
Ryan and I have a deep desire to belong and engage with our community but often find that it’s difficult for a number of reasons. First, we live our life out of a number of communities. Let me explain. We live very rurally (in my opinion), in an unincorporated town.Our town officially has a gas station, a post office, and a handful of churches, and I think that’s about it. Our town is about 30 minutes from a few larger towns – all of which we engage within on a regular basis. School is one hub. Church is another hub. Gym is another. Luke’s therapy’s a different one. My work one and Ryan’s work another. Friends in all of them. You get the point. It’s difficult to make and maintain relationships in so many hubs, especially when we live 30 minutes from each one AND we have 8 children (one who still naps consistently) AND we have a severely handicapped child who in all honesty, doesn’t really want to explore any hub outside of his normal comfort zone, safe and sound in his bedroom watching Veggie Tales videos. For more information on why we don’t include Lucas more often check out this blog post “WHY DIDN’T YOU BRING LUKE?”Continue reading “Finding your Community”