Kids

Mother20and20kids

Some days, I feel like a momma goat herding all her kids.  I am thankful that I have a Shepard helping me out.  I am tired today.  Anyone have any grand ideas with tummy aches that have no physical cause?  I would love to hear some tips. 

*btw, please ignore that 4th goat. 

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How are ya?

Mid week.  How are you doing?  I am well.  Sammy had his 6 y.o. well child check up today, and he is healthy as can be!  Only one quick shot this time, so he was happy.  We went out to lunch at his choice, McDonald’s.  It is so fun for me to be able to have one on one time with the kids.  Katie and I get quite a bit, but the boys it is harder because of school, so I covet these times with them.  Sammy is a riot.  And he has such a tender and sweet heart.  And he told me in no uncertain terms that he is "So looking forward to 1st grade."  When I questioned why, he replied "NO REST TIME!!"  I laughed.  That is my Sammy.

Last night, a bunch of us went out to celebrate our dear friend, Whitney’s birthday.  It was really fun.  I haven’t ventured over to La Blog de Courtney to see if she posted any incriminating photos, but I will let her tell my embarrassing tale of woe.  (not really, but it sounds good)  We had a really neat time.  We laughed a lot and then talked a lot.  I am so thankful for all of you!  Love you girls.

Tonight, I am singing at church at a funeral for a sweet sweet lady who passed away.  It should really be a neat service, but I have to have the mindset that this is only a regular Sunday and not a funeral.  I am not sure how I will do, but she requested we all sing and which songs, so I am honored.  We will miss you, Carol. 

Okidoke, off to rest a bit ….

Honey Oatmeal Wheat Bread Recipe (For Tricia)

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This is the bread I make on a weekly basis,  everyone really loves it and it truly is easy to make. 

2 cups warm water

1 Tbsp. yeast

2 tsp. salt

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup honey

1 cup oatmeal (I use just the plain old Quaker Oats)

5-7 cups flour  (I use either King Arthur Unbleached Flour, Whole Wheat flour or a combo of the two)

Warm the mixing bowl by putting hot water in the bottom for a minute or 2.  Then put 2 cups of very warm water in the bowl.  I test the temp against my wrist- and I want it to feel a bit warmer then a normal bath or shower.  Put the yeast in the water and add a pinch of sugar (this encourages the yeast to activate a bit faster).  Set it aside for about 5 minutes.  Once you see the fireworks, the yeast is ready.  Add oil and honey to the yeast mixture, then add the oats, salt and 3 cups of the flour.  With the mixing paddle, mix on the lowest speed the dough.  Keep adding flour until dough comes away from the sides of the bowl, firm but not too hard. 

At this point, you can do two things.  You can knead the dough by hand or you can do as I do, put the dough hook on the mixer and let it knead the dough for you.  If you are kneading by hand, knead on a floured board for 10 minutes.  If you let the dough hook do your work it is 5 minutes.  Transfer dough to large greased bowl.  Cover with a clean towel and let rise for an hour and a half, or until doubled.  I put mine in the oven with the oven light on, it is just warm enough.

After the first rise, take the bowl out of the oven and punch down the dough.  Cut the dough into 2 pieces.  Roll out one half the dough on a floured surface and roll to fit in a bread pan.  Do the same to the other half.  Put back in oven with light on for a second rise until doubled.  I think this usually takes about 30 minutes.  Put the towel back on top.  Once the rise is done, turn oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.  Let cool for a few minutes in the pan and the continue cooling on baking racks.  It is really simple and really really yummy!  Enjoy!!

I just need to say

How much I love my husband.  Things have been trying for him for a few reasons, not mentioned here, but I watched him handle a really tough situation with grace, with strength, with honesty and with integrity.  I respect him so much.  I can see God so clearly in everything that he does.  And I am blessed beyond belief to have the honor of being his wife.  I love you, Michael. 

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