Friday, September 25, 2009

Whole Wheat Bread


5 cups water
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tbs salt
10ish cups freshly milled whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar (or honey)
2 tbs 1 tsp yeast
3 tbs gluten
a few cups more flour to add while kneading


Add all ingredients, in order, (except the extra flour) in a heavy-duty mixer with dough hooks. Turn on low and begin mixing. Once mixed, add the extra flour gradually, increasing the speed as needed. Add flour until the dough cleans the side of the bowl. Knead on high speed for 8 minutes.

Grease a bowl with cooking spray. Turn the kneaded dough into the bowl and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.

Punch down the dough. Divide into three loaves. Shape the loaves and place in oiled bread bans. You can score the tops with a knife for effect and to keep the bread from splitting.

Cover and let rise for 20-30 minutes.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 35 minutes. I turn mine around after about 20 minutes so they get evenly browned.

Let rest in pans for 5 minutes. Turn out and cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.


Snail Watching on a Rainy Day

We've been enjoying some seasonal rainy weather for the last month or so. One fun rainy afternoon was spent hanging out in the garage watching the snails emerge. They covered our driveway. We watched them for a while, then fed them lettuce, and then made a habitat for them out of an old jar. We let them go a few days later.

A Saturday with Grandpa

Grandpa asked them to draw squiggles and then he turned their squiggles into drawings. The kids got to color them. They drew for hours!

His latest favorite book.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

She's not a little girl any longer.

My oldest has passed the threshold from little girl to young lady. She's not grown up yet by any means, but she's no longer that innocent little child. We've talked about her body and how it's changing. I think I am going to have to take her shopping for bras. She takes her own medicine. She makes breakfast and lunch for the whole family. She's begun bathing daily with no prompting from me. She's got curves where a year ago she was a stick. We've had discussions about boys, dating, sex, responsibility, working, budgeting, jobs. It's going to go by so fast, isn't it? I am not too scared. I am even a little excited. But I have no idea what I am doing!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day - just another day around here

My week started great. We got a head start on Sunday night with reading and a math test. You should have seen my kids faces when I insisted they take that test on a Sunday night! They were not happy.

I wrote out lists for them Sunday night, and they woke up and started them first thing. They did math, reading, bible, piano, typing, and handwriting.

Then we did some Spanish and Science. They went on a scavenger hunt to find things that are alive. They had checklists with the 6 questions to ask if something is alive. Do you know those 6 questions?

Then daddy started playing a WW2 game and we were all sucked in. Our lesson in art was on landscapes, so I had them draw a Japanese island landscape as inspired by the video game. I gave them their spelling test while they watched too.

Then we went to the pool, and we never got around to any more school until this evening. I am happy to say that I read everything on my list. Our history reading happened to be about Japan. I did not plan that.

It was a good day.