Crazy Month


I apologize for my lack of communication for the last few weeks.  I started a new business on the 9th of last month and it has been a crazy month!  In light of everything I see coming VERY SOON, I felt time was of the essence and when I heard about this, I sat my family down, told them about it and asked what they thought.  They told me to go for it and they would take over the household for me – so, I jumped on it.  My first check is coming in 10 or 11 days and then I will see if this is going to be worth it.  If my calculations are correct, then it should be pretty sizable.  =)

I have also been studying calendar, prophecy and observing the signs of the times.  Whew!  If you have not heard of R3b3cca St3rl1ng, (the 3’s are E’s – for her protection) I highly recommend that you look her up on youtube. I don’t know how long it will be up there, so I suggest doing it ASAP.  Also Gill P Broussard and Douglass Hamp… but start with her.  These are the reasons I want to get our last bit of debt paid off NOW (rather than $500 here and there) and then use whatever else I make to purchase things that will be beneficial for times such as these…

I am a member of an amazing fb group, so if anyone reading this would like to  know more about that, please use my contact form and tell me your fb name.  I will connect with you.

I want to leave you with two things.

1. As I have said before. Be ready! If you are not ready for all of this SPIRITUALLY, mentally and emotionally, it won’t really be beneficial to be ready physically, although you certainly don’t want to be in debt to the big bankers or to our g0v when it all comes down.  Keep your finger on the pulse of events, especially the news that is behind the scenes.  You need to first of all REPENT and then be IN COVENANT with the almighty Creator of the Universe.  Read Exodus chapter 19, Ezra chapters 9 and 10, Nehemiah chapters 8 and 9.  Actually, if this is all new to you, start in the beginning (Genesis) and read through the entire Scripture!  Do it as if your life depends on it!  (IT DOES)  Ask the FATHER to give you understanding as you read.  I have never received as much understanding or excitement from reading Scripture as I have in the last 5 years since I have entered into covenant with Him.  Even if you come from any type of protestant or christian background, you may have never been taught about this covenant.  I never was.  At least not the way I understand it presently.  I truly believe that the people spoken of in the book of the Revelation of Messiah, written by John, the disciple whom our Messiah loved, are those who do TWO things.  Read Revelation  12:17 and 15:3  They guard the commandments AND believe in YHUSHA the Messiah!

2. Warn others.  A few posts ago I showed some passages of how our Father feels when we are aware of what is coming and do not warn others.  I am not sure exactly who that applies to, but I know I don’t want anyone’s blood on my hands.  I am actually working on a letter/email that I will be sending out to folks in addition to those I meet face to face and those I meet online.  Don’t delay!  What if the final 3 1/2 years begins this spring?  (I do believe it will begin around the time of Pesach, whichever year it begins… maybe this year, maybe next…)  Once it begins, there won’t be much time left to get ready.  Maybe none.

I don’t say all of this to scare you to but wake you up.  We are told to wake up, to watch, to be alert and ready so the day of YHWH (יהוה) does not take us by surprise.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-8 “Now, brothers (and sisters), as to the times and the seasons, you do not need to be written to. For you yourselves know very well that the day of יהוה comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then suddenly destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape. But you, brothers (and sisters), are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. So, then, we should not sleep, as others do, but we should watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But we who are of the day should be sober, putting on the breastplate of belief and love, and as a helmet the expectation of deliverance.”

2 Peter 3:10 “But the day of יהוה will come like a thief. (to those who are not awake!) The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.”

Revelation 3:3 “Remember, then, how you have received, and heard. And watch and repent. If, then, you do not wake up, I shall come upon you as a thief, and you shall not know at all what hour I come upon you.

Revelations 16:15 “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”

These are some serious times ahead.

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My Hearts’ Cry!


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01/09/2015 · 5:05 am

The Judge and the Pardon


(still working through some of this… but this is a start.  As always, your feedback is welcome!)

The Judge and the Pardon.  A children’s story.

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Wow! Did He really say that?


I was reading fairly recently in the book of Ezekiel and wanted to share a couple of passages I came across.  I believe this first one in chapter 3 applies to those of us who have had our eyes opened.

Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul. Again, if a righteous person turns from his righteousness and commits injustice, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die. Because you have not warned him, he shall die for his sin, and his righteous deeds that he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood I will require at your hand. But if you warn the righteous person not to sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live, because he took warning, and you will have delivered your soul.”

That is some very serious stuff!

And take a look at this one in Ezekiel 18:5-32  ~ this was DEFINITELY not taught to me in “sunday school”!!

IF a man is righteous and does what is just and right—IF he

  • does not eat upon the mountains (the high places)
  • or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel,
  • does not defile his neighbor’s wife
  • or approach a woman in her time of menstrual impurity,
  • does not oppress anyone,
  • but restores to the debtor his pledge,
  • commits no robbery,
  • gives his bread to the hungry and
  • covers the naked with a garment,
  • does not lend at interest
  • or take any profit,
  • withholds his hand from injustice,
  • executes true justice between man and man,
  • walks in my statutes, and
  • keeps my rules by acting faithfully

—HE IS RIGHTEOUS; he shall surely live, declares YHWH Elohim.

“If he fathers a son who is violent, a shedder of blood, who does any of these things (though he himself did none of these things), who even eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife,oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination, lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he (the son) then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself.

“Now suppose this man fathers a son who sees all the sins that his father (the second son above) has done; he sees, and does not do likewise: he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife, does not oppress anyone, exacts no pledge, commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,withholds his hand from iniquity,takes no interest or profit, obeys my rules, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity; he shall surely live. As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother, and did what is not good among his people, behold, he (his father) shall die for his iniquity.

“Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

“But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares YHWH Elohim, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.

“Yet you say, ‘The way of YHWH is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of YHWH is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares YHWH Elohim. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares YHWH Elohim; so turn, and live.”


 

Here is another one in Ezekiel 33 ~ Why are we not taught these things??? The first 9 verses are basically a repeat of the above from chapters 3 and 18, but then it goes on to say in verses 10-20:

“And you, son of man, say to the house of Israel, Thus have you said: ‘Surely our transgressions and our sins are upon us, and we rot away because of them. How then can we live?’Say to them, As I live, declares YHWH Elohim, I have NO pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?

“And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall NOT deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it WHEN HE TURNS from his wickedness, and the righteous shall NOT be able to live by his righteousness when he sins. Though I say to the righteous that he shall surely live, yet if he trusts in his righteousness and does injustice, none of his righteous deeds shall be remembered, but in his injustice that he has done he shall die. (YIKES!)

Again, though I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ yet IF he turns from his sin and does what is just and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, (think about Zaccheus) and walks in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die. NONE of the sins that he has committed shall be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he shall surely live.

“Yet your people say, ‘The way of YHWH is not just,’ when it is their OWN way that is not just. When the righteous turns from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it. And when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he shall live by this. Yet you say, ‘The way of YHWH is not just.’ O house of Israel, I will judge each of you according to his ways.”

 

Selah.

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That’s Not What it Means to Me!


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Tis the season…  and the fourth year we are bypassing this day that honors the birth of all the deities.  We want no part in it.  Today I read this article and wanted to share it with you all.  It’s powerful.  In light of the movie “Saving Christmas” that Kirk Cameron has just released, forcing people to choose sides, this issue is being dealt with on a very large scale.  May our Father find us faithful to His Word, His Torah.

I Kings 12:26-33 26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David…  So the king consulted, and made two golden calves, and he said to them, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt.”  And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.  Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan.  And he made houses on high places, and made priests from among all the people who were not of the sons of Levi.  And Jeroboam instituted a feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast which is in Judah, and he went up to the altar; thus he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made. And he stationed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.  Then he went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised in his own heart; and he instituted a feast for the sons of Israel, and went up to the altar to burn incense.

Here is the post from Parables Blog that is very well written.  I am not sure where this person stands on other matters, but there is much to consider in these words.

“I would like to challenge you with the following thought. Your success in passing through the coming days of Christian persecution and global tribulation are even now being forecast by your words and actions relating to the observance of the Christmas holiday. Before you dismiss such a claim as baseless, I challenge you to consider the following:

Once a Christian has been presented with the evidence of the idolatrous origins of the Christmas holiday, the date it is observed on, the rites and symbols associated with it, and Yahweh’s condemnation of His people mixing together the holy and the profane, they are brought to a crisis of decision. Their choice will have profound repercussions for their own life, as well as those who are close to them. As each believer weighs the evidence presented to them, they are confronted by the same influences, pressures, desires, and struggles between the flesh and spirit that they will encounter in the last dark days at the end of this age, days which we are even now entering into.

The decision to “come out of Babylon and be separate,” (Revelation 18:4) or to continue in the confusion of Babylon, is confronted by a growing number of Christians every year as they have presented to them the truth of the extra-Biblical and idolatrous origins of Christmas. Their response to the truth reveals the presence, or absence, of the fear of God in their lives. It exposes whether they can accurately discern between truth and error, between the mind of Christ and the voices of deception. How they handle the subject of Christmas participation will bring to the light of day many characteristics of their spiritual lives. It will be shown whether they are careless in examining all things in order to arrive at the will of Yahweh, or whether they manifest a carelessness and lack of concern for Yahweh’s judgment. Brought into the open will be their attitude toward personal suffering in obedience to Christ. It will also be shown how they handle pressures from family and other people of influence in their lives. Whether the person is ultimately a God-pleaser or a man-pleaser, whether they embrace suffering for truth or flee from it, will be revealed as they decide what their response to the truth will be.

All of the dynamics are present in an individual’s decision regarding observance of the Christmas holiday that will be present in coming days when Christians will be faced with pressures to deny their faith, compromise the truth, and embrace deception in order to avoid personal suffering, reproach, or some threat to the happiness and safety of themselves, or the people they love. Many who confidently assert that they will die for Christ when put to the test will find that, like Peter, their bold statements lack substance. For many it will be revealed too late that in their refusal to “die daily” as they were faced with decisions between obedience and disobedience, between suffering and avoidance of suffering, between bearing reproach or being a man-pleaser, that they were establishing patterns and habits in their lives which will cause them to shrink back when faced with a decision to confess Christ and die, or to deny Him and live. Martyrdom is not a one time event. It is a way of life.

Oftentimes I have observed some financial company or advisor adding the following caveat to their words:

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

In other words, there is no certainty that what has occurred in the past will occur in the future. Such a statement absolves financial advisors from culpability should an investor follow their advice only to see their money disappear into thin air. In the realm of human behavior, however, future performance can oftentimes be predicted by observing past behavior.

I acknowledge the exceptions to this pattern. People can change. Yahweh does give men and women the grace to repent and amend their ways. Yet we should bear in mind that there is a point past which Yahweh will no longer strive with mankind. He will give them over to their own ways. Those who have been refusing to bear the cross of a disciple of Christ will at some point find that the opportunity to do so is no longer afforded them. The apostle John recorded the following words of the Son of God:

Revelation 22:10-13
And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and let the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and let the one who is holy, still keep himself holy. Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”

I believe many professing believers are deceiving themselves by holding onto the notion that they will be faithful unto death should persecution and suffering overtake them in the future. When they will not deny themselves today; when they will not choose obedience to Christ over pleasing family, friends, loved ones, and self, why would they reasonably conclude that they will do so in the future?

As I consider the topic of Christmas holiday observance, I perceive in it all of the pressures, influences, and considerations that believers will face in the coming tribulation. Some years back I was invited to hold a weekly Bible study in the home of an elderly Christian brother. After some months, the Spirit of Christ directed me to teach on the subject of the pagan origins of Christmas and the commandment of Yahweh to separate between the holy and the profane in our lives.”

Ezekiel 44:23
“Moreover, [My priests] shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.”

(for the rest of this post,which contains a personal example the author experienced, visit http://parablesblog.blogspot.com/2014/12/whats-big-deal-about-christmas.html)

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Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls


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This recipe from Chefs in Disguise makes the softest cinnamon rolls ever!  I do recommend that you double or maybe even triple the caramel sauce =)  Warning: it takes FOREVER to be ready!  (totally worth it though!)  And it makes a dozen HUGE (cinnabon size) cinnamon rolls. You will want to have two boxes of butter so you can use it generously throughout this recipe!

Seriously, you will need to start making these two nights before you want to eat them…  The total rising time is 24-36 hours, plus prep time and baking time… I put suggested times down here for rolls at 9 am on day two.  If you have questions about any details, I highly recommend visiting their website where they have lots of detailed pictures.

I have taken the liberty to subsitute honey for sugar and change the measurements from grams.

  • 5 oz sourdough starter
  • 12 oz water
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (I used mostly unbleached white with a litte bit of kamut and a little bit of oat flour)

Step One: Night one, at 8pm, take 5 oz of your sourdough starter and add 12 oz water and 2 1/2 cups of flour.  Let this sit overnight for 8-12 hours or until doubled.  I would recommend that you refrigerate it to slow it down.  (this sourdough mix is now called “the levain”)

  • 1/2 cup soft BUTTER
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla
  • 4 oz mashed potatoes
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 5 cups of flour (same mix as above)
  • 21 grams of salt (1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon???)

Step Two: Day one, at 8 am, cream 1/2 cup soft BUTTER and then add 3 large eggs, 1 1/2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of vanilla and 4 oz of mashed potato.  Blend well.  Next add 3/4 cup of buttermilk and the sourdough mixture (levain) that sat overnight, mixing gradually, and then add 5 cups of flour or until it makes a very sticky dough, almost a batter.  The recipe calls for 21 grams of salt, but I didn’t add that much, it sounded like a LOT to me!

Allow the dough to rest, covered, for 20 minutes and then mix again for 2-3 minutes.

Around 9am on Day one, turn the dough out into a large, lightly-oiled bowl.  Cover and allow to ferment in a cool location for 8-12 hours or until doubled (I did this in a warm location and it took only 3-4 hours)  If you do the cool method, every 4 hours, lift the dough to stretch and then fold it onto itself.

When the dough is close to being ready, around 8pm, begin mixing the filling: (I will definitely double or triple this next time)

  • 1 1/2 cups of soft BUTTER
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 4 1/2 Tablespoons of honey with a 1/4 teaspoon of molasses or more if you like more brown sugar flavor
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

At 8 or 9 pm on night two, once the dough has finished fermenting, roll it out in two large rectangles.  Be sure to use a VERY WELL floured surface!  Spread melted or soft BUTTER on the dough and sprinkle generously with cinnamon and drizzle with honey.  Roll the dough up and slice into your desired roll size.  Pour the sauce in the bottom of two BUTTERED 9×13 pans and if desired add chopped pecans.  Place the rolls on top of the sauce in each pan and then BUTTER the top of the rolls lightly.  At 9 or 10 pm on night two, cover and let rise for 8-12 hours or until they have doubled.  Again, I did this in a warm house and it took half the time.  You can refrigerate overnight to slow down the ferment and then put them directly into the oven from the refrigerator.

At 8am on day two, bake at 400º for 25-35 minutes or until internal temperature is 195º.  Remove from oven and brush AGAIN with MORE melted BUTTER!  =)  Then flip the entire pan over onto a cookie sheet with sides that is larger than the 9×13, so the caramel sauce is on TOP.  This is quite a feat to do without burning yourself or spilling it everywhere…  Allow to cool

Frosting:

  • 4 oz cream
  • 5.3 oz cream cheese

Cream together.  Add more milk if needed.

When the rolls have cooled or when you can’t wait any longer, frost them and eat them! =)

***These can be frozen and then warmed at 200º for 10-15 minutes.

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Soap, Candles and Essential Oils


Some of you may know that I have been making my own soap and selling it since 2002.  I have also been making my own candles and selling them since 2005.  In addition, there have been lip balms, shea butter, salts and other items mixed in there.  I enjoy making these things, and thought I would continue to sell them at markets and shows, but the more I do, the more it seems that YHWH does not want me to be selling them.  I did a show last week where I had my own soap, candles, shea butter and salts, plus some Pikles, mittens and my doTERRA oils.  The products I made hardly sold at all.  The doTERRA oils brought in the most finances and provided the most opportunity to minister to people.  SO…

I will continue to make these for our family and as gifts here and there, but it seems I will not be selling soap, candles, etc as a business anymore for now.  If any of you would like to order what I have left, here is a list: (see pictures below)

  • 2 to 3 dozen (3-4 oz) bars of  coconut oil soap, wrapped in richly colored homemade paper.  One fragrance is a Ciara type with poppy seeds, the other is an EO blend called Tranquil $5 each OR six for $25
  • a little over a dozen soy wax votives in various scents and colors $2.50 each or six for $12
  • about a dozen soy wax tealights also in various scents and colors $1.50 each or six for $6
  • several dozen 1-2 oz tarts in various scents and colors four for $5
  • 10-12 soy wax candles in containers ranging from 4 oz to 10 oz $1.50 per oz, multiple discount available
  • 8 (4 oz) shea butters with peppermint essential oil $12 each (the shea butter comes from my brother in Africa)
  • 8 (16 oz) himalayan bath salts (four lemon verbena, four Tranquil) $15 each

These can be ordered through my contact form.  Let me know if you would prefer to pay through paypal or send a check.  (the candle scents are peppermint (EO), a cinnamon blend (EO), spruce (EO), plumeria, pomegranate, Ciara, lemon verbena, citrus blend (EO), Tranquil and one unscented)

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Sourdough Rye Bread


I know, I know, it was supposed to be Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls today, but after letting them sit all night, I discovered upon reading the recipe further (should have done that before, right?) that after I added the rest of the ingredients they have to proof for 8-12 hours, THEN I roll them out THEN they go in the fridge overnight.  Whew!  So I will be eating the rolls TOMORROW!  I will post about them next week. =)

But let me tell you about the rye!  I had my son, Biologist, make them while I made the rolls.  He did such an amazing job!  It came out of the oven just before lunch today and WOW!  I had forgotten that I like rye bread.  In fact, I REALLY like it!  Some of the younger ones didn’t so much, so I told them it was for adult taste buds.  Ha!  Don’t like?  No problem! =)

Anyway, here is the recipe from Breadtopia:

On Rye: Higher in protein, phosphorus, iron and potassium than wheat. It’s high in lysine, low in gluten and very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Zinc, Copper and Selenium, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber and Manganese.

Rye bread, including pumpernickel, is a widely eaten food in Northern and Eastern Europe. Rye is also used to make the familiar crisp bread.

Some other uses of rye include rye whiskey and use as an alternative medicine in a liquid form, known as rye extract. Often marketed as Oralmat, rye extract is a liquid obtained from rye and similar to that extracted from wheatgrass. Its benefits are said to include a strengthened immune system, increased energy levels and relief from allergies, but there is no clinical evidence for its efficacy. Rye also seems active in the prevention of prostate cancer.

Sourdough Rye Recipe:

Ingredients:
Water: 400 grams, 1 3/4 cups
Sourdough Starter: 70 grams, 1/3 cup (omit if making the instant yeast version)
Instant Yeast: 1 tsp. (omit if making sourdough leavened version)
Rye Flour: 245 grams, 1 3/4 cups
Bread Flour: 245 grams, 1 3/4 cups
Molasses: 44 grams, 2 Tbs.
Fennel Seed: 8 grams, 1 Tbs.(I have to say, after trying this, I would probably omit the fennel and anise and use more caraway, but that’s just me.  Not bad, just doesnt seem like true rye…)
Anise Seed: 2 grams, 1 tsp.
Caraway Seed: 3 grams,  1 tsp.
Salt: 12 grams, 1 3/4 tsp.
Zest of 1 Orange (We also didn’t add this.  Didn’t have it on hand, and the idea didn’t appeal to me)

For sourdough version:

In a mixing bowl, mix the starter into the water. Add the molasses, all the seeds and orange zest.

In a separate bowl, combine the flours and salt.

Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the wet using a dough whisk or spoon until the flour is well incorporated. Cover with plastic and let rest for 15 minutes. After about 15 minutes, mix again for a minute or two. Again let rest for 15 minutes and mix one more time as before. Now cover the bowl with plastic and let sit at room temperature for roughly 12-14 hours.

For instant yeast version:

The only difference is don’t use sourdough starter and instead mix the instant yeast into the dry ingredients before combining with the wet ingredients.

Note on 12-14 hour proofing period: I typically prepare everything in the evening for baking the next morning. You can also mix everything up in the morning and refrigerate until evening then remove before bed to resume the proofing at room temperature. Alternatively, if you get started with mixing everything up early enough in the morning, the bread can also be ready to bake in the evening. This is a nice option when you want fresh bread ready to eat for breakfast.

After the long 12-14 hour proof, stretch and fold the dough and shape into boule or batard (round or oblong) shape for baking. (If you didn’t follow that, I’m afraid you’re doomed to watch the video.) Cover again with plastic and let rest 15 minutes before putting in a proofing basket for the final rise. If you don’t have a proofing basket, line a bowl with a well floured kitchen towel and put the dough in there for the final rise. The final rise should last somewhere between 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Keep the dough covered with plastic to prevent it from drying out.

Preheat your oven to 475 F a half hour before baking.

Score the dough with a razor or sharp serrated knife and bake until the internal temp is about 200 F.

Let cool completely before eating.

And a couple of videos that show how to do it.  PART ONE

PART TWO

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The Sojourner


Over the past several months our family has discovered the FREEDOM of simplicity and letting go of possessions.

We discovered that we don’t NEED an entire herd of goats.  We don’t NEED a vehicle for every driver in the family.  We don’t NEED a cell phone for every member of the family.  We don’t NEED a Netflix account.  We don’t NEED all the devices.  We don’t NEED DVDs or games or boxes of crafts that are for entertainment purposes only.  We don’t NEED four sets of dishes. We don’t NEED kitchen items that are used once a year or less.  We don’t NEED very many clothes and shoes.  We don’t NEED all the boxes of things that are for “some day”.  We don’t need all the boxes of memorabilia.  We don’t NEED to own all the books ourselves. We don’t NEED much furniture. We don’t NEED to buy cups of coffee when we are out.  We don’t NEED to buy NEW clothes. We don’t NEED to drink soda. Children don’t NEED their own bedroom.  We don’t NEED pets.  We don’t NEED a big house.  We don’t NEED many cookbooks. We don’t NEED jewelry.  We don’t NEED fancy makeup.  We don’t NEED to buy prepared foods or eat out.

I’m beginning to think we still have a long ways to go and maybe we don’t even NEED to “own” a home!  Hmmm?

In addition to all the tangible things, we also found that we don’t NEED to pay regularly for fancy hairstyles, color, perms, manicures, pedicures.    We don’t NEED to have insurance.  (WHAT???)  We don’t NEED to have well visits.  We don’t NEED to be involved in sports.  We don’t NEED to be entertained.  We don’t NEED much, really.

Even in just the few changes we have made thus far it feels really wonderful!  It’s so much easier to find an outfit!  It’s so much easier to clean house.  It’s so much easier to pay the bills.  The family is so much closer with less vehicles and sharing bedrooms.  We are less bored with less devices and entertainment.  We are healthier with no soda and making food from scratch.  We are more creative with less distractions and clutter.  We have more freedom without being tied to the past with memorabilia.  We have more time to reach out to neighbors and others in need. We are less crowded without the extra furniture and boxes of stuff.  In fact, we could live in a much smaller house easily!  We still have SO MUCH MORE we could get rid of!

Am I saying to sell everything except the clothes we need in order to be modest and stay warm?  Am I saying it is wrong to have all these things?  Not necessarily.  But I do know what it is doing in OUR hearts.  And I do know what I have seen in the lives of others who have done the same.  It is an AMAZING feeling.  I don’t think it can be explained in words.  It must be experienced.

Try it, you might like it!

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Sourdough starter and Sourdough Butterhorn Rolls


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I have embarked on a new adventure in food.  =)  Sourdough!  It is so much fun!  This is actually something I have been thinking about for a while and even attempted at one point maybe a year ago, but I was completely inspired recently when a dear friend of mine served sourdough bread one day and sourdough waffles a different day.  Wow!  They were so delicious, light and flavorful!

For those who don’t know, sourdough is an ancient form of bread that processes the gluten and then actually helps your body digest gluten.  It is a regular practice in many other countries and very similar to what the Israelites did.  The yeast in this type of bread is naturally occuring during the fermenting process.  There is no need to add yeast.

Just over a week ago I made my second sourdough starter… can you say EASY?  I am always looking for things that are easy, tasty AND nutritious to eat!  This fits the bill!  So, wheat is coming back into our diet in the form of sourdough.  (we also do occasional sprouted wheat and maybe we will even try soaking at some point too)

Here is the recipe for the SOURDOUGH STARTER:

  • 1 cup PURE water (not from the tap unless it is chemical free and fluoride free)
  • 1 cup unbleached white flour

That’s it!  Yep!  Can you believe it?  IF you have it, substitute 2 Tablespoons of kefir water for the water.  This will give your starter a big boost, but is not essential.

Mix these together in a quart jar and then cover with cheese cloth and secure with a rubber band.

Feed every 8-12 hours (I do 12) by thoroughly mixing in 1/2 cup flour and 1/3 cup water.  I have been using kamut every once in a while, but mostly just the unbleached flour. After 4-7 days it will be ready to work with.  Look for bubbles throughout and it will smell slightly sour.  (smells more sour if you use whole wheat or other wheat flours)

Once you begin using it, never let it go below 1/2 cup of starter in the jar.  Continue feeding the same amount (above) every 12 hours. (breakfast and dinner?)

If you do not use it regularly, you can refrigerate the starter after that first week and then you only have to feed every 2 weeks.  You will remove it from the refrigerator, bring it to room temperature and feed the regular amounts.  Then return it to the refrigerator.

SO.  There are SO MANY yummy recipes, but here is the first one.  I made these today using my grandmothers recipe for butter-horn rolls and a sourdough roll recipe and combining them.  They taste pretty close!

SOURDOUGH BUTTERHORN ROLLS

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water (could do all milk and no water)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar or 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached flour (I used about 1/3 kamut)
  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 3 eggs

Mix the milk, water, butter, sugar or honey and salt in a saucepan and heat on low until the butter has melted.  Mix this with 2 cups of flour and then mix in the starter.   Let rise for 6-24 hours (longer equals more sour) It will be thick and bubbly.  Add enough of the remaining flour to make a very soft dough that is just barely workable.  (a little sticky)  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Let rise 2 hours.  Divide into 3 sections and roll each one out into a circle about twice as thick as a pie crust.  Brush each circle with melted butter.  Cut the circles into 12 wedges and roll up each wedge from the wide end to the narrow point.  Place on baking sheets and let rise until light and fluffy.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until very light golden color on top.

Since we are not celebrating Thanksgiving this year, we made our turkey today (it was free, from our local store – THANK YOU!)  Tonight we will be eating turkey sandwiches on fresh sourdough butterhorn rolls!  MMMMH!

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