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Precious Memories

I remember hearing a recording of my Papaw's voice about a year ago. I was immediately moved to tears. I hadn't heard it since 1985 when he graduated to Heaven. I had honestly forgotten what it sounded like, but as soon as I heard it, I knew it was him.

I want to me more intentional about this for Allison and Reilly, both with our parents, but with us too. There will NEVER be a time when my makeup is "right" or when the camera doesn't add 5 (or 12) extra pounds. The kids won't care about any of that!

So my challenge today is this. Go make some memories and some recordings for your kids (and those who come after). It will not be wasted time.

Finding I Am

Just because I can't SEE Him working, doesn't mean He's not.

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My New Favorite Bread Recipe

Here is it folks, the BEST bread machine bread recipe I think I've tasted. I use the dough cycle on my bread maker and then bake it in the oven. I *tried* baking this recipe in my maker on the rapid bake cycle and was not at all pleased with the results. 
This recipe makes one "regular" sized loaf.
INGREDIENTS 1 cup hot water2 teaspoons yeast3 tablespoons sugar1/4 cup vegetable oil1 teaspoon salt3 cups white flour
DIRECTIONSPut your hot water, yeast and sugar in your bread machine. Let stand 6-12 minutes depending on the temp of your water. Your yeast will foam.Add remaining ingredients.Use rapid or basic white cycles.Or bake for 25 minutes @ 350.

Thankfulness During the Wait

One thing that is been very helpful to me during times of wait is to keep a “Thanksgiving Journal”. Basically you take a moment each day and write one or two things you are thankful for in a pretty notebook, or keep the document on your computer or your phone. It helps during times of wait, to be able to look back and see all the wonderful things that God has done for you.

My Seester, with the Stink Shirt . . .

Erica used to be an annoyance. She would tattle on me in a heartbeat, throwing me "under the bus" repeatedly (at least, that's how I remember it). She was always the chaperone when I went on dates, but I realized quickly that she could be bought off with candy! LOL We fought like all siblings do, but something "happened" when I went to college. She went from being my nemesis, to being my friend. As we have grown older, our relationship has grown and developed. I can honestly say today that she is one of my best friends in the world. She is stylish, crazy talented, compassionate, and loving. She is an awesome daughter, a wonderful sister-in-law, and amazing aunt, and is going to be a spectacular mom very soon (as soon as her adoption is approved).  Today, I would like to wish my amazing sister the happiest of birthdays. I hope your day is as wonderful as you are sis! I love you.

Buttery Sweet Bread

I have had this recipe for years (so long, in fact, that I cannot remember the source) and used it for many different things. It makes a great loaf bread, it also makes spectacular cinnamon rolls. Just make the dough as normal, roll it out, fill it up with cinnamon and sugar, and then make a basic cream cheese glaze to go on top when they're done…

I only use my bread machine for the dough cycle. I let it rise in the pan, and then roll it over to my bread pans, let it rise, and bake it in the oven. I like the texture a lot better this way.

Buttery Sweet Bread 1 1/2 pound loaf
1/2-cup milk1/3-cup water1 egg, large1/4-cup butter or margarine, cut into small cubes1-teaspoon salt3 1/3 cups bread flour1/4-cup sugar 2 teaspoons bread machine yeast To make in the bread machine:  Add ingredients to bread machine pan in the order suggested by the manufacturer. (Mine suggests that I put all the dry ingredients in first, make a well in the flour mixture, and then add the wet ingredients in the well…

Praising in the Waiting

How many times have I lost my song during "waiting times?"  Lord, help me keep my song, even when all I can do is hum . . .

Praising in the Waiting

How many times have I lost my song during "waiting times?"  Lord, help me keep my song, even when all I can do is hum . . .

Easy Italian Breadsticks

The time of soup and chili is *finally* upon us. Not many thins pair with soup like homemade bread and if you are like me, there's nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baking bread. Here's a recipe I found over at Money Saving Mom's site that's easy (you use your bread machine to do the work!) Try it the next time you need breadsticks and let me know what you think!
Easy Italian Breadsticks1 cup warm water3 Tablespoons butter1 1/2 teaspoons salt3 cups flour2 Tablespoons sugar1 teaspoon Italian seasoning1 teaspoon garlic powder2 1/4 teaspoons yeastTopping: 2 Tablespoons butter (melted)2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheesePlace ingredients in your bread machine in order listed. Run the dough cycle. When complete, divide the dough into 12 balls and form into 4-6-inch ropes. Cover and let rise for 20 minutes or until doubled. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Mix the butter and parmesan cheese and brush over breadsticks as soon as they come out of the oven.

Wait and See!

I am loving the new Bible Study I started on Monday... It's called Wait and See by Wendy Pope. You can learn more about Proverbs 31 ministries online Bible studies here: