Saturday, December 27, 2014

Recipe Quest - WHOLE WHEAT BREAD from the Monks of The Holy Trinity

I'm starting to collect interesting recipes from different people I meet on my quests.

Thank you to the Monks of The Holy Trinity for sharing this bread recipe.

Here is the recipe (makes two large loaves). The ratio of whole wheat and white flour may be adjusted somewhat to suit individual preferences.

3 cups water  2 packages active dry yeast  1/4 cup Trinity Abbey liquid honey (or light brown sugar or molasses)  2 teaspoons salt  2 tablespoons olive oil  2 cups white bread flour or all purpose white flour  6 cups unsifted whole wheat flour (more or less)  

1. In saucepan, heat water to 100 F. Stir in honey. Pour into mixer bowl; sprinkle yeast over warm water/honey and stir in.  Wait for bubbles to appear.

2. Thoroughly mix in 2 cups white flour with spoon until smooth. Let mixture rest for half hour in warm place; mixture will foam.

 3. Using mixer or spoon, slowly mix in 1 cup whole wheat flour. Add olive oil and salt

4. Continue adding whole wheat flour until dough reaches right consistency (just slightly sticky). Check consistency with clean, dry hands. If too dry, add a few drops of water. If too wet, add a little more whole wheat flour. Knead dough for ten minutes on floured surface. Place dough in large greased bowl. Turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place (85 F) until doubled in size (about an hour).

5. Knock down dough by pushing fist into center. Fold outer edges into the hole and push fist into center again. Repeat this knock down two times more. Turn dough upside down and shape into round ball. Divide in two loaves and place in greased pans, 9 1/4 x 5 1/4 x 2 3/4". (Optional:) Brush top with oil or soft butter for darker crust.

6. Final rise and baking. Cover pans and return them to a warm place for second rise. Preheat oven to 350 F. Let loaves rise until pans are almost entirely filled with dough (less than one hour).

Bake in middle of oven at 350 for 35 - 40 minutes.

Turn baked loaves out of pans onto cooling rack. Enjoy!

Thank you to the Monks of The Holy Trinity for sharing.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Eden Boyd Christmas Adventure

This year we asked Kal'el if he wanted Christmas gifts or a new costume and a Christmas adventure.
He chose the adventure.
Here is what we did:

Temple Square Lights

There was an amazing women's choir in here:

The Christus
Kal'el touched Jesus' big toe.

Another concert in the old tabernacle:

The Christmas Cruise:

 Santa showed up in a canoe.

It was really cool how the captain of the ship, bore a short testimony about the real meaning of Christmas as we passed these displays.

Christmas Costumes:

I couldn't find any patterns I liked so I looked at pictures on Pintrest and did the best I could.

Snowball fight

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Arizona Trip

The Grand Canyon.
This was Leif's first time seeing it.

Montezuma Castle

We found this little tiny library. I went in and donated a signed copy of my book. 
The head librarian was so happy and a little surprised. 
It felt good to make her day. 
This library is about the same size as a double wide trailer. Tiny. 
Hopefully the kids here will enjoy The Watchers.