Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Recipe: Whole Wheat Bread

This is the fourth and final bread recipe from Ramona's recent Wise Women segment.

Whole Wheat Bread - Bosch

  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 6 cups water , warm
  • 3 tablespoons yeast
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 14-16 cups fresh whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons dough enhancer
You can use 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten instead of dough enhancer.

Combine the warm water, yeast, and 2 cups of fresh whole wheat flour in a large mixing bowl. Allow to sponge for 15 minutes. Add the honey, oil, dough enhancer, salt and 10-14 cups of additional flour until the dough begins to clean the sides of the mixing bowl. Do not allow the dough to get too stiff (too dry). Dough should be smooth and elastic. It is a common mistake for the beginning baker to add too much flour. Mix for about 4-5 minutes.

Form the dough into 5 loaves. Allow to rise in a slightly warmed oven or other warm place until doubled in size (about 30 minutes).

Bake loaves for 25-30 minutes in a 350° oven. Bread is cooked through when it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, and when the top and sides are golden brown.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Recipe: Pizza Dough

This is the third bread recipe from Ramona's recent Wise Women segment.

Pizza Dough

  • 1 package active yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups flour , all purpose
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in water, let stand for 5 minutes. Add oil and salt. Stir in flour, a cup at a time, to form soft dough. Turn onto floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 2-3 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Punch dough down and divide in half. On a floured surface roll to fit pizza pan. Add toppings and bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes. Use a mixer with dough hooks and no kneading is required! (My whole wheat recipe says 450 for 20 minutes. Add 1 1/2 Tbsp. wheat gluten when using ww).

Friday, April 22, 2011

Recipe: Oat Dinner Rolls

This is the second bread recipe from Ramona's recent Wise Women segment.

Oat Dinner Rolls

  • 2 1/3 cups water , divided
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 (1/4-ounce) packets active yeast
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
In a saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Stir in oats reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 minute. Stir in brown sugar, butter, salt and remaining water. Transfer to a mixing bowl let stand until mixture reaches 110-115 degrees. Stir in yeast. Add 3 cups flour beat well. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl turn once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down shape into 24 rolls. Place on greased baking sheets (rolls should not be touching). Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on wire racks.

Saf yeast: 2 pkgs (1/4 ounce each) of yeast is equal to 5 tsp. of SAF yeast.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Recipe: Ramona's Yeast Rolls

Ramona B. spoke on making bread in a recent Wise Women segment. Because her family loves any kind of homemade bread, she uses her bread making as a way to encourage her family and make them feel special.

Ramona plans to have a bread-baking day at church (after school is out) to help anyone who wants to learn how to make bread. She will use the Oat Dinner Rolls Recipe (posted tomorrow) to begin learning how to make yeast bread. This is the first bread recipe she taught her girls to make. If you are interested in participating in the bread-baking day, contact Ramona.

Even if you don't want to make bread, Ramona suggested that everyone consider doing something for someone in the next weekto encourage them. (It does not have to be making bread.)

We will be posting Ramona's bread recipes here for the next few days.

Bonnie's Rolls

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 cups flour
  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1 cup warm water to dissolve yeast in

Melt sugar and shortening in hot water, add salt. When this is lukewarm, put in a bowl and add eggs and dissolved yeast. Add flour, 3 cups at a time, measuring then sifting. Put in a large bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes. When ready to use, put on a floured counter. Press with your hand to about a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut with a biscuit cutter. Take each circle and dip half in butter. Fold in half (fold a little more than half so it will not unfold while rising)and put in a greased pan. Let rise for 30-60 minutes. Bake at 325-350° for 25-30 minutes. Butter the top when you take out of oven. Tupperware's large green bowl is perfect for doubled recipe.

1 package of yeast is equal to 2½ teaspoons.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Treasures of the Heart and Home Event

Treasures of the Heart & Home is a time of fun seminars presented by fellow BCLR women. Seminar leaders teach homemaking skills or address contemporary issues facing Christian women to enhance each woman’s ability to serve her home, church, and community. This year’s event will also include a brunch fellowship in between sessions. You won’t want to miss this fun and informative event!

Saturday, April 30th from 9:00am to 12:00pm

We’ll have brunch at 9am and then you may choose two of the three sessions listed below to attend. All three sessions will be offered at both 10am & 11am.

Session One ~ Jill Claxton

Life Outside our Comfort Zones

Learning how God teaches us and our response to being in places in which we don’t feel comfortable (overseas, difficult children, letting go of older children, health problems, marriage problems, ministering to difficult people, etc.)

Session Two ~ Jennifer Lawson

That I Might Know Him

The desire to know Christ in a deep and intimate way is the heartbeat of every true believer. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, this heart beat has an irregular pattern. Too often passivity settles in and we find ourselves neglecting the very things which clearly draw us to Christ. In this study, we will look at the common pitfalls and hindrances that keep us from knowing Christ more intimately and discuss practical ways to avoid those stumbling blocks. We will also explore ways to enhance our quiet times, and by God’s grace, increase our appetite for Christ so that ultimately we might persevere in our quest to know Him more.

Session Three ~ Deborah Howard

Parenting Your Parents

How to care for those growing old who’ve so faithfully cared for you growing up.

Click here to register for the event.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Three R's: Why Christians Sing

Christians sing together during corporate worship gatherings. Colossians 3:16-17 helps us understand why. Paul tells us that worshiping God together in song is meant to deepen the relationships we enjoy through the gospel. This happens in three ways (or three R’s):

1. Singing helps us remember God’s Word.

Paul says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly…singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” The “word of Christ” mostly likely means the word about Christ, or the gospel. Songs whose lyrics expound on the person, work, and glory of Christ tend to stay with us long after we’ve forgotten the main points of the sermon.

2. Singing helps us respond to God’s grace.

While no one is exactly sure what “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” refers to, we can at least infer some kind of variety in our singing. No singular musical style captures either the manifold glories of God or the appropriate responses from his people.

We’re also told to sing with “thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Singing is meant to be a whole-hearted activity. Emotionless singing is an oxymoron. God gave us singing to combine objective truth with thankfulness, doctrine with devotion, and intellect with emotion.

3. Singing helps us reflect God’s glory.

Doing “everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,” implies bringing God glory. Worshiping God together in song glorifies God for at least three reasons. First, it expresses the unity Christ died to bring us. Second, because all three persons of the Trinity sing (Zeph. 3:17; Heb. 2:12; Eph. 5:18-19). Finally, it anticipates the song of heaven when we’ll have unlimited time to sing, clearer minds to perceive God’s perfections, and glorified bodies that don’t grow weary.

Worshiping God in song isn’t simply a nice idea or only for musically gifted people. The question is not, “Has God given me a voice?” but “Has God given me a song?”

If you trust in the finished work of Christ, the answer is clear: Yes!

So remember His Word, respond to His grace, and reflect on His glory.

This article is reposted from the DesiringGod blog. You can see the original post here. It was written by Bob Kauflin who is a pastor, songwriter, worship leader, and author of Worship Matters. Bob serves as the Director of Worship Development for Sovereign Grace Ministries and blogs at www.worshipmatters.com. He and his wife, Julie, have 6 children and an ever growing number of grandchildren.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Teaching Girls About Modesty

Modesty is not something you can buy on a hanger and put on your child. Modesty comes from a heart that is submissive to God and to His commands and purposes, including God’s purpose for covering the body in clothing. Since it is God who covered the nakedness of the body as a result of our sin, we should not be surprised to see our sinful hearts (or our children’s) struggle with His requirements. Help your children see their struggle with sin. Don’t wait for the sin to grow and seize them, leading them into dangerous consequences. You know where the path of sin leads! Help them come to know their sinful selves and to know God’s grace and mercy. Modesty will become her standard as God works in her life.

Click here to see Carol G.'s helpful hints on teaching modesty to girls from her recent Wise Women segment.