Great Kitchen Reveal Part 1

Some really incredible things happened in the early 1990’s. The first cell phones burst on the scene, the Hubble Space telescope was launched and the World Wide Web became a real thing! Also, my kitchen was apparently remodeled. As a renter, you see the challenge of “resourcefulness and just make do”. As an owner, you see dated cabinets, bad paint color and well past their prime appliances. Alas, a full kitchen renovation is just not in the cards right now…but a Gal can dream. In the meantime, it is miraculous what a fresh coat of paint (on the walls and cabinets), some beadboard (for a backsplash) and some great vintage finds (chicken feeders into light fixtures) can do for a space…thanks to a handy Hero!

Before

After

A few simple changes can have a huge impact!

My kitchen makes me happy!

Almost as much as this sweet face looking so proud!

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Friday Favorites #399

IMG_1299Cute Paper Turkey Wreath @ Dazzle While Frazzled

Time to get ready for Thanksgiving…how cute is this turkey Wreath? He just might have to make an appearance at my house this week!

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Homemade Sourdough Bread…Really?

For whatever reason, I have attended many a potluck in my lifetime. When asked what I was going to contribute, I always said “I can bring homemade sourdough bread!” This statement was almost always greeted by a look of pure awe or barely disguised disbelief. Even now, some of you are thinking…sourdough bread isn’t that really hard…time consuming…better left to the experts? Just have some faith…and a good starter, and you can impress your family and friends with the crusty, chewy goodness. The basic starter is probably the most challenging aspect. However, if you can measure and mix flour and water, you can make starter. There are terrific recipes all over Pinterest, or let me know and I can give you my own secret recipe.

This recipe is a good beginner’s sourdough bread because most of the uncertainty of the rise is removed with the addition of a little yeast. It is great for a newer starter…and absolutely delicious.

The usual Cast of Characters

1 cup “fed” sourdough starter

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water

2 teaspoons instant yeast

2 1/2 teaspoons salt

5 cups Bread flour

1 tbs dough enhancer…optional but highly recommended.

The Steps to Glory

1. Combine all of the ingredients, kneading to form a smooth dough. I use a kitchen aide mixer on low about 8-10 minutes

2. Allow the dough to rise, in a lightly greased, covered bowl, until it’s doubled in size, about 90 minutes. Keep in a warm spot.

3. Gently divide the dough in half; it’ll deflate somewhat.

4. Gently shape the dough into two oval loaves. Place the loaves on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F.

4.Spray the loaves with lukewarm water. This step is essential for the crusty outside, soft inside beauty of sourdough.

5. Make two fairly deep diagonal slashes in each using a serrated bread knife. Sprinkle with sea salt.

6. Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until it’s a very deep golden brown.

7. This is my secret tip just for you…turn oven off, prop open door with an oven mitt and allow the bread to cool in the oven. Don’t remove until the outside is cool enough to touch. Why do this? It prevents the Bread from having a soggy outside from the evaporation as it cools. Soggy bread is just sad.

8. Remove, slice and enjoy…and accept all the compliments. Just don’t tell them how easy it was to do.

Especially good to serve following a Navy win on a cold game day!

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Friday Favorites #398

Welcome to Friday Favorites…a little late. This week was crazy busy…and the next few don’t look any easier. Thank goodness for my slow cooker and 17 new slow cooker recipes from Playdatesparties.com.

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17 Slow Cooker Recipes@Playdatesparties.com

 

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Total Christmas Makeover: A Book Review

About The Book

Total Christmas Makeover: 31 Devotions to Celebrate with Purpose (Abingdon Press, October 2017)Give your Christmas a makeover with this practical approach to help your family learn what it means to truly celebrate their Savior.

In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it’s important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ’s birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.

 Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.

In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God’s grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season.

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My Review

  How can you miss the coming Holiday Season?  The stores have had Christmas displays since October 1 and the decorating blogs have jumpstarted the urgency of early preparations with beautiful and creative home decor. It is so easy to jump feet first into what is expected of us and forget the reverence and honor of the season. I find myself very eager to create perfect memories and traditions but fail to take into account the simplistic and beautiful meaning of the season…and I wonder why I deal with exhaustion, cranky family members (myself included) and the inevitable countdown to when it will finally be over. I am sure I am not the only one.  How do we take this overly commercialized, stressful, material driven season back? With a deep breath and a little dose of reality offered in this small book. Separated into several topics such as ritual, traditions and gift giving, this 31 day devotional guides you to realistic and authentic ways to celebrate…fun and very family friendly…to create those genuine memories we all long to establish with our family. I look forward to a season of less stress and more intentions.  
*I was generously given a copy of this book by the publisher but the review is all mine*