Archive for July, 2012

English Muffin Loaves

July 31, 2012

Well, here’s my first “crafty” post, and in this case, it’s a recipe. If you like English muffins, you’ll like these easy-to-make English muffin loaves. Just slice and toast.

 

English Muffin Loaves

English Muffin Loaves

 

5 ½ to 6 Cups flour

2 pkg. (4 tsp) dry yeast

1 Tbsp. Sugar

2 tsp. Salt

¼ tsp baking soda

2 Cups milk

½ Cup water

Cornmeal

 

Combine 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Heat liquids (milk and water) until warm (120 deg.) Add to dry mixture, beating well. Stir in enough flour to make a stiff, sticky batter (approximately 2 ½ to 3 more cups.) Spoon into (2) loaf pans that have been greased and dusted with cornmeal. Sprinkle tops with cornmeal. Cover with a towel and allow to rise approximately 45 minutes (watch that they don’t overflow pans.) Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire rack. Slice and toast as for English muffins.

 

 

 

 

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2 Days in a Row!

July 21, 2012

Let’s see, do I have anything interesting to write today?

This morning, Pastor Tim called me on Skype. Before I’d cleaned up. You know, combed my hair… put any make-up on… showered (but you can’t smell another person on Skype, so I guess that wouldn’t matter so much.) I started out with my camera not plugged in, but he “guilted” me into plugging it in.  (To be fair, and I ALWAYS try to be fair, he did say that I didn’t have to use the camera.) Then he said something along the lines that I just looked like I always do or normal or something to that effect. I have to say, I don’t think that was really a good thing…. Anyway, it was lovely to visit with him. I think he mainly called to let me know I’m not forgotten down home. It was nice to be “thought of.” Thank you, Pastor Tim.

I got to go out to lunch in Elk Rapids today with a new friend. God is so good, to bring new friends into my life. Cheri and I had a great time together. We bought our lunch at a little cafe, took it “to go,” and walked down to a picnic table overlooking the beach on Grand Traverse Bay. It was sunny, 78 degrees, slightly breezy… all in all, a perfect day to sit and chat and overlook the bay.

I made a couple other stops – one at my friend and neighbor Mary Ann’s antique store (Lilac’s Antiques) to see her new “rowboat display.” (I watched the “sawing in half” of the rowboat a couple weeks ago, and helped Bill and Mary Ann load the rowboat into the trailer to take it there this morning. So I had to go see the display.) It is charming. If you are near Elk Rapids, you should stop in and see it (and her!)

Another stop I made was to the new art gallery which is right across US 31 from Lilac’s — just opened the beginning of June — to see the artwork of another new friend, Kathy K. D.  I had heard she had some displayed there… what a treat to go see it (nice work, Kathy- so glorifying to the Lord!) and the other great art being done by artists around here. I am now inspired to learn to be an artist. (I keep wondering, if I haven’t done it by now, is there any hope that any talent resides within me for that venue? Does one learn to be an artist?)

The last stop I made was at the library, to find out if my card expired (it had) and what I need to get a new one (next week’s project) and “do they have ebooks to loan?” (they do.) They were very lovely to me there. I love libraries!

I arrived home to find that the Dads had done fine without me. (My Dad isn’t feeling well at all. Please pray.) The dogs were wondering why they hadn’t gotten to go swimming yet, so of course, I had to oblige them and go down to the lake for a while (I haveto wear my swim suit, as I might have to help Mía retrieve her toy — she regularly “sinks” it and then can’t retrieve it from the bottom — it’s a hardship, but someone has to do it).

I’m sure there is something profound that this entry in my blog should say, but I can’t for the life of me think what it might be. Dave is coming tonight. I’m really looking forward to seeing him. I guess that’s profound enough.

Here are my wonderful neighbors, Bill and Mary Ann…. this was taken last fall when they treated me to dinner when I was here for the “roof project.”

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Absentee Blogger

July 19, 2012

I’m not very good at this blogging business. I checked in (having some free time), and I see that my most recent post was ….. (drumroll, please…..) 3 years ago.  (2009??? How can that be???) How do these people do it, who post a new craft blog every day or even every week? Maybe I really don’t have what it takes to be an author. Maybe I need a little more discipline. Maybe I need….  never mind.

So…  I started using WordPress years ago. Nearly all the craft blogs that I follow seem to use blogspot. Does anyone have any idea why? Is one easier than another? Can you do more with blogspot?

So, I’m sitting here in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan (for you non-Michiganders, the peninsulas of Michigan are not “northern”  and “southern” but “upper” and “lower”), looking out at drizzle and 68 degrees, while the rest of the country bakes and wishes for rain. Well, at least 55% of the country (according to the nightly news).  We’ve actually had a fair amount of rain here, even though we (like many of you) have had record stretches of hot weather. It’s actually a relief, to tell you the truth, to think that I might have to go put socks and long pants on. Not that I’m complaining. We’ve had plenty of cool summers at Torch Lake where it was a rare day that you actually wanted to swim.

The current state of affairs here is that I’m running a household comprised of me, two Dads, 2 golden retrievers, 4 cats, and, when he’s here, Dave (that’s my husband, for those of you who just checked in). Dave is busy earning a paycheck for us (12 hours per day on average) and trying to keep the Laingsburg vegetable garden up in his spare time (which we might not have even done this year, had we known what the year had in store for us.) He was here on vacation for 2 weeks, but he wasn’t really here for a lot of that; he was running up and down US 127, as there were 3 different things (2 of them emergencies) that took him back home to Laingsburg (a 3 hour drive each way). It wasn’t much of a vacation. Other than that, he’s been here weekends. I’ve been here since the middle of May due to my Dad’s health. Dave’s Dad is staying with us. My Dad is staying with us due to illness. We are here (as opposed to Laingsburg) because my Dad’s doctor appointments and treatments are in Petoskey. We are a 2-golden-retriever-household because my Dad’s dog has joined us. The rest of the animals are ours — Mía (golden retriever), Tiger Lily, Fluff, Puff and Taffy (the 4 cats)… so don’t feel too sorry for us. Okay, now you are up to date on where I am, and why I am, and what my main “job” is.

If you know me at all, you know that I am a follower of Jesus Christ, and as such, I have faith that God knows every single situation that comes into my life (and knew it ahead of time). Nothing comes as a surprise to Him. He never says, “Oh my gosh, the United States is having a drought! I really didn’t see THAT coming!!!” (I might think that, though.) So, the fact that I have had to leave a life I really like to do this for a season, didn’t come as a surprise to God, either. In light of that, I choose to live life one day at a time, waiting to see what God is going to bring with each new day, and trusting that He will give me the grace and strength to be here doing what I’m doing. 

I’ve made new friends. My next-door neighbors (Bill and Mary Ann) are so much more than next-door neighbors. How blessed I am to have friends like them who happen to live next door.  I’ve been welcomed and made to feel a part of a great group of believers here in northern Michigan, and found friends there at Elk Rapids Baptist Church (Peggy, Cheri). I’ve heard sermons (Pastor Gary) that I’m sure were written especially for me, that helped me to refocus my thinking on our great and glorious Savior, Who knows everything about me. Our wonderful kids (no bias here!) Michael and Jen each have been here this summer for a short visit and were a great encouragement to me. And of course, my wonderful husband who works so hard and diligently for us, is still my best friend in all the world. I have numerous friends back home (Laingsburg) and elsewhere who have taken time out of their busy schedules to write notes of encouragement to me. I love you all. Am I blessed or what?

Looking at and reading all these crafting blogs has me wanting to do one. I’m not sure if here (where my main theme has been to tell how Jesus Christ impacts my everyday life) is the right venue or if I should start another blog. What do you think? If I don’t post to my blog in 3 years, how well will I keep up with TWO of them? LOL

So, maybe I’ll see if I can insert a photo of beautiful Torch Lake. I would put a card picture up (in the interest of blogging about card-making), but I haven’t made any cards since I’ve been here, even though poor Dave has carted supplies and supplies and more supplies up to me. (Picture us on the phone, and me saying things like, “Okay, now go into the craft room (Jen’s old bedroom) and go to the table by the left hand window. Do you see my ruler there? No? Okay, well, try the closet-end of the 2nd row of tables. Maybe it’s there?” And so on. The longer I’m away, the harder it is to picture where I left ANYTHING. You can imagine. (And you have to take into consideration that it wasn’t exactly organized when I left it, as I just had had 3 elective surgeries and had dragged a bunch of stuff downstairs to the living room where I was ostensibly recuperating.)

Well, onward. Maybe someone will read this if I actually write in it. (Actually, the stats say that FOUR people have looked at it in the last few days. I can’t even think why that might have happened, other than that I have a few new Facebook friends.)

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