Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Imperfection


For weeks I have been thinking about the first day of school and how wonderful it was going to be. How I planned to have a special breakfast, on nice plates, something that we didn't normally have and do things that we didn't normally do. Try to make it special and memorable. 

I had plans to have everyones work all typed out and labeled and ready to go.

I had plans to make sure the house was spotless so I could devote all my time to my little students.

Supper would be put in the crockpot early so I didn't have to worry much with that as the day progressed.

Everyone would be groomed for their first day of school picture. 

I would make sure we checked off every subject on my master list...

Ideally, in my mind, the perfect first day of school should have happened today.


Guess what? It didn't happen. It was not perfect.

Nope.

Not even close.


But you know what?
It was still pretty great.

We had devotion together.
We prayed together. 
We read together.
Separate lessons were done.
Copywork.
Math.
Spelling. 
History.
Piano.
And so on and so forth...


We got our first day of school down for the books.

It won't go down in our history books as the most special first day ever...
But it was good.

Perfection is such a joy sucker.
We all seek it in one way or another, I believe.
We have to realize that perfection is not something we need to strive for, 
I NEED TO REMIND MYSELF OF THIS!

The little adage that says...
Practice makes perfect.
No.
Practice makes progress.
Yes it does.



Practice making sure you pray with your kids.
Practice making sure that your kids see you overcoming obstacles rather than becoming defeated by self-doubt, worry, self-condemnation, fear, or any other thing that is not promoting the fruit of the Spirit.
Practice making sure that you accomplish goals you set for yourself and for your family. Even if they don't get done in the time you set... persevere. 
Practice using that loving tone with your family instead of that exasperated, overwhelmed voice that tends to come out of my mouth way too often. Sigh.

All these things and many more are good ways to practice making the best out of every situation. Making every moment of every day a learning experience. A wonderful growing experience. 
Imperfection... it's like those beauty for ashes...
He will make our feeble efforts beautiful if we turn all our imperfections over to Christ.
Progress.
I'm not where I should be, but Praise the Lord, He's still working on me.




Monday, August 24, 2015

Cinnamon Rolls

                                 
These are the best cinnamon rolls I have made in a LONG time! 

1/4 oz yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
2 eggs
4 cups flour



Combine warm milk and yeast and give a minute or two to combine. Add sugar, melted butter, eggs and mix. Gradually add the 4 cups of flour. I did this in my kitchen aid mixer and allowed it to work about 5 minutes. My kitchen was very humid this morning because we woke up to torrential rains. So you may need every bit of that flour, or you may need less, that's the reason you want to add it gradually.  Once you see your dough coming together and forming a nice smooth ball, allow the dough to rest for an hour. I put mine in my dehydrator. It has a bread raising setting, to warm it up and keep the yeast happy. You could also put it in a very low oven to raise. Either way.



Once your dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto a flat, slightly floured surface. As much as I LOVE, adore, and am completely smitten with my farmhouse table, I can not knead bread on it. The cracks won't allow it... so I use my teeny-tiny kitchen cabinet top. It works though...
And on we go!
Roll the dough out to a rectangle.

Brush with 1/3 cup softened butter 
Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. 
Roll it up and cut into slices.
You get approximately 12 or so cinnamon rolls from this recipe.

Let dough rest again for about 15 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350*



Bake at 350* for about 15 minutes or until slightly browned.

While resting or baking you can make your favorite glaze.

I have in the past made cream cheese icing, buttercream, but for these cinnamon rolls I kept it very simple with powdered sugar, vanilla and cream.
It was rich and SO, so good.

I took a cup of powdered sugar and a tsp vanilla and slowly poured a bit of cream in the mixture. Stir, if too thick, pour a bit more... continue til it is pourable and delicious!

Pour over warm rolls and enjoy!!!



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Weekly Menu :: August, week 4


Well, ready or not, we are supposed to start school on Monday morning.
I do not feel ready, but I wonder if you ever really do feel ready?
Not only do we start school, but we are in revival this week also. So lots running. Lots.
Here's a quick rundown of the menu

Sunday-Church
Leftovers 

Monday-Revival
Ham and Potato Soup with Cornbread

Tuesday-Revival
Pinto Beans, Fried Potatoes, Corn

Wednesday-Revival
Salmon Patties, Carrots, Broccoli with Cheese

Thursday- Practice
Enchiladas with refried beans

Friday- Homemade Pizza



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Monday, August 17, 2015

Mark it with a B...

Several months back I bought this burlap square at Walmart. I had an idea of how I wanted to use it, but then I changed my mind... I do that often. As the girls and I were pulling out a few fall decorations this past weekend as we were cleaning up, I decided what I wanted to do.
I'll mark it with a B, for our last name!

I got on the computer and searched for a font that I liked. I believe I ended up using Baskervilles for this (I'm a huge Sherlock fan, so the name drew me in, but the font was perfect for what I was going for, a classy, strong letter) I printed the B off on some card stock so it would hold up when I pinned it to the fabric to cut around.

I found some plain brown fabric, I wanted the letter to be bold, so I felt solid would do it best. Then, I cut a small rectangle shape of fusible web. It's super simple to use. All you have to do is put the shiny side to the wrong side of your fabric, iron gently until it adheres. 



I laid my "B" on the fabric with the right side of the fabric towards me, and the fusible web side of my fabric towards the back, and I cut out my B.
(The picture below shows the wrong side, it is the side with the webbing. 

Pull the webbing paper from the B gently

Place the letter wherever you like. I used Burlap for this project, but you could do this on some other type of fabric. 

Iron in place. I couldn't press very hard on this side because the burlap is stapled onto a frame. So once I ironed the front side, I flipped it.
And then I ironed from the back side. Just to make sure it was going to stick.
Just a note, there are a lot of different fusible webs out there, so read the instructions on your particular type. Some say don't rub, instead raise and lower the iron up and down across the fabric until it is sealed. 
If this were going to be on something that would get a lot of use, I would zig zag around the outside of the B to help make sure it doesn't eventually peel off... but being that it is just a hanging decoration, I think ironing will suffice. 

There you go... a quick little project. I really like it, now you can go mark something with your initial or monogram too! Have fun!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Weekly Menu:: August, Week 3

Just a quick update on what this week looks like on our menu.


Sunday-Church
 Leftovers

Monday- Practice
Egg Roll in a Bowl- My way

Tuesday- Practice
Baked Ham, Okra, Corn, Potatoes

Wednesday- Church
Ham and Eggs

Thursday- Shannon's Birthday and Practice
Shannon had birthday meal at Provino's
Children had barbecue meatballs and veggies from Cameo

Friday-Leftovers

Saturday- Football Jamboree
Chicken Parmesan


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