Monday, March 31, 2008

Coffee Cup Verse

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world - the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in posessions - is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Bonnie's Buns

Yes this makes for a provocative title, but once you taste a bite of these delicious, home-made buns, you will understand why credit must be given where credit is due. I cannot, in good conscience, title this, "Homemade Buns" or "Basic Buns" or even "Best Buns", because they do not differentiate this bun recipe, as it deserves. I have given this recipe to many people, and this afternoon, I was once again telling Abbey about "Bonnie's Buns" after she raved about the scrumptious bread bits at our church potluck. This recipe has options for both Bread Machine (which is what I always use) and Regular Bread-making Method.

If you've never tried making buns, and you have a hankering for some fresh buns, try these out, and let me know what you think.

Bonnie's Buns (Bread Machine)

1 cup warmed milk
1/2 cup warm water
1 egg
3/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2/3 Tbsp. white sugar
1 Tbsp. butter
3-3/4 cups flour
2-1/4 tsp. yeast

Put in bread machine in order of ingredients.
Set bread maker to Dough Cycle.
After mix time, form into buns and put on pan to let rise. (20-30 minutes)
Bake about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

(Regular Method- Full Recipe)
2 Tbsp. yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tsp. sugar
Place in bowl to start yeast.

Scald 2 cups milk.
Add 1/4 cup butter and 6 Tbsp. Brown Sugar.

When butter and sugar are dissolved, add 1 cup cold water, 2 tsp. salt, 2 beaten eggs, yeast mixture, and ~10 cups flour.

Mix in bowl, then knead on board.
Let rise till double in bulk.
Punch down and let rise again.
Put in pans and let rise.

Bake about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.

Starting Up

Did you know that there are approximately 14 blogs started every second? Startling, isn't it? I'd even go so far as to say, creepy. There are 173 people born every second. Considering most of the world's population lives in the poorest countries - without computers and the world wide web at their fingertips - this number of blogs started is clearly displaying our fascination with the new phenomenon of the blogosphere.

Another statistic I found, said the average blog lasts only 8 weeks. This makes me feel a little better about abandoning ship on my blog for almost a year. But it also makes me hesitant to start up writing again, since I don't like be a "quitter" - and by "starting up"... I wonder if I'm just setting myself up to become a statistic.

Nonetheless, I am tapping away at my keyboard, willing to face my fear in this regard, and put my words to the screen. Hopefully I'll be able to keep it up and develop some "stick-to-it-iveness"... as I try to encourage my boys to work with perseverance. And hopefully, in the process of this forum of shared ideas/information, we all will be encouraged to love God more, plus equipped to serve Him fully.

Dear friends, I welcome your dialogue and I thank you for your patience with me, as I've taken my hiatus.