“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Sample of My Days

This is a perfect example of how I think. I have so much going on in my head and days. A simple life does not equate sitting and ease. It just means less worrying about what the world thinks and getting back to being hands on in my life. I experience more of what makes my day a day. I cut past the middle person and make things myself and the joy of it all. Now, I am not against a little help. I have my maidservants... the clothes washer , dryer, Kitchen Aide, and food processor. All this has made it so I can stay home and embrace my calling to be a full time wife, mother, homeschool teacher, and fiber artist and for this I am very thankful.

I always am on the hunt to learn learn how to do things myself and cheese making seems to be a fascination right now. I have leaned how to make my own cream cheese, butter milk, Kefir. I am hoping to try to make cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, and cheddar cheese this year. I have found some neat tutorials and will be trying them out real soon. As I learn I am happy to share with you soon what I learned.

I have FINALLY found a recipe ( and will share SOON) for black turtle bean soup with no tomatoes that tastes very good. typing is a bit much still so I will share over the next few weeks as I can. But I had to share the pictures I have taken while in my kitchen.

Just recently I went through a big doubting period with my bread making. All of a sudden my bread was not fluffy and nice and couldn't get to act right. I doubted myself so much that I started on the hunt for another recipe to get nice round topped bread again. I tried several recipes and I wasn't getting anything better. I went back to my favorite recipe and looked at each ingredient and evaluated it all. The issue of yeast stuck out at me and so I pulled out a new bag of yeast and started over the way I use to make my bread. And you know what? Everything worked out the way it was suppose to. It wasn't me...it was the yeast. What a relief to be able to go back to my favorite recipe that I tweaked and made my own recipe. I will be sharing that recipe first in a few days.

But I did learn something new this time around. It is better to just let it soak for 24 hours instead of 8-12. That soaking time makes is soooooooo nice and fluffy.

Another good thing that came from my bread searching time was dabbling once again in making sourdough bread. I am going through another learning curve and developing my hand at making this amazing bread. All in good time to master the art of sourdough.

( homemade sourdough starter from rye flour )

I don't know if you see this picture of cream cheese ( and whey) making on it's side our right side up. Photobucket is not cooperating with me today. ((sigh)) I hope you see it right side up. [o=

There really is lots of passive cooking going on in my kitchen lately. All these things that are soaked, fermented, or sprouted. As my hubby says there are a lot of science experiments going on in there. [o;

One last thing to share with you all. This is the view that is to the northeast and we get to see from our living room window. I love watching the sunrises over these mountains. God's creation is so amazing.

I lift my eyes up to the mountains and I know where my strength comes from.


  1. What a beautiful view! Your life must be rewarding even if it is busy. Have a good weekend.

  2. I love your husband's point of view! So true! And yes, the simple life is not about sitting around. Your mountain view is breathtaking. (((hugs)))

  3. I love all your science experiments! I have had the odd experiments sitting on my kitchen counter before too. :)

    Have a lovely weekend.

  4. You are so busy doing healthy things! I'd been planning to sprout something today, but I forgot until I read your post. Thanks for the inspiration.

    How is your sore shoulder? I hope it's all better now.

    Annie Kate

    1. slowly but surly I am getting better. I plan to be back on track this coming week with Fit Mommy Friday. [o= Thank you for asking. ((HUGS))


    2. I forgot to say that it is interesting that I can knead bread and bake all kinds of things in the kitchen but typing hurts me. Computer time is very limited. ((sigh))

  5. Oh Mary...what a beautiful view you have. Our Lord has blessed you through this time of healing for your shoulder.

    Everything that you are doing - you are immersing yourself in what you know will be good for your dear family. There is nothing wrong with that. As women, we are nurturers, so all this 'chaos' is normal while we are learning something new :)

    What it is telling me...your life is full and complete!

    love you,


  6. I love getting a peak of your day. I bet your cheese will be so good. Blessings my friend.

  7. It sounds like things are going well for you and the family. So glad you figured out the bread issue. Yeast is the first thing I look at when my bread isn't turning out right. I'm glad you are enjoying all your baking adventures. :)

  8. You are always so full of good, good things! I leave inspired to do the things I know but sometimes forget!! ;)

    Blessings, Debbie

  9. Such a lovey view! And a wonderful snapshot of your life. Inspiring!
    I encounted yeast that had slowly lost its ability to rise....it took me a long time to figure it out too. Sourdough is so much fun. I agree...leave it longer on the counter. Can't wait till you share the bean soup recipe!

  10. What an incredible view! Mary, you seem to be enjoying the new camera. :) Hope you share what you learn about sourdough; I still haven't tried getting a starter going yet this year. My plans just don't seem to be the same as what the Lord has for me so far in 2012. Sigh. ~L

  11. What an amazing view!! I'm glad you realized that the yeast was the problem for your bread.



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