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Stories from the Kitchen: Hello, Sadness

I finally opened my mouth and did some talking. I’m trying out the app Anchor to see how I like it. Let me know your thoughts in the comments and look below for the links to all the books I mentioned.

Stories from the Kitchen Season 2, Episode 1: Hello, Sadness







The Happiness Dare from Jennifer Dukes Lee

Bible and Breakfast by Asheritah Ciuciu

Full by Asheritah Ciuciu

The Intuitive Eating Workbook by Evelyn Tribole

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Tasty Tuesday: Dave's Killer Wheat Bread

My dad travels around quite a bit. One of the things that he collects during his travels is new recipes. This Tasty Tuesday treat is one from his collection. He got it when he was in Montana from a lady named Linda, who got it from someone on the internet, that made a copycat recipe of an actual bread that's available for purchase called Dave's Killer Bread 100% Whole Wheat. It's delicious and well worth the hassle it took to locate and purchase vital wheat gluten.

So, here's the recipe as I received and made it:

Dave's Killer Whole Wheat Bread


3 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup sugar or honey
1 Tbsp. plus 1/2 tsp. yeast
2 1/4 cups warm water
1 1/2 Tbsp. molasses
1 Tbsp. canola oil
Proof yeast in some of the water. Mix well with all above ingredients. Beat 5 minutes. Cover and set aside for one hour.

Add 1/4 cup gluten (VITAL WHEAT GLUTEN, This is flour with the starch and bran removed.), 2 tsp. salt and enough whole wheat flour to make a sticky, smooth dough. If…

The Month of Yuck

As some of you know, the winter is our big break season in our homeschooling. Hannah and I do as little school work as possible between the end of November and the end of January. Normally, by the time February rolls around, it's time to figure out something to do with ourselves so we don't get cabin fever.
This past winter break it's been full of being sick, which is never any fun.  I think I went two entire weeks without leaving the house except to step outside for the milk delivery or to peek my head out the door to check the mail. It's been a long few weeks. And here's the part that I really hate about those kinds of colds. I don't think very much.

I'm a thinker/planner/schemer by nature. I love to plan things and I had all sorts of things plans that I had to just not do because we were all too yuck to get out of the house and enjoy them. So instead, we stayed in and recovered and enjoyed our cozy little house.

But now that I'm starting to feel bet…

Christmas Litany

I realized that I totally forgot to add a Christmas Eve/Day Litany with the Christ candle to our Advent devotional, so here's one to give a try this year. I'll get it added by next year and hopefully have it all nice a spiffy for you by next December.


Advent the Second Half ebook

We pulled this out this past Sunday and I still like it. And most importantly, it sparked some family conversation. So without further ado, here's the entire ebook in one place so you don't have to search for each week.

This is meant for personal use, but if you want to do something else with it, just send me a message or leave a comment and we'll work it out!

Pizza Tears

In the very beginning of Full, Asheritah (yes I know that we're not friends but this is what I'm going to call the author because life is like that sometimes) shares a story about eating leftover cake followed by a 30 day fast that lead to an awakening of the control that food has over her. She says that most folks who struggle with food fixation have one of those stories. I thought that I'd share mine.




My first official diet was between eighth and ninth grade. My mom took me to Weight Watchers and I remember one of the women there telling me that she wished that WW had been around when she was my age. I lost weight, I could wear smaller clothes that were in abundance in all the stores. It was life-changing. So what that I had to eat a certain number of eggs every week, take carrots and dry tuna pita pockets for lunch most every day. Worth it. But the truth was that it started a fantasy, one that I still struggle with. The fantasy that if I could just control the food, I c…

Murder, Motherhood, and Miraculous Grace by Debra Moerke

Y'all know that I love a good murder mystery, especially when it's based on a true story. Unfortunately, this is one of the most heartbreaking true stories that I've read.

This is the true story of a foster family and not just any foster family, this was the teach others how to do it foster family. They took all the tough cases and kept larger families together. They knew how to foster kids. This story is about a specific family of several kids that came into their care when their single mother ran into some problems with the law.

There was one little girl from the displaced family, Hannah, found a very special place in their hearts. It became clear during their time together that Hannah was not treated the same as her siblings by her birth mother, Karen. She showed fear and the other children distanced themselves from her. When it came time to return to live with their birth mother, Hannah begged to stay with the Moerke family. The Moerkes did all they could to keep tabs…