My friend Kelli has been nominated in the Best Encourager category of the Homeschool Blog Awards. She has such a gift for encouraging young mothers to strengthen their relationships with God and with their families. Take a few seconds and vote for Embracing the Journey:Experiencing the Joy.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would post my favorite Irish bread recipe. Hubby & I lived in Dublin for a year working with a church there. It is a gorgeous country full of funny, friendly people.
Irish Brown Bread
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
3 tablespoons toasted wheat bran
3 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 cups buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Butter a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Combine first 8 ingredients in large bowl; mix well. Add butter; rub in with fingertips until mixture resembles fine meal. Stir in enough buttermilk to form soft dough. Transfer dough to prepared loaf pan.
Bake until bread is dark brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Turn bread out of pan and cool right side up on rack.
Check out this great website that sells Irish food. We had so much fun browsing & remembering all of our favorites.
Once again, I turn to my trusty Dollar Tree for this week’s idea. They sell wired garland for every holiday (comes in a coil w/foil stars, hearts, shamrocks, bats, etc). I placed 4 push pins along the top of the mirror in the kids’ bathroom. I just loop & drape the garland across the top of the mirror. I keep all of the garlands that I’m not using in colorful baskets on top of the cabinet over the toilet – I got the baskets at Dollar Tree of course! It makes the bathroom look so festive, but it’s fast, simple & cheap.
While I’ve got a captive audience – does anyone have a great idea for a Women’s Retreat notebook? We’ve always filled a folder with the schedule, notes, songs, etc. & I’m looking for a more creative idea.
I Surrender, Some
There Shall Be Sprinkles of Blessings
Fill My Spoon, Lord
Oh, How I Like Jesus
He’s Quite a Bit to Me
I Love to Talk About Telling the Story
Take My Life and Let Me Be
It Is My Secret What God Can Do
There Is Scattered Cloudiness in My Soul Today
Where He Leads Me, I Will Consider Following
Just As I Pretend to Be
When the Saints Go Sneaking In
Sit Up, Sit Up for Jesus
A Comfy Mattress Is Our God
Self-Esteem to the World, The Lord Is Come
Oh, for a Couple of Tongues to Sing
Amazing Grace, How Interesting the Sound
Go Tell It on the Speed Bump
Special, Special, Special
Lord, Keep Us Loosely Connected to Your Word
Praise God From Whom All Affirmations Flow
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Much
O, God, Our Enabler in Ages Past
I Lay My Inappropriate Behavior on Jesus
Pillow of Ages, Fluffed for Me
All Hail the Influence of Jesus’ Name!
When Peace, Like a Trickle
I’m Fairly Certain that My Redeemer Lives
We Give Thee but Still Think We Own
What an Acquaintance We Have in Jesus
My Faith Looks Around for Thee
Joyful, Joyful We Think Thee Pretty Good
Above Average Is Thy Faithfulness
We Are Milling Around in the Light of God
Spirit of the Living God, Fall Somewhere Near Me
Blest Be the Tie that Doesn’t Cramp My Style