Monday, March 31, 2008

Personalizing the blog!

Hi y'all,

Since I am so new to blogging I am trying out all the neat stuff you can put on the side etc. I still have to figure out how to put a slide show on so I can put the quilling projects I have done on it. In case you are wondering who Christine is on the "Christine's cat" below, she is my daughter who is in the Navy. She is stationed in Seattle after her ship, the USS Emory S. Land, was deployed back to the US after being in LaMadelenna Italy for many years. The navy didn't have room on the base for all the returning sailors so they put her up in an apartment off base. Her roomate adopted a kitten and this little black ball of fur "adopted" Christine. Except that this cute little kitten is described by Christine as "evil". He loves Christine and attacks her when she comes in, when she is on the phone, when she is asleep, whenever! So I put the cat on my blog so she could play with a nice cat! lol.

Later today I am going to post the first of my devotionals that the Lord has given me. The will be called "Salt Shaker" and will be under that label. I will post one each Monday and I hope that you will be encouraged in the Lord by what He has to say. Other posts will be about the Sabbath, what it is, why we celebrate it, and how you can celebrate it in your home. There will be quilling blogs with tips that I have learned, projects, reviews of quilling web sites and blogs for inspiration and supplies. Other blog posts will be about our family and what is up with us. Hope you enjoy what you see here!

Shalom,
Sonya

Friday, March 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Mason!

Today is my husbands birthday! I am grateful and blessed that the Lord has given him to me as my soul mate for these 29.5 years! I tried my hand at baking challah bread for Shabbat dinner tonight as a treat for him. We will be taking him to a restaurant for dinner but will take our challah with us. He said I was mean for baking bread that he couldn't have until tonight. I was inspired to try baking bread by my sister who does often with great success.

The first of her recipes that I tried was her "Easy Bagels". They were not pretty but they were good! Next time they will look like they are supposed to be. So, next I tried the challah and it worked beautifully. The recipe is at the end of this post, so you can try it for yourself. I didn't use my sisters recipe this time but will next time. Also you can visit my sister's blog with more great recipes, it is at: http://www.creamerchronicles.blogspot.com/ . I have started my list of other blogs that I like also.
It is grey and overcast here in Houston today and my veggie seedlings aren't getting much sun. I have posted a pic of them and the first rose of my flower garden, the pink one graciously bloomed first, my favorite rose color. This is my first veggie garden and I pray that I can tend it well. Once a month I am going to add the devotionals that I have written and new ones after that. Comments are welcome so please do!
Shalom,
Sonya

My first challah!

Challah Bread Recipe
Makes 2 loafs

2pkgs (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
(+ 1 teaspoon sugar for proofing yeast)
1 cup warm water (110 - 115 degrees)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
4 eggs
6 to 61/2 cups all-purpose flour
Topping:
1 egg
1 teaspoon cold water
1 Tablespoon sesame or poppy seeds, optional

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water (*I add 1 teaspoon sugar to proof the yeast according to the directions on the yeast pkg.). Add the oil, sugar, salt, eggs and 4 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a firm dough. Turn onto a floured surface: knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour (*I turn my oven on and heat to 200 degrees then turn off. I put my dough in the oven with the light on for warmth and let my dough rise there.)

Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Divide each portion into thirds. Shape each piece into a 15" rope. Place three ropes on a greased baking sheet and braid; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Beat egg and cold water; brush over braids. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to racks to cool.

(*You can add cinnimon and raisins for holiday challah. I have wrapped the second loaf in plastic wrap after the first rising and braiding and put it in a ziplock back in the freezer to use later. Just let thaw and rise the second time and brush with the egg and bake as usual. Sonya's tips in parenthesis)

This recipie is taken from the "Taste of Home Heartwarming Soups" 2008 edition magazine





My first veggie seedlings!


My first rose of the season!
Ah, Spring is comming!


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hello!


Hi y'all. This is my first time with a blog. It is all new to me and I am still learning about what you can do with a blog. The word "blog" is not very complementary, it reminds me of what my kids did when they ate something that disagreed with them! But, that is the name of the thing and it will have to be. This blog is about my family, quilling and my relationship with the Lord. Above is a picture of one of my quilling pieces and there will be more to follow so check back often to see how it's going.

Shalom,

Sonya