Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Cup of Blessing

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike." ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Why should we think about things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common mistake to blame life upon environment. Environment modifies but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings." ~William James

Milk and Honey Bread

Milk and Honey Bread
2 loaves - one to enjoy and one to share!

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups warm milk (110° to 115°)
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 teaspoons salt
7 - 8 cups all-purpose flour (or 1/2 all-purpose, 1/2 whole wheat)

Dissolve yeast in warm milk. Add honey, butter, salt and 5 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down and shape into two loaves. Place in greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Enjoy!

Makes delicious sandwiches!

Morning Coffee

Every morning I look forward to my first cup of coffee. A few moments of quiet before the busyness of the day begins. And this morning, a few chuckles, too -
“Be a coffee-drinking individual - espresso yourself!”
~Author Unknown

“I make serious coffee - so strong
it wakes up the neighbors.”
~Author Unknown

“In America you can buy bucket-sized cups of coffee in any flavor you like other than coffee-flavor.”
~Author Unknown

“Deja Brew: The feeling that you've
had this coffee before.”
~Author Unknown

"I bought a decaffinated coffee table;
you can't even see the difference."
~Author Unknown

“This coffee tastes like mud!
Well, it was ground this morning.”
~Author Unknown(I had to think about this last one for awhile ,
before I got it! Maybe I haven't had enough coffee yet this morning…)

That "Mr. Author Unknown"
– he sure is a funny guy! ;-)