Monday, October 14, 2019

My Daybook . . .


 FOR TODAY...

The wind is just blowing like crazy, the leafs are falling off the trees and swirling around the deck and the lawn... and it's still warm enough for me to go outside barefoot...I love this time of year!!


 ON MY PLAYLIST...

When Autumn arrives, I really do just love to hunker down and listen to wonderful, cozy music.  Here's a little taste of what I'm listening to:


 LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW...

Just last Thursday this is what I saw out my kitchen window!  Seems kind of early for snow, but then again, anything's possible in Idaho.
 


I'M THINKING...

How much I have to be grateful for.


I AM THANKFUL FOR...
 
This amazing young woman is my beautiful granddaughter.  Last week she received her mission call for, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.   She will be serving the people of, Wellington, New Zealand!  We are just so proud and excited for her that we could burst!  She's over the moon! 



ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
 
Being able to live close enough to my grandchildren that I can attend special things they do in their lives.  Clara was in the play, Frozen.  She was a troll, a singer and a dancer, and I loved watching her!  I wasn't able to get a picture of her in costume, but she had a little dirt smudged on her face and messy hair...like a troll!!

 
 FROM THE KITCHEN...
 
I love to make bread.  My grandmother taught me long ago how to tell if the bread is just right, and I never forgot.  This is a wonderful bread recipe and cuts beautifully for sandwiches.
  
Soft Oatmeal Sandwich Bread 

1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
2 cups hot milk
½ cup honey
¼ cup lukewarm water
1 pkg (or 2-1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
1/3 cup buttermilk
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 large egg
1 Tbsp salt
¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
3 to 3-1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 extra Tbsp of oats for sprinkling on top

Put the oats in a large mixing bowl and pour the hot milk over them. Stir in the honey and allow to cool to body temperature. Meanwhile, put the water in a small bowl and stir in the yeast. Set aside for 5 minutes to dissolve. Once the oats have cooled, stir in the dissolved yeast, the buttermilk and the whole wheat flour and beat vigorously for 1 minute with a wooden spoon. Cover this sponge with plastic wrap and set aside for 30 minutes in a warm, draft-free spot.

Using a wooden spoon, beat in the egg, salt and butter until well blended. Add the unbleached flour, ½ cup at a time, beating well after each addition. When the dough is too dense to stir, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, periodically dusting your kneading surface with flour; knead gently at first to prevent the dough from sticking. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning it to coat the entire surface of the dough with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside, in a warm draft-free post, until the dough is doubled in bulk. Butter 2 4-1/2X8-1/2-inch loaf pans and sprinkle the inside pf each with about 1 Tbsp of oats.

When the dough has doubled, punch it down, kneed briefly, and divide in half. Shape the halves into loaves and place them into the prepared pans. Cover loosely and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in bulk, preheating the oven to 375°F when the loaves appear nearly doubled.
Bake the loaves for approximately 40 minutes, until nicely browned. When done, the bottom crusts should give a hollow sound when thumped with your finger. Cool the loaves on a rack before slicing. Store in sealed plastic bags. Makes 2 loaves.
 
 


A THOUGHT TO LEAVE YOU WITH...


Be safe...

Hugs and Love,
Barb


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Last Camping Trip of the Year...

My daughter and her husband invited us to go camping with them one last time for the year.  We went to a beautiful place that is almost impossible to find a spot in during the summer...but not in the fall.   You can get t.v reception there with a digital antenna and we wanted to watch, General Conference, a bi-annual conference that our church has for two days twice a year, and airs on our local t.v. channel.

It was just beautiful...look at that sky!   I really felt so inspired, listening to conference in this beautiful setting, I feel so blessed to be in what I consider, God's country.


Our trailer was parked right next to this beautiful creek, so at night it lulled me to sleep.




 It was the perfect afternoon to go fly fishing...didn't catch anything, but Bob had fun!


The colors haven't completely changed yet, but these willows were just so pretty, I couldn't resist taking a picture of them.


As you can see the mountains are covered with snow, so we decided to go see how much snow there was up high.  There was only a few inches where we were, but it was beautiful!  I'm not sure I'm quite ready for the snow in the valley, but it sure was pretty in the mountains.


If you look really close, you can see the Grand Tetons in the very distant background! I think we were at about 8,000 feet when I took this photo, and because we didn't have a crazy fire season, you could see really far.


We had a couple of storms move in on us (we knew they would ;0) ), so we experienced rain, hail and snow...all in one day!



Such a fun and inspiring trip, what a perfect way to end the summer!



You didn't think I'd leave you with out a sunset photo!?



And I'll just throw one more in for fun!  This is what we came home to - the most glorious lavender sunset, a perfect ending to a perfect week.




 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Isaiah 55:12

Be safe friends!!



Hugs and Love,
Barb


Saturday, September 28, 2019

A few of my favorite things from September...


 Day trips...




September birthdays...


The County Fair...

 Amber and Averi on the left.  She's taking Averi to see the lights!

Watching Christian play the guitar at the fair...
 
 
The parade...

My daughter and her family...and Gary and Alice :0)

The Grand Marshall.

 Huck the duck...
 
This sweet little lady appeared in our backyard one day and decided to live with us...we call her, Huck.

Sunsets from my backyard...



Enjoy these last days of September!!  Welcome October!


Be Safe XOXOX


Hugs and Love,
Barb