Thursday, May 02, 2013

Productive Days & Recipe

What do you consider a productive day?

Getting errands done?
Grocery shopping?
Cleaning a few rooms?

For me, productive days fall into categories (and probably for you, too), such as, Homeschooling,
Writing, Editing, Shopping, or Baking or Cooking, to name a few.  Today I had a productive Kitchen day. (Don't you just love a productive kitchen day?)

For me, it looked like this: I got the kids started on their respective homeschooling lessons, made fermented oatmeal, started a batch of yogurt, picked up our week's supply of raw milk and cage-free eggs from a local farm, AND I started a fermented granola recipe (which takes 24 hours to ferment so you can't finish it all at once) and made my first-ever loaf of Paleo bread. (I'm really proud of that bread! It's sitting on my counter cooling right now and smells great.)

Here. I took a picture for the curious. :)  It didn't rise as high as the picture on the recipe looked. I used a different bread pan, which I suppose could account for that.

 It came out more as a quick bread style loaf, rather than sandwich style, so I'll keep trying new recipes until I get one that works for sandwiches. BUT I just tasted a slice and it's really good! (recipe below)

I also finished up my May recipes for the month, and have almost finished the accompanying shopping lists. When I get a month's worth of recipes in place, that means I have a plan and I don't have to worry about last-minute "what's for dinner" panic moments.  I also feel that I've accomplished something worthwhile.

My youngest is done with school for the day and my high schooler is almost there, so I'm just about ready to take an iced drink outside to the deck to enjoy this beautiful spring sunshine before starting dinner.

How about you? Did you get any good gardening done today? Or baking? Writing?
Tell me what makes you feel like you've accomplished something worthwhile by leaving a comment and you'll be entered into the current drawing for ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE MURDERS, book on the right.
("More Tea, Vicar?" is unfortunately no longer available--I'm substituting it with another English and/or Jane Austen themed CD. Details to follow. Sorry for the change!) But the book and a similar CD will be awarded to one commenter by the 15th of the month.) So leave your comment today!  
:     And here's the Paleo Bread recipe I followed, originally from Elana's Pantry. (Click the link and you'll see her bread looks much more like a sandwich bread than mine. I'll have to look into getting that "Magic Line Loaf Pan," that she used.) Anyway, the bread has no flour, no sugar (a small amount of honey) and practically no carbs at all. I wouldn't go crazy eating half a loaf, however, since it does have a lot of nutrient-dense nut flours and healthy fats. Enjoy!

Paleo Bread
2 Tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 cup golden flaxseed meal
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
5 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1. Place almond flour, coconut  flour, flax, salt and baking soda in a food processor. (I just whisked my ingredients. This could be another reason my bread turned out differently. When I saw that it only called for "pulsing," I figured I could get the same results without the processor. Apparently, I was wrong!)

2. Pulse ingredients together.

3. Pulse in eggs, oil, honey and vinegar

4. Pour batter into a greased 7.5" x 3.5 " Magic Line Loaf Pan

5. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.

6. Cool and serve. 

Happy Baking! And don't forget to leave a comment to enter the drawing. When you comment on more than one post, you get more than one entry. (One entry per comment)
Thank you and Good luck!


Bonnie Newell said...

I just checked out your blog while I was relaxing tongiht. I sent the info for the blog to my sister-in-law and niece. I think they might be interested in your recipe. Blessings, Bonnie

Bonnie Newell said...

I just checked out your blog while I was relaxing tongiht. I sent the info for the blog to my sister-in-law and niece. I think they might be interested in your recipe. Blessings, Bonnie

Linore Burkard said...

Hey, Bonnie! Nice to see you here and thanks for passing on word of the blog. You're in the drawing!

chaplaindebbie said...

Productive? Today? No way! I had both grandchildren here today and my house was total chaos all day. I am just now relaxing. I did clean my kitchen, so I guess that would be considered productive. LOL
Your bread looks yummy!
Sharing of course, God bless!

Mary Preston said...

Any day where I create or clean or doing something positive I count as productive.

I love home baked bread.


Linore Burkard said...

Hey, watching grandchildren doesn't FEEL productive, but you are investing in young lives! I call that productivity. Good grandmas are hard to come by. :) Thanks, as always, Deb. And send me whatever you'd like me to post about that new book. If you have a short excerpt, that would be nice too. So proud of you!

Linore Burkard said...

And Mary, I know what you mean. Somedays just getting ANYTHING done is a victory!

Jon and Vicki Marney said...

That bread looks yummy--I would like to try it sometime when I return home again. What did I get done today? Hmm--it was a pretty laid back day, but getting the rest of my stuff packed to go join my hubby (he travels all the time for his job). Please enter me in your contest for the 15th. vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

I would like to put down a prayer request if that is OK. We found out this week, that our 12 yr. old granddaughter was molested and tomorrow she will testify at Grand Jury. Please keep her in your prayers (she is 12 now, but this all began when she was 5, (but not continuously--he only came back into their lives this past week after being out of the picture for over a year).

He has admitted it, so we are praying that once she testify's to the grand Jury (this will be only her & the jury...) that he will then plea bargain, so she doesn't have to testify again later. We live in a state where this time of crime, is an automatic MINIMUM of 7 yrs. in prison if found guilty, so we are pretty confident that he will be locked away for at LEAST that amount of time.

Counseling will probably begin this next week (a victim's fund has been set up in her name to cover this. Please pray that the counselor is a christian...Thanks everyone for the prayers I know you will pray--they will be appreciated.

Linore Burkard said...

I am so, so, sorry to hear about your granddaughter, but I'm very glad you shared this prayer request. I will definitely pray for this girl and your whole family--and for justice. I'm sure other of my readers will do the same. Please keep us updated as to how she is doing. And I will pray for a Christian counselor for her! That can make a HUGE difference for her. Thanks for sharing--you're in the drawing, and God bless you and yours--and safe travels!