Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Blessed Monday - Onion Bread, Animals, Schoolwork and More


But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
 I will praise You forever,
Because You have done it;
And in the presence of Your saints
I will wait on Your nam
e, for it is good.

Psalm 52:8-9


Good timber does not grow with ease; The stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.  
J. Willard Marriott



Recently I've pulled my bread machine out and started using it again. I love putting in all the ingredients and then getting the rest of my work done while it makes us a loaf of bread. Here is the bread we had for dinner today. It was so good warm with lots of butter.

Onion Bread

1cup water
2 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
3 cups flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

In bread machine pan place ingredients in order listed. Select basic bread setting. Choose crust color or loaf setting if available. Bake according to bread machine directions. Check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1-2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed.


There's not much going on in the garden right now. It did not live up to my great expectations this year. There are finally some tomatoes ripening and there is a row of okra I need to pick.

There's a small apple tree in our backyard that has produced loads of apples this year. They are small, and knotty and just not very good for canning or even for eating for us but the animals love them. The rabbits also really like the chicory that grows wild wherever we let it.


Since we've started school I've taken over the morning care of the animals so Austin had more time for his studies. I enjoy having that time each morning outside.

Miss Piggy was waiting, somewhat impatiently, for me to bring her some apples.


Michael decided to wear his play glasses while he did his work this morning. I think they look pretty good on him.

Since the kids are working so hard I thought it was time for me to stretch my mind a little too. So I've started listening to these two books on Librivox while I work. I love the convenience of audio books and on librivox most of them are free. 


We were so blessed to be able to go to a camp out in the yard of friends from church Friday evening. This is the third year they've hosted this camp out and the third year we've gone. As it turned out we were the only family that actually camped, others came for the evening and then went home for the night. 

Michael and Austin helped set up the tents. I was surprised at how well the kids slept. Michael did get up in the middle of the night and come get in the tent Doug and I had but other than that it was quiet. 

I love this big metal rooster and the ducks swimming in the pool!

There was lots of good food. There was stew, biscuits and cobbler cooked over the fire and S'mores to finish the evening. Also most people brought food along to share so there were also apples, oranges, bananas and chips.

And there were lots of kids if all ages to keep each other occupied. I'm so glad we went and I'm hoping we get to do it again next year.


Just a few more glimpses of Monday - bus, first cup of coffee, reviewing my schedule for the day, geese flying over, laundry on the line. What a blessed day!




  1. I *love* onions, so I can't believe I've never made onion bread before. I pinned this to definitely make sometime soon. Thanks for sharing! (I found you at the Urban Girl Bakes link-up)

  2. It's fun to see little bits and bobs of life around you! I haven't used my bread machine in such a long time. Your bread looks tasty!

  3. The bread sounds wonderful. I'm not sure what I did with my bread maker. It's been so long, and it certainly isn't in my kitchen anymore.

    Love the pictures. That looks like my type of camp out. It has easy access to real bathrooms :-).

  4. That bread looks so good, especially fresh with butter. Camping is so fun for children, it builds good memories.
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