Whatever we can do to help encourage someone, lift them up, or just share a kind word or act of kindness; it all matters no matter how big or small. Maybe it’s just sending a card, checking by phone on someone, just calling to say hello, or just listening… Each of us can make a difference. Thank you for visiting today ~
Getting low on bread? I’m finding myself during these times of shortages at grocery stores doing more things for myself that I haven’t done in many years. This is one of them…making a sourdough starter. If you are reading this, you can find many good starter recipes online, but you only need one to get going. Once you get it going, it’s almost like having free food as long as you have flour and water. You can use your sourdough culture to make many different recipes. The first one, I made was an improvisation from a recipe I found on Pinterest. However, it called for blueberries that I didn’t have. Instead I used finely chopped walnuts and cinnamon. They turned out very tasty and definitely have already been requested to make again from the hubs. Have some fun and be creative adding your own favorite ingredients.
Some important things to know about sourdough:
you will need to feed it (half amount of flour to an equal amount of water) at least once a week (two times is even better). You probably want to slow down it’s feeding by putting it in the fridge when not using. You will still need to feed though as already mentioned. When preparing to use your sourdough, remove from fridge and feed equal amounts flour and water at least 3-4 hours before you start baking. You will know your sourdough is doing good when you see some small bubbles on top.
Do not store in or use metal utensils when working with sourdough, as sourdough can pit them (Baking in metal pans is okay). Store your starter in a crock or glass jar with lid that just sits on top. It does not need to be airtight as sourdough uses cultures picked up from the air in your home, which helps with the flavor of your sourdough culture. Wooden, plastic, or silicone mixing spoons work well.
Be sure to keep at least a 1/2 cup – 1 cup of sourdough with each bake so you do not deplete your supply. If you find you have too much: you can discard, share, or find other uses with many sourdough recipes online. If your sourdough smells foul or turns black, discard and start over. You can learn more online if you have questions about sourdough baking.
Since we still need to care for our families, ourselves, and each other; I will try to post more helpful articles to come in caring for yourself or others, so please check back or follow my blog. In the meantime — take a breathe, maybe do some meditation, pray, get out in nature if you can safely (even just for a short walk), exercise, and find some activities that help bring you some peace and calm. If you found this post helpful, consider posting a comment or photo about what you made. Thinking of you and yours wherever you may be. Thank you for visiting today~ terre
Being a grandmother is the best! Don’t get me wrong, I loved being a mother and raising my kids. But let’s face it, now I can spoil the grands and send them home if they get too unruly or too hyped on sugar, not that I would ever provide that to them…ha!
I admit it. It’s a lot more fun to have someone else, like their parents, to do the hard stuff or that discipline thing. You remember, right? That discipline thing that makes the little beasties more bearable for other humans that have to spend time with them. Besides, they do have to eventually grow up to become responsible caring adults as future world citizens. But this grandma has found that this growing up thing happens even faster for the grandkids than it did for the kids. So, in the meantime, Grandma’s just wanna have fun with the grandkids and then send them home … after some ice cream.
If you have a favorite thought you like most about being Grandma, Nana, Mamaw, or your special name that your Grands call you, please feel free to share a comment below.
Is sunny yellow your happy color? Some colors such as yellow can seem to lift our moods making for a happier day. Have you ever noticed how being happy and staying positive is like a beacon attracting others? Maybe not if you are naturally that way. But it’s true! Usually people like to be around other people who make them feel good and are truly interested in them. But some of those folks can also bring you down, leaving you out of sorts, though you may not be able to put your finger on just quite why this is.
How do you keep your light bright? If you are the sunshine person, do you sometimes feel drained as if the life has just been sucked out of you by negative naysayers? Then how do you keep your sunny outlook if this happens too often? It’s by taking care of you.
The first step is to remember it is alright to take care of yourself first; unless of course you have others such as little ones or another that you are caregiving for. But even when caring for others, it is important to do some self-care, so that you can be your best self in giving to others and to keep yourself strong physically and emotionally. Your good and caring nature might be causing you to always put yourself last.
The short list in taking care of yourself is:
get plenty of rest
spend time with those who make you happy
limit your time with those who are constantly more negative and draining (You know who these people are. It is okay to do this and is healthy for you)
Spend time with other happy, supportive, and encouraging people
Always have something to look forward to, even if it is small
Let your self keep shining! Be happy and choose how to make this happen. No other person has the right to make you miserable, unless you allow it. Live as happy as possible and with peace.
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