July 6, 2010

I Made Bread!

Posted in Random, That's life tagged , , at 4:55 pm by askandimagine

It’s funny how some things in life you will never do unless you absolutely have to. Making bread is definitely one of those things for me. Especially living 2 minutes away from a grocery store; it is SOO much faster to buy rather than labor for a fresh loaf.

Nevertheless, I was blessed a couple of months ago with a bread machine. I had been told that I could save some money by just making my own bread. This is understandably so, as we (the two of us) go through about a loaf and a half each week.

So after having this bread machine stare at me for about a month (at times while I was even eating store bough bread), I finally decided to go ahead and try it.

First let me explain that it was a unique situation that led me to do this with such urgency and determination. While everyone loves a three day weekend, it not as fun when your waiting for a check to come in. Low and behold the usual happened: we ran out of bread…

“Nobody panic! We have flour, yeast, so all is not lost,” I thought. Long story short, after 3 hours and 40 minutes, some weird sounds, and uncertainty as to whether or not the bread would rise, a small loaf of fresh baked bread emerged! It definitely tasted different than usual, but it was fresh  and free of preservatives and God knows what else.

After tasting success, I’m thinking I might just have to keep the trend going. I bought some unbleached whole wheat flour – unbleached, since I’m planning on making this as healthy and as tasty as possible – and a 3 pack of QuickRise yeast. Who knows maybe one day I’ll be able to really make bread. After all, I did make chipates 2 days later, which do require kneading and using a rolling pin…My Kenyan friends would be proud 🙂

June 8, 2010

Trash to Treasure

Posted in Fun Times, Hidden in the Word tagged , , , at 1:08 pm by askandimagine

Saturday morning I experienced my first Trash to Treasure sale. This is basically the mother of all garage sales! It is filled with unwanted item – some new, some old – that students mostly were throwing away upon moving out of their dorm in the spring. [In fact, this year there was over 31 tons of stuff to sort through!] Shoes, sneakers, shirts, skirts…bathroom gear, bedroom gear,..fans, stands, pans…ipods** yup for dirt cheap…. and the list definitely goes on.

It’s the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” in action. People literally camp out all night to get in line and ready to run to find their treasure. Yours truly, didn’t arrive until quarter to 8, yet somehow I did manage to get some items that I needed around the house and a few clothing items, which I did have to digg deep for. It was great!

Interestingly, not every has the same appreciation and excitement for bargain hunting as I do. When I go to Goodwill, I could spend hours searching each individual item on the clothing racks. You really have now idea what you might find. People don’t always throw away their belongings because it has been used and abused, but maybe because they have had a change of heart or who knows why. I got 2 brand new shirts for $2!!

So I have this question for you: How much are you willing to search for a treasure even if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for?

Maybe it’s not played out in garage sailing (pun intended), but consider your walk with God. How much effort are you willing to put into searching things out in His word? How about seeing His hand at work in every situation? Sometimes it requires a harder knock at  the door, but the word says the door shall be opened. I love Proverbs 25:2:

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter;
to search out a matter is the glory of kings. “

What wondrous mysteries are hidden in the Lord!  He hides them and we get to find them. A more intense and meaningful game of Hide and Seek. I encourage you to keeping seeking the Lord on the matters He is speaking to you on, exhaust the topics that are resonating in your heart. If you can’t think of anything, start with reading a bible story you have heard over and over. If you haven’t read it for yourself in the text, you will be surprised at what you find, just be sure to look very closely : -)