Friday, February 27, 2015

Quick Twist Bread

It's hard to believe that only a few short years ago I was scared of yeast. Now I go through it so fast I have to buy it in bulk (actually I steal my mom's that she buys in bulk. Thanks Momma!)

I finally overcame my fear of yeast when we moved out to the country and the nearest grocery store is, well, not near. Since we'd lived in cities up until moving here, a quick run to the store for some bread was the norm. I had to learn to make my own and now we're all spoiled!

Derek loves coming home to his wife covered in flour.

So this is my go-to bread for all those times I don't think about dinner til dinner time. It's quick, easy, and so delicious.

I adapted it from this recipe and tweaked it some to be a tiny bit healthier.

Quick Twist Bread


3tsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3tsp honey
3C unbleached flour
1tsp himalayan salt
1T butter (or coconut oil*)
1 egg


1. Stir together yeast, water, and honey in stand mixer bowl (this recipe can also be done by hand but who does that anymore? ;) ). Let sit until bubbly.

2. Slowly stir in flour and salt using the dough paddle.

3. When dough is mostly combined, cut the butter into small cubes and continue kneading until soft and only slightly sticky. Let sit on a floured surface for about 10 minutes.

4. Roll the dough with your hands (see pictures) until about 15inches in length. Cut in half, then roll the halves again until they fit in your hand and are the same length.

5. Press the ends together and twist.

6. Place in greased bread pan. Beat the egg in a small bowl then brush it over the bread (you will have left over egg!). Sprinkle the top with garlic salt or parmesan cheese or nothing at all. Whatever you want!

7. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes then enjoy with some homemade jam!

*Coconut oil works fine, but the bread does not turn out as moist. 

What do you think? Do you have a favorite bread recipe? Because I'm gonna want it.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Revive me, oh Lord, according to Your word. *A Daddy Draft*

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sit in the presence of The Lord? I've always felt distanced from God. It's as if my head is so clogged up with knowledge about God and who He is that none of it has made it to my heart. After years of theological and doctrinal studies I packaged God all up into a nice neat little box that explains everything that we know about Him from the Bible.

In November last year our pastor announced that an organization called Time to Revive was going to be coming to our area. I was super excited about the idea of revival. I've heard about revivals from the past and how God does amazing unexplainable things and brings thousands into the kingdom. I didn't really understand all the details of this new ministry, but I knew I was ALL IN! 

January 12th, prayer week began. A whole week of praying morning, noon, and night every day. I was there every chance I could, and something very unexpected happened. God began moving in an amazing and unexplainable way throughout our community. Every prayer meeting I attended I could feel that I was entering into the presence of the Lord. Then it happened. The main speaker began talking about healing and prophesying. My theological alarms were sounding a red alert. However, I couldn't deny the fact that at every prayer meeting, I was personally meeting with God. He was there every time. I scrutinized every word and passage preached, and everything I was hearing was in line with scripture, it just didn't fit into my theological grid. 


Revival is here in Indiana, and our prayer week has been extended to 52 days. I am deeply struggling with the theology being preached, and yet I love going and experiencing the presence of The Lord. I feel like Peter when he walked out on the water to meet with Jesus. He eagerly jumped out of the boat and began walking. But then he noticed how big the waves were and how fierce the storm raged and fear gripped him. He began drowning in the midst of it all. I jumped into this Revive Indiana from the start, but now it's as if the Holy Spirit is doing something so huge that I'm fighting to keep my head above water. I can't explain or understand all that God is doing. For the first time in my life my God is so big that I can't put him in a box. And you know's wonderful.

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