Monday, February 25, 2013

Soft & Chewy Naan Recipe

'Disappearing' Naan

Soft & Chewy Naan

2 large eggs at room temperature
1/4 cup plain yogurt (vanilla works well too)
3/4 cup milk (plus a tablespoon or two if your dough is dry)
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 Tbsp. raw honey
2 cups whole wheat bread flour
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt

Sift dry ingredients together. Beat eggs until frothy and add remaining ingredients, stirring until well combined. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 2-3 minute or until the dough is smooth. Cut into 30 pieces and shape each one into a golf ball sized ball; cover with a tea towel and allow to rest for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and grease a large cookie sheet or line it with parchment paper. Roll each ball into a 6" circle and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 4 minutes until the Naan is puffed and browned. Remove to a cooling rack, place the next 6 dough circles on the hot sheet and bake 4 minutes. Repeat until all of the Naan is baked. Now, count and see how many Naan are left on the cooling rack - since you started with 30 balls, you should have 30 Naan, but it's not likely! These freeze well, but even out of sight in the freezer they tend to disappear.

Our Storyteller had a rough day today. He felt that he wanted to attend the funeral of his favorite Sunday School teacher Mrs. Kathy and so I took him this afternoon, but it was really hard for him. Mrs. Kathy has been battling cancer for the last 14 years, but last week she went home to be with the Lord. Our Storyteller really cared for her - she made Sunday School really enjoyable for him and I treasured her as his teacher because she enjoyed him, rather than enduring him as some of his past teachers had. We've been praying for her and encouraging him to send her little notes to remind her that we prayed for her.

Some weeks just out of the blue he would feel a need to pray for her more often, and usually we found out later that those weeks were especially hard for her. I shared my own health struggles with her a bit and she sent me notes of encouragement in the midst of her own illness. She was always faithful to be at church whenever she could be, and often on days when I really did not feel like heading out the door Sunday morning I've thought of Mrs. Kathy and decided that if she could do it with cancer and chemo and chemical burns, I could push through my nausea and exhaustion and be in the House of the Lord in my place where I belong too. We're really going to miss Mrs. Kathy, but I know without a doubt we will see her in eternity! I'm sure our boy will have some stories to tell her!

This evening I made Naan because sometimes a boy just needs something he can tear into with his hands while he shares his heart with his Mama, and sometimes filling up his always hungering belly with something warm and comforting is a good way to share my heart with this man-child of ours.

John 6:51
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Blessings to you,


Friday, February 22, 2013


Cookies for my Valentine

I've really been missing blogging lately.
 It is usually such a great outlet for me, and a super record of our family life, fun projects, yummy recipes and important faith lessons learned. I love sharing my heart on my blog and hopefully some of what I share is a blessing to my readers. 
I've had so many encouraging comments and sweet responses to my writing, and I've missed those lately too. 

I wrote just 27 brief posts during 2012 and I've had a number of friends ask me why. 

Lemon Bread form Taste of Home

I often give the 'usual' reasons - I'm too busy living life to sit down and record it on my blog! Health issues continue and homeschooling seems more demanding than ever in many respects. The kids are busy, which means sometimes I feel like we're out of the house more than I'd like to be. We're getting more involved with our church now that we are members and that takes time and energy. 
It's just a season - I'll get back to it when things slow down a bit. 
I've just lost my interest for blogging for right now. 
I don't feel like I have anything worthwhile to say. 
I take terrible pictures.

PJ's stenciled for Storyteller using Silhouette Cameo

All true.

 All valid.

Just NOT the complete picture.

Mini Daffodils from last spring

 The whole truth is that I've been hiding. Trying to jump over this huge hurdle of hurt feelings that just keeps popping up at unexpected times. 

Because the situation is loosely connected to my blog, I've withdrawn from something I enjoyed to prevent opening myself up to more hurtful words.

It certainly hasn't been the whole focus of my year by any means, but it's taken up way too much of my thoughts and totally zapped my energy at different times since it all began.

I've had times of such great thanksgiving, such precious learning times, and so many fun family memories have been tucked away in my heart of hearts this year.

And yet - such a small thing - has led to consequences I would have never dreamed possible.


Dreamer's Sunset over Lake Nippissing
 This situation has dropped me to my knees, chased me into the Word
 and sent me on a journey of seeking wisdom to deal with the hurt.
In a Christ-like manner.
  I haven't always succeeded. 

 I don't see a positive conclusion in the near future.

And yet ...

 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
~Psalm 73:26

Just this week in my Good Morning Girls Bible Study in Luke we are in chapter 6 where my heart was touched again by Truth. 

Luke 6:36-38
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
On Tuesday, Courtney wrote a post on Learning to Love Your Haters and I realized how small my situation is by comparison.  

So I'm going to keep on praying, seeking wisdom and letting the Word of God speak the truth to me.  I'm going to keep on listening to my husbands encouragement and following the advice of our Pastor. I'm going to carry on.
  I'm going to blog when I feel lead to blog without second guessing every word I write and deleting every post that might open me up to more hurtful words. 
 Maybe I'll need to develop some thicker skin.

I certainly need to slow down my chocolate consumption every time 
another barb is shot my way!

 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
~Psalm 73:26

See you all again soon my friends! 
Thank you all for hanging in with me and encouraging my heart with your thoughtful words!
May the Lord help you today deal with whatever the hurdle of your heart may be. 

with love,