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He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. Proverbs 14:29

Do you ever feel like the lady in the picture above? I have regretted each time that I have yelled at my children and have many times asked their forgiveness, but what does that ever mean to them if I just continue doing it?

I don’t know what you use for your Bible curriculum for homeschool, but what works best for me and my children is reading straight from the bible and discussing it. We get our bible, a dictionary, and man oh man do I want a concordance; then sit down and read our verse for the week, discuss it, and use that same verse for our handwriting assignment. This semester I decided to start at the beginning of the Child Training Bible’s, list of verses, then go over that verse each day for a week. On their tabs the first one is anger. In my, “motherly wisdom,” (hah) I thought my son has anger issues, this should be a great place to start. Boy oh boy, did God decide to convict me.

The more I explained to him, “great understanding,” and “folly” the more I realized that I was not having great understanding with my kids. As I said to him we don’t yell at our sister to do something, but instead to ask her nicely. That we need to understand that our little brother is only 2 and he is still learning to do things. That we must be slow with our words, giving us time to ask the Lord for wisdom and understanding instead of, “flying off the cuff with whatever immediately comes to our mouth.”

I quickly stopped what I was talking about and I quickly wiped off of my face that look of complete concentration that I am sure I have when I explain some things to my children. I stopped and I said to my oldest (Little Old Man), “this verse is about mommy isn’t it?”

I went on to tell him how sorry I have been for not having great understanding, how sorry I am that I have sinned against God and my little ones. I asked him to pray with me right then and there.

Do you feel when you do Bible studies with your children that you feel like you learn so much more than they do?

So, the verse for this week was Proverbs 14:29 right? Well, part of my personal study God also presented me with this verse to back up his conviction…

The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
“Stolen water is sweet,
and a bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
Proverbs 9:13-18

My Prayer is that I not only listen to His word, but that I apply it to my life. For being a christian is not only accepting God’s gift, but putting away our old self and becoming the new that God can mold us and make us to become.

~There are not any affiliate links in this post. I just really enjoy my Child Training Bible.

Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.

Proverbs 1:19

My son last night was playing with an Ironman figurine last night before bed. He is playing with his sister and says, “This is an evil Ironman.” My husband and I both stop him and say, “No, Ironman chose to do good, he chose to help people.”

Recently, I have felt that God has really convicted me with how much TV my kids watch and what they watch. Their minds are like sponges. Hollywood many times makes evil (bad guys) look neater, better, and in my son’s eyes many times cooler. We many times glorify the bad guy. He/she is normally very rich and powerful. Unlike the Hero, who is many times alone, poor, and strangely full of himself.

Proverbs 1: 8 – 19, talks about warning against such enticements (as power, greed, hurting mankind), and yet many times I sit and watch and laugh and pretty much show an attitude of all of this that we are watching mommy promotes.

He asked me the other morning, “Mommy, why did that evil man in Colorado shoot those people, was it because he didn’t have a good mommy or daddy?” While I couldn’t directly answer that question for him. Ladies & Gentlemen does it not need to start out that way? We are called upon by God to shepherd our children’s heart by teaching and instilling in them God’s infallible Word. Then earnestly praying and trusting in the Holy Spirit to do the rest.

~Disclosure: I do not write this to admonish anyone, this was my conviction from God.

Today we did a small review before we went out exploring. Do you remember the vascular plants and how those are like the veins in your body?

And how the veins in your hands/body carry blood, like the veins in plants carry water…

like the veins in this tomato plants… Do you remember the name of that main vein in the middle? (midrib)

Did you know that most plants are vascular? Jeannie asks, “Can you think of any plant that doesn’t have stems, roots, and leaves?” My little’s couldn’t and sadly I couldn’t show them anywhere around the house any examples (110 – 113 degree temps and moss do not particularly play well together). So, we did a small activity to understand the difference.

We took a small amount of water and poured it on the concrete, then laid the paper towel on top of it. Then we watched how the water spread throughout the paper towel and soaked it all up. Jeannie explains, how this is similar to the way moss and other nonvascular plants get the water they need. Nonvascular plants do not have roots, stems, or leaves to carry water up from the soil, into and throughout the plant.

I am hoping we can soon go hiking in the woods soon and find some moss. Then it might be fun to try the moss/buttermilk experiment.

Until then, we are going looking for pine cones for the next lesson…

Yes, this is the essential botany required uniform. (jammies & ironman boots) Although, one day we are hoping to purchase an Apologia lab coat.

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.

If you missed the first part of this journey, please check out Exploring God’s Creation – Botany, and Exploring God’s Creation – Vascular Plants.

In my previous posts I have covered grain mill’s, whole grains, types of wheat, and where to buy whole grains, now we are going to talk about some easy ways to add these whole grains to your diet.

Now, before we go any farther, I want all of you to realize that I am not artisan bread maker, I am a lady that bought a grain mill approximately 6 weeks ago, that just wants to better her families diet. I asked friends for bread recipes, borrowed from the two best cooks I know (my mom and mother-in-law), and scoured the internet for intriguing appetizing ideas; all before I started writing this series. Sometimes this happened…

The best dinner rolls EVER… And, then sometimes this happened…

The hardest densest bread brick on the planet. I joked that, “Hey, cracker on the outside, little bit of bread on the inside”, you get two for one. Honestly though, I think I invented reusable bread bowls.

What I am saying is, don’t give up. Cooking is chemistry, so put on your lab coat and go experiment in your lab and enjoy it, have fun with it, and in case you do get discouraged, there are always books like this – No More Bricks.

Plus, like I was saying there are other ways then bread to add whole grains to your diet. For example…

  • Brown Rice (instead of white)
  • Try making your own whole wheat pasta (I might have to do a series on this one, what do you think?)
  • Add barley, wild rice, or bulgur wheat to soups or stir fries.
  • Make a whole grain pilaf with a mixture of barley, wild rice, brown rice, broth and spices.
  • Use a whole grain mixture in meatloaf instead of store bought bread crumbs.
  • Mill your grain course and use it as a breading on fish or chicken
  • Add it to salads
  • Add it to cereals
  • Many of them can be sprouted (check out this post on sprouting @Granola Mom ) then dehydrated and eaten as a crispy snack.
  • Last but not least, if you have an inkling, but just not sure it will work, Google it!

Now, my last post I promised cookies.  All I have to say is go ahead and brew you a pot of tea/coffee and get ready to eat a dozen.

Almond Tea Cookies

fresh milled flour, salt, butter, powdered sugar, crushed raw almonds, vanilla…

my little helpers were very excited about this recipe…

cream butter and sugar. Then add salt…

vanilla and almonds together, pretty sure I just started salivating on my keyboard…

lots of flour & a little almonds…

I am surprised I got this picture, little hands wouldn’t stay out of the dough.

quickly roll them, otherwise they will melt in your hands…

Please notice that four were already gone before I could snap a picture… (shhh, don’t tell)

Almond Tea Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup fresh milled flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts, etc) ground to granules
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

1. Crush nuts.
2. Cream butter and sugar
3. Add vanilla, flour, salt, and nuts; mix well.
4. Dough should be a little dry and grainy. Take up to 2 Tablespoons of batter at a time and form into quarter size balls.
5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
7. Make pot of tea and eat one dozen by yourself. (try to leave some for everyone else)

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There are several types of wheat available, and each one is best suited for a certain purpose. If you know which kind of wheat works best for the recipe you’d like to make, your yummies will turn out noticeably better than if you had used a less suitable variety.

Wheat for Bread Making

For bread making, it’s best to use a “hard” variety of wheat, such as hard red wheat or hard white wheat. Hard wheat is high in gluten, a protein that becomes stretchy when you knead it. This stretchy gluten captures the tiny gas bubbles that yeast produces within the dough, which is what makes yeast and sourdough breads rise.

Wheat for Biscuits, Pancakes, Pastries, Cakes, Crackers and Cookies

Soft wheat, such as soft red or soft white, is ideal for baked goods that are not kneaded, like cookies and pancakes, pie crusts and crackers. Soft wheat has a very low gluten content, which when used in baked goods that are not kneaded, results in a tender finished product.

Two ancient varieties of Wheat

Spelt and Kamut are two types of wheat that were grown in ancient times but only recently rediscovered. Both Spelt and Kamut have higher protein contents than wheat, and both are more easily digested than modern wheat. This means that some people who are intolerant to wheat are able to eat Spelt or Kamut, however both grains contain gluten, so they should not be eaten by people who are on a gluten-free diet.

As you may have noticed from my other posts, I have been using the Hard Red Wheat Berries, while they have worked for crackers and pancakes, there are other varieties that are more suited. The recipe for this post although is suited perfectly for Hard Red Wheat Flour.

Edith’s One Hour Dinner Rolls
(these are dedicated to Geek Adonis’ mom, she has been making them for years, they are absolutely delicious and incredibly easy to make. The only thing I changed was making them with fresh whole grain flour.)

Basic ingredients…

Place your buttermilk and butter on low and let it warm up just enough to melt the butter. Do the pinky finger test… (and, yes that is an entire stick of butter)

While your letting your yeast bubble and butter melt, make a spiky silly putty caterpillar…

Mix your dry ingredients (sugar, salt, baking soda)

stir butter & buttermilk and add to dry ingredients (plus, add yeast and flour)…

Now let it rest for 10 minutes… (its already tasty, what? you don’t try your dough?)

Roll it out…

Cut it up…

And, oh Yeah! Add more butter… (I never said these were the best for you dinner rolls, but they just might be the best tasting)

Roll em up…

Fold em up… (whatever floats your boat)

Now watch them grow!

Or not. I went and horsed around with this cutie patootie.

They were risen, they were cooked, they were eaten. Amen.

Edith’s One Hour Dinner Rolls

Ingredients

1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cup buttermilk
2 sticks of butter
2 tablespoons of yeast (active dry yeast)
1/4 cup of warm water + 1 tsp sugar (this is for the yeast to grow in)
3 1/2 cups of fresh milled flour

Directions

Mix sugar, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.
Warm buttermilk and 1 stick of butter on low on the stove. (not too hot, you should be able to stick you pinky finger in at all times comfortably to check it.)
Mix warm water and sugar (once again make sure water is warm to the touch, but not hot) Add yeast to the warm water and sugar, stir to dissolve yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes. It should bubble and double in size.
When the butter is melted into the buttermilk, mix together and pour into your sugar, salt, baking soda mixture. Stir.
Add 1 1/2 cups of your flour and fold it in. Now, add the yeast mixture and fold it in. Stir in remaining flour. Do not overmix. Let rest for 10 minutes.

Turn dough onto a clean surface and roll it out. I rolled mine out to an approximate 1/4 of an inch. Cut into circles with a biscuit cutter and fold a small pat of butter into each circle, then place into a greased pan.
Let them rise for 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes or until slightly brown on top.
Enjoy!

Thank you everyone for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed today’s post, if you missed the first two days of this five day series, please stop by and check them out:
Fresh Flour & Cheesy Crackers
Grain varieties & Camp Pancakes

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Whole grains are cereal grains that contain cereal germ, endosperm, and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm.

I am currently using a Hard Red wheat berry, but I cannot wait to eventually try some other whole grains. Here is a list of other whole grains you can mill, flake, or just munch as a snack. (and a little bit about each one)

Whole Grains

Amaranth – this whole grain contains more than three times the average amount of calcium than other whole grains, and is high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. Plus, it is a protein powerhouse. It actually has a, “complete” protein in it. No more DGLS acronyms with this grain. (DGLS = Don’t Get Love Sick, which = Dairy+Grain+Legume+Seeds = when you combine any two of those together then you get a complete protein.) Last, but not least, its naturally gluten-free.

Barley – this grain has special health benefits that stem from high levels of soluble beta-glucan fiber. These beta-glucans reduce cholesterol, help control blood sugar, and improve immune system function. It is very high in fiber compared to other grains, but be careful when you look to buy barley, most varities in the US, are not true whole grains, try and look for hulled barley or hulless barley.

Buckwheat – is the only grain known to have high levels of an antioxidant called rutin, and studies show that it improves circulation and prevents LDL cholesterol from blocking blood vessels. This is also another naturally gluten-free grain. (Plus, who doesn’t like the, “The Little Rascals.”)

Corn – Did you know that corn has the highest level of antioxidants of any grain or vegetable? It is almost twice the antioxidant activity of apples! Be careful when buying it to mill, avoid labels that say, “degerminated” when looking for whole-grain corn, and look for the words whole corn.

Millet – this is a gluten-free grain that is high in antioxidant activity, and also especially high in magnesium. Millet is mostly used as a snack, it can be popped like popcorn. It is a substitute flour, where you would only use approximately 30% millet flour in a recipe.

Oats – Early introduction of oats in children’s diets may help reduce their risk of asthma. Oats are higher in protein and healthy fats, and lower in carbohydrates than most other whole grains. They also have great antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itching activity.

Quinoa – this grain is supposedly the more nutritious option for gluten free diets. This is yet another grain that has a complete protein. Quinoa is also the highest of all the whole grains in potassium, which helps control blood pressure. Oh, and its pronounced KEEN-wah. Who knew?

Rice – White rice is refined, Whole grain rice is usually brown – but can also be black, purple, and red. Rice is one of the most easily digested grains. This makes rice ideal for those on a restricted diet or who are gluten-intolerant.

Rye – Rye is unusual among grains for the high level of fiber in its endosperm. The type of fiber in rye promotes a rapid feeling of fullness, making rye a good choice for people trying to lose weight.

Sorghum – this grain is very versatile and very popular with those with celiac disease. It can be eaten like popcorn, cooked into porridge, and ground into flour for baked goods. Sorghum can be substituted for wheat flour in a variety of baked goods, but remember you need xanthum gum or cornstarch for a binder, since it does not contain gluten.

Teff – this grain has twice the iron of other grains, and three times the calcium. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C. Teff is a gluten free grain and has many uses. It can be ground into flour, eaten as a snack, or added to cereals.

Wheat – Wheat Montana Farms and Bakery made its way into the Guinness Book of World Records for cutting, milling, making and baking a loaf of bread in just 8 minutes and 13 seconds. Do you suppose it was edible? (Sorry, I went for a fun fact here, figured everyone knew everything about wheat already.)

Actually, tomorrow’s post is on what types of wheat there are and which wheat is best suited for a certain purpose. This week for all of the recipes, we are using a Hard Red Winter Wheat. The second recipe we tried with our wheat was one of our traditional weekend breakfasts. Camp Pancakes!

Camp Pancakes

I love watching the wheat berries descend into the mill…

Aaah, fresh flour!

quick tip, cover the opening of your hopper with a tea bag to discourage little bugs…

Now, make yummy pancake batter. (maple syrup, water, greek yogurt, fresh milled flour, baking powder, salt, free range eggs, and a hint of vanilla)

Put, Sugar Plum to work crushing almonds…

Add yummy ingredients to batter. (almonds, cacoa nibs, hemp hearts, banana, and frozen blueberries)

stir in the yummies… (do not over mix unless you enjoy smurf colored pancake batter)

pour on yon skillet/griddle…

Oh, they are that good!

See! Love a pancake.

Just Yum!

Camp Pancakes

Batter Ingredients

2 cups fresh milled whole wheat flour
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
1 cup greek yogurt
1 cup water
2 tsp vanilla

The Yummy Ingredients

1/2 cup crushed almonds
1/2 cup cacoa nibs
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1 chopped banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Directions

Mix all dry batter ingredients in a bowl. Mix all wet batter ingredients in a separate bowl. Add wet ingredients with a spoon until their are no more dry spots; don’t over mix.

Pour Yummy ingredients into batter and turn them into the batter.

Heat a large skillet/griddle to medium heat. Lightly spray or rub oil to coat. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto skillet. When the bubbles start to settle and the edges begin to set, flip the pancakes.

~thank you for tuning in. If you missed yesterday’s post it was on Fresh Flour & Cheesy Crackers. Tomorrow, I will be talking about, “Which Wheat for What?”

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These past few years my husband and I have slowly worked on changing our diet to a organic, raw, whole grain diet. Our latest endeavor to this end was purchasing a grain mill. With this grain mill I am hoping to add whole grain flour, breads, cereals, and oats to our diet. As I did my research I have found that in my opinion (my opinion was formed through hours of watching videos, reading reviews, and speaking to owners of different mills), there are two hand mills and three electric mills worth owning. From there it is up to the consumer to determine aesthetics, size, preference to stone or metal grinders, and price.

In my experience and in learning from my elders, I have found it best to save up and buy the best tool available. 9 times out of 10, the saying, “you get what you pay for”, rings true. I hope to still be using my grinder in 30 or 40 years time, long long after I’ve forgotten whether it cost me $200 or $500. This doesn’t mean you need to buy it new; do your research, look on ebay, or craigslist, etc.

Hand Mills

The two hand mills that I recommend are the, “Wonder Junior Deluxe,” by Wondermill; and the, “Country Living Grain Mill,” by Country Living. These mills can be found on various online sites for sale.

For a more in depth review of the Wondermill, visit Grain Mill Comparison, it is a great site where an individual has had the opportunity to use various grain mills, seemingly with a unbiased view. For the Country Living Grain Mill, I have not heard as of yet a bad review, the only reason people have not bought it was because of the price.

Electric Mills

The three hand mills that I recommend are the, “Nutrimill,” “Wondermill,” and the, “Komo Mill (Tribest Wolfgang).” These mills can be found on various online sites for sale.

I very much enjoyed the video review of all three of these machines at, Breadtopia. I also highly recommend looking up each grain mill, the electric and hand mill’s on Amazon, whether you buy them or not on this site, just to read the reviews.

So, after much research, my husband and I decided on the Tribest Wolfgang, Fresh Flour Mill. One of the first recipes we tried was, (as my children call them) cheesy crackers. Beware: you and your family will be tempted to eat the entire batch shortly after they come out of the oven. I am accustomed now to quadrupling the recipe.

Cheesy Crackers

First, we filled our hopper with enough wheat berries to make one cup of flour. (we had flour left over, fresh flour will store up to two months sealed and in the refrigerator)

Then, we made beautiful flour. (I still love and am fascinated at this part)

The yummy simple ingredients. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Butter, Fresh milled Wheat Flour, Salt, Cold Water.

Some of the best butter I have ever tasted! It is fromHatcher Family Dairy and is non-homogenized, with no preservatives.

The dough after being pulverized in a food processor. Resembles cheezy sand…

As the dough chills, you can try your hand at making your own cracker cutters.

My heart turned out well and made a great cutter, (others not posted for soddy workmanship) then we turned to icing tops, which worked great for the kiddos.

My Sugar Plum!

They had so much fun!

Pan is full, ready to be cooked.

Done! They lasted all of five minutes…

Cheesy Crackers

Ingredients

8 ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
4 Tablespoons Butter, cut into pieces
1 Cup Flour
3/4 teaspoons Salt
2 Tablespoons Cold Water

Instructions

Pulse everything (except water) together in a food processor until the dough resembles coarse sand.
Pulse in water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Remove dough from the processor, wrap in plastic, and chill for 20 minutes.
Roll out the dough and cut into desired shapes.
Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes, or until crispy.

(~recipe adapted from tastykitchen.com)

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post on types of grain and another happy tummy recipe.

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This may be sacrilege, but I have never really liked pancakes. A piece of bread with an extreme amount of overly sweet syrup just makes me sick to my stomach. So, my poor kids only got them maybe twice a year. Until now! I named them camp pancakes because at first I was thinking of things that would be decently easy to make when camping, without too much mess. That and I wanted something that had some goodies beyond just empty carbohydrates.

So, first I thought of proteins, well I suppose you could add something like bacon, which believe me would be yummy, but it just adds another thing to make, so I figured the protein we put in our smoothies would work, right? It did, it did. We use hemp hearts for our smoothies, they are tiny shelled hemp seeds. These little gems provide not only protein, but a good amount of iron and some fiber. Hemp hearts have a slightly nutty flavor to them.

Next, I was thinking some fruit is always good for us, so we threw in some frozen blueberries (course you might used dried blueberries when camping, not frozen) and chopped bananas. YUM!


(You have to be careful though, who chooses the blueberries, because they may be all gone before hand)

Then, raw crushed almonds, I know it sounds weird, but I am a lover of crunchy food, plus I just like almonds.
(Sadly, I forgot to take the picture of Sugar Plum fairy using the mortar and pestle to crush the almonds, the kids love using it)

Last, but not even close to least, broken Hershey Bars. Or, if your a total health nut, we sometimes use raw organic cacao nibs.

As for the batter, you can use whatever you like. I don’t have a favorite, so perhaps you can recommend to us your favorite and I can try them out.

Oh, Oh! I almost forgot. We add our syrup to the batter, and in my opinion, maple syrup is the best. Plus, it doesn’t have that awful high fructose corn syrup in it.

So, after all that, you slap em on the griddle. (might be best to pour batter, not slap)

And, the let the most qualified flipper take over…

Then, you jump on the couch with your fresh camp cakes and ride with miss Sugar Plum fairy to the beach. (Well, that’s where she said we were headed anyway)

Or, you can just close your eyes and enjoy…

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