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December 31, 2015

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Which Wheat for What Baking….

Wheat for Biscuits, Pancakes, Pastries, Cakes, Crackers and Cookies
Soft white wheat is ideal for baked goods that 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.


Spelt and Kamut can work well in both, yeast or sourdough leavened breads and baking soda leavened goods like pancakes and muffins. (Just remember they tend not to rise as high and lofty in yeast and sourdough leavened breads because of their low gluten content.)


hard white


Prairie Gold Hard White Wheat

Prairie Gold is Wheat Montana’s brand name for the hard white wheat they grow. Hard white wheat is slightly higher in gluten than hard red wheat, milder in flavor and naturally lighter in color. Bread made with hard white wheat has a sweeter flavor and lighter texture than traditional whole wheat breads; it is never dense or bitter and doesn’t require any added white flour or gluten to create beautiful light loaves every time. A good choice for those who are hesitant to switch to whole wheat baking.


Hard red

Hard Red Spring Wheat

Bronze Chief is the brand name of spring-grown hard red wheat that we offer. It’s excellent for turning out loaves of classic whole wheat bread with their nutty flavor and springy texture. Bronze Chief wheat is best for yeast or sourdough breads. Although it is not as mild as the Prairie Gold, we love the depth of flavor this traditional wheat imparts.


Hard red winter

Hard Red Winter Wheat 

Very similar to Hard Red Spring Wheat for baking, but when it comes to sprouting, many people say the Hard Red Winter Wheat is superior to the spring-grown red wheat.

For baking, use Hard Red Winter Wheat in yeast or sourdough breads. It is interchangeable with Hard Red Spring Wheat and imparts a classic, nutty whole wheat bread flavor.



Soft White Wheat

Soft white wheat has a very mild flavor, similar to Prairie Gold hard white wheat, but is used differently. Because it is low in gluten, soft white wheat is best for baked goods that should have a tender crumb, like muffins, pancakes, quick breads, biscuits and pie crusts. It’s usually a bit more expensive than the hard wheats, but the results are well worth it! When I started using soft white wheat, and milling my own, I was able to eliminate the unbleached flour I had been using altogether.




Spelt is a species of wheat that was widely grown in the Europe during the middle ages but has only recently gained popularity in America. It has less gluten than hard wheat, but with some practice, it can be used to make delicious breads and other baked goods. Although spelt does contain gluten, it is easier to digest than modern wheat varieties. In fact, some people who have mild wheat sensitivities can tolerate spelt.

We have found spelt to be the tastiest of all the bread grains in our experiments!



Kamut is a recently rediscovered variety of wheat that is gaining popularity as an alternative for modern wheat. Kamut is actually a brand name of organic khorasan wheat, which is a relative of durum wheat. It is a high protein grain that is also particularly high in selenium and lipids. It’s best for baking bread or making pasta. Since it is easier to digest than modern wheat varieties, many who are wheat-sensitive use Kamut for pastries as well.

Like spelt, Kamut contains gluten but can be tolerated by some people who have wheat sensitivities. It’s also very tasty!



December 30, 2015

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I love when things get tight and I have to press towards God…



I know that as one who is saved by grace and a child of God’s, I am expected to walk with God daily. At all times. But…. I still live in my fleshly body and I am not perfect. Not at all..

Here we all are, as is most families right now, almost living paycheck to paycheck. It’s okay. We have what we need, we are not doing without and the power is still on and we haven’t lost any weight, lol… You know what I mean?

But it is only by the grace of God that we are where we are. That the bills are being paid and food in the cabinet. Clothes on our back and shoes on our feet. All by the grace of God.

But it is these times that you have no choice but to press towards God and totally rely on Him. Because in you, it doesn’t look possible but with Him… all things are possible. And this is where I get excited !! I love being pressed to rely on God and not myself or even rely on my husband. I do rely on my husband to be the head of the home and to know what to do and what not to do. You know what I mean, right?

But it just really bonds a family and a couple together when you rely on God, call on God and wait on God, together in these times and in all times.

Tonight my husband and I had to sit down and look at the checking account, see what was there and look at what is coming up due and map out what needs to be done. Things are tight, there really isn’t any “extra” but it is all going to work out.

And even though things are tight, and we have to count every penny we spend, we are trusting God and still have our family and friends over for dinners from time to time. This weekend we have a younger couple and their children from our church coming for dinner. God is good and our money stretched enough and I am going to be able to honor them with a really nice meal. I know that the meal does not matter. They will love whatever I serve. But it is an honor to me to be able to “love” them, to “prefer” them above us and doing so by serving them a meal that is special. So for their meal this Saturday the menu will be:




Garlic bread

Home-made cake


I can not wait !!

December 30, 2015

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Black Bean Chicken – Slow-cooker Meal

Black Bean Chicken – Slow-cooker Meal

16oz jar of Salsa

2 large chicken breast

1 can pinto beans, drained

1 can black beans, drained

1 can corn, drained

1 can Rotel, undrained

Spray a large crock-pot for easy clean-up. Put the black beans, corn and half of the salsa in the bottom of the pot. Put the chicken in next (frozen is fine). Top with pinto beans, Rotel and rest of salsa. Cook on low all day or high for 3-4 hours. When chicken is cooked, remove from crock-pot and shred with two forks. Put shredded chicken back into crock-pot and mix with other ingredient thoroughly.

Serve over chopped lettuce with tomatoes, sour cream, cheese and tortilla chips. This can also be served over rice or rolled up in tortillas. Yields about 8 cups.

(I used frozen corn and I don’t like to use can beans, so I prepare my beans first and then use in the recipe.)

I also double this recipe for my family and to have left over’s for the next day’s lunch.

December 29, 2015

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Simple Hospitality


Simple Hospitality……It really can be simple!!

I read the book written by Jane Jarrell, titled,“Simple Hospitality”. I thought I might share a little of it with you. I really enjoyed reading this one thing that she wrote about using the letters that spell out the word “hospitality”.

H–Hospital for the Soul

Why does one go to the hospital? To visit, maybe, or to welcome a new person into the world. But oftentimes it’s because our bodies are broken. A hospital can be a place to go for healing and repair.

So the word hospitable is taken from the word hospital, which means a charitable institution, a repair shop, a hospice, or a shelter. Hospitality is a shelter for the soul, healing for the spirit. So when we open our home in the true spirit of hospitality or when we bring our gifts of hospitality outside of our homes, we are offering hospitality!!

The Bible states it this way: Romans 12:9-13, “Let love be without dissimulation…..v10, Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;. .vs12, Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; vs13, Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.”

So real Christian hospitality isn’t an option, it is what God commands.


Some may think focusing on hospitality is frivolous or a waste of time. But in reality it is nothing less than obeying God’s clear command in Scripture. Hospitality was not Martha Stewart’s invention; it was God’s!! Romans 12 paints an incredible picture of what it means to truly give our lives to God……In these selfless acts, we serve not only those in need but Christ Himself. Hospitality is obeying God by cheerfully serving others.


If we don’t approach hospitality simply, most of us won’t do it at all. When we exchange the harried hoopla for the heartfelt, everyone is blessed. Can we be comfortable when everything is not perfect, or do we always need to put on a show for people? As one lady states “I don’t want to buy your house, I just want to visit.” Simplicity brings us closer to having authentic relationships. Our focus is on our guests, not on the “stuff” that surrounds us.


Hospitality involves prayer. Ask God to show you who and how to show hospitality to. God will show you the when, the how, and whatthat someone might need. I may not know what a person needs at the time but God knows!! You should always ask God for His blessing on the gathering you are about to have with someone, no matter how small or large the number will be.


Intimacy is sharing who you are and what you are to others. You need this type of relationship with your husband, your family and your friends, but nurturing genuine intimacy takes time and effort.

Cell phones and emails are nice, but we need to take time to sit quietly with a friend sometimes. You never know where they are at or what they may need.. Time plus realness plus genuine caring equals intimacy.

T–To Go

Are you ready to take your kindness on the road? Do you have a plan or list of ideas that will work in a hurry?

Keep a few recipes with the ingredients on hand so that you can prepare a meal or a welcoming treat for someone in need.

There is something extra-special about busy people who take the time to reach out and help others.

A–Acknowledge and Appreciate

We all have our own gifts, but what about those who are known for the hospitality? They also need a “dose” of hospitality sometimes. They need to be acknowledged for their kindness, appreciated for the efforts and recipients of the hospitality of others.

Most of us are “takers’ by nature and unless we make a conscious effort, we’ll always take and forget to give back. Those who are more “givers”, either by nature or intent, often get taken for granted.

In our busy lives, gratitude is often felt yet not expressed.


Hospitality is a lifestyle, a ministry lifestyle. God weaves it into our hearts. We all need each other to make the body of Christ its best. You are making the commitment to a lifestyle of opening up your heart to others on a regular basis.

You will need to start small, perhaps by committing to one act of hospitality each month. Gradually you will see how easy it is and move towards once a week and before you know it you will be asking God to show you someone in need every day!!

Take time to ask God to show you how He might use you today, this week or this month. You are allowing God to work through you and when He is working, we cannot fail.


When looking for ideas for hospitality, scan your favorite magazines, talk with your friends or keep a simple notebook or card file with your favorite recipes, holiday decorating ideas, party themes, or anything else that spurs your hospitality thinking. Just keep it simple, and honest. Let God’s love show through you and that will be all that you need to make any time a good time to visit.


We are all short on time for the things that we want to do or need to do. That is why hospitality is such a valuable gift to others. It means we gave them our most precious resource: our time.

Think of things to do for hospitality for others when you are doing for your family. Double a casserole for dinner one night and freeze the one for a family that may be in need, or a mother who may be sick at the time.

When baking cookies for your family, bake a few more to brighten someone’s day. Out buying groceries? Cut back on one thing or two for snacks and make up a meal for a new mom.

If your time is limited, begin your quest to hospitality with small things and think about other ways that you will want to show it when your time allows for it.


To show hospitality to others, you must first love yourself so that you are capable of loving others. This means taking care of yourself so that you are able to take care of others. When we’ve taken the time to put our own hearts in order, we are freed to reach beyond ourselves to meet others where they are.








December 29, 2015

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Eat Better – Feel Better

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Everyone is looking to make New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 but I think I am going to make it real simple for this new year. I think I will follow this Eat BETTER – Feel BETTER!

So if you would like to join me in this, step right up! Let’s help each other, encourage each other, check on each other. We can all have our own way of doing this. It’s not about “how” you do it…’s just about “doing” it. So whatever you chose to do, just do it! Let’s all make 2016 the year that we Eat Better – Feel Better!

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