“Our Daily Bread” (BEST recipe EVER!!)

While I greatly rely on the Word of God to be my daily sustenance for life, I too must nourish my body with healthy food.

Not sure about you, but I was raised on good ol’ white bread.

After I became a mother, I gave my first born children, good ol’ white bread.

As my spiritual life  grew, I learned so many new things, and began to make changes.

Believe it or not, my spiritual life changes included my food choices.

I began looking at what I was putting into my body, and my family’s, and realized that there were better choices out there.

I had learned that in the bible it clearly states, several times, that our bodies are temples bought with a price, and we are responsible for taking care of it.  It also speaks to the fact that we are to be good stewards of what we are given.

I realized that those statements included how I was caring for myself, physically and spiritually.

And so began my journey to health and wellness and my passion for educating others, hence my certification as a holistic health coach!  (Yes, I do private coaching.  No, I don’t know everything.)

If you’ve read some of my other posts or if you’ve known me long enough, you know that I believe in the “good”, “better”, “best” principle.    I believe that there is always room for improvement and BALANCE is key!

Back to the bread……..

I began feeding my family what I thought was ‘whole wheat bread’.  I later learned that it was not actually ‘whole wheat’ and what ‘enriched’ meant.  So, I knew, I needed to look for a “better” choice.

We then went to 100% whole wheat bread.

Soon after, I began trying to make it at home so that I could save money and more importantly, give my family a loaf of bread without any additives or preservatives.

I have soaked my flours, I have purchased whole grains and used my grinder to make the flour myself, I have tried multiple recipes and I’ve studied for hours………just about grains!   *did I mention that I have a tendency to go from one extreme to the other before I find balance?   (Hey, it’s all about learning and progress, not perfection!)  

Well anyway,…..the experience has paid off!

See, after all of that hoop-lah….. we learned that I, and some of our kiddos, have a gluten intolerance and I carry 3.5 of the 4 markers used for diagnosing Celiac disease.

So the process began, all. over. again.  *sigh*

But hey, if you stop learning, what fun is that?!

I started with purchasing gluten-free products.  I researched.  I bought grains. I make my own.

Today, thanks to the encouragement of my wonderful husband, who by the way, should get some kind of metal of honor for being the most loving ‘guinea pig’ on the planet for trying all of my recipes……….I’m sharing our favorite bread recipe.  I have to admit, while I’ve wanted to share it with y’all for a while, I wanted to make sure it was not going to be a recipe for cardboard.

It’s what we used daily.

I make it into sandwich bread, I modify it for rolls, I add different herbs and seasonings for  savory/sweet indulgences,….even my kiddos who can eat gluten, prefer this bread to any other!   (So I guess it really passes the test.)

Without further delay, here it is!  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Our Daily Bread

2 cups rice flour

1/2 cup potato starch

1/2 cup tapioca flour

2 1/2 teaspoons xanthan gum

2/3 cup powdered milk (not reconstituted)

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

3 Tablespoons sugar (I use organic cane sugar)

1 1/2 Tablespoons yeast

2 cups warm water (FYI–if you are doubling this recipe, I have found that 5 cups of water is needed)

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar ( I use Bragg’s)

3 whole eggs

*Mix all of your dry ingredients into a large bowl.

*Add your wet ingredients and incorporate well.  It will “batter-like”.  (this is the point I will add things like minced onion, herbs, cinnamon, dehydrated veggies, grated cheese, etc. to change the flavor of the bread depending on what I’m using it for)

*Place dough in your greased bread pan (OR ‘plop’ scoops onto parchment paper lined baking sheets for rolls) and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees. **that could vary a bit depending on how your oven bakes**

That’s it!

I hope you enjoy this versatile recipe as much as we do!  AND…..I hope you’ll tell me what fun things you do with it to “change it up”!

~By the way, I have also been eating less and less grains in an attempt to heal my body further from a few minor issues.  If you are interested in seeing my “grain-free” bread recipe, I’ll be posting that in the near future too.

Keepin’ it real,

Elena

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2014 IS A HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What a great gift to be able to begin a new year and a new adventure!

I mean really, isn’t every day a new adventure?

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As with every new year, I see and hear about everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions, and I decide NOT to make one.

I’m more of a “goal setter” as oppose to a “resolution maker”.

I believe in always looking at situations and going with the “good, better, best” option choices.

So, in evaluating 2013 and deciding what went well, what I’d like to do better, and what are my best options,….I’ve come up with this “word picture” for my new year goal setting.

Wordle: 2014blogchoice

While it may appear a little chaotic, that’s sort of the point.

See, life isn’t always neat.  In fact, if you’ve had any experiences like I have, you can agree with me that life is actually quite messy.

But despite the mess and chaos, there is GOOD STUFF!  😉

And that is how I developed my thoughts into my word collage.

The roots to my life’s tree are:

INTENTIONAL

PURPOSEFUL

THOUGHTFUL

The branches on that tree that come from the roots are:

Parenting

Living

Learning

Sharing

Loving

Eating

Writing

The things that I hope to blossom from my branches are my words in action!

Like this…..

I want to focus this year on being INTENTIONAL, THOUGHTFUL, and PURPOSEFUL in all that I do and say.

I want my actions to reveal my heart and my faith in Jesus to be shown through my Parenting, Living, Learning, Sharing, Loving, Eating (stewardship of my body), and my Writing.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Faith in action is LOVE~ Love in action is SERVICE”.  Since I see my role here on earth as a servant of the Most High, and I love serving my family and friends, AND since I love writing and offering encouragement to others,…..I figured that my word collage summed it up pretty well!

As I was sharing my heart with my husband for the new year, and what I believe God has shown me and is asking of me,……we got into a great conversation about how my “word picture” is like a wrapping paper to the gift of life I’ve been given.

I hope you’ll find my focus this year an invaluable resource this year and you’ll share my blog with others.

Keepin’ it real,

smile ~Elena