Sunday, November 16, 2008

Lost my crafty mojo?

Friends, I have a confession to make... I haven't been the least bit crafty in months. I know. A little depressing. I have several WIPs, but I'm having trouble getting back into the groove after my recent endeavors. Really and truly, I am just too tired.

I am enjoying my work, and my family is great about it. Everyone tries to pitch and do their part. My husband has even learned to do laundry (Woohoo!) I just find it hard to squeeze in time for crafting these days. And I do miss it. Really, I do.

I have managed to squeeze in time for cooking (we still like to eat, you know?) And I stumbled upon a couple of wonderful websites in my quest for good food:

Bob's Red Mill is an excellent site for grains, beans, flours, and all sorts of bread and muffin mixes. You can buy individual packages of their products, or buy in bulk for a substantial discount. Most things I've purchased have been in 25lb bags which I store in 5 or 2.5 gallon buckets with lids. It works out beautifully. Just be sure you have a place to store them - mine are stacked in a closet. If you decide to place an order, be sure you try the Apple Cinnamon & Grains Hot Cereal. It's more coarse in texture than oatmeal, and full of apple bits. My family loves it served with honey drizzled over the top. Yum!

The Fresh Loaf is a great site for amateur bread makers. I made this cornbread last night. It was soooo good! I used corn flour (no plain flour at all, just corn meal) from Bob's Red Mill and it was excellent. My husband said it was the best I had ever served, and that's saying something for him. He's really, really picky about his bread. FYI, corn flour is just corn meal that is ground very fine. Most corn meals are coarse in texture.

Psalm 34

1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

2 My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

9 Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.

10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,

13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.

14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry;

16 the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;

20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

22 The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.