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Homemade Bread

Took a break from the computer and got down to some serious kitchen business.

Thought I get my hand floured and dirty… baking bread. The bread didn’t turn out as what I would have liked, but it didn’t matter, it didn’t last.  It was all gone by the end of the day….. lol.  Must be good, I actually thought so too.  Yum…. had bake 3 more since then.  Yes!

Soon after that, I tried my hand at a Flatbread recipe… Looks pretty good, right?  Well, those didn’t last long either.

Not sure if this virus crisis is going to change a lot of professions….seems like we’re turning into chefs and bakers.  Ultimately, discovering the joy of eating home cook meals and bake goodies.

Much as I enjoy cooking and baking, I don’t think I’ll have the luxury of spending all my time in the kitchen though.

Do any of you guys have some baking and cooking stories to share, while we’re all social distancing and staying home?

Stay Safe, Stay Home and Stay Healthy Everyone!

 

          

 

House Rules

With the virus affecting almost every part of the world, I would like to share some of the things we do around our home to maintain our well-being and health, which hopefully you can practice at home too.

  • Keep your fingernails short everyone!  Rarely do we clean out what’s under our nails even if we do a thorough hand wash so it’s best to have short nails, and eliminate the hassle of worrying if the nails are clean too. 
  • Change to your house clothes when you get home.  It’s a rule in our house that…. Clothes we’ve worn outside are not worn in the house, especially pants. 
  • Wash your hands immediately after arriving home, before handling any objects inside your house.  You set down your groceries (if you’ve been shopping), wash your hands, clear up your groceries, and wash your hands again.  
  • It’s obvious that the foods we bring home have been handled at least once and we don’t know how many have touched it, so what we can do is just minimize handling them. And make sure the people preparing and cooking the food washes their hands regularly while doing so. 
  • Drink a glass or even half a glass of warm lemon juice in the morning before eating breakfast or drinking anything else.  A practice I encourage my family to do as part of their daily routine.  In the last few years, there’s always a jug of lemon juice (nothing added just lemon and water) on our kitchen counter.  
  • Personally, I prefer to wash my hands more often even if it’s drying, as opposed to using a hand sanitizer as I feel the gel in them creates a stickier surface for germs/dust to cling to.  So WASH YOUR HANDS Often! 

With this virus circulating around our community, let us all do our part by not taking unnecessary trips outside our home, avoiding crowds and limiting our face to face contact with others outside our family. Stay home when you’re sick.  If you’re feeling lonesome… Chat on the phone, Facebook, Skype or Viber, technology has made it easier to connect with families and friends now.  No reason we can’t do our part for the greater good. 

Stay safe and stay healthy everyone….

 

                            

 

 

The Giver is Bigger than the Receiver

Hello everyone,

Came across this recently ….. From Katherine Hepburn and a gentle reminder to us all…..

*_From Katherine Hepburn_*

Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus.

Finally, there was only one other family between us and the ticket counter. This family made a big impression on me.

There were eight children, all probably under the age of 12. The way they were dressed, you could tell they didn’t have a lot of money, but their clothes were neat and clean.

The children were well-behaved, all of them standing in line, two-by-two behind their parents, holding hands. They were excitedly jabbering about the clowns, animals, and all the acts they would be seeing that night. By their excitement you could sense they had never been to the circus before. It would be a highlight of their lives.

The father and mother were at the head of the pack standing proud as could be. The mother was holding her husband’s hand, looking up at him as if to say, “You’re my knight in shining armor.” He was smiling and enjoying seeing his family happy.

The ticket lady asked the man how many tickets he wanted? He proudly responded, “I’d like to buy eight children’s tickets and two adult tickets, so I can take my family to the circus.” The ticket lady stated the price.

The man’s wife let go of his hand, her head dropped, the man’s lip began to quiver. Then he leaned a little closer and asked, “How much did you say?” The ticket lady again stated the price.

The man didn’t have enough money. How was he supposed to turn and tell his eight kids that he didn’t have enough money to take them to the circus?

Seeing what was going on, my dad reached into his pocket, pulled out a $20 bill, and then dropped it on the ground. (We were not wealthy in any sense of the word!) My father bent down, picked up the $20 bill, tapped the man on the shoulder and said, “Excuse me, sir, this fell out of your pocket.”

The man understood what was going on. He wasn’t begging for a handout but certainly appreciated the help in a desperate, heartbreaking and embarrassing situation.

He looked straight into my dad’s eyes, took my dad’s hand in both of his, squeezed tightly onto the $20 bill, and with his lip quivering and a tear streaming down his cheek, he replied; “Thank you, thank you, sir. This really means a lot to me and my family.”

My father and I went back to our car and drove home. The $20 that my dad gave away is what we were going to buy our own tickets with.

Although we didn’t get to see the circus that night, we both felt a joy inside us that was far greater than seeing the circus could ever provide.

*That day I learnt the value to Give.*

*The Giver is bigger than the Receiver.*

*If you want to be large, larger than life, learn to Give.*

*Only if you Give can you Receive more. The Givers heart becomes the Ocean, in tune with the Almighty – The Source*

*Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get – only with what you are expecting to give – which is everything.*