Hey, guys. I’m going to try and keep it brief today, but if you’re only interested in the Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread please hit the jump to recipe button above. Otherwise, I’ll give you a succint update about what crazy stuff has been happening around our home. Even my hiatuses somehow always include some unforeseen excitement (of the country variety, of course).
Social Media Break
If you follow me on Instagram, you might possibly have noticed my recent absence. After I watched Jordan embarking on an unexpected social media break, I found myself jealous. Like, crazy jealous. Her creativity started overflowing again, her mood improved tenfold, and she was getting vast amounts of work done. I was super happy for her, but super unhappy for myself. My list of unfinished projects was growing somewhat out of control, and so I followed her lead and kissed Insta farewell, at least for a spell. It was definitely the right thing to do; my energy was needed in so many other places.
At the same time, I also declared it an unofficial school vacation week for me and Riley Mae. We put aside the textbooks, and every day instead of tackling math problems, I tackled my to-do list–ticking chores off like someone possessed. I hadn’t actually realized how many things were demanding my attention until I organized them all into neat and orderly lists. It was more than a little overwhelming, but I get crazy satisfaction from catching up. Even if it only lasts for five blissful minutes.
Always a Book
I did have to spend a lot of my time parked in front of my computer, but it wasn’t all that bad. With abundant autumn sunshine and the leaves falling like rain, the atmosphere was feeling decidedly cozy. So one of the first jobs I dove into was the editing and rewriting of the children’s book that Jordan and I have been working on; I’m in charge of words and she’s in charge of illustrations. Imagine rhymes, adorable leprechauns, endearing little girls, toss in some magic, and you get an idea of where we’re going with it.
I’ll fill you in on that soon, because I hope to have a proof copy ordered within the week. I’m super excited to see this little project come together and to finally hold a bound copy in my hands. The book was first penned in 2005 (a Christmas gift for a much-smaller Riley Mae), so it’s about time I wrap this up. I can’t help but wonder what “grand” idea I’ll come up with up next…
Turkeys on the Brain
But parking myself in front of the computer for too long can sometimes drain me, so God very “nicely” tossed me outside for a spell–smack-dab into the great and daring turkey rescue. Yup, you heard that right. It involved moderate danger, selfless heroics, and a lot of love for a giant feathered bird. That story is still unfolding, so I intend to write a whole post on it soon enough; we’ve got our fingers crossed for a happy ending. She’s in the best of hands right now and we’re hoping they can patch her all up good as new. The best case scenario is that she makes a full recovery and can be re-released into the wild–so stay tuned.
But then that sweet turkey inspired an idea to help other sweet turkeys. I know–one thing just leads to another in my head, which is why my to-do lists multiply before my very eyes. But, in brief, the girls and I intend to handcraft some fabulous Christmas ornaments and sell them with 100% of the profits going to benefit the turkeys living at Barn Sanctuary. Last year we sponsored the flock there (with some help from friends), and I’d love to make it a Thanksgiving tradition. After saving our wild turkey friend (and seeing the intelligence and trust in her eyes), it solidified what I already believe to be true: animals do not belong on our plates. I’ll fill you in on the details once we get them all ironed out, but adorable tree decorations will soon be up for grabs.
And yes, I heard the groaning loud and clear at the mention of Christmas. But you did hear me right, we’re definitely gearing up for the Christmas season in this house; in fact, I’ve already joked (multiple times) about putting up the tree. And then the tree-talk inevitably led me and Jordan into a discussion concerning the reappearance of our Instagram Christmas game. It was a hit last year, so we’ve been figuring out a new and slightly varied plan for this season. Stay tuned for that, too. (And the to-do list continues to grow…)
And lastly, I’ve been working on one of my “deep and probing” posts for two weeks now, but it’s still not finished, hence this weird and erratic one. I’m hoping to have that all pulled together for next time, but I probably shouldn’t make any promises. I have been super busy on the blog, though; just not with writing, unfortunately. Instead, it’s been much more tedious (and not at all fun) work. Boring, but necessary. Because our shop has been closed for months now; there was so much cleanup work to be done and absolutely no time to do it.
So for a week now I’ve been buried in listings, fixing problems, tweaking everything. I hope to have that up and running again soon–it’s not doing anyone any good just sitting there–but such is life. We have some new treasures to add, and Riley Mae will have some of her own goods on the shelves soon enough. She’s been as busy as I have; her work is just a lot more fun.
Succinct? Maybe not.
And that is all I have time for today; the morning was lost transporting a turkey to a wildlife rehab center. Not that I regret it, but it does mean my day was cut short (and this post is rather staccato-like). So before I leave you all until next week, I’m keeping a promise made in my last post to share a recipe using the sourdough starter that I wrote about here. My first pick? This incredibly tasty Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread. (Bagels are on tap next!)
Wishing you all a beautiful and productive week! Many blessings ~ Melinda
- 2½ cups rolled oats (ground into flour)
- ¼ cup chia seeds (ground into flour)
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 1¼ cups water
- ¼ cup chia egg (see instructions below)
- ½ cup sourdough starter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or ¼ teaspoon SweetLeaf stevia)
- ½ cup raisins
Preheat the oven to 425°
1. Add the flours and ground chia seed to a mixing bowl and mix well.
2. Add the water, chia egg, and sourdough starter to the flours and stir to thoroughly combine.
3. Mix together the cinnamon and maple syrup (or stevia if you prefer) and set aside.
4. Turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment paper (or a well-floured space), and roll (or pat) the dough flat into a thick rectangular shape. (Mine measures roughly 5½ x 12 inches.)
5. Spread the cinnamon mixture evenly over the dough, followed by the raisins.
6. Slowly roll up the dough with the raisins on the inside.
7. Gently place the loaf into a greased casserole dish, cover with a damp cloth, and let the loaf rise. (The longer the dough sits, the stronger the sourdough flavor. If I've planned ahead I'll let it sit out overnight, but usually it's only about 6 hours until baking--sometimes even less.)
8. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes.
9. Uncover (being careful of the steam!), and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
Grind 2 tablespoons of chia seed (I use a small coffee grinder) and add to a small bowl along with 1 cup of water. Immediately whisk thoroughly. Let sit for 5 minutes to thicken. ¼ cup of chia egg is equal to 1 egg.
Store any leftover chia egg in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Note: Flax eggs can be used in place of chia eggs