Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Baking Day -- Part One

Baking Day got off to a wonderful start this morning. Truthfully, I had not really been looking forward to it, even though I saw it as a necessary means to catching up. I am nearing the end of my second trimester with this pregnancy and have been feeling tired lately.

However, my heart was lifted as I read the Scriptures this morning. I read Proverbs 15:15: "All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast." I realized that if I approached the day with a defeated attitude, I would surely find trouble. Yet, if I embraced a merry heart, that cheerful perspective would redefine the day with all its "trouble."

Encouraged by these thoughts, I jumped right into my baking plans. I wanted to get things started first thing in the morning so that my grains would have time to "soak." (Soaking grains with yogurt breaks down the phytates, which are difficult to digest and prevent the absorption of grain's bountiful nutrients. For more on that, read here.)

My plans are to make yogurt, Love Muffins (which are wheat-free and do not need to be soaked), Flatbreads, Sweet Potato Muffins, Power Bars (also wheat-free), and Granola.

  • First, I started the half gallon of yogurt.
  • Then, I washed and started the sweet potatoes baking.
  • I milled my wheat for the day.
  • I started two batches of granola soaking.
  • Then I got a double recipe of flatbread soaking (recipe for this coming tomorrow).

That all took me about an hour. It was not a solid hour though, since my children were waking up and doing their chores and required some help from me from time to time.

A normal day for us means I give my children my undivided attention until about 1:30 or 2:00 when we have a Quiet Hour. In that time, I am online, my older two finish up their schoolwork, Witzy plays quietly in her room, and Tickle naps.
I plan on jumping back into my baking day when everyone starts bustling about again around 3:00. That should give me enough time to make everything. I'll start with the items that didn't need soaking and finish with the granola and flatbreads around supper time.
One note: I got started really early so that things could soak all day long. If I were unable to do this, I would have things soaking overnight.
More on Baking Day later!


lori said...

Amy....I'm the same way! I read so many blogs in my feed that I don't get to stop by and comment as much as I should...Thanks so much for your sweet comments!

You are another confirmation on the road of confirmations that I NEED to start baking...really baking. We do so much right in how we eat, and baking is the next natural step. I'm just so darn impatient...Too bad you don't live next door...you could teach me:)!

I'm going to come back and read all you have here on baking. Do you have any great whole wheat breads? If you have them archived, I'll find them, no worries...I REALLY need to do this!! I'm officially inspired!

Oh....and congratulations on the baby on the way:)! Third right?? :) yea!

I'll be back:)! Thanks for the inspiration~!

Becca said...

Amy - I am also at the end of my 2nd trimester and I feel your sleepiness/tiredness. ;-) I'll be 28 weeks on Thursday!

My husband has become a HUGE help to me in keeping up with baking. We've worked into a routine on Saturday mornings...I go grocery shopping while he and our oldest work on one or two baking projects. It has been a huge blessing for me since we don't have any "hired help" ;-) and have our 6th on the way.

This past weekend, he was making up a batch of granola bars (your recipe). He called me while I was at the store. We were out of brown sugar. I told him to go ahead and use honey instead. Mistake! They never got firm and then when we decided to put them in the oven for a bit, they did get firm, but are now stuck to the wax paper. Yum! LoL

God bless,

lady m said...

You have been such an inspiration, that I did a half day baking today. I baked all the wheat breads for the rest of the week.

Tomorrow is on to desserts and pie crusts.

Thank you so much for sharing all of this.


lady m

ps: congratulations on the baby ~ what a blessing!