Handmade Tuesdays [9.2.14]

Welcome to Handmade Tuesdays! Happy September!  I am so excited to see the fall projects start!  I cannot believe we are already into the last half of this year :)  As always, no rules but I’d love for you to follow (over there —–>) and to visit and comment on other’s posts. Thanks so much for linking up!

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“Leadership Lessons, Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul” [Book Review]


Leadership Lessons, Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul” is different than other leadership books you may have read as it is about Saul who failed as a leader. Most leadership books focus on people like Lincoln and others who were excellent leaders. This book begins the first chapter with explaining why should you study a failed leader. They show how Saul messed up and why we shouldn’t do that. I find it particularly important how in the first few paragraphs of the book the authors explain that while what Saul does sounds extreme they are not so far removed from how people in the church act today.

The book goes through different things Saul failed to do that good leaders should do. It is organized into chapters such as “Saul Failed to Think Before He Spoke” and ” Saul Failed to Lead the People, but Let Them Lead Him Instead”. Then throughout the chapter it talks about what Saul did and using Biblical Wisdom to show why that is not how leaders should behave with Scripture to reinforce.

A really nice thing at the end of each chapter is a Group Discussion and Personal Reflection Guide. This is a great way to reinforce what you learned in the chapter whether you are reading it by yourself or with someone else. It starts with Group Discussion questions but you could easily answer those by yourself if only you were reading it.

This is a great book for businesses, churches and groups of leaders to do together. The book encourages us to look at the major pitfalls that leaders can run into (not just Saul, all of us) and why and how we can behave differently.
I was provided this book free of charge in exchange for a review. My opinion and review of the book is all mine.

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Amish Friendship Bread

amish bread bannerI absolutely love Amish Bread.  I am not sure if you have had this wonderful, cinnamony bread but if you haven’t you are missing out.  Yes, it is the bread that takes 10 days (10 days!!) to make as you have to mash around a “starter” for a week and a half but it is so worth it.  You don’t have to have a starter to have Amish bread, you can make your own.  This is what I did.  When you are done you end up with enough for two loaves of bread and then (3) different starters that you can give or keep to make bread again.  I store the starters in the freezer.  I know some people say not to do this but growing up we always put them in there and they were absolutely fine.  The recipe image at the bottom is to give with your starters.

Amish Bread Starter Recipe

*You do not want to use any metal products to make this. I don’t know why, that is just what they say.  So stick to glass and wood.*

  • 1 package (.25 oz) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (this is supposed to be at 110 degrees F. I put mine in a pot and use a thermometer until it is the right temperature)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (you will use 1 cup at a time)
  • 3 cups white sugar (you will use 1 cup at a time)
  • 3 cups milk (you will use 1 cup at a time).

1. Dissolve yeast in the water.  Let that stand for about 10 minutes stirring well.

2. In a glass container (you are supposed to use 2 quarts, just make sure it is 2 quart or bigger) combine one cup flour and one cup sugar.  Make sure it is mixed up.  Then slowly stir in one cup milk and dissolved yeast.

3. Loosely cover this (I used plastic loosely on my container) and let sit at room temperature.  This is Day 1 of your 10 Days.  The next 9 days are handled according to the Amish Bread Instructions.

Day 1: Receive Starter.

Days 2-4: Stir Starter with a spoon

Day 5: Stir in one cup flour, one cup sugar and one cup milk.

Day 6-9: Stir Starter with a spoon

Day 10: Stir in one cup flour, one cup sugar and one cup milk.  Then remove one cup to make your first bread, and then you have three additional cups of mixture.  You can put one cup each in plastic bags.  You can give each one to a friend (if they want to deal with a 10 day process :) or you can keep them for yourself and put them in the freezer.  You would then take them out to start the 10 day process again starting just on Day 1.  You are now ready to make your bread.

Amish Bread Recipe

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp, cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1. Start with your Starter or One Cup of Batter.  Mix in all of the above ingredients in a large bowl.  Make sure you are still using glass and wood.  Mix until well blended.

2. Grease two loaf pans and fill with the mixture.

3. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 min-1 hour.  Then let it cool and enjoy.

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Printable Recipe for once you already have a starter :)


Amish Bread Recipe

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Thankful Thursdays

Thankful Thursdays


Today I am thankful for fresh baked sweets from the oven!  Cakes, cookies, breads… I love them all!!


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