thatmom

real encouragement for real homeschooling moms

october 24 podcast

“Today my taste in books is still quite varied but there does seem to be a common thread running through my choices these days. I tend to buy and read books that encourage me as I seek to be a lifelong learner alongside my children, a more interesting and educated life partner to my husband, a more proficient homemaker, a more understanding and wise grandmother and older woman, and a creator of memories in the kitchen. The books I want to share today aren’t necessarily all my favorites, but they are ones that have encouraged me along my journey and are trusted companions on my shelves.” Listen here to this week’s podcast entitled “Five Books to Inspire and Encourage the Homeschooling Mom.”

Here is the list of books reviewed on this week’s podcast:

Children are Wet Cement by Anne Ortlund

Heartfelt Discipline by Clay Clarkson

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The Valley of Vision

The Pillsbury Complete Book of Baking

…..and the recipe promised on the podcast:

Bread Sticks (This is my most-requested recipe! A perfect compliment to soups and salads, these are great topped with the calico cheese spread, dipped in melted garlic butter, or all by themselves!)

5-6 cups all purpose flour
3 TBS. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 TBS. active dry yeast
2 cups water
¼ cup oil or butter
1 TBS. melted butter
Beaten egg white and sesame seeds or poppy seeds, optional

In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast and blend well. In small saucepan, heat water and oil or butter until warm, 120 to 130 degrees. Add liquid to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Stir in 2 to 3 cups flour until dough pulls cleanly away from sides of bowl. Add rest of flour until dough is smooth and elastic and knead for 6 or so minutes. Place dough in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until light and doubled in size, about 45 to 60 minutes. Punch down and cut into 32 pieces. Shape each into bread stick. Place on greased cookie sheet, cover, and let rise about 30 minutes. Lightly brush with egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake at 400 degrees for about 14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack and brush with melted butter if not using seeds.

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