Archive for January, 2010

Do The Next Thing

January 25, 2010

A poem.  If you know the poet, please let me know…

Do The Next Thing

At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
there came in the twilight a message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven
that, as it seems to me, teaching from heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
like a low inspiration, ‘Do the next thing.

Many a questioning, many a fear,
many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment, let down from heaven,
time, opportunity, guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow, child of the King,
trust that with Jesus; do the next thing.

Do it immediately, do it with prayer,
do it reliantly, casting all care.
Do it with reverence, tracing His hand,
who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on omnipotence, safe ‘neath His wing,
leave all resultings; do the next thing.

Looking to Jesus, ever serener,
working or suffering be thy demeanor,
in His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
the light of His countenance, be thy psalm.
Do the next thing.

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Scones

January 18, 2010

What is it about scones?  They are such a basic food-stuff and they often aren’t very good, yet they are so popular.

Well, I have a scone recipe.  It was given to me by my friend, Chris Mc.  It is a bit of a cheat recipe (no rubbing in the butter), but, unlike any other cheat recipe I have tried, it works.

Friends even request that I make a batch for bring-a-plate deals.  I have also been known to make a rough batch based on approximately 1 cup of flour when we have run out of bread for lunch.

Here it is:
Neverfail scone recipe

3 cups self raising flour

1tb melted butter
1 tsp salt
3/4 – 1 cup milk

Add melted butter to milk and pour over dry ingredients. Mix together then press onto floured board and cut into scone shapes.
Bake in mod oven (180 deg C)  for 10-15 minutes. (I usually brush mine with milk before cooking)

Notes:

 Be sure to preheat the oven.  Put your trays in the oven while it is preheating to get nice and hot.

Do not grease the trays.  Instead sprinkle them lightly with flour before putting the scones on them.

Place the scones close together, but not touching on the tray.  This allows them to expand sideways slightly before supporting each other to rise up.

Do NOT add melted butter to cold milk and then let it stand while you are preparing other things.  The butter will reset.  This is probably obvious to anyone who does not have baby-brain.  (I was first given this recipe when I was pregnat with Chicken).

Some alternatives:

I have made 1½ times this recipe and split it into two.  To one half I added approximately 1 cup of grated cheese and a pinch each of mustard powder and paprika.  To the other I added approximately 1+ cups of chopped dried dates.

 Pumpkin scones:  Add approximately 1 cup of mashed pumpkin.  Decrease the milk to about 1/3 to 1/2 of a cup.  Add a teaspoon of nutmeg.

I have made a double batch of the pumpkin scones for mothers’ group tomorrow.  Hopefully they will still be yummy then!

Kitchenhand

January 18, 2010
I find it difficult to spend as much time as I would like doing things with my 18mo like working in the kitchen as my 3.5 Possum loves to join in- and pretty much takes over.  So tonight I was delighted when Chicken found me in the kitchen during his big brother’s bath. 

He has a real fascination with the dishwasher – he points at it and says, “no” as I am forever trying to keep him from unpacking icky plates.  However, tonight, I needed to unpack the cutlery basket, so, having removed all the knives, I stood him on a chair and the cutlery drawer and explained what to do.

Well wasn’t he chuffed with himself!  And wasn’t that just so much fun?  In fact, it was so much fun that once he had finished the job and the cutlery basket was returned to the dishwasher, it was then necessary to unpack the cutlery drawer into it.

We then moved on to washing up.  I went with our tried and true method.  Mummy washes in the hot water, my assistant rinses in cold (I fill the second sink) and pops things in the draining rack.  Hmm.  Seems I forgot about the mess involved in teaching this task to an 18mo!  So much water everywhere!  Ah well, it was an opportunity to mop the floor.

(I had also forgotten why I only ever did this with my elder son when Daddy was at work, too.  DH finds the mess a little harder to cope with than me )