Saturday, October 13, 2012

Did You Know????

Hi Friends!
Yep, ANOTHER POST !!!!!! Well, I discovered  I MISSED one of those challenges over at Flourishes!!!!!!! Yep, I sure did! This challenge is to make something with "Treats" as the focal point! Timeless Tuesday # 190.                                                                    
Well, I had to DIG DEEP into my stash to find something! I don't have any Flourishes for this challenge! (Boo-hoo!) ***I DO NOW though! Since I won the October Release Challenge- "Inside & Out!" *****  But, I DID find this stamp amongst all my rubber goodies! I bought this stamp WAAAAAAAAAAY BACK in the early 1990's when I was first introduced to stamping! I was busy selling Pampered Chef at that time & even asked my husband, what did he think if I switched from Pampered Chef to another company---selling rubber stamps! Of course, he chose Pampered Chef!  I THINK he enjoyed all the food! LOL Back then our children were little & I needed to be able to fix meals quickly & easily! So, I stuck with the Pampered Chef!

Anyway, Did You Know???? October is Pastor Appreciation Month! I don't remember the days when I was a "PK" (Preachers Kid) because I was SO YOUNG! But, I have heard stories of gifts of eggs & packaged beef & I've seen pictures of the generosity of the people in my fathers' congregation. One gift  in-particular, a little sweater a woman made one of my younger brothers. It was ADORABLE with Humpty Dumpty on it, front & back! When I had our son, I wanted the pattern! The lady that made my brothers sweater said her pattern was too worn to send me but, she surprised me & made my son one! I was SO TICKLED! Since then, I have found the pattern!!!! I HOPE to give it a try someday!

I thought for this Challenge I would make our Pastor & his wife an Appreciation Gift! I like to give Baked Goodies as gifts! Especially BREAD! So, I chose to make some Home Made Bread to go with the  Card & Tag I made! AND I even made my own Wrapping for the bread! Here is a picture of this SCRUMPTIOUS BREAD I LOVE to make! (The gift I'm giving WON'T be pre-cut! This is a picture I had previously!)


Doesn't it look YUMMY? It's FABULOUS with a bowl of soup or stew!

This bread is a nice European Country Loaf! It is a Swiss recipe for a very basic loaf with a thick, crisp crust & chewy crumb. I put mine in a Bread Machine! Where would I be with out my machine???
This is for a 2-Cup Capacity Machine, equalling 2 loaves & 8 servings in a loaf.
1 1/4 c. Spring Water
1 t. Lemon Juice
1 /12 t. Salt
1/2 c. Whole- Wheat Four
2 1/2 c. Bread Flour
1 1/2 t. Active Dry Yeast
Of course, follow the instructions for your machine as to which ingredients go first. All ingredients should be at room temp. Set your machine on Dough/Manual setting. At the end of the program, press clear to stop.  To punch down, press start & let knead for 60 seconds. Press clear/stop again. Remove dough & let rest for 5 Min's. before hand shaping.
If your machine doesn't have Dough/Manual setting, follow normal bread making procedure but let dough knead only once. At end of kneading cycle stop machine. Let dough rise 60 minutes, checking after 30 minutes to make sure dough doesn't over rise & touch lid. Press start & let machine run for 60 seconds to punch down. Press clear/ stop. Remove dough & let rest 5 minutes before hand shaping.

For hand shaping: Lightly sprinkle surface with flour. (Here I used my King Arthur stone & I shape & bake right on them!) Divide dough into two. Shape the dough, sprinkling lightly with flour into a ball, pulling the edges under to make a plump round tight ball. Using a sharp razor or paring knife make a large X on the top of the loaf, approximately 1/4" deep. Cover with a clean cotton dish towel. Let rise 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. When loaf has doubled in size, sprinkle generously with flour & place in preheated oven. Bake for 30 Min's. or until brown in color. Cool on wire rack.
From: The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook. By: Tom Lacalamita

Here' the Card I made:

The stamp is from: Rubber Stampede, Tag- SU along with the little "thanks" (so much) sentiment, SU- corner punch, Spellbinders, Hobby Lobby ribbon, My Minds Eye designer paper. And "oops!" I forgot the brads! So I added them with my Glaze 3-D Ink pens. The Focal point is raised on dimensionals & I colored the image in with Copics! I also used Tim Holtz Vintage Photo to antique the papers.

Here's the inside:

I typed out the sentiment on a typewriter! How better to get a VINTAGE,CUSTOM SENTIMENT if you don't have a stamp?

Now, here is the Card & the Tag I made:

I don't know about you but, I worry there will come a day when I won't have ANYTHING to stamp on! Specifically, PAPER! So, I save paper! Yes, you probably could call me a "Paper Hoarder!" But, you know all the packaging that comes with packages? All that wadded up paper? I save it! I iron it out & roll it up! And pull it out when needed! It's GREAT to stamp on! AND PERFECT for wrapping! My husband  got a package the other day & the paper was YELLOW! SUPER! I used paper the color of a brown paper bag, like Kraft Card Stock this time! And wrapped it closed with Bakers' Twine!  
Oh yes, DON'T FORGET to add the recipe! Here is my recipe card created with SU-Recipe Fun, from WAAAAY BACK in the early 1990's!

Now, here is the whole Gift Set together:
Can you see the polka-dots I've stamped on the brown wrapping?
One loaf of bread is already in the bag! The bag was a bag given to us by the church when we first went to church there, their Visitors Packet inside! I thought it would be the best way to not STAND OUT when I carry the bag in on Sunday morning! I'll just tuck the tag inside & keep the label I had to place on the bag turned to myself! (They had a label there & I peeled it off---it needed something! )

HOPE this gives you some INSPIRATION to bless your Pastor & his wife this month! Pastors do ALOT of work out- of- sight for his congregation!

Till next week, when I share a "Love Story!"

Going to relax these crafty fingers after a BIG WEEK over at Flourishes! AND catch my breath from all the EXCITEMENT of WINNING!!!!!!!!!!!!




  1. Great gift and card for your pastoral family, I'm sure they will appreciate your thoughtfulness and creativity.

  2. WOOHOO!! on your wonderful win, my friend!! Can't wait to see you put your new prize stamps into action!!
    Fabulous post today...again! That bread looks DELICIOUS! It's a wonderful gift for any occasion, and your packaging, card and gift tag make it extra thoughtful! A true gift of appreciation from the heart! Thank you for the inspiration! Have a beautiful day!...Nancy :o)

  3. This is a wonderful gift and yes the bread does look tasty. Your pastor will appreciate all the thought and care that went into this gift. Darling card to match.


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