Get busy & stay that way!


I'm sure that if you are like me you have a million different things going on. Things to plan, stuff to check off the to-do list, places to run kids too, trying to come up with something to make for dinner, cleaning, laundry, PTSO meetings, &  it goes on & on!  

Well as I was looking through my November issue of Martha Stewart Living I came to an article that changed my outlook on being busy.  It was in an article titled, 10 feel-good things to do this November.
{I'm tying it into October & even carrying this philosophy into December}

-No. 4-

The next time you lament over your packed schedule, think of it as a blessing.  People who are busy are happier than those who are idle, even when tasks are forced upon them, according to a study in the journal Psychological Science.  It may seem counter intuitive, but it turns out that being active pays off mentally by giving you a sense of purpose.

True, isn't it really a blessing to be busy.  To have children to hug & take care of, to have friends to take something to show appreciate to,  a home to clean, dinner to make for your family, clothes to fold & to just being an active, involved citizen in your community. 

I love changing my perspective & seeing something in a new light.  I once heard someone say to not be upset because you have bills to pay each month but instead be grateful for the light, electricity & heat you get to pay for.  {LOVED THAT!}

So I'm keeping busy today & making bread & sharing it with friends who I owe a thank you too.
{It always turns out pretty, it's easy to make & yummy!}

              No-Knead Bread
3. C. all-purpose flour. {For wheat bread I substitute 1 C. of wheat flour}
1/4 tsp. Instant Yeast
1 1/4 tsp. Salt

  In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 C. warm water, and stir until blended, dough will be shaggy & sticky.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12-18 hours at room temperature. {The ONLY hard part about this recipe is remember to plan ahead}
  Dough is ready when it's surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface & place dough on it, sprinkle it with a little more flour, fold over once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap & let rest 15 min.
  Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface & fingers, gently shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel {NOT terry cloth} with cornmeal.  Cover with another cotton towel & let rise for 2 hrs. 
  At least 1/2 hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6-8 Qt. covered pot in oven as it preheats.  When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven  {CAUTION remember the pot is hot use hot pads} Slide your hand under towel & turn dough over into pot, it may look like a mess, but that is ok :)  Shake pan once or twice to evenly distribute the dough.  Cover with lid & bade for 30 min., then remove lid & cook for 15 min. more or until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.  Enjoy!

Give it a try, my kids love it!
I like giving it away because it looks very artisian like you got it from somewhere fancy. Shhhh, don't tell ;) 


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