The week of thanksgiving holiday has just gone by, yes, just like that, and as we go back to our normal daily routine, I encourage you to fill your day with a heart of giving thanks. It is not easy especially if we are having a watershed moment but may this Bible verse remind you of God’s love and faithfulness.
Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His love endures forever – Psalm 107:1
I made the rustic thanksgiving table centerpiece above using a crate that I got form Home Depot, Indian corn, mini squash, vegetables and mixed nuts. I added a cream and lace burlap that I got here.
I enjoyed these past 4 days albeit being sick with a nasty cold that started on Wednesday evening. We enjoyed downtime but was able to lead prayer gathering, spend time with family and friends, fetched a friend from the airport, put up the church Christmas trees, etc. Dear husband and I were invited for thanksgiving lunch and dinner but we decided to sleep in and miss the sumptuous lunch. Later that day, I felt better and decided to bake soft buns and rolls, for the second time. This batch turned out to be a big improvement of the first time that I made them. FYI, these were again kneaded by hand.
The first time I made this, it had a nice brown crust however, there were cracks and the bread was a not as soft as I expected. This time, the crust was smooth, the bread soft and tasty. We brought this to the dinner and had good compliments about it.
Then, I made some sweet rolls that I topped with pork sung or pork floss which I got from H-mart. There are several brands that cost cheap however, most of them had msg. I was able to find one that was Made in the USA and msg free but it was expensive ($7.99 for a small jar).
I used King Arthur flour’s recipe for Sweet Rolls and it was good. I made the recipe three times and although they were tasty, only 1 batch was baked perfectly. I think I have to monitor my oven carefully and even if I have an oven thermometer, I should always trust my senses. I took 45 pieces for our church fund raising campaign and received positive comments overall. Honestly, I think that the bread should’ve been taken out of the oven maybe three minutes earlier. Don’t worry, I will try baking this again next weekend and will let you know how it goes.
Lastly, today is the first advent and the message this morning was on HOPE. As we usher the month of December, may we go beyond the Christmas decorations, carols, shopping, eating, get togethers and focus on the real reason for the season, and that is the birth of Jesus.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. – Titus 2:11-13