25 March 2007

Whole Wheat Loaf Recipe

This is turning into our newest Sunday tradition. If you are looking for a delicious, easy, whole wheat bread recipe, search no more. It is quite simple and very tasty. Word of caution: The recipe calls for bake time of 40-45 minutes. Perhaps it is due to the low elevation here in Houston, but it only takes me 22 minutes.

Whole Wheat Loaf
1 1/2 cups water (at room temperature)
2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sugar substitute
3 - 3 1/2 cups whole wheat bread flour
2 tablespoons gluten flour
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons quick rise yeast

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, combine the water, oil, sugar substitute, whole wheat bread flour, gluten flour, walnuts, salt, and yeast to form a rough dough. Let the dough stand for 15 to 20 minutes.

Place the dough on a lightly floured board and knead for about 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Let the dough rise in a warm spot for about an hour, until it has doubled.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turn the dough onto a board and shape it into an oblong loaf. Coat an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" bread pan with cooking spray. Place the dough in the pan. Bake the bread for 40-45 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven and turn the bread out onto a cooling rack.

Makes 16 slices

Nutrition at a Glance
Per Slice: 130 calories, 5 g fat, 1/2 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium

Recipe courtesy of The South Beach Diet Cookbook (It's for Phase 2 if anyone is interested)

Fill the Temple

Our stake (Richmond) had a "Fill the Temple" week. Our ward was assigned to fill the temple Wednesday 4-10, Thursday 9-3, and Friday 8-4. Patrick was able to go all three days and I attended Thursday and Friday. It was a delightful experience to spend eight hours there instead of just two. It was very edifying to not only be with members of our ward, but to realize we can make the time when we choose to.

15 March 2007

The Reason We Haven't Updated Our Blog in a While...

Surprise! Here's the little guy...

Proud Padres

Happy Birthday Tanzik

Okay, we are just kidding. This is actually Eric and Lori's baby. We haven't blogged because we've been busy. Unfortunately, "I've been busy" is not as good of an excuse as "I had a baby." Tanzik was born December 18, 2006. Here are the photos Eric sent.

Family Portrait

Our family is growing rapidly, much to our delight.

Cedar City Ordinaries

Las Vegas Ordinaries

Enoch Ordinaries (although they are still technically Cedar City, too)

Houston Ordinaries

The whole sha-bang

More New Baby

Cannon the Barbarian

Cannon (a fitting name) is unusually strong. In these photos he is only 20 months, but carries himself better than most preschoolers. When he goes up stairs, he doesn't lead with his dominant foot--he climbs them like an adult.

(read the following in a hushed whisper, as if narrating an animal documentary)

Eric takes great pleasure in his son's brute strength and physical prowess. To the right you will see a typical chest bumping encounter between father and manchild. Just below, the mighty toddler leaps through the air, demonstrating his supreme dominance of balance and control.

Christmas in Cedar City and Las Vegas

Here are more photos of the family at Christmas...

A highlight of the evening was playing Twister Dance with Steven and Tiara. Steve has always been known for his great moves.


During Christmas Cedar City received 18 inches in 4 hours.

The boys wanted to play...

but Grandma said no.

So instead, we made snow ice cream.

And then Grandma caved.

The snow was fun while it lasted...

...but was also a good reminder of why we moved to Houston.


I see another teacher in our midst--Carson is patiently teaching Conner how to wash his hair.

Initial instruction and an engaged learner.

Modeling the desired behavior.

Conner's independent attempt.

Christmas in Heber

During Christmas break, we also visited with Aunt Julie and Uncle Herb. Ed, Beth, and Ian were there with their kids and it was packed--nine kids and seven adults! It's so nice to have a full house during the holidays.

Jordyn is amazing at the guitar. Amazing.

Aunt Julie is just relaxing, but she is usually at the stove cooking up steak and shrimp.

Beth (so pretty--you can see where her girls get it from) and her youngest son Jacob.

Ian, Uncle Herb, and Ed

LL Cool P with Jess'lyn, Berkeley, Baby, and Erin

Alexis and Jennica--they may look sweet, but don't let them fool you :)