A Few Pictures

Here’s some pictures from our family activity Saturday night: pushups before Bible time!

You go, girls!
A unique twist on pushups.

And yes, don’t worry, I did my pushups after I set the camera aside :-).

Sarah

“With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding” (Job 12:13).

Grandpa time!

Abby and Grandpa had a wonderful time playing together the other day. Grandpa’s are wonderful ~ they read books, play, and that’s not to mention a special ball that this Grandpa bought for Abby!

Abigail getting ready to roll the ball back to Grandpa. Sometimes it is nice just to take a break and watch the glitter swirl in it!

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (III John 1:4)

Tortillas 101

Set up your grinder in preparation, or if you don’t have a grinder, skip this step.

Pull out your bucket of grain, and pour into the grinder. Then, grind the wheat.

Set out your ingredients; this helps those of us who can tend to forget an ingredient. (Recipe below.)

Pour the flour into a bowl, cupful by cupful.

Dump the salt in.

Measure the oil (your choice of canola or olive oil, melted butter may also be used).

Pour the oil in, and cut it in with a pastry cutter until the mixture is in semi-fine crumbles.

Pour the water in. It’s often wise to not pour the entire amount in, since sometimes it can be too much, and you’ll need to add more flour. The dough should be sticky, but not gooey, and definitely not firm! You will use flour later when rolling them out.

Cover with a towel and let sit.

Grab a golf-size ball of dough (approximately 2-3 ounces), and place on a well-floured surface. (Important note: We use white flour for flouring the surface and handling the dough.) I was given a large pastry mat for Christmas, and it works well (I still flour it). You can also use a pastry cloth.

Begin rolling! We no longer use a tortilla press. We prefer the outcome of the hand-rolled tortillas, and really, they don’t take that long.

If you can find a helper, things will go even faster. For this time, we set up two fry pans plus a griddle. The tortillas are cooked on a dry fry pan. I don’t have an actual time for baking them, but it probably is anywhere from 45 seconds to a minute and a half per side, depending on the thickness of the tortilla and the heat of the fry pan. If they’re cooked too long, the tortillas will be dry. You want them just past the dough stage. Use a spatula to flip the tortillas.

Then, you find a younger brother or sister (or, in my case, a delightful niece), and let them help. Abby knows how to flour the mat and roll the tortillas out. Her first project was to make a little one for her to eat and enjoy.

Go, girl!

The tortilla might not be in a perfect, round shape, but the taste is just as good.

Notice the flour? I love you, Abby (and you too, Anna).

The tortilla bakers: Aunt Sarah, Aunt Anna, and Abby

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Maxwells’ Tortillas

  • 10 cups flour
  • 1 TB. plus 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 and 1/3 cups oil
  • 4 cups water

Combine the flour and a salt in a large bowl. Cut in the oil (or butter). Using a large spoon, add the water until the dough is soft and sticky. Let the dough sit on the counter anywhere from 1-3 hours. Then, portion the dough into golf-size balls or 2 ounce size (or, just figure out what size your family wants). Flour a surface such as a pastry mat or cloth. Heat fry pans. Cook each tortilla until lightly cooked. It could be anywhere from less than a minute to a minute and a half, depending on your heat settings and the thickness of the tortilla. You don’t want the tortilla to be doughy, but you don’t want it overcooked, otherwise, the tortilla will be tough.

Use a spatula to flip the tortillas. Place the cooked tortillas on a plate and cover with a towel. ENJOY! (Refrigerate tortillas after the first use. You can also freeze tortillas to make them last longer. When ready to use tortillas that have been refrigerated, you’ll want to warm them up in the microwave for a little bit to soften them.)

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Sarah

“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4).

Possible Conference Locations in Need of a Facility

Hello!

We currently have four families who have invited us to come to their city, but they’re trying to find a location to have a conference on our upcoming trip.

  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (tentative March 11-12th)
  • Edmonton, Alberta (tentative March 25-26th) — Update! In our original post, we mistakenly put the wrong city. It’s Edmonton not what was listed before!
  • Minot, North Dakota (tentative April 8-9th)
  • Rapid City, South Dakota (tentative April 15-16th) — found a location!

If you are in one of these areas, and know of a church who would be willing to let us use their facilities (maybe even your own?), we would be grateful if you would contact us as soon as possible!

Blessings,
Sarah

“And how shall they preach, except they be sent?. . .” (Romans 10:15).

A New Blog – Fitness

We are trying to listen carefully to the Lord as He leads in the fitness encouragement. However, we also didn’t want it to distract from the established heart-thrust of our normal Titus2 blog. We have decided to add a separate blog for fitness.

Here is the link:http://fitness.titus2.com/

We have posted a Day 5 update with a photo you will enjoy and there will be more coming.

God bless.

Steve

“Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.” 1 Chronicles 16:10

Posted in: Misc.

It’s a Joy

I realized that we haven’t posted any normal “life” posts recently. We are busy with projects right now before our upcoming trips the end of this month and March/April. The last night of mixing went well, and the CD will be mastered on Monday, Lord willing. It’s definitely been a project!

You know, it is such a joy to be living for the Lord. It doesn’t mean life will go smoothly–we know from our set of challenges recently–but the joy comes from our relationship with Jesus.

Enjoy the snow pictures  (below) Joseph took this morning. Kansas is beautiful right now, and cold (about 2 degrees late morning).

Sarah for the rest

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33).

"Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness" (Psalms 29:2).
"Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number" (Job 9:10).
"God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof" (Job 28:23).
"Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee" (Isaiah 60:1).

Thank you, Joseph, for the photos!