Shine the Light on your Chaos

Watering the garden, I saw the spray reflecting and making a small rainbow in the sunlight. The LORD’s sign of his promise to Noah, to never flood the whole earth again, was simply light on water.

Light. Shining on the very thing that threatened to destroy Noah.

The Hebrew letter “mem” is often associated with The Flood, the sea, multitudes of people and…chaos.

Light shining on the chaos revealed the Dear LORD’s promise to Noah.

Who is the Way, Truth, and Light?

We may have to endure the flood. We don’t know how long it will last. But if we hang tight in the ark and are patient, we will one day see the sign of promise, The Light shining on the chaos. 🌈

Meat Pies

Townsends on YouTube have a beautiful channel of 18th century cooking episodes. This meat pie looked fabulous, and I’ve always wanted to try one since seeing them on Shaun the Sheep. Here are the original videos and my own recipe card.

Things I noticed:

  • If they say “cover with a damp cloth” use a damp cloth! My dough was getting crusty before it had a chance to bake.
  • I used very lean meat, but my pies filled themselves with gravy, no room to spare. Don’t ask me why.
  • Absolutely make the vents an inch in diameter. Mine were too small to pour gravy into, anyway.
  • The only fats I used were butter and more butter, and I used beef
  • I only baked them one hour at 4,000ft altitude. They can brown a bit more when reheated for supper.

Safe Self Storage for Small Ones

I don’t keep a dresser in the kids’ room. Even though I’ve never had a bad experience with falling furniture, I just don’t risk it. With the current walls, anchoring dressers isn’t an option, so I’ve hung everything out of reach.

However, my eldest wants to help put up laundry, get her own underwear when she needs it, and grab her own socks to go outside.

So we’re still “ranger-rolling” clothing and hanging it off the door, but in a shoe organizer. She can get her own things in and out of the closet, but little brothers can’t spread the clean clothes everywhere. Sweet and simple!

RANGER ROLLING technique, so you can dig through clothes without unfolding them.

LAUNDRY SYSTEM including a poorly recorded video of how to “fold” fitted sheets.

Buffalo Chips – better than cinnamon rolls

Every Spring, my mother would bake dozens and dozens of buffalo chips. The Home Culture Club, which was founded in the Dirty Thirties, sold their signature Buffalo Chips at the Country Store. It was a fundraiser full of baked goods and homemade crafts that ran during the Santa Fe Trail Daze in Cimarron County, OK. The Home Culture Club has since disbanded, and a sorority now runs the Country Store during the annual festivities.

With all this talk of Spring, I got a craving for my mom’s Buffalo Chips. I can’t wait for June to get a bite! So I threw together this version.

I made my usual bread recipe in the bread machine. Usually, I let the machine bake it, but today I wanted rolls. Half of the dough went in the cast iron for that.

The rest of the dough, I rolled out between parchment papers, and sprinkled brown sugar and cinnamon on it.

Then, I rolled that up and cut sections from the roll like cinnamon rolls.

Only, this gets much better than cinnamon rolls! I flattened the rolls between the parchment papers as thin as possible. Then, I sprinkled more cinnamon and sugar.

A bit of butter makes everything better!

Originally, they would sprinkle cinnamon-sugar out of a shaker onto the rolls before flattening them. There’s less waste and more time that way. This isn’t the real recipe, either; I’m just winging it!

Next, it was time to bake it till crisp.

Not as awesome as Mom’s, but it’ll hit the spot. A treat shaped like refuse. “Ain’t nuth’n beder ‘en at” to have with your coffee!

P.S. I forgot the walnuts.

Rolls turned out good, as well.