6 January 2018
Holy Day: Epiphany
Chalking the Door
A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk to write above the home’s entrance, 20 + C + M + B + 18.
- The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.
- They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.”
- The “+” signs represent the cross and 2018 is the year.
Dreikönigskuchen–3 Kings Cake
- 4-4 1/4cups flour
- 2 tsp dry yeast
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 1/2 tsp orange zest, thinly stripped
- 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest, thinly stripped
- 1/2 cup raisins, cherries, cranberries (whichever your family likes best)
- 1 whole almond
- 1 egg, beaten with 1Tbsp water
- 1/8 cup apricot jam
- 1 Tbsp hot water
In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients except for the almond, egg wash, and coating.
Once a soft, smooth ball forms, set it aside to rise until doubled in bulk. About 2 1/2 hours. Be sure to cover it and place in a warm spot.
Divide the dough into 8 Pieces, one a little larger than the rest.
Roll each piece into a ball and arrange the 7 smaller balls around the slightly larger one on a sheet pan, forming a flower.
Let rise another 30 minutes, then brush with the egg wash.
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Prepare the glaze by mixing the apricot jelly with a tablespoon of hot water.
Bake the rolls for 30-40 minutes, or until deep golden brown.
Brush with several coats of apricot glaze and sprinkle with the coarse sugar
Once the bread is cool enough to handle, poke an almond into the bottom of one of the rolls.
Morning Office: Psalm 46, Psalm 97, Matt 12:14-21
Vespers: Psalm 96, Psalm 100
Weather: 14-23 degrees F, sunny, waning gibbous moon. Sunrise-Sunset = 8:00-5:35
Reading, Watching, Listening . . .
Celtic Book of Days, Commonwealth, Every Earthly Blessing
Star Trek: Voyager (rest time) and Fringe (family time)
Harry Potter 6 (as I fall asleep)
It’s been a very quiet few weeks. We reached that point where everything we’re doing to prepare for our journey is little steps. Each of us has a few areas of our personal stuff where we just aren’t willing to let go until the time is nearer.
The yard work is now taking enough time that we aren’t getting house repair projects started, completed, or even thought about. Although I must say, the outside looks amazing! The garden is mostly planted and we’ve had some great salads and tasty strawberries. The blackberries are really flowering, so we should have an abundance of fruit soon.
We’ve signed our home up for 100% wind energy. To help lower the bill and be better keepers of the planet, we’ve been working on making some changes. These changes will also help us when we take the next step of our journey.
Here’s our week 10-13 list:
- solar chargers for iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and other “microUSB” type things.
- solar lights (two so far, adding a couple each month) for each person and room.
- analyzing our water consumption and attempting to get it within sustainable levels for our primary goal
- We had a bit of a financial set-back, so our numbers look about the same as the last check-in.
- Trying new natural personal care products. Akamai so far is the winner! They have a 3-in-1 bar (soap, shampoo, shaving), a toothpaste, and a skin fuel (mix of oils) that are amazing, priced well, and minimal packaging. My lip balm is from Hurraw. That leaves me only using regular mascara, SPF tinted lip balm, and contact solution.
- Making plans to travel a bit: Scotland and Eastern Africa are my goals. If we sell the house and have enough saved, I’d like to see both places before settling into a new life. So now our “A Family’s Journey . . . will include some bit-time dreaming about traveling.
The story of our journey will continue each Sunday, since the title of the blog is The Journey to . . . but, each week I hope to post a recap of what we accomplished that moves us closer to taking the step into the next adventure.
Our stay in Indiana has been a long one, and we’ve accumulated the stuff that goes along with an extended stay. There is much work to be done and we are excited to take little steps each week that will move us closer to our goal.
Week 1 & 2 checklist:
- Agreed on primary goal
- Agreed on priorities as we wait
- medical debt
- Kelly knee surgery
- home repairs as needed
- save as much as possible (Ask: Does this get me closer to X? If not, say no.)
- Kim–sort through personal books.
- Compare hard copies to Kindle list (purge duplicates)
- Make list of books to get on kindle (store hardcopies on different shelf)
- Make a note to only buy one book per month and only a book I’ve read more than twice
- Use the library to try new books
- Decide which 10-15 books are my “non-negotiable” books
- Michael — begin sorting through personal books
- For Michael this will be a long process.
- This week he pulled very old encyclopedias off his shelf and a few other old books.
- Hannah — Her list is in the comments