Author: natalianne

Butter dough

Butter dough

Making butter dough is best done when everything is ice cold. To prepare, put your butter, mixing bowl, and flour in the freezer overnight or for a few hours until they are nice and chilled. When butter dough becomes too warm, it can separate and become difficult to work with.  Plunging your hands in ice water can achieve the best results when working with the dough. After you have chilled your hands, make sure to dry them.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 entire stick of Kerry gold pure Irish butter grated by a cheese grater.

1 teaspoon confectioners sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Ice water in a small bowl.

Add grated butter to your bowl of cold flour, salt, and sugar and incorporate until butter and flour creates small pebble-sized pieces.

Put the bowl back into the freezer and let the dough chill for about 10-15 minutes.

Take your bowl back out of the freezer.

Take your ice water and incorporate the water into your flour and butter mixture 1 tablespoon at a time. The goal is to make a solid ball of dough so use as little or as much water as you need.

Once you have formed your dough ball, put it back into the freezer for another 10 minutes. ( I know it’s a lot of in and out of the freezer but it helps keep everything cold.)

Take out your bowl of dough from the freezer and flour your work surface. Place the dough ball on your floured counter and begin to roll your dough out flat.

Once your dough ball is rolled out and flat, take your rolling pin and try to roll the flattened dough onto your rolling pin starting at the edge. It should roll up easily, if it sticks or rips the dough might need to be put into the freezer again.

Unroll the dough onto a pie pan like a blanket. (You can also wrap your dough ball in plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer for later.)

Poke holes all over the bottom of the dough and design the edges as you like.

Fill your pie dough with the filling of your choice.

Enjoy and happy baking!

 

Raising girls

Raising girls

One of the most destructive movements of modern-day is feminism. There is nothing feminine about the movement, and we should attempt to raise our daughters to be feminine. For instance, purity, feminine skill sets, and knowledge are values that will help our girls in life.

First, I am a Christian, and my girls must read and study the bible. I started reading the bible to my girls when they were very young. Girls need to know about modesty, self-control, and beauty. For example, the Bible has illustrations of virtuous women, and we role-play these women. This instills that character into their memory. Girls should know their worth. Their worth comes from God, and they are royalty, and they should present themselves accordingly.

My daughters join me in the garden, and they witness the life cycle of plants. For instance, learning about plants has journeyed into conversations about the life cycle of humans. They learn that a human is a human from conception, just like a tomato is a tomato from seed. Next, every Friday, I bake with my girls. We take turns mixing and cracking eggs. My daughters are taught how to sustain themselves and what ingredients they mix to feed themselves and those around them.

Lastly, We sit on the couch, and we read a book. Knowledge is a staple in their diet, and it is a hedge against a victim mentality and destructive mindset.  We read history, and they learn not to repeat the mistakes of the past. We read fiction, and they learn what characters are good and bad.

I want my girls to dress in dresses. I want them to wear pink, but femininity is more than that; it is purity, skill set, and knowledge. Let’s help ensure a brighter future and raise our girls a little more feminine.

Please leave me your comments below, do you agree or disagree and why?

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Raise your kids like your country depends on it.

Raise your kids like your country depends on it.

Before I begin, I am going to address some things that are controversial but I believe are important. If you are offended by certain opinions you may not want to read this.

Our country has been demoralized over the past few decades through a failed educational system. Public schooling and media have sown seeds of indoctrination and dangerous beliefs into my own generation as well as younger ones and we are seeing the fruit of those beliefs in our city streets.

There is a deep lack of morals, lack of accountability, and responsibility combined with a distorted understanding of what true rights are and where rights come from.

We can bring our country back to a place of sanity not through destruction but by living out the values we want to see in the world and instilling truth, good character, and knowledge into our kids.

I have principles and values that I try to live by as an example to my children. I am a Christian who believes that women have a specifically important role in society. I want my kids to continue these traditions as they grow older so I try to live my values out before my kids and I homeschool so I can teach my values to my children. I encourage my kids to read constantly. My kids must learn and study the Bible and also read classic books that I have read and want to share with my children.

The Road to Serfdom, Atlas Shrugged, Creature from Jekyll Island, and The Law are all wonderful books that I have read and believe have a great deal of insight to teach. I have introduced my 9-year-old daughter to some of these books already through the Tuttle Twins series. Tuttle Twins is a collection of books as well as a curriculum that teaches kids the importance of limited government, freedom, personal responsibility, and self-sufficiency. Their books are beautifully illustrated and do a wonderful job of taking complex subjects and presenting them to young children.

I am not getting paid to mention any of these books but I wanted to share them just in case there were other moms who were interested in resources to better equip their children with knowledge.

I am not sponsored by this company and I don’t judge women who share differing opinions from me. This is my blog and this is how I am choosing to raise the kids. If you ladies find this interesting I encourage you to live out your values in front of your kids. Teach your children about real freedom and responsibility. These materials can just be another tool in your arsenal to use and raise your kids up in the ways you want them to go. I will leave the links below of where to purchase these books because I believe they are wonderful for growing young minds!

Thanks for stopping by! Much love and God blessed!

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Chocolate chip and oats banana bread

Chocolate chip and oats banana bread

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 baking soda
  • 4 mashed brown bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup veggie oil
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 vanilla extract

Before you begin, preheat your oven to 350* degrees and prepare a baking loaf pan with parchment paper or by greasing the pan. I greased my loaf pan and had no trouble removing my banana bread.

In a large bowl add all of your dry ingredients.

  • flour
  • oats
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • brown sugar
  • ground
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • baking soda

In a separate bowl add all of your wet ingredients.

  • bananas
  • eggs
  • whole milk
  • veggie oil
  • vanilla extract

Bake your banana bread in the oven for about 55 minutes or until you can insert a fork into the middle of the loaf and the fork comes out clean. After removing your bread from the oven, allow your bread to cool for 20 minutes. Once your bread has cooled, remove your banana bread from the pan by flipping it over.

Enjoy!

One day you will miss it

One day you will miss it

Have you ever found yourself grumpy for no reason? Just walking around the house mad and ticked off for nothing? The other day I was having a day like that.

It was the end of a long day of homeschooling and chasing after a toddler who can’t keep his hands off anything, and I was tired, ticked, and crawled into bed with an attitude.

While laying in bed, I began looking through pictures on my phone and as I was scrolling through pictures I realized that as messy and crazy as my life is I am living my dream. My intention isn’t to brag but looking through all of those photos made me understand and appreciate the little moments of life.

Life is not one grand display of all of the highlights; it is little, often missed seconds of the mundane. Life is cleaning up messes, wandering into the kitchen and forgetting why you’re standing there, and burning dinner on the stove because you’re distracted with a child.

Seconds turn into years and one day, all of the present life has passed. The never enough hours in a day turn into long strings of memories.

I’m living my dream but am I experiencing it or am I going through the motions? How do you slow life down and feel it? How do you let life go and not worry about it? Are you positive you know the answers to these questions?

I try to wake up every day and thank God for giving me everything I don’t deserve. I need to remind myself every moment that life is lived in the mediocre mess, the crying, the dishes, the kisses, and diaper changing. One day, I will miss it. As I’m writing this it is a reminder to me and I hope a reminder to the other moms that our dreams may not be everything we envisioned every second of the day but take heart in knowing that you are living the dream that many many women wish they were living right now. Every second is precious and worth being thankful for so even when we are grumpy, tired, and stressed from the day know that it will pass and one day, you will miss it.

Caramel sauce

Caramel sauce

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/4 cup milk (I’ve also used heavy whipping cream)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all of your ingredients into a small to a medium saucepot.

whisk ingredients together on medium heat until everything is combined and caramel sauce is formed.