Ha! I couldn’t help but think of Prov 31:15 (see previous post)  yesterday morning.  My husband was having a mate over to share breakfast and I hadn’t been able to buy small bread rolls so I set out to make them. I was busy the night before so when I went to bed late I asked God to help me wake early. I woke at 4.00am. Wide awake! Which gave me more than plenty of time to get my bread rolls started! I must say, I enjoyed it – it was quiet, and I was able to get a lot done. I did smile though, and to be honest I thanked God for the opportunity to respond to the challenge (as noted in my previous post) in a real life way. I enjoyed making the breadrolls so much I made them for our dinner guests tonight!

My friend had encouraged me to get back into using my breadmachine.  But the dough setting includes a 20min waiting/rest period which is a bit pointless if you want the machine to make a quick batch of dough!  Jessica (my daughter) searched online for a foodprocessor bread dough recipe and I used that instead.  I used multigrain bread flour and added 1/2 tabsp of bread improver.   Giving the bread 2 rises, it took 2.5hours from when I walked in the kitchen to when they were out of the oven (not that I was in the kitchen all that time – bread making is about letting it rise and you don’t have to be there for that!)

About the 4.00am rise – yes, that is early but I sure do like it!  I am normally up by 5.00 and have a good hour to myself.  But 4.00 just made it that little bit nicer.  Yes, I was tired through the day.  I had a 15min power nap but still needed my pillow by 9.30pm last night. 

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