Each of us has something we enjoy. The Lord has created us to be people of many interests and to enjoy those things we have developed interests in. For a change of pace, just to show everyone there is more to me than just blog writing, I’m sharing a couple of my interests. For as long as I can remember, two of my favorite things are baking bread and reading mysteries.
So, here’s one of my favorite bread recipes, because it is quick and easy.
English Muffin Bread
1 to 2 teaspoons yellow cornmeal
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 package regular or quick-acting active dry yeast
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup milk (or buttermilk if desired)
Spray loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle cornmeal evenly in pan. Mix flours, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and yeast in a medium bowl until blended. Combine the water and milk in 1-quart saucepan. Heat to 120°-130°; add to flour mixture. Beat on medium speed 1 minute until blended. (Batter will be sticky.) Spread batter evenly in pan. Cover and let rise in warm place about 30 to 45 minutes or until double. Heat oven to 400°. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until light brown. Remove from pan. Cool on a wire rack, slice. Serves eight.
And then, there are the mysteries.
I was the kind of reader that would read one genre for several years and then switch to another. Mysteries were always a favorite, a genre I often returned to. I devoured any Rex Stout book I could get at the library, and, if I had the room for more books, I would be tempted to find copies of those beloved books and build a library of all those old mystery riders that shaped the kind of writer I desire to be. No, they are not Christian mysteries. They were written in the 1940s and the following years. What I loved was the character development, the relationship between the characters, and the way the reader was required to think as they read. Another mystery writer I enjoyed was Ellery Queen. I was overjoyed when once, one time only, did I figure out ‘whodunit’. I developed a dislike for any mystery that I could predict what was to happen and would quickly put it down. I admit I became a mystery snob.
If the things you enjoy don’t deter you from your relationship with God, if they don’t put you in positions to be tempted, then enjoy the things God has made available to you.
Make some bread. Read a good book. Enjoy life in a way that gives God the Glory.
Next blog: Confusions of life.