I would love to brag about the perfections of being a homespun wife….but I would have to make stuff up. Let’s face it: there are no perfect homemakers. I remember a newlywed neighbor telling me once, “All I want out of life is to be the perfect wife and keep the perfect home.” Oh my!
There may not be a “perfect homespun wife,” but trying to be the best wife you can be for your husband is well worth the effort! Most importantly, being the best homemaker you can be for your Lord should be considered a joy, not drudgery.
Even so, being in the kitchen seems like a drudgery for me most of the time these days. I hate to admit it…but after 28 years of raising children and doling out casseroles and cakes and cookies, I am getting tired of the kitchen. Fortunately, I have a bread machine. It doesn’t do all the work but it does the bulk of it and that is a time-saver for me. I am currently on the 4th bread machine of my marriage. I’m terribly hard on them and they don’t last as long as husbands, but I would highly recommend getting one and keeping it operational. (A happy husband will continue replacing it, as long as you keep using it!)
At the bottom the page, you will find, “The Homemade Loaf.” I follow a simple, homespun recipe that makes a beautiful and delicious loaf every time. I thought I would share the recipe with you….
The Homemade Loaf
Toss the following into your bread machine:
1 cup water
2 tbs vegetable oil
2 tbs honey
1 tsp salt
3 cups bread flour
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
Select the dough cycle. On the final beep, remove the dough from the machine. Gently kneed for a moment or two on a lightly floured surface and form dough into a loaf shape. Place loaf into a lightly greased pan and allow to rise. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes until bread is lightly brown. Some ovens require less baking time.
The thing I love about this loaf is that there is no sugar in it…only honey. You may also use half whole wheat flour, if you choose.
Even though I get tired of being in the kitchen, making bread always relaxes me. I find myself humming along with the bread machine. And the smell of bread baking in the oven is exactly what you would expect to find in the home of the homespun wife!
“She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family….
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.”
Proverbs 31: 15, 17