Wednesday, October 24, 2012

And Action!

God has blessed me with a great life and has given me such unique opportunities.  I always love the next little adventure that God shows me.  Recently, I got to be on film not once, but twice!  For those that know me, you know that is right up my alley because of my passion for performing.  

The first video shoot was for a local mega church that uses training videos for the children's department.  An old family friend (I went to church with her in the 90's!) writes curriculum for the church and asked if I would like to participate.  Of course!!!!!  It was a lot of fun and I'm still waiting for official permission to release photos and details.  Hopefully, more to come.

Next, I got to be part of a film that is due out next fall.  You can read the whole story of OneHeart and understand for yourself just how special of a story this is.  I've heard about since it happened because the Coach and his family attend my church.  When I found out they were going to be filming this fall, I was ecstatic!!!  After going through all the proper channels, I was able to be an extra in the movie.  

It was interesting to see the whole process.  I really took a moment to take in the whole scene because who knows when I would have the opportunity again.  I loved seeing  'behind the scenes' and really learning what an Assistant Director does, see what the cameraman has to do, see how the actors treat their fans, etc.

I was fortunate to get a picture with Romeo Miller.  He was super friendly with everybody and loved chatting with people when he had the chance.

So, through all the chaos and mundane everyday things that we have to get through, it's always nice to take a break and do something out of the ordinary.  Thank you, God, for all these blessings!!!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fast Easy Bread

Recently, Kaitlyn and I were invited to a fun night of bread baking.  My friend Lindsey has a company called Fast Easy Bread.  She showed us, a few other ladies, and their daughters how quickly you can make homemade bread and a delicious meal in 2 hours!

Lindsey thoroughly explained all the steps and we shared her enthusiasm to make something so simple.

Dump all the dry ingredients into a bowl.  The recipe calls for lecithin, which comes in the Fast Easy Bread bundles.  Lindsey showed us an easy way to add the liquid ingredients.  Using the back of the measuring spoon that's needed, make a dimple in the dry ingredients.  Then, just pour your liquid into that dimple.  Easy!

Mix it well in a mixer or by hand and you'll have a good size ball of dough.  One ball of dough makes A LOT!!!!  You can make bread bowls, rolls, and much more.  With the first batch of dough, we were going to make pumpkin bread bowls for soup.  Round the dough and shape it like a haystack as best as you can.  Then, gently score the dough to make the pumpkin ridges.

Pull a piece of dough from the top center and shape it to make a stem.  Then, just paint the stem and pumpkin using food coloring.

Stick the stem on top of the pumpkin, cover with a cloth, and let it rise for just a little bit.  Then, it's ready for the oven.

When it comes out of the oven, you have a beautiful pumpkin made of bread.  

While the bread is baking, Lindsey showed us a very easy way to make Broccoli Cheese Soup.  Also on her site, she sells a cream sauce that is used in lots of restaurants as their soup base.  

Add lots of broccoli, cheese, and a couple of other ingredients and cook it over medium heat on the stove.

Cut off the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the inside.  Be sure to save the "innards" because it's great for dipping.

Fill your pumpkin with some soup and it's ready to enjoy!  The best part-it's completely edible!

 That's not all.  We also had dessert to make.  Kaitlyn helped her new friend, Loni, spread out some more dough onto a cookie sheet.

Kaitlyn mixed up a yummy cream cheese filling.

She spread the filling down the center of the dough and added some apples coated in cinnamon and sugar.  The sides were sliced into strips and "braided" across the apples.

The Caramel Apple Braid was delicious!

AND, there was homemade Monkey Bread.  Just cut the dough into pieces, coat in cinnamon and sugar, place in a bundt pan, and drizzle with caramel sauce.  

Kaitlyn and I enjoyed our experience.  We learned some new things, ate some great food, and got to do it all together in just 2 hours.  Be sure to check out Lindsey's site, blog, or Facebook page.

I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions are my own.