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Happy Sunday

 

Dallas just shot themselves in the  foot     ball.  Well, one more 4:15 start.  Tuesday off Wednesday I start at 8 Thursday off Friday at 8. And it all starts again.  
 

I am planning on making another Challah bread tomorrow afternoon for Tuesday and I’ve arranged for the minister to give the prayer and break the bread.  Now I’ve been asked to make another loaf for the Wednesday Circle. I guess I’m getting acknowledgment as a bread maker at our church.  
 

well, it’s time for me to go to bed.  
 

Willow

 

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I've been offline a bit - I haven't been more than 10 feet away from my husband for 3 days 🥰  Working on getting things patched up with GF, but my husband has kept me close and protected, which I really appreciate.  Of course, it meant spending most of Saturday shoveling manure and helping to pump out the septic tanks....but I don't really mind.  He took me to work with him on Friday, even though he was busy with meetings most of the time.  We even went out to the LGBTQ bar in the city on Friday night 🏳️‍🌈

 

GF kind of blew my mind yesterday when she asked, "Are you avoiding me?"  And I'm thinking to myself...it took 48 hours for her to notice?  She's smart in many ways, but her emotional intelligence really isn't the best 🙄.  Preacher had a sermon today about conflict resolution, which was timely, and I sense that GF wants to reach out a bit, so I'm hoping we can get back to normal soon. 

 

39 minutes ago, Willow said:

I am planning on making another Challah bread tomorrow afternoon for Tuesday and I’ve arranged for the minister to give the prayer and break the bread.  Now I’ve been asked to make another loaf for the Wednesday Circle. I guess I’m getting acknowledgment as a bread maker at our church. 

 

Sounds like your bread is a local hit!  Any secrets to the recipe?  Whole wheat, rye, or white flour?  I'm a bit curious that your church is using it - isn't communion bread usually unleavened?  Or is your community just using it for a Sabbath meal?  I'd be interested to know if you've got specific customs regarding bread. 

 

Our community uses a whole wheat flatbread for communion, and its what we eat the most at home too.  But often at Sunday dinner, we have two big loaves.  Usually whole wheat, yeasty and fairly dense.  At the beginning of the meal, my husband will pick up the loaves after the initial prayer, and specifically bless the bread, saying "Blessed is the Lord our God, who brings forth bread from the earth."  The bread gets sliced thinly, and the first thing everyone eats is a piece sprinkled only with salt.  Supposedly the two loaves represent the Law and the Gospel, and the salt reminds us that something small can have great influence on the world.  I grew up Orthodox, so I never heard of these things until I joined the family.  Does your community have a tradition like this?

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Willow said:

Happy Sunday

 

Dallas just shot themselves in the  foot     ball.  Well, one more 4:15 start.  Tuesday off Wednesday I start at 8 Thursday off Friday at 8. And it all starts again.  
 

I am planning on making another Challah bread tomorrow afternoon for Tuesday and I’ve arranged for the minister to give the prayer and break the bread.  Now I’ve been asked to make another loaf for the Wednesday Circle. I guess I’m getting acknowledgment as a bread maker at our church.  
 

well, it’s time for me to go to bed.  
 

Willow

 

Here is the transliterated Challah prayer in Hebrew:

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz.

 

Your challah looked great! I'm sure everyone enjoyed it. 

 

Don't cut it, tear it into pieces. Dip it in salt before eating the first bite. 

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6 minutes ago, Birdie said:

Here is the transliterated Challah prayer in Hebrew:

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha'aretz.

 

Don't cut it, tear it into pieces. Dip it in salt before eating the first bite. 

 

Cool!  I knew some of our community's traditions had Hebrew roots (like much of Christianity), although each family has variations.  Actually, there's a group of Sabbath Believers in our county.  Christians, but they worship on Saturday and keep the Old Testament feast days, lunar calendar, kosher diet, etc...  I'm always amazed at the variations in faith that we take for granted.

 

My partner (husband's first wife) is always the one to bake our Sunday bread.  She's the primary manager of our kitchen, and she's very traditional.  Unlike the rest of us, she was raised in this community.  I still remember when I had just joined the family, and she was baking the Sunday bread.  I pinched a bit of bread dough to nibble on, and I got scolded. I hadn't learned yet that a tenth of the dough gets baked separately, and taken to the community pantry.  I also had to learn about not baking with yeast during Lent. 

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3 hours ago, awkward-yet-sweet said:

 

Cool!  I knew some of our community's traditions had Hebrew roots (like much of Christianity), although each family has variations.  Actually, there's a group of Sabbath Believers in our county.  Christians, but they worship on Saturday and keep the Old Testament feast days, lunar calendar, kosher diet, etc...  I'm always amazed at the variations in faith that we take for granted.

 

My partner (husband's first wife) is always the one to bake our Sunday bread.  She's the primary manager of our kitchen, and she's very traditional.  Unlike the rest of us, she was raised in this community.  I still remember when I had just joined the family, and she was baking the Sunday bread.  I pinched a bit of bread dough to nibble on, and I got scolded. I hadn't learned yet that a tenth of the dough gets baked separately, and taken to the community pantry.  I also had to learn about not baking with yeast during Lent. 

I used to make Challah every week and other breads as well until I found out I was so very ill because of Celiacs disease. 😐

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3 hours ago, awkward-yet-sweet said:

 

Cool!  I knew some of our community's traditions had Hebrew roots (like much of Christianity), although each family has variations.  Actually, there's a group of Sabbath Believers in our county.  Christians, but they worship on Saturday and keep the Old Testament feast days, lunar calendar, kosher diet, etc...  I'm always amazed at the variations in faith that we take for granted.

 

My partner (husband's first wife) is always the one to bake our Sunday bread.  She's the primary manager of our kitchen, and she's very traditional.  Unlike the rest of us, she was raised in this community.  I still remember when I had just joined the family, and she was baking the Sunday bread.  I pinched a bit of bread dough to nibble on, and I got scolded. I hadn't learned yet that a tenth of the dough gets baked separately, and taken to the community pantry.  I also had to learn about not baking with yeast during Lent. 

I used to make Challah every week and other breads as well until I found out I was so very ill because of Celiacs disease. 😐

Here is a good reading source for rules regarding challah. 

 

https://www.halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Challah#General_Guidelines

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So I was at my brothers on the weekend, male mode. But I had my nails done nicely (trying to grow them) with clear varnish.

 

Nothing was said until he saw my thumb nail and said "What the f is that, are they fake nails or something?" I just said to him that they were my nails. Nothing more was said at the time.

 

Later in the day he said maybe I dress up as a woman on weekends or something. I ignored him.

 

Its hard as I want to be my authentic self, but I'm not ready to tell anyone yet. I also don't think he would understand as he is very right wing.

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2 hours ago, LillyF said:

I also don't think he would understand as he is very right wing.

Many people can't accept what they don't understand.  And being transgender is hard for cis folks to understand - I'm not sure they even can.  

And then, I suppose a lot of us don't even understand half of what we think we do.

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10 hours ago, awkward-yet-sweet said:

I knew some of our community's traditions had Hebrew roots (like much of Christianity), although each family has variations.  Actually, there's a group of Sabbath Believers in our county.  Christians, but they worship on Saturday and keep the Old Testament feast days, lunar calendar, kosher diet, etc...

I was involved with Messianic Christians for awhile.  I still consider (particularly early) Christians to be a Jewish cult ("cult" in a non derogatory sense).

There are a lot of connections between the three major Abrahamic faiths.   Pity that they can't seem to get along better.  But then, they even fight among themselves.

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Today I woke up a lot earlier than what I wanted but oh well. I’m going to make the most out of it. 

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1 hour ago, Ashley0616 said:

 

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Been there done that got the t-shirt and the ring. LOL.

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1 hour ago, KymmieL said:

Been there done that got the t-shirt and the ring. LOL.

Great days weren't they lol! I definitely remember

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I remember drinking something resembling bunker oil instead of coffee getting ready for watch on the ship...and adding "space milk" to the drink to make it slightly more palatable. Now I just stick to black.

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4 hours ago, RaeOfSunshine said:

I remember drinking something resembling bunker oil instead of coffee getting ready for watch

 

When I was instructing in the air force, it was the students' job to make the coffee.  We trained Dutch pilots as well as Canadians, and you could always tell when it was a Dutchman who made the coffee: it was only suitable for paving the runways.  😄

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11 minutes ago, KathyLauren said:

 

When I was instructing in the air force, it was the students' job to make the coffee.  We trained Dutch pilots as well as Canadians, and you could always tell when it was a Dutchman who made the coffee: it was only suitable for paving the runways.  😄

LOL

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Good Tuesday morning

 

i don’t have much time but there are some posts I want to respond to.

 

@awkward-yet-sweet first I hope you can patch things up with your GF but I can tell the hurt runs deep and is going to take time and talk.  No, my church does not hold any significance for Challah bread.  Our women's circle is doing a Bible study on the Ten Commandments.  We are on keeping the Sabbath.  Since this is Old Testament, the author suggested making a Challah and sharing like would have been done at a Hebrew Sabbath meal.  I enjoy making bread so I gave it a try.  And now I’m making it for two circles.

 

I don’t have a special recipe, I am using one I found in a Williams Sonoma book.  It is made with all purpose flour, but a portion of the flour can be whole wheat or just about any other flour. It needs the gluten.  I normally use bread flour but I didn’t for this and it’s a good thing, it would rise too much.  I think when I can experiment with it I should split the dough at make two breads.  This is a big bread.  I’m using our turkey platter to serve it.

 

@Birdie thanks for telling about the bread. I was taking kosher salt but did not know its purpose.  
 

the rest will have to wait as I need to get dressed to go to my Circle Meeting.   This church has been so open and inviting to me I can’t believe it.  Asked to join a women’s Circle.  Asked to become an Elder.  Greeted by nearly everyone using my name.  I’m ashamed I don’t know all of theirs.  And we only started going there last spring.

 

I have tears just thinking about the acceptance and love 

 

Willow

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Hi 👋 

 

here is my third loaf of Challah bread.  I offered to make it for the other women’s circle.  
 

Our minister attended our meeting this morning.  He went through the origins of the prayer and had me pour the “wine” and break the bread.  Then everyone was served the broken bread with some kosher salt and fruit of the vine.  I must have made a good loaf as everyone enjoyed it and a few suggested I should make the bread for communion.  Knowing my bread contains things some are allergic to, I politely declined.

 

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1 hour ago, Willow said:

Hi 👋 

 

here is my third loaf of Challah bread.  I offered to make it for the other women’s circle.  
 

Our minister attended our meeting this morning.  He went through the origins of the prayer and had me pour the “wine” and break the bread.  Then everyone was served the broken bread with some kosher salt and fruit of the vine.  I must have made a good loaf as everyone enjoyed it and a few suggested I should make the bread for communion.  Knowing my bread contains things some are allergic to, I politely declined.

 

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That's what my intern pastor wanted to do but we have people that are allergic to gluten.

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@Willow  That's a beautiful loaf! 😊  Sounds like you fit in pretty well with your community, too!

 

On 11/6/2023 at 2:34 PM, Ashley0616 said:

 

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That photo....is familiar!  I've lost count of how many 1qt and 2qt canteens we have hanging around.  Never had the "lukewarm international roast" but I've had the French Vanilla Cappuccino and the Milk Chocolate Cocoa from those brown plastic packets.  No cute little stove, either - heated the water in a metal can wired to the exhaust manifold. 😄  Hopefully the MRE's they gave you in the service were fresher than what I've seen in our Civil Defense supplies.  Nothing like nibbling on pound cake from 2002.  🙄

 

 

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Had an appointment with my therapist this morning,going to do the next step transitioning going on the estrogen and male hormone blockers.My partner was with me for support and he is 100% supportive of me doing this.He is going to transition himself too going on the male hormones,is ftm.We plan on doing this together and I already decided to have the GRS when it comes time

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7 hours ago, awkward-yet-sweet said:

@Willow  That's a beautiful loaf! 😊  Sounds like you fit in pretty well with your community, too!

 

 

That photo....is familiar!  I've lost count of how many 1qt and 2qt canteens we have hanging around.  Never had the "lukewarm international roast" but I've had the French Vanilla Cappuccino and the Milk Chocolate Cocoa from those brown plastic packets.  No cute little stove, either - heated the water in a metal can wired to the exhaust manifold. 😄  Hopefully the MRE's they gave you in the service were fresher than what I've seen in our Civil Defense supplies.  Nothing like nibbling on pound cake from 2002.  🙄

 

 

My favorite MRE was discontinued. Country Captain Chicken. Yes I remember MRE's that old. 

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