The Household {+ a Homemade Bagel Recipe}



The [Biblical] word household is “therapeia” in the Greek and means
“attendance to medical needs, domestic, healing.”

In other words, out homes should be homes of healing
—healing the spirit, the soul, and the body. That’s why God ordained the home.
It is an oasis from the storms of life, a sanctuary from the chaos and strife in the world,
a place of safety to nurture and raise children, and a place of healing.
-Nancy Campbell



“Oh, are you having a party?” the middle-aged lady at the grocery checkout till asked, as she counted the large stacks of cheese I was purchasing early Saturday morning. [When cheese goes on sale, we purchase about 40 blocks of cheese. I then grate the cheese and store it in our large chest freezer for the next few months.]


I smiled and explained, well, no …  we have eight lovely children at home … so, it my life is a constant party … or at least, it feels like a party some days, other days it is a bit of a … zoo! …. but still, it is fun indeed!

You see, ordinary life does not need to be boring. There is joy and interesting aspects in all areas of the day, if you look for it.

Right now, the girls are playing with baby bunnies in the afternoon early spring sunshine. It has been a long winter – a good one – but as the toasty sun warms their cheeks, the promise of spring is blossoming in our hearts.

There are eight new chickies cheeping away in the mudroom … they were hatched in our incubator with the supervision of my eldest daughter. They are her special Polish chicks, which she enjoys raising.


and baby kittens tucked away safely with their momma …

…there is a load of washed clothes on the laundry line, drying in the fresh, cool air … it will smell so good when I wrap my arms around the laundry and bring it inside …

Earlier this week, we saw a turkey vulture out in the field sitting on top a very tall old hydro pole. It slowly spread its great expanse of wings and sat there, sunning its open 6′ wide wings in the warm March sunshine. It was an amazing sight for us to watch with wonder.


Lacey’s mini horse, Spirit, is due with a foal in a few month. She is so excited!


Every day, we have school at home, around the kitchen table or in the “school room” … every day, there are three large meals to prepare and plan out … every day, there are needs and problems, trials and chores, happy moments and exciting times … there is usually a funny story to tell daddy when he arrives home from the workplace, weary and ready for rest … there are bedtime stories to read and chapter books to explore … there is never a dull moment.

In the excitement of our life, I try to find at least a half hour in the afternoon to sit and drink a cuppa tea.


Sometimes I listen to my favorite music and read a book or sometimes I listen to a sermon. Other times, I simply enjoy the quiet. I can either sit in my favorite room – as I call  it, the parlour – and have some quiet time or I will sit on the front porch in the spring and summer months … it is peaceful and quiet and it gives the baby a chance to rest away from all the noise of the busy family. The girls are encouraged to do something alone – draw, write, colour, listen to audio stories, play outside, swing on the hammock, take a nap … but we all retreat for a little while. It is restful for the soul and for the body.

I have discovered this rest cannot happen if we are out and about, running around hither and thither … we must stay home to experience rest and quiet time.   I don’t believe there is much rest to be found rushing about or being too busy in the world.


Do you find rest at home?

How do you order your day?


Here is a recipe I wanted to share with you this week … it is for Homemade Bagels. Yum – they were so delicious!
I used my regular bread recipe and just added a bit more oil (olive oil). I formed the bagels by forming them into a regular bun shape and then poked a hole in the centre, stretching the dough a bit to form a bagel. Once you have formed your bagel, drop them into boiling water until they float. Lift out with a slotted spoon and place on baking sheet. Brush the tops with an egg wash and sprinkle desired seeds ontop – or leave plain. Whatever suits you best!

Bake as usual – until they are a golden brown.

Oh, they were so good! We have made them a few times now and just love them each time.

Bread Recipe (which can be used for Bagels)

6-6.5 cups of flour
2 cups of warm water
4 tsps of yeast (dissolved in the warm water)

A dash of salt


a dollup or honey or 1/4 cup of sugar
1/3 cup of oil (if desired)
raisins and cinnamon, if you wish to make raisin bread or bagels

Mix the yeast into the warm water – allow it to sit for about 8-10 minutes. Mix into flour, add optional sugars using a  mixer or a big bowl and your own mixing abilities. 🙂 Add salt last.
Knead until dough is elastic and does not rip apart when you pull gently on the dough. This will take about 100 kneads by hand – you may use the mixer and it will take a few minutes.

Allow dough to rise in a warm location until doubled in size.

Form into bagels or bread at this point …

Follow directions above on bagel making or simply form into a loaf style of choice.

Allow bread loaf to rise for about 20minutes. Bagels do not need to rise – after they have been dipped into the boiling water, they are ready to be baked.
Bake at 350 until golden brown. A bread loaf should sound hollow when tapped – this is a sign it is done.
Enjoy with melted butter! Mmmmm!











March 23, 2018 - 1:44 pm

Gigi Sue, I had no idea! Thank you for the helpful tip!

March 23, 2018 - 12:03 pm

Sue Did you know there is no need to dissolve your yeast before adding the dry ingredients? I decided to experiment one day, and i added all dry ingred ingredients together, including the yeast, and mixed them well. Then I added my warm water and oil and proceeded as normal with my recipe. My dough always rises and bakes excellent. I looked it up online afterwards and discovered it is true …there’s no need to dissolve the yeast when making bread. This saves me a lot of time and I thought it will be helpful to you also! I included a link so you can read about it if you like:

March 22, 2018 - 5:50 pm

Sarah Oh, my! The baby bunny, kitten and chick are so adorable! What a blessing for your children. I can just imagine how much they love them.I smiled when I read your mention of the turkey vultures. Over the past few years we have lived here two turkey vultures would come every summer. They built a nest on top of an old silo across the road. They would often disturb traffic by standing in the road. When my daughter was a year old she was terrified to see them fly over our house. We are very pleased to know they will not be visiting this summer. Their silo was taken down, as the property was purchased by a Mennonite family. They plan to prepare the land for farming this summer. : )

March 22, 2018 - 4:03 pm

Rebecca I just went back and read a few of your previous posts, and since I couldn’t comment on them directly, I just wanted to say that 1) what a GENIUS idea for the granola!!! I’m literally gonna try it today — I’ve been meaning to make homemade granola but I just haven’t been able to get myself excited about all the work involved! and 2) on your post about TV, I had the exact opposite childhood — a childhood FILLED with television and video games for my brother, and that’s why I chose NOT to have a television, starting my freshman year of college (and I’m over a decade past that time). It took many years to convince my husband of completely getting rid of tv and video games (he would watch sports on it, I never watched it, and he played some Xbox when we got married), but now we only have a tv and dvd (and a vhs — haha!) set up to occasionally watch an old movie (we are very picky about the kinds of movies our kids can watch as well) and absolutely no video games (I’m constantly shocked at how many of my married friends have husbands who play video games all the time!). I do not want my kids to have a childhood full of screens and wasted time, but instead I want them to have time for nature, farm animals, art, and lots of books and childhood games with their sisters. Sorry for the long post, but I just wanted to say, “Yes I agree 100%!” 🙂

March 22, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Rebecca We mostly stay at home during the week as well, except one day a week when my two oldest have piano lessons in town, and I do my grocery shopping with the little two. During the day when I put the littlest one down for a nap, we do some schoolwork and then I usually send my oldest 3 outside for some nature/sunshine/fresh air/farm chores (which is important when you live in Alaska). If we don’t go outside, we try to spend the extra time after school reading, listening to audio stories, drawing, playing games or dollhouse, or catching up on a few chores. I need to work on actually taking a break myself during that time — I usually just try to catch up on chores but I think it would better for me to sit and knit or read and enjoy a cup of coffee instead!

March 22, 2018 - 1:15 pm

Gigi Thank you, Kristal! I hope the recipe turns out well for you!

March 22, 2018 - 11:03 am

Kristal Those bagels look delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

March 21, 2018 - 11:44 am

Gigi We have lots of different kinds of rabbits – we don’t sell them, but we should! I am trying to encourage my daughter to sell a few at the local animal show coming up.

March 21, 2018 - 8:15 am

Gigi I would love to be in a greenhouse, too!
P.S. I just saw the Modest Shoppe … I am thinking of ordering a dress or two. Lovely items!

March 21, 2018 - 8:00 am

Our Home of Many Blessings I forgot to ask…what kind of bunnies do you have and do you sell the babies?We want sweet bunnies but have a hard time finding any anywhere! Have a good day!

March 21, 2018 - 7:57 am

Our Home of Many Blessings Oh how lovely of a recipe!I shall try that today!We also have a downtime during nap.We like to stay at home as well….We have so many things we wanna do anyway!Like reading,baking or writing dear old pen pals!Writing in my bible studies is so refreshing during that part of the day alao.

March 20, 2018 - 11:19 pm

Teesa I love you simple quiet life you live. I love just being home also…we have quite time here as well, maybe listening to audio, reading a book, and drawing. My favorite spot is my greenhouse where it is warm during the cold spring days we are having. It a place to read a book or just pray. Hugs!