April Goal Update

We’re already almost a week into May. It’s crazy! We’ve had bumper to bumper events plus colds, so the days have just flown by.

Here’s how I’m doing on my goals for the year. I’d love to hear how you are doing!

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April Goal Update

Grow a perfect tomato plant

All April, the weather kept teetering between balmy and chilly. I think it has finally warmed up enough to actually get those tomatoes planted. Yay!

Finish my poetry curriculum

Getting SO close. My goal is to have it finished by the time our local homeschool conference starts, which is only a week and a half away! (If you’re interested, here’s the very first poem my kids learned and here’s another fun one.)

Read through the Bible as a family

At the beginning of the year, our pastor really encouraged us to read through the Bible as families. Though we’ve fallen behind several times in April, the way this plan is broken up, it makes it fairly easy to catch up!  So often I take God’s Word for granted, but it’s such an incredible privilege to own a copy of the Bible in our own language and read it without fear of persecution.

Learn how to take beautiful photos

Hopefully you’ve noticed at least a slight improvement in picture quality over the past two months. I am eighteen minutes into this incredibly helpful “how-to” video for my camera model. Those eighteen minutes translate into hours in real time, since I have to keep pausing to practice on my camera. I’m definitely not the brightest student, but am determined. Hopefully determination will compensate for a lack of talent. 🙂

Master the art of whole grain sourdough bread

Learning how to make sourdough bread!

Sourdough bread (here are a few of the reasons I’m so determined to learn the art of sourdough!) 

Excited is a bit too mild for how I feel about this sourdough bread! After killing my last sourdough starter, my sweet friend Aneysa gave me a new batch of starter and wrote out an incredibly simple recipe to follow. It’s delicious! The crust makes that glorious crinkly sound and the inside is perfectly moist.

I decided to aim for “perfect” white sourdough bread first and gradually work in more whole grain till I’ve reached my goal of making consistently good whole grain sourdough bread.

Write 300+ words every day

Busyness, sickness, and life keep taking precedence over writing, it seems. I have mostly been able to stick to this, but a lot of the writing has been in the poetry curriculum!

Habit update: clean for 20 minutes a day

After seeing what a huge difference it makes to clean for 20 focused minutes each weekday, making this a habit has been fairly easy. My home is cleaner than it has been in a long time!

April’s Goal Update

Now it’s your turn. How are you doing on your current goals?

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    • anna says

      Hi Jenni! Here’s the recipe my friend Aneysa gave me. I’m planning to post a video and step by step pictures in the next couple of weeks, but it’s quite easy if you have a good starter. 🙂

      (For four loaves!) Combine:

      7 1/2 cups of water
      2 T salt
      2 1/2 cups sourdough starter
      15 cups of flour

      Mix, cover lightly, and let sit for 8-15 hours or until about doubled in size. Aneysa said that it varies quite a bit in texture, and that’s okay. I like to leave it overnight so that I can shape it during the day.

      Once risen, grease four bread pans. Scoop or dump the dough into the pans. Let rise until the dough reaches the top of the pans. On a warm day that only took a couple of hours for me.

      Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 then bake for 45-55 minutes.

      Let me know how it turns out!

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