You may be wondering why I'm rambling on and on about clutter and cleaning when the title of this post is "Friendship." Actually, there's not reason, I just got a little sidetracked...sorry. But, there are a few things I've been thinking over the past couple of days sorting through things and looking at old pictures and memorabilia--one of these things is friendship.
Like all of you, I cherish the friendships I have. I consider my husband, parents, sisters, and brothers (both natural and thru marriage) my friends. Outside of family members, I've come to know some amazing people in all walks of my life thus far. When I was younger, my family moved across the world and back again, and in the last 11 years, I've moved eight times. Yes, friends come and go, which is a natural yet sometimes sad part of life. But do friendships have to end when you move away? I certainly don't think they do and many of mine haven't. There are some friends that have remained and will continue to remain close (though not in physical proximity) for years to come.
One of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year is to intentionally reach out to friends I don't have the chance to interact with on a daily basis to let them know that I still cherish our friendship and to try to stay in touch as much as time and life circumstances will allow. Facebook is nice, but I'm looking even beyond that.
I read this quote this morning and it reminded my of my goal:
"A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely. " Pam Brown
Another reason I've been thinking about friendship so much lately is because a very good friend of mine, actually my first college roommate, gave me a container for the starter of Amish Friendship Bread last week. I had the chance to bake it and taste it over the weekend and it was delicious! But what really makes the bread unique is that it isn't something you make in one day; there's a 10-day process involved. Making it takes time, commitment, and patience--just like friendship. I think there's a way to start the bread-making process on your own, but, as I mentioned above, I received my starter dough from a friend. And instead of using all of the dough for myself, I split it into 3 containers (as instructed in the recipe) to share the dough with other friends.
|My Amish Friendship Bread|
Amish Friendship Bread:***Important Note: Don't use metal spoons or equipment. Do not refrigerate. Use only glazed ceramic or plastic bowls or containers.
- 1 Cup Live Yeast Starter
- Day 1: Do nothing with the starter.
- Days 2-5: Knead bag of starter.
- Day 6: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup milk. Knead bag of mix.
- Days 7-9: Knead bag of mix
- Day 10: Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Stir. Take out 3 cups and place 1 cup each into three separate plastic containers. Give one cup and a copy of this recipe to three friends. To the balance (a little over one cup) of the batter, add the following ingredients and mix well:
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
In a separate bowl combine the following dry ingredients and mix well:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 - (5.1 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup nuts (I didn't have any)
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix and pour into two well greased and sugared bread pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour.
"It takes a long time to grow an old friend." John Leonard
How do you stay in touch with friends? Oh, and have you ever eaten Amish Friendship Bread?
Oh, and I have to apologize for those of you who came looking to read about my surprise yesterday and didn't find one: I'm SO sorry. The surprise has been pushed back to THIS Sunday due to a scheduling conflict.
Have a great week!