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Advent's Third Light

We lit the Light of Beasts last night.  It's been fun to collect treasures for the nature table that coincide with each week's theme.  The children found a very nice feather (maybe from a hawk?) and a good bee's nest when they were outside today.  We had another nest, but it had been, well, stepped on.  There's been a little break in the weather and it was good to look out and see them climbing the dogwood and tidying the spiral.

Third Sunday

We made Santa Lucia buns today, a remake and a recipe test.  My children are so funny sometimes, but aren't we all?  The canned cinnamon buns did not suit them at all on the big morning.  I can't get them to eat at McDonald's or consume instant mashed potatoes, either.  Oh, well.  Children do have ways of prompting us to be better people, don't they?  These are from the Waldorf Book of Breads and were easy to make, perhaps more even fun than the eating.


Here's my halved version of the recipe:

1/8 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (the equivalent of one packet)
1 cup warm milk
1 egg, beaten (you may save a little to brush on top or use another egg)
5/8 cup sugar
4 cups flour (I used part whole wheat)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric (my addition, as this has no saffron and neither do I)
1 stick of butter, melted

Wake up yeast with water.  Stir in remaining ingredients, adding the butter after combining the rest.  Knead about 10 minutes.  Proof one hour or until doubled.  Divide into 24 portions.  Roll into long snakes and roll up into S shapes or spirals.  Brush with beaten egg and top with sugar or raisins.  Bake at 350° F for 20 minutes, or until nicely browned.

These rolls are very mildly sweet, so I think I'll warm them tomorrow and put a powdered sugar and orange juice glaze on top.


( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 17th, 2014 06:13 am (UTC)
Your Lucia buns look so perfect! I've never made them. We've never really done St. Lucia traditions here at all, actually. I only get as far as reading to them about her from the Horologian and reading Lucia, Saint of Light. I would like to do more eventually.

I dearly wanted to name a girl Lucia, but my BIL and SIL just had a Lucy. Darn.
Dec. 19th, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks! These are pretty good, though I'm still searching for the perfect recipe. :-) I haven't read the story to the children--it will probably wait a couple years. Maybe you could do Lucia as a middle name?
( 2 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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