Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hot Dog Wrap Ups

Lammersville School 1904-1905
Going to a small rural K-8 school in northern California was a blessing I took for granted.  My parents picked very carefully where they would live based on the school system.  Back in 1979, Lammersville School was the place I spent a lot of my time.

One thing I took for granted was the cafeteria food we ate.  I have since come to realize that not all school kids ate the way we did.  The ladies in our cafeteria made so much of our food from scratch and oh, man, it was good.
Lammersville School...
Closer to what it looked like when I attended.

One of my favorite lunch days was when we got "wiener wrap-ups"... yeah, it needed a name change. To make these, the Lunch Ladies took the fabulous dough they used for our rolls and ... well, used it to wrap up hot dogs.

This recipe is my effort
to regain the past...or at the very least attempt going home again.  It comes pretty dern close.  At any rate, my boys love it.  So does the veggie girl, but for her I wrap up a tofu brat.  ;)

I use my trusty dinner roll recipe I shared in this blog entry. My Favorite Dough Recipe
 Put ingredients into the bread machine in the order they are listed:

1 egg
1/2 stick butter cut into chunks (1/4 c.)
1/2 c. hot water
1/2 c. warm milk (I usually mix the hot water and milk together and call it warm)
1/2 tsp. salt
 3 3/4 cups flour... often I use half wheat flour and it gives it a nice sweet taste.
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. active dry yeast (or one packet)

Set your machine for "dough"
Start your machine at least 2 hours before you want dinner so the dough has enough time to go through all it's cycles and you have time to roll out and bake the dogs.

 I do the same thing as for dinner rolls, only instead of 2oz portions, I use 3 oz. portions.  I use my digital food scale to weight the pieces.  I highly recommend everyone get a digital food scale, comes in handy.

Preheat your oven to 375 and line a cooking tray with parchment paper.  Parchment paper is the way to go, folks.  I simply crumple up the paper, throw it away and put the pan back into my cupboard.  Way easy cleanup.

I roll the dough out into a long oval, slap a piece of cheese in the middle, grab a dog... we use Jennie-o turkey dogs... and start rolling. You'll roll it a few times. You can fold over the ends if you don't like your dog peeking out, but I've decided that takes too much time.

Pinch the dough together and place the dog seam side down on the baking tray lined with parchment paper. Make more than you need... I try to do the whole package of dogs.
Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until the bread starts to get golden brown.  You'll smell the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread and you won't be able to wait another minute!

These reheat beautifully in the microwave for another meal.

Get out the ketchup and mustard and enjoy!

(I made these last night for the boys and whisked them out of the oven just before I took off for a night out with some girlfriends... so there is no "after" photo. )  I'll try to remember the next time I make them, to take a picture... :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 
Proverbs 18:24

I am a middle sister.  I have two beautiful, intelligent, fun sisters who flank me on either side of the birth order.  I love them both dearly.

Both of my sisters have had the immense heartache of losing a child.  I have never known that grief, and while I do cry, pray, and try to empathize with their sorrow, the truth is,  I just don't know what that kind of heart wrenching pain is like.  But there is One who knows.

If it were possible, I would take their grief and share it with them, somehow making it less for them.  But it isn't possible.  Even if I had experienced similar tragedy, the fact that I know what they are feeling won't remove or even lessen their loss.  There is only One who truly removes our sorrow.  Only One who has destroyed the lasting effects of death, grief and mourning.  His name is Jesus and He sticks closer than a brother... or sister.

This side of heaven, they will continue to bear the loss.  In this life it won't leave them, but there is a promise; a promise of life eternal with Christ; a life to be lived with those who have fallen asleep in Him; a promise that one day my sisters will be reunited with their babies, and their sorrow will end.  Forever.

I can't truly share in their grief, but I can share in their hope.  I can remind them that there is One who has conquered death. One who has defeated it.  Death no longer holds us.  When we believe on Christ for our salvation, repenting and believing on Him for life, we are promised new life.

Outside of Christ, there is no life, there is no hope.  Repent of your sin.  Believe on Christ for the forgiveness of your sin and for the salvation of your soul.  It is in His life, His death, and His resurrection that we are given this hope of eternity with Him. He alone will turn our mourning to joy.
Amen, Come Lord Jesus.