Freshwater Academy

Fresh Water Academy was founded in 2010. It is home to four lovely young ladies of learning and their dedicated teachers. Located in the wilds of Wyoming, the name Fresh Water Academy was chosen as a Western analogy to Christ. Just as He is the Living Water, and we must have Him to have eternal life, any desert dweller knows the importance of fresh water to life, both for self, and the nourishment of crops or livestock. By taking nourishment in God and His word, we strengthen our own relationship with Him, our faith, and the quality and abundance of our fruitfulness.

Our keystone verse is from Jeremiah, Chapter 17, Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

The fruit that we speak of is mentioned in Galatians 5:22
"22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."

And the heat could be anything we experience that might test our faith in God; trials and tribulations, relationships, anything that focuses our love and attention anywhere but on Him...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Amish Cinnamon Bread

This lovely recipe popped up on my facebook page the other day, and it looked so simple that I had to try it right then and there!  I whipped up two loaves (it really was that quick and easy) and they disappeared within minutes!  If you like cinnamon rolls but just don't have the time, this is a dense, moist, flavorful bread that takes a lot less prep time than the rolls but is still delicious!

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk*
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda

Cinnamon/Sugar Mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

 *I don't normally keep buttermilk on tap in my kitchen, so I substituted 2 cups of milk with a large splash of lemon juice (you could also use vinegar).

Cream together butter, sugar and eggs...and this is also where I added my ever present instant coffee to the blend...

Grab your buttermilk (or substitute, as you can see here), and measure 2 cups.

I always like to mix my dry ingredients together before blending them into a recipe, so here's my bowl of flour and baking soda.

I alternated the milk and dry ingredients into the butter mixture, just like cookie dough...

The cinnamon/sugar mix is both a topping and a center layer of flavor.

Pour half the dough into two greased loaf pans (1/4 into each), reserving the other half.
Sprinkle some of the cinnamon mixture over the dough in each loaf pan, 
then fill  with the rest of the batter and sprinkle again. 


Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes, cool in the pan for a few so it doesn't fall apart, and serve with a fresh cup of java :).

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