Will was asked to bring the treasure chest for children's church Sunday. He was beyond thrilled to be trusted with the job. He could put whatever he wanted inside and then it's the pastor's job to make it into a mini-sermon for the kids. I would say it's William's favorite part of service. (Then the kids leave for Sunday school and us adults can actually listen to the rest of service. That's my favorite part.)
Will flirted with the idea of putting army men inside the chest and then decided on bread. Because baking bread is serving God ... which Chris and I eventually translated into feeding the hungry is serving God. So Saturday found me and Will in the kitchen making bread. And Will was very specific that he wanted honey bread. Since the internet is a vast and wonderful thing, we found a honey bread recipe from Rwanda. Baking and learning geography was a nice way to spend the rainy day.
Boy was it tasty! I'm not that great at baking bread yet. But just look at it, all nice and golden. We enjoyed warm bread with butter for supper. And it was a big hit at church too. It's not my recipe so I don't want to post it and break blogging etiquette so you can find the recipe here. The bread has a sweet and slightly spicy taste thanks to the honey and interesting spices like coriander and cloves. I didn't have cloves so I used nutmeg. I don't think it changed the taste much.
I didn't stop with the honey bread. Monday night I made my first king cake to celebrate Mardi Gras. The recipe actually made two king cakes. It must have been very good because one slice is all that is left of the first cake this morning. It didn't even last for frosting and sugar. The recipe is from Southern Living; you can find it here. A big thanks to my friend Laura for sharing it!
I attempted to decorate the second cake with icing in traditional Mardi Gras colors ... It's not perfect. You can barely see the green and yellow but it is festive! I'm going to take it to Will's class for snack. And some beads if I can find enough to share.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!