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Book Cover Freedom's Pen: A Story Based on the Life of Freed Slave and Author Phillis Wheatley

How come the boys like this one the best?!!


Yeast-Raised Doughnuts {with gf version too!}

1 (1/4-oz) package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons warm water (105–115°F)
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour** plus additional for sprinkling and rolling out dough {for gf use rice flour for sprinkling and rolling out}
1 cup whole milk at room temperature
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
About 10 cups vegetable oil for deep frying

Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl until yeast is dissolved. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. (If yeast doesn’t foam, discard and start over with new yeast.)

Mix together flour, milk, butter, yolks, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and yeast mixture in mixer at low speed until a soft dough forms. Increase speed to medium-high and beat 3 minutes more.

Scrape dough down side of bowl (all around) into center, then sprinkle lightly with flour (to keep a crust from forming). Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel (not terry cloth) and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled in bulk, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (Alternatively, let dough rise in bowl in refrigerator 8 to 12 hours.)

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll out with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 12-inch round (1/2 inch thick). Cut out as many rounds as possible with 3-inch cutter, then cut a hole in center of each round with 1-inch cutter and transfer doughnuts to a lightly floured large baking sheet. Cover doughnuts with a clean kitchen towel and let rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until slightly puffed, about 30 minutes (45 minutes if dough was cold when cutting out doughnuts). Do not reroll scraps.

Heat 2 1/2 inches oil in a deep 4-quart heavy pot until it registers 350°F on thermometer. Fry doughnuts, 2 at a time, turning occasionally with a wire or mesh skimmer or a slotted spoon, until puffed and golden brown, about 2 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain. (Return oil to 350°F between batches.)

Doughnut Glaze: 2 tablespoons whole milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar
Found on 17andbaking blog
**here’s Susannah’s gluten free fixin’s 🙂
for the flour use:
1/2 millet flour
3/4 C. sorghum flour
1 C. white rice flour
1 C. arrowroot
add 2 t. xanthan or guar gum
Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade-named — BOOK.

BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It’s so easy to use, even a child can operate it.

Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere — even sitting in an armchair by the fire — yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc.

Here’s how it works:

BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.

Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now, BOOKS with more information simply use more pages. Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.

BOOK may be taken up at any time and used merely by opening it.

BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, though, like other devices, it can become damaged if coffee is spilled on it and it becomes unusable if dropped too many times on a hard surface. The “browse” feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish. Many come with an “index” feature, which pin-points the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.

An optional “BOOKmark” accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session — even if the BOOK has been closed. BOOKmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOK markers can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once. The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK. You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with optional programming tools, Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Styli (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave. BOOK’s appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking to invest. Look for a flood of new titles soon.

September 8th, 2010 (written by Leah)

About a week ago, Isaiah discovered an old pacifier and wanted to play with it. I told him he could, but then he had it in his mouth a lot for the next few days, so I kept teasing him that he was a baby because he had a pacifier. A few days later he told Jessica “I not a baby anymore cause I don’t have the fire thing.”

Note: The Seven Sisters Treasures is a weekly post where we share some of our favorite things.  Hope you enjoy!  ~the Farmgirls

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5 thoughts on “Seven Sisters Treasures #54

  • October 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I loved the BOOK thing!!! 🙂 Beautiful picture of the Statue of Liberty and you all sitting in front of it. Even though it was gray and windy, the picture was beautiful!

  • October 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    We all LOVE the sketchy videos you’ve been posting!!!!
    Praying for your trip!
    Old Maidison 😉

  • October 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Oh-I just took the time to read the article on BOOK-and it took me a while to understand what they were talking about!! Sometimes I wonder about myself. Amazing, all this new technology. Who’da thunk? 😀

  • October 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Oh, this is one of my favorite “Seven Sisters Treasures” ever.
    That book you have “Freedom’s Pen”, I’ve never read that particular book, but have read from that same series… awesome books!

    Those “sketchy” videos are so hilarious… and so is the “BOOK” article! I’ve read that one several times now because it amazes me at how funny it always is.
    I must say one more thing… “Under African Skies” is a wonderful blog from 2 wonderful ladies. It’s a blog that I really enjoy myself.

    It looks like you girls are having a blast on your trip! (Don’t have TOO much fun though!)


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