Fellowship with friends

Hudson, Elizabeth, and Jullianne

While in Indiana, we were blessed to visit the Brubacher family for a short time.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch and the few hours of fellowship.  Thank you, Brubacher family, for your sweet hospitality! 


Daily Life on the Farm

This gives all of you, our dear blog readers, a peek into a normal, typical day on the farm.
People wonder what we do that makes us SO busy?
(I know, I shouldn't be laughing at that often-asked question....but if you all lived on our farm, you would laugh, too!)


Indiana Memories

Last week we spent several days singing in Shipshewanna, Indiana.  While there, we sang twice per day, and somehow, managed to come away without any pictures that capture the craziness that was sandwhiched in between it all.  What Chelsy did manage to photograph were some of the special memories we made.  So, as you look at these, try to imaging us getting ready for two concerts per day, going to bed at midnight (our evening concert was at 9:30), setting up and tearing down instruments and other equipment, and driving back and forth from town and the cabin we stayed at.

 Liz and Rebecca posed for some pictures with their friend, the bear.

 Denver and Hudson are HUGE fans of anything and everything f o o d related!

 =It was so special to spend some time with "Aunt Dee", our officially adopted aunt and most wonderful "Super-Nanny" at the Bluegate!

 This is one of our newly discovered "favorite spots on earth".  Pictured is the view from the back porch of the cabin.

Glorious fall colors!


Lovely Little Ladies

Chelsy snapped these pictures several Sundays ago when Rebecca and her friend, Bria, happened to be matching for church.  

Rebecca (3 yrs) & Bria (4 yrs) 


How thankful I am for little girls.......their happy giggles and sweet smiles are such a joy! 

Doughnut Recipe

As requested, we are posting the recipe we love for doughnuts!

Turn on some music, pull out the aprons, get the family together, and have fun!  Don't worry if there's powdered sugar all over the kitchen, or if you burn a few doughnuts in the process of finding the correct oil temperature!  This is such a fun activity and a great way to involve family members who don't normally "cook". Because the oil is very hot, frying the doughnuts is best done by Mom, Dad, or the older children.  But even your toddlers can help roll out the doughnuts or dust them with powdered sugar.
Without farther ado, here is the recipe.

~Bontrager's favorite Doughnuts~

Soak for 12-20 hours:
3 cups yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup melted butter or coconut oil
10 cups flour (We used mostly hard flour wheat flour and a little spelt)

After soaking add:
1/2 cup warm water mixed with 2 tbs. yeast
2 tsp. salt
4 eggs, beaten
enough flour to make a nice dough-at least 4-8 cups (We used unbleached white flour.)

Knead dough and then let it set until double in size.  Roll out on floured surface and cut into doughnuts.  Put on trays and let set until double in size.  And don't forget the holes!  We think they are the best!  Fry doughnuts (and holes!) in safflower oil (at 365 degrees) until golden on top, then flip and fry the other side until golden.  (Another kind of oil could be used, as well.)  Once fried, we like to roll the doughnuts in powdered sugar.  They are wonderful eaten fresh with milk or apple cider.  

This recipe makes approximately 70 doughnuts.  We enjoy making plenty to share with neighbors and friends.  Left-overs are also great for breakfast the next morning!
If you make these, we'd love to hear about it! 

posted by Allison



~ d o u g h n u t s !~

Each fall, we have this tradition.  When the weather starts getting chillier and the leaves begin to fall from the trees, we mix up some dough, pull out the oil, kettle, and pans, and make some doughnuts!  
Here are some pictures of "doughnut-making day."  It was such fun........that "hissing and bubbling" when you drop the doughnuts into the scalding hot oil, the powdered sugar all over the kitchen, the discussions about why the doughnuts are too dark and if the oil is too hot or not hot enough, the reminders from Mother to "not lick your fingers" while you roll the doughnuts in powdered sugar, the delicious taste of a fresh and hot doughnut with a cup of milk, the fun of sharing the finished products with others, the utterly "fried" (like MacDonalds?) smell you are left with.................it all combines for wonderful memories! 

Elizabeth helped to cut the doughnuts out.

-working together-

Don't those look "scrummy"? (scrumptious/yummy= a word that I heard from a dear friend.  It seems to be a wonderful description!)  Needless to say, we ate plenty of these delicious treats before the end of the day!  

~posted by Allison