A good day!

A good day!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!



I am just going to be honest...I am glad this year is almost over...

It has been one of the worst years for me that I can remember. I won't go into all the dreadful details, but I've been crushed, heartbroken, drained, not as close to God, confused, and I am completely worn out.

I will say that despite all the awful things that happened this year, my desire to find God in all situations did not change. Yes, I drifted away in my relationship, but just last week was snapped out of my drift and my relationship grew even closer with Christ. I am ready to make some changes in my life. This year, I want to COMPLETELY surrender my life to Him. Not just in parts, but in everything. 

I realized when I thought I had submitted myself to Him, in a major area in my life, I hadn't...
That area? PRIDE

Oh how I have mastered the art of being prideful. It is a major problem for me. How is my cooking? Is my house clean enough? Do people like me? My way of doing things is the best way, etc. Most of the strife that enters this house is due to my pride. 

I am so thankful that God has showed me the true severity of the problem (I thought it was just a little problem) and I say problem, but what it really is is sin. Sin that is one of the hardest to let go of. But, I know with His help, I can, and He can change my heart into something so wonderful that I can't even begin to imagine what my new character will be like without pride engulfing it.

I pray that you all have a wonderful New Year. I pray it's the best one yet. I pray that God does a mighty work this year in your life as I'm sure He will in mine this coming year.

There is a day...


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Almond flour pancakes...yum!




 



They reminded me a lot of buckwheat pancakes, which I loved so much before having Celiac. I loved the nuttiness of them. These are grain free and dairy free.  Here is the recipe...

3 eggs
1 T vanilla
2 T honey
1 1/2 c almond flour (I grind my own)
1/4 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
about 1/4 c water

Mix eggs, vanilla, honey. Mix dry and add together. Add 1/4 c water or more to thin out the batter. Make SMALL pancakes as almond flour pancakes are harder to flip. ;) Yum!





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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

My husband, Mr. Fix It...


Our dryer died two nights ago. I hadn't noticed it stopped running before it was supposed to and when I went to turn it back on, it wouldn't. My husband did some research yesterday and replaced a part. Seems to be working ok now. :) 

I was encouraging to him the whole time. In the past, I would fret and hover. He has a bit of a "Tim the Tool man" reputation here at home. He wasn't shown how to fix much of anything because he and his dad didn't have a relationship until the end of his dad's life which ended when he was 50.

We are thinking about getting a new washer now. We are just not sure which ones are good (top loaders, front loaders) etc. Still trying to figure that one out. :)

We have errands to run today, doc appt, store, etc and I am not feeling too wonderful for it all. Didn't sleep much last night and I'm feeling weak today. I hope I can finish out this day successfully. I will do what I can. 

I am thankful for my Mr. Fix It and I hope that he doesn't have to use that title for a while. ;)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Grain free/egg free DELICIOUS chocolate chip cookies!




I can't begin to tell you how good these are! With all my issues with my disease, I am trying different things to help slow the progression. Becoming grain free is one of them. I was already gluten free due to Celiac, but now I will be cutting out all grains...rice, beans, corn, etc.  These lovelies were made with ALMOND FLOUR that I ground myself.  I used the almonds with the skins on for more nutrition and fiber. These stayed wonderfully soft unlike my other chocolate chip cookies made with rice flour. (they stayed soft for a day). My family scarfed these down!

Here's the recipe

5oz almond flour (1 1/4 c) (you can grind your own in a coffee grinder or get it at the store)
scant 1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 c honey or maple syrup
1/8 c oil (grapeseed, coconut, macadamia)
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 to 1/2 c chocolate chips of your choice (I used scant 1/2 c semi-swt Ghiradeli)


  • Heat oven to 325.
  • Mix almond flour, salt, and baking soda well. In a small bowl, mix honey, oil, and vanilla. Combine wet and dry ingredients, mixing well. Add chocolate chips. Batter should be thick enough that you can roll a small ball between your palms and set it on the cookie sheet without it drooping or losing shape.
  • Make small balls of cookie dough and space them evenly on a cookie sheet. (you can press them, but I didn't)
  • Bake about 6 minutes. Watch closely and remove when the edges start to brown. . . they could be done at 4 minutes or at 8 minutes depending on the size of the cookie and your oven calibration.
YUM!

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

This is what it's all about...

Please turn off the music at the bottom of the page before viewing. :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Poem...



 Not Only Christmas Day
 
Lord, this is my prayer
Not only on Christmas Day
But until I see You face to face
May I live my life this way:

Just like the baby Jesus
I ever hope to be,
Resting in Your loving arms
Trusting in Your sovereignty

And like the growing Christ child
In wisdom daily learning,
May I ever seek to know You
With my mind and spirit yearning.

Like the Son so faithful
Let me follow in Your light,
Meek and bold, humble and strong
Not afraid to face the night.

Nor cowardly to suffer
And stand for truth alone,
Knowing that Your kingdom
Awaits my going home.

Not afraid to sacrifice
Though great may be the cost,
Mindful how You rescued me
From broken-hearted loss.

Like my risen Savior
The babe, the child, the Son,
May my life forever speak
Of who You are and all You've done.

So while this world rejoices
And celebrates Your birth,
I treasure You, the greatest gift
Unequaled in Your worth.

I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
"Come, good and faithful servant,"
Your Master says, "Well done."

And may heaven welcome others
Who will join with me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not only Christmas Day

-- Mary Fairchild 

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I won't be on much more this week as I am preparing to celebrate my best friend's birthday. ;) I pray everyone has a blessed Christmas and remembers that no matter what life puts in our path, it must first go through Him. Whatever comes your way, it was no mistake. God has a purpose for everything...May that bring you peace as it has me.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Update and a recipe...

Turtle Cheesecake Bars

Crust
3 cups finely chopped pecans
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cheesecake Filling
24 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 large eggs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Toppings
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1 11-oz bag caramel candy, unwrapped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons milk, divided

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • Line a 13x9 pan with parchment paper, so that parchment extends over long side of pan.
  • In a bowl, mix crust ingredients together with a fork; press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. 
  • Bake crust for 20 minutes; while crust bakes, prepare filling.
  • Cream together cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream, sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • After crust bakes, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle on 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Pour filling over chocolate chips and return to oven; bake for 50 minutes. 
  • Allow cheesecake to cool for about hour, then place in refrigerator to chill overnight.
  • When ready to serve, remove cheesecake from pan using parchment paper and place on serving platter, then prepare toppings:
  • Toast pecans in oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
  • Unwrap caramels and place in a microwave safe bowl, along with 4 tablespoons milk.  
  • Microwave in 30 second intervals until caramels have melted and sauce is smooth.
  • Pour caramel sauce over cheesecake and immediately sprinkle on toaste and chopped pecans.
  • Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, along with 2 tablespoons milk, and microwave in 30 second intervals, about 2 minutes total. 
  • Stir until smooth and drizzle over caramel-pecan topping.
I went to the doc yesterday and I'm scheduled for a sleep study on the 15th to evaluate my breathing at night and if the low oxygen is causing my memory problems (bad). I also found out that my intestines are not functioning properly due to the nerves not working from Myasthenia Gravis. I now take a medicine for that to help the motility. I'm really hoping the New Year brings less suffering and more energy. :)

I appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Rough days...

I've been having some rough days and go to the doc on Tuesday to see what we can do about sleep and possibly be scheduled for a sleep study. My diaphragm is weak and causing lots of difficulty breathing. At night is especially difficult when I sleep. It gets weaker as the day goes on and then has trouble lifting my rib cage while I am laying down. The sleep study will check to see what's going on and then hopefully be able to prescribe me a bipap for respiratory assistance. Some days (most days) I feel like I'm fading away...

On another note...Christmas is fast approaching. Such a peaceful time of year. But, it can have it's moments of sadness. I miss so many people. It's hard feeling like in some way you have been forgotten. Families gather together this time of year and you can't help but think of those who are no longer with you. Christmas just isn't the same without those people...

Despite the rough days, I will continue to rejoice in my Lord and find comfort in Him knowing He hears my heart and comforts me in just the right way. He showed me last week that even when it seems like He is far from me, He is always there....listening, watching, caring.

I am not alone.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Crockpot candy...easy!


 Add ingredients to crockpot in order as written...
16 oz roasted unsalted peanuts
16 oz roasted salted peanuts
1 12oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 oz bar german chocolate broken
1 24 oz vanilla almond bark broken
Do not stir
Put crockpot on low for 3 hours. After 3 hours stir and drop onto wax paper and let cool. :) You could substitute the german chocolate for butterscotch chips if you wanted.
 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Answers...

Here is the answers to the questions I got :) I only had one person ask lol

Stephanie, If I could visit with you I would love to know about your life journey with church. Were you raised in one and then looked around for a new one when you became an adult?
I was raised in a non-practicing Catholic home (only really went to church on Christmas, Easter, and Ash Wednesday. I always felt like something was missing. Church was very boring and ritualistic to me. There was no relationship, just saints you prayed to and the virgin Mary. When my husband and I got married, we were married in the Catholic church. The very next Sunday, we didn't return to church. Instead, we started seeking other churches that focused more on the relationship with Christ. In 1999 we were baptized together in the water and started our journey. That journey has lead to many questions, meeting lots of different people (visited a Mennonite church), several out of the country mission trips, and settling down in a wonderful church home where we have been for the last 11 yrs. We are involved in ministry and love that we have a relationship with Christ.

How many times have you changed churches? Were you ever without a church home and how long did that go on for?
We had changed churches a few times in the beginning of our marriage seeking a godly church. We were not ever really without a church home more than a couple years at the most I'd say.

Also - on a more personal note - I have wondered how your mom is getting along because I remember it was about a year(?) ago when she moved and you were very concerned with that.
My mom is now in Wisconsin and is doing ok as far as I know. She and I do not have much of a relationship...I can never live up to her expectations.

Oh and 1 more question - I really liked seeing some of the ornaments on your tree in a previous post and I was wondering if you had a moose ornament? :)
As a matter of fact I do....:)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Do you have any questions?


 I thought it would be fun to answer your questions. If any of you have any questions on homemaking, homesteading, being a helpmeet, natural remedies, my life, or anything else you have a question about, post a comment and I will answer as many as I can. :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmastime at the Wiseley Family Homestead...

These are just the beginning...I hope to post more when we get more decorating done. Was just too pooped out to keep going. :)


One of the oldest ornaments on the tree (upper right) It's about 36 years old. ;)



My 14 yr old son is getting so big!

The first ornament my husband and I got when we were first married in 96 :)

I will be doing my Christmas baking next week. :) I look forward to making more good memories...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Pocket Full of Nickels...A glimpse into what it's like living with Myasthenia Gravis

by Beverly J. Nason 

On a good morning, we awake with our borrowed supply of invisible nickels in our pocket, or perhaps we find them after our first dose of Mestinon. On any given day, our nickels may add up to somewhere near a dollar. We must decide each day how to spend our precious supply. 

Shall we shower, dress, make the bed, have breakfast, go to a job? Shall we recklessly spend them all at once? Perhaps, we should just use twenty-five cents, and dress without the shower or shave, leave the bed for later, and spend five to fifteen cents to have breakfast. We alone may judge from our recent experience. 

Having decided, we act, and our precious payments are placed into an invisible slot, filled with invisible batteries. These batteries kick in slowly and we drain their reserve with the chosen activities. When the batteries are almost spent, we force ourselves to rest. As the day progresses, we decide to do other small chores; the shave, shower, shampoo? Five more nickels perhaps? I’ll make the bed; one nickel perhaps? Cleaning house? Going to work? 

How many nickels will we have to spend today? For many of us, we can barely afford one nickel at a time, today. If we have the luxury of time for a rest period or a nap, we might awaken with a sudden new supply of nickels in our pocket. Probably our next dose of Mestinon will provide us with a fresh supply. For others, we may find we've chosen unwisely and squandered our day's wealth, or borrowed from them tomorrow, to do what had to be done, or simply what we wanted to do to improve our quality of life. 

The debt of today must always be repaid, and time in bed will be the minimum price. If we spend too much or borrow too long, our debt may be required at the hospital or some medical facility. 


We can squander our wealth all away, or spend it wisely and gratefully. When we awake morning after morning with pockets full of nickels in such abundance that we no longer have to count them, we have achieved Myasthenia Gravis remission. May you all have "pocket full of nickels"

Friday, December 9, 2011

Getting ready...

for the baking season!


Due to my increased weakness, I have started making up cookie dough and freezing it. I don't want me or my family to miss out on the yummy treats I have made every year.  My solution was to make up different cookie doughs and freeze them. When it's time to bake, then all I have to do is take it out the night before and let it thaw in the fridge and put the dough on a cookie sheet and bake! :)

We will have holiday monster cookies, sugar cookies with sprinkles, peanut blossoms, bird nests, peanut butter balls, and caramels. :)

What are some shortcuts you use during the holiday season?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Achieving the victory...

 This comes from my favorite devotional "Streams in the Desert"

"For this our light and transitory burden of suffering is achieving for us a weight of glory" (2 Cor. 4:17). (Weymouth)

"Is achieving for us," mark. The question is repeatedly asked--Why is the life of man drenched with so much blood, and blistered with so many tears? The answer is to be found in the word "achieving"; these things are achieving for us something precious. They are teaching us not only the way to victory, but better still the laws of victory. There is a compensation in every sorrow, and the sorrow is working out the compensation.

It is the cry of the dear old hymn:

"Nearer my God to Thee, nearer to Thee,
E'en tho' it be a cross that raiseth me."

Joy sometimes needs pain to give it birth. Fanny Crosby could never have written her beautiful hymn, "I shall see Him face to face," were it not for the fact that she had never looked upon the green fields nor the evening sunset nor the kindly twinkle in her mother's eye. It was the loss of her own vision that helped her to gain her remarkable spiritual discernment.

It is the tree that suffers that is capable of polish. When the woodman wants some curved lines of beauty in the grain he cuts down some maple that has been gashed by the axe and twisted by the storm. In this way he secures the knots and the hardness that take the gloss.

It is comforting to know that sorrow tarries only for the night; it takes its leave in the morning. A thunderstorm is very brief when put alongside the long summer day. "Weeping may endure for the night but joy cometh in the morning." --Songs in the Night

"There is a peace that cometh after sorrow,
Of hope surrendered, not of hope fulfilled;
A peace that looketh not upon tomorrow,
But calmly on a tempest that it stilled.

"A peace that lives not now in joy's excesses,
Nor in the happy life of love secure;
But in the unerring strength the heart possesses,
Of conflicts won while learning to endure.

"A peace there is, in sacrifice secluded,
A life subdued, from will and passion free;
'Tis not the peace that over Eden brooded,
But that which triumphed in Gethsemane."

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge...

I attempted to make fudge today. I made this recipe. It seemed easy. I didn't have the strength to make longer processed kind. Hope it turns out...never made fudge before. *gasp*


Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, an easy fudge recipe, is made with only 4 ingredients.

 2008 Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com

Ingredients:

  • 6-ounces (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar

Preparation:

Line an 8-inch square pan with foil and butter it. In a double boiler, melt chocolate, peanut butter and butter. Stir to combine. Stir in sugar until it melts. Pour into prepared pan. Cool and cut into squares. Store in refrigerator.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Link up party! Homemade Christmas...

I want to see your homemade Christmas gifts! Let share our ideas!

I love to make this for the holidays. :)

Sore Muscle Salve Recipe


This is a wonderful homemade salve you can make right in your own kitchen. It is much like Tiger Balm. It is a warming salve. Would make a great gift.

1 c Calendula infused olive oil (or cayenne infused oil for extra strength)
1.3 oz beeswax
50 drops camphor essential oil
50 drops eucalyptus/peppermint essential oil
30 drops cajuput essential oil
20 drops clove essential oil
20 drops cinnamon essential oil
1 vitamin e capsule
Heat beeswax with oil 30 sec at a time until melted. Add essential oils and vitamin e capsule. Pour into containers. I use 1 oz tins. Makes about 8-10 oz.

Here are the rules to my link party...

1. Please post something YOU made. It doesn't matter if it is crochet, quilt, clothing, baked goods, anything would be fine. I want to see it! If you use someone's idea or patterns please give them the rightful credit.

2. Link to your specific post, that way it is easier for everybody to find and read it.

3. Please grab the "Bakinghomesteader" grab button, and link back from your post. If you can mention the party in your post or place the button on your side bar, that would be great! I want more people to have a chance to come and show off their creation.

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Love this time of year!


 I love this time of year with it's pretty lights, crisp air, wonderful old Christmas songs, beautifully lit Christmas trees, Christmas cookies, lit up nativity scenes, sharing gifts with others, celebrating our Savior's birth with our church family, decorating the house all cozy like, listening to the crackle of the woodstove, and watching snow fall softly (hasn't happened yet this year). This time of year makes me smile and brings joy to my heart. It's just very special. Lots of good memories associated with this season...and that my friends is what I cherish.

Friday, December 2, 2011

I am a wife...

From Tonya at Humble Homemaker...She put into words what my heart feels.

 I Am A Wife


Too often I sense myself slipping from my God appointed role as feminine Queen of my castle to masculine warden of my domain. Because this season of my life demands more of my time, energy, and patience I need to remember my priorities and put them into practice.

An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord's affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world -- how she can please her husband. ~ 1Corinthians 7:34

God is my Well where I soak up His goodness to give me the strength to go forth into my future with passion and purpose. I commune with Him to have a relationship built on true love because I know Him and spend time with Him. I can then set the stage in my home for my children to enter into genuine relationship with their Creator. Ushering them into His plan. However, I am to be about my husband's business, not second to that, but alongside that. And He is there in the depths of my intimate life, holding it together piece by delicate piece.

I am his wife. I comfort and shield his heart against lies the world may whisper to him that he is not good enough. Sometimes because of my exhaustion, my frustration and pride rise up to work as his adversary. I don't feel that I'm working as an enemy, but satan can use my indiscretion as his powerful tool. In the midst of my pity party I don't realize my husband needs a wife.

I am his wife. I am a strong tower dwelling in the power and holiness of the Lord Almighty. There is no room for pity. My husband is facing lying giants. Evil forces plot and plan for his downfall. Am I aware of the ugliness trying to use me for their side. Making their job easier to bring my husband heartache. Is heartache a word I wouldn't use for my husband's feelings. Is he too manly, too distant, too busy to feel heartache? I think not; he was made in the image of God.

I am his wife. I meet his needs. I create a warm, inviting place for him to rest. A place to feel comfortable. How many times do I mark my territory all over my house -- after all, I am here all day. It smells like my home, feels like my home, it is my home. And it. is. his. home. I must remember this more often. He needs a wife.

I am his wife. Not a maid. Coldly arranging whites and undies neatly in a drawer. The neatness is more for me than for him, truth be told. He rather a messy draw if he had to choose between rows of organized socks and a disheveled looking wife. He needs his wife to be womanly. Yes, to care for his belongings, but to care for his body and mind first. He needs a wife.

I am his wife. His body belongs to me and mine to him. Pride has no place in this love.

My womanhood, my person as a wife was knitted into the complexities of my being while still in my mother's womb. By divine appointment does my husband call me his wife. In the dark hours of a marital conflict, I must remember, I am a wife. When I'm mothering my little flock and yearn to throw in the towel at the end of the night, I must remember, I am a wife. Does that mean I will always get it right? That I will always be available? No. It means that I am vulnerable. Open to all of the ways that the Lord wants to use me as a wife. Ways I cannot possibly imagine, because life is full of wonder and so full of purpose. I am a wife. It's in the way I speak in the middle of the night. The way that I express that I am tired. Tired, but willing. Willing to love him, to want him, to need him. He needs me. His very being cries out for me. It's in his DNA. I must remember. I. Am. A. Wife.

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. ~ Proverbs 31:10

Proud to be his wife

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Apple Pie Bread...

This deliciousness comes from Tasty Kitchen. This was fantastic. Turned our wonderful even with being modified to be gluten free. :)

This bread has the goodness of an apple pie wrapped up in a streusel topped quick bread.

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. If using a glass loaf pan bake 25 degrees lower.
In a large bowl beat the butter and sugars together until combined. Add the buttermilk and baking powder; and beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; and beat until combined. Add flour, apple pie spice and salt; beat until combined.
Toss the apples and nuts in a bit of flour before adding to the batter. By hand, stir in the nuts and apples. Spoon batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Prepare the streusel topping (instructions below) and sprinkle over the batter.
Bake for 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool bread in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and cool completely. Wrap the loaf and store overnight before slicing. Makes one loaf (14 slices)
For The Topping:
In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Using a pastry blender or fork cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts or pecans.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE BREAD:
  • ½ cups Butter, Softened
  • ½ cups Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cups Brown Sugar, Packed
  • ⅓ cups Buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour Plus A Bit For Tossing The Apples In
  • ½ teaspoons Apple Pie Spice
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • 2 cups Apples, Peeled, Diced
  • ¾ cups Pecans, Chopped
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • ¼ cups Brown Sugar, Packed
  • ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • ⅓ cups Pecans Or Walnuts, Chopped

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. If using a glass loaf pan bake 25 degrees lower.
In a large bowl beat the butter and sugars together until combined. Add the buttermilk and baking powder; and beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; and beat until combined. Add flour, apple pie spice and salt; beat until combined.
Toss the apples and nuts in a bit of flour before adding to the batter. By hand, stir in the nuts and apples. Spoon batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Prepare the streusel topping (instructions below) and sprinkle over the batter.
Bake for 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool bread in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and cool completely. Wrap the loaf and store overnight before slicing. Makes one loaf (14 slices)
For The Topping:
In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and flour. Using a pastry blender or fork cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in walnuts or pecans.

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