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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cooking or Baking (01/04/07)

TITLE: My Life as a Loaf
By Shari Armstrong
01/10/07


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The old saying goes, “You are what you eat” and if that’s really the case, I want to be a loaf of home baked bread. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s simple. Who doesn’t love home baked bread? (Well, not counting those low-carb folks, but we won’t talk about them right now.) The smell, the taste…especially fresh out of the oven.

A loaf of bread starts out as a few simple ingredients, flour, salt, sugar, water, butter and the most important one, yeast. Bread is best made when it’s not too hot or not too cold. Sounds like the ideal environment to me. Matter of fact, if the yeast gets into too much hot water, it won’t work.

After the dry ingredients get combined with the water and melted butter, the dough gets a massage. Now that’s the way to start your workday. Then once the dough is all relaxed from the massage, it gets to rest for a while, to let the yeast do all the work. No brainer there.

Then, another quick massage and the bread finds itself in shape and put in a pan, without exercising at all. Then it gets to rest again! Finally, it gets baked to a nice golden tan, without worries about UV rays or sun cancer.

The best thing about bread, sharing it with loved ones. Breaking bread together is one of the best things a family can do together. It’s no wonder Jesus called Himself the Bread of Life. Sounds like a good deal to me.


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Pat Guy 01/11/07
Unique and creative take! Now THAT'S the way to start the day - a massage, rest and in shape. Perfect! Loved this one!
terri tiffany01/11/07
Very cute and to the point! makes me love bread even more!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/11/07
An absolutely delightful devotional that kept me reading throughout; from start to finish without a "yawn or a ho-hum" of boredom! Super! Plus, of course, it has a great message, brought back memories of my own mother who baked bread every week...and the smell? The aroma crept right through the internet to my hungry nose...ahhhh. Thanks! Great entry!
Jan Ackerson 01/11/07
Short, simple, sweet devotional with a great title!
Amy Michelle Wiley 01/12/07
Cute! I like it. No brainer there. ;-)
Joanne Sher 01/12/07
I just adored this - sweet, engaging, and to the point. Great stuff!
Carla Feagans01/13/07
I really enjoyed this too, it was a fun read and very clever. And I could smell the bread too! Mmmmmm, yum! There's NOTHING quite like fresh-baked bread.
cindy yarger01/15/07
I enjoyed this read. Well thought out. Thanks for sharing.
Joanney Uthe01/16/07
You made me hungry! Almost went to the kitchen to make toast instead of critiquing.

There is some wonderful imagery here that could be expanded ... yeast not working if the temp isn't right, our need for rest.

I love the reflection at the end.
Catrina Bradley 01/16/07
I love your entry! Great analogies, and a good message. I would have liked a longer piece too, to see where else your creativity took this article.
Betty Castleberry01/16/07
You made me want to be a loaf, too. This is a very creative, well written, and fun read.
Caitlynn Lowe01/16/07
This was great, I really liked it a lot. I never thought about it before, but home baked bread does have a rather good "life." Definitely a fun read. ^_^
Crista Darr01/16/07
How creative and fun!! Never considered that I would long to be a loaf of bread. :-) I hope this piece places, Sheri.
dub W01/17/07
A perfect devotion for a Christian cooking class. Well done, loved the tone.
Jen Davis01/17/07
You’re right. “Who doesn’t love home baked bread?” A cute devotional with a nice message. It sounds like a good deal to me too.
Sally Hanan01/17/07
Very cute and spritely, without the guilt factor of not being able to eat it at the end :)