Coffee Chat Episode 24 | My venture into bread-making

Over the last few days, I’ve received quite a few questions about bread-making. I’m new to this whole thing, but I’m happy to share all I know (so far!) with you, as well as what recipes I’m using.

So in today’s Coffee Chat, come into my kitchen and let’s talk about bread, a few favorite Christmas gifts and I have a question for you at the end …

Also, sorry about the camera not focusing correctly. I did the whole video and when I previewed it after, I realized the camera was much more excited about that fern back there than my face. I just figure it helps keep the attention off the underground pimple on my chin :)

Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat!


  • I’m sorry … I can’t stop talking about my 40 BY 40 LIST.
  • TRUE SOURDOUGH BREAD E-BOOK – this is the resource I’m trying to follow and the recipe my cousin uses to make true fermented sourdough bread.
  • My father-in-law’s Italian Pugliese recipe:

(Hopefully, you can read that. The last line that bled over to the next page says “check by knocking on the bottom of each loaf and listening for the hollow ring that indicates it is cooked through. Cool on wire rack.”

I followed the instructions for this bread fully EXCEPT, I use the instructions from the True Sourdough E-Book for how to cook using a dutch oven.

  • My pretty green DUTCH OVEN
  • ALL THE LOST THINGS – an adorable picture book with a sweet message of spreading hope.
  • WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? – such great illustrations (watch the ‘idea’ grow bigger and color show up at the turn of each page!) and a perfect story for all the idea people.
  • These LEG WARMERS are my fave. I just saw that there are more colors! I must add more to my workout/lounging wardrobe.
  • My beloved ELECTRIC BLANKET. There is nothing pretty or fancy about it … but it sure keeps me cozy warm while laying on the couch.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: do you have any teenage parenting resources you love and think our family would as well? I’d love to hear.

Anything else you want to chat about? Let’s talk in the comments …

63 Responses to Coffee Chat Episode 24 | My venture into bread-making

  1. Elise Gilmore February 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    I love Teenage Guys and Teenage Girls. I don’t have teenagers yet, but majored in youth ministry in college. These aren’t parenting books, but they give you a clear idea of all the changes your teen is going through in different developmental areas.

  2. Molly January 14, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

    Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp. A biblical guide to raising teens. So so good!

  3. Susan January 13, 2018 at 10:05 am #

    I can also highly recommend Parenting with Love and Logic. After reviewing many others and talking to friends, this is the one I went back to over and over. I loved the positive way to respond while actually telling them no and setting boundaries. There were many times I had to leave the room because I couldn’t hold back my smile while watching their faces as I tried the different suggestions.

  4. Emily January 12, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    Here’s another vote for the Power of Moms Web site. A few books I’ve appreciated include The Collapse of Parenting and The Gift of Failure. I just saw a newer recommendation from someone from who raised three awesome teens and is teaching Adolescent Development classes–The Grown-up’s Guide to Teenage Humans. There are so many books and resources you sometimes have to search for ones that best fit your family culture. Good luck!

  5. Libby January 12, 2018 at 7:48 am #

    I have tween and teenager (and a toddler!): Brainstorm: The power and purpose of the teenage brain by Dr. Daniel Siegel. I am also a HUGE fan of Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman. Her ‘girl’ book, Queen Bees and Wannabees was a basis for movie mean girls……

  6. Rachel January 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    Just recently started reading Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas. It is SO Good!

  7. Karla January 11, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

    Thank you for the fun video once again. I am inspired to bake homemade sourdough bread now. Check out Age of Opportunity by Tripp; it really has a wonderful Biblical perspective that was just what this mama needed.

  8. Carolyn January 11, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

    I echo the many other suggestions for Paul Tripp’s Age of Opportunity. I completed my Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling and that book was mandatory reading. As a college student (not that far off from the teen years myself), I thought the book was excellent. Also, as others have suggested, I would highly recommend Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Paul’s brother, Tedd Tripp. It’s not “teen-specific” but the principles are foundational for all of parenting. As a parent of two little ones now, it’s one I recommend to my friends who are also in the throws of raising kids. I’m currently working my way through Paul’s latest book – Parenting, which would be another good one to read. Lastly – for raising teens (and teen boys specifically), I’d recommend Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle. It’s a classic written in old-fashioned language, but it is still SO relevant for today (and not hard to understand despite the writing style)!

    • emily January 11, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

      Thank you so much for your suggestions. I just bought Paul Tripp’s daily devotional and have been enjoying it.

      • Molly January 13, 2018 at 5:44 pm #

        His daily devotional has been a go to gift for many people over the last few years. Paul David Tripp’s books are so powerful. Rereading Age of Opportunity now after two go arounds of Parenting last year trying to remind myself of all the principles he lays out. Good, good stuff.

  9. Melinda January 11, 2018 at 9:08 am #

    Teen Proofing by John Rosemond! He also has a website.

  10. Sarah o January 11, 2018 at 8:55 am #

    Love your video chats! I need to try sourdough sometime :-) what color nail polish are you wearing?

  11. Robbie Zeller January 11, 2018 at 8:22 am #

    I love Praying the Scriptures for your Teenagers by Jodie Berndt. She is an excellent writer spurring us on to pray for those we love at every age. Also in print are, Praying the Scriptures for your Children and a brand new book just out Praying the Scriptures for your Adult Children. The Bible and the practice of bringing are kids before the Lord regularly have been most helpful.

  12. Patty Ryan January 11, 2018 at 6:56 am #

    A friend who is a retired high school counselor recommended the book “Get Out if My Life, But First, Can You Take Cheryl and Me To The Mall” by Anthony Wolf. Great book, great advice. Our youngest of 4 turns 20 in February. The best advice we got about raising teens was to remember that the older they get, the smarter you become😉.

    • emily January 11, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

      That is a great title :)

  13. Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista January 11, 2018 at 5:57 am #

    I would love to see how you style your leg warmers!

    • emily January 11, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

      Just picture me in leggings, a workout tank and leg warmers and you’ve got my style :)

  14. Ellen January 11, 2018 at 2:46 am #

    You actually do not need a book on raising teenagers. Common sense is the trick, and communication!

    • emily January 11, 2018 at 3:16 pm #

      That’s so true – and actually I felt that way about reading parenting books when the babies were babies. Sometimes you just go with what works for you. I feel like I don’t want to miss something that is blaring – but maybe through prayer and being sensitive to how each of our kids are built, we will do just fine. Thank you for your encouragement!

  15. Debra January 11, 2018 at 12:20 am #

    I’ve been making artisan breads from the recipe on Jennycancook.com (Jenny Jones). I’ve made a white loaf, a double white whole wheat loaf, and am making a rosemary/roasted garlic loaf next. They are fail-proof, made in a dutch oven, and turn out perfect!

  16. Kristie January 10, 2018 at 10:01 pm #

    Agree with the above Tartine sourdough recommendation for detail but also try Sourdough Sarah Owens – her newest book is Toast and Jam! I recently began researching Sourdough for the slow fermentation health benefits as you are. Look into the importance of the grains you use. Camus Oregon sells wonderful heritage stone ground flours. Also look up the Food Lab just north of you for wonderful info
    We got this! …oh and a recent podcast of Living Homegrown with Theresa Loe episode 126 interviews Sarah Owens!

  17. Sara January 10, 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    I don’t have teenagers but my husband and I have been reading Paul Tripp’s book “Parenting: 14 Gospel Principals that Will Change Your Family”. It is sooooo good. Very humbling, convicting, and encouraging. It has a rocking horse or something on the cover which is very misleading. It is not just for young children. It gets at your heart and the way you view parenting. It is a life-breathing book for sure!

    • Kathy January 10, 2018 at 8:53 pm #

      I’d add, The Culture Translator. It’s a weekly email worthy of attention if you have teens! Concise & thoughtful little snippets that may or may not be on your radar.

    • Char January 11, 2018 at 8:02 am #

      Yes, anything by Tripp is great. Shepherding a Childs Heart to Age of Opportunity and beyond. His books are quite insightful and resourceful. The main reason, I believe, isn’t just common sense but rather getting to the heart of the behavior and being calm, shoot straight from the hip of how it relates to the Bible, and parent/mentor with grace. More is caught than taught, so choosing your actions and words well is key. You’ll do great with teens. Blessings!

  18. DJ January 10, 2018 at 7:01 pm #

    Love and Logic for Teenagers. The only book you will need.

  19. Elissa Salls January 10, 2018 at 6:09 pm #

    How to Raise a Gentleman by Kay West

  20. Jo B. January 10, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    when our daughter was a teen I read Leaving the Light On by Gary Smalley & John Trent. Thanks for the chat.

  21. Kathy January 10, 2018 at 5:46 pm #

    Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp (someone else already suggested it, but it’s good – hate to tell you but the first 50 pages are about you…not the kid)

  22. Jessica January 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm #

    Check out the websites powerofmoms.com and poweroffamilies.com. I think they have so many great recommendations and resources on parenting and families and everything related to that.

  23. Heidi January 10, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    Swipe Right, by Levi Lusco, is a great resource to guide your teens through life with cell phones/the internet.

  24. Jodi Moreno January 10, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    a good book recommendation is Brainstorm, by Daniel J Siegel MD.

  25. Robin R January 10, 2018 at 4:29 pm #

    “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk” by Adele Faber is one of the best. Not sure if is just for teens though. Another by this author is “Siblings without rivalry”.

  26. Lora January 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

    (This may be a duplicate comment so feel free to delete it if it is. I can’t see my original comment.) I took on sourdough bread baking last summer and after several failures (although they tasted fine), I checked out Tartine Bread from the library. It was a game changer for me. Although I found the book to be too wordy and into the science of bread baking for my personal interest, the recipes are fantastic. I now get great, true fermented sourdough loaves every week. It’s all about the technique (no kneading!). And it’s baked in a Dutch oven as well. I recommend this book to anyone that wants to make bread from a starter.

    • Ginny January 10, 2018 at 4:22 pm #


      Thank so much for your father-in-laws recipe. I am going to make it today since my starter is ready to go.

      Beautiful picture books for adults are a must — they can certainly be shared with the kids!

      Loving the Pacific Northwest wonderful weather!

      PS I love all the classes I have purchased, they are wonderful and you are engaging.

  27. Austin January 10, 2018 at 3:27 pm #

    Always excited for a new Coffee Chat! Super off-the-wall question: what inspired your dog’s name? Anything in particular or was it one of those random choices that just stuck? I think about it every time you mention him ha ha. So curious!

  28. Gina January 10, 2018 at 3:03 pm #

    I haven’t read this but a friend has been pushing this on me and says it’s fantastic. I saw someone else recommended it too

  29. Kristin January 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

    In the bread recipe it lists biga…says to refer to page 100…what is it and where do i get it??

    • emily January 10, 2018 at 5:04 pm #

      That is the starter. You just use a scant one cup.

  30. Beth January 10, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    I found the book Five Conversations you Must Have with your Daughter by Vicki Courtney was great. All I can say is PRAY. And when you are done PRAY more. Be SLOW to talk and quick to listen.

  31. Melanie January 10, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    I don’t have teenagers so I don’t have that experience yet, but I just started listening to a parenting class that our church did several years ago and recorded. Jeff and Jen Wilkin teach it and all of their kids are amazing God-loving teenagers/young 20s. I think you can search for it under the resources tab on thevillagechurch.net Bonus is that it is just audio so I can listen/learn while cleaning or working out!

  32. Sara Breeggemann January 10, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

    Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls through the 7 Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour, Ph.D. Not just for girls & not just for teens. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

    • Laura January 10, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

      Totally agree!

    • Elizabeth January 16, 2018 at 6:32 am #

      I agree—this is a fantastic resource for parents, coaches, teachers, or anyone who interacts with teens.

  33. Ashley January 10, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    Looks like others have already recommended so I second (or third) Age of Opportunity. I haven’t read it yet but it’s the #1 I’ve heard from others who I look up and who currently have teens (they even say read it early on to prepare!).

  34. Cheri January 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    I have been meaning to read “Parenting with Love and Logic”. I have a 12 year old who is very much a teenager already. It’s been reccommended to me as a Christian book that is great for this stage when you’re learning as a parent how to provide boundaries but love and care as well.. the book that I have loved so much so far is “Shepherding a Child’s heart” by Ted Tripp. He goes over each stage of a child’s life,majoring on the most important thing for each stage. What I love most about this one, is the ways he teaches how to have great conversations with your kids about the gospel for real life. If you do read them, I’d love to know your thoughts.

  35. Christa Threlfall January 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm #

    Age of Opportunity by Paul Tripp is a great book on parenting teens! <3

  36. Linda Miltzow January 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

    Hi, Emily!

    Dr. Kevin Leman, is a christian psychologist and happens to be a repeat guest on alot of top christian talk shows. He has written many books on all stages of parenting and other family related things, as well. He is very common-sense and humorous! Otherwise, Focus on the Family would have some really good resources for you, too!
    Love your coffee chats!

    • Linda Miltzow January 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

      Oh, and of course, God’s Word is filled with the best ways to raise a child…

  37. Sonja January 10, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    i will try this bread recepies soon.. thank you for sharing .. and thank you for mentioning the leg warmers unfortunately i dont have teenage parenting ressource sites .. my kids are 18 and 15. I guess i could use advice too .. accept taking deep breath and not yelling louder then the neighbors 😬 sorry my spelling mistakes ..

  38. Candace Waterer January 10, 2018 at 1:23 pm #

    Age of Opportunity: Paul Trip

  39. Jen January 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    Parenting by Paul David Tripp
    Chris Chisman Goes to College by James W. Sire
    The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse
    Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot
    I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris
    Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris
    Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
    Family Live by Kevin Swanson
    Meg Meeker has some good parenting books too.

    We have six kids and our oldest is a boy who will be 16 very soon. He is a delight and it hurts my heart when people say teenagers are awful (not that you did, just people in general). Teenagers can be a delight but, as with any relationship, it has to have a good foundation to begin with. We have read almost all these books and our son has read many of them too. It’s a joy to raise your children in God’s Word and to see them embrace that as they are heading into adulthood. May God bless you and your family as you seek His will for your children.

  40. Karen Holford January 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm #

    http://www.drdansiegel.com/books/brainstorm/praise/ Dan Siegel – Brainstorm – The power and purpose of the teenage brain – you can also watch his 2 hour seminar online – google for it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1pf1xTMUng

    I find this really helpful!

  41. Debbie January 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    Enjoy the coffee chats.
    Cleaning House, by Kay Wills Wyma.
    I read this after my kids were out of the house, but wished it had been around when I had been in the teenage years, because it gave examples of language and ideas to implement about various issues for multiple ages. I found the approach humorous and interesting.

  42. Robyn January 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm #

    Parenting Teens with Love and Logic
    By Foster Cline and Jim Fay

    My favorite parenting books!

  43. Danielle January 10, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    Love your coffee chats! My children are 12, 14, 17, and 19. I haven’t read a parenting book in a while…BUT…a friend recommended “Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social and Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach” by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan. Great parenting book and definitely for older children! It mentions the enneagram towards the end of the book so that might peak your interest. I found the book to be very thought provoking! I actually read portions of the book to my older children which created great conversations.

  44. Becky January 10, 2018 at 12:57 pm #

    Check out the National Center for Biblical Parenting. I haven’t read any of their books on teenagers but love the main ideas behind their practices and have seen a change both in my own kids and students in the classroom as a teacher!

  45. Molly January 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    Love the coffee chats! Do tell — what is the top you are wearing in the video?

  46. Sarah January 10, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    The Primal Teen, by Barbara Stauch (2004) is a phenomenal book that explains what science has learned about developing adolescent brains. It does not give parenting advice but rather explains the developmental reasons behind behaviors (and yes, there are significant differences between male and female brains as it relates to developmental times and processes!). I found myself understanding more of what seemed like odd/unreasonable/uncharacteristic behaviors. A fascinating and easy read, filled with the author’s humor.

  47. Julie January 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm #

    I recently read Raising Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned That Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes



    Boundaries with Kids: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, to Help Your Children Gain Control of Their Lives


    Both are excellent reads and I enjoy how they are all about bringing you closer to your children, at any age!

    Thank you for the bread making tips! I have been making bread for my family for 6 years now but I am a regular sourdough failure!

  48. Karen Suniga January 10, 2018 at 12:48 pm #

    Trust the book of Proverbs. Actually the whole NT is great for gracious living for all of us, teens or 40 something or 70 something..

  49. alicia January 10, 2018 at 12:44 pm #

    where is your sweater from?

    • emily January 10, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

      My top was a gift from my sister for christmas. It is by Zella from Nordstrom rack (I can’t find a link).

  50. kelly January 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    These are 2 great resources that may help!

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