Like a lot of people, LeeAnn Turner, of Fort Worth, Texas, started baking sourdough bread at the start of the pandemic. It was a great way to pass the time when most were stuck inside. Many gave it up as they found ways to return closer to their old normal way of life. But LeeAnn never stopped.
She’s made standard sourdough, white chocolate/blueberry sourdough, hatch chili/cheddar sourdough and many more. You might be wondering how she is not sick of the stuff; but the fact is the bread doesn’t stay in her kitchen long.
LeeAnn has been giving it away to friends, family, neighbors and people she doesn’t even know. Her husband has given her the nickname of Honeybee, and she’s been living up to it with her productivity. Recently she gave away her 100th loaf of bread. And she’s still going.
All of the loaves have used a little label to encourage the recipient to “Bee a Blessing,” a play on her nickname. “Just the joy that I’ve received from doing it, from giving it away, has kind of become an addiction,” LeeAnn said. “When we do something kind for someone else, we end up being the recipients of that blessing in the end.”
She also shared her sentiment on how these blessings can help the world; “If we can just get back to the basics of loving each other and spreading some kindness. Gosh! Is it going to fix everything? No, but it’s going to be a start.”
She also mentioned that baking bread has reminded her of some important lessons of faith: it’s better to give than to receive, and patience. “We live in a society where we want things to happen like this,” Turner said as she snapped her fingers. But there are no shortcuts making sourdough bread. “This has been such a great reminder that there’s always work being done in the background, even if we can’t see it,” she said.
Much like the signs from yesterday, LeeAnn hopes that her bread gifts encourage others to do what they can to brighten other people’s days, and that’s your Good News Story of the Day, which you can watch here. “Just spreading that kindness,” LeeAnn said. “We need a lot of that.”
Story and Image from NBC DFW.