1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups of cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 – 3 cups of flour.
Yet another bread recipe. I have mentioned how much I love making bread right?? Well I do! This is my own recipe.
1 cup of warm water
1 tbs yeast
1/2 cup of honey (or sugar)
3-4 cups of flour (wheat, white or a little of both, today I used both)
1/4 cup of butter
1/2 tsp. of salt
1/2 tsp. of baking powder
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
1/4 cupish of butter
1/2 cup of cinnamon and sugar
1/2 cup of dried currents ( you could also use raisins)
Place the first three ingredients into your mixer. Then add 3 cups of flour, and the rest of the ingredients. Add enough of the remaining flour that the dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl. Mix for 2 minutes. When it’s done let it rise until it’s doubled in size. Punch down and dump it out onto a floured surface. Knead the dough adding more flour (if needed) until it’s smooth and elastic. Roll out the dough into a rectangle, like you would if you were making cinnamon rolls. Spread with a thin layer of butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and then with the currents. Roll the dough up, (make it as tight of a roll as you can) like you would cinnamon rolls trying to keep the ends even. Chopped the dough rope in half to form two loafs. Place them in a greased loaf pan and let them rise until they are about 1 inch above the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Enjoy the heavenly aroma as it bakes in your oven. Remove from pan and let cool on a cooling rack. ENJOY!
I had little helpers today that totally squished the loafs before I could bake them, but they still turned out pretty good, and they taste divine.
*sometimes when I need to make bread and I’m in a bit of a hurry I turn my oven on and set the bowl on the oven so my bread will rise a little faster.
We have 5 kids and a living room with basically white carpet. Those two things just really don’t mix. For the last 6 years we have been routinely cleaning our carpets, to try and fight the high traffic dirt AND we even bought a carpet cleaner so we wouldn’t have to rent one anymore. (BISSEL carpet cleaners ROCK). And on and off for the last few years we have talked about taking out the carpet and replacing it with laminate. This past weekend we finally did… I LOVE IT! It turned out so great and it wasn’t too much of a headache we had a couple of friends come over and help.
Old nasty carpet with old nasty trim.
After we torn out the carpet, pad and tack strips, I spent the day repainting everything. I just repainted the same color but it made a HUGE difference. Everything looks so fresh and clean again!
And this is how it looks now. Great eh? I wish I could have gotten pictures before they put the furniture back in, but alas I didn’t.
We replaced our old nasty trim with new taller trim, I love how that turned out too. I kind of have a new look planned for this room, hopefully it will all come together.
New trim, I still have to do the touch up work on the trim but you get the idea.
ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET A GREAT THROW RUG??? I have looked at Costco, Home Depot and even Wal*Mart, with no luck. I need suggestions!!
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this but I’m a Girl Scout leader. I have a Brownie/Daisy troop. I started doing it for my girls, they wanted to try girl scouts and I thought it could be something fun for us to do together. And I’m so glad I did. I love doing it! So this year for thinking day another troop hosted an activity where troops signed up to represent a country and then we made a poster, and supplied a craft, activity or a sample of food. Our troop chose Australia. These are the projects we came up with.
I got this huge poster with cut out faces so you can take pictures of yourself as a little outback boy and girl. It was only $1.50 from Oriental Trading so I knew I had to get it. You can find it HERE (for now).
I tried to paint it, but it made it all bubbly so then I had to color it all by hand, not the most fun thing I’ve ever done.
One girl in our troops parents donated the wood to make a frame to hold the poster.
We used spray adhesive to attach the poster to a big piece of cardboard then I staple gunned it to the frame.
Me and two other moms made Anzac cookies. These were a little tricky this was the first time any of us had made them and we all had different little issues. But once you sort the issues out they’re not to bad they taste kind of like an oatmeal cookie without the raisins. I found the recipe for them on Allrecipes. The history behind these cookies is interesting. These were sent to troops from their wives during WWI and were suppose to hold up to shipping/ spoilage better than other cookies, also they don’t contain any eggs something that could be scarce during war times.
and cupcakes for the girl scout birthday!
This is my own recipe and mostly I wanted to write it down so I remember how I made it. I love the orange color the sweet potatoes give to the bread.
1 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of honey
1 TBS of yeast
3 1/2 – 4 cups of bread flour
1 cup of smashed sweet potatoes
2 TBS of oil
3/4 tsp. of salt
Place ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix for 2 minutes. Add enough flour so that the dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl. Let it rise until it doubles. Punch it down and dump it out on a floured surface and knead it until it’s smooth and elastic. Shape into loaf and place in a loaf pan let it rise until it’s about 1 inch above the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.
( I prefer to use whole wheat flour but I was out so this recipe only has white bread flour in it.)
When I started making this dress, I wasn’t sure what it would end up looking like. I had wanted to make my 2 year old a jumper out of this material but I couldn’t find the pattern to the top of the jumper so I improvised and made this little dress up instead without the pattern. But I’m very happy with the end results and sometimes I still can’t believe I actually made it. It’s about size 3-4T