Tuesday, January 31, 2012

French Bread

You know me, I LOVE a good yeast bread recipe.  Well I found this on Pinterest the other day and knew I kneaded (hee hee)  to try it. It turned out wonderful and it was super fast especially for a yeast bread, it takes roughly 90 min. You can print the recipe right here it’s called Fabulous French Bread and boy howdy it is fabulous! And of course I can’t wait to play around with it and add some herbs and other fun flavors.  I served it with creamy broccoli soup and it was perfect dunked right in the soup or with butter and a bit of strawberry freezer jam, YUMMY!   Hope you make it and enjoy it soon!



Friday, January 27, 2012

Carrot Cake

It was my husbands 35th birthday last weekend, and he is a carrot cake lover. So most years I make him a carrot cake for his birthday.  Here is the recipe that I use, inspired by my mother-in-laws recipe. 065


2 cups of flour

2 tsp. of soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

4 eggs

1 cup of oil

3 cups of grated carrots

2 tsp. vanilla


In a large mixing bowl, ( I use me Kitchen Aid) cream together the sugars, eggs and oil.  Then sift and add the four, soda, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well, once it is combined add your carrots and vanilla. Mix again and bake at 350 for 35- 45 min.  For a bunt pan bake 350 for 45-55 min.  Let cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.

We like this recipe for the frosting.

2 cups of powdered sugar

8 oz. cream cheese softened

1/4 cup of butter

2 tsp. of vanilla.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rosemary Olive Oil Artisan Bread

Remember at Christmas when I made the Bacon, Onion, Artichoke Bread?  Well way back then I had wanted to try a Rosemary Olive Oil version.  This weekend while my in-laws were visiting I decided to give it a go, and all that I can say is WOW!! I have been day dreaming about it every since.  It was so great, I liked it even better than the Bacon Onion Artichoke one.  Seriously it’s so easy and yummy you should try it, like now.

Rosemary Olive Oil Artisan Bread


    1 1/2 cups of warm water

    1 TBS of yeast

    1 1/2 Tsp. of salt

    3 1/4 cups of flour

    1 – 1 1/2 tsp. of Rosemary

    1 – 2 TBS of Olive Oil


    Add water, yeast and salt to a large mixing bowl.  Then add the remaining ingredients.  Mix, the dough will be really wet.  Let rise for about 2 hours. Place a baking stone in your oven with a shallow pan underneath of it. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Punch down your dough and add just enough flour to your hands and dough to form a nice tight ball.  Shape your dough into 2 round loaves. Place your loaves on parchment paper on a side less cookie sheet.  Allow your loaves to rise for 30 minutes.  When they have risen 30 minutes cut slits in the top of your loaves. (An X works great.) Slide the loaves including the parchment paper onto the heated baking stone.  Then add a cup of water to the pan underneath the baking stone.  Bake your loaves for 30-35 minutes.   Remove from the oven and let cool completely.



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pinterest Flops

So like everyone else on the planet, I like to play around on Pinterest now and again.  I also like to try some of the things I see.  Most of the time they turn out great however here are a couple of things we didn’t care for.

Premade biscuits in the waffle iron.  The flavor was really off, and we didn’t care for the texture either, they’re really dense.


Crock Pot Orange Chicken.  It wasn’t horrible just not good enough for me to EVER want to make it again.


I know that not everything I try will turn out great but I never would have tried this two things without Pinterest (hence why it’s so awesome). Plus it saves my poor favorites bar from getting so stuffed full of links. My next Pinterest recipe that I plan on trying is Mexican Stuff Shells I can’t wait!!  Hope you all have a great week.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dear, Jenette

No, I haven’t died, and there is nothing wrong with me.  I haven’t been blogging lately it’s true.  BUT I have been doing things.  Just this week I sewed 2 dresses, which I will provide pictures of….someday.  I have been reading A LOT not a lot to blog about there.  I have been cooking and feeding my family, most of it yummy things.  I have been cleaning, grocery shopping, and enjoying my family all of it wonderful, just nothing I felt like blogging about.  It’s true since my surgery I haven’t felt much like blogging, maybe my gall bladder was the organ that ran my blog and now that it’s gone, it wont’ be the same, but I doubt it.  So don’t worry dear sister, I’ll blog again…someday.  Probably someday soon. 

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!!

So I finally can let you all know which pie was the winner of the Great Pie Bake off!  Sorry it took so long but, with surgery and the holidays it was bound to happen.  So here are the top five pies.

In 5th place- Amy of Social Studies Momma Apple Pie with Buttermilk Crust

I seriously loved this pie, it was really, really great and not runny at all which can be a problem with apple pies.  I would make this again any day, and I’m normally not an apple pie person, but this pie changed my mind.


In 4th place- Emily & Jaime @ Everyday Art

Pear Plum Pie

This was personally my favorite pie of the competition, I LOVED IT! I would recommend making it and soon, it has definitely made it into my personal cookbook, of things to make over and over again. 


In 3rd place- Sharon @ This Thrifty House. Chocolate Magic Mousse Pie

There is nothing not to love about this pie, it’s easy and yummy and I will definitely be making it again!  Plus if you don’t want to make a crust you can just serve the mousse in a cup all by itself.  So awesome!


In 2nd place- Stephanie’s

 Chocolate Peanut Butter pie

Chocolate and peanut butter a match made in heaven! And that is definitely what you get when you eat this pie, a little slice of heaven.  I loved that this was a frozen pie, it adds a little ice-cream quality to the pie that puts it over the top. Well done Stephanie!


In1st place-.

Pumpkin Pudding Pie

Well this is the pie that took the grand prize and the $25.00 gift certificate!  It’s super fast and easy to make and it was half of the judges favorite pie, (probably why it won Smile ).  So if your craving a little pumpkin pie around the holidays and don’t want to go to all the trouble of making one, or if you don’t have the patience to wait for it to come out of the oven this is a great alternative and a great recipe! So Congratulations!


Now as you know personal preference goes a long why in deciding what a person likes. For instance, I am a fruit pie person, I would choose a warm fruit pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream over any other pie, any day.  And I wouldn’t touch a pumpkin pie with a ten foot pole. So I thought I would give a shout out to those pies that ranked first for some of the judges that didn’t make it into the top five pies and they are

Luscious Lemon Pie


Millionaire Pie


Nestle Pie


Also because I’m the owner of this blog, and the maker of all of those pies I’m going to give you my top five pies, and you will see what I mean about being a fruit pie person.  Though I have to admit that both of the chocolate pies that made it into the top five, I would eat those again anytime both were suburb, delicious, sublime!! Please can I have some more-tastic!

#1 Pear Plum Pie



#2 is really a draw, I just couldn’t choose so alphabetically they are

a. No-bake Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake



b. Strawberry Glazed pie



#4 Sour Cream Lemon Pie



#5 Apple pie with buttermilk crust



So there you have it, the results of the pie competition.  It was a really close battle pie #2 & 3 were only separated by 3 hundredths of a point!! and the top pie only won by 1 point.  So very exciting. I had a great time making the pies, and I hope you had a fun time watching.  Well that’s it until next November when the pies start rolling out again!!