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Friday Favorites December 11th Edition

Right now I am trying my best to have my holiday attitude in place. (I love everything) is the attitude I am going for but being me that is not even a possibility! lol

So my 5 friday favorites are as follows.

  • A blog I read called CarrotsNCake.com ! Tina is a great writer, Mom, Wife, Cook and fitness enthusiast. I have been reading her blog for a few years and it is one of the first ones I go to when I log into my Bloglovin account. Today she posted on a soup she made that has kale in it. I have been avoiding kale like the plague for years. I even grew it in my garden this year, canned some and then gave most of it away. I can still say I have never cooked with it, that is until this coming week when I will make her soup.
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  • A book I’m reading that is by another blogger I follow, Crystal Paine from Moneysavingmom.com. The book is titled Money Making Mom. She talks about women starting home based careers, like blogging or selling crafts. These are both ideas that I am very passionate about. I don’t want to ever have to walk into an office to work everyday, so that being said I love any book that can inspire me with ideas and direction. Just FYI I obviously have a blog started and am in process of perfecting a craft to sell so yay me!
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  • My early Christmas present that I can’t wait to use. It is a Ninja 3 in 1 Cooking System. I just opened the box and just love it already! This glorified crock pot allows you to say…. Brown the meat for beaf stew and then cook it in the same pot. Less dishes make me very happy. I have always loved using a crockpot. I am not one of those people who got one when they got married and has it in it original box in the basement!  I also love practical presents. I am probably one of the few people who asked for a dust buster for Christmas when I was in college.
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  • PEPPERMINT…. I love peppermint everything! I can say the something about pumpkin in the fall but I think I love peppermint even more. As I am typing this I am eating my fifth or fifteenth Candy Cane Hershy kiss! LOVE THEM! Oh and don’t get me started on Starbucks Peppermint Mochas! I try to stay away but I get at least two per Christmas season… Sometime many more! Unknown-2 Unknown-1
  • OHHHH… That moment when you think you are all done Christmas shopping and can just relax and spend about ten hours wrapping presents! I do kinda enjoy Christmas shopping, when I have a plan. I hate it when I have no idea what to get someone for Christmas or a birthday. Its awful until you realize that is why they made grift cards! Those things are my saving grace for certain people! I have two nieces and a nephew in Georgia, they are all little and cute and have everything they need so what do I get them??? Hmmm send the mom a gift card and then she gets to give them what they really want! I know it seems like I am shirking my duties but I am a bit more practical than most and think its better to get someone what they want than what I want them to have. Some of the time that is!

Well thats it…. Have a great Christmas and I hope you get everything you need for Christmas and a little bit of what you want!

 

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Baking Bread – White Sandwich Bread – It was a good day for some YUM!

I have tried to bake bread a few times and have had minimal success. Ive made some tasty sour dough once and have made some awful sour dough recently. I made some Amish white bread recently that was really good but just a little sweat for my families taste. So I tend to let my family choose what type of bread they want for their daily sandwich and that is that. Well that was until now! I have found my good for everything, yummy bread. My family loved it both as a dinner bread and a sandwich bread. I have made it a few times now and it is very easy to make and does not take a lifetime of kneading.

I found the recipe on Pinterest through another blog. http://scratchthiswithsandy.com (I’m not sure the best way to credit another blog!) The recipe looked good and it was touted as being less sweet than other white sandwich breads, so I thought this would be a perfect recipe to try.

MY VERSION OF JULIA CHILDS WHITE BREAD (scratchthiswithsandy.com)
PREP TIME
COOK TIME
TOTAL TIME
Author: Scratch This With Sandy
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2 loaves
INGREDIENTS
  • 2½ cups warm water 110-120 degrees
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 7 cups bread flour (All Purpose works as well)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ cup softened butter
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Add sugar to bowl then water and sprinkle with yeast. Let set 5-10 minutes or until nice and foamy
  2. add 3 cups of flour and mix with whisk
  3. Add the salt
  4. Add the softened butter and mix with whisk
  5. Change out to a dough hook and add remaining flour… Mix until the bowl is getting swiped clean.
  6. if its not cleaning the sides add a little bit more flour until it does
  7. Plop onto a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute or two
  8. Place in a greased bowl and flip so both sides are covered
  9. Cover with greased saran wrap and let rise till double in size (about an hour) You can also use a damp warm towel to cover if you don’t have saran wrap
  10. Grease two 9×5 bread pans and pre heat your oven to 375 degrees
  11. After it rises punch the dough down
  12. Plop it on to the counter and slice in half. Flatten out to a rectangle shape
  13. “Jelly Roll” it up gently pinching the ends and seam together
  14. Place in your greased bread pans
  15. Cover with greased saran wrap… I reused my original piece!
  16. Let rise about 30-60 minutes
  17. Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until top is golden.
  18. I blessed my tops with some butter… optional
  19. Let set for 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack

I can’t post my pictures because they have run away from home! I can’t find them anywhere! grrrr.

I only have two pictures and here they are

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Fresh from the oven with a nice coating of butter!

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Ready to be devoured with some Amish creamed honey!

OH it was so good!

As you can see the loaves come out beautiful and once you brush them with salted butter you just have to each a huge piece with even more butter or honey! If you have store bread snobs in your house this is a good bread to make for them for sure.

This was going to be my first cooking demo post but I have no demo pictures to post. So much frustration! LOL I love to cook when I am cooking for people who appreciate it and this recipe was appreciated! I am going to have to make sure I post right after taking the pictures to be sure they won’t walk away from now on!

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