Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The other day, we let our children know that these relatives were coming to visit. Here's what was said-
Mommy: On Wednesday, Daddy's cousin is coming to visit. His cousin, Thomas, and his wife, Elen.
Nichole (with wide eyes): Thomas? Like the train?
Well, he wasn't exactly like the train, but the children still had no problem warming up to them. They were even so nice as to let Elen read them several books while sitting on her lap.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Now that I’ve got my little testimonial out of the way, I’m going to put the basic bread recipe on here. If anyone finds out that I’m not supposed to do that, let me know, but as far as I know it’s okay. I’m letting you know where it’s from and telling you that I am very pleased with this.
Pantry Secrets Homemade Bread Recipe [this is written for use with a Bosch mixer or Kitchen Aid, neither of which I have, so I do it by hand]
10 ½ cups white bread flour or wheat flour (do not use all-purpose flour)
½ cup sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
3 rounded Tablespoons saf-instant yeast
3 Tablespoon liquid lecithin* [soy lecithin is an emulsifier, I think. Instead of using oil, lecithin is used. It is shelf-stable and does not go rancid like oil does after a while]
4 cups hot tap water
Mix dry ingredients [I do it in a big bowl with a mixing spoon]. Add lecithin and water. Mix for 1 minute and check consistency. If dough is too dry, add more water. If dough is too moist, add more flour. Mix for 5 minutes [or dump it out of the bowl onto a sprayed with cooking spray surface and knead by hand for 10 minutes]. (Do not add water or flour to the dough after it has finished mixing.) Spray counter and pans with Pam. Shape loaves and cover with a dish towel. Let raise 25 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. This recipe makes four loaves of bread.
*Squeeze or pour approximately 3 Tablespoons of lecithin directly into the bowl. Do not measure [they said the lecithin is too hard to clean off mixing spoons, so that’s why they say don’t measure].
For whole wheat bread, use the same recipe but add one cup of applesauce as part of the hot tap water. Mix for ten minutes.
Now for Nichole’s and my part. We divided up the kneaded dough into the four loaves. Two were wrapped in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for later use in rolled out doughs. One loaf was divided up into hoagie type buns (and Nichole’s contribution of her sort of kneaded dough). The last loaf was divided up into a bunch of rounds rolled out. I let them sit for a bit while working on baking the hoagies and gathering pizza toppings.
Then I rolled the rounds out again (After they had raised a little while sitting, they rolled out even bigger). Now came the toppings. Each got a little bit of tomato sauce, then a sprinkling of garlic powder and Italian seasoning, followed by some cut up pepperoni and pieces of olives, topped with mozzarella cheese.
I gathered up the edges at the top and pinched them together, then put them in a muffin tin. I baked them in the oven at 400 degrees F. for 10 minutes.
Pizza muffins. Yum.
Of course this is the dough I use because it doesn't intimidate me, but other doughs you're comfortable with will work.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Note: Paper towels and toilet paper are irresistable to little kids when the parent is sick.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Of course the best thing about them is the creativity that comes with their use.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
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Friday, October 9, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
We had hot dogs for dinner and after, we "roasted" marshmallows over the fire.