Thursday, December 11, 2014

Perfect White Bread

I don't know about anyone else, but we go through bread like it's no body's business!! The hub takes 2 sandwiches to work every day, we have 3 kids who love sandwiches for lunch, and I just love bread. I cringe buying bread. The bread we buy is 2.50-2.98 a loaf.

I decided to try out baking our own bread. I tried a couple recipes, didn't like the bread. Then I tried THIS recipe. Holy yummm. I have made it twice this week, just to make sure the first time wasn't just by chance. I think it turned out even better the 2nd time. It is insanely easy. It is the perfect white bread recipe!

granny’s perfect white bread
Ingredients
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Instant yeast
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp salt
  • 2.5 lbs Better for Bread flour {1/2 bag}
what to do
Mix water, sugar and yeast in Bosch mixer {for doubled recipe, Kitchen aid works fine for this recipe.} When bubbles start to form, add milk, oil, salt and flour. Once all flour is in, knead on high- 5 min with the dough attachment.

Let rise double. Spray pans generously. Punch down form 3 medium loaves or 2 large loaves. Let rise to 1/2″ above pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for 17-18 min. Butter tops, let cool in pans 5 mins then turn out to finish cooling completely.

The cute girl that posted the recipe has a wonderful post about her granny. This is her granny's bread recipe. {make sure to hop on over to her page to read about her granny}









Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Menu Board

I saw THIS on pinterst, and I totally wanted to make one for our house. I had all our favorite dinners on a spread sheet with the ingredients already (thanks mom!!) But I was always losing the paper, and having to search and search my emails for it... So I thought this was wonderful!!!

Instead of using cork board, I got a frame 11x14 frame at walmart. I covered the board behind the glass with the fabric, and put the ribbon behind it as well. I also just bought a plastic notecard holder & cut the top off for the dinner items.





Saturday, August 23, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

This morning I took my little kiddo's to the farmer's market in our new neighborhood. Someone was selling a whole bag of Rhubarb for $1, so I of course had to buy it. I was planning on making a Rhubarb Crisp with them, but saw THESE muffins on Pinterest. I decided to try them out.

I totally enjoy them. I may have possibly eaten 2 so far... My kids thought they were cupcakes, and were a little disappointed at their first taste, but now they totally like them.

Super easy recipe. Will be making again.




Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh rhubarb

TOPPING:
6 small fresh strawberries, halved. **I actually did 1/4**
3 teaspoons sugar **I didn't measure. I just pinched and sprinkled**

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat egg, milk and oil until smooth. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in strawberries and rhubarb. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Place a strawberry half, cut side down, on each. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 375° for 22-25 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm. Makes: 1 dozen.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Car Shirt

For Father's Day this year, I wanted to do something fun for my dad. I saw this tutorial on Pinterest, and knew that I needed to do this. My dad has 4 granddaughters (& 1 grandson on the way). I thought this would be fantastic for when all the kids were over.

This shirt is so not my idea, I am not that amazing. I got the tutorial & the prints at The Blue Basket (click name for link). It was a hit!! I changed a little to the print- as my daughter picked out Police cars for the shirt because her daddy is a Police Officer. So we changed the Fire Dept building to a Police Dept, added a runway for the plane, and we added a Jail (totally free handed that, and it's not the best, but for someone that can't draw, it was pretty good! lol!)

 

Started out printing the layout, and taping it together. It didn't print it all, so I had to draw missing pieces.
 
Placed the shirt on my kids princess table, and slid the layout underneath to trace.
 
Here are the cars my 3 year old picked out. My husband was very proud of her!
 
I bought just the cheap fabric markers. I didn't feel like paying $10+ just for fabric markers... Thanks Crayola!
 
Let the tracing begin...
I called the town "Papaville" for my dad! :)
 
I decided to add tracings of my daughters hands for memory sake. It was adorable.
 
Colored...
 
All done!
 
The girls LOVED it!
My dad said it actually felt pretty good on his back!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Windex Touch-Up Cleaner

Bought this today, and I love it! The idea is fantastic! I dislike getting bottles of cleaner out just to clean up little messes... This little thing can sit on my counter, and it's just brilliant. I figure, when I run out of the cleaner that it came with, I can refill it with my choice of cleaner OR even a homemade cleaner (like Lemon essential oil).
Silly little post. But I am sold on this bottle.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Our Favorite Drying Rack

I know I am crazy, but I don't use our dryer for a lot of our clothes. Our daughters are both super tall, so I don't want their clothes to be shrinking. I also don't like any of my clothes to be dried... The husband learned that the first month of our marriage. Those pants never were the same.... Hahaha

Anyways.

Before I bought this rack, my house would be COVERED in clothing as it dried. The house smelled fabulous, but it was soooooo annoying to have clothes everywhere.

One day we were at my brother & sister's house, she showed me their drying rack and I fell in love. Silly I know. But I know others will feel the same if they air dry their clothes.

We bought this rack about a week ago, and LOVE it. It is fantastic. The shelves fold up. They hold a lot of clothes. It fits PERFECTLY in our little laundry room. Ahhh. Love it.

 

It was purchased at Ikea. Only $34.99

Friday, May 3, 2013

Gender Reveal Party

About 2.5 months ago, we announced that we are expecting our THIRD child! (See post HERE) Well, we hit 18.5 weeks and found out the gender of the baby! I knew that I wanted to do something fun with this one. Recently, I have seen a lot of people not find out at the ultrasound, but have a friend plan a party to surprise them or have the doctor's office call into a bakery. One of my best friend's asked if she could do the party & surprise us all. I jumped on it and said OK! Then a week later, I changed my mind. I thought of how fun & exciting the ultrasound is, watching them show you everything, and then finding out the gender. I didn't want to miss out on the whole experience. (Sorry, Jen! lol!)
My husband and I decided to find out, then have a party for our girls. We invited family & friends. Had a couple treats. Nothing too fancy. But it was oh so fun for us!

I've seen a post on Pinterest about how they open a box and all blue or pink balloons come out to reveal the gender, but I wanted to do something different. So we put 6 blue balloons in the box, but also included 5 pink. One of the blue ones we duct taped to the inside and pushed it all the way to the bottom. We then put all the other balloons on top & put a lid on it. It was a blast! My 3 year old was more worried about where the other balloons were going instead of the one that stayed. It was hilarious! Another good thing about having both colors in there is the reaction of everyone. We had multiple people say to us, "Our first thought was TWINS!!" or "Well played!!". It was so fun!!

Anyways. Here are just a couple pictures from our fun evening!


 

White cupcakes, frosting, with pink & blue sprinkles! 

Little cups with pacifier candy
 Blue & Pink punch
 The quick set up, under the white/pink tablecloth was a teal one.
 The cake I made. Inside is a fun checkerboard pattern.
 See! First time doing this. So fun!

 
Anyways. The party was fun! Now I get to search Pinterest for a ton of baby boy ideas!! This whole boy thing will be totally new for me. New & exciting!