Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sunshine for the Laundry Room

Kind of like I wanna have a green thumb,
I also wanna be a seamstress. ;-)
I'm far from it, but I did get out my sewing machine last week 
and worked on some sunny yellow gingham curtains for my laundry room. 

I have to use my little instructional cd that came with my sewing machine every time I get it out.
Every. Time. 

I really had to laugh when I looked at my fabric!
July 11th 2014.
I had bought it two summers ago planning to make curtains for the laundry room. 

I thought a little curtain over my laundry supply shelf
would bring some sunshine into the room. 

I also replaced the brown curtain I had on the laundry room back door
with a matching yellow one.

They're certainly not perfect, but I like them! 

*Really* Simple Granola

I'm an oatmeal girl.  
95% of the time, my weekday breakfast consists of either 
hot oatmeal, overnight oats, or granola.

I have several good granola recipes -

But I was wanting to find a really simple granola recipe, 
even more simple than my simple granola. :-)

And this is it!

To make 8, 1/2 cup servings - 

combine 1/2 cup raw honey in 1/4 cup hot water
add a teaspoon of vanilla, a sprinkle of cinnamon, 4 cups of old fashioned oats and mix well
bake at 300 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through baking time

That's all!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summertime Strawberry Jam

I love to make some strawberry jam in the summertime!

So quick and easy.  I use the Sure Jell recipe. 

Two pounds of strawberries for $3.

Seven jars of delicious strawberry jam.

Great on toast, biscuits, even ice cream! :-) 

Summertime in a jar!

Sandwich Bread

you will need - 

4 1/2 teaspoons yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, divided
2 2/3 additional cups warm water
9 1/2 cups flour

makes 3 loaves

Dissolve yeast in warm water with a teaspoon of the sugar.
Let sit 5 minutes.
Add the rest of the sugar, salt, 3 tablespoons of butter and additional warm water. 
Slowly mix in 5 cups of flour until smooth.
Gradually add remaining flour.
Knead on low speed for 10 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl and turn to coat.
Cover and let rise in a warm place for one hour. 

Punch dough down, divide into three loaves and place each in a lightly greased bread pan.
Cover and let rise in a warm place for one hour. 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 
Place risen loaves in oven and bake 15 minutes.
Cover tops of loaves with foil to prevent excessive browning, and bake another fifteen minutes. 
Remove from oven and brush with melted butter.
Let cool before slicing. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

*Patriotic Berry Trifle*

Ingredients needed -

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups whipping cream
1 angel food cake, cubed
1 pint blueberries
1 pint strawberries

Whisk cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until fully combined. 
Slowly add cream and continue to whisk until mixture is fluffy.
In a trifle dish, layer half the cake, half the cream, and half the fruit.
Repeat a second layer of cake, cream and fruit.
Keep refrigerated until serving.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Copycat Kings Hawaiian Bread

ingredients needed - 
2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water 
3 eggs
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter, melted
6 cups flour

Sprinkle yeast over warm water in a mixing bowl.  Let sit 10 minutes.
Add eggs, juice, water, sugar, ginger, vanilla, and butter.  Mix well.
Gradually add flour until dough forms.  Let dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Separate dough into three sections and form into round loaves.  Place in lightly greased cake pans and let rise again in a warm place for 30-45 minutes. 
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Brush tops of loaves with butter if desired. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Quick Lunch from the Garden

I'm getting an abundant harvest right now from my cherry tomato plant.
So I decided to use some up at lunch today by scaling down my 
One Pot Pasta recipe into a single lunch portion. 

The original recipe calls for 12 oz. of linguine and 12 oz. of tomatoes.
I took that 1 to 1 ratio and used 1 cup of small pasta and 1 cup of tomatoes.
I scaled down the other ingredients, covered it all with water,
and boiled for ten minutes.

It was tasty!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Banana Bread

You will need -

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup butter, melted 
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) 

In a mixing bowl, combine bananas, butter, egg, vanilla and sugar.
Add flour, soda and salt.
Mix just until combined.
Add chocolate chips if using.
Pour batter into a buttered loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Let cool.  
Remove from pan and enjoy!

Makes 1 loaf.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Spring Garden

A few pictures I took this evening after working in the gardens a bit.

cherry tomatoes

first little bell pepper

several jalapeƱos

more soil for sweet corn and garden beans

moved my windowsill herbs outside

and squash for supper tomorrow night!

"There are no gardening mistakes, 
only experiments."
~ Janet Kilburn Phillips


Friday, May 6, 2016

Butter and Honey

Ducklings grow fast!
Here are Butter and Honey on April 20th - the day I brought them home from the feed store.

Nine days later on April 29th. 

On May 1st.

And today, May 6th.

It's hard to tell from the pictures, but they are about four times the size they were just 2 1/2 weeks ago!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Farmhouse Kitchen Decorating

Recently, I bought myself a special birthday present 
for my slowly evolving "red farmhouse kitchen."

 A chicken wire space rack and spice jars with red lids.

I LOVE it. :-)

It sits on my stove and gets used everyday.