Wednesday, November 17, 2010

No Fail French Bread

If you've never baked your own bread, have no fear.  This recipe is for you!  Your husband will come home, take in the aroma, then take you in his arms and exclaim, "Honey, you baked!"
It requires no special pans, ingredients or skills.  If you have a stand up mixer, you will be all set! 
Try it, its super easy and so delicious, especially with a hot pot of potato cheese soup. 
(recipe from my good friend Nicole Holm)

1/2 cup warm water
2 TB yeast
Mix and dissolve.

2 cups hot water
3 TB sugar
1 TB salt
1/3 cup oil
Put in mixer, dissolve.

Add yeast mixture.

Add 3 cups flour. Beat well.

Add 3 more cups flour. Beat well to form a soft dough.

Let rest 10 minutes. Stir batter down, let rest 10 minutes. Repeat process of stirring dough, followed by 10 minutes of rest until it has been done a total of 5 times.

Turn dough onto floured board and knead only enough to coat dough with flour. Divide into 2 portions. Toll each portion into a 9x12 inch rectangle. Roll up jelly roll style, omitting the air bubbles. Arrange lengthwise on a greased cookie sheet. Brush tops with a beaten egg while (optional). Slash 3 times diagonally on each loaf. Cover, let rise until doubles, about 30 min. Bake at 400 for 35 min.

Instead of getting mad, I just try to be grateful for my "extra help."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

my seesters

Finally, just as I was starting to fall off the blogging bandwagon, two of my sisters jumped on. Thus encouraging me to keep plugging along. For a while, I was ready to shut down and call it quits. But, they've put a new spring in my step.

Allow me to introduce you.

First there's Kate, my older sister. She has a little business where she designs all sorts of announcements, cards, invitations, etc. She designed our Christmas cards this year, and they are awesome! She can help anybody design anything, for a really good price. Check out her blog and contact her there.

Then, there's Jesse, the sister right under me. (There are 5 of us). She refused to start blogging until she had children. haha. Well, since she's expecting her first in January, she finally gave in. Her cooking blog is the start of a something really cool.

I live really far away from all of my sisters, and I miss them so much!
I can't wait to see them over the holidays.
All 5 of us together again, under the same roof.
I think about the future a lot, now that I have my own kids.  I dream about our future family Christmas time.  I can only hope that my kids are as close as my sisters and I have always been.  We're so lucky.
And at times a little crazy.

Monday, November 8, 2010

raspberry cheesecake cupcakes

Because that Howard boy isn't a huge fan of birthday cake, I decided to make him cheesecake instead.  This was my first time making cheesecake, and definately not the last.  It was so easy!  I tweeked a recipe from one of my new favorite foodie blogs, found here. (thanks Kelli!)

While I was busy-ing myself in the kitchen, here's what the munchkins were up to: I love displaying their art.