Sunday, October 2, 2016

Peasant Bread

Peasant Bread (No knead bread) ($0.28 for the entire recipe approx)

2 1/4 tsp. yeast

2 cup warm water (divided)

4 cups flour

2 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. sugar

1. dissolve yeast is 1 cup of water

2. in a lg. bowl combine flour, salt, and sugar

3. add yeast mixture and additional cup of water and stir til


4. cover and let rise til doubled (about an hour)

5. stir dough down and divide in half

6. place each half in an oiled 1 qt. round casserole dish

 (this doesn't have to be exact. I have a 1 1/2 qt dish and a 1 

qt and I just toss a little extra in the bigger dish)

7. let rise til doubled in size (30 minutes)

8. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

9. remove from pans to cool

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Well Hello Mid March

March is flying by as most months do.  The last couple of weeks have been just status quo I'd say.

I went to the school to get Rebecca because my hubby had something in the evening. He doesn't take many pictures with me, but I was waiting to talk to him, so I sneaked a pic.

 I decided my wreath needed a spring update. I found the greenery out in the garage. I bought it at least a year ago if not longer, but hadn't used it. I got the flowers at the dollar tree. I think it needs a bow, and I need to clean my siding.  There are marks where in the heavy wind the wreath scrapes the wall. Heavy wind kind of like we are having today.

 You may or may not know that I do not eat orange, yellow, or green candy (except banana runts). It was quite the disappointment when I opened this bag of chewy spree.  There were 2 red and 4 purple. I ate them before the photo. I was sad.

 I received this lovely bouquet this week. Totally made my day. It was a thank you bouquet from one of the other directors at the school for helping with some stuff.

I had a sick kiddo this week. The kids have loft beds, that is not conducive to a quick exit for vomiting, so we carried his mattress into the living room. He thought it was cool, and it was a good idea that we hopefully will not need to implement often. He's all better by the way.

Ok so this just cracked me up. I laughed way too hard at this, and mostly because I was planning when to have squirrel next just before I saw this. It's photoshopped obviously, but no less funny.

That's about all I have. Next week my mister and I will be celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary. That is amazing. The time as gone so fast, yet doesn't feel like it's been that long.  

Have a blessed day.

Friday, March 4, 2016

I can't believe it's March

So the last couple of weeks didn't go as planned. We lost a great man this week. Grandpa Gene went home to be with Jesus Feb. 28th.  This week has been filled with family time, and funeral prep. He was an amazing, humble, kind, loving, gentle man who loved his family more than anything. He will be greatly missed.

On another note, I have some updates from my last blog post. My sourdough starter became moldy. It had a purple fuzzy mold on it, so I had to throw it out. It's been busy so I haven't restarted that process.

I did make friendship bread though. It was good, but not good enough to warrant making it again.

I started lettuce in a bowl of water from the left over bottom. It's a green leaf lettuce, and it's pretty cool.

February 16

February 25

March 4

We've been having issues with static electricity. I read that wool dryer balls would help. They sell for about $3-5 each on etsy. I went to Goodwill and bought a wool sweater, cut it into strips and felted it. I got 6 out of half the sweater. I paid $3.99 for the sweater and plan to make more so that will be about 12 dryer balls for $4. That's a much better deal. And they do work. No more static!

before felting

I used panty hose to keep them from unraveling in during the felting process

Right after felting

How they look now. No dye has come off on anything either. 

Ryan had Regional science fair. A boy from his school is going onto state, but Ryan had a good time.

The percussion ensemble did there first and only performance at competition. They did a great job. It was a neat experience.

My father in law is a wood carver. My mom found some of my grandma's old thread on wooden spools. So I asked him to carve me a santa. It is amazing.  It makes the spool twice as special.

I also made blueberry muffins from scratch. They were amazing!

Oh and there were maple donuts too. They are easy and so good.

That pretty much sums up the last couple weeks.

Have a blessed day

Monday, February 15, 2016

Well Hello, this one might be a touch long.

It's been a minute since I've blogged.  Life got busy, I wasn't inspired to share here. Mostly uninspired because I didn't know what my blog should be about; Just my life in general (that's pretty boring ha!), crafty things (cause I dabble in about a 100 different things and could probably share a lot), homemaking (or lack there of ha!), homemade food, dairy free food, or anything related to food, homemade anything (which looks a lot like crafting), diy (again, kinda like crafting), beauty stuff (cause I love me some beauty products). You see the list in endless, except that I did just end it, but you know what I mean. What I have determined is my blog isn't a platform, it could be, but that's not me.  I go to my recipe section instead of hunting through my cookbooks sometimes. I go to the cards for inspiration sometimes. So I think my blog is going to be what blogs were meant to be from the beginning, an online journal.  If you read it, that's ok, but it's also ok if you don't. My grammar may be sketchy at times. You'll just need to get over that. I am bad about hanging prepositions.

So a little of what's been going on recently. (let's be honest you don't really care about the whole last year).

So I started a sourdough starter, it was easier than I thought. Funny story, I don't really like sourdough foods.  Why did I make a starter you ask. I just wanted to see if I could do it.

and I made a Amish Friendship bread starter in a 2 quart jar instead of the gallon ziploc bag.  Glass jars are more eco-friendly, and I'm certain there is no plastic leaching anything into my food. My hubby asked if I remembered this bread, so I did a search for the recipe and made the starter. I am making it dairy free, so I'll report back on how it turns out. (At least I think I will ha!)

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I made granola bars, because these are a staple at our house. These are smore granola bars, and even though I just made these, we are out again. I'll make more soon, like probably today.

Crackers, they were a little thicker than I thought, and not quite as crunchy as I wanted, but the flavor was fantastic. You can get the recipe from here. I will certainly be making these again. Practice makes progress, and eventually as close to perfect as you can get.

I made lotion because it's cold and dry, and my homemade lotion does such a better job than anything store bought, and it smells nice. It lasts too. I wash my hands a ton, and even after washing my hands they feel moisturized. There are only 4 ingredients, and it's maybe 10 minutes to make max!

and homemade chicken noodle soup because we've been sick around here, and nothing is better than homemade chicken noodle soup.  I plan on sharing this recipe soon because my recipe is written on the back of  a blue piece of paper, that originally was a shopping list. Writing on random pieces of paper is a problem I have. =)

I have done a bit of reading.

This book is fantastic. Particularly if you want to learn to make things from scratch. Become more self sustainable, or just wish you were a pioneer.  The book is also filled with scripture, and inspirational stories. It was an easy read, but I find my self referencing it for recipes because I love trying a new recipe of something I already make, and I also love just making things I've never made before. Melissa has a great website. I highly recommend checking it out if you think you might at all be like me.

I had a friend tell me last week, "You do know you're an 80 year old Amish woman reincarnated right".  I had someone else ask me  "are you a prepper?"  Got called "crunchy"  None of these are offensive to me. I am certain I don't believe in reincarnation ha!  I am not a prepper, even though my pantry is nicely stocked and I may have purchased 6 cases of green beans (they were a great deal, and we eat a lot of green beans), I am "crunchy" in some regards, but not completely crunchy. I do care about the earth and my impact on it, but I may have thrown something away that could've been recycled because I was sick and the 10 steps to the recycling bin seems like 10 miles. I use natural soap, but conventional shampoo and conditioner (it just works better).  I use natural cleaners, but I also keep a little dawn dishsoap handy because sometimes it just works better. I bounce between store bought laundry soap, natural laundry soap, and homemade laundry soap. I like to crochet, and knit, and sew. I really want to make a quilt, but I'm kind of intimidated by the idea. I love paper crafting, but I really don't care about scrapbooking. I used to, but not because I loved it, but because I felt like I was doing my family an injustice if I didn't.  (that was marketing at it's best there). Most of the things I do just to say that I can. Not to the world, but just to me. I like to know I have the knowledge to do things if I should need to do them, or the knowledge to know it's not something I want to do.

On a different note,  I have a lot of stuff, but kind of wish I could be a minimalist, but I love thrift store shopping, which makes me want more stuff. It's a vicious cycle. HA!

Well, if you made it this far, bless your heart!

I'm thinking right now, that a weekly update is going to be my plan for now. There may be more, there may be less. It remains to be seen.

Either way, have a blessed day!