Sunday, August 22, 2010

Bread Baking Binge!

This afternoon I am on a bread baking binge! While I rarely eat the homemade bread myself, I love to give it to family & friends. I use a recipe for "Amish White Bread" that I found at I use the help of my bread machine to make the dough. =)

2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Recipe: Freezer Cucumber Pickles

If your garden is producing a plethora of cucumbers, here is a quick and easy recipe. (I made it last evening---very quick & easy!)

Freezer Cucumber Pickles

4 pounds cucumbers, washed & sliced
2 cups onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup water
4 cups sugar
2 cups cider vinegar
1 T. Mrs. Dash Tomato, Basil, Garlic Seasoning (optional)

In a large bowl(s) combine sliced cucumbers, onions, salt & water. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours. Do not drain. Add sugar, vinegar, & seasonings and stir until sugar is disolved. Pack into freezer containers leaving 1 inch headspace. Cover with lids and freeze for up to 6 weeks.

To serve: Thaw at room temperature for 4 hours.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Looking for Vegetable Lasagna Recipe

I am looking for a Vegetable Lasagna recipe (with a white sauce) to prepare in quantity for an event we are hosting in a few weeks. If you have a tried-and-true recipe, please share. Thanks so much!

Welcome Wednesday

Welcome to the "Welcome Wednesday" Blog Hop, hosted by Take It From Me! Welcome Wednesday is a great way to meet new people and learn new things as well as increase your blog followers! So let's have some fun!!

~*~Wordless Wednesday~*~ He knows how to CELEBRATE!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

ourlifeinaclick's GIVEAWAY from csnstores

Check out ourlifeinaclick's GIVEAWAY from csnstores

Tuesday Tag-Along

Tuesday Tag-Along

Tuesday Tag-Along Blog Hop, is hosted by Twee Poppets Review and Giveaway! This is a great way to discover new blogs while increasing the number of followers for your own blog. Join us & have FUN!

Monday, August 9, 2010

What is your opinion?

Is it polite and acceptable to offer to "trade" grab buttons with other bloggers?

Your Ideas/Suggestions for Customer Appreciation Day!

It's that time of year again when I am planning my menu for our Customer Appreciation Day. I would love for you to share your suggestions and/or tried and true recipes for a crowd. I am always looking for some new inspiration when I am planning to cook for 150-200 people! Thanks in advance for your ideas and suggestions to add to my repertoire! =)

Family Vacation

(sorry for the repeat post if you read both of my blogs)

What a nice family vacation we had in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida! The beaches were beautiful and clean. My husband and I travelled with our 3 daughters, one son-in-law (The other couldn't go along because of work) and our grandson.

I cannot praise the rental company enough that we used for our condo.
We worked with 360 Blue Properties and they were so helpful, friendly, and easy to work with.

Our condo exceeded our expectations. We stayed in Redfish Village in the Blue Mountain Beach area of Santa Rosa Beach. The pool and pool area was great! (I would love to own one of these condos!!!)

A huge highlight to our trip was that our Grandson, who is 13 months old, started walking while we were all on vacation together...what a sweetheart!

Meet Me Monday!