Monday, March 23, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I am not much of a crier. There is nothing wrong with me, I just don't seem to need to cry very often. Well I cried yesterday. I cried and cried. My kids were staring at me and tears were just streaming down my face---for two hours (off and on). What was I crying about? This is the story:
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
- 6 T Butter
- 3/4 cup oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 T salt
- 7 1/2 cups hot water
- Add 4 T yeast right into the bowl; let sit a few minutes until it gets bubbly.
- Add 8-12 cups whole wheat flour. Mix well. I use red hard wheat or the hard white wheat. It really depends on how much wheat/white flour ratio you want. Either way the total cups of flour should be 15-17.
- Add 1/3 cup gluten flour. This can be purchased at most grocery stores. The gluten really holds the bread together well. I freeze my bread and the gluten makes it so it doesn't crumble.
- Add 4-8 cups white flour. I just use regular old flour. I like to add a little bit of white for texture purposes. Remember the total cups of flour is 15-17.
Spray a big, big bowl with Pam. This bowl is a 42 cup/10L tupperware bowl.
Put all of the dough into the bowl and spray top of dough lightly with Pam.
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. Well--just in the kitchen will do.
The dough will look like this-about double in size.
Punch the dough down and then form into loaves. I just do the roll and tuck in your hand method. I don't know how to describe it or to take pictures of that. The loaves may look a little ugly, but don't mess around with them too much or they just get worse. When they rise, they will be beautiful.
Let rise again until about double in size. If you don't give the loaves enough time to rise, when you put them in the oven, the top of the loaves will rise really fast causing bigger bubbles to form in the top half of the bread. It doesn't seem like a big deal, but the top kind of falls apart when you slice it. Generally it takes a good 20-35 min or more to get a good rise.
Place all six loaves in the oven and bake at 350 degrees for anywhere from 25-35 minutes. It really depends on how accurate your oven is and how much wheat to white flour you put in. Start with 25 and watch it. It will be done when the tops are nice and brown.
After you take the loaves out of the oven take them out of their pans and put on a rack to cool. Make sure to put butter on the tops. It keeps the crust soft and it sure tastes good!
Presto! Yummy homemade bread. The whole process of mixing up the bread only takes about 15 min. The rest of the time is mostly waiting and watching. MMMMMM............. Don't you want to go and make some!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
My little Lizzy turned 3! What can I say about her? She is crazy fun, has tons of energy, loves to snuggle and she has a few funny quirks.
This last weekend we went to Arco and had a great time. While we were there Jayce and his cousin Brady were watching Harry Potter. Jayce had never seen the third Harry Potter movie and was loving it. There are a few pretty scary spots and they were watching it all alone in a dark room with a giant TV that makes you feel like you are right there. So I check on them a few times and they were hiding under the blankets. I then went to the kitchen. A few minutes later Brady came out and told us that the movie was pretty scary. And this is how the rest of it went:
Me: Oh, yeah. Pretty scary?
Brady: Yeah, me and Jayce were hiding under the blankets. I got up to turn on the light and then I jumped back under the covers.
Me: Oh, yeah.
Brady: I told Jayce, "We are mans, for goodness sake! We're mans and we are scared. We're mans for
Me: Your mans?
Brady: Yes, we're mans!
I had a good laugh over that one, but Brady is right they are men. I love that he was so brave and was trying to help Jayce to be brave too. It did really get me thinking about how I am raising a boy to become a man. What a responsibility! I am glad that my husband is here to teach him all of those man things that I don't quite understand. Case in point. Who gives a barely-7-year- old boy a snow blower and says go ahead get to it and lets him start it by himself and go to town with it?
By the way, now Jayce thinks part of growing up is having your own snow blower. He has said "I can't believe Wyatt(a friend) doesn't have a snow blower and he's 8!" I had to explain to him that most children do not have their own snow blower. He only does because his daddy is crazy! Okay, I didn't say that last part to him, but only a dad would think this is safe.
Friday, January 30, 2009
2. Two of my kids are sick.
3. My closets need organized.
4. I love fish.
5. I am in a book club.
6. We read the classics.
7. I am surprised how much I love it!
8. I want to learn to fly an airplane.
9. I love to shop the DI.
10. I often ask my husband off the wall questions about random things.
11. He sometimes pretends to know the answer, but really doesn't
12. I have fun reading other peoples blogs.
13. The last movie I watched was the new batman movie and I was pleasantly surprised-I didn't fall asleep to it.
14. I have learned the older you get the more you realize you don't actually know hardly anything.
15. I am wondering what to make for cub scouts den meeting tonight. I have the dessert.
16. I am tired of filling up sippy cups. Can't they just drink from a cup.
17. I know that is my fault.
18. I am almost 31 and I can hardly believe how time flies.
19. I hate to do the laundry most of all of the chores.
20. I have to have my bed made everyday. It makes me feel good!
21. Every time I hear a beautiful singer, I wish I could sing like them.
22. I never order a drink at dinner--I am too much of a tight-wad.
23. My gas bill this month was $240--That is nuts.
24. I love to play with my kids and make them laugh.
25. My kids go to the Montessori and I love it.