Archive for February, 2011

I know I am far behind. I’m still trying to get used to this working mom thing. Granted, it’s only two days a week but it’s still a changed after 4 years of being a SAHM. Here’s a little of what’s coming.

  • A book review on The Turtle and the Dragon
  • Smore’s Truffles
  • A couple of pancake recipes
  • My first attempt at cake pops
  • Pictures from the zoo

I hope that you will be patient with me as I work on getting caught up and that you will continue to stop by and see what is new.

~Mama

Here it is, the post I know ya’ll have been waiting for, the bread post. As I said before, I have been having so much fun experimenting with this bread. The first two loaves I made without pudding and was happy with it. I used half whole wheat flour and half white flour. I also added ground flax seed. That’s why it looks a little weird. I realized just before I put the loaves in the oven, that I had forgotten to take any pictures of making the bread. I haven’t done so since either. Oops!

Since then I put pudding in it. Wow! What a difference. Our favorite is the seasonal pumpkin spice pudding. I tried a pumpkin spice version using pumpkin but it didn’t have the flavor I was looking for. We have also tried vanilla pudding (good) and banana cream pudding (not so good).

I have put chocolate chips in a few batches as well. So gooooooood. I tend to forget to put the sugar on top but you can put it on after baking, if still hot, and it will stick. I make lots of mistakes in the kitchen, that’s how you learn.

I’ve also made muffins with it. Works pretty good. I found the best way was in silicon cups since they are easy to butter and sugar. I did mini muffins with baking cups, it worked okay but they taste different without the butter and sugar. Not bad, just different.

And now, I will give you the recipe.

Amish Friendship Bread

  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Optional :

  • ½ cup milk and small box pudding
  • nuts

Add all ingredients to the remaining starter and mix well. Grease two loaf pans with butter, sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour (individual oven temperatures vary). Cool 10 minutes, remove from pans. Makes two loaves of Amish Friendship Bread. Enjoy!

Variations

I hope you take the time to try making Amish Friendship Bread. It is delicious and you get to share it with your friends and loved ones.
~Mama

I thought I had posted this before but it turns out I didn’t!

I have made several batches of bread already but I am getting ahead of myself. This post is about what happens after the starter is “started.”

On the first day you do nothing. Easy enough. Days 2-4 you stir. Easy as pie. Day 5, add one cup each flour, sugar and milk. Mix well. It will be lumpy, that’s okay, the lumps will break down.

Days 6-9, more stirring. Remember, use only wooden or plastic utensils for stirring, metal can break down the yeast.

Day 10 is the fun day. Once again you add 1 cup each of flour, sugar and milk and mix well. Once again it will be lumpy but it’s okay. Take out 3 separate cups of starter. Put two into containers or baggies to give to your friends and save one to start over.

Some people make day 10 the new day one of their starter, I make it the following day, gives it some resting time.

With what is left in the bowl, you make bread! Yummy, sweet bread. Once again, that is for another post.

After working with this for over a month now I actually have extra starter. I’ve put it in the fridge to save for later. I can either stop for awhile and then start again or use it to make bread. We finish off so fast that I will probably do the latter. Little Miss is in LOVE with this bread, Boo won’t touch it. They really do like such different things.

I will post the actual bread post later. For now I have to fix lunch for the two cutest girls ever.

~Mama

Today is a snow day, a great day to catch up.

It has been a CRAZY month. J turned 30 and six days later we celebrated our 7 year anniversary. I spent a week subbing for one of Boo’s teachers and then next week I started working at the pre-school as the new assistant of the 2 year old class.

I have some fun stuff to share with you so stay tuned.