Saturday, December 27, 2014

My Favorite Bread Recipe

Good morning!
Last time I posted I talked about making bread so this morning I decided I'd share that recipe. Actually I'll be sharing two recipes; the original, bake-in-the-oven recipe and the modified throw-in-the-breadmachine recipe!

The Original.
Great as buns or loaves

One Hour Yeast Rolls (or Bread)
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
2 T yeast
1tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
3 1/3 cup flour

Mix the first four ingredients and let proof (let the yeast bubble. I always loved this part as a kid)
Stir in the salt and the egg.
Add flour and let rise for 10 minutes.
Form rolls (or loaves) let rise for 20 minutes.
Place on/in greased and floured pans.
Bake @375 for 10 minutes (Rolls)
                          20 minutes (bread)


The modified throw-it-in-the-machine-and-walk-away version

1 cup water
1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
1 egg
3 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast.

In a microwavable container cut the butter into the water. Microwave for one minute. Beat in the egg and pour the mixture into the machine's pan. Add the rest of the ingredients in order. Set and walk away!
On my machine I set it on White, Light and Large and it comes out perfect :)


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Just Another One Of "Those Days"

Tell me I'm not the only mama who spends her day with a cycle of; feed, change, HAPPY! Mama's gonna go do ___ (dishes, laundry, her hair, get dressed... you fill in the blanks) get halfway through, oops baby's crying, feed/change or both, HAPPY/SLEEPING! Wash. Rinse. Repeat?!?

Its the weekend before CHRISTmas and I'm feeling like I accomplished something because the cards are ready to go out on Monday! Never mind that the reason they're ready is because I've put them higher on the priority list than all the house chores except laundry (I cloth diaper so laundry is of utmost importance! LOL) and cooking meals!
I have a good bread machine and there's still no bread in the house because I was addressing cards in every spare minute instead of taking 5 minutes (literally) to set up the machine!
Cookies or muffins for Cowboy to eat with his morning coffee? Not a chance!
Oh well. Maybe next week will be better.
I'm just grateful my husband is an understanding man, but its only fair to him that I find a way to get some baking done.... I'll let you know how that goes.
Anyhow! Lil' Buckaroo is asleep, time to try to accomplish something! TTFN!

Well its an hour later, there's bread baking, dishes done and meat in from the freezer.
And as I was accomplishing that this post was tumbling around in my head and I realized, today was just "one of those days" no, I haven't accomplished much this week because of doing cards but Bubba has been sleeping longer and amusing himself for longer periods of time lately, apparently he's starting another growth spurt because he's wanting to "cluster feed" and needing extra attention.
I realized something else too as I was setting the bread machine up. I had all the ingredients in except the yeast when I realized I had forgotten the egg! Now with this machine the liquids go in first. I've made this recipe enough times that I know it by heart but still I messed it up. I don't know yet what putting the ingredients in out of order will do to my bread but it got me thinking. My priorities have been a little screwy. I've spent a lot of time on Facebook lately because after all, when I'm nursing Bubba I only have one hand and there's so much to do when he's sleeping. Excuses. Do you know my son is 11 weeks old tomorrow and only today I downloaded an app to read my BIBLE on my phone? Priorities. Like ingredients in a recipe they need to be in order.
I spent some time in The WORD tonight, some in an actual BIBLE while Bubba slept, some on the phone while he nursed. I feel refreshed. Calmed. More ready to face my day. I should have checked my priority list a long time ago.

Welcome to my world!

Welcome to my world.
Who am I? I'm a fairly new wife (married in the fall of 2013), a new Mom (DS is 11 weeks old this coming Sunday), A Christian, a Cowgirl, a user of cloth diapers (you've probably guessed I'm new to that too...) a somewhat-crunchy-mama (that's also something new....) and I'm inviting you to explore all these new things with me and my family!

Meet my family!
My husband, love of my life, amazing dad....oh sorry I'm rapsodizing aren't I? ;) He goes by Cowboy online because he IS one! He grew up in Texas training horses and cattle dogs, has trained cutting horses, halter horses and all around GOOD horses! He writes Cowboy Poetry as well, maybe someday I'll talk him into sharing some :)

My son. We'll call him lil' Buckaroo, or sometimes Bubba, just a couple of the many nicknames he's been tagged with in his short life lol. I won't be sharing pictures of him, maybe someday I'll write a post about why, But for now suffice it to say that I've heard enough horror stories about nasty people doing nasty things with pictures they've gotten from the internet!
Well, that's us! For now I'm just a SAHM talking to myself online (hey, a girl's gotta get some adult conversation, right? LOL) maybe someday it'll grow into a big enough "thing" that I can make some money from it, I wouldn't mind! But for now, its just me, talking to myself and whoever happens to wander bye :) thanks for listening!