Saturday, February 21, 2009
3 1/4 - 3 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups warm water
2 tsp sugar
1 rounded TBSP malted milk powder (I used regular dry milk)
1 tsp rosemary, optional
1/8 tsp black pepper, optional
2 tsp olive oil
1 TBSP yellow cornmeal
If you have a bread machine, just toss all the ingredients in on the dough setting.
If not, here are instructions for making it by hand:
In large bowl of electric mixer, stir together 3 cups flour, yeast, salt, milk powder, and sugar. Add warm water to flour and mix together. Stir in remaining flour gradually to make a soft dough that holds together instead of sticking to the sides of the bowl. Turn dough onto a f loured surface and knead until dough is smooth and satiny (about 10 minutes), adding just enough flour to prevent dough from being sticky. Place dough in bowl sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled (30-45 minutes).
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove dough from bread machine and place on a greased baking sheet. Roll dough into a 13x15 inch rectangle. Brush top with olive oil and sprinkle with cornmeal. Bake until golden (about 15 minutes). Remove from oven and brush with remaining oil. Let cool for a few minutes, then cut into squares.
To make BLT's, slice focaccia open. Stuff with mayo, chopped tomatoes, bacon, and lettuce. YUM!!!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Because we live in a small apartment, I keep bins of toys under the crib.
I used a sheet as the backing for the quilt I made him, so I dug out the leftovers to use for the skirt. Here's the finished product:
No toys in sight! Hurray!!!
And here's how I did it:Yep, I literally laid the sheet under the mattress, evenly scrunched the edge, then put the mattress back down on top! It took all of five seconds. Since I used a sheet, it already had a finished edge. AND it's adjustable! When it's time to lower the mattress, the skirt will still fit perfectly! Hee Hee. If I get really ambitious some day, I think a little bit of red rick rack would be cute a few inches up from the bottom. But for now I'm just enjoying the big pay off for less than 10 minutes of work. Thanks, Nester!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Ballerina picture frame.
ANYTHING in aqua, red and white.
Rustic stars. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=289062.0
This before and after is amazing. Check out her blog for more. http://www.granvillehouse.blogspot.com/
I check it religiously every day. Bargain central!
What do you love???
Friday, February 13, 2009
2 1/4 cup flour
1 TBSP baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
2 TBSP cornmeal
7+ TBSP water
8 hot dogs
Mix dry ingredients together. Add shortening and cut in until crumbly. Add 7 TBSP water, then just enough more to make the dough stick together. Do not overwork dough. Divide into 8 parts. Wrap around each hot dog and pinch to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (I'm not sure how long they took). Serve with ketchup or BBQ sauce for dipping.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I found the big letter L for 50 cents at Goodwill. Covered it in paper, added some ribbon and a chipboard heart tag that says, "Love." So easy.
The garland was easy too--I just tied a bunch of ribbon and fabric to a red cord I had lying around.
The little love birds are made from paper and have paper clip legs. I saw the idea on the internet somewhere, but I can't for the life of me remember where. If you know, please leave the info in a comment for me so I can give proper credit.
What are you doing for Valentines Day?
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Anyway, those muffins were the start of a big phase for me. It has been muffin central around here ever since. I just LOVE muffins! So I thought I would share the best muffin recipe. It is the best because you can use whatever schtuff you have on had that needs to be used up. I've tried brown bananas, smashed sweet potato, chopped up apples with applesauce, grated carrots, overripe peaches...I've even tossed in some leftover oatmeal...and every single time I get a yummy moist muffin!
STREUSEL: (optional, but really, really good)
Preheat ove to 375 degrees. Mash your schtuff. Add wet ingredients and blend. Gently add dry and mix until just moistened. (Overmixing will make rubbery muffins). Scoop into a greased 12 hole muffin pan.
To make the streusel, measure the sugar, flour and cinnamon into a small bowl. Cut the butter in with a fork until incorporated and crumbly. Sprinkle evenly atop muffin batter.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I also made another bib (no pics, sorry!) by cutting out two pieces of cotton, sewing them together and flipping them right side out. However, if you have a very soggy baby like mine, this bib will only keep his clothes dry for 20 minutes. So I'll have to take it apart and add a layer of batting or flannel inside.
If you want to make a bib or two (or ten) for your little slobberer, here are a few other tutorials I've come across:
Vinyl Tie Bib
Asymmetrical Button Bib
Basic Velcro Bib
Bias Tape Bib