Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Baking Bread & Goodwill makeover...

Yesterday was a perfect day for making up a batch of homemade bread! Mother nature just couldn't decide if she wanted rain or snow...so I stayed in all day and worked.

I'm sharing with you the bread recipe that I've been using for years. It's SO simple and really a wonderful recipe to work with. But right now I have pics of the baby's as promised. You just won't even recognize them. They are growing by leaps and bounds and are just so darn cute! A few of them are very inquisitive and just had to get their mugs right in the camera!


I've also finished up one of the Goodwill finds...the stack of boxes.

This is the before..

And here's the after...with a little bit of glue and fabric...they look totally different!

Keep your eyes open when your out junking. Look at things in a different way. Just about anything can be revamped into a whole new look for cheap. These boxes were covered in old fabrics using just plain 'ol glue watered down..with a final coat of aging which you can by in the small bottles where ever paints are sold..after I did a bit of sanding first. The inside is recovered in old papers from a book, but you could use newspaper as well.


This recipe makes 5 large loaves of bread.


3/4 c. butter

6 c. milk (may use part water)

2/3 c. sugar

1 egg

1-1/2 TB salt

2 TB yeast

7 c. whole wheat flour

7+ c. white flour

You may choose to use all of one kind of flour.....this time I used all white.

melt butter. Add milk and heat until warm. Pour into a bowl or bread mixer. Add sugar, egg and salt; mix. Add 7 cups of whole wheat flour and yeast. Add white flour until dough pulls away from the bowl, still a little sticky. Let raise for 1 hour. Knead and shape into 6 small or 5 large loaves. Let raise until dough not spring back to the touch. Bake at 350* for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and cool. Put into bags as soon as the loaves are cooled.

I hope you enjoy making this.

So till next time...bake some bread...slap on some butter when it's finished...and enjoy the day!

Sunday, April 12, 2009


Well my friends...I can't believe it's been a couple of weeks since I last blogged! We've been crazy busy...with birthdays galore! Grandson turned 2, oldest daughter turned 24, and middle daughters boyfriend turned 19, so we had a huge party for all 3. What a great time we had!

We bought the baby a his first bike...and ofcourse the helmet, elbow pads and knee pads to go along with. OK..I'm just a little anal about safety. Just ask my kids...they weren't allowed to ride their bikes without a helmet, and our car never moved until they were all buckled in.
So anyhoo...

It was SO cold that day! We were all out there JUST long enough for Grandpa to get him on the bike, show him were his feet go, and help him peddle down the sidewalk ONCE! Then it was indoors for the rest of the day! Happy Birthdays were sung and cake was eaten...well maybe worn more then eaten, but it was a great time.

The chicks are doing great! We did lose one, it's expected I guess even though I hate losing any...the rest are growing SO big! They look so funny now at 2 weeks with feathers coming in...a little scraggly really. I have 3 that are just sweet as can be, and come to me whenever I'm out there. One of the little Delawares loves to snuggle with me in the evenings. Gosh how I love my chickens! I'll get some new pics taken of them tomorrow and put them on, along with a few of the junk store makeovers I finished up.
Till then, may you have a wonderful Easter today with your family and friends!
Much love to all!