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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bread of the Month///April

 Yesterday I shared our Easter feast and today I thought I would give you the recipe to the bread I made!

I have a delicious, easy bread recipe that is perfect for spring. My mom made this recently and I asked if I could share it here. It makes two loaves so go ahead and make one for yourself and one for your lovely daughter (or you know, whoever).
Sadly this is the only shot I got of the bread but only because it was gobbled up as soon as I put it on the table!

Cottage Cheese Dill Bread
(makes 2 loaves)

Ingredients

2 pkgs dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 tsp sugar
2 cups cottage cheese
2 Tbsp minced onion
2 Tbsp dill weed (I snipped off some fresh dill right into the batter)
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar
2 eggs
4-4 1/2 cups flour
Directions

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water with the sugar and stir together. Let stand 5 minutes to proof.

2. Combine the cottage cheese, onion, dill weed, baking powder, salt, sugar, and eggs in a blender and mix well. Add to yeast mixture. Gradually add in 4-4 1/2 cups flour to make a stiff dough. Knead lightly until smooth and elastic. Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover to let rise until doubled- about 1 1/2 hours. Turn out, punch down, and knead a few times. Divide into two equal portions. Shape each into a well greased loaf pan and let rise again, about 30 minutes.

3. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Rub top with butter while still warm.

I may be making this again this weekend so I can get more than just a bite in! This is a great bread to make if you aren't super confident with bread making, really easy and mostly full proof! Check out my bread posts from  December, January, February, and March. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Recap

We celebrated Easter full out this year and it completely made up for our Christmas (when we all got sick!) This is quickly becoming one of my favorite holidays. I love the focus on worship throughout the week, the time spent with family and friends, and the lovely weather! I like that we have a holiday that isn't surrounded by stuff and I love the build up to it. 

Chris' sister and her family stayed with us Saturday and went to our Easter Vigil, last year I documented our Day in the Life on Holy Saturday if you want to see it here. We had a great service and the only negative was I never managed to get a picture of our family all dressed up and looking nice! Fail!(haha I just reread last year's post and realized I did the same thing. Next year we will make it happen!) Sunday morning we slept in and ate breakfast tacos then had our egg hunt. 
 It was great watching the four kids find the eggs and play together all day. Try getting a shot of all four of them to send to Nana, not so easy!
 Once Charlie realized some eggs had jelly beans he lost all interest in finding any more eggs. Look how different they looked last year in their egg hunt! Ack! My babies!
 Then I let the cousins watch the twins and I got to work cooking while the other adults whipped the house into shape. I made a feast for family and friends at our church that serve during the Holy Week services and I know are too tired to think about cooking come Sunday morning. So I try to spoil them a bit!
 On the menu:
A Glazed Ham (we always get the one from Sam's and it hasn't failed me yet)
Baked Kibbeh (blogged the recipe here)
White Rice (recipe in this post, perfect rice every time!)
Deviled Eggs (I'm not sure these turned out great, it was hard to get the flavor right with so many eggs)
Scalloped Cheesy Potatoes (I used this recipe and it was good but I wish I had cheese left over to top it off)
Asparagus wrapped in bacon (took 3-4 stalks of asparagus, wrapped them with bacon, broiled until the bacon was cooked)
Broccoli and Cauliflower salad (I will write this one out next time I make it, great salad for potlucks!)
Cottage Cheese Dill Bread- look for this recipe in a post tomorrow!
 We sat and talked inside and out, people came and went, and it was an all around perfect day. Kids completely passed out around 5pm when I put on Little Mermaid to get them to wind down. Sweet babies were troopers the entire long weekend.
Whew! No wonder it took me all day yesterday to recover! Have you created any Easter traditions with your family? I love looking back and seeing how we are creating memories with our children and what things stay and what things change. Remind me next year to get a family picture ok?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Make Something/// Garden Journal





Did you have a lovely Easter weekend? We had the best time and I will have a recap up tomorrow- with recipes!- but for now I am recovering from the holiday. I do have something to share with you though, and an extra that you can win if you sign up in the rafflecopter below

I have been meaning to start writing down what I plant and where and how it goes in regards to my garden for some time now. I can usually remember the past planting, but thinking back to before that usually confuses me. I had this seed packet stamp set from Jillibean soup that I knew would be perfect for this project. I had planned on a simple composition notebook with a decorated cover, but when I saw this gorgeous paper at Paper Source I knew I could whip up something a little more me.

I made a video showing my process and it turns out I've ended up with two journals. If you would like one fill out the Rafflecopter below and I will randomly pick a winner next week! Nothing required, just tell me what you would use this journal for and I will ship it to the winner. If you don't win, I hope this inspires you to make something similar of your own. I think this would make a lovely Mother's Day present as it is a lovely journal on its own, garden or no garden.




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