August 3, 2016

Girl's Night Out

I had been looking forward to this night for a LONG time...
at least 3 months and it finally happened!!
We (3 friends and I) went to Kil'n Time on 
Main street in Plymouth and we had a blast creating 
and laughing and working hard on our Master pieces!

 As you can see all the important things are here....
an easel, paint, brushes, water... more water, iced tea and chocolate!

Ta-da....  all ready to hang up and enjoy!

Can't wait for the next one!!

Bread Bowl Pizza

There was a short video that made its way around Face Book a little while ago.... 
it showed how to make a pizza like dinner using a round loaf of bread!
I have tried it TWICE actually and plan to again! 
It was DELICIOUS and easy to make!!

I used a hard, artisan bread ... 
Cut the top off and scoop out the bread from the bottom part.
It will look like an empty bread bowl!

 Now for the fun part!! 
Add what would be the toppings... but in this case
it's the filling!! I used spaghetti sauce, a mozzarella block of cheese
cut into slices, chunks of ham, peppers, fresh basil and fresh spinach!

Layer the toppings and sauce ending with the 
mozzarella cheese and put the top on!!
At this point, the original recipe called for wrapping it in
tin foil and putting something weighty on top for about 
half an hour, but I skipped this part!! Top the bread with
a grated cheddar blend (or whatever kind you like).

Bake in an oven preheated to 350* 
for about 30 minutes!!

Cool just a bit and cut it up for serving!!
I found cutting was the most difficult part, HOT and messy
but well worth it! It is sooo yummy!!

My second time making it I sauteed up some 
home made sweet sausage, vidalia onions and sweet yellow
peppers. I used the traditional spaghetti sauce and sliced mozzarella
cheese along with some sliced black olives!! That combination 
was very good too!! 

My NEXT time making this I will use an Alfredo sauce with the mozzarella
cheese and sautee' up some bacon, boneless chicken, vidalia onions and 
broccoli!! I can't wait to try this!! It is a great combo for regular pizza, so 
I'm thinking it will be fantastic in this pizza bowl too!!

That's all for tonight.... 
Hope you are enjoying whatever you
are doing! God bless you!

August 2, 2016

Bread In A Bag... with Kids

The 3 grands and I had fun today! 
Here's the end result.... then I'll show you the process!

I gave each child a quart freezer zipper top style bag and to each bag we added:
1/2 Cup flour
1/2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp. yeast 
1/2 Cup WARM water 

Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal.
Squish the bag with hands until well mixed.
Let it rest 10  minutes.... bubbles will form!

Open the bag and add :
1/2 Cup flour
1 1/2 TBSP oil
1/4 tsp. salt

 Seal the bag and squish with hands again, mixing well!

Add the last 1/2 Cup of flour and mix again the same way.

Remove the dough from the bag onto a lightly floured surface
and knead for 5-10 minutes until it is smooth.

Form into loaf shape and put into a greased mini loaf pan!
You can also double this recipe and use a regular sized loaf pan if you want.

Cover with a clean warm, damp towel (I don't usually cover mine)
and allow the dough to rise... doubling in size, about 30 minutes.

Bake in a 375* oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown!

Remove from oven and cool out of pans on cooling racks!

Not only is it a fun project, but a delicious one too!

July 24, 2016

It's Been A While....

I just looked to see when I posted last....  yikes... it's been a whole year! That's MY BAD!

What has been going on? Well, since last August...  our youngest son married the love of his life!!

Me and Austin.... getting ready for his big day!
Pete and Austin.... We are so happy for him (them)!

After September things sped up a bit... 
We opted NOT to tap the maple trees this year and make syrup. We still had some on hand from last spring and it is labor intensive, so... since our 'helpers' are all out of the house we decided it would work best to do this every other year! Maybe giving the trees a rest every other year will benefit us!


You know that saying, you can't have just one? 
Well, that seems to be the case for my husband and his bee hives!!
We currently have 3 hives and 2 nucs... 
which basically, it 4 smaller hives in the making!! \
 The nucs have the same size exterior box...  
but the inside is two separate hives each with their own entrances and queens!! 
When the nuc colonies multiply in number, they will have their 
own new hive ...  regular sized or be sold!! 

We have ordered a motor for our extractor so hopefully, this
will help in making the honey process go faster!
It has been fun and a definite learning curve raising bees. 

 You can see the open nuc... it has 2 covers, one for each of 
separate new colonies!

Our apiary ... three hives (behind them) and 2 nucs (SO FAR!) 
It is surrounded with a solar battery electric fence for protection!