Friday, February 27, 2009
No Knead Bread
1/2 cup bread flour
Covered pot (five-quart or larger cast iron, Pyrex, ceramic, enamel…something that can go into a 450F oven.)
1. Mix dough: The night before, in a small dish place teaspoon of rosemary, coat with olive oil. After a few minutes combine all ingredients in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until the dough just comes together. It will be a shaggy, doughy mess. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 12-20 hours on countertop.
2. Shape & preheat: The dough will now be wet, sticky and bubbly. With a wet spatula, dump the dough on a floured surface. Fold ends of dough over a few times with the spatula and nudge it into a ball shape. You can use your hands if you like, just keep your hands wet so that the dough does not stick. Generously dust a cotton towel (not terrycloth) with flour. Set dough seam side down on top of towel. Fold towel over the dough. Let it nap for 2 hours. When you’ve got about a half hour left, slip your covered pot into the oven and preheat to 450F.
3. Bake: Your dough should have doubled in size. Remove pot from oven. Holding towel, dump wobbly dough into pot. Doesn’t matter which way it lands. Shake to even dough out. Cover. Bake 30 minutes. Remove and let cool on wired rack. If not eating right away, you can re-crisp crust in 350F oven for 10 minutes. Best way to eat it? Smear a warm slice with some good homemade butter.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Here is the baby's face
This one is our favorite!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
This is the only bedroom at the whole place. Mikey and I grabbed it! Sleeping bags were still required though. :)
This is the girls dorm area. Its like 90% unpainted plywood. The girls were all pretty shocked when they saw that this is where they would be staying for two nights. I told them to take lots of pictures because this could be their memory of the plywood ski trip of 09'.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
In other news... Brian got into a car accident this morning on his way to work. Thankfully no one got hurt. Praise the Lord for Brian's huge metal bumper, there was no damage at all to his Jeep but I guess the other guys car was pretty smashed up. So now we are just waiting to see what insurance says regarding who's fault it is. The other guys insurance called Brian and it sounds like the other guy totally lied to his insurance company about how it happened so we will see what happens.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
What do you think about the colors? I wanted to switch it up a bit because the white was totally my style but I realize that its also a little bit on the boring side. :)
Also I added a [From My Kitchen] section to the sidebar so now you have easy access to all of the recipes that I have posted on here! Enjoy! And try some of the out for yourself! I highly recommend that you try the jalapeno popper spread, the croutons, the flax seed crackers, and the microwave caramels!
2 slices of bread
1 packet tuna
1 slice american cheese
Some pickles w/juice
Some french fried onions
Mix the tuna with the mayo. Add as much mayo as you like. Then throw in a little splash of the pickle juice because that is the secret ingredient. Then place the tuna mixture on one side of your bread. Top with some french fried onions, not to much just a sparse layer. Top that with the cheese and then top with other slice of bread. Now throw that butter on your preheated griddle and place your sandwich cheese side down so it gets nice and melted. Flip when that side is golden brown. After the flip I like to press down on it a bit with my spatula just to make sure the cheese and the tuna melt together.
There you have it the best tuna melt ever! Serve with some pickles and wash it down with a glass of 7up and pineapple juice (my new favorite drink)
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
We had a doctors appointment today. I got blood drawn and I didn't throw up or pass out so that was a huge improvement! I have only gained half a pound though since my last visit and I am still not back up to what my normal weight was before I got pregnant since I lost 6 pounds the first trimester from not being able to keep anything down. I think thats weird but the doctor said it was normal. We got to hear the heartbeat again. Its an awesome thing to hear. This time it was @ 156. Before it was @ 170 and people at church told me that high heartbeats mean that its a girl.
Speaking of if its a girl I picked out the fabric I am going to use in the nursery if it is a girl.
I love it! I found it at the Fat Quarter Shop. Since I got that sewing machine for my birthday I decided that I could make my own crib bedding (And since my friend Becky just recently made her baby boys bedding so she can help me if I totally mess up). So I am going to use this fabric to make the crib bumber and to cover the boppy and to make a valance for the window! I am so excited!
Now for the funny stuff. We were cleaning out the office the other day and we came across our Marine Corps Ball pictures from 2007. So I am looking through them and in the middle of our stack I find this....
yeah Im pretty sure thats not us. :) Do you think they have a picture of us?
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
1 Cup Karo Syrup
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cubes Butter
Cook for 5 minutes uncovered in the microwave.
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Cook in he microwave for 11-13 minutes.
Stir every 3 minutes
(test drop in ice water...if you can flatten the caramel in your fingers it is ready)
Cool for 30 minutes in a greased 9x13 pan
Cut the caramels into small pieces using cooking shears (seriously dont try it with the knife its not pretty that way)
Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap
I found this idea over at Epicurean Style. She makes really cute aprons. I love the Madison style.
I was fifteen weeks yesterday! I guess I'm a getting bigger because Brian is constantly saying it, and Wednesday Maryn told me she thinks I am having twins, and when I was watching Caidence and Danielle today Caidence was choosing stuffed animals to be members of her family. She decided I was the cow. :) Its okay though because she made Melissa (her mom) be the hippo.
We watched 7 pounds last night too. We should have taken the pictures before we watched the movie because I am an ugly crier and my face was all red and puffy for this picture, even after I put a cool wash cloth on it! I was sobbing though even after the movie ended it took me a while to calm down. Its a good movie but its definitely a cry movie. Will Smith is a really believable actor.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
WhenI first found out I was pregnant, I couldn't get a doctors appointment until after we got back from Washington, this kinda freaked me out because I didnt want to just tell everyone in Washington if we weren't sure about anything and didnt have a due date yet...
So me being impatient looked in the phone book for a crisis pregnancy center. Because I thought for sure that they would be able to tell me how far along I was. When I called the voice on the line sounded really familiar but I didnt say anything then. I went in later that day and it turned out to be my friend Tiffany who was volunteering there and then I found out that it was a very faith-based place, lots of the material they hand out is put out by Focus on the Family and they really try to get the Gospel to everyone who comes in there.
It was so cool how God worked it out because Tiffany was able to go through all the steps with me and to confirm the pregnancy.
Well today I get a call from the same Pregnancy Center and they have just gotten some ultrasound equipment in and they were wondering if I would let them do one on me. I was like OF COURSE!!!!! I was so excited. So basically I get to be their guinea pig and I get a totally free ultrasound! I am so excited! So it will be February 25th!!! I am hoping that I will be far enough along that we can find out the sex!!!!!
It is so amazing how I could totally see how God had worked it out in the beginning that Tiffany could go through all the beginning stuff with me and now He is still working this little thing to bless me even months down the road. We serve a Great and Mighty God!!!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Baby Necktie Onesie
T-shirt Newborn Gown
Ribbon Notebooks and Alphabet Crayons
Felt "Mail Center"
Fabric Crate Covers
Embellished Rubber Gloves
Friday, February 6, 2009
Step One: Cut apple in half
Step Two: Turn cut side to cutting board and slice apple like shown
Step Three: Feed the mis-shapen tops and bottoms to your apple loving dog
Step Four: Stand apple rightside up keeping slices together
Step Five: Take a melon baller and scoup out the seeds. I just put it at the top and press straight down
Step Six & Seven: Put your apple slices in a bowl of cold water mixed with lemon juice to prevent browning. Arrange on your dehydrator tray.
****Note**** If you do feed apple to your dog make sure that they do not get the middles or the seeds. The seeds can contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs. It is toxic to humans too but you probably already know better than to eat the seeds... right?
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Do you see that huge tv behind me? We totally scored and got that for $250 dollars last night! Its a crazy good deal since the guy paid like $2500 dollars for it less than two years ago! We aren't sure if our free cable will disappear when that whole DTV thing kicks in so it might just be for movies but I dont care because it was such an awesome deal!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Speaking of inspiration I came across this idea the other day and I love it! When our little one comes I would love to make this project to go above our bed!