April 25, 2011

graham's first easter

while on a girls trip to chicago last week, i picked up this little chicken for g's basket.
it reminded me of my own little chicken a few months back...
unfortunately, this was grahams reaction when he saw his new friend (see left)

 it's a good thing he liked his peeps!

April 10, 2011

french velvet

this has got to be the favorite for all the men in the household...
and the best part is? it's so easy to make, and tastes delicious.

French Velvet

½ cup butter
¾ cup sugar
2 squares unsweetened chocolate (melt in microwave)
2 eggs
1 cup whipping cream (whipped)
1-9" pie shell

Cream butter and sugar, stir in melted chocolate.  Add 1 egg and beat for 5 minutes.  Add 2nd egg and beat for 5 minutes.  Fold whipping cream into chocolate mixture and place in pie shell.  Chill for 2 hours.  (Todd likes graham cracker crust).

April 5, 2011

10 months

our little bambino is 10 months old..
time flies when you're chasing around this little guy (man is he fast!)

is anyone going here this weekend?

April 2, 2011

annie's recipes

ever started something, and found that you've done nothing in maybe...months??
that's how it's been with my mom's recipe book.
thankfully, i'm finally making some sort of progress, and want to share!
this is the beginning of some of my favorite recipes.

Homemade Bread Recipe
From start to finish in one hour

10 ½ cups white bread flour or Wheat Flour (do not use all-purpose flour)
½  cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 Tablespoon salt
3 rounded Tablespoons saf-instant yeast (Macey's Alison's Pantry, Bosch) it if all wheat
4 cups of hot tap water- as hot as we can get out of the tap- not boiling.  Don't dump water in all at once.

Mix dry ingredients.  *Add lecithin and water.  Mix for 1 minute and check consistency.  If dough is too dry, add more water.  Dough should be very sticky.  Mix for 5 minutes.  (Do not add flour to the dough after it has finished mixing). Spray counter and pans with Pam.  Shape loaves and cover with a dish towel.  Let raise 25 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  This recipe makes four loaves.

*Squeeze or pour approximately 3 Tablespoons of lecithin directly into the bowl.  Do not measure.  
For whole wheat bread, use the same recipe but add one cup of applesauce as part of the hot tap water and 1 additional Tablespoon lecithin.  Mix for ten minutes.