Homemade Herb and Parmesan Bread

Herb and Parmesan Bread


“If you choose to use dried herbs, use about 1 tablespoon of dried leaf herbs.

Yield: 1 large (2-pound) Loaf


1 1/3 cups lukewarm water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves crushed garlic
3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as a combination of basil, chives, oregano, and rosemary
4 cups bread flour
1 scant teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast


Add all ingredients to your bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.”

Original post: http://southernfood.about.com/od/breadmachine/r/Bread-Machine-Herb-And-Parmesan-Bread.htm

Homemade Chili Bread

Chili Bread


Yields: 1 pound loaf

Cook Time 3 hours

7/8 cup beer
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried minced onion (or 1/4 ts onion powder)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Put all ingredients in the bread machine and set at White Bread or French Bread. Serve with butter and chili soup.

Non-bread machine way (thanks to one reviewer on the original recipe website):

I made the following changes and was able to make it without a bread baker. I used 2.5 tsp of dry active yeast which I proofed in 2 oz of warm water – 110 degrees (I just run my faucet at the hottest for a minute to get the right temperature)for about 6 minutes until the yeast blooms. I then weigh my flour (9.55 oz). I add all the spices although I reduced the onion to 1/2 T, 5 oz of beer and 2 T of regular olive oil. I knead it in my mixer using the dough hook for 6 min. I let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, I then roll it out to 8.5 by 5 inch rectangle and roll it up from the long side, put in 8.5 by 4 inh loaf pan, let it rise another hour and then bake at 400 for 30 minutes

In the original recipe I took out the bouillon and substituted the red pepper flakes. Original recipe: http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/7056/chili-bread

What To Do When Your Bike Gets Stolen

So recently my husband’s $700 bike got stolen off of our back porch. Fun, right? No. We were shocked and pretty upset. Plus they had to take it from our porch which was closed with a gate. Kid toys surrounding it and everything. Sigh.

So the reason why I’m writing this is for those of you who have no idea what to do, when your bike gets stolen.

1st call your insurance company (we called it renters)

2nd call the non emergency number to the local police to put out a claim

3rd give up that your going to even find your bike and get a new one

Unfortunately, the third is a problem for many people. People who steal bikes usually sell them within 24 hours of stealing. There are a few stories out there where people have been reunited with their bikes, but it’s slim. Thinking of ways to try to deter those who steal is harder than you think. You can invest in a bike rack or storage unit, or bring it in your home… Still will have the unfortunate task of watching thieves.

DIY Baby Name Canvas

I started out with going to Michaels and bought some ribbon, letters and a canvas. I even added flowers that were sewn together (can be bought from Easy or DIY).


Painted the canvas with its first color of paint, let dry. Then colored the edges with paint.


To curl the polyester ribbons, I wrapped the ribbons on my wooden spoon (alai can use dowel rods). “Baked” the spoons at 200 degrees for 20 mins. Allow to completely cool. Then unwrap.



I used a hot glue gun and glued everything into the canvas.


Broccoli Salad


1-2 heads of fresh broccoli, torn to pieces that are eatable

1 head of fresh cauliflower, torn to pieces that are eatable

1/2 c peanuts, non salted, or whatever you like

1 c of whole cherry tomatoes

1 c shredded mild cheddar cheese

1 c ranch dressing

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, refrigerate, and serve when cold. 


If you have leftovers a word of warning, the peanuts will get a little soggy but they are still really good in the salad even as leftover. Great snack and easy meal.



Crock Pot Lamb Leg



This was our Easter Dinner, lamb leg from the crock pot! So nummy.


2 lb lamb (we have a 6 qt crock pot)
4-5 small-medium potatoes, cut into big pieces
5-6 carrots, cut into big pieces
1 medium white onion, cut into big pieces
1 Tbsp rosemary
1 ts salt and pepper
2 Tbsp lemon juice or 1 lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
3-4 c water, enough to cover the top of the lamb
1 c beef broth
1/2 lb green beans, fresh

Place the lamb into the crock pot. Cut the vegetables. Pour in water, broth, and add in ingredients. Allow to cook 8 hours on low.

Parmesan Chicken and Noodles


Cooked noodles
Favorite spaghetti sauce
Parmesan Cheese
2 chicken breast
1 ts celery salt
1 ts pepper
4 minced garlic cloves
1 ts majoram
1 ts parsley
1 ts basil
1 ts garlic powder
1 egg
1/4 c milk
Oil for pan frying


In one bowl mix the eggs and milk. In another mix all ingredients (except garlic cloves and oil). Dip chicken in egg/milk mix then the dry ingredient bowl. Pan fry with oil and with garlic, the chicken, until done.

Serve with noodles, sauce, Parmesan cheese.