Homemade Herb and Parmesan Bread

Herb and Parmesan Bread

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

Yield: 1 large (2-pound) Loaf

Ingredients:

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

Preparation:

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

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Homemade Chili Bread

Chili Bread

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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.

Dealing with a Toddler – Feb 4

Well if you have read most of my previous posts on our toddler, we have at least somewhat gotten over the sleeping in bed hurdle. The alarm is a huge help for waking me up when he wakes if to early and for nap times. So no more ninja! Woo. Lol.

Now onto our next trying trial. Our son won’t eat, or if he does it take hours upon hours, and we have to constantly coax or punish him to take a bite, usually in sick with the task of making him eat every bite. Spooning it to his mouth, counting to three etc. Whatever comes to mind before punishment. Of course he gives the best disgusting and gag reflexes imaginable. Hurtful to a mother who takes a pride in her cooking… Lol.

Here’s to hoping that we will finally get over this. I know some examples on how to try to fix these things. But when your child is to the point like mine is who won’t eat anything, even if it’s good or if your whole family is eating it along with them. The following are some examples:

1) Put cheese on anything and everything, like broccoli, eggs, vegetables, etc.
2) Make use of ketchup, usually kids go thrive the same stage of loving ketchup, so put it on anything.
3) Use their favorite foods to alternate between the “yucky” bites. So give them a bit of the “yucky” food then a bit of the whatever yummy food is. Then use that as a bribe method, of “do you want this____ (yummy food)  then you eat this first”.
4) Always make it a big deal, whether it’s by a big hurray or clapping, make them excited that they are that “yucky”  food.
5) Try not to give them their own separate food from what your eating so that they see that your also eating it along with them.
6) If it takes hours to make them ready a good enough amount that they are full, then do it with them. This could be harder once there’s more kids around, but it’s the truth, they need to see that no matter what is put in front of them they can’t be picky.
7) Always make your child finish that last bite or you will regretfully find it somewhere your not going to like. Because at this age they don’t think of the toilet or a napkin, which they will eventually once discovered. But once that time does come be careful about the toilet, it could get clogged from to much food being dumped into it. So the child will need to learn that they can’t do that.
8) Always try to think of how to make the food better, not better meaning chocolate or sugars, better meaning healthy. Honey is a good sugar, but don’t do too much. Kids get enough junk these days, that they don’t need to learn oh mommy will put chocolate on whatever I deem “yucky”. Lol no. Please don’t.
9) Put fruits in with things like yogurt, oatmeal, pancakes, etc.

Take every meal one meal at a time, try to keto your patience, but also be firm. And when they get older these things will stick with them, especially once in college when picky reading is really not allowed. This will also craft non picky eaters as they grow up, so they can keep with your daily eating habits rather than their own made up ones. Because if we were to give into that pickyness, then our kids would become dreadful little snots that we don’t like. This could carry into not only eating habits but other aspects, like, the wanting a toy every shopping trip or Christmas gifts they got were not enough. Got your sake and theirs, please keep in top of them, it will pass and get better. Good luck!

Dealing with a Toddler – Jan 30

Finally got our alarm system up! Woot. Works wonders. It’s the Tattletale Pet Alarm… Pretty big but it’s very sensitive! This is good for when our son tries to ninja quietly out of his room. He still is trying ti get up at 530am, which is pretty early still, but we will get it under control soon.

Here’s the product: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000ANOT9U

Dealing with a Toddler – Jan 27

As one can see we are still having problems with our son. Sigh. He woke up this morning at 530am. Of course he’s already downstairs terrorizing the cats and in the room. I coax him to his room. He stays in it. But he decides that his bed isn’t good enough and goes to sleep or hangs out in his closet, with all of his blankets. I decided not to discipline him back to his bed and leave him be so I can get a couple more hours of sleep.

I hope as he gets older this will get easier. Him waking up in the middle of the night or really early is making this mama cranky. And pretty sleep deprived. I can’t even make it past nap time myself without falling asleep. Lol. Also have to remember, we are expecting our second one, so yeah this is pretty interesting to say the least.

My mother told me some good ideas to maybe try. To start taking naps out completely or shorten them, to try to keep him in bed for the middle of the night. Or use the time he wakes up to potty, since we are trying to potty train at the same time. Which let me tell you is going pretty slow.

The Aurora Shooting

My family and I live only 20 mins away from the devastation of the shooting. I can’t even begin to describe what the people went through. However there are many out there who were thinking of them.

Like Hans Zimmer who wrote the songs to the movies wrote a dedication song to the people who were involved.

And the actor, Christian Bail, that played Batman even came to visit Aurora.

http://m.okmagazine.com/news/christian-bale-visits-shooting-victims-aurora-colorado-hospital-dark-knight

Please still keep the people in your thoughts and prayers…its a long road to healing.