Archive | May, 2012

Cinnamon Bread and Jet Skis!!

30 May

So, lets talk about my weekend.  Where’d I leave off?

Oh right, on Saturday.

Well Sunday was full of nothingness, running around getting ready for our trip to the lake house on Monday and picking up my sister in law, nothing too exciting!

I did however make some yummy cinnamon swirl bread!  I didnt take a picture [FAIL] but we had it for breakfast Monday morning on our way up to the lake.  The girls enjoyed it more then my regular bread, and I will be totally making it again soon AKA tomorrow because we have another trip planned!

Memorial day we went to the lake.  “The Lake” is a magical place my step-father-in-laws family owns, and we spend the majority of our summers up there.  Here is a panoramic view of this place…

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Those blue and white Jet Skis are the girls’ best friends during the summer, and the rope hanging from the tree is something I have always wanted to do, but I have been so scared to do it.  So, we will see if I do it before I die haha.

Here is how my babies spent their day…

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We all got too much sun, too much water, and not enough family!

I did manage to make another new recipe tonight.  I made succotash…I never knew it was a real thing haha.

Can of Corn
Can of Lima Beans
2 TBSP butter
and pepper to taste

Cook the lima beans and corn up melt the butter in the corn/lima bean mixture, and pepper to taste, let simmer for about 15 minutes so it can soak up all the yummy flavor!

As of June 1st, I will start my 365 picture project!

Thanks mom, I dont like the Limeade part.

27 May

When you have children you realize the funny things they come up with!  Today was one of those days.  I made this really yummy, amazing limeade for the first time. (Thank you Pioneer Woman for the recipe)

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Take one cup sugar
2 Liters of lemon lime soda
1 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)
10 oz jar of maraschino cherries
Lime slices

Mix it all up in a jar, refrigerate for 30, and then serve with a ladle adding cherries to each glass!  The kids loved it, Chloe’s favorite part were the “surprises” at the bottom (the cherries), and she noticed I didnt put any lime slices in her glass she responded “Thanks mom for not giving me the limeade part, I dont like the limeade part only the surprise part” haha, kids.

I also made a “new to me” recipe today, if you can call it that, maybe its a new cooking technique.  I am really REALLY bad at making baked potatoes, I never cook them long enough, they never turn out right.  I found a recipe somewhere in the vast reaches of the internet that said to make your baked potatoes in the crock pot!  I love my crock pot its the best-invention-ever.

I scrubbed those little suckers and wrapped them up in aluminum foil, put the crock pot on low for 8 hours, and by the time the men were done doing yard work, and the steaks were cooked on the grill they were slow cooked to perfection.  The second you put pressure on them with your fork, they fell apart in baked potato yummy-ness.  I will NEVER attempt an oven baked potato again, ever.  This was a WIN.

I have also started a new recipe in the baking department (well two but we will get to the second one later)

(Amish) Friendship bread.  My mom made it for me one weekend, but never gave me a starter, and I forgot about it until my baking bug bit me.  So, you guessed it, I looked to google for a recipe.  Here is what you do…

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3 cups white sugar, divided
  • 3 cups milk
  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Let stand 10 minutes. In a 2 quart container glass, plastic or ceramic container, combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or flour will lump when milk is added. Slowly stir in 1 cup milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand until bubbly. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle. Leave loosely covered at room temperature.
  2. On days 2 thru 4; stir starter with a spoon. Day 5; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Days 6 thru 9; stir only.
  3. Day 10; stir in 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup milk. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 cups to friends along with this recipe, and your favorite Amish Bread recipe. Store the remaining 1 cup starter in a container in the refrigerator, or begin the 10 day process over again (beginning with step 2).

(taken from allrecipes.com)

The problem comes when you need to give the starters away.  Here is my idea.  I am going to freeze the extra starters (you totally can safely dont worry), and then pull them out and act like you are on day 1 of the cycle.  I will be giving them away for Christmas, with a homemade recipe book of different recipes to make with the starter!  How exciting!  I will also be donating the starters and the recipe books to local churches so that they can give them away as well!

My second baking project is pies in a jar, but since they are not completed yet, you wont be getting that recipe until tomorrow!!

Let me know if you have any baking/cooking suggestions!!

Break the Bread!

26 May

Well, I think I have officially decided I am a keeper!

We know that I am not the best homemaker I can be, and that is why I am doing what I am doing in this blog, I am making some changes, goals, and steps towards being an amazing Susie.  

Today was a complete WIN.  I started out my day by baking bread.  I have never used yeast in my cooking or baking.  I have always been intimidated by it.  Well I found an “Easy Beginner Bread Recipe” thanks to google, and decided to try it.  

It was simple.  It was *gasp* EASY.  It turned out so, so wonderful.  At 20 minutes of baking I pulled it out, and basted the top with butter again, and put it back in for 10 minutes.  It was moist but very dense.  It tasted amazing.  My 6 year old daughter told me “wow momma, you make better bread than the store does”.  Thank you baby, its an amazing feeling to know you like it.  

My husband also is a fan, he told me to add it to my keep list!  Yay for winning!  

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The loaf ended up being a yummy snack, and then we had a slice each with dinner as well..

For dinner, I also did AMAZING.

I took a 16 oz package of freshly sliced mushrooms, and sauteed them in EVOO.  I added that to a jar of spaghetti sauce and served it over freshly cheese stuffed tortellini, with grilled zucchini, and bread.  Yum.  The kids ate it all, and my husband confessed to me that grilled zucchini is his favorite summer veggie!  

I am able to cross off my summer to do list a thing or two which is amazing.  I will continue to journal this journey through life.  I do plan on making another loaf of bread tonight, and an apple pie, as tomorrow we are having a bbq while my husband and in laws are building a shed for us!  How exciting!!

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Bringing Home The Bacon

24 May

Does anyone else HATE cooking bacon or am I the only one?

Cooking bacon is the worst thing I do in the kitchen.  I hate the grease, the mess, the popping, the smokey-ness.  I hate it.  I have been looking to alternatives for cooking bacon, because like many people I think bacon is super yummy.

I have done some research and found three ways to make Bacon.  You do not need anything fancy to do these three methods.

The first is the type that I loathe…frying it in the frying pan.  The way that I do it, is lay strips of bacon (I cut them in half) in your pan, and fry them

Another type is baking it.  Lay the bacon out on a foil covered baking sheet, and put it in a COLD oven.  I am not sure why they suggest that but that is what they say.  Then you turn it on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and bake it for about 17 minutes or until the bacon is golden brown but not excessively crisp.  When you remove the pan from the oven then transfer the bacon to a pan lined with paper towels to soak up the grease.  MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE IT FROM THE ORIGINAL PAN RIGHT AWAY OR IT WILL CONTINUE TO COOK.  *I am so, so trying this tomorrow!*  They also say you can undercook it and then freeze it so you can reheat it in less time.

The third method I have found is the microwave.  Line the plate with paper towels and cook it on high for 5-7 minutes or until done to your liking.  I have attempted to make bacon in the microwave on one of those special bacon cooker things, and I melted the bacon cooker in the microwave.

I am making the grocery list from tonight.  I have a big summer to do list, and I want to start crossing things off, so this weekend we will be putting up a shed in our backyard.  I will be making dinner for everyone.  I will be making my own BBQ sauce, and probably a dessert (pies in a jar) and I will also be attempting to make bread!  What a big weekend for me!

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I’ve got high-apple-pie-in-the-sky hopes!

24 May

I cannot fall asleep right now, so I think I will start my list of want to dos for the summer!

Cooking

  1. Make all 5 of the mother sauces (0/5)
  2. Make 10 new recipes (7/10)
  3. Make my own Bar-B-Que sauce
  4. Make ketchup
  5. Make Homemade Applesauce.

Baking

  1. Make Pies in a Jar
  2. Bake a loaf of bread
  3. Make a Key-lime pie from scratch
  4. Make a pastry
  5. Make a lemon meringue pie from scratch.

Homemaking

  1. Finish my Home Management Binder
  2. Organize my kichen
  3. Design a sewing room
  4. Finish creating my menu board
  5. Recreate the bedroom!

Sewing

  1. Make my first blanket
  2. Sew Dolls for the girls (0/2)
  3. Make myself a dress
  4. Make kids Christmas Pajamas (0/4)
  5. Finish 25 projects (0/25)

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My Knight in Shining Armor [part 2]

24 May

Well where was I?  Oh yeah I was on a bus to Denver Colorado.  An hour from my departure point, the bus’s brakes caught on fire!  They melted and no longer worked, so about 30 miles from my layover bus we were stuck on the road for 3 hours.  They finally sent another bus and we arrived in Minneapolis.  They had to lay me over in a hotel over night since they had no other buses going out until morning.  I stayed in a hotel, called my Knight, and we talked on the phone all night, and I even fell asleep on the phone with him.

The next morning I hopped on another bus and was on my way.  We arrived in Denver at 6 AM the next morning!  It was completely crappy as far as the bus ride goes, but I was happy to finally be there.  He met me at the bus station, and greeted me with a hug.

I spent the next week in a teen runaway shelter.  My mom called me, told me she was staying with her husband, and that I should come home.  My dad called me, and told me I could come stay with him.  A week after I arrived at the most beautiful place in the United States (my opinion, sorry), my father purchased two bus tickets to get me home.  One for me, and one for my knight.

When I arrived back in Wisconsin, I filed charges against my step dad.  We moved across the state to where my dad lived, and I tried to get back into the swing of things.  In March of 2005 my step mother and my father decided that I was “unstable” and they were going to put me in a mental hospital, things went downhill fast.  I was given a car by my dad when I had first moved there, but it was still in his name…

Well when they told me they were going to put me into a mental hospital, I got in the car I was given and drove back to Denver.  My father reported the car stolen and pressed charges.  In April 2005, Jeff and I found out we were pregnant.  I was still under 18, and I could not get any medical care without coming home.  So I returned to Wisconsin.

My father obviously no longer wanted me.  I was facing 6 felonies for taking my car.  I moved into my aunts home, pregnant, while Jeff was in Denver.  My aunt couldnt pay her bills, and decided I was too expensive.  I was put in Foster Care, and Jeff moved back to Wisconsin.

I pled guilty to a Misd. Theft charge and I was forbidden to see Jeff because he was over 18 and I was under 18.    I was due with Chloe on Christmas, and I still had to finish high school.  I turned 18 on December 12th, I graduated high school (as Valedictorian) on December 16th, and I moved in with Jeff on December 29th at noon.  There was still no baby!

This is to be continued as well…I may have another entry coming tonight!

My knight in shining armor

23 May

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