Friday, May 9, 2014

The Bread Master

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I've been on a serious roll making our own bread. It all started last month when a friend of mine gave me a sampling of some delicious bread she made. Since then, I've been kickin' butt in the kitchen, making bread. 

I've tried four different recipes and three of them have been a success. The only one that didn't work out was a bagel recipe. I don't plan on trying it again anytime soon. 

I thought I would share a couple of the recipes that we have tried and really love; Honey Wheat Oatmeal Bread and Cinnamon Bread.

Honey Wheat Oatmeal Bread
adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

1 1/4 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup oats
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup honey
 1 cup whole wheat flour
1 2/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons dry active yeast

Combine water and butter and microwave until butter is melted. Pour into a bread machine loaf pan. Add yeast, oats, salt, honey, wheat flour, and all purpose flour. 

Secure the pan into the bread machine and set it to the dough setting. The machine should combine the ingredients and allow the dough to rise within an hour and a half time frame. 

When the machine is done turn the dough out into a lightly greased loaf pan. 

Bake immediately in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes cover the bread with a foil tent and bake an additional 20 minutes. This will keep the bread from getting too brown. Allow bread to cool before slicing.

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Bread
adapted from The Pioneer Woman

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
6 tablespoons butter
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 eggs, lightly whisked
1/3 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Combine almond milk and 6 tablespoons butter and microwave until butter is melted. Pour mixture into a bread machine loaf pan. Add yeast, flour, 1/3 cup sugar, flour, salt, and eggs. 

Secure the pan into the bread machine and set it to the dough setting. The machine should combine the ingredients and allow the dough to rise within an hour and a half time frame. 

When the machine is done turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out into a rectangle, no wider than the loaf pan you'll bake it in. 

Smear 2 tablespoons of melted butter onto the dough's surface. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle onto the dough.

Starting at the far end, roll the dough towards you, keeping it tight. Pinch seam to seal. Place dough seam side down in a greased loaf pan. 

Bake immediately in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes. Allow bread to cool before slicing.

Enjoy!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub

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 I've been struggling over the last couple weeks with really chapped lips. I'm not talking about the kind of dry lips that need a swipe of chapstick to solve the problem. This has been a bit more severe.  I knew it was bad when the Mr. asked when he came home if I had been eating chocolate. {No dear, that is not a chocolate lip liner I'm rockin', that's my insanely dry lips!}

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out why. I couldn't come up with a solution. I've been drinking plenty of water. It's not winter. I have a really great lip balm I use as needed. 

I finally mentioned something to my sister on the phone this morning. What a genius that little lady is. She basically slapped me upside the head with her verbage. What I needed to do was scrub my poor little lips to exfoliate all the dead, crusty skin that was hanging around. ::gagging::

Here are the supplies I gathered:

Next, I mixed them together to create a lip scrub consistency. It has to have the perfect amount of grit to exfoliate. I slathered that gritty gold all over my lips, rubbing it in a circular motion until they felt nice and smooth.

Afterwards I simply rinsed it with warm water and blotted dry. My lips already felt a million times better. 

The last step is to moisturize. Instead of using lip balm I used a little coconut oil. It has since soaked into my lips, so I'm headed back to the kitchen to moisturize again. I have a feeling I'll be keeping that jar pretty close today. I've got to kick these chapped lips in the booty!


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