Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Recipe Re-Run

I know I have posted this before but it deserves a re-post. We have been making this almost every day! They kids love to make sandwiched with it. Unfortunately it makes a small loaf and my math skillz are not up to calculating how to increase it (without having a breadmaker overflow issue). I like this with tomato bruschetta for breakfast. I have been using rosemary from my neighbors’ gardens (because I killed mine when I moved the pot to the other side of the yard). I chop it fine using my pampered chef chopper thingie. I am saving the stems (sticks?) because I saw Marth Stewart used them as skewers for something and I wanna try that. I make this on the speedy setting and can have a loaf ready in 2 hrs!!

Jo's Rosemary Bread - courtesy of Allrecipes.com

· 1 cup water

· 3 tablespoons olive oil

· 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar

· 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

· 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

· 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

· 1 tablespoon dried rosemary (note: I am using fresh)

· 2 1/2 cups bread flour

· 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast


Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Homemade Gatorade??

Saw this and had to try it.

Cue angels singing! This stuff rocks! I doubled the recipe and used a whole pkt of kool aid mix and poured it into an empty orange juice jug. Yay!! I plan on saving the few gatorade bottles in the pantry so I can refill them with this stuff.

So I used:

  • 64 oz water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 packet unsweetened Koolaid

I also used the fake salt instead of regular – more potassium and we had it on hand anyway.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Spray Painting a Knife Block

GE DIGITAL CAMERA  I love wood and I love spray paint. Usually I do not paint wood but . . . I saw this idea and then everyone in the blogosphere was doing it. Always late to the party, I had to try it, too! I had found this pampered chef knife block at a yardsale ($2 I think – I *know*! I was thrilled!!) and thought if it came out ugly I would just find another knife block at the thriftstore or yardsales. They are pretty easy to find.

So, I spray painted it using Oil Rubbed Bronze and it looks good! I’ve been using for a couple of months now and it is fine. No chips or anything. And no, I did not even sand it a smidge – just washed it good and set it in the sun to dry.

I sprayed the bottom (I thought it was the easiest way to paint the bottom edges), then just sprayed and flipped and sprayed some more. I gave it pretty good coverage and no clear coat. Love it!!

IMG_2463  Yes, that is a plate (glued to a candlestick) cakestand.


Yes, those tomatoes are from our garden.IMG_2464   Yes, we have wood laminate countertop and backsplash.

IMG_2465And yes, the ORB painted block looks much better than the old blonde tone wood did.

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And this basil is thanks to Julia and this is the second little bunch to root for me. I tried to plant the first one in a pot outside and it died within days. I am a horrid gardener. Anyone wanna tell me how to grow this outside? There are sooo many roots on these!! And all I do is change out the water ever couple of days.

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