Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Year, New Start, New Goals

Happy Holidays to everyone! And I hope they were as enjoyable as mine.

 I've been on a hiatus for a bit, having been blown about by the winds of change, Hurricane Sandy, and the Holidays, but  I'm finally ready to settle down and concentrate on my business and my blog.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Soy and Milk-free Bread Recipe

     My grandson has been diagnosed with Soy and milk allergy.  Let me tell you EVERYTHING has soy in it.  I didn't realize it until I was trying to find stuff for him to eat when he came to visit.  There's even soy in some icepops!!!!
    My son-in-law, who works in the food industry says it's because soy is cheap to grow and is high in protein so snack foods that are trying to look healthy put soy in them so they can claim they're a good source of protein.  UGH!
  Anyway I wanted to make bread for my grandson because he loves it and most breads on the market have soy in it.   I adapted my bread machine recipe for white bread and I present it here for anyone with similar issues.
                                                          Soy and Milk-free Bread Recipe

11/2 (one and one half) cups of water
2 tblsps of olive oil (probably any oil would do, that's what I had on hand)
4-5 cups of flour.  (Start with four cups.  I think it needed extra flour because of the added liquid
                                from  the oil and rice milk)
3 tblsps of rice milk
2 tblsps of sugar
2 tsps of salt
pkg of yeast

This makes a two pound loaf.  Put it in your bread machine in the order above.  Set it on basic/white cycle for a medium crust color. Check it after a few minutes of mixing and start adding more flour until it is the correct consistency for bread. (usually a nice pliable dough ball)

This bread came out delicious.  Even my teenager who won't eat anyhing that's different liked it.(course I never told her some of the ingredients were changed.  But she couldn't tell the difference.)


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pay it Forward

Signed up for this project.  you should too :)
  • Within a year I’ll create something unique to share with the first three people to comment on this post (and leave your email so I can contact you!).
  • But, in order to receive your present you have to play along. Spread the love on your own blog promising to send a little special something to the first three people who comment on your post.
  • You get 72 hours (that's 3 days people) to re-post, or I’ll have to move on to the next person.
  • Please only comment if you’re willing to pay it forward!
  • Buttons, Not just for Sweaters Anymore

    I love buttons.  I think it's because they present a world of possibility.  Use to be, buttons were just to keep your shirt or sweater closed.  Not anymore!  If you go to Pinterest and search for buttons a whole world of fabulous crafts open up.
    This week I scored a jar of all white buttons at a thrift store.  Whee!!  There were some Mother of Pearl buttons and some flower shaped buttons.  I'm so excited!
    Jar o' buttons
    The button in the middle looks like a pig nose. I'll have to come up with a little piggy to use it on.  
    What's your favorite way to use buttons? 
    Amanda’s Books and More

    Thursday, September 20, 2012

    Yarn Flowers and Stress Relief

    The last few weeks have been rather stressful as my 14 year old started high school.  She had joined the marching band in the summer but once school started she quit because she felt it was too much with her 4 honors classes.  I'm torn because I don't want her to  be a "quitter" but I guess it's a good lesson to learn to walk away from something if it's not working.  ( Something I have trouble with).