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July 23, 2012

Since having a baby its been really hard for me to plan and make meals. Am I the only one??? I feel like I haven’t tried a new recipe in forever and I am sooo sick of take out! So finally today I tried 2 new recipes from guess where……………..Pinterest!!!

This is a white bean salad with a lemon vinaigrette. It is seriously really really good, so summery!

This is a red lentil coconut curry soup. It is actually simmering right now, making my house smell amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

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Chocolate Heaven

July 12, 2012

A few weeks ago I finally joined Pinterest, its awesome  as I am sure many of you know. All of what used to be my blog browsing time is now spent on Pinterest, as sad as that is since there are so many great blogs I am not keeping up on. But regardless I have found many new ideas for my house and lots of great looking recipes too! This is what I made today…………… its downright sinful!

You can find the recipe here, its super easy and I swear they are more addictive than Pinterest itself!

Just Peachy

June 25, 2012

Cabin in the Woods

June 22, 2012

This is my dream summer cabin, it looks like a fairy tale huh??

Summer House

June 19, 2012

Weeks

June 19, 2012

Since going back to work I have fallen behind on everything, weekly pictures included. Here is 10 weeks.

Week 11 got skipped somehow, woops! Here is week 12 though.

He is so fat and happy, I love it! We had his 3 month check up and he’s weighing in at 14lb 10oz, and is 26 inches long! He stayed 75th percentile for weight but is now 90th for height!

No Knead Bread

May 24, 2012

Guess what??? Thats right, I am baking more bread today! Last night I was traumatized when my husband was trying for 2 hours to give our little man a bottle. He has taken a few in the past but lately had been refusing them! It was awful listening to him crying and screaming all the while knowing that all he wanted was to nurse but also knowing that since I go to work on Monday he has to figure out the whole bottle thing. Finally after 2 hours we broke down and let him nurse and right after he passed out for 7 hours! Poor baby! So, to keep from thinking about it I am making this  No Knead Bread today that I found on the blog Cooking for Seven that I recently discovered and am loving!

No Knead French Bread | Printable Page | Makes 2 large loaves

From Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day via Honey & Jam

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

1) Place the water, yeast and salt in a very large mixing bowl. Dump in the flour and mix with a wooden spoon until everything is nice and moist. And you’re done mixing!

2) Cover the bowl loosely and let sit until it has risen and deflated a little. Now your dough is ready to be baked or stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

3) To bake the bread: (If the dough is coming from the refrigerator, let it come to room temp before continuing) Wet your hands with water to prevent your hands from sticking and grab a piece of dough (I usually make half a recipe and use all the dough for one loaf, but you can make smaller loaves if you wish). Form it into a boule by pulling the sides of the dough towards the underside of the dough ball and rotating the dough until you get a roundish shape with a smooth surface. You can also shape the dough into logs or braids.

4) Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper (recommended) or a cornmeal-dusted cutting board. Let the dough rest and rise for about 40 minutes.

5) About 20 minutes before you’re ready to bake the bread, put a cast iron skillet or pizza stone on the center rack of the oven and place a roasting pan (I use a 13×9-inch pan) on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 450° F.

6) Dust some flour over the top of your risen loaf and cut a few slashes into the top about 1/4-inch deep. Transfer dough onto the skillet or pizza stone, quickly pour 1 cup of hot tap water into the broiler pan and shut the oven door to keep the steam inside. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the crust is nice and brown. Cool completely before cutting.

AMAZING!!!! This bread was so easy, so so easy! I almost feel guilty about how little work I put into this for how great it turned out! My only regret is that I cut the recipe in half to only make one loaf, big mistake, I totally should have made 2! Oh and I used 2 cups white flour and 1 1/4 cup whole wheat and it tastes great, very hearty.  Other than that this is what else is going on here today……. hopefully something works!