Saturday, July 10, 2010


Today I tried out a new recipe for bread and also made some rolls. I really liked this recipe and it was so easy.

I just love the way the house smells when there is fresh bread baking in the oven.
7 to 8 cups bread flour
1 cup mashed potatoe flakes
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 pkg. active dry yeast
2 cups water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
Grease three 8x4 loaf pans for loaves of bread or if making the rolls grease baking sheet.
In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups bread flour, potatoe flakes, salt and yeast, blend well. In meadium saucepan, heat water, milk and margarine or butter until warm (120 to 130 F). Add warm liquid to flour mixture slowly. Blend at low speed until moistened, beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Stir in an additional 4 to 5 cups flour until dough pulls cleanly away from sides of bowl.
On floured surface, knead in 3/4 to 1 1/4 cups bread flour until dough is smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosely with plastic and cloth towel. let rise in warm place until doubles in size. About 1 hr.
Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. Allow to rest on counter covered with inverted bowl for 15 minutes. Divide dough into 6 equal parts if making the three loafs of bread. Shape each part into 10 inch rope. Twist 2 ropes together; pinch ends firmly to seal. Repeat with remaining ropes. Place in prepared pans. Cover, let rise in warm place until dough fills pans about 30 minutes. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Bake 35 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when lightly tapped. Remove from pans immediately, brush with melted margarine or butter.
If making rolls shape in balls and place on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise , about 10 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted margarine or butter while still warm.
Enjoy! They are very tasty!
Hugs :)

Friday, July 9, 2010


Happy Birthday to my sister Michelle and Happy Birthday to Me! I didn't get to celebrate with my sister this year but we do plan to have an un-Birthday Party when we get together hopefully next month. We both have the same birth date, July 5th. I already have my Mr. Big Bucket (frozen margarita mix) all I need is to go and buy the Tequila!

Hugs :)


Sunday, July 4, 2010


Hope everyone is having a great Fourth of July and a safe one. Every 4th the Lodge which DH belongs to participates in the parade which is held by the City of Bellaire. We always take our trailer so that they can decorate it and get the hay so everyone has a place to sit on. This year we were not sure it would be held due to Alex and all of the rain he brought. It turned out to be a nice day, there were a few clouds but it did not rain on our parade.

We threw out a lot of candy and we tried not to eat so much of it, but when you buy your favorite kind it always is a little hard not to eat it or take it back with you. ( I put a few of the tootsie pops in my pocket, don't tell DH).