Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bread!

I've been making my own bread for awhile now. We have a 12 grain bread recipe that my husband makes every so often, but this bread is my every day go to recipe. It's super simple and you can adjust it to your own preference for white/brown ratio. I make it 50% whole wheat. This way my kids still eat it and I feel a bit better that's it's healthier. 

We really like bread in this house. We go through a loaf per week at least! This recipe makes 2 loaves so I freeze the 2nd one until we need it.

Ingredients:
- 6 cups flour (3 whole wheat, 3 white)
- 2 1/2 cups hot water (from the tap)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp instant yeast
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup oil (I like Olive oil)
- 2 1/2 tsp salt

Directions:
Combine water, yeast & 2 cups flour.
 Let sit 15 minutes to sponge.
 Add honey, oil, salt & 4 cups flour. Mix until dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl. Knead 6 to 7 minutes.
 Form into 2 loaves and place into greased 9x5" pans.

 Allow to rise in a warm place for 60 minutes. Dough should be 1/2 to  1" above pans. (I preheat my oven to 175F then shut it off and let dough rise in the oven)
 Bake for 30 minutes in 350F oven.
 Immediately remove from pans to cool on a rack.

This bread smells amazing and tastes great! If you don't have a mixer, go ahead and make it by hand. You will just need to increase your kneading time by a few minutes.  

Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DIY Picture Frame Update

I bought these pictures roughly 11 years ago. While I still like the actual pictures themselves, they don't go with the style I'm trying to decorate our house with. I decided to experiment a bit to see if I could give them a more rustic charm.


It's not the best before picture. Sun was shining through the blinds, but you get the idea. They were black frames. 

I put two coats of white paint on, not worrying too much about brush strokes or uneven areas as the next step is distressing the paint.


I used a medium grit sand paper and scuffed up the edges of the frame and some of the flat areas.



Now I really have to get the walls painted so they don't blend in so much!





I will eventually find them a new wall to live on because I have another plan for where they are currently. But for now, I'm happy with the switch from modern to rustic. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

I'm Baaaaaaaaaack!

The title to this post has two meanings. First, I'm back to the blogging world after a very long break!! We had a super busy year with a job change, house Reno, new baby and move to a new province. I am just finally feeling settled in our new house (though we haven't finished decorating and have a basement to finish still) so I decided it was time to get back to this little blog project of mine!
The second meaning for the title is that we just got back home from a trip to Arizona! We spent 12 days visiting my husband's parents. We mostly just relaxed, swam in their pool or took the kids to the nearby park. We did make a day trip to the mini Legoland in Phoenix and my husband took in a baseball game . It was spring training.

Here are some pictures I snapped through the car window during our travels.










These pictures are some of my favorite plants I saw while walking around the neighborhood. Lots of different types of cacti!


 A few yards had their cacti dressed up in sun glasses.


View from the plane on the way there. Snowy mountains.


The Grand Canon seen from the plane window.




Our flights went really well. All the kids did great! We came home to a forecast of snow for 2 days straight. So far today the weatherman was right! Lol

Now that I'm back to blogging I hope to write some posts as I finish up decorating parts of our house! I hope you all have been well since my last post! 
Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Quirky Little Chair

I meant to post this chair project so long ago! Life has been super busy and it won't be slowing down anytime soon. The blog has taken a back seat.

Without further ado, here is the chair!



My MIL found this quirky little chair at a garage sale for me. As you can see, I painted the wood white and replaced the fabric. I also added a little more batting in places that I thought could use some extra cushion. The fabric I found was labeled as an outdoor home decor fabric. In hindsight, it wasn't the best option for this chair as it frays very easily. So far it's holding up. I did love the color and pattern though! Luckily, it was on a huge discount! 

I hope winter has been treating you well! Until next time...


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Baking day

Yesterday the baking bug hit me! I decided to try out some new recipes.

Banana Oat Muffins

Carrot Cookies

Chocolate Zucchini Loaf


I've also been slowly working on another chair project. It is almost finished and I'm hoping I'll be able to post about it soon!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Penguin Hat

This is a pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.

Made by request for a dear friend.



I ended up replacing the Pom poms with tassels as I seem to never be able to make Pom poms secure enough and they always pull out. 

If you are wanting to try this pattern, please note I had to make it 2 sizes up then what the pattern calls for. 


Friday, October 2, 2015

MIA

Hi everyone! I haven't been on the blog in a very long time! 

Last month's creative challenge was sculpting and clay work. I had some ideas I wanted to try but our Walmart is under construction. It is being turned into a Supercenter, so everything has moved places and the craft isle shelves were very bare. They had no air dry clay! So I did not complete the clay challenge. I'll get to it eventually.

I have been very busy lately. I have started babysitting again part time. Big Sister is also in PreSchool this year so I have been busy taking her to and from school. Between these things my week feels pretty packed. I've managed to fit in a little sewing and start a new project reupholstering another chair. 

Until next time, take care!