Sourdough Bread and other things…

What a weekend!  Here where I live, Ohio, we experienced our first major snow storm this weekend.  Last year, we had snow all winter…more snow than we had in a long, long time.  We have been pretty fortunate this winter in that we were having a mild winter…until Sunday morning.  It started snowing at about 12 am Sunday morning and it snowed all day….and all night until about 10 am today.  All together I think we received about 12-14 inches.  Thankfully today, I was able to work from home! This is a picture from Sunday morning when I work up:

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So, I took myself to the grocery store (which I loathe) and got a few things.  One of them was a 4 pound beef chuck roast.  I came home and put it in the oven to make barbeque beef.  Three hours later on 350 degrees and it was falling apart.  Then Sunday morning I put some premade (store bought) meatballs in my crock pot with a jar of spaghetti sauce and a can of tomato soup for later in the week to have meatball subs.  Well–I didn’t think about what I would eat the bbq beef sandwiches or meatball subs on, so I ended up making these sourdough bread rounds/buns:

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They are glorious, so good…and if you wanted to make regular bread you can.  It’s a simple recipe and always turns out great.

Sourdough Bread Starter

1 package active dry yeast

1/2 cup warm water

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar

2 cups warm water

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.  Add flour, salt and sugar; stir in 2 cups of warm water.

Mix well.  Cover bowl, stir often for the next 72 hours.  After 72 hours, store in an mason

jar in the refrigerator and occasionally shake jar to mix.

Sourdough Bread

2 packages active dry yeast

1 1/4 cup warm water

1 cup sourdough starter

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon salt

2 eggs

1/4 cup oil

5 1/2 – 6 cups flour

Mix yeast, warm water and starter, let it get bubbly.  Add sugar, salt, eggs, and oil and mix well.  Add flour, knead until

smooth and elastic.  Put dough in a greased bowl and cover, letting rise in a warm place.  Punch down and make

bread as desired, letting rise again covered until double.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 – 35 minutes.

Add 1 cup flour and 1 cup water to starter mix to replace the starter you used for bread, mix well and put back

in refrigerator.

I also decided to try my blueberry muffin recipe in another way:

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I made it into a bundt cake instead of muffins, and it turned out way better, although I had to bake it a lot longer, almost an hour.  You can find the recipe here.

I have been in a cooking mood lately!  I also made crockpot lasagna for a coworkers birthday, and it turned out fabulous, even though I don’t have a picture.  Here’s how I made it:

Crockpot Lasagna

1 1/2 pounds ground beef, browned and drained

1 large container cottage cheese

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

2 jars spaghetti sauce

1 can tomato soup

1 package lasagna noodles (regular kind)

Mix cooked beef, spaghetti sauce, and tomato soup together.  Mix cottage cheese and 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese together with Italian seasonings (garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano etc).  Layer as follows: meat mixture, lasagna noodles (uncooked), cheese mixture (repeat 3 times) and top with remaining mozzarella cheese.  Cook on high for about 1 1/2 hours and turn down to low for 2 1/2 more hours or until done.

I have to admit that this recipe gave me anxiety, because you have to work and adjust the noodles to fit.  I didn’t like it.  But it tasted fabulous and it was a big hit!!!

Keep Simply Delighting!!!

 

 

 

 

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Robert Kaufman Quilting Calculator

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Today as I was reading though some emailed, I saw one that really caught my eye.  It was about this handy-dandy app for my smartphone!  It is also available for iPhones!  So…I downloaded it and as I was playing around with it, discovered how awesome it is.  It automatically gives you all kinds of measurements and data you need for quiltmaking.  For instance, I know being a new quilter, I struggle sometimes figuring out exactly how much fabric I need for backing.  And then when I get to the store, I always get extra because I am so afraid I calculated wrong.  Now, with this app, all I have to do is enter my quilt dimensions, and it gives me the yardage I need!  It also does that for batting!  And binding!  All you have to do is enter your quilt dimensions again, the width of your binding, and it tells you how much you need!  I am so excited to use this app!!!!  Not only is it super convenient, but it’s easy to use!  I. LOVE. IT.   You can find it on Google Play by searching for Robert Kaufman quilting calculator.

 

Keep Simply Delighting!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! 

My new year is starting out very low-key.  I am making a nice pot of chicken tortilla soup (which I will post the recipe later), some more granny squares, and Michigan football bowl game.  For me, it doesn’t get any better.  Tomorrow is back to work, so I am squeezing every single second out of this last day off!

I thought though, that I would share 2 things that made me very happy this week, along with making me feel very loved and cherished. 

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This was a Christmas present from my sister-in-law.  I love it!  I had been wanting a mug this size, and it was just perfect.  Funny thing, she didn’t even know I wanted one. 

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While my parents where here, we decorated my new place.  I had this big wall in my bedroom and my Mom suggested awhile ago (at my last place) that I hang the baby blanket she made me many many years go.  This gave me the perfect wall and opportunity to do just that.  I know the pictures do not show the detail but it is completely embroidered.  Every day when I wake up I face this blanket and it just warms my heart.  It is among my most cherished possessions.

Ok, I am off to get my soup started and get settled in for the game!  Let’s GO BLUE!

Keep Simply Delighting!

 

Hot Spinach Dip

This weekend was pretty low-key, but I did make this incredible hot spinach dip.  It was quick and easy and you can eat it with tortilla chips or pita chips.  We had both.

 

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Here’s what you need:

10 oz chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained (I actually put in a towel and squeezed the excess water out)

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup mayo

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese

Beat cream cheese, mayo, parmesan cheese and 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese together.  Add spinach and mix well.  Spray a pie plate lightly with non stick cooking spray (and I mean lightly, or else you will have a greasy mess when you try to eat).  Smooth out dip into pie plate.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until everything is melted and loose looking.  Serve warm with tortilla or pita chips. 

Keep Simply Delighting!!!

Shortcake and more!!

I spent yesterday doing something  I love!  Quilting!  I originally thought I would be finishing my niece Brianna’s quilt so I can give it to her today at her sister’s baby shower, but the batting I had left was not big enough.  However, the batting was big enough to finish my Shortcake quilt!  As I shared before, this is a patter by Cluck Cluck Sew.  It is written for a jelly roll, but I used all scraps from my stash.  Every single piece of fabric was left over from another project….even the back pieces.  I am so proud of how it turned out and also how the quilting turned out.  I am very inexperienced with quilting and honestly it gives me fits.  It is definitely not on my list of favorite things to do (neither is basting), but I love the feeling of finishing a quilt.  So…without further ado, here is the finished picture:

The picture isn’t that great (I apologize) but I love it.  I just quilted simple X’s over the squares, and it turned out great.  I used the white fabric for binding and a fuchsia thread to quilt and it looks so sharp.  This week I will mail it to my Mom.

I also spent the evening working on a few little bibs for my niece Emily’s baby.  She found out this week she’s having a little girl, and I must say, this Great Auntie is very, very happy.  Emily is my sister’s daughter, and she and I have always been close.  It’s hard to believe she’s 25 and gonna be a Mommy.  She has her name picked out, but it’s not 100% set in stone, so I call her Baby J.  I have lots and lots of pink scraps in my stash and this is a perfect time to use them up.  So last night, I made Baby J some bibs:

And, I can’t wait to give them to her.  I will be taking them with me today to the Baby Shower for Baby Maxton! 

I also received a couple goodies (non fabric) in the mail this week.  I received a bobbin case to store my bobbins, and also a free motion quilting foot for my machine.  This is super exciting and I am really looking forward to practicing my skills.  I also ordered some hexagon templates!  That is really what I am sooo excited about, and honestly, I am holding myself back from starting a project them.  Here is the set I purchased:

I got all those templates for something like $15!!  I was can’t wait to cut into some fabric!!

This week my plan is to work more on some charm pack quilt tops waiting to be sewn together in my WIP box.  Also, I want to make some burp clothes for Baby J.  And this weekend, I will be finishing Brianna’s quilt.  Lots to do!!! 

Be Blessed today!

Keep Simply Delighting!!

“The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”  Psalm 119:130

The Easy Life

I am still on vacation…and it’s HOT here in northern Michigan.   And my parent’s house does not have air conditioning.  So…in order to beat the heat, my Mom and I drug out an old inflatable rectangle kiddie pool that my sister bought during one 4th of July vacation when she, my brother and his family, and I were here.  We filled it up yesterday and by evening the water was nice and warm.  So…this afternoon, we just sat in the water and chatted.  Now, I previously blogged about my Mom when my blog was at www.simplydelighting.com (don’t go there, the content is gone and I am still devastated about it) but she is my inspiration and role model for everything in my life.  We were out there for 3 hours just chatting and laying in the sun…and one of the things she mentioned that was on The Chew today on ABC, Carla made fudge.  Fudge is probably my Mom’s favorite sweet treat.  So…when we came inside, I whipped it up really quick, and it is delicious! 

Here is a pic of the fudge being made:

The recipe is super easy.  You can find it here:

Carla Hall’s Homemade Fudge

Also, I found out today that my niece that is pregnant and due in November is having TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So, my WIP list will be adjusted to add another baby quilt for her.  She finds out next week what she is having and as soon as she does, I will be ordering more fabric.  I am hoping it’s a girl…and if it is, here is some of the fabric I will be ordering:

It’s from the same Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologic line, only for girls.  I am secretly hoping she has a girl too!

I think that’s all for now.  Oooh one more interesting tidbit…I had to mend my swimsuit today, and I used my Mom’s sewing machine.  My Dad bought her this sewing machine in 1986.  It’s a basic White sewing machine.  What an antique!  I realized how spoiled I am with my modern machine.  While mine isn’t fancy by any means…it’s way more convenient than hers.  Thank goodness for modern technology!

 

 

Quick Chef

It’s time for an addition to the favorites list!  This item is a definite must have!  I first used this at my brother’s house last summer when we were on a salsa making kick.  It only took using it one time for me to fall in love.  So….the next addition to the favorites list is:

QUICK CHEF!!!!

The Quick Chef chops anything perfectly.  I have even made guacamole in it.  It is available exclusively from Tupperware, and is costly, but worth it.  If you want to purchase one, here is where you can:

http://order.tupperware.com/coe/app/tup_show_item.show_item_detail?fv_item_number=P10055771000&fv_item_category_code=10004

Welcome Quick Chef, to the favorites list!!!