Thursday, April 3, 2014

This week in my kitchen.

  I am linking with Heather over at: "Beauty that Moves" for her This week in my kitchen blog hop..
A weekly collection of photos from the center of your  home. The kitchen the heart of the home.  So this hop is centered on  just photos of your kitchen thru out the week no words needed.

My favorite Cinnamon Roll Recipe

 Cinnamon Roll Recipe :
1  3 oz box Cook and Serve vanilla pudding or instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
½ cup butter
2 packages dry yeast (4 ½ t)
2 t sugar
½ cup warm water
2 eggs, beaten
½ t salt
1 T vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour
In a medium saucepan, cook the pudding according to package directions. Add butter and let set until lukewarm and butter is melted. If using the instant pudding let it come to room temp then add the melted butter. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water (115-120°) until foamy. With a Kitchen Aid mixer, add to the mixing bowl the eggs, salt, oil, yeast mixture and the pudding and mix on low speed. Gradually add in 6 cups of flour, one cup at a time stirring between each addition to make a soft and sticky dough. Turn mixer up to medium speed if needed once more flour is added. Place on a floured surface and knead for 3 minutes. Grease a large bowl and place the dough and cover with a towel. Let rise 45 minutes in a warm place. After dough rises, place back on a floured surface. Using a rolling pen, roll out into a rectangular shape. Spread the filling on top the dough and roll up starting at the long end. Using a sharp knife, cut into 12 rolls, about ¾” thick each. Place in a greased 9 x 13 pan and let rise another 45 minutes. Bake in a 350° for 15-20 minutes or more, depending on your oven. Tops of rolls will be lightly brown. Frost with cream cheese frosting once rolls are slightly cool. Filling:
1 cup butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
⅓ cup cinnamon
In a medium size mixing bowl, cream the butter with an electric mixer.  Add in brown sugar and cinnamon and mix till all combined.
Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter (½ cup)
4 cups powdered sugar
2 t vanilla extract
1 cups pecans or walnuts

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese and butter till combined.  Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time and the vanilla.  Mix till all powdered sugar is blended well.  Using a spatula, stir in the nuts. Frost cinnamon rolls.

This recipe came from the Joey and Rory Show. I did change the pudding from vanilla to cheese cake. It gives it a great favor ,without taste like  cheese cake. I also just put a simple glaze on mine. These freeze beautiful. One little problem. If you don't freeze some, don't expect there to be some left for the next day.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Heidi's new babies to the homestead

 My excited friend Heidi is one thrilled new grandma to 4 new baby boy goats. She actually played the part of a nervous father. Any little movement or out of character action and she was out there. She even set up a cot in the barn at one point when she thought Lilly was going into labor.  She was luck enough to be out there when Lilly gave birth. It was real cool to hear the wonder and excitement in her voice when she called me.  She still has the barn cam up so she can keep an eye on them. These are the first baby goats born to the homestead and they couldn't ask for a better place to live. We will be going for a visit soon. Just not soon enough. I can't wait to hold them and play with them. Lilly is a great mom and the babies are so cute.

Monday, March 31, 2014

My new Hoosier

 I haven't been yard saleing in over a year and a half . But for some reason I wanted to go this weekend. There won't many out there, so we decided to go have breakfast after one last stop. While we were there we heard people taking about Willow Spring Road yard sale. My husband decided to try up in that area and that where we found my Hoosier. I believe if we hadn't heard them talking we would of just went to breakfast. This is one of the reasons I believe the Lord had a hand in my getting my dream of owning a Hoosier. The other is that I don't yard sale any longer because (1) My husband doesn't like to go, but he was all for it this time. (2) I have to much stuff already.  Everything worked in our favor. The Hoosier was in perfect condition, the price was fantastic and the lady was nice enough to take 300 in cash( that's all the bank machine would let us take out.) and 250 in a check. Most people don't take checks. It even fit perfectly between the two door in the den. I truly have the Lord to thank for my Hoosier. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

My favorite homemade brownies

I love these Brownies. These are definitely my favorite. If you like a fudge texture brownie these are not for you. They are not like a cake brownie either, they are somewhere in between.
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs whipped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white sugar 
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  •   1 1/2tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey ( whipped if possible. Regular is ok )
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4cup confectioners' sugar 
  • a dash of cinnamon  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Old Look in a new guest room.

 We turned my daughter's old room into a guest bedroom . It felt so good to be able to get a lot of my packed antiques out of the garage and find them a good home. I am so happy with the results.

 The fabric picture  was make for me at Christmas by my good friend Jackie. I painted a metal pipe and ceiling chandelier ring black to give the fake wood stove a more real feel.

 These are pictures of Rick's family members. The Madonna belonged to his Grandmother

  This is one of my favorite pictures of my girls.

 The stool is from a old school house. The handles made it easy for the teacher to move around the room helping students.
 Even though the rug was made by me ,I though it would work great with the bed.
I am so happy with the results. I love the way the room turned out.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tea Towel Apron.

 This is the Tea Towel Apron I made for C J on our Farm Girl apron swap. I went to her sight on face book to get an ideal of what she would like. She had a lot of photos from their Glam Camping trip. Most of them showed vintage aprons and kitchen ware along with lase fabrics. so this seemed like a good choose. It was so easy and fun  to do. I see myself making more in the future.
 I added a rose needle work to the top just for something a little extra.
I also made a headband that she could wear with it,when she goes glam camping.
If you interested in making one just go to you tube and type in tea towel aprons in the search bar. They truly are fast and fun.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A wonderful Surprise from a blogger friend

I got a great surprise  from Kristina

She sent me a lovely letter and book. I really enjoyed reading her letter. Now days letter writing has almost become a lost art. The book is titled Promise land. It is a moving pioneer saga that tells the story and courage of three woman trying to make it during this time period. I will be enjoying it this evening with a good cup of coffee.  I have written her a letter back. I forgot how nice it was just to set down and write a letter.
 Even with cell phones, people really don't communicate anymore. It's all about short texts. We are all guilty of this. I only know of two friends that actually talk on the phone the rest text.   We are slowly learning how not to interact with others. Which is truly sad. Kristina thank you not only for the book, but for opening my eyes  to the joy of letter writing again.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sourdough Bread and Starter recipe

My husband loves this bread. There are two ways to make this bread, the original or modern way. I will show you both ways. This loaf was made with the modern way.

 These ingredients will be this same in each method except that you will add 2 and 1/2 tsp of yeast to the modern version.

 2 cups starter at room temp                            2 tbsp oil                          
 1 cup warm water ( Not Hot )                         4 cups bread flour                                                  
2 tbsp sugar                                                       1 tsp salt
2 tbsp buttermilk powder
 In your kitchen aid mixing bowl add your starter ,sugar,buttermilk powder , oil,and water together. . If you are doing the modern method add your yeast at this time. Add salt to your flour (  add your flour one cup at a time as you are mixing your dough using the bread hook . After you have added all the flour  knead for a 5 min. Come back and check it to see if the dough needs more flour or water.( Everything should be worked away from the bowl and clinging to the hook.) If the weather is dry you may need more water. If it is wet you may need more flour. If you have to add either do it a little at a time. I use a tbsp  at a time . Then wait to let it combine before adding more. After the dough has pulled away from the bowl let it knead for 10 minutes. this will make a big different in the texture of the bread. You want your bread to be elastic and smooth to the touch. It should be rolling freely around the hook.

For the original method : place your dough in a greased bowl,cover and leave in the oven with the light on over night or at least 8 hours . It has to at least doubled before it is ready for the next step. Then take out your dough punch down and shape into a round loaf or any shape you like, transfer it to a baking sheet sprinkled with corn meal. Dust the top with flour put back in oven  covered to rise 2 hours or till doubled. I always check my dough after an hour. It doesn't always take 2 hours. Preheat oven to 375 Add a pan of water to the bottom of your oven when you put in your bread to bake this will produce steam. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes. Bottom of bread should sound hollow when you tap the bottom of it. That's how you know it's done.

For the modern method: It is the same except you let it rise only for an hour the first time or till doubled. Then 45 minutes the second time or till double everything else is the same.

Hope you enjoy this bread as much as I do.

you will need 2 quart glass container ( I use a 2 quart canning jar)

Cheese cloth and something to secure it with. ( I buy a grease catcher screen and cut it down to fit inside a canning jar lid.)
Long metal spoon
Fruit juice or beer ( I really like the beer starter.and no it doesn't taste like beer.)
filtered water
Day 1 : Mix 1 cup flour with one cup beer or fruit juice in your container. Stir till well combined.It should look like pancake batter. Add more liquid if you need to, stir again before you go to bed. Place in a warm spot.
Day 2: don't add anything just stir every 8 hours. (I stir mine once in the morning ,once in the afternoon and before I go to bed)
Day 3: add 1/2 cup flour and fruit juice or beer Stir till combined stir, every 8 hours.
Day 4: add 1/2 flour and 1/2 FILTERED WATER Stir till well combined, stir every 8 hours.
Day 5 : add 1 cup flour and 1 cup Filtered Water Stir till well combined, stir every 8 hours.
Day 6 : add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup Filtered Water Stir till well combined, stir every 8 hours.
Your sourdough is ready to use. You should start seeing bubbles around the 4 day. Plus it should have risen in the jar if not add just a pinch of yeast. No more then that or you will have a mess. Please wait till at least the four day to do this. One day It may look like nothing is happening ,then the next it is half way up your container.

If you use your sour dough you must feed it. If you take a cup add 1 cup flour and one cup water to replace it. You can keep your sourdough in the frig as long as you feed it once a week. Take out 1/2 a cup then add 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 water. This will keep it healthy.