Wow, how did August go by without me posting anything?? Its amazing to me when some blogs have several posts a week, how dedicated! My eldest started school last week, first grade, official school business now. Wish I had taken a picture but my camera is malfunctioning due to my youngest getting a hold of it. She was nice enough to take about fifty pictures of her stuffed animals with it though…
With all the amazingness of coconut oil that I have reading about everywhere, I decided I need to eat more of it. I had a hard time figuring out how to get it in my diet, dont know if you have ever eaten plain and solidified coconut oil, but my advice…DON”T!! I have tried it in soup, coffee, and salads, none of which were pleasant. I finally came up with putting it in my bread and on my bread in place of butter, and it is YUMMY! Here is the recipe:
Coconut Whole Wheat Bread
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup mild honey
2 large eggs
4 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
In the of 5 qt bowl of stand mixer, dissolve the yeast and honey in the milk and let stand until foamy 5-10 minutes. Add eggs,salt, both flours and coconut oil knead with dough hook on low speed. Add a little more flour as needed for the dough to come away from the sides of bowl. Knead until dough is smooth, 5-7 mins. Knead dough on counter then place in lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm spot(**) until doubled in size, 1-1 1/2 hours.
Butter 2 9×5 inch loaf pans
Punch down dough, scrape onto clean surface cut in half, roll into dough shapes place seam side down into pans, press to flatten them into pans. Cover with kitchen towel and let rise until double in size 45-60 mins.
Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Position a rack in the middle of the oven. Bake until they are honey brown and hollow when tapped on the top, 25-35 mins. Cool for 3 minutes, then remove from pans and let cool on racks.
(** )I usually turn on my oven to 250 and let it rest on top of the stove, this way is alot faster. Just be sure to rotate the bowl so it doesnt get to hot.
Rice Crispy peanut butter bars
Isn’t it funny how everyone has a memory of school lunches and having lunch lady peanut butter bars?! Or rice crispy peanut butter bars? We would get them like once a month on a Friday and I would looks SO forward to it, I made sure I wasn’t going to be absent on a glorious peanut butter bar day! This recipe is the one I go to every time I need a fast, crunchy and GLUTEN FREE treat! It has everything; chocolate, peanut butter, crunch, creamy, it’s just good! Best part of it, its easy and fast! My only advice for these bad boys is to eat them the day you make them, the rice crispies can lose their crunch and might not taste that great the next day, but I honestly don’t think you are going to have that problem. Good news is that they are super fast so its something that is easily made the day of. Everyone goes crazy over them!
Crunchy Peanut Butter Bars
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butte (my favorite here)
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened, not melted
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 3 cups crispy rice cereal
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips I love these ones
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
Cream peanut butter and butter together then add the powdered sugar, lastly the rice crispies. Transfer to a lightly sprayed or buttered 9×13 cake pan, place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Melt chocolate and peanut butter over a double broiler or heat in the microwave until melted and smooth, spread over the crispy crust. Refrigerate for at least half an hour to an hour before cutting them into squares. If you can wait that long….
*you could also use half graham crackers and half rice crispies but that makes it gluten, still great tho.
So lately I have been wondering when all this great amazing stuff is supposed to “happen” in my life. It seems like everyone is moving, selling a house, building an empire, living their dream and just great things happening. I was never told that I could have anything I wanted, never encouraged to follow my dreams, I never knew what they were until I actually had kids. And now that I know what they are I don’t know how to get them. Its been frustrating me to no end. How this is done, I really am stumped. I know that there is a lot of guts and courage involved as well as encouragement and support, but I feel like I am low on all those things. One of my teachers told me to have a dream was the beginning and then the rest of the work was realizing that dream. I guess I need to find a class that teaches that… Anyone out there have any suggestions, experiences, advise, criticism?
I am not really sure what this blog is going to be focused on yet…I have another one for cakes. I don’t know if I should family/sisters or food! For my family they seem to go hand in hand. Any suggestions are welcome! Except I don’t have any followers….sad. Anyway, this is what I made for dinner. Parsnip mashed potatoes, stuffed porkloin, buttered corn and balsamic reduction sauce.
I come from a family of 9, yes NINE! girls and 2 boys. As we have gotten older its amazing to see how we are all changing, growing, and adjusting. One thing that we all have in common is our love and appreciation for food! We are all willing to try new things, but once we have a favorite, we tend to stick to it. This week I am going to ask all my sisters what their favorite thing is to eat and to share the recipe.(they better or I’ll tell mom!)
I feel like I can do anything as of late! I don’t know if its all the inspirational blogs I have been reading, mental clarity due to my cleanse, or if I am just bored! Either way, while it is a bit daunting to know there are MANY stay at home mothers doing the same thing, no two ideas and thoughts are the same so here I go!