Thursday, July 29, 2010

Organizing my sewing area

Okay I have a confession I really have not got much sewing done this summer.  I had big plans and bought great material.  The next thing I know my summer break is almost over and my sewing area is totally out of control.  Last year I moved my sewing machine into a little sewing area in my closet.  With my husbands crazy work schedule I began sewing at the kitchen table.  So I was a mess in two rooms.  I made a trip to Ikea this week and bought a rolling cart with baskets to organize all my material.  I will have to post pictures soon.  Here is a picture of my sewing area from last year when it was new and clean.  Then just imagine piles of stuff everywhere.  I was going to take a picture but I am without a camera and on the hunt for a new one. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Homemade Bread

I love making homemade bread.  Last year I made bread once a week and my kids and hubby loved it.  Then my wheat grinder was having some serious issues and I stopped making it.  Last week I was asked to make 18 mini loaves of bread for a church meeting.  Doing this brought back to me why I love making bread.  I love the smell from beginning to end.  So I thought I would share the recipe I use with all of you.  (If anyone is still there :)
Light Wheat Bread
4 Cups white flour
2 Tablespoons dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
4 cups very warm water (125 degrees)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
6-7 cups whole wheat flour
In a bowl combine 4 cups flour, dry yeast and sugar.  Add water and oil; mix well.  Cover and let mixture sponge, or rise for 15 to 20 minutes.  Mix in salt and remaining whole wheat flour, 1 cup at a time until dough forms a ball and cleans sides of the bowl.  Knead 5 to 7 minutes by machine or about 10 minutes by hand.  Divide dough into equal portions.  Shape into loaves.  Place in greased bread pans.  Let rise until double in bulk.
Bake: 350   for 25-35 minutes
Yields: 4 4x8 1/2 “ loaves