Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bread Dreams

So, at this second, I have some Amish White Bread rising in my kitchen... It's a wonderful feeling. I adore the smell of baking bread, the taste of warm, soft, fresh loaves, and the feeling of kneading the soft dough in my hands. In one of my crazy dream worlds, I'd have a bakery. I'd be up at 4 baking the bread for the day, and get to stand in the shop and talk to customers as they came and went. I'd be on a street with lots of foot traffic, and would know most of the people that came in. While I'm a damn good baker, this isn't so realistic when I only have a couple of recipes that are TRULY fantastic. It's really hard to test out new ones, too. Chris can only eat so many carbs (though he's willing most of the time), his office, while they beg me to bake at least once a month, can only take so much, and our neighbors are even starting to burn out. And, this is only after perfecting white bread, soda bread, blueberry muffins, chocolate cupcakes, and a few flavors of cookies. There are a few baking and pastry books out there that really walk through the intricacies of baking, but who to bake for?!?! Suppose I'll have to just continue to take it one loaf at a time, dream, and drive Chris crazy with the little bits of dough that are forever stuck to our counters.

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  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 cups bread flour


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to sit for about 1/2 an hour or until foamy.
  2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour a bit at a time. Make sure there are no lumps. Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth. Place in an oiled bowl. Cover. Allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch down dough. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two oiled loaf pans. Allow to rise again for 30 minutes.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tournament Time

I am ecstatic that it is the most wonderful time of the year...March Madness! Sadly, I am at a conference out-of-state on Thursday, so I will not be watching the beginning of it all. Besides, even though my Buckeyes made the big dance...sorry guys, I'm not seeing it going very far. So far, ND and Penn State are both advancing in the NIT, though, so at least we have that to raise our spirits. So, I'll pretend I care about my picks and say, GO PITT! or GO MEMPHIS!

Also, for any of you wondering, there will NOT be a final four party at my parents' house this year (at least not that I'm hosting). I'm sorry, but if anyone wants to show up in Philly, we'd be more than happy to have you!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wedding Inspiration Boards

I haven't gotten very far with wedding planning yet, but I've put together some inspiration boards. The photographs come from Martha Stewart Weddings - Winter 2009, Modern Bride - Feb/March, Columbus Bride - Fall-Winter 2008-09, and InStyle Weddings - Winter 2009. I will be using the pictured Bridesmaids' dress in Tangerine from David's Bridal, but nothing else is exact.

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Banana Fish

Anyone that knows me, knows that it takes very little to encourage me to get up and dance. Recently, though, there's a whole new addiction, which is driving Chris crazy. It's the McDonald's "Banana Fish" commercial. I LOVE IT!!! I know that that may put me in the minority, but I do spend a large portion of the day humming the banana fish song and bopping around the house/work/where-ever I might be. I'll have to find the cartoon that I drew from an old job, which had me as the dancer of the office, because it's certainly true. Until then, turn up your tv, and rock out to that singing fish!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

As addicted as I am to reading everyone else's blogs, I finally figured I'd join the trend a decade or so late. Can't say that my life is all that fascinating, but who am I to judge?