Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Homemade Honey Wheat Bread

Ok, I just have to say that we have been searching and experimenting FOREVER for the perfect bread machine recipe!! There is nothing better than homemade bread fresh from the oven. However, I dont have a lot of time to spend rolling and punching dough...ha! That's why we L.O.V.E having a bread machine! And yes, it can be soft, moist, and oh so delicious! Another quick fact: We have two bread machines (I know...hahaha!) and we purchased both of them at a second hand store--DI. They work perfectly, look like new, and cost less than $10! So there you have it :) Now here is our amazing recipe!

Honey Wheat Bread-Machine Bread:

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp shortening
2 cups flour
2 1/4 cups wheat flour
2 Tbsp dry milk
1 3/4 tsp Active dry yeast OR bread machine yeast.

Place ingredients into bread machine in the order they are listed. Start Bread Machine using the "Regular" or "Light" setting.

Yep! That is all you have to do! Most bread machines come with a wheat bread option--WE DO NOT USE IT! I don't know if that is the secret to our soft bread or not, but we just use the Regular setting and it turns out amazing!!

As soon as our bread machine beeps telling us that it is done baking we immediately pull the bread out. Sometimes the top looks a little funky but it is just fine! 
Actually..the top is the best piece and everyone will fight over it! ;) we usually eat it right away! Then we cut the loaf in half (hot dog style) and let it sit and "sweat" for about an hour. Just let it chill on the counter (..or eat it..) and let some of the steam and moisture out. This helps it stay soft and fresh later. 

Pour some honey on and eat it while it is warm!! 

After it has cooled for awhile we slice it all up. We then store it in a zip-lock bag in our pantry for a week (if it last that long..). This is the only bread we eat. We stopped buying bread and I just make a loaf of this every week or as needed!


...I will need to share our easy Freezer Jam recipe, once you try it you'll never do anything else!! 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Just saying Hi!

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lack of posting! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you saw that we had our baby girl! ..And I totally forgot how much work newborns are!! hahaha! So that's what I've been doing.....  ;)

Just thought I would pop in real quick and let you know I am still alive! Plus, I wanted to share with you my Mothers Day present that my hubby built! I just snapped these pics real quick, did not edit, and also realized that I did not pick up the house first so there is all sorts of clutter in the background! ..I am all about keeping it simple and real right now! ;)

Isn't beautiful!?!?!

I love how he rounded the corners..I feel like it gave the table such an amazing finish!

And of course I had to repaint and reupholster my chairs to go with our new table ;) 

The legs are from Lowes, they are actually cedar fence post!! Just turned upside down!

I love it so much! Maybe I can convince the Hubby to write up a tutorial for you! ;)

And just because every good post should end with a cute baby picture...here is our sweet Olive! She will be 3 months old in just a week and I cant believe how much she has already changed! She is so much fun!