The yeast of my worries

What do you do 44 minutes before dinner is going to be done and you realize that you should have made rolls since this is the only dinner you’re able to sit down with your husband for the weekend?

I googled ‘no rise bread’ and went with the first recipe I saw.  OMG.

Seriously amazing.

They puffed up quite well in the oven too!

2 ½ C warm water
6 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp yeast
2 Tbsp oil
6 C flour (can use white or wholemeal)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder

Stir water, yeast, sugar and oil together. Leave for 5 minutes until it becomes frothy on top. Add flour, salt and baking powder. Mix well. Knead. Roll out if making a pizza base or shape for use as buns / bread / loaf. Paint with oil or milk (if you can be bothered). Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

I made 1/2 this recipe, egg washed and salted the tops.  It made 8 good sized dinner rolls.

*I should note that I baked them on a cookie sheet in the oven with my meatloaf at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes then turned up the heat to about 450 degrees for another 5 or so minutes to brown them up.

found via the prairie girl via crafty kin


Pin baby Pin

Yeah – I went there, picture me singing ‘Pin Baby Pin’ to the tootsie roll.

Are you guys as obsessed with pinterest as I am?  That site is like crack…and I’m not talking about the plumber.

It is such a great source of inspiration and I love that I can file everything into categories.  Trouble is now I have so many things on my ‘to make happen’ list.

You can find me here.

photo via whitneychantalle


Do me baby

So inspiring right.  I think that we all feel this way sometimes.

via Elise Blaha


QKT

QKT = Quick Kitchen Tip

I totally just made that up. Lame?

You know what’s not lame though? My new system for controlling the garbage/waste/compost that comes from prepping 5 days worth of salad supplies for 2 adults. Enter the ever unusable supermarket produce bag + a large bowl!

How did I not think of this before?! RR (Rachel Ray) always has that bowl that she tosses everything into which in theory is great and I’ve done it a million times before but then there is the bowl to wash and when you’re the dishwasher well.. I think you know where I am going with this.

So produce bag + bowl = super easy clean up which makes me so happy.

I know I know – we really should be composting. It is a little difficult with the apartment living but I did see an option of using a rubbermaid bin which could work out really well for us. Do any of you have any ideas for alternative composting?

Also, how do you keep your kitchen from being a war zone when you’re using every pot in the house – I’d love to know


Getting my bake on

I fell in l.o.v.e with these cards as soon as I saw them.

Have you heard of Rifle Paper Co?  Anna Bond is a genius.  Seriously.  There is not one of her designs that I don’t swoon over.

I like having recipe cards on hand so that if someone likes what we served for dinner I can just write-up a quick card before they go or pop it into the mail after they leave.  It is something about the way the card feels in my hand and then the well-loved look after you’ve used it a few times.

Nothing like it.

How do you catalog your recipes? Do you have a folder on your computer? Random slips of paper? Or are you a recipe card hog like me?!

image via Rifle Paper Co.


Looking for a roommate?

I am sure that most of you have seen this already however, in case you are behind the times like I am you can read about the best roommate ever here.


Sweet knits

If you know me you’ll be very aware of the fact that I always have something ‘on my needles’ so you can imagine that when I saw this pattern I pretty much died.

But wait, there is more…look at the sweet little bum! Ah!

I found Frontier Dreams through Ravelry when I was looking for a something new to knit and have spent the past few days clicking around.  Nicole is one sweet mama and man can she knit.  Bonus is that she is giving away a copy of the pattern for the little suit above (appropriately named the ‘Union Suit’).  Crossing my fingers that I am the lucky recipient – you should enter too!

Images via Frontier Dreams