Fantastic Bake Along- Whole Grain Bread!

Don’t you just love the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven?  It makes a house smell so homey and full of love.   This is how my house felt this week, full of homemade bread and love❤️


I just love Baking Along each month with all of you, my online friends.  This month Kathy over at Sewing Etc. gave us the recipe for this delicious bread.  If you would like to make some yourself, it can be found here.

The dough was easy to make.  I doubled the recipe so I could have an extra loaf to give to my son and his pretty wife.

But I think the recipe really needs to be doubled for  the size of loaves that my family likes.  So… darn it, I had to make more! Lol:). 


This time I  doubled the recipe twice to make four loaves!  (I am having a lot of company this weekend and will be needing the bread)  These loaves came out just the way we like our bread with the top peaking over the edge about an inch or so:)


My daughter in law was over and grabbed her loaf right away, but I still had plenty left to snap a few photos of.  

I sliced into a nice hot loaf and slathered it with SWEET butter.  I was patient and took this yummy photo, but then that slice disappeared into my belly as quick as I could put my camera down! 

It has been a wonderful Bake Along.  I am excited to see and hear about how the other bakers did with their bread this week.  

I hope you feel inspired to make your own delicious bread at home this week. We would love to have you join along next month for our next baking adventure;)

Fantastic Bake Along -Quiche!

This has been an Egg-straordinary bake along!  Emma from Emma Crafts Design was this month’s star baker and asked us to make her husbands favorite Quiche.  

I must admit that I have never made Quiche before.  I have eaten it at restaurants, but for some reason I have never given it a try.  I can’t believe I have waited so long.  It was DELICIOUS!!

I started with the crust.  Emma rolls hers out on parchment paper, but I am very accustomed to rolling my dough out on a tea towel that I use only for this purpose.


I roll out my dough and then use the tea towel to help me roll the dough up and over the rolling pin.  Then I can easily transfer the dough to my pie plate.


I cooked my bacon and chopped it fine.  I layered the entire shell with the bacon and then poured in my egg, cheese and milk mixture.  I had a large pan so I doubled the recipe.


I used pepper jack cheese.  Yum yum!  It had just the right amount of spice for my Arizona family:)


I mean really, look at how beautiful it turned out!  It was ALMOST too prettyto eat!  But we did eat it:)


I added some chopped spinach to the top and asked myself why I didn’t add it to the eggs?  Next time I will!  I even think some sautéed mushrooms and fresh tomatoes would taste divine as well.

Thank you, thank you for such a delicious recipe and Bake Along Emma!!   

If any of you are interested in making your own delicious Quiche, you can get the recipe  here.  Why don’t you link up and join us?

I am so excited to see how the other bakers fared with their Quiche adventures. Here are the links:

I am off to check them out!  SWEET!

 Fantastic Bake Along – Quiche!

It’s that yum, yum, yummy time of the month again.  It’s  Fantastic Bake Along Time:)   Yea!!  This month’s star baker is Emma over @ Emma Crafts Design.  

This month’s recipe is Emma’s delicious quiche.  She says it is her husband’s favorite.  Doesn’t it look so delicious?  I can’t wait to give it a try!

Emma’s picture of the quiche looks so yummy!

Here is the recipe:

Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).

You will need for the pastry:

  • 75 g butter (you can also use margarine)
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 50 g water (50 mL)
  • salt for seasoning

For those of us using cup measurements, you can convert measurements on Google or a close approximate conversion is– 50ml = 1/4c

Mix all your ingredients together until well combined. Roll your pastry out and place in a quiche tin (I roll my pastry on a sheet of baking paper and use it to line the tin, it makes it easier to clean!). Trim your pastry and pick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from raising once in the oven.

You will need for the filling:
150-200 g of bacon bits

  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g of thickened cream
  • 50 g of milk (50 mL)
  • block cheese (you can use gruyere or Swiss cheese too)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Cook your bacon bits in a pan for 3-5 minutes, then lay them evenly on your pastry. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and milk together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the bacon bits, straight on top of your pastry. Grate about 50 g of your block cheese on top of your quiche.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Be sure to head over to Emma’s blog for more great pictures and helpful hints:


Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past Bake alongs:

I am so excited to taste this SWEET quiche!  I hope you will join along:)

Fantastic Bake Along – Pizza Party!!


It’s time to heat up the oven and get out the aprons.  It’s Fantastic Bake Along Time!!  Come and join in the fun:).   You have to eat something anyway, right?   This month Brenna@crochet539 is our baking host.  Yea, Brenna!!

Brenna talked to her family about choosing this month’s recipe.  They all decided that a pizza party would be fun. I agree!   She would like us all to use the same crust recipe, but put whatever toppings on it that you think are fun and maybe a little bit different from the norm.

The crust recipe is from The Chef in Training.  You can head on over to her blog for pictures and a nice description of the dough.

The Perfect Pizza Dough

Recipe from Nikki @ Thechefintrainng.com

TOTAL TIME 43 MINS
Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 5 cups flour, divided
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil (2 Tablespoons per pan)

Instructions

Mix warm water and yeast and let sit 5 minutes until yeast proofs.

Add 2 ½ cups flour with proofed yeast and mix well in Kitchen Aid or with a dough hook.

Add additional 2 ½ cups flour and salt, knead until smooth. Cover bowl with saran wrap. Let dough rest in a ball for 10 to 20 minutes.

Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto baking sheet or pizza pan and evenly coat bottom of baking sheet or pizza pan.

Remove dough from bowl and add more flour as needed (a little at a time) to alleviate the stickiness of the dough if needed. I add a few Tablespoons usually.

Split dough in half and roll each ball of dough very thin and place on greased pan.

Preheat oven to 400 F

Top your pizza dough however you would like. If you have a favorite pizza recipe or breadstick recipe, have at it! Be sure and leave a ¾-inch space on the edge for crust.

Bake each pizza separately at 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes for pizza and 15 minutes for bread sticks or cinnamon sticks.

Ok now for how this Fantastic Bake Along works:

  • Just comment below if you want to join in. I will add your blog link to the BAL on Saturday’s post
  • Make the recipe sometime this week.
  • On Saturday, post your pictures and results of the recipe. Success or accidents in the kitchen, it doesn’t matter. It’s all fun and real:)
  • Link your post here with the Fantastic Bake-Along 
  • Be sure to visit the other bloggers posts
  • It is also super a-ok if you don’t want to blog post but just want to join us as we bake/cook. You can just comment with your results or post a picture on Instagram #fantasticbakealong

Only one rule–Be polite and nice!!  

Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past past Bake alongs:

I’m excited to Bake Along with you this week. It’s going to be SWEET!!  I can’t wait for Saturday to see all of the delicious pizzas!



Nikki, The Chef in Training, has asked that if you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining She would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens. Don’t forget #fantasticbakealong as well:)!

Fantastic Bake Along!! — Double Dipped Fried Chicken

Good Morning!!  I am back from a fantastic trip to the Caribbean!  But I will write about that tomorrow because today is the 2nd Monday of the month which means it is FANTASTIC Bake-Along time!!  Yea:)!!   Why don’t you join us?  

This month I thought it would be fun to try something savory instead of something sweet.  So…. for this month’s Bake Along what do you think about making my husband’s favorite Double Dipped Fried Chicken?   It is definitely FANTASTIC and will certainly become your family’s favorite too!  

Here is the recipe from an old family cookbook:

Double Dipped Fried Chicken:

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 chicken pieces
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4tsp garlic salt
  • 2tsp paprika or Cajun seasoning
  • 1tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp season salt
  • shortening or oil for frying

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 325*. Wash chicken pieces and lay on a paper towel to drain. In a brown bag or heavy duty plastic bag combine flour, garlic salt, paprika, and pepper. In a shallow dish combine milk, eggs, and season salt. Dip chicken pieces in flour mixture, then egg mixture, then again in flour mixture. Coat all chicken pieces. In a skillet or wok or deep frier, heat oil to 375*. Cook chicken in oil until light, golden brown, about 5-8 min. Put chicken in a baking pan. They can overlap if necessary. Bake uncovered for 1 hr or until thickest pieces are done. Makes 4-6 servings

There it is.  I hope you will join in the fun. Here is how it works:

  • Just comment below if you want to join in. I will add your blog link to the BAL on Saturday’s post
  • Make the recipe sometime this week.
  • On Saturday, post your pictures and results of the recipe.  Success or accidents in the kitchen, it doesn’t matter.  It’s all fun and real:)
  • Link your post here with the Fantastic Bake-Along 
  • Be sure to visit the other bloggers posts
  • It is also super a-ok if you don’t want to blog post but just want to join us as we bake/cook. You can comment with your results.
  • Only one rule–Be polite and nice!!  

I’m excited to Bake Along with you this week.  It’s going to be SWEET!!

Destination Dining–Disneyland!!

The happiest place on earth wouldn’t be that happy if there wasn’t happy, delicious food to enjoy in the parks.  Any of you who have followed my blog at all know that I am a major foodie.  

It is spring break at ASU, and at our house that means Disneyland.  Yea!!  A few years ago we started the hidden Mickey search that a friend told us about — so fun!  We enjoyed the “searching and finding” so much that I thought it would be fun to go on a Disney Dining Food Quest this time.

Sooo…I researched online and made my “Disney Dining Bucket List”. SWEET!!   I had no idea my list would be so long!  I started with the foods that we always eat as our 5 Mickey Ear 🐭must haves, and based on others raving reviews, added many, many more mouth watering delicacies.

To qualify for the list, the food item had to be mentioned in at least three different online or word of mouth sources.  My “Mickey Ear” 🐭rating is based on the very scientific rating of my family as we came to an agreement on the “Do Not Miss This” factor of the taste test. 5 ears is a Disneyland repeater!

Let’s face it, I couldn’t possibly eat all of this food by myself!  So I bought one item and we split it four ways.

Soooo…after all of this introduction,  here are the reviews followed by the complete bucket list in case your family wants to go on a quest of your own.  This list may, and probably will, grow with our future visits:). These are not in any specific order except in the order of the time we saw them and ate them….

3.5 🐭🐭🐭–Oreo Churro at the California Churro Company @Downtown Disney 

This churro looks and sounds like it should be the churro to end all churros.  When I read all of the rave reviews I immediately put it on the bucket list, but I’m sorry to report that it tasted more like a cake doughnut and the filling was overpowered by the chocolate flavor.  I will be just as happy if not happier with an ordinary churro inside the park.  BUT they do have an ice cream sandwich churro that I will be trying  next time that sounds promising:)!

5🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭- Lobster Nachos and Tri-tip Sliders at the Cove Bar in California Adventure by Ariel’s Grotto


Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!  DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT miss these!! Wow! That just sums it up.  We stopped here for a light lunch.  There were four of us.  We ordered one order of nachos and two plates of sliders.  It was perfect!  We halved all of the sliders and shared the nachos.  Perfect!  By unanimous vote, this will be a part of every trip to Disney from now on:)

5🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭- Hand Dipped Corndogs at the Little Red Wagon in Disneyland at the end of Main Street 


This one took us all by surprise.  I am not a huge fan of corn dogs, but hold the phone…!  These corn dogs take it to a whole new level!  We bought two and split them for dinner, but we could have each eaten a whole one.  They are big, but so so yummy.  That breading, wow! It was soft, thick, and just a little sweet.  I will be adding this to my annual trip.  Yumm!!

4🐭🐭🐭🐭 – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus at the Bengal Cafe in Disneyland by Indiana Jones


These little morsels are just that.  Little.  They taste good.  I mean ..bacon, hello!  But the portion size felt way too small.  It was good, but I think I will try to make my own at home. I will make a lot of them:)

5🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭- Matterhorn Macaroon at the Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland at the end of Main Street


This Macaroon is absolutely beautiful.  It seems almost too pretty to eat.  My daughter and I shared one.  At first we thought it was good, but….after the second, and third bites we knew that we would be having another.  In fact, it is the only treat we ate that we really wanted to go back and buy another!  Love, love, love it❤❤.  I am on the hunt for a copycat recipe now…..

5🐭🐭🐭🐭🐭-  Monte Cristo Sandwich and Pomme Fries at Cafe Orleans in Disneyland behind Pirates down the walkway


It is a good idea to make a reservation at this restaurant.  It’s not always needed, but it sure makes it easier to get in.  We ate here last year and being a 5 ear restaurant , we of course had to eat here again!

The Pomme Fries and sauce are to..die..for!  We ordered two baskets for 4 people, but one would have been plenty.  Our waiter brought us extra dipping sauce.  Yummy!


But the gem of the menu is the Monte Cristo sandwich.  It is a French toast sandwich that is stuffed with ham and cheese. It is dipped in a batter and deep fried to achieve a beautiful crunchy crust.  It is dusted with powdered sugar and served with raspberry jam.  Really?!!  

 One order has four large halves of sandwich.  You really want to share one plate. Unless of course, you want to be uncomfortably full the rest of the day:)!

4🐭🐭🐭🐭- Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone at Paradise Pier in California Adventure 

Now don’t get me wrong, this is a very good ice cream cone. If you are into soft serve ice cream, this is really the best there is.  But I have tried the Dreyers hard pack ice cream at Clarabelles by  Soarin’ and like it much much better. My grandson may not agree though:). He loved it!!

—We had a super fun Dining Adventure Quest at Disneyland this week.  Here is our complete Disney Dining Bucket List if you are interested in starting your own quest.  

Disneyland

  • Hand dipped Corn Dog @ The Little Red Wagon
  • Green Chili Cheeseburger w/an egg @the Carnation Cafe
  • PB&J soda or float @ The Carnation Cafe
  • Cherry milkshake @the Carnation Cafe
  • Matterhorn Macaroon @ Jolly Holiday Bakery
  • Dole Whip Float @Tiki Room
  • Monte Cristo & Pomme Fries @Cafe Orleans
  • French dip @ French Market
  • Tigger Tail & Chocolate Covered PB&J @Pooh’s Corner Bakery
  • Funnel Cake @the Stage Door Cafe
  • Chocolate Cake @Horse Shoe Review
  • Pumpkin Twist @Maurice’s Treat Shack in the Fall

California Adventure-

  • Lobster Nachos & Tri-tip sliders @ Ariels Cove bar
  • Chocolate dipped cone@the cone motel
  • Brioche French Toast @ Flos V8
  • Apple cheddar pie @ Flos V8
  • Fields cookie bit or Sea salt caramel sundae @Ghirardellis
  • Chili lime corn on the cob on the Boardwalk 
  • House Biscuits @Carthay Circle
  • Jalapeño cream cheese pretzel @a cart

Downtown Disney

  • Churro Ice cream Sandwich @California Churro Cart
  • Chicken and waffles @Jazz Kitchen 
  • Shrimp & Grits @Jazz Kitchen
  • Carnitas Nachos @White water Snacks in Grand CA Hotel

There it is!  I have done all of the research for you!  Have I missed any of your favorites?  If you are headed to Disneyland, I hope you will give some of these a try and let me know if they are 5 ears or not.

Until then, I hope you are thinking wonderful, happy little thoughts….:)!



Glazed Pumpkin Bread

Just one slice of this delicious Pumpkin Bread is never never enough! I have practiced and compared many recipes to come up with this perfect recipe. I have done all of the trial and error so you don’t have to. You’re welcome:)!Every year I make enough bread to give to family and friends. In fact, this year I made a whopping 21 full size loaves and they are all gifted out. I even wish I had more pumpkin to make into a few more loaves to give away!

Well, with that all said, Here is the recipe:):

Glazed Pumpkin Bread

Recipe by Tracy@It’s a T-Sweets Day

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2tsp salt
  • 1tsp cinnamon 
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 2tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/2c flour
  • 3csugar
  • 1c oil
  • 3/4c water
  • 2c pumpkin purée
  • 4 eggs
  • 1c nuts chopped

Directions:

Sift salt and spices with flour. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Grease and flour 2 bread pans. Fill 3/4 full. Bake 1 hour at 350* or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Glaze with frosting while still warm and in the pan. Sprinkle more chopped nuts on top. Let sit in pan until cool. Run knife around edges and turn upside down to get out of the pan.

Frosting:

  • 2c powdered sugar
  • 1/4c milk
  • 1tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients to make a frosting glaze. It should be fairly thin. 

Enjoy this SWEET bread!