Showing posts from February, 2012

Honey Oatmeal Bread

Some of you have asked what kind of bread I make. I make all sorts of bread, but hands down this is my most favorite bread ever. I love it! The taste is wonderful and it smells divine coming out of the oven! I also like this recipe because it can be started in the bread maker on the dough setting and finished by hand. A win-win for me!

This recipe is from the Tasty Kitchen website. I encourage you to check this website out as it has many great ideas for meals and whatnot.

Honey Oatmeal Bread

4-½ teaspoonsActive Dry Yeast
½ cupsHoney
4 TablespoonsButter
2-¼ cupsWater
1 TablespoonSalt
2-¾ cupsAll-purpose Flour
4 cupsWhole Wheat Flour
1 cupQuick Cooking Oats
1 wholeEgg

In a medium bowl (or in a saucepan), heat the butter and honey until the butter is melted. Remove from heat and add the water; the mixture should be warm (110-120 degrees). Stir in the yeast and let sit until bubbly, about 10 minutes (this is called making a sponge).

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine sa…

That Show on National Geographic

Most of you know which show I am talking about. Doomsday Prepper. I couldn't not watch. And for the most part, I was okay with the show. Except the doomsday part. I hate that term.

Like I said, I was okay with the show. Until the episode that premiered Tuesday night.

I know the producers are trying to make everything a little more extreme and reality TV show-ish. I follow some of the preppers shown on the show through YouTube channels and blogs. I know they are not showing everything they have and they are not that extreme. That would violate most preppers' desire to keep their preps under wraps and keep them under the radar. For the most part this show has kept its focus on prepping and what people are prepping for.

Tuesday night, they premiered episode 4 of Doomsday Preppers. The first guy they featured was pretty cool. He was a prepper, even calling himself a mobile prepper. Cool concept! The last guy they featured was also a prepper and he was doing something a little di…

Weekly Update - February 19

(Sorry this is late. The internet has been so slow the last few nights that I cannot get this to post. I am trying it now!)

This last week I think we all took a sigh of relief. The busyness of the sports seasons is gone for a few months. The girls needed this. I needed this. Of course we still have spring play going on, but that doesn't seem so bad. I even got a girls' night out! Woo hoo!

A lot got done on the home front. I got caught up on the laundry. Rob got the new dishwasher put in! Yeah! The old dishwasher had quit working for good. We suspect that the drain pump went out. I would loved to fix it, but the dishwasher is 22 years old and parts are hard to find. Plus, it was not cleaning the dishes that well anymore.

We washed dishes by hand for two weeks until we could pick up a new-to-us dishwasher. I really don't mind washing dishes by hand. Something about making the dirty clean again makes me feel good. My girls, however, are not fans of hand washing dishes.


Four Things You Need To Have Done

To be prepared, I have four things I always like to have done. These might surprise you, but in cases of emergency and disaster they are necessary.

1. Always, always stay caught up on washing dishes. What if you lost power? Would you want to worry about not having the dishes done? Do you want to boil water so you can wash dishes by hand? Keeping the dishes washed makes sense. One less thing to worry about. No I don't like to wash dishes, but I don't want to deal with washing them under difficult circumstances either.

2. Always, always stay caught up on washing laundry. Again what if you lost power for several days? How would you wash your laundry? In a pinch, you can was laundry with a clean toliet plunger and a five-gallon bucket, but that is a lot of work and you still need to boil water to do it. I stay caught up pretty well on laundry by doing a load in the morning and a load at night.

3. Keep your vehicles full of gas. This is something I don't think much about, but b…

Weekly Update - February 12

What a crazy, busy last few weeks we have had as a family! I love the phrase "Treasure these moments with your children because they won't last". No kidding, they don't last. Time flies too fast for them to last!

What has been going on? Hmmm...

1. Shali's prom dress arrived and it is gorgeous. When the altering is done, I will post a picture of her in it!

2. Basketball season is over for Shali. This season was better than last year despite the injuries. However, we were all a little excited for it to be over.

3. Danz Squad is done for the year for Shali and Jordan. This I think we will all miss a little bit except for the early morning practices. The squad has their end of the year party with some great awards given. Jordan was given the award for having two left feet and for being the most improved. Shali was the given the award for lollygagging (she is rarely on time for anything) and for being the most sharpest.

4. Parent Teacher Conferences and Midterm Grades…

How I Save When Shopping For Groceries

Some days, I find it funny where my blog posts come from. I had a friend ask me how much I spend on groceries for a family that is similar in size to my own family. Then she asked me how I do it. When I got done typing up how I did it, I realized I had just written as much as I did when I write for this blog! Crazy!

This is how I save a significant amount of money on my groceries. I could be missing a few things I do. If I do miss something, I will let you all know! I will let you all know now, that I spend about $350 a month for groceries.

Whenever I can get near an Aldi's (or a similar type grocery store),  I shop there. I can spend $66 easily there and have a cart full. It would equal about $90-$100 at Hy-Vee. The no-frills grocery stores are a little more work for the consumer, but they are really worth. As always though, watch the ingredients of the stuff you are buying. No need for the junk preservatives.

 I also shop the loss leaders which are the front pages of the groce…

Sorry about the unintended break!

I had no idea how many things were going to be scheduled this last few weeks. If I did, I would have panicked before this week. Even being at home was busy. I was and am very grateful for some of the girl time I had with friends as well as Rob being around a little more to take off some of the pressure. He will think he did nothing, but sometimes he is too humble.

I did not intend to take this much of a break from blogging because I truly love what I blog about and the simple act of writing my thoughts down. I love to think that I am helping you all be more like I want to be more of everything.

I know I have things to blog about. I have a post ready for tomorrow on ways I save money at the grocery store and keep my budget down to $350 a month for five people. I hope to be making beef and/or chicken broth this weekend and I want to take pictures of that as well as show you all the canning process. I also want to try Meyer Lemon Marmalade and hope to take pictures of that also. I also w…

Itching To Be Doing Something Outside

I love Iowa weather!

Okay...maybe not love, but I am enjoying this winter. This is one of the mildest winters I can remember. Although this weather has a down side. Only one problem.

I want to be outside doing something! Anything that would be mildly constructive. Playing in the garden a bit. Building my compost area. Getting some trees taken down that are almost down anyway. Running those trees through the chipper to build my own mulch pile. Just about anything.

I know better though. Iowa weather is anything but predictable. Thirty degrees today could be five degrees tomorrow with wind and snow. (That is suppose to go south of us! Yeah!)

So we will pop some popcorn tonight and find a movie to watch on the television. Cozy up on the couch and relax before the busyness of the weekend takes over. Relish the fact that we do not have a basketball game tonight. Maybe bake a loaf of bread too since we are out of bread. Nothing strenuous though.

Have a good night everyone! Thanks for reading…