Sunday, September 30, 2007

Friendship bread and Coleslaw

A coworker brought some Friendship starter bags to work and I took one home - diligently did the instructions for the 10 days and baked some yummy treats...it's a great recipe - I still have 2 starter bags if anyone is interested, otherwise I might just make some more bread in 10 days.

Friendship Bread
DO NOT use any type of metal spoon for mixing

DO NOT refrigerate.

If air gets in the bag, let it out.
It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment.

Day 1: DO nothing, this is the day you receive the bag. The bag is dated.
Day 2: Mash the bag
Day 3: Mash the bag
Day 4: Mash the bag
Day 5: Mash the bag
Day 6: Add to the bag: 1cup all purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup milk
Day 7: Mash the bag
Day 8: Mash the bag
Day 9: Mash the bag
Day 10: Pour the entire contents of the bag into a non-metal bowl. Add 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 1/2 cups milk.

Measure out 4 separate 1 cup portions of batter into 4 gallon-size bags. The balance left in the bowl will be used by yourself for baking the bread. Keep a starter for yourself and give the other 3 to friends with a copy of this recipe. If you keep a starter you will be baking every 10 days. The bread is very good and makes a great gift. Should this recipe not be passed on to a friend on the 1st day, be certain to tell the friend which day the bag is on when you give it to them.

BAKING INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
TO the remaining batter in the bowl, add:
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
1 large box instant pudding (vanilla, chocolate or chocolate fudge)

Grease 2 large loaf pans. Mix an additional 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with the mixture. Pour the batter evenly into the pans. Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the top. Bake 60 - 70 minutes. Cool until bread loosens evenly from the sides (approx. 10 minutes). Turn into serving dish.


On another note - I made some more coleslaw today - delici-oso! This is the recipe I've always used...

Coleslaw

4-5 cups shredded cabbage
1 med green pepper, strips or chopped
3 carrots, strips or slices
2 Tbsp sweet onion, grated
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vinegar
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
Mayo to taste
Celery seed to taste

Toss everything together and chill for at least an hour.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Day Three

Today was day three of working out - I'm on a roll....I've heard that if you keep something up for a month, you're more likely to continue that behavior. So, that means I've a little over three weeks to go.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Day One

As my alarm rang this morning at 5:30am I spent about 4 seconds arguing with myself - to get out of bed or to press SNOOZE . . . I got up and within 5 minutes I was dressed and out the door. Day One at the gym. Here I am 15 hours later and already I am feeling my 'pectoralis major and minor' muscles a little sore...And I know I'm going to have another "argument" with myself in only a few more hours - Hopefully SNOOZE will lose again.

Below is the latest on my first sock - using Tofutsies yarn, size 2 needles...The girls in my knitting group are a big help when I mess up...I think it will look a lot better when I'm done because of them. If I did it on my own without help, I can only imagine how many "mistakes" there would be...(not a great picture, sorry)















FOOD THOUGHT: I am very impressed with the frozen shrimp I bought at Publix. I really thought I'd only be mildly satisfied with shrimp that has been frozen and sitting in a freezer for who knows how long. But, I will say I was pleasantly surprised - after thawing the shrimp in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes, their outer skeleton came off very easily and the shrimp cooked up quite well - for being previously frozen that is. Kudos to the freezer, I think I'll buy some more shrimp that is frozen, it's a great addition to my alfredo dish. Yum :)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Jax Jaguars - Week 3

Another win for the Jacksonville Jaguars today against the Denver Broncos. The Jags are 2-1 after their third game of the season. Next week we've got a BYE, time to rest and heal...hopefully back in full force for the game at Kansas City. GO JAGS!!


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Jacksonville 17 0 3 3 23 Final




Denver 7 0 0 7 14

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Diets, Joannes and Pugs

Happy Birthday, Fulton! Caleb's nephew had his 2nd birthday party today. . . got a little overwhelmed at times with the presents and all of the people but for the most part pretty good ;) He is a fan of cars, trucks, bull dozers, anything with four wheels apparently.

A note to anyone on a diet....if you're going to do the low carb thing, more power to you...pass up the bread, just have the hotdog or hamburger, no problem. BUT, I'm pretty sure that it won't help your diet plan if you skip the bun and still have three helpings of everything else. Just a thought.

Joanne's is such a dangerous place - even if you go there with someone else, aka Amy, with an original plan to just "tag along" you still end up finding something you "need." What a great store.

Pugs are wonderful...especially when they all get along and are cute and cuddly on their pug chair ;)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Rrr..Matey!

According to NPR this morning on my ride in to work it is National Talk Like a Pirate Day. Nice to know ;) http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pressure Cooker

I am really starting to like my pressure cooker. I've actually owned it for at least 3 years and have only just started using it. Initially I was afraid to use it because of the horror stories I had heard...but with a little persuasion from some people at work, I tried it for the first time a couple weeks ago to make some split pea soup and it turned out to be not so bad. (Some tasters commented that it was a little thick...note taken, more water/broth next time). I've also made a type of gumbo in the pressure cooker and tonight was teriyaki chicken. I must say tonight was one of the best - a little ginger, teriyaki sauce, water, pepper, hoisen sauce and voila! The drumstick meat was tender and falling off the bone and the breasts were juicy and tender. It was a great meal with the wild rice and green peas. Yum :)

Monday, September 17, 2007

CPR/First Aid Training

Work paid for anyone interested in taking a CPR/First Aid class so tonight was the first part of a 2 day class. A Red Cross representative did the training which has changed since last time I took it (probably about 4 years ago). Now, they say do 2 breaths then 30 compressions, 2 breaths, 30 compressions, etc. And, it's not called the "Heimlich" any longer - just abdominal thrusts. It's a good refresher. And who couldn't use to have a refresher on CPR or First Aid training?

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Saturday

Went down to Sip n Knit for the first time on Saturday afternoon - I met some very nice ladies there...I am stepping out of my comfort zone and will be trying some socks. I bought a few books to help and several needles...and few skeins of sock yarn. I was a big spender on Saturday...

Sunday, September 26, 2007

Breakfast with the family is always a great start to the day...and Mom actually cooked which is rare. Good to see Grandpop and Grandma Jean too -

Football Sunday and my Jaguars won 13-7! Last week I won my match up on Fantasy Football...but this week I am getting mauled. But, I still have a quarterback left (Tom Brady) and a RB and WR playing tonight and Monday.

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Atlanta 0 7 0 0 7 Final



Jacksonville 0 3 0 10 13

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Also finished the curtains for the master bedroom....I like the wire curtain rods I found at IKEA, they work pretty well.

Friday, September 14, 2007

New

I'm new to the blogging world so I'll keep it short for now....more later...