~My parents last day here in Colombia, Moma and I were in a store and I had measured to see how wide a piece of furniture would need to be to fit in my kitchen, and had the measurements with me. We went around measuring piece of furniture after piece of furniture and everything was too wide, and quite spendy! So we decided that we couldn't find anything in that store and went to the front to check out, and there sat this piece of furniture near the info desk and I measured it and knew that it would just fit, and it was a good price too. So, I bought it, and we came home with it. Little did I know that after trying to work in my small kitchen (with little counter space) for 2 1/2 weeks my Moma was convinced I NEEDED another piece of furniture too, and she and Daddy had planned to buy that piece of furniture if we could find the right thing. When we got home with it, Daddy gave Phillip the money to pay for that furniture....THANKS Daddy and Moma, I LOVE it! Where the LARGE Papaya is sitting, I have just enough room to mix up a recipe using my mixer, so that makes me HAPPY!~
~This past Monday we started school. Our girls are working HARD, doing 2 days of school each day, for we only have a few weeks left before we head back to the USA to have our baby. =) During our school day we took a picnic lunch to the park near our home and had a nice little break from PACES, PACES, PACES! =D~
~Our kids eating their picnic, and then afterward they had a fun time playing on the playground there too.~
~Several weeks ago, I posted a pic of my French bread that I had made, and had several requests for me to post my French Bread recipe, so here it is, better late than never. =D~
~Heather's French Bread~
I have used this recipe for about 20 years now (Whew! That makes me sound old, but it helps to know that I started making my own bread when I was 11. =) using this recipe for my bread business too. It's easy, light and YUMMY! I love this recipe because it makes 4 (20 oz.) loaves, so I can give one or two away, serve one for supper, and freeze another one for later! =)
Microwave for 2 mins:
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons salt
4 Tablespoons marg. or butter (half of stick)
2 cups water
After pulling bowl out of microwave, stir to make sure butter melted, then add:
2 cups warm water
(CORRECTION) 2 packages of yeast, or 1 HEAPING Tab. or 2 Tablespoons of yeast.
6-8 cups flour
Mix up and you will need to knead in the last cup or so of flour, and cover and let rise for 45 mins. then divide dough into 4 equal parts. Roll out each on a floured surface and into a rectangle and then roll from side to side into a jelly roll and place seam down on a greased pan (cookie sheet) tucking the 2 ends under. Slice about 5 slices diagonally half way through the loaf with a serrated knife, and brush with oil, and let rise for 45 mins. Repeat with the other 3 sections of dough. Bake at 350 for 25 mins. or so, (maybe more) until the tops are golden, and when you tap on the loaves they sound hollow. After you take the bread out put them on cooling racks and brush tops with butter. It's hard to explain bread recipes by writing them out, so if you have any questions, just leave a comment, and I'll try to answer your questions. I serve this just room temp on a cutting board, with soft butter, and everyone slices their own, like you would get at a restaurant, or buttered and then heated in aluminum foil, or buttered and laid on a pan and toasted in the grill part of my oven for breakfast. YUM! YUM!
Also, here is a fun Sunday night snack using this French bread.
~French Bread with bacon, tomatoes, and cheese~
Cut a loaf of baked French bread in half longways and place on a cookie sheet, cut sides up.
Butter each half of the bread.
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 teasp. mustard
1 teasp. Worchestershire sauce
and spread on top of the 2 halfs.
Top with crumbled pre-fried bacon, grated cheese, and diced tomatoes
Bake until cheese melts at 350, then bring out and slice in 2 " pieces and serve.
Mix up a batch of French bread today, set the table, smell the wonderful aroma of homemade bread, call your family around and Enjoy! =)