Recipe: Homemade Bread

my little guy would live on peanut butter sandwhichs, chocolate milk and apples if I let him. At one point we were buying so much bread it was getting crazy! One my friends at the time was making home made bread and claimed it was saving her a TON of money – so that christmas under the tree for me was…(drum roll)…the bread machine I asked for 🙂 

Here’s the recipe that I’ve found works best for us, making a 2lb loaf. 

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13 oz of water

4 cups white flour

3 tbsp butter

2 tbsp dry milk

2.5 tbsp sugar

2 tsp salt

1.5 tsp yeast

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allow all ingredients to come to room temp. and then put them all in the bread machine in order as stated above. Make sure you choose 2lb loaf for your settings, and this is classified as “normal” or “white bread” for your additional settings. You want to make sure you give it about 20 min to cool down after it’s baked. I always forget how much I love to use my bread machine to make doughs as well (pizza dough, cinnamon roll dough, etc.) so keep an eye out for recipes for those items as well! 

Do you have a bread recipe you’d like to share? leave me a link in the comments so I can check it out! and if you make this recipe, let me know what you think of it as well 🙂 

What I’m loving right now.

I’ve been doing some “frugal” shopping lately, and very rarely do I buy something that’s not on sale. It’s really stretched our budget and made things a lot easier! That being said – there’s a few things that I do splurge on, and here’s where that blog post comes in: Products I’m loving right now. I’ll keep these post’s “realistic” and hopefully other readers will enjoy these products that aren’t crazy expensive.

Please note: these companies have no idea who I am, this is not a sponsored post, I’m simply sharing stuff I love right now! 

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these bright and colourful bendy straws! you can get them at Bed, Bath and Beyond – you get 125 of them for just over $3. it’s a big of a splurge for straws, and I only go into the store for these (and to check the clearance rack of course). But – I haven’t been able to find neat straws for the little guy anywhere else.

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Apple TV.

FINALLY we can stream netflix to our TV in the living room. Sure we could watch it on our iMac, but it wasn’t the ideal situation. Now we can also mirror whats on our computer screen (for streaming those tv shows we missed through the networks site) and watch the movies we currently have loaded on our computer – all WIRELESS. Not to mention there seems to be a NHL package on there, but hubby has yet to explore that. the device is super tiny and you can barely notice it, and it comes with a cute little remote. For only $109 – only $50 more than the HDMI adaptor to run a cord from the computer to the tv!

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iSquint – for sideloading all those movies we .avi movies we have into iTunes

(to link to apple tv of course!) Cost? FREE.

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BHG wax tarts.

They have SO many different scents – and they last forever in my scentsy warmer. Much longer than the scentsy tarts I’ve had. They are only available in the states right now *sad face* but I have no problem asking a friend to pick up a few for more when they head over. So far I’ve used Gourmet spice rack and Vanilla Cupcake – both AMAZING.

Cost? $2 a package (vs scentsy $6 not long lasting tarts!)

Lamp Re-Do

We have a serious shortage of lighting in our house, and where we do have lighting it seems I’m always replacing lightbulbs! My wonderful mother-in-law was kind enough to give up two lamps. As soon as I saw them I knew exactly what I wanted to do – and it only took me 6 months to finally get around to it! haha!

Here’s the before shot:

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gorgeous isn’t it? okay maybe it’s not your cup of tea, and it wasn’t exactly mine either – but the bones were there.

I used a can of metallic krylon spray paint (I really wanted the looking glass paint, but it’s not available in canada), and I bought two rolls of twine from the dollar store. I’ve never spray painted before, and this was easy peasy!! I put some tape to cover the bulb area and the cord and sprayed the base.

For the lamp shade – I pulled off the pink fabric and just had the cream coloured base of the shade (it came off pretty easy). I grabbed my hot glue gun, glued a little portion of the twine, wrapped it a little bit and glued some more. I found it helpful to glue 4-5 times in little lines for each time you wrapped the twine. It made the string much more sturdy and held it really good in place. Here’s the after shot:

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doesn’t it look SO much better?!? All in all – this project cost me less than $10!!!

I have another pink and gold lamp that I’m going to re-do for the man cave in the basement, and a mirror project for the guest room as well. We have company coming in march so I have a deadline for these projects!

We’ve been winterized

it’s been quite the winter here. I don’t know about you but once I get cold, I don’t feel like doing anything. I made a new years resolution to take more pictures (I’m a professional photographer, this shouldn’t be hard right?), but considering I don’t have the greatest light in my house, and it’s not always “picture clean” I can sometimes find it hard to allow other people to see my photos. But alas, here is a glimpse of our canadian winter so far….

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I promise I’ve got some crafty posts coming up, and of course some recipes! Now that the holidays are over, I’m back on a regular retail shift (my part time job) and I’m looking forward to valentines day and getting some more reading and rest time. Does valentines day say SPRING to anyone else?? The winter is always so long here!!!