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!)

Easiest Mac and Cheese. ever.

Many of friends and family know that I just LOVE my slow cooker!! I cook whatever I can in there, not only is it easy peasy and tasty – it helps keep my electricity usage down as well!

Here is a super simple, very tasty recipe for mac and cheese in your slow cooker!

8 ounces elbow macaroni (about 2 cups)
butter, for greasing the slow cooker
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese or a Cheddar blend
4 tablespoons butter, meltedCook the macaroni following package directions. Drain in a colander.
Generously butter the sides and bottom of a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker. Combine the macaroni with the remaining ingredients in the slow cooker and blend well. Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, stirring a few times.
TIP: Did you know if you mix 2/3 cup non-fat dry milk and 3/4 cup water together, you get 1 cup of evaporated milk substitute?

Grandmas Pasta Salad

One of our favourite go to recipes is the pasta salad that my mother in law makes. I’m only slightly addicted to collecting recipes and my favourite ones are always the ones from family members.

I can pretty much guarantee that each time we serve it, we get rave reviews and at least one person asks for the recipe. And usually the pasta salad will get served at a potluck shortly after we hand out the recipe!

Check out the recipe, and if you make it – let me know what you think!

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2 cups macaroni

2 tomatoes, chopped

1 green onion

1/2 green pepper

1/4 cup cucumber

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil

1/3 cup ketchup

1/4 cup vinegar

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 tsp paprika

Cook Macaroni. Pour in a large bowl. Cut up tomatoes, green onion, green pepper, and cucumber. Pour into bowl. in another bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Stir this into macaroni mixture. keep in refrigerator.

Makes five, 1 cup servings.