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 🙂 

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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?

Homemade Play Dough

My son loves play dough and asks for it every time we’re walking around Giant Tiger , but I pretty much say no every time (I’m not sure why, it just happens that way).

A few friends have been saying lately how they’ve had to make play-dough for kids classrooms, etc. so I figured I’d try my hand at making it as well.

Here’s the recipe I used…

4 cups (a.p. white) flour

4 cups warm water

2 cups salt

2 tbs cream of tartar

2 tbs vegetable oil

food dye (I used club house – neon)

Combine all ingredients in a pot and continously stir over medium low heat until dough is no longer sticky. it will begin to resemble the look of play dough, and you should be able to slightly smell it.  It shouldn’t be overly sticky, and it’ll become really hard to stir (my shoulders were killing me!). Once it’s cooled down you can grab a clump and use some of that food dye to make it coloured. The dye part was incredibly messy and the next day I was still trying to wash it out of my hands so I suggest you use gloves.

You can store it in your fridge, in an air tight container for about a week or two.

The great part about it is, I didn’t mind making it using my cooking pots and use cookies cutters,etc knowing that there’s no chemicals! and it’s so salty, that I don’t have to worry about kids eating it. and even if they did – no chemicals right? amazing.