Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
- Mix yeast, flour, sugar and salt
- Add olive oil and 1 1/4 cup water and stir
- Ingredients should form a ball. If not, add more water
- Knead for ten minutes
- Place in an oiled bowl, cover, let rise until doubled, about 90 minutes
- When doubled, punch down, divide into eight pieces, roll into balls, cover and allow to rest for twenty minutes
- While resting, preheat oven to 400 and place a baking stone or upside down cookie sheet in oven (this is your baking surface)
- Roll dough on floured surface to 1/4" to 1/8" thick
- Place as many pitas on your stone as you can at a time and bake for 3-8 minutes. They don't need to get brown, just a bit puffy
- Remove to cool on wire racks, repeat, and try not to eat your entire first batch before the second comes out of the oven
Friday, August 28, 2009
Crunchy Granola Bars
4 to 5 cups oats
1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 TBSP honey
Totally optional, but recommended yummy ingredients include:
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup pecan pieces
1cup white chocolate chips
Again optional ingredients, but these are to make you feel better about eating the treats:
1/4 cup flax seed
2 TBSP wheat germ
2 TBSP Wheat or oat bran
I could go on with the add-ins, but I'm sure you get the idea.
- Put the oats and whatever other dry ingredients you're using into a large bowl.
- Heat butter, sugar, and honey gently, over low heat, until the sugar has dissolved, but don't allow to boil.
- Add vanilla and almond extract.
- Pour over oat mixture.
- Mix, coating oats well.
- Place in a greased cookie sheet and pat down with moistened hands.
- Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
- Cut into bars while still warm and allow to cool before removing from pan.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
BEEF, it's what will be for dinner this winter!
Heidi loves to carry the oats to the horses. And now she's discovered the hitching post is fun in and of itself!
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I knew that Hannah's crawling would soon be left behind in favor of a more upright position, so I took a brief video of her traversing the lawn a couple of weeks ago. Two weeks later I filmed her at the zoo. How do they grow so fast?
She's actually been taking steps on her own since she was 11 months old, she just didn't believe she could do it. She would want something, take a few steps toward it, then sit down with a shocked look on her face and refuse to try again for a few days. Knowing all that happens once walking begins, I wasn't in a hurry to push her. A few days after her birthday, Daddy decided it was time to help her gain some confidence. He did, and she walks.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I guess there is one picture of Heidi with an animal, she's making sure it doesn't bite Hannah.
We entered the tropical house and Heidi exclaimed, "I've been here before!", remembering our last year's visit.
All those animals, and the most fascinating part? Why the manhole of course! Maybe we really do lead a bit too sheltered of a country existence.