Dr. Seuss Day 2014

Mark your calendars, March 2, 2014 is NEA’s Read Across America Day.  In honor of Dr. Seuss, here is a great recipe for Dr. Seuss Bread originally found here.  I took a very good bread recipe and made it in my bread machine on the dough cycle.  (If you don’t have a bread-maker recipe can visit Sandwich Bread Recipe  to see  a fabulous FRUGALICIOUS recipe).

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Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces, using a dough scraper or knife {just eyeball it}.  Mix in the food coloring to each dough ball to get the colors of the rainbow; since the food coloring is liquid you will probably need to mix in a bit more flour with the coloring to keep a nice, not too sticky dough {make sure you keep them separate and you probably don’t want to set them on your counter, they may stain it with the colors}:
RED: red food coloring
ORANGE: a combination of red and yellow food
coloring
YELLOW: yellow food coloring
GREEN: most basic packages of food coloring
have green in them, although if yours doesn’t mix a combination of yellow and
blue
BLUE: blue food coloring
VIOLET/PURPLE: a combination of red and
blue food coloring

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To assemble the RAINBOW, lightly grease your work surface and your rolling pin. Roll the red out to a roughly 11 x 14 inch rectangle, then place it on another greased surface {I used a 11 x 14 inch cutting board}Repeat the rolling process for all other colors (oil surface and rolling pin before each color to prevent sticking); layering them on top of each other in the order of the rainbow. (Stretch as needed to make them as close to the same size as you can; the oil makes them easy to move if needed.) Layer in any order you feel called to.

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Roll the dough out into a larger rectangle; about 1/2 inch thick.  Grease  (9 x 5) loaf pan very well and Carefully roll the rectangle dough into a “log”.

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Place the dough rolls in the prepared loaf pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place loaf pan on the top of the oven, cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise about 30-45 minutes(the heat from the preheating oven will help the dough rise).  Bake loaves in preheated oven for about 30 minutes.

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Wait 5-10 minutes and remove bread from pans, place on wire rack to cool completely (cool completely before cutting, to be able to cut nice slices).

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This is Kinely’s lunch today!  The kiddos LOVED eating every bite!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Oreo Truffles

These truffles are super easy and delicious. If you like a certain cookie flavor, use your favorite It makes no difference.  One piece of advice is to make sure you chill the dough for at least 15 minutes before rolling.  And then chill them in the freezer again to help make it easier to dip in chocolate.

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1 package Oreo Cookies
1 package cream cheese, at room temperature
1 package chocolate flavored Almond Bark

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Remove cookies from the package and finely chop. (The best way is to put them in a chopper or food processor, but a blender works well, too.) Place the now cookie crumbs in a large bowl.  20140224-122436.jpg

Remove room-temperature cream cheese from the foil and microwave for 20 seconds to make it extra creamy and easier to work with. Combine the cream cheese with the cookie crumbs and stir till well combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.

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Remove the bowl from the fridge and cover a cookie sheet with wax paper. Form the mixture into small balls (a little smaller than a gum ball) and place on the wax paper. Fill the cookie sheet with the balls and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to become firm. While the pan is in the freezer, fill a saucepan about 1/3 full of water and heat on the stove top on medium-high. As the water begins to boil, place a glass bowl over the sauce pan and place three squares of Almond bark in the bowl to melt. (This process is called double boiling and works great to melt chocolate!)

Once the chocolate is melted, begin adding the little balls to the chocolate and coating each one all around. Place the balls back on the wax paper to cool and dry. 20140224-122503.jpg

Drizzle with melted white chocolate, add sprinkles or chopped pecans, or leave them as they are! Place the prepared truffles in the fridge to keep them cool. Keep the truffles refrigerated till you need them. Enjoy!

Hawaiian Bread

I love Hawaiian bread, it is my favorite way to eat a hamburger. I have tried many times to make it and it was never sweet enough.  I finally decided to just substitute ingredients in my faithful yeast bread recipe. They turned out excellent. Sweet and soft!

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Who would have thought a simple swap of water and milk for pineapple juice was all I needed to do.  Plus…a touch of ginger.  WOW!

Here is what you need:

3 3/4 cups flour
1 cup pineapple juice
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3 tsp instant yeast

 

Dump all your ingredients into your bread machine on the dough cycle. If you don’t have one just mix and knead for 12 minutes before letting it rise for an hour.  Once the dough has completed the first rise, divide it into 8-10 buns.  Let rise one more time for about 45 minutes.

20140211-140855.jpgBake on 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  YUM!

Bacon & Sausage Pasta Bake

Last week we had some friends coming over to eat and I wanted to use some of the deer sausage we had been given.  Pasta goes a long way, so I threw together this little recipe.

Here is what you need:

1 pound sliced link sausage (Italian would be great!)

12 ounces bacon cooked and crumbled

1/2 onion chopped

2 TBS olive oil

1 Can diced tomatoes

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 box penne pasta

1 cup grated mozzarella cheese

20140211-133535.jpgBoil a pot of water and add your pasta.  Continue to boil for 7-8 minutes.

While your pasta is cooking, toss your onion and olive oil in a pan.  Cook on medium until the onions become clear.

Drain your pasta.

In a bowl combine the pasta, sausage, bacon, onion, diced tomatoes and spaghetti sauce.

 

20140211-133601.jpgDump your mixture into a deep 9X13 pan.

20140211-133610.jpgSprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

YUM! 🙂

Felt Tooth Fairy Pillow

Kinley lost her tooth last week and since she’s only lost a few, we’re still considered “newbies” at the whole Tooth Fairy stuff.  Back when I was younger, we would hide the tooth under our pillow at night and in the morning there would be a quarter. I was always so excited! (Inflation… I think I’m giving away my age here lol).  Things have definitely changed since then!

My parents never told me any specifics about what the tooth fairy looked like, so I always imagined a pretty little ballerina with wings who carried a big wand and sprinkled fairy dust everywhere. I also wondered what the tooth fairy did with all those teeth?  It’s kind of gross if you think about it… Anyway, I digress.

After a long night of searching for Kinley’s tooth under her pillow, I decided we needed to make it easier in the future for the Tooth Fairy to find those teeth.  After all, with three kiddos we’re going to have our share of the Tooth Fairy flying around our house.  Here is a super cute Felt Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial I found to help get us through the tooth fairy years ahead of us:)

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Do you have any cute Tooth Fairy traditions or stories?

Homemade Powdered laundry detergent

If I have my choice about what homemade detergent to make, I make the microwave stuff every time. But recently I hadn’t taken the time to liquefy my bar of laundry soap and the dirty clothes were piled up. (Ok… So if you want to know the truth, the laundry is ALWAYS piled up around here. There was a lack of, ummm-undergarments, and I needed to do an emergency load!!!)

So in a pinch…. I’ll throw together this little powdered detergent recipe.

Here is what you need:

1 bar of castile soap, Fels Naptha, or 1/2 bar of Zote

1 cup Borax

1 Cup Washing Soda

20140130-101315.jpgGrate the soap.  (I just use my cheese grater.)  I use the fine grate side because I think it helps the soap dissolve better.

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20140130-101330.jpgDump into an air tight container.

20140130-101337.jpgToss your grated soap on top.

20140130-101345.jpgShake it up.  This is the only reason I tend to do the microwave stuff instead.  My powders sink to the bottom.  It’s not a problem when I do laundry because I make sure to stir it up well and get a good mixture. The problem comes when my kids do laundry– they just take a scoop off the top and end up with mostly soap and not much powder.  But other than that, I think it works just as well as the other stuff!

Now…if only folding and putting it all away were that easy!  😉

Strawberry and Cream Poke Cake

Step aside strawberry short cake, there’s a new recipe I found that is absolutely awesome!  I made this for a dinner party on valentines, it looked beautiful and it was super easy to serve.  I didn’t know this… but apparently there are so many various versions and flavors of poke cakes out there.   You can practically make your favorite dessert recipes this way!  Check out this blog I found with more than 30 Poke Cake Recipes! Who knew?!?

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Strawberries and Cream Poke Cake Ingredients:
Cake:
1 (15.25 oz) boxed white cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 (3 oz) box strawberry flavored Jell-o
1/2 cup cold water

Frosting:
1 (8 oz) tub Cool-Whip non-dairy whipped topping
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping:
1 pound strawberries, diced

Directions:
Make cake as directed on the back of the box for a 9×13″ pan.   Let the cake cool for 20 minutes and “poke” the cake with a large fork (I space my pokes about 1/2″ apart and do it until the entire surface of the cake is covered).   Mix together the boiling water and Jell-o until the Jell-o is completely dissolved. Pour in the cold water and mix well then pour over the cake.  Cover the cake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for three hours.   Combine the Cool-Whip, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Spread on top of cake.   Top with strawberries and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

Here are more of our most popular strawberry recipes:
Fresh Strawberry Cake
Bite Size Strawberry Shortcakes
Strawberry Muffins
Strawberry Bread
Strawberry Preserves

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