Saturday, July 28, 2012

Soft Pretzels


Its summer time, and that means soft pretzels and water ice ( well to me it does.) You see I grew up in NJ and Philly, and when summer rolled around it was weeknight trips to Rita's and The pretzel factory . Yummmm. So tonight I decided to pull out the recipe I found a few years ago. I relocated to FL. with family in high school and after a few years of eating the crap frozen and pop in the oven pretzels. I was determined to find a great soft pretzel recipe. And I did.





Soft Pretzel Recipe
1½ cup warm water
1 1/8 tsp yeast
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/8 tsp salt
1 cup bread flour
3 cup flour

2 cup warm water
2 tbsp baking soda
4 tbsp melted butter

    Sprinkle yeast on lukewarm water in mixing bowl , Stir to dissolve. Add sugar, salt,and stir to dissolve ; add flour and knead dough until smooth and elastic. Let rise at least ½ hour. 



    While dough is rising, prepare baking soda water bath. Mix 2 cups of warm water with 2 tbsp of baking soda. Be certain to stir often. 
    After dough has risen, pinch off bits of dough and roll into a long rope ( about ½ inch or less thick) and shape into desired pretzel shape. 




    Dip pretzel into baking soda bath and place on a greased cookie sheet. Allow pretzels to rise again. Bake at 450f for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. 
    Brush with melted butter and enjoy!


    (This can also be make in a bread machine, add the first set of ingredients into bread machine pan and run on dough cycle. Continue as followed. )

    I top my pretzels with coarse salt before baking for a nice salty pretzel. You can top with Cinnamon and sugar and dip in icing for a sweeter treat. The options are endless 

    My daughter with her pretzel ( I think she is excited)



    Thursday, July 26, 2012

    Eggless brownies ????

    I got the hankering for something sweet. Then it hit me BROWNIES!!!!! I went to go make brownies and realized I have no eggs. How do I have no eggs. So I got on google and started searching . Found a recipe for eggless brownies. Hmmmm lets try em :D 




    Here's the recipe:


    ½ cup sugar
    ½ cup mashed bananas
    12 tbsp flour
    2 tbsp hot water
    pinch of salt
    3 tbsp butter
    1½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
    1 tsp vanilla
    ¼ tsp baking soda
    1 tsp baking powder



    - Heat oven 350F/180C.
    - In a bowl, sift the flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    - In a microwavable bowl, add the chocolate chips and butter. Melt in the microwave and set a side. ( I don't have a microwave so I used a double boiler)
    - In a different bowl, add the sugar, banana, 2 tablespoons hot water, vanilla, and the chocolate mixture. Whisk the mixture well.
    - Add the flour mixture to the already mixed wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Don't over mix.
    - Pour the mixture in a greased baking pan. I used 11"x8" you can use a smaller pan.
    - Shake the baking pan gently, just to remove bubbles if formed and even the surface.
    - Bake brownies for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with very few crumbs.
    - Leave the brownies to cool in the baking pan, let it cool at room temperature. Don't touch the surface of the brownies.
    - When it cools, refrigerate it for an hour before cutting it.





    They turned out okay. Its like a chocolate covered banana brownie. They are very very chocolately. Almost fudgey  I added a little carmel and nuts and they were yummy.  I think I could probably add some applesauce or a different fruit instead of the bananas ( not a chocolate banana fan) but they have potential. A fun little baking experience :D I think I will try eggless brownies again. and tweak it a bit 

    Homemade flea shampoo



    Here are my two muttleys . They are two boxer shepherd mixes . Their names are Lana and Sassy.  They are a little over a year old and they drive me bonkers :D But I love them. They  have recently became friends with the dogs down the street and those dogs are infested with fleas. Well now my dogs are too. So while my husband was home today we decided to give the dogs a bath and low and behold we only have enough flea shampoo for one of the dogs. Great! 

    So I got to searching around and I found this and decided to try it. 

    Homemade Flea and Tick shampoo

    • 4 cups of water
    • 1 cup of dish soap
    • 1 cup of white vinegar




    Mix well in a bowl or bottle. ( I didn't have a bottle big enough for it all so I did it all in a bowl)


      and its done!!! So simple.



    I stored mine in a old creamer bottle it filled it up one and half times. So it makes enough for a few washes.

    We washed the dog with it. It is a runny soap but lathered well and surprisingly our dog doesn't smell like vinegar. 

    IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!! We started washing her and the fleas were running lol. I am not sure how well it is going to do on repelling them but as for killing them and getting them off of her. It worked wonders. I am never buying flea shampoo again. This was so easy and cheap to make and I had everything in my house already. 


    Now if I can keep them away from the neighbors dogs or teach them to wash theirs we will be good  :D 

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

    when insomnia hits.....

    I  PINTEREST!!!!!


    Yes its a bad addiction but we all do it :D


    I do not have stairs but I love this. Under stairs are always wasted space!


    One word YES!!!!!!

    Perfect for dress up storage and play. My daughter would love this



    Sleep.....

    Why is it my kids love to work against me?? My 6 month old decided to have a crib party at 1:30am and hang out and talk and play. Gotta love mom hearing because as a mom, you are NOT sleeping through this. Finally we get some sleep at quarter to three and then a few mere short hours later my 3 year old is up at em and rearing to go. UGH              
                                                                                                       I am exhausted!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



    meanwhile all the lovely hours I am up before the sun. My 6 month old is sound asleep in his bed. In my nice quiet room. With a unoccupied queen size bed. Lucky monkey! This day is going by so slow I am thinking some coffee is in my future :D









    Oh did I mention that he did not get up til 12:30 . yup that's the life




    Monday, July 23, 2012

    After a long day






    I think a drink is needed !!!! 


    • MARGARITAS


    • 4 teaspoons grated lime zest
    • 1/2 cup lime juice from 2 to 3 medium limes
    • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
    • 1/2 cup lemon juice from 2 to 3 medium lemons
    • a few squirts of agave sweetener ( depending on your sweetness preference)
    • pinch table salt
    • 2 cups crushed ice
    • 1 cup  Tequila 
    • 1 cup Triple Sec
    1. Combine the lime zest and juice, lemon zest and juice, sugar, and salt in large liquid measuring cup; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until flavors meld, at least 4 hours overnight for best flavor.
    2. Divide 1 cup crushed ice between 4 margarita or double old-fashioned glasses. Strain juice mixture into 1-quart pitcher or cocktail shaker. Add tequila, Triple Sec, and remaining crushed ice; stir or shake until thoroughly combined and chilled, 20 to 60 seconds. Strain into ice-filled glasses; serve immediately.



    PEACH SANGRIA



    1 bottle of white wine, your choice
    1 cup of peach schnapps
    ½ cup frozen lemonade concentrate , thawed 
    3 peaches sliced ( or a bag of frozen peaches)
    1 cup of grapes halved

    Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, Cover and chill overnight. Stir before serving.


    These are so delish. They are super super yummmy!!!!!!!

    Introducing me....

    In this blog you are going to find




              D.I.Y projects either done by me or on my wish list. 
    ( Definitely on my wish list ) 


                       Homemade family friendly cleaners
                                        


                             Super yummy treats 
                                               


     


    My goal to have a clean and organized house ( with two kiddos Iam not sure how this is gonna happen :D )




    This blog is my life as a stay at home mom and wife and all the craziness that comes with it. I could sit and tell you all about myself but I will save that for another blog post. Enjoy