Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Get Your Shine On.....

Work has simmered back down to 40 hours a week instead of the 50-75 hour weeks, with a few 32 hour shifts (yes, you read that right, I was at work with out going home for that long!) tossed in there just to make it more interesting and so I have now have the time (and honestly the inclination/brain function!) to blog again, yeah!

Shopping with the siblings for Moms b-day and Mothers Day!
 I got the new caramel ribbon crunch frap from Starbucks and let me tell you, that sucker is amazing! You can hardly taste the coffee at all for all you Strabucks lovers/coffee haters out there! ;-) 

My outfit for last Sunday featuring my new peacock skirt and my very first black shirt. Yep, you heard correctly, I've never owned a black shirt before as I was kind of prejudiced against the color as a whole.....but I've slowly been getting over it!
Shirt and Cami: JCPenny, Skirt: eBay, Shoes: Target

 My hair was in two french braids with the ends bunned in the back with one of those giant octopus clip things (I know, I know, the technical terms I use!) I pulled out some tendrils and got them damp so they would air dry curly and I apologize for the wonky bangs, the humidity is currently winning that battle.....*sigh*
 Earrings: Gift from my sista, Megan!

Arm party!
Bracelets and Watch: JCPenny and stolen from my little sisters.....

Today's outfit.....I know, I know, same day outfit on the blog, no applause necessary!!

No feet.....
Shirt and Cami: JCPenny, Skirt: Wal-Mart

.....here they are! No shoes, what a surprise!!!

 I was always torn between wearing a watch or a bracelet,  it seemed like to much to wear something on both wrists.....but then I saw a Fossil ad with a watch and bracelets on the same wrist and my world was changed!
Watch: Gift, Bracelets: ??????

I love the new color whisper line form Maybelline, Cherry on Top is the name of the color and it's exactly the summery pink I was looking for!
 Earrings: Shop-Ko, Necklace: Hobby Lobby

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Don't Stop Believin'

 Totally stealing this idea from Kelli over here at: Nothing Less Than Bread!

~I believe in sweet iced tea, specifically at this moment maple cream sweet iced tea, yum!

~I believe that one day I will get used to it being 80 and humid in April, but that day is not today!

~I believe in books and their ability to make me the best arm chair traveler there is!

~I believe in feather earrings and owls, oh yes I do! 

 (Shirt and Cami: JCP, Shorts: Venizia brand via Goodwill, Earrings: Wal-Mart)

~I believe in nail polish!

~By golly.....I do believe my fingers are crooked.....

~I believe in cranking the music up LOUD as I drive to and from work on almost empty freeways!

~I believe that my Lord and Savior has blessed me beyond measure with my family and the life He has seen fit to give me!

~I believe in arm parties!

~I believe in naps, but feel so guilty afterwards, I hardly ever take them!

~I believe that The Host was a pretty fantastic movie...and gosh darn it if it didn't make me cry even though I knew what was coming! If you like chick flicks this one is a must see!

~Though I do believe the book was better....but if you know me, that will hardly be a surprising thought! 

.....and last but not least I believe that my jump shots need some serious work! ;-)

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Bread Bakin' Time!

Mmmm, I love bread, and pasta, and tortillas.....
You know what?.....
I'm kind of a carb fan in general!
But for the purpose of this post, let's just talk about bread, shall we? ;-)

I found THIS RECIPE on Pinterest (where else, right?) and had to try it! I was a little skeptical, having made real English muffins before and after a hot, long mornings worth of work, had tough misshapened Frisbees for lunch.....

Ahem, anywhoodle..... 

I threw this together in less then half an hour and fell in love with my first yeasty, thick crusted, chewy, but not heavy bite! My brain imediately began racing trying to figure out what I could do to make this bread better (Yes, I know, I just said it was perfect, so sue me! That's just how I roll!) or could I make wheat bread from this recipe?

Long story short, I could and did!

 Does anyone else have a loathe/hate (heavy on the loathing) relationship with cling wrap?

I make all of my family's bread now. I bake one full batch at the beginning of the week and bake two loaves, and freeze the rest for later!


English Muffin Bread (Original Recipe)

11 cups all purpose flour

5 1/2 cups warm water

3 packages rapid rise yeast

2 Tablespoons salt

3 Tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together in bowl, except for butter, then separate into 4 well greased loaf pans, cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until dough reaches tops of bread pans, about an hour. Remove plastic and bake for 25 minutes then brush tops of loaves with melted butter, put back oven for another 10 minutes.

English Muffin Bread (KatySue Version)

This is for two wheat loaves and two white loaves! I split the recipe in half and have never written it down, so excuse me if it's a little rough! 

First the white bread half..
5 1/2 cups flour 

2 3/4 cups warm water

1 Tablespoon salt (I use seasoned salt from a spice store, but regular works well too!)

2 Tablespoons sugar 

3 1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast

1 heaping Tablespoon malt powder

Melted butter

Mix all ingredients, except melted butter, together in bowl, spoon into greased loaf pans, cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until dough reaches tops of bread pans, about an hour. Remove plastic, bake for 25 minutes, brush tops of loaves with melted butter then place back in oven for another 10 minutes. Immediately after taking out of the oven, remove from loaf pans, I found the bread gets soggy and loses it's crunchy crust if you let it cool at all in the pans! Let cool for a few minuets on wore rack, then enjoy!

Now for the wheat bread.....

The wheat loaves are smaller and denser then the white, so if it comes out smaller, or takes longer to rise, don't worry! I just wait until the white loaf is ready to put in the oven and even if the wheat isn't quite there yet I go ahead and bake it!

2 1/2 cups wheat flour

3 cups white flour

1/4 cup molasses (I dissolve mine in the warm water, makes it mix in better!)

2 1/2 cups warm water

3 1/2 teaspoons rapid rise yeast

1 Tablespoon salt

1 1/2 Tablespoon sugar

 Scant 1/2 cup wheat bran, plus extra for top of loaf

 Scant 1/4 cup oats, plus extra for top of loaf

Melted butter

Various other seeds, sunflower, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, just whatever you have on hand really!

Mix all in ingredients, except melted butter, together in a bowl, dough will be thicker then the white version.  Mix together extra bran, oats and seeds in a pie pan and set aside. Take half of dough and form into rough loaf, roll in set aside bran, oat, seed mixture and place in well greased loaf pans, cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise until dough reaches tops of bread pans, about an hour. Remove plastic and bake for 25 minutes, brush tops of loaves with melted butter and put back in oven for 10 minutes. Turn out of pans immediately and let cool on wore racks.


If you would like to freeze a loaf or two, just line a loaf pan with greased plastic wrap before placing dough in. Wrap hanging ends of plastic wrap over dough and freeze until solid. Remove form loaf pan and place in plastic bags until ready to enjoy!

To thaw, just unwrap the dough and place back in greased loaf pan, place pan in 200 degree oven and wait until dough rises to the top of the pan. Remove from oven, preheat to 350, then bake as directed!


I have also made cheese bread out of the white loaf! To one two loaf batch of white bread add:

1 Tablespoon dried mustard, 
1 teaspoon of garlic and onion powder
2 teaspoons pepper

Then as you are plopping the dough into the pans sprinkle on the grated cheese of your choice. I used 2 cups cheddar with a hint of liquid smoke tossed in!

Sprinkle a mixture of dried minced onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, smoked paprika, salt and pepper on the loaf before baking. Continue as usual, we like this bread with Italian food!  

One of the reasons I love this recipe is the versatility! 
You could add different cheeses. 
Different flours, like rye or pumpernickel. 
Different seasonings, Italian blend, or maybe Herbs de Provence!
 Replace some of the water with honey and add almond extract for a sweet loaf (I do that for our hot cross buns recipe at Easter and it is TASTY!)

Let me know if something is unclear or you need clarification about something! 

I'd also love to hear about your attempts at making the recipe! 

Friday, April 12, 2013


I would like to introduce all y'all to my new (to me at least!) PT Cruiser, Clark! Why Clark and not Christopher or Chrissy (for Doctor 9) or any other Doctor Who inspired name for this TARDIS Blue car? I tried different ones, including Madame Blueberry (Psych and Veggie Tales fans will appreciate that one!) But they didn't seem to fit. 

Then as I was once again setting off the car alarm because I had the audacity to unlock the door with the key and not the fob, I was grousing and fumbling trying to turn of the alarm and my sister, Becca, said I should name the car Clark, from Love Comes Softly. Because even though I didn't love the fob now, love would come softly and I eventually would learn to embrace the fob!

Long story short, the name fit! Clark is one of my top 5 favorite fictional heroes, if my husband could even be a little bit like him this gal would be over the moon excited!!!!!! Thus, my car was named!

 A summer breeze latte (Almond/Mint a very tasty combo!) 
Homemade English muffin bread with Nutella and smoked sea salt
 One very tasty breakfast!
A post is coming soon about the bread. I found the base recipe on pinterest and after a little tweaking now make all my family's bread from this recipe!

I been having an ongoing battle, and as the days get hotter it's becoming more and more "heated"!
( *wink* See what I just did there?) 
My bangs versus the humidity....I think the humidity is winning! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Just a Few Hours.....

Have a couple hours to kill? Watch this video and get ready to become obsessed! =)