Sunday, January 13, 2013

Easy homemade bread

Well, for months I have debated whether to invest in a bread machine, or not. I do not eat a lot of bread so I didn't want to buy one and let it collect dust. However, I would like a fresh loaf every now and again. So, as I was surfing the web with my good friend google, I came across a complete box kit for beginners (like me) to try before attempting the real deal. This kit can be used in a bread machine or as no knead oven directions. It contains the premix and yeast so all you have to do is add water, mix, cover top of bowl with a warm damp cloth and let rise for 2 hours. Simple enough, huh.. Then after it rises, let it sit uncovered for 40 minutes, dust the top with flour, cut a cross on the top of dough (to vent while baking) and place on cookie sheet. Now you're ready to bake at 450 degrees for 21-23 minutes (or until dark brown and firm to touch as the box states). The directions were super easy to follow and I was pretty impressed with how good it came out so I thought I would share in case there was anyone else out there interested in trying it out, too. I ended up drizzling it with evoo and bread dipping seasoning on top.

Easy D.I.Y oatmeal to go

Every morning before my husband and I rush to school or work, we usually don't get a nutritious breakfast. I decided to look around for fast and easy meals to take on the go. Oatmeal came to mind first. Yes, I know they have pre made packs at the store, but who wants to pay $3-4 buck a box for 8? Now, I have to admit, I did not originally come up with this idea, but will definitely repost my version for others since it was an awesome idea. I pre-package 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 cup of brown sugar in individual zip lock baggies and that's it. Now I can pour it in a bowl, add some water ( suggested 1 cup but can add less or more for preference) and eat something healthy and quick. I love this because it saves time at home or I can take it to work or school to eat. And I get more bang for my buck. I like to leave little notes on my husbands bags :)