Saturday, 18 January 2014

Pin There Done That - Slow Cooker Bread

...Slow Cooker Bread…

Well it was a success. However, the end result isn't quite what I was hoping for and left me less than enthusiastic to share. But, there was some curiosity on how it turned out so I thought I'd share. Do note that this was not a complete failure.. the end result was just mediocre for me but I'm also not the biggest fan of bread these days when trying to lose the baby weight. { Especially when your body can not tell the difference between white sugar and a piece of bread, I really want my white bread to be amazingly worth it..} 

Also, I do have to say that this was fun for getting little hands in the kitchen to fill in our wintery afternoons. 
This is the link to the recipe I used… 

Dimples & Delights : Slow-Cooker Bread 

So here is how it went for us…

Line up your helpers. Throw an apron around their wee bellies.

Then measure out all of your ingredients! PS. I keep my yeast in the freezer… It will last longer!

Then follow directions as listed in the link above.

The stirring was a bit tough so two hands were better than one!

Preheat your slow cooker!! And do not be alarmed if it comes out looking very pale..

Now it has to be said that we turned on the slow cooker for the allotted time but something happened with the crock pot and it took about two hours since the bread was cooking on  the WARMING option !!!!!!!!! 
My gf was over to pick up her little kiddles and I was hoping to have a batch prepared for her but that didn't happen…. BUT we had a pretty good laugh when Ry realized that the slow cooker wasn't on the right setting after I commented its taking a little longer than the recipe noted. DUH!!!!

And I have to admit, it was actually quite delicious. A little squishy and plain tasty but thats what you get with white bread. And it had a bit of a sour dough taste to it too which I liked. It went really well with our Bolognese sauce we had with supper that night. 

Give it a shot! It was a fun afternoon activity for the kids and they really enjoyed seeing the dough rise before it went into the crock pot! To them, it was pretty magical! 

ps.. NO JUDGING on the amount of butter i used.. how can you enjoy bread without slathering it in a serious layer of butter.. com'on .

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Resolutions For My Children


I love New Years. Not for it's celebrations { because we all know I'm a bit of a snooze fest when it comes to going out and partying it up NYE style } but more for it's sense of renewal. I think there are a lot of people like that out there. I'm ok with sitting back and relaxing with my children and husband for NYE and eating delicious food and enjoying a good G&T. This year, we are celebrating with our neighbours.. a continuing event of appetizers, drinks, board games and laughter. PS. Stop reading this right now and run out and by "What's Yours Like?" . RIGHT NOW. The best board game you will play with adult family and friends, ever! 

But the sense of renewal is something I look forward to come December 1st. And it's something I need as December 28th rolls around , Christmas is finished and we've celebrated Ellis' birthday with family.
So, this year, I have a resolution for my children. It's nothing new to us but the reinforcement is needed after we acquired a Nintendo Wii for Ellis at Christmas. He is LOVING it. And we are not a 'gaming' family but very easily could be with Super Mario and Sonic's The Black Knight (the only two games we own) being extremely addicting! Therefore, I have decided that each and every day I must , at the VERY least, do something active with my children for 1 hour. 

Sounds so simple right.. but when your home has been over run by renovations and organization and entertaining , it's easy to lose that hour of activity and just sit your kids down with a snack and a cartoon. But now, everyday, my conscious decision will be to choose an activity that we can do all together and have some fun moving around. My inspiration has come from these pictures in this post. 

The top photo came from Premier Lake, BC near Kimberley. And it was BEAUTIFUL. It really encapsulated what the mountains are about. The lake is surrounded on two sides by barely gradual vertical drops of trees with a few homes on the right side. The end of the lake is what looks like a massive farm with fields of green flowing grass . The fish were jumping as we stood and watched. And the boys loved walking on the dock while Charlie and I stayed back on the beachside. Stunning. 

Below , I took this photo on my camera while on vacation in Kingston. This is a picture of the grassy field at Gould Lake in Sydenham. You come out of rolling farmland into this strange drive through thick bush and trees. It feels almost like a safari.. Then you come to a 'toll' for the park and head on into the parking lot. It was quite an experience this day, we managed to show up right at the beginning of a loud and thunderous storm and then the black flies were attacking but the lake beckoned and the huge grassy field was the perfect setting for playing ball! …..