Sunday, January 31, 2010

WHO Bread with Raisins

WHO Bread with Raisins, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I LOVE this bread! If you haven't tried it you need to.  It has honey, rolled oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon and raisins (well mine does).  I currently have some in the bread machine and am wishing I made it yesterday so that I could have had it for breakfast today.  There is nothing like homemade bread.  Baking bread was what created my love of baking.  The bread machine makes it easier, but it certainly doesn't do all the work for you.  You still need quite a bit of knowledge about bread baking in order to be able to adjust the moisture level during the first bit of kneeding so that the doughball is just right.

I do have a word of caution for the cinnamon lovers out there.  Don't let your love of cinnamon make you add too much more cinnamon to the recipe.  It is OK to add a bit more, but too much more and the bread won't rise.  Cinnamon inhibits yeast so the bread won't rise as much as it needs to and will be quite dense. Good, but dense.  I learned this the hard way so don't make the same mistake as me and go cinnamon crazy! 

If anyone wonders, this is the bread machine I have, the Oster ExpressBake Breadmaker.  I have had it for almost 10 years and it still works great.  It is also great for kneeding and proofing dough that you want to bake in your regular oven.  My mother has a different brand, but uses her breadmaker to kneed and proof the dough for the German Stollen she makes every year and Christmas.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

My Review of "The Recipe Club"

The Recipe Club The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I really wanted to love this book. The concept of telling the story via letters and recipes was interesting to me and I couldn’t wait to read it. Unfortunately, the story shifts from letters to a traditional narrative form toward the end of the book. I found it regrettable that the authors couldn’t find a way to fully develop the story via letter method they had chosen. I was also disappointed that at the end of the story everything seems to quickly fall into place and everyone lives “happily ever after” so quickly. Truth be told, the story would have been more compelling if it had ended after the narrative section where the big secret is revealed and reconciliation begins. All in all this is a quick read that is enjoyable but it isn’t anything I’d recommend to someone looking for a book that will create a lasting impression.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Thought for the Day

IMG_1194, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

If you're always looking toward tomorrow you'll never see the beauty in today.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Finally finished!, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

I just had to share this. Today my quilt is featured on the Flickr Friends Roundup on One Pretty Thing! I am so excited. I just love that site and if you are into crafting of any type (even if it is only with your kids) you will love it too.

Here's the link to One Pretty Thing and here's the link to the 1/09/10 Flickr Friends Roundup.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Books!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I hope you had a relaxing and wonderful time with friends and family.    I'll post some Christmas photos soon to my Flickr and link to them here, but for now I wanted to tell you about 2 new books I received that are on my 'to-be-read' list.

The first is No Matter What! 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love by Lisa Nichols.  I received this book from WEtv via a Twitter contest.  It is signed by Lisa herself, which is very cool! I am looking forward to reading this book.  After I found out I won I went to her website and it looks like an interesting book.  I also have to mention that Lisa looks like she'd be a fun to meet, full of life, energy and joy.

I also won another book from Goodreads' First Reads program.  The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship by Nancy Garfinkel and Andrea Israel.  This book has letters and emails between friends along with real recipes as the vehicle to tell the story.  I am going to start this tonight.

I'll let you know my reviews when  finish the books.  Nothing like new books to make getting back to the daily grind more enjoyable!