Friday, August 29, 2014

Garlic & Herb Pull-Apart-Bread

I have always been a huge bread person. Give me a basket of bread sticks and I'm a happy girl. I really haven't met many people that dislike the food even though I'm sure there are some. Crazy is what I'd tell them.

I've been trying hard to make more bread at home. My father-in-law bought me a bread machine a few years back and that has been wonderful. But every now and then, I love to make some from scratch without it's help. Last week I made some crescent rolls that turned out so fluffy. I was extremely happy. This week I made a loaf of pull-apart-bread that turned out soooo yummy! I found the recipe online and immediately pinned it. You have to give it a try. I'm telling you! It's amazing! I didn't follow the recipe exactly...recipe tweaker at heart. You can find the recipe HERE along with a lot of other great recipes. I've also jotted it down below so you can see how I made it. Not too different.

Garlic & Herb Pull-Apart-Bread

2 t yeast
1 cup warm water
2 T sugar
2 T softened butter
1 cup skim milk
2 1/2 T salt
6 cups + unbleached all purpose flour

butter mix
6 T melted butter
2 t minced garlic
couple shakes of dry parsley and oregano
-combine all of the above in a small bowl

-add the water, yeast, and sugar to the mixer bowl and allow to sit until it's foamy.
-mix in the butter, milk, salt, and 2-3 cups of flour. turn on the mixer.
-slowly add in the remaining flour until the dough pulls from the bowl.
-remove from the bowl and divide the ball of dough into two seaparte ones.
-rough the dough out and pull small peices out. dip each one into the butter mix.
-layer in a greased loaf pan. cover and allow to rise for about 45 minutes to an hour.
-bake at 350 until golden brown. mine took 30-35 minutes.

If you try it out, I hope it turns out as good as ours did. The pull-apart factor was a big hit with the littles...and myself as well. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


we sat outside on the porch monday morning.
well the mr and i sat while the littles went back and forth and played
it was 65
it was beautiful
it had the smell of mountain air
of course it wasn't...but...

i could picture the scene in front of me
the sunrise and outline of the mountain tops
i've seen it many-a-times before
i long for it even now

there are many times i put myself there, my mind that is
when i feel overwhelmed
stressed and unnerved
all of which i've found myself in the middle of lately

the mountain air
it's my calm
my peace
where i feel at home

it's simple

so i watched my littles play at my feet
i drank my coffee and watched
breathed in the cool "mountain" air
and let Him know that i am grateful
for the simple

Monday, August 25, 2014

Soakin' It All Up

We went a long time without the man of the house. We went a long time without hard core tickle sessions that only Daddy can provide. We went a long time without having an afternoon of pure pleasure playing outside; jumping, swinging, you name it. You better believe we soaked it all up. Every drop!

I think we refueled our tank this weekend. It was amazing. Relaxing. Memorable. Fun. And then there was the best bread I've ever made. For real!!
Come back tomorrow for the recipe! K?!?

But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more Psalm 71:14