Monday, September 24, 2012

Yummy Sandwich Bread

I am starting to make more things homemade for my family. From food to cleaning products, it has been really fun, and also we have saved some money. Today I want to share with you this YUMMY recipe that I make for sandwich bread in the bread machine. The bread is heavenly with some butter and homemade jam!
Here are the ingredients:

  • 4 TBSP of canola oil
  • 3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2/3 cup hot water
  • 2 TBSP sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
Make sure you follow your bread machine instructions. Mine go in this order: hot water, milk, oil, sugar, flour, salt. Then make an indentation in the flour, add the yeast. Go to "menu" and press until "dough cycle." Let the machine do its thing. It takes about 1 1/2 hours for the dough to be completed well kneaded and risen.

Deflate dough and put on a greased bread pan. Cover and let rise about an hour.

Here it is after an hour. 

Bake in a preheated 350 oven for about 35 minutes. Before I put it in the oven I brush it with a little melted butter.

Super yummy! WARNING: you might want to make two loaves because it will disappear FAST!

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

For the Soul Sundays

Trust God

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Tortas Fritas

Good morning my friends! Sorry for the absence! This Sunday was so crazy that I could not post my "For the Soul Sundays" post. I owe you a really good one for next Sunday!
Anyway, life has been busy around here. But if you know me, you know I am always creating OR cooking.
Today I thought I would share another tradition from my family. Actually this is an Uruguayan tradition that my mom used to do whenever it rained...she would make "tortas fritas."

 This is basically fried dough. There is something magical in baking when it rains...I do not know what it is but in our house we are always in the mood for tortas fritas and mate and contemplate the rain outside. My oldest boy came from school and said " is raining, can you make some tortas fritas?" I had no excuses. I gathered my ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of shortening
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 T baking powder
  • Canola oil for frying
This makes 12 tortas. It depends how big your family is but this comes with a WARNING: IF YOU DO MORE THAN 12 YOU WILL EAT THEM ALL! THEY HAVE THE POTENTIAL FOR ADDICTION!!!! Ok, I warned you!!
Now this could not be easier! But please do not substitute the frying for is not the same AT ALL! It is ok once in a while to indulge...
First, combine the milk, butter and shortening in a pan and heat until warm and butter melted, but do not boil.
In another bowl combine the dry ingredients and make a hole in the middle. Slowly add the milk mixture in the center and mix.

Mix well.

Take it out of the bowl and put it in a lightly floured surface and knead a little.

Cut 12 balls of approximately the same size.

Roll out, about 1/2 cm thick. Make a hole in the middle.

 Make sure your oil is hot. To test sprinkle a little flour over it. If it bubbles it is ready. Fry in batches until they look golden brown. Flip and fry on the other side.

Let them dry in a plate covered in paper towels.

Here they are! Eat them while they are hot. You can top them with cinnamon sugar, dulce de leche, honey or...just eat them plain!
Enjoy! Try them out and tell me what you think.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Blow up Balloons!

My kids had been trying to do this experiment that we saw on Pinterest. All you need is:

  • plastic bottle
  • baking soda
  • balloons
  • vinegar
  • funnel
First, put the opening of the funnel inside the opening of the balloon. Then add 2 TBSP of baking soda INSIDE THE BALLOON. 

Fill the bottle 1/2 way with vinegar and attach the balloon to the opening of the bottle.

Carefully flip the balloon so the baking soda can go into the bottle and chemically react with the vinegar.

Watch the balloon inflate!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

For the Soul Sundays

"The past is behind, we must learn from it. The future is ahead, we must prepare for it. The present is now, we must live in it."

Thomas S. Monson

Monday, September 3, 2012

Best Turkey Chili

Happy Labor Day my friends! I am sharing today a recipe that is a HIT in our family: Turkey Chili! We do not eat ground beef o red meat that much, and this recipe is light and healthy and is really tasty with a secret ingredient. I make this in the crock-pot because the slow cooking process gives it extra flavor. 
You will need:
  • 1 lb of Turkey, lean
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • salt and pepper to taste, about 1/2 tsp
  • 1/2 cup of the frozen seasoning blend (if you have not tried this, you are missing out! see the pics)
  • 1 can of tomato sauce + 1/4 cup of water OR chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Sazonador Total Goya
  • 1 can of red beans, rinsed and drained
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Secret ingredient: one TBSP of brown sugar!
  • 1 TBSP of chili powder
  • Garlic powder, oregano (smidgen)

 Note: they misspelled "Chiles" in the can!!! LOL!

First, brown the ground turkey in a pan. Add a little salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce oregano and garlic powder, just to flavor it. Do not cook all the way through. Spray the crock pot base with cooking spray and add the meat. Then add all the rest of ingredients. Here it is uncooked.

 Cook on low (better) or on high for 4 hours.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and chips. We like Sun chips!

Serve with the yummiest cornbread in the world!

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

For the Soul Sundays

"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day."

Richard G. Scott
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