The Fantastic Bake ~AlongΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Today you’re in for a real treat! A delicious bread is on the menu for this weekend’s ‘Fantastic Bake~Along’ 😍


 Don’t you just love baking your own bread? The fantastic smells coming out of the kitchen spell love and comfort πŸ’œ I love how everyone gathers around aiming for that first slice. πŸ€—

Doesn’t that look delicious? I bet you can’t wait to get started! πŸ˜‹

Here is the recipe:
Whole Grain Bread – makes 1 loaf

Recipe by Kathy Reeves @ Sewing Etc.

Bread Machine Instructions– Use the dough setting. Add the ingredients in this order

8 oz. tepid water

1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter  ~ I used Sunflower Butter 

2 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons wheat bran  ~ I used steelcut oats 

2 Tablespoons wheat germ

2 teaspoons flax seed  

ΒΌ cup whole wheat flour

2 ΒΌ cup white flour

1 package or 2 Β½ teaspoons yeast

Optional: Raisins or chopped nuts (This is not part of the original recipe…it’s just what I do 😁)

Punch down the dough, roll into a rectangle, and roll up from the short end like a jelly roll, pinching the ends and edge to seal. Place, seams side down in a greased loaf pan. Cover; let rise in warm, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.

Hand Mixing Instructions-
In a large bowl mix very warm water (105 degrees), butter, honey and salt until dissolved. Add yeast, set aside for 5 minutes to proof.

Stir in wheat bran, wheat germ, flax seed and whole wheat flour.
Stir in enough white flour to make a soft dough, then turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. You will probably use all of the white flour as you knead for 8-10 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise about one hour.

Punch down the dough, roll into a rectangle, and roll up from the short end like a jelly roll, pinching the ends and edge to seal. Place, seams side down in a greased loaf pan. Cover; let rise in warm, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.
**How do you know when the bread is done? Knock on the loaf, and if it sounds hollow, it is done or nearly there! 

This time I added the raisins, and the yeast worked some of them to the top…and, I guess, the moisture turned them back into grapes πŸ˜‚

I had to pick them off – they tasted a bit burned 😝

But the rest of the wonderful loaf was in fantastic shape πŸ˜†

If there’s any left we’ll have it with a layer of honey for breakfast tomorrow. 😍

If you wanna join us next month, visit Tracy’s Blog to sign up. We’re looking forward to having you! 😍
Here’s her invite…


Alright…..clean-up time 😣 Then I’ll get your ‘Weekend Chuckles’ posted πŸ˜† I hope you can make time and stop by again later. πŸ˜€

Until then πŸ’•

Fantastic Bake ~ Along – Quiche LorraineΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for joining me today for a fantastic Bake~Along! 

Tracy from It’s a T-Sweets Day hosts this fun event full of deliciousness once a month. If you love cooking and baking you should hop over to her blog and let her know that you would like to join us next month. πŸ˜€

Here’s her invite 

This month we baked a Quiche Lorraine  – with pastry from scratch! The recipe came from Emma @ Emma Crafts Design πŸ€— 

Here it is…

Preheat your oven to 180Β°C (360Β°F).
You will need for the pastry – for the bakers among you without a kitchen scale I added the cup measurements in parentheses.  

75 g (5-1/2 Tbsp.) butter or margarine

150 g (1-1/3 cup) plain flour

50 ml water (1/3 cup)

salt for seasoning

Mix all your ingredients together until well combined. Roll your pastry out and place in a pie baking dish- I don’t have one….yet! ….so I used a springform. I rolled my pastry on a sheet of baking paper and used it to line the tin, it makes it easier to clean! πŸ˜‰ Roll it on the paper to approximate size, set it into the form/dish, use your fingers to spread it to the edge. Lift out, trim the paper down, set it back in the dish, and pick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from raising once in the oven.

You will need for the filling:

150-200 g of bacon bits  (6 – 8 oz.)

 β€’ 4 eggs

 β€’ 100 g (1/3 + 1/4 cup) of thickened cream

 β€’ 50 ml milk (1/3 cup )

 β€’ block cheese (you can use gruyere or Swiss cheese too)

 β€’ salt and pepper for seasoning

Cook your bacon bits in a pan for 3-5 minutes, then lay them evenly on your pastry. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and milk together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the bacon bits, straight on top of your pastry. Grate about 50 g of your block cheese on top of your quiche.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

And here it is… 😊

Of course there was a heart-stopping moment 😜 I poured the filling mix into the dish, on top of the bacon, turn around to walk it to the oven….and what do I see? 😳 Yep – the sour cream, perched on top of the scale, smirking at me…

Oh boy….what to do? I went and poured the filling back into the mixing bowl….it did get a bit messy 😬 added the sour cream, whipped and poured everything again. I’m happy to report that everything after that went according to plan. 😎

My Quiche was a bit on the thin side. I’m not sure if it was the ‘pouring back and forth’ or if I didn’t whip the egg mixture long enough. Or maybe my pan was to big (11″). Either way – all this shall be corrected next time. πŸ˜ƒ

It was still delicious 😍 Hubby and I took it on the patio – pretending we’re sitting in the courtyard of a nice restaurant in Nancy, enjoying the French Countryside. πŸ’œ

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe! πŸ€— Will you join us next month? 

This made me hungry again πŸ˜„ I’m gonna go now and have the leftover piece….maybe with pineapple?! 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new ‘New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday’ πŸ€“ Hope to see you there! 

Until then πŸ’•

Recipe ~ Friday 🍽 Fancy (low-cal) Tuna Salad 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for visiting. πŸ˜€ Wanna know what’s for dinner? 

I’m veering off course from last week’s plan/post …remember I showed you the book ‘I Hear America Cooking’ and wanted to ‘test cook’ something from Chapter 1? Well, turns out that it’s mostly Chilis and hot soups! While that will be awesome in the fall, it’s not so great during the heat wave we’re just sitting/sweating through. πŸ˜ŽπŸŒžπŸ‘™

So tonight we’re having a fancy-ish Tuna Salad πŸ₯— It’s easy, perfect for this weather – the kitchen and you will stay cool 😁- and low-cal! 😜 Doesn’t get better than that, right? 

All you need is 

~ a can of Tuna (or a Rotisserie chicken; or beans for a vegan version)

~ a jar of sweet relish 

~ Pepper 

~ Lettuce 

~ and anything cold and delicious you can think of πŸ₯‘πŸ…πŸ₯•πŸŒ½πŸ₯’πŸŒΆ

πŸ’«Mix the Tuna with an equal amount of relish. Add Pepper. 

Mix well (It won’t be exactly pretty at this point…but you will make it look awesome πŸ˜‹)

Arrange on a bed of lettuce, and garnish with all your favorite things. 😊

Here are a few of mine…boiled Eggs, Olives, Banana Peppers, Cucumber, Radishes, Artichoke Hearts, Cherry Tomatoes. 

There! Now it’s pretty, right?! 😺


What is your favorite hot-weather dish? We’re expecting a lot more hot days, so I’ll do a happy dance πŸ’ƒπŸ» for each and every suggestion!  πŸ˜Ž

Have an amazing weekend! 

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Recipe (related) Friday ~ My New Cookbook πŸ˜€

Hello and ‘Happy Friday’ my lovely friends 😍 Thanks for visiting! 

Look what I found at our library’s book sale (minus spoon and whisk 😝)


Always on the lookout for new recipes I didn’t hesitate for a second and put it in my (big πŸ˜‰) pile. 

And what a gem it is! πŸ€“  Not only has it recipes from every part of the country, there are also the author’s travel stories, and regional photos from days gone by. πŸ™‚

I plan to cook and share – starting next week! πŸ˜€

Here’s the index for part one 


Anything in particular you definitely wanna see here soon? Let me know! πŸ€— I’m looking forward to your comments/suggestions! 

Now I’m gonna go sit on the patio, listen to the lovely birds, and read some more. 😎

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Recipe ~Friday πŸ₯˜ Country Style Ribs ‘n Beer-with a twistΒ 

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Thanks for peeking in πŸ€—

Maybe you remember the recipe for Country Style Ribs ‘n Beer I shared a while ago. Did you cook the ribs? I hope you liked it. πŸ˜€

Today I have a variation to share with you. It was a spontaneous add-on last night…let me tell you how that came about. 

See, once in a while hubby and I like to go to the casino. 😎 He likes to smoke his cigar, away from the cold/heat/wind, and I’m addicted to their cappuccino. 😝 Anyway – usually I prep dinner, we eat when he comes home, and off we go. Well, yesterday he came home at 4:30 – a bit too early for dinner. So I decided to throw the (alread cooked) ribs into the Crockpot. Easy peasy! ☺️ Only problem….there wasn’t enough liquid in the pan. Out of broth,  I dove into the pantry and came up with a jar of ‘Chipotle & Lime’ Salsa. Hmmm…. maybe! πŸ€”I enjoy a little ‘tastebud’ adventure….so I added that and 1/3 cup of water….oh my! That is awesome!!! πŸ™†πŸ»

We will try different Salsas – but from here on out Ribs will always have Beer & Salsa in it! 😁

Is your mouth watering yet? πŸ˜ƒ Will you have ribs for dinner? I sure hope you enjoy them! 

Have a wonderful day! πŸ€— See you next time 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

A few things that happened this week πŸ˜Ž

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How sweet of you to peek in! 

How’s everything in your little corner of the world? All is good over here. It’s April in Kansas…that means a lot of rain β˜”οΈ Yesterday we had a little lake forming in the back yard. For about an hour we were ‘Beachpeople’ 😁 It also means that the poor dogs are missing out on their walks….but they’re still tired! πŸ˜† Here’s Lorelai in her favorite chair 😍

 
I had to keep really busy, or I would have joined her 😝

~1. So I gave my studio a (much needed) make-over/clean-up/destashing! 

I only have one before picture….and that’s enough for you to get an idea why I said ‘much needed’ πŸ˜‹ It’s from my sewing table turned catch all for fabric, works in progress, books, yarn etc. Well, brace yourself…..here it is 

   EEEEEK! Right? 😱
Well, it’s much better now! See…

 Hard to believe it’s the same corner, huh? 😁
I also cleaned up my other work table – the one I used mainly for my jewelry. After a lot of destashing, trashbag filling, and rearranging, the rest of the room looks like this…

 My work table 

       

     
I did paint the frame (used to be gold-ish), and the little bookshelf, well the box said ‘Microwave Cart’ if I remember correctly…it is quite a few years old πŸ˜‰(used to be fake-oak laminate). I can really recommend painting old, outdated pieces. Just slap some chalk paint on it, sand in places, wax it- done! It’s really quite simple, and the transformation is amazing! 

~2. Now I had room to do something creative – I needed more felted pins for the store….so that’s what was Number one on the to-do list. See, experience has shown, that when my workspace is too organized I can’t create. So I make a list of a few things that need to be done. 😊 If you wanna see how to make these pins….look no further! There’s a post for that πŸ˜€



~3. Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary last week. And because he’s a pretty great guy I baked him his favorite cookies. It’s a german cookie called ‘Nussecken’, Nutty Corners- and they’re absolutely fabulous! If you wanna make some, I translated the recipe for you. 😍

~4. Yesterday started a new ‘100 Day Project’ on Instagram @elleluna. I hope to make it all the way through…last year I gave up after 2, 3 weeks πŸ˜• I had gotten a bit too ambitious, and chose ‘100 Days of Fashion’ drawn in colored pencil. Being new to drawing, and the fact that the models had to have great hair – and arms and legs for that matter 😝- I fell behind over one weekend, never got caught up, and eventually gave up. Here are some pictures from last year…

This year’s theme – for me….you can pick whatever theme, medium you like- is ‘100 Days of Folk Art’. I love Folk Art, ever since I discovered ‘Karen Gerard’s’ paintings on Pinterest. My creative mind kicked in….I got out my oil- and acrylic paints, and started painting. Ha– that did not work out well! πŸ˜† After a few days of working on this I had to admit that it looks more like a Kindergarten project than anything I had intended. Wanna see? Okay….here it is πŸ™‡πŸ»β€β™€οΈ


See what I mean? 😏 I didn’t wanna give up completely, so, for the challenge, I switched to colored pencils. That seems to be working out a little bit better! Have a look…

 
There is definitely room for improvement, but I do have 100..well now 98..days to get better. 😎

~5. As you probably gathered from my talking about ‘destashing’, I’m on the brink of giving up jewelry making, and trying something else. I’ve been mulling this over in my mind for quite some time now, and I do believe I’m finally on to something! πŸ˜€ No, not painting! That might be a bit delusional. πŸ˜‚ Let me think on it a bit longer….when I have a solid plan you’ll be the first to know! 😍

Alrighty, that’s it for now. Thank you soooo much for sticking with me through my musings! πŸ’œ

Oooohhhhh – one more thing. I’ll finally get to see ‘Garth Brooks’ in concert! Eeeeeeekkkk! That has been a dream of mine ever since the days of  our ‘Friends in low places’ 🀠 

So….Now I’m really done! 

I hope to see you soon! πŸ’•

Until then 

~ Tina xoxo 

Recipe ~ Friday – German ‘Nut-Corners’ (Nussecken)

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How nice of you to peek in! And because you’re so sweet, I have an extra special sweet treat for you today! At least hubby thinks it’s extra special! 😊 That’s why I made these german cookies this week. See, last Tuesday was our anniversary, and because he’s a pretty nifty guy he got his favorite cookies. 😍

Speaking of anniversary, I’d like to show you something related to that.

I gotta backtrack…..a few months after we got married my new husband had to deploy to Bosnia. For a whole year- ugh πŸ˜‘ With the kid in school I had a lot of time on my hands. And what does Tina do when she has time? Be creative, of course πŸ˜‹ So I got a cross-stitch kit, and made this sampler


It has to be the kitschiest thing in our house πŸ˜† but we love it! And…with this hanging in the hallway there’s no excuse to ever forget the anniversary! πŸ˜‚

Okay, enough with the memories….let’s get baking πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ³

You will need (like I mentioned, this is a german recipe, so the measurements might seem a bit unusual) 😊

~ 1 1/2 c Flour

~ a pinch of salt

~ 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts or almonds

~ 1/4 c + 1 Tbsp. Sugar

~ 1 egg

~ 9 Tbsp Butter

Topping:Β 

~ 3 Tbsp. heavy cream

~ 10 Tbsp. Butter

~ 1 scant cup sugar

~ 3 Tbsp. Honey

~ 9 oz. sliced Almonds or Hazelnuts

Mix the flour, salt, nuts, and sugar together, add the egg. Cut the butter into small chunks. Mix everything with a knife, cutting the butter as you go. Knead until a soft dough forms. Shape it into a ball, and set it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.Β 
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper (I prefer non-stick aluminum foil, because with that you can line ‘up-the-edges’….the topping gets a bit runny, and sticky as it cools)

Prepare the topping- Melt the butter, honey, and sugar on medium heat. Add the almonds, bring to a boil – watch it carefully…1 roll then take it off the heat! Stir well, let cool for a few minutes.

Roll out the dough into a rectangle (appr. 12″ x 8″)


Spread the heavy cream on the dough, then the topping.


Bake at 400Β° Β (convection oven) – 425Β° for 15, 20 minutes until golden brown.


While hot cut into triangles- as you can see in the picture in the cookbook, the original cookie is quite big. We prefer the smaller triangles (plus you get more out of one batch 😝)

The last step I can only tell you about….I gotta run to the store and get some chocolate chips πŸ˜†

The corners are dipped into melted chocolate….hmmm, right- don’t wanna miss out on that!
For that you need

~ 2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

~ 2 Tbsp shortening

In a microwave safe bowl, melt both ingredients; stir until smooth. Dip all 3 corners into the melted chocolate, and set on wax paper until set.

I hope you enjoy this treat! πŸ€— Let me know if you did!

See you soon πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxoΒ 

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