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I have been up to alot lately, from taking care of my wee ones, to school, to sewing, etc…

My latest project was sewing a minky baby blanket for one of my friends babies.  It was an interesting experience sewing with Minky-if anyone has any advice/tips-please let me know!

Will post pics  of my first purse and minky blanky soon!

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Sourdough Attempt

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At first, I thought my attempt to make sourdough was going to be fruitless.  I let the dough rise for a few hours and nothing was rising. 

My husband brought the dough back to life by mixing some yeast and warm water in a bowl, adding a little flour, and then needing the mixture with the non-risen sourdough.  He let it rise for about an hour, kneaded it alittle more, and then let it rise for one more hour on the baking pan.

I never expected it to turn out so great!  It was sooooo good!!

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Starter is Done

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According to the website, the starter is done when it is this bubbly and smells sour- check and check!  It took me alot less time than I thought for the starter to be done.  I only fed it once!! 

Now I am on to proofing! I added one cup of flour, one cup warm water and now I must leave it out for the night.  I am planning on making the bread tomorrow, otherwise when the starter is done you put it in the fridge. Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

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Sourdough Starter

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 After my recent success with raisin bread it was only natural that I ride off on my high horse and attempt to make another one of my favorite breads-sourdough!

Basically, its just one cup flour and one cup warm water, you mix it(not with a metal utensil, or in a metal bowl) and then the starter has to ferment for a few days.  It has to be fed every 24 hours and kept in a warm place, get the details here

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Raisin Bread Success!

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This was my first successful attempt at making bread!  From what I remember, the last time I tried making bread it resembled a brick….

I halved the recipe below and it turned out really well. 

Just a note….if I can do it-than anyone can!:))

Cinnamon Raisin Bread I
Submitted by: Faye Salisbury
Rated: 5 out of 5 by 220 members
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes
Ready In: 3 Hours 20 Minutes
Yields: 36 servings

“Raisin bread the way it is meant to be -rolled around the sweetened cinnamon butter so that the spice ribbons throughout the loaf. This generous recipe will give you three lovely loaves.”
INGREDIENTS:
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup warm water (110
degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active
dry yeast
3 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1 cup raisins
8 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons ground
cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted
DIRECTIONS:
1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. Let cool until lukewarm.
2. Dissolve yeast in warm water, and set aside until yeast is frothy. Mix in eggs, sugar, butter or margarine, salt, and raisins. Stir in cooled milk. Add the flour gradually to make a stiff dough.
3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface for a few minutes. Place in a large, greased, mixing bowl, and turn to grease the surface of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled.
4. Roll out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle 1/2 inch thick. Moisten dough with 2 tablespoons milk. Mix together 3/4 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon, and sprinkle mixture on top of the moistened dough. Roll up tightly; the roll should be about 3 inches in diameter. Cut into thirds, and tuck under ends. Place loaves into well greased 9 x 5 inch pans. Lightly grease tops of loaves. Let rise again for 1 hour.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until loaves are lightly browned and sound hollow when knocked. Remove loaves from pans, and brush with melted butter or margarine. Let cool before slicing.

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Vanilla Extract

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I thought I would give this a try- I managed to convince my husband to part with 250ml of his vodka (expensive brand/Christmas present) so I could make some vanilla extract.  It is super simple, just take a cup of vodka, add a couple of vanilla beans-seeds and all, put in a jar and in just a quick 4-6months you have your own Vanilla Extract!  I know its a long time to wait, but I figure it will be worth it!! 

The vanilla extract above has been sitting in a dark cupboard for just a couple of days….

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