Monday, April 23, 2012

Outback "Bushman" Bread

The bread from Outback is often overshadowed by Red Lobster's * Cheddar Bay Biscuits *. It may take more effort than the biscuits, but it is still well worth the work.

Add 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar and 1 package (2 1/4teaspsoons) yeast to1 1/4 cup warm water.
2 cups bread flour and 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour.
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
Here's a peek at how the yeast foams after a few minutes
2 tablespoons butter, softened. Ok, so I usually nuke mine in the microwave because I am impatient. Soo mine is usually softly melted..
After combining all the dry ingredients, make a well in the center.
In the center add 1/4 cup of honey
And 2 tablespoons of molasses.
To get the rich color of the bread, add 1 1/4 teaspoons of red food coloring, 1 teaspoon of yellow, and 1 teaspoon of blue to the yeast and sugar mixture.
Pour the yeast mixture in the well in the center of your flour.
Start mixing and incorporating the dry ingredients from the inside out.
Not long after it starts to get real doughy, you'll have to start kneading the dough by hand.
Once kneaded, form the dough into a ball and set it somewhere warm for 1-1 1/2 hours
It will have doubled after the time elapsed. If it hasnt doubled, you may need to start over because the yeast may not have activated correctly.
Separate dough into 6 even portions.
May be kinda silly, but its nice to actually have something made/produced here in town.
Lay out a little corn meal onto your work surface. Roll your 6 portions into mini-loaves.

Rub a little water on the bottom and gently roll in the corn meal.

Carefully tap off excess corn meal.

Arrange your loaves on your baking sheet

Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place for another hour.

Uncover- they will have risen a little more- and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

They may not look exactly like at the restaurant...
But they sure eat the same =)

Happy Eatin'!


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Goal #7 update

This wasnt the most important or sentimental goal to finally cross off my list...but it's certainly one that has made me quite happy =)

7. Upgrade phone!!

My old phone was shutting off whenever it chose...and well...barely even worked anymore! So I am very grateful to my friend Sarah who gave me a brand new Evo after sending her other one off to be repaired. And in turn, I was much happier giving her money than at the store; especially for her first trip to the grocery since she just moved her and her son into their own apartment this week. A phone for food? I like the trade. =)
* Original Goal List *

Keep truckin' on your goals!!


Bubble Art

As we all know by now, Pinterest has completely taken over every aspect of life. We can find anything! Look out Google...Pinterest may have you beat soon! (Kidding)

One of the first things I ever pinned was an incredibly simple DIY art tutorial...for kids. Granted I have three little kiddos of my own, I just thought it was cool and wanted to do it myself. =)

I had a little trouble mixing the colors and the bubbles, so they arent as vibrant as I had hoped. But now that summer has come around and there are bubbles-a-plenty around for the kids, I'll have to take another crack at it =)

It makes me think of those huge Jawbreakers!

Here is the * Original "Bubble Print" link * via

Happy Creating!


Monday, April 16, 2012

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Sometimes ya just need a little BBQ in your life. Well, at least I do. Today's super easy treat provides a slightly different way of eating it that I've made for a couple years now.

Cook chicken for about 40 minutes (if frozen) in oven set at 375 degrees.
I already had BBQ sauce made. You can use any kind you like.
I learned it's much easier to make a "personal" pizza when making this unless you're having a full family meal, then a regular large crust is great.
You'll need just a tiny bit of Olive oil to brush on the crust later.

Dice up your cooked chicken.

Lightly brush olive oil on the crust and put in the oven for about 4 minutes. Brush bottom and repeat.

Mix the diced chicken with your BBQ sauce.

Spread your BBQ'd chicken onto the crust. Now you can either leave it plain like this (I do) or you can add anything else you'd like. Top the chicken with mozzarella cheese, red onion slices, and pineapple for example. (That's the version I'll be making next, I just get weird about what's on my BBQ.)

Pop this in the oven for about 5-8 minutes or until everything is warmed through evenly and cheese-if you've used it- is melted.

Have at it! You'll probably need a napkin =)

Happy Eatin'!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Homemade Mini Corn Dogs

Corn dogs arent exactly a gourmet meal or something that everyone thinks of when making something at home, but for some reason these little buddies that make me think of fairs and carnivals and even a little bit of my childhood have been something on my list to make myself for quite some time. =)

Heat your oil slowly.
Soak your skewers in water for 20 minutes so they dont burn.
Plain cocktail weenies are perfect for minis.
Since I didnt know how much batter would be needed, I went ahead and used two boxes of Jiffy.
Throw in half a teaspoon of Paprika.
2 eggs, 1 cup milk.
Give it a good mix, eliminating lumps.
It isnt completely necessary but I threw in a handful of flour.
Slide the cocktail weenie on the skewer, being careful not to let the point poke through the other end.
Dip in the batter. I gave them good, thorough spins to coat them evenly. (You can dip the weenie in flour first to be sure the batter sticks, but I didnt find it necessary this time.)
I found it best to gently spin the skewer to allow excess to drip off but to keep the batter even.
Since I was still waiting for the oil to heat completely...I got a wee bit impatient and coated a bunch of them.
This time I definitely wanted to check the temperature of the oil. Be patient for the deep frying temp of 375 degrees.
Carefully place the (almost) mini corn dog in the hot oil. I did two at a time when I wasnt holding the camera. I didnt want them touching the actual pan so I continued to hold the skewers and slowly spin them so they'd cook evenly. It really only took two minutes at the most. Pull them out and lay them on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
Hehe Looks like a plate of cat tails =)
I was so excited they tasted so good!!! They were perfect for the kids (I took them off the sticks of course.) and they loved them.

Happy Eatin'!