Sunday, December 27, 2009

Friendship Bread

Do NOT use metal spoons or bowl!

1 package yeast
1/4 c warm water
3 c flour, divided
3 c sugar, divided
3 c milk, divided

In a small bowl, dissove yeast with warm water. Combine 1 c flour and 1 c sugar, mix thoroughly or it will lump when milk is added. Stir in 1 c milk slowly. Add to yeast mixture. Cover loosely and let stand on counter. Consider this day 1 of the 10 day cycle.

Days 2-4 stir starter
Day 5-stir in 1 c flour, 1 c sugar and 1 c milk.
Days 6-9 stir starter
Day 10-stir in 1 c flour, 1 c sugar and 1 c milk. Remove 1 cup to make your first bread, give 2 c to friends. Store the remaining 1 cup in the fridge or start the 10 day process over again (starting with day 2).

1 c oil
1/2 c milk
3 eggs
1 t vanilla

In another bowl combine dry ingredients-

2 c flour
1 c sugar
1 1/2 t baking powder
2 t cinnamon
1/2 t baking soda
1 5.1 oz box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 t salt
1 c nuts (optional)

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Pour into 2 greased bread pans. Bake 325 degrees for one hour.

You can be creative with this recipe, changing the type pudding, adding fruit, chips, etc. Starter can be frozen-but let it unthaw in the refrigerator before beginning the 10 day process!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Oatmeal & Dried Cherry Cookies

1 cup butter
1 c packed brown sugar
1 1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
3 c old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 c chopped pecans
2 c dried cherries

Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter, brown sugar and sugar until creamy and pale. Beat in one egg at a time until fully mixed. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir in oats, pecans and cherries. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2" between cookies. Bake until golden, 10-12 minutes. Cool before removing from cookie sheet.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

30 miniature peanut butter cups, cut in quarters
1 1/2 c sugar
2/3 c evaporated milk
2 T. butter
1 1/2 c miniature marshmallows
2 c (11.5 oz package) milk chocolate chips
1 t vanilla extract

Line 8" square pan with foil.

Combine sugar, evaporated milk and butter in heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly to a full boil. Boil, stirring constantly, 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in marshmallows, chocolate chips and vanilla-stirring until marshmallows are melted. Quickly add peanut butter cups, stirring only to distribute pieces. Spread evenly in pan. Refrigerate until firm. Remove from pan and cut into squares.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

2010 Reading Challenge 100+ Books

For the 3rd year, I am committing to the 100+ books in a year challenge, hosted by J. Kaye. Have to thank her for doing this, it has pushed me to read authors I had never heard of.. Will be listing my 2010 books in this location.


1. Eclipse-Stephenie Meyer
2. Breaking Dawn-Stephenie Meyer
3. Key Lime Murder-Joanne Fluke
4. Sugar and Spice-Michaels, Barton, Fluke, Jump
5. Dead Silence-Brenda Novak
6. Candy Cane Murder-Joanne Fluke
7. Tippy Toe Murder-Leslie Meier
8. Dead Giveaway-Brenda Novak
9. Carrot Cake Murder-Joanne Fluke


10. Dead Right-Brenda Novak
11. Just Desserts-Mary Daheim
12. Witchcraft-Jayne Anne Krentz
13. Plum Pudding Murder-Joanne Fluke
14. Savannah Blues-Mary Kay Andrews
15. The Scarpetta Factor-Patricia Cornwell
16. Fowl Prey-Mary Daheim
17. Savannah Breeze-Mary Kay Andrews


18. Absolute Power-David Baldacci
19. Cream Puff Murder-Joanne Fluke
20. U is for Undertow-Sue Grafton
21. I, Alex Cross-James Patterson
22. Apple Turnover Murder-Joanne Fluke
23. Spinning Forward-Terri Dulong
24. Totem-Ehren M. Ehly
25. Blackwork-Monica Ferris
26. The Novices' Tale-Margaret Frazer


27. Chosen To Die-Lisa Jackson
28. Dead By Midnight-Beverly Barton
29. The Diva Runs Out of Thyme-Krista Davis
30. Birthday Girls-Jean Stone
31. Play Diry-Sandra Brown
32. Artemis Fowl The Artic Incident-Eoin Colger
33. Witch & Wizard-James Patterson
34. Mortal Allies-Brian Haig
35. Code Name: Nanny-Christina Skye


36. The Gourmet Detective-Peter King*
37. When Darkness Falls-Shannon Drake
38. Murder By The Slice-Livia J Washburn*
39. When Darkness Falls-William Cross
40. The Choice-Nicholas Sparks
41. A Northern Light-Jennifer Donnelly
42. The Death Collectors-Jack Kerley
43. Knit In Comfort-Isabel Sharpe


44. Dead Watch-John Sanford
45. Praying Mantis-Domini Taylor
46. Winter's End-John Rickard
47. The Book Of The Dun Cow-Walter Wangerine Jr
48. Reading~Simple Abundance-Sarah Ban Breathnach
49. Don't Close Your Eyes-Carlene Thompson
50. What The Dead Know-Laura Lippman*
51. Hunting Season-Nevada Barr
52. The Kitty Killer Cult-Julius Kyle
53. The Missing-Chris Mooney


54. The Stupidest Angel-Christopher Moore
55. Undead and Unreturnable-Mary Janice Davidson
56. Breath A Ghost Story-Cliff McNish
57. The Graveyard Book-Neil Gaiman
58. Cruel Winter-Anthony Izzo
59. America's Mysterious Places-Hans Holzer
60. The Last Noel-Jean Hager*
61. The Book of Sorrows-Walter Wangerine Jr


62. CrawlSpace-Sarah Graves
63. Capitol Secrets-Maureen Dean
64. Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch-Haywood Smith
65. Sew Deadly-Elizabeth Lynn Casey
66. Dark Delivery-Stephen J Clark
67. Cry To Heaven-Anne Rice


68. Sizzle And Burn-Jayne Ann Krentz
69. Heat Lightning-John Sandford
70. Wifey-Judy Blume
71. While My Pretty One Knits-Anne Canadeo
72. In The Shadow Of The Arch-Robert J Randisi
73. Too Many Cooks-Joanne Pence


74. Cry Wolf-Tami Hoag
75. A Wrinkle In Time-Madleine L'Engle
76. Identity-Steve Vance
79. Death Threads-Elizabeth Casey
80. Big Fish-Daniel Wallace
81. Roast Mortem-Cleo Coyle


82. Bloodsucking Fiends-Christopher Moore
83. Practical Demonkeeping-Christopher Moore
84. A Simple Amish Christmas-Vannetta Chapman
85. Outlander-Diana Gabaldon
86. Fires Rising-Michael Laimo
87. A Girl Named Mister-Nikki Grimes
88. Holiday Bound-Beth Kery
89. Christmas ScandalNot-Jeanne Savery
90. Twas The Night-Sandra Hill
91. Magyk-Angie Sage
92. Knit The Season-Kate Jacobs


93. The Judge Who Stole Christmas
94. A Dog Named Slugger-Leigh Brill
95. Fireflies In December
96. My Christmas Wish-Ember Case
97. Santa Honey-Sandra Hill, et al
98. Unwrapping Christmas
99. Love You Forever
100.A Taste Of Magic-Tracy Madison

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

November Mid-Month KAL Angel Dishcloth

This cute little angel dishcloth was knitted with the Monthly Dishcloth Yahoo Group. Was my first actually completed knit-a-long ever and my first project with this group. Will definitely continue to work on there patterns after the first of the year.

Speaking of first of the year, it is GREAT to be basically finished with my Christmas shopping. Packages will be mailed to Laura and Lucas next week and decorating over the weekend. Then only some baking to accomplish!