Monday, December 10, 2012

A 2 year old went after my couch

Can we say PANIC ATTACK!!! So I was cleaning my girls playroom out, and right as I dove in head first literally ( Ill have to take a picture so you have an idea of were I was, lol ). So just as I was getting comfy and going threw all of the toys. I hear Dalila say " MOM, Chloe is coloring on your couch with a BLUE PEN!" So not the words that I ever wanted to hear. I couldn't get out of that playroom fast enough. So this is what I saw, and the girls saw me with my hands on my face about to cry. :(

SO I immediately ran downstairs trying to think of what I could do or use. I thought of shout it works on my clothes why not my cough.

Mistake number 1. Made the pen MORE visible didn't bleed at all which was a relief.

So I googled my little heart out. The results I found on how to remove this was of all things. " HAIRSPRAY" with a puzzled look. It never really said to use the aerosol, or the kind that globs out. SO I used what I had and the results were amazing!
Also on a side note: You may have to leave your house for a couple hours afterward, it gets quiet overwhelming and may cause a headache :)

After I sprayed shout on the mark... Oops

The not so bad of it all.

For some reason I can not add the after photos. It turned out sooo well, you can not even see where it was. Soooo happy with the outcome! Thank you google. I hope that this helps you all.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Smokey Cheese Ball

This was soooo easy to make. It was the hit of the party I took it too, and I will be making it again to go with Christmas dinner. I completely forgot to take a picture of the finished ball. I thought about taking a picture of what was left but there wasn't really anything left. :) I will upload a picture when I make it here in a couple weeks. I will warn you you see those little cheese balls in the store that are like 1 cup max. This makes 3-4 cup cheese ball its massive!

I like being crazy so I mixed two different cheeses together, you could do one by all means. Change it for your taste. Or throw a little of all types in it. I used Smoked Gouda and Sharp Cheddar along with the rest of the recipe. It smelled soo amazing also. Highly recommended.

Prep: 15 minutes
Chill: 4 to 24 hours
Stand: 45 minutes
Makes: 3 1/2 cups

2- 8 ounces packages cream cheese
2 cups finely shredded smoked cheddar, Swiss, or Gouda cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons steak sauce ( I used A1)
1 cup finely chopped nuts, toasted. ( I didn't toast mine, I just bought some chopped nuts ( hazelnuts , because the Mr. grabbed the wrong kind still yummy though)

1. In a mixing bowl let cream cheese, shredded cheese, and butter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Add milk and steak sauce, beat until fluffy. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.

2. Shape mixture into a ball, roll in nuts. Lets stand for 15 minutes. Serve with crackers.

French Bread

I am forever going to be making my own French bread. This was so delicious, it froze nicely, it baked well. Two thumbs up! I precut my french bread into smaller portions so that I could just grab out of the freezer and go. I have made garlic bread, and cheesy bread.

I would say if you do make some and freeze it, I wouldn't let it sit in the freezer past 3 months. It would probably start getting a stale taste and what not.

Prep: 40 Minutes
Rise: 1 hour and 35 minutes
Rest: 10 minutes
Bake: 35 minutes
Oven: 375 degrees
Makes 2 loaves (28 slices)

 51/2-6 cups all-purpose flour
2 packages active dry yeast
11/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups warm water ( 120 to 130 degrees)
1 egg white, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon water
1. In a large mixing bowl stir together 2 cups of the flour, the yeast, and salt. Add the 2 cups warm water to the flour mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough remaining flour to make a stiff dough that is smooth and elastic ( 8 to 10 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease dough surface. Cover, let rise in a warm place until dough doubles in size ( about 1 hour).

3. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Cover, let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease a baking  sheet, sprinkle greased baking sheet with cornmeal.

4. Roll each dough half into a 15x10 inch rectangle. Tightly roll up, starting from a long side, seal well. If desired, pinch and slightly pull ends to taper them. Place shaped dough, seam sides down on prepared baking sheet. In a small  bowl stir together egg white and the 1 tablespoon water. Brush some of the egg white mixture over loaf tops. Let rise until nearly double in size about 35-45 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 375 degree. Using a sharp knife, make three or four diagonal cutes abouts 1/4 deep across each loaf top. Bake for 20 minutes. Brush again with some of the egg white mixture. Continue baking for 15 to 20 minutes more or until bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Immediately remove loaves from baking sheet. Cool on wire racks.

Recipe courtesy of Better Homes and Garden Cookbook.