Tuesday, May 29, 2012


(cinnamon sugar, plain, and blueberry)

RECIPE (ten bagels)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 TBL sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2.5 tsp yeast

  1. Put ingredients into bread machine. Set to dough cycle and wait until it's done.
  2. Take out the dough, and divide it into ten equal balls. Make a one inch whole in the middle of each ball by pushing your thumbs through it.
  3. Let rise for 30 minutes.
  4. Bring 2TBL sugar to boil in 2 quarts of water. Put a bagel into the water for 1 1/2 minutes, turn it over, and boil the other side for 1 1/2 minutes. Repeat with all the bagels.
  5. Set the oven to 400 degrees, and bake for 20 minutes, or until slightly browned.

I also made pretzels by skipping boiling them. I just baked them like normal.

Ready to Plant

My dad built this awesome garden box. It's 8' X 4' and 1' deep. I was going to plant today (I know I'm really late.), but the weather was really bad. It was hailing and everything. Hopefully tomorrow... I have to get these plants in the ground soon.

Some of my plants. Most of them have sprouted. The okra are doing especially well.

Monday, May 28, 2012

10 minute cards

Harp made these cheese cards for father's day.

A going away/ moving card

Monday, May 21, 2012

Garden Progress

My broccoli has began to sprout in the jiffy planter from Home Depot! It has only been two days. Let's hope I can manage to keep it alive until it's a stronger plant. The other plants aren't showing any progress, but I wasn't expecting anything for a week.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Graduation Gifts

I'm only a junior, so I won't be graduating for another year. I have a lot of classes with seniors, though, so I mode some cards.

 This is a book of letters I made for my friend. I then decorated the outside.

My Garden

I decided to start a vegetable garden. Let's see how well it works out. I may have inherited my mom's brown thumb. It's worth a try, though. Right now all my plants are in little containers. My dad said that he'd fix a spot for me to plant them once they sprout. I planted carrots, broccoli, beans, lettuce, spinach, and okra. I also did some combination planting. I paired lettuce and carrots together and beans with everything else. I heard that this method works, but I have no idea. I'm not a gardener.
 My mismatched array of plants.
A gardening container we got at Home Depot for $7. I wanted to try it to see how well it would work.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

We just celebrated Mother's Day. My mom always says that it should be mother's hour because that's about how long it lasts. :) Harp made this card at school.

I made three different types of scones (chocolate chip, blueberry, and cranberry- almond) shaped like hearts, tea, and fruit for her breakfast in bed.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • Handful dried blueberries, chocolate chips, almonds, or dried cranberries

  • Preheat the oven to 375. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cut in butter and shortening. In a separate bowl, combine cream with beaten egg then add to dry ingredients. Stir in fruit. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll dough out and cut into hearts. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown.

    S'mores popcorn

    Pop about 8 cups of popcorn. Melt a square of semi- sweet baking chocolate. Add marshmallows, chocolate Graham goldfish, graham crackers, and chocolate chips to the popcorn. Pour melted chocolate over the mixture, shake, and let cool.

     My pop-up picture card.

    Harper's card

    Friday, May 11, 2012

    Mini Oat Bread

    1 cup of buttermilk
    1 cup of water
    1 cup oatmeal
    2 cups whole wheat flour
    2 cups white flour
    3 tsp yeast
    1 1/2 TBS sugar
    1 1/2 tsp salt

    1. Put the ingredients in the bread machine, and set it to the DOUGH cycle.
    2. Take out the dough, and divide it into 4 mini loaf pans. Let it rise for 40 minutes.
    3. Preheat the oven to 350, and bake for 15 minutes.

    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    French Toast and a Smoothie

    1/4 a cup of buttermilk
    1 banana
    1/4 a cup of yogurt
    2 TBS Orange Juice
    1/4 a cup of peaches

    Blend everything together until creamy.

    2 slices of applesauce bread
    1/4 cup of milk
    1 egg
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 TBS butter

    Preheat the oven to 350. Whisk together the egg, milk, and cinnamon. Let the bread soak in the mixture for about 7 minutes on each side.
    In a preheated pan, melt half of the butter. Put the bread in the pan, and let it cook until browned. Take it out, melt the other half of the butter in the pan, and cook the other side of the bread.
    Put the bread in the oven for 5- 10 minutes.
    Serves 1 

    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    Cinco de Mayo

    Harp and I did some crafts for Cinco de Mayo. We figured that since the Mexicans don't celebrate it, we should be obligated to. Someone has to run around in a sombrero eating tacos.
    We made maracas for Cinco de Mayo. They are made from an Easter egg with rice stuffed inside. We then taped two plastic knives onto the egg, and Harp colored on the tape. They aren't the prettiest things, but they work.

     A paper taco is made by cutting out a circle, folding it almost in half, and stuffing whatever filling you want inside. I went with tomatoes and meat, but the kids I babysat for put in cheese and lettuce too.

    A sombrero bank. There is a hole in the top.

    Friday, May 4, 2012

    Are you sick of all the cards yet?

    A pop-up cake.

    Applesauce Bread

    1/3 cup of applesauce
    1/2 cup oatmeal
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1 cup white flour
    3/4 cup warm buttermilk
    1 TB oil
    1 1/2 tsp yeast
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp cinnnamon
    1 TB honey

    ***You may want to add between 3 TBS and 1/2 a cup of sugar if you want a sweeter bread.***