October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!! Have a fun and safe night :)
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October 30, 2011

Weekend Project- It's finished!

My cold frame idea took a mighty big turn, a good one too. I had already planted for my winter harvest months ago, so the frame would be fitting right over it. Considering my Collards and Mustard greens got well over four feet this summer I wanted more height to the frame.

 My Kids  call it my Plant Barn :)


My husband put together out of spare wood laying around in the garage, and it came out perfect!  Now I can have the vegetables protected through the winter  as well as a place to put my seedlings for next years garden.  The frame was build on top of the garden bed that was already there for the summer garden, in which I had netting put up around it. I'd like to see the neighbors cat, or the squirrels try to mess around with them now. Ha!
The frame will be lifted off by the spring time and simply be placed right back in place for next winter as well. I'm trying to get a four season garden going, and so far so good. I just planted the next set of seeds which will be harvested at the end of winter, beginning of Spring, right around the time I started the summer seeds. So each time I'm  about to harvest,  another set of plants should be well started already. It will be constantly going in a cycle of non stop harvest with any luck!

Speaking of harvesting, the  garden is still booming with tons of tomatoes still coming in. Beans, peas, chives, peppers even, eggplants, squash (though that one surprised me) carrots and some greens are being picked weekly. We picked raspberries and strawberries yesterday too. You know while everyone on the East coast was getting snow :) hehe


I'll keep you updated on my winter garden adventures :)

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October 28, 2011

Sweet Treat Friday - Halloween Cupcakes with Homemade Cake Mix

 This week my kids helped make some Halloween Cupcakes without that much of a disaster doing it. It was the 3rd time in the last two weeks I made the cupcakes. The first time my youngest daughter flipped the frosted cupcakes on the floor. I had spent a couple hours making "monster" cupcakes and they literally went SPLAT on the floor. The second time I made the same very "monster" cupcakes,my youngest daughter again got to them even as they were away from her little fingers. She reached enough though of the corner of the pan they sat on, again frosted and decorated. They ended up dropping face down into the sink. Let's just say, 3rd times a charm and I'm glad we finally got to eat the cupcakes I went to so much trouble to make! This time though I let the kids help frost and decorate them as I just wasn't up to all that work.

They made bats, mummies, and spider webs! Messy but oh so yummy!

This recipe is a Basic Cake Recipe, creates 4 equal portions of cake mix.

Ingredients for mix

9 1/2 cups flour
6 cups sugar
1/4 cup baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
2 1/2 cups shortening, softened (not melted)

Directions to make mix
In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar,  baking powder, and salt. Add the softened shortening, cutting it in and mixing till the mixture resembles a crumb like appearance. Divide mixture into 4 portions measuring at 4 and 1/2 cups each. Place in sealed zip lock bags and or airtight container in a dry place for up to 2 months. You can put this in the freezer as well, it will hold up to 6 months.


Using this recipe you can make your own Yellow Cake mix, this is what I made the cupcakes with

Homemade Yellow Cake mix
Ingredients to make Yellow Cake
4 1/2 cups Basic Cake Mix (above)
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs

Directions to make Yellow Cake

Preheat oven to 350 Prepare your cake pans, or muffins tins just as you would any box cake mix.
  In a large bowl combine all the ingredients. Beat until smooth for about a minute. Pour into prepared pans, muffins tins or sheet cake pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. A 9x13 cake comes out at about 25 minutes, cupcakes about 12 minutes.



Enjoy !
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October 26, 2011

Trick r Treat Hop

Welcome to the the Trick r Treat Hop, hosted by Grace over at Blessed Elements!
Trick or Treat nihgt with Blessed Elemetns
I've teamed up with her and some other blogs for some fun and hope you all join in as well.
The Hop-
Link up then follow others on their facebook page.  Remember to post your link so they can follow you back.  You can also say Trick r Treat if you want so they know you are from the hop.
Visit as many as you want.  Then go to this Page  and enter the giveaway.  The prizes are listed on this page as well.

Enjoy the Hop !!!








Happy Halloween

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Wordless Wednesday

 Spooky Milk!



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October 25, 2011

Homemade Vegetable Juice

Remember the post I did about the food strainer I got? That it burned my hand, and caused all this nonsense trouble? Well after making some adjustments and oiling it up pretty well I got it to work properly!YAY! It still got hot, the entire metal body gets hot, so I put a towel around the part I touched once in awhile, other than getting extremely hot (still not sure why it does that) it worked perfectly.


I made several batches of some Tomato Sauce, loads of it, my cupboard is full! I also was able to try out a new recipe for some Vegetable Juice! Perfect for the end of the summer garden if your overloading with vegetables and not sure what to do with them.

Come on, drink it up! It's healthy for you :)
Vegetable Juice!

Ingredients
15lbs tomatoes cut into chunks
4 onions diced (cut as small as possible)
4 green bell peppers seeded and diced
6 large jalapenos diced
6 small potatoes peeled and diced
4 carrots peeled and diced
3 stalks celery chopped
3 cucumber slided
2-3 teaspoons garlic powder (or minced up garlic your choice)
Salt
Hot sauce to taste if wanted or just plain pepper
Food Strainer
**If Canning, you need to sterilize your jars and lids. Prepare a water bath for processing.
 You'll need either lemon juice or citric acid and your canning equipment**
Directions

Combine all the ingredients except salt in a large stainless steel pot (3-4 gallons) over med-high heat. Cook about 30-40 minutes or until potatoes are soft and the tomatoes have cooked down. This is going to go through a Food Strainer, so you work in small batches. Strain the entire batch through the strainer (which gets the seeds, and all the skins out) You can drink this fresh and add hot sauce, or pepper to your liking.

Here's the strainer working if you've never seen it done before,


It's a messy job, but somebody has to do it! This recipe came from "The Amish Cook at Home", by Lovina Eicher with Kevin Williams) Wonderful book.


*If Canning, make sure your jars are prepared.  (this makes about 14 quarts) The recipe I got, did not come with canning directions so I went ahead and just canned according to another blend that was very similar. Boiling bath process for 45 minutes using quart sized jars. Remember to leave a head space of 1/4. I also used 2 tablespoons per jar of lemon juice just to be safe.

If you don't plan on canning this juice, I'm not sure how you'll drink up 14 quarts of juice so here's a little tip. You don't have to add the amount listed. Just scale it down to what will suit you with less vegetables. Remember most the juice comes from the tomatoes, so you need a good handful of them over anything else.

Drink up and Enjoy!


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October 23, 2011

Weekend Project- More Halloween Crafts & Fun!

Here's another super cute and  frugal fun craft to add to the list if you plan on throwing a Halloween Party. Or maybe you just like Halloween and have fun decorating the house up yourself, either way if you have anymore spare jars laying around this is for you!

Mummy Jars!

I set them on the table to hold spoons or on the counter to hold stuff during Halloween season :)

Supplies

Jars, any size
Craft Eyes
Hot glue
Gaze

Directions
 Take your jar and wrap it up with the gaze, don't make it even,and don't make it perfect. The point of this is to make it look like a Mummy, so if you put a few bends and twists it'll look even better! Once you fully wrapped the jar up tuck the end piece in somewhere so it doesn't fall out. Next hot glue the eyes on!

Pretty simple for a cute finished look right?



Dress up the party table even more with These Orange Brains!!!
Supplies

Large Oranges
Knife (I used a utility knife)
Marker if you need it (to draw your face)
Spoon to scoop the "brains out"



Directions-

 Depending on how thick the orange peel is you really need to be careful, work on a small area first to see how thick it is and go from there. Draw your face if you want before you start cutting. You can either cut out the face first, or work on the inside first. I cut the face first,  then cut carefully around the top.
   Keep the peel for the top and set it aside. Now, work your thumb or spoon in under the orange peel and work it away from the orange. The way I did the next part was just took a knife and cut the orange  in half (not the peel, just the fruit of the orange)  scooped each half of the orange out  of the peel and set it aside. You may or may not be able to get it in one or two pieces, it's perfectly fine. Clean up the fruit then take orange slices to pile them back in within the peel. Arrange one or two on the very top to look like a molded "brain"

I've seen these neat little oranges being served before with grapes, apples, raisins as well inside, use whatever you like, the kids get such a kick out of them !!

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October 22, 2011

Paper Coterie Giveaway! **CLOSED**

Can't find that cute something gift you've been searching for? Check out Paper Coterie, and the entire line of products that you can personalize!

Paper Coterie

I was able to review an item and I picked the Recipe Book!

At first it was a bit discouraging trying to create the book, every time I went to add a picture, it wouldn't edit like I wanted. Once I kept turning the page it would ask for another, and so I had to keep uploading more pictures. The suggested recipe book asks for 10 pictures, and has 40 pages, but it was taking a little too long to put pictures in them and get it all edited. I didn't realize that there were several other ways you can do it. You don't have to choose a picture for each page, and you don't have to fill it out either.
 I Picked one picture for the cover of the book, and left the entire recipe book blank as well, it would end up taking me forever to completely type in all my favorite recipes! This way I can jot down my favorite recipes by hand whenever I want. Here's how mine turned out-

Now my amazing tomatoes are on my own recipe book!

What I love about the book!

You can make it yours with personal flares and really make it stand out. This would be an excellent gift for someone , I would love to have a few of them on hand. The picture on the cover is clear and sharp, which makes me believe the ones inside would have been as well. I like the sturdy pages too, not thin, but not to thick. This would hold up well for daily use in the kitchen. The pages are also fun colors too, I love it!

Paper Coterie offers many more products, all of which you can put a personal touch and use your own photo's in. They have Books, Calenders, Memory keepers which are just too cute! Keep in mind that Paper Coterie products are custom made so you need to order in  advance if you are planning on using such items for a get together, birthdays or special occasion! It's totally worth it, and very simple to create your own personal item.
Paper Coterie


 Want to try out Paper Coterie and  create your own customized item or make it a gift? Now is your chance!
  10, yes Ten lucky readers will be picked  for a chance to win a  $40 off and free shipping

** Giveaway**

WINNERS
 Winner are listed 1-10 with the Winner comment #  all picked by Random.org

1- #46 Junk Loving Girl
2- #3 M.Hanks
3- #6 Angie
4- #56 wacki04@TheKing'sCourt IV
... 5- #20 Blessed Elements/Create
6- #60 Jen Hanson
7- #15 3 Giggly Monsters
8- #39 Samantha
9- #25 MichelleS
10 -#19 Katherine Another winner was picked abrokenlaptop.com

There will be 10 separate winners for this giveaway, Each winner will receive  a code to use at Paper Coterie for  $40 off and free shipping  Winners will be picked by Random.org on Oct. 27th (codes MUST be used by Oct. 31st)
 Winners will be contacted by email and have 24hrs to respond before a new winner is picked. Leave email with one of the entries to be contacted.

How to Enter

 **Disclosure- I received the products mentioned above from Paper Coterie,  in order to write an honest review. No monetary compensation was received for this post. I did not have to write an positive review, Any and all opinions are and will always be my own.* 


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October 21, 2011

Sweet Treat Friday - Halloween Peanut Butter Chocolates

These peanut butter bars are awesome! I posted about them a couple months back, I'll share the recipe again in a minute.


 Sometimes I don't always want the crumble bottom to it though. In fact I make little chocolate candies just out of the peanut butter and chocolate mixture for the fun of it. That's this weeks sweet treat :)
Halloween Peanut Butter Chocolates!




Ingredients

about 2/3 cups peanut butter
1 1/2 cup chocolate chip morsels
Candy molds of choice I did some ghosts, and different sized pumpkins.

Directions
In medium heavy duty saucepan melt peanut butter and the chocolate morsels over the lowest possible heat. Stirring constantly , until it's smooth. Takes  5-10 minutes .Do not walk away from it though, you don't want the chocolate to burn. Pour the mixture once it's smooth and melted into the candy molds and set in the fridge. Once completely firm pop out of molds and store in air tight container in fridge. These are not meant to stay out of the fridge, just like the peanut butter bars, they will sweat and will go soft, but they sure are yummy!


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October 20, 2011

Trick Or Treat Night!

Trick or Treat with us on Facebook!
 I'm joining up with a few bloggers along with our Host Grace, who owns Blessed Elements for some fun on Facebook!

Here's Her  post explaining what will happen and how to join!

Trick or Treat nihgt with Blessed Elemetns
Tuesday October 27th at 9:00 EST
I’ll be celebrating Halloween starting on my facebook page and ending up with a give away on this blog.

Here is what you need to do:
*Stop by my facebook page (Blessed Elements) at 9:00 EST or after. (The party lasts until midnight so you can drop in anytime.)
I’ll leave a link for you to visit one of my facebook buddies so click on it and go visit them.
(Liking them is optional) but you’ll need to type Trick or Treat in the comment box under the next link they have left to visit another friend.

*Visit and collect names to the facebooks you have journeyed to and then come to my blog here and enter the give away.
Each name you collect will be worth an entry for the prizes. E.G. So if you visit 5 pages you can enter five times. Just let me know who you visited for each entry.
If your one of the hosting facebook friends that is helping me then you can enter too by visiting each page you want to use as an entry.

*The give away prizes are posted on my Trick or Treat
Page
In order to be qualified to win the prize you need to let the person know you visited their page by typing Trick or Treat in their comment field of their facebook page.
*I would suggest that you open notepad or another app like that one so you can just copy and paste the facebook pages you visited and paste them in the entry form for the contest.
I hope to see you October 27th at
www.facebook.com/blessedelements
Happy Halloween

Grace
If you’d like to volunteer to have people trick or treat you on facebook email me here:E-mail

Facebook is not sponsoring this give away.

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Bissell Stomp 'N Go! Party

This one ought to grab your attention. You have kids, maybe pets that just always make a mess but don't have the time to drag out the big carpet steamer? That's me. I am always on the move, and so are my kids. Stopping the entire day just so I can steam clean yet another mess on the floor just doesn't happen as often as it should.
Bissell has always been a trusted brand in the house, it's our vacuum, steamer, you name it. When I found out they had a neat little Stomp 'N Go Stain Lifter Pads I was all over it!

I was picked to host a Stomp 'N Go Party with some fellow Mom's. We wrapped it up this past weekend, and I sent them all home with some boxes to try out in their own house. What did we have to say about the Stomp 'N Go Pads?



Pro's-


-There's no measuring out any cleaner, each pad comes in it's individual pouch that is ready to use when needed

-No machine required

-Nice scent , and it works up a good "foam" showing it's working

-Doesn't leave a ring of "cleaner" around where it had been used.

-Works on all kinds of stains


Con's

-You have to leave it on the floor for 30 minutes, my small kids want to know what it is and pick it up.

-Sometimes you have to do two applications on tough stains

-The Stomp 'N Go pads are only useful for small area stains.

-Doesn't always dry within 30 minutes and sometimes needs to be wiped up with a damp cloth.


I find the Stomp 'N Go pads great, once in awhile I do miss a spot on the floor so with these pads I can easily drop it on the ground, rub it in and leave it. Though I won't leave it out where my small kids will get it, leaving it sit over night or putting it down right before we leave the house makes for a quick clean up where I'm not scrubbing the carpet on my hands and knees!
We had some test carpet to do as well, and I even fed the kids and Mom's some Meatballs that day. Talk about a messy day! Flying meatballs and sauce stains! Who woul dhave thought extra stains would be so fun to get rid of? It was a busy day that's for sure.  We ended up using the pads right off the bat. Take a look.


Each Box holds 5 individually wrapped pads to use. You open one up, unfold it and just stomp it down into the stain.
This was on there just for a few minutes, we didn't get a chance to see it completely dry as there were more messes to clean up! But the results were quick and for dark stains we were impressed!

Check out Bissell on Facebook and  the Bissell website, where you can pick up some Stomp 'N Go Stain lifting pads for $4.99! They also have a Stain removal guide that's helpful and don't forget to sign up for their emails where you can find some great coupons and special offers!



Disclosure- “I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of BISSELL and received a party kit and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.”


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October 19, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Halloween Fun

If you missed my Halloween Trio Tomatoes, Say hello!



Now meet their cousins, Monster Stuffed Peppers




This is what happens when I don't get to paint or draw, I end up playing with my food :)  The Peppers are using the recipe I've posted before, you can find that here. Oh and stay tuned to see the fun I had with oranges :)

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October 18, 2011

Did you Know Tuesday - Meet a New Mom Blogger!

Melissa over at Something Like Life , is a busy Mom like myself! She's  always on the run, whether making a dozen or so fun cupcakes, chasing her kids down or remodeling her home, she's moving all the time! As if she's not busy enough, Mellissa is crafty too! She started making candles in her spare time, which I'm glad she started, because I was lucky enough to try one of them out. She sent a homemade candle my way and I'm tempted to beg her for more. :)

It smells so good, just like Strawberry Cheesecake, which can just end up making you hungry, and this candle did very quickly! It wasn't too strong, which is the top reason I'm so picky about candles. Their scents tend to over power everything and I do not enjoy that one bit. You want a nice smell, not one that makes you wish you never picked it up to begin with. The scent Mellissa made the candle out of was so different from the regular ones you find at the store,  it was a real welcome addition to my home.  She put it into a pretty glass for me. Isn't it just pretty?


Mellissa is also new to Blogging! She tried to get it going awhile ago, and just started back up, so  If you have a minute go on over to Something Like Life and say hello! Tell her I sent you, and check out what she has up already. She wrote up a wonderful tutorial on candle making , which is really interesting. Here's hoping she'll get back into making candles and share them with us all, and I'm telling you she makes great ones! Send her some blog love, she also has a new Facebook page , so check that out as well!



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October 15, 2011

Keri® Shea Butter Conditioning Therapy Review and Giveaway **CLOSED**

What Keri® Lotion is best for you?
 Keri  is a trusted lotion brand and has been for more than 50 years. Proved to provide long lasting moisturinzing for generations after generations. Since everyone is different , we all need a different lotion as well and Keri®does just that.  Keri® Products offers a full line of lotions made for every skin type out there to meet your specific needs.

I recently stitched lotions from a brand I used to always use, or you can say have been switching to try to find a new lotion that I like.  What I was using, just wasn't working and the lotion became increasingly greasy on my skin.When  I received a bottle of Keri®Shea Butter Conditioning Therapy Lotion it couldn't have come at a better time.


I'm always in the garden, constantly in the kitchen or doing crafdts with the kids, so I'm also always washing my hands which takes out most of your skins natural oils. When I used the Keri® Shea Butter lotion I was taken by surprise to say the very least! It's super light weight, not at all greasy. My skin holds in the moisture all day as well when before, I'd have to use lotion up to three times per day trying to nourious my dry skin, only to end up with a greasy feeling.

  It was different with Keri®, even through all the clean ups I do as well as working hard in the dirt, my skin didn't get as dry as it used to be. That's a plus for me, and best of all there's no scent to it or added scent to the Shea Butter Lotion. I'm not a scent person, as I've got sensitive skin so this is a very big plus for me.  Some Keri® lotions do have added scents, but I will stick to the Shea Butter one. It's perfect for me, and leaves my skin nourished all day long without it being greasy! I don't think I'll ever go back to any other lotions again! Keri® won me over!

Want to try out  Keri® Shea Butter Conditioning Therapy  Lotion yourself? Now is your chance!

**WINNER **
ms-texas with # 36 comment 
Congrats, and thank you SO much everyone for entering!!!

** Giveaway**

 **Disclosure- I received the products mentioned above from Keri Lotion ,  in order to write an honest review. No monetary compensation was received for this post. I did not have to write an positive review, Any and all opinions are and will always be my own.* 

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October 14, 2011

Sweet Treat Friday - Caramel Apple Upside-Down Cake- Marzetti Dip Review and Giveaway! *CLOSED*




Marzetti® Light Caramel Dip
Think about it, Caramel Apples, and Cake, why not right? That's what I came up with this week, after trying to find a different way to use the  Marzetti Dip Caramel Dip that I received to review. I wanted something fun, new and different. Well, no recipes seemed to hit the spot with me, and then suddenly I had a thought.

Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake. Yes! I'm not sure if there is a recipe out there, haven't come across one, so this is my own change to the classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Since the basic recipe uses brown sugar, I just changed that for the  Marzetti Dip, and added apples. Ta- Da



We Have Cake!

What I did was following the directions for the Pineapple Upside down cake, instead of melting the butter in  the pan, I melted the butter with one cut up apple in a cast iron skillet. Once the apples were tender I poured one giant spoonful or 2 oz (Marzetti has these awesome convenience packs that I used for this) caramel dip and Just swirled it around in the pan with butter and apples till it was all mixed together.

Then I carefully poured the melted butter and caramel in the cake pan before setting the apples in the pan as well. Just arrange as you would the pineapple slices. Pour the cake batter over the apples and cook for the same amount of time, about 30 minutes till a toothpick comes out clean in the center.


 It tastes amazing, :) Want to try it out yourself? How about a Free Tub of Caramel Dip to try it out with? Sound good? Then listen up and you can win a coupon for a Free tub of ANY variety of Marzetti Product dips.


The Two Winners are

- With Comment #20 
Barb

New Winner picked as first one didn't respond-
Congrats
Delco Deal Diva

Thanks to all that entered!!
                                       ** Giveaway*


 **Disclosure- I received the products mentioned above from Marzetti ,  in order to write an honest review. No monetary compensation was received for this post. I did not have to write an positive review, Any and all opinions are and will always be my own.* 


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October 11, 2011

DreamWorks Pictures' REAL STEEL Giveaway! *CLOSED*


DreamWorks Pictures' REAL STEEL opened in theaters everywhere on October 7th! Have you seen the previews for it yet? I actually only saw a few just int he last week or so, and it caught my sons attention right off he bat.
  After all what nine year old boy wouldn't like to see an eight foot robot on the big screen? 
In REAL STEEL The Dad and son team take their star robot boxer named Noisy Boy, in to the ring to fight, for some action pack and metal crunching fun.  
Here's a preview  of the Charlie and Max (High Jackman and Dakota Goyo)





And another great preview






ITEMS FOR GIVEAWAY:

- REAL STEEL t-shirt in adult  sizes of S, M, L, XL
- REAL STEEL bottle opener
- REAL STEEL stickers
- REAL STEEL temporary tattoos

 


 

*GIVEAWAY RULES* Giveaway is now Closed, Winner, picked by Random.org is
Comment #22

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Disclosure, I was not paid to host this giveaway in anyway. I'm hosting on behalf of DreamWorks Pictures and REAL STEEL. Any and all opinions are my own.

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October 10, 2011

Tomato Focaccia

It was a dream come true, my love for bread, and tomatoes, slapped into one. It would have been really good if I read through the entire recipe before rushing to make it.Possibly even thinking it out as well, like I normally plan things. No, not this time, I was just too exited to try it! 

It came out great, don't get me wrong but I screwed up about 3 times. First I measured the flour wrong, then I decided because I was just so lazy enough not to want to wash a bowl I kept the yeast sponge in the measuring cup. If you know what a yeast sponge is, you are shaking your head at me right now, or even possibly laughing because you know what happened! The sponge, started rising like it should, only it went well over the rim of the measuring up, all over the cutting board where I had it and all over the floor. You know what doesn't clean up a yeast sponge really well? A cleaning sponge, no joke, totally sticky mess!


Here's a tip for this bread,  besides not leaving the yeast sponge in a small bowl or measuring cup (think like a four cup bowl, or mixer bowl) You need to press the garlic into the dough like the tomatoes when it's time to put them on the dough. If you don't press them in, or at least for me, they got pretty brown and weren't edible. The few that got stuck in the dough were very tender and wonderful, so just FYI, press garlic in with the tomatoes!

Tomato Focaccia

Ingredients

2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey or sugar
3/4 cup lukewarm water (110 - 115 degrees)
1 cup room temp water
2/3 bread flour
4 cups white flour (all purpose)
1/4 cup whole wheat
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup sliced garlic
1 pint assorted small tomatoes- Cherry, Sweet 100's or currant Tomatoes
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Directions

 Sprinkle the dry yeast over the lukewarm water. (Measure it in a measuring cup then pour it into a  medium sized bowl ) Let is sit for about  5 minutes then stir in the honey or sugar. Allow it to sit for another 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add the bread flour and combine to form the sponge
 Rest for 30 minutes, the sponge will rise a lot during this stage.
In another bowl combine the white and whole wheat flours together along with the salt. Make a well then add the finished sponge. Add 3/4 cup of oil, and remaining  cup of water. Mix until combined. Once it's mixed, dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Wouldn't take very long at all. (5 minutes should be good)  Place the dough in a well oiled (just spray with Pam) and cover with plastic. Let it rise in a warm spot until it doubles in volume. It will take about 1 1/2 hours. Do not rush this rise.

While you wait for the bread to rise. Warm 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a small saucepan. Add the garlic and cook until tender. Set aside to let cool. Preheat the oven to 350F.
Brush a cookie sheet with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil. Place the dough in the center then using your fingers to spread it out till it reaches 8x12 inches. Do not roll this out.

When the dough has just started to rise again (I waited about 5 minutes for the dough to rest, not sure if the directions meant anything else, but it worked fine with me.)  Scatter the cooled garlic and olive oil over the top. Place the tomatoes on the surface of the dough pressing slightly into the dough to fix them into place (I'd press the garlic in too so they don't get so brown or burn)Allow the dough to rise again, it will take anywhere from 15-30 minutes shouldn't be any longer.

Bake until slightly browned, 30 minutes in the 350 degree oven. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and bake for 10 more minutes. This recipe came from a friend, if I find out where she got it, I'll add that!


Enjoy!!






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