and POOF! I’m back in the blogosphere. Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ve been laying around my house because of my hernia surgery 2 weeks ago. This down time is frustrating. Luckily, I also caught a bug – Pinterest ! I have been “pinning” and sharing a wealth of inspiration with friends…all pulled from the internet. What a perfect organizing tool. All of my decorating/recipe/inspirational thoughts are quickly filed, so my brain has room for creative thinking. LOVE it.
Despite doctor’s orders…I couldn’t stop myself from moving at least some of this time. It’s amazing how pain killers can make you feel productive LOL!
First family movie night, featuring Free Willy 2. The husband and oldest son where off to see a basketball game…or the movie might have changed.
Movie Snack and yes, I hit up pretzel M&M clearance after Christmas
Inspired by Valentine’s Day and a belly full of M&Ms, I launched a crafty project. It was so fun and easy! Thanks to the inspiration weibo.com/wodiy, the entire project took about 30 minutes. You can see the original instructions here, but you can also enjoy our pics below. The felt I bought was a little flimsy, so I incorporated a bead between hearts – double strung – so that the bead helped hold the hearts in place on string. I plan to use it for classroom decorations today.
Grab your favorite felt rectangle.
Fold it in half and sew 1/4" seam down folded side.
Open your felt like a book.
Now fold the opposite way from the first fold. Sew another 1/4" seam down the length of the open seam.
Now flatten your heart and cut it into 1 to 2" strips. It doesn't have to be exact.
Cut a length of thread (we used about 5 feet). Thread a sewing needle and push through your heart.
Keep threading in any pattern you like. It will look something like this. (Those are tiny beads between hearts.)
While my daughter and I were being crafty, we also made some delicious whole wheat bread. Mmmmmmm!
= Tummy Goodness!
See how uneven the tops are? If I had taken the time to shape the dough nicely, these would have baked up a little prettier. But the taste of homemade bread makes you forget about that. Mmmmm…
Here’s our recipe, courtesy of my favorite recipe website, AllRecipes.com:
3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/3 cup honey
5 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky – just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. Cool completely. Slice and enjoy! We ate ours with South Dakota honey.
I am going to try really, really hard to share more Edhead thoughts in 2012. I am very inspired by all of my creative friends. Stay tuned!