Creative Friday 5


Once again its that time again for the Friday 5!  Sorry I missed last week.  It was kinda crazy around here.  Anyway, here are some wonderful ideas that I am planning on trying for this Halloween/Fall Season.  Enjoy!


1.  Footprint Ghosts
Aren't these just adorable!?  Great way to watch your kids grow too!


2. Cute little idea for the kids to enjoy making and eating...Chow Mein Monsters.


3. Burlap Wreath
Loved this idea for a wreath with folded burlap!  Great Tutorial too!  
(Actually I already made it...pictures of my rendition to come soon!)

4. Fabric pumpkins!  Adorable!
So would love to make some of these for decoration.  
My kids can play with them and can't break them either...double plus!




5.  Now why didn't I think of this??  Candy Corn Cookies.
Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, divide in to three parts.  Color two parts orange and yellow.
Pat in a parchment paper lined bread pan, chill, then slice and finally cut into triangles.  
We did this, and the kids loved it! 
 Plus you can keep the dough frozen and cut just as many as you need at one time.
another one from Kathie Cooks

Hope you are inspired!  Have a great Friday!



Bread Baking!

So this week I have been baking bread like a crazy lady!  My mother taught us how to bake bread when we were younger, so I have some no fear  in trying different recipes.  The recipes I found were from King Arthur Flour.  They have a wonderful selection of different bread recipes ranging from quick breads and cookies to sourdough and gluten free.  They also have an online store for purchasing flours, mixes, pans and more!  It is also a great resource if you have baking questions too.   I don't have any affiliation with the site, I just love bread...haha. This week I made fresh Pita bread!  It was so easy and it was amazing with hummus!  I do recommend doing it on an air bake sheet.  I found they puffed up better than on a normal pan.

For dinner the other night I tried Pennsylvania Dutch Hamburg Barbecue Sandwich also very tasty...even the kids liked it!  (sorry I forgot to take a picture of this dinner, but if you can imagine a sloppy joe on a potato bun, that's what it looked like)

Then this morning I had a hankering for some English muffins so I tried this 

English Muffin Toasting Bread, so very easy to make especially when half awake and tastes wonderfull!

 

Hopefully this inspires you to try baking bread.  Its really not that hard, and the aromas of fresh baked bread through out your house are well worth it!

 
Have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Zucchini Bread



One of my favorite summer time treats zucchini bread. Especially smeared with cream cheese but now with my new dairy-free diet, coconut spread works great!


Just  grab a few large zucchini and a cute little helper!  And lets begin.


 


Ingredients

4 eggs

½ cup oil
2 ¼ cups sugar

3 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups grated zucchini

3 ½ cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon allspice

½ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cloves

Raisin or nuts, optional

Grate the zucchini with a grater.  I used an grating attachment on my kitchen aide mixer.  It makes the job so much easier. Set aside.



Beat eggs until well blended. 
  



Add oil, sugar, vanilla and grated zucchini to the eggs.


Sift and add to egg & zucchini mixture: flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves.  Mix well until blended, scraping down sides.
I used whole wheat white flour for a little whole grain.
And I also made it corn-free, by substituting
1/4 tsp of baking soda + 1/2 tsp of cream of tarter for the baking powder
which contains cornstarch.


Add in raisins or nuts if desired.


Divide between two greased bread pans.  

Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until tooth pick comes out clean when inserted.



Take out and cool on wire racks.



Enjoy!



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