Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Happy National Pretzel Day!

Happy National Pretzel Day! Nothing beats a freshly baked pretzel right out of the oven. Here's one of my favorite recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

CLEAN EATING SOFT PRETZELS
(Makes approximately 13 pretzels)

Ingredients:
  • 1 packet rapid rise yeast 
  • 3 tablespoons honey 
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water (between 105-115 degrees F.) 
  • 4 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil (any oil will work) 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1 teaspoon water 
  • Seeds of choice or course salt 
Directions: Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Combine the warm water and honey in a medium bowl and stir until honey is dissolved. Pour in the yeast, stir very briefly just to incorporate, and set aside so it can foam. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the oil and the foamy yeast to the flour bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it becomes to thick to continue. Knead by hand for about 10 minutes. The dough will be very sticky, but after kneading for about 3-4 minutes, it should become a nice, smooth dough. It will still be sticky, but should not leave any dough behind on your hands. (You may need to stop and wash your hands first and then continue kneading to be sure.) If the dough continues to stick to your hands, add 1 tbsp. of flour more to the dough. Knead well. Repeat if necessary. Now you can shape your dough as shown below. The cord of dough in picture 1 is approximately 1/2 inch thick and approximately 14 inches long. Once you have all of your pretzels formed and on the cookie sheets, cover the sheets with a towel and let them sit for 1 hour. When you come back, they should be nice a “fluffy” (doubled in size). Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Now you can brush on the egg wash, sprinkle them with seeds and bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool and serve.

(Recipe and photo courtesy of The Gracious Pantry)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ahhh...romance...

Good morning, everyone! I'm getting ready to enter my writing cave, and I came upon this little piece of inspiration this morning. I absolutely LOVE Pride and Prejudice, and this is one of my favorite scenes with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. Isn't it romantic? *happy sigh* I hope you all have a wonderful Thursday! 💗💙💚💛💜

Monday, April 17, 2017

It's National Cheese Ball Day!

What better way to celebrate National Cheese Ball Day than to post another great recipe? This one comes from Jen at Yummy Healthy Easy. Enjoy!

Easy Cheese Ball

Ingredients: 
  • 2 (8-oz) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, chopped 
  • crackers, for serving
Directions: Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Add in Parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Stir together until combined. Pour chopped almonds onto plastic wrap and then roll cheese ball in almonds. Roll up into plastic wrap and refrigerate. Unwrap and place on plate. Serve with crackers and devour.

(Recipe and photo courtesy of Yummy Healthy Easy)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die." - John 11:25-26

 
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