Sunday, February 27, 2011

Soooo Proud!

Ruthanne had her first piano festival yesterday.  She did so well!  She had to memorize two piano pieces to play in front of a judge, take a written test, and do an ear training test.  She got a superior on her playing (the best ranking), a 90 on the theory test, and did pretty good on the ear training (she was mostly doing this for experience).  So proud of my big girl!  She insisted on wearing a skirt to church today and I thought she looked very grown up.  We also worked on crocheting today.  I almost gave up (and so did she) but she persisted and can now chain away!  Tomorrow we move onto the single crochet!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Yummy Garlic Bread

Buttery Garlic Bread Ring:
Bren’s Recipe

1 Loaf frozen bread dough thawed & allowed to rise (or make your own)
1 large egg, beaten
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1 stick butter, melted (I use ½ stick)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In small bowl, beat egg and add parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt & parsley flakes, and mix to combine. Spray bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pull golf ball size pieces of dough off the risen bread dough. Roll in egg mixture and set them around the bottom of the bundt pan. Allow resting for 1/2 hour and it will rise again slightly. Bake in oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown on top. Meanwhile, in small saucepan, melt 1 stick of butter. When bread comes out of the oven, immediately drizzle or brush butter on the bread, covering it evenly. It will sizzle or bubble and look like the bread is drowning in butter but, don't worry, in about 1 minute, it will soak into the bread.

Notes: This removes easily out of the pan and you can either butter the cut bread slices or place melted butter in the center of the bread & use to dip the bread.
*This can also be made in a loaf pan (But, I think the bundt pan is better). Set balls of dough in lines of three going down the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until golden brown on top. Drizzle or brush the top with the butter. Serve warm right out of the oven. Slice to serve.

Why didn't anyone tell me...

that there was a new America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook out? Its the Healthy addition! Green, perfect!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Have you noticed the new addition...

there on the right of my sidebar? That is where you can see items I've "shared" from my google reader feed. So, you might find coupons, fun kids crafts, recipes, etc. Check it out!

I love glass mason jars!

It makes storing soups, homemade broths, homemade beans, etc so much easier than in ziploc bags, plus I don't have to buy as many bags! Have you ever tried to defrost broth quickly that has been stored in a ziploc baggie? Yeah, it starts getting too hot in the corners, melts the bag and then you have liquid all over your microwave! Not a problem with the glass jars, just take off the metal lids and pop it in the microwave!