How To Make Bread In A Bag

Kids love to cook! That’s why this Bread In A Bag Recipe is perfect for your kids to make delicious, homemade bread. I am usually the bread baker, but one day I was busier than usual, so I thought, “Why not let the little kids make the bread today?” They thought it was a great idea too!

Bread in A Bag Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Gallon-Sized Resealable Bag
  • 3 Cups Flour + More for dusting surface
  • 3 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp. Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • Butter

Directions:

First, the kids gathered up the ingredients. I gave them a simple bread recipe to use instead of the recipe I usually make and it turned out great.

bread ingredients

Then they each got a gallon-sized resealable bag and put 1 cup of flour into it. Next, they added 3 Tbsp. of sugar, 2 1/4 tsp. yeast, and 1 cup of warm (not hot) water. Then the fun part: Squishing the bag!

mixing the bread dough

They squished the bag until the ingredients were blended and then let it rest for about 10 minutes. Next they added 3 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp. salt, and one more cup of flour to the bag. They squished the bag for a few more minutes, then added another cup of flour and squished again.

Then they squeezed the dough out of the bag onto a lightly floured surface and kneaded the dough for about 10 minutes.

kneading the dough

They then shaped the dough into loaves and put them into greased loaf pans. We covered the pans with a towel and let it rise in a warm place (on top of our stove) for an hour, when it had risen to the top of the pan.

dough in pans

Then, we baked the bread at 375°F for 30 minutes. We let it cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, and then took the loaves out of the pans and placed the loaves on the wire racks. We rubbed the top of the loaves with a stick of butter and allowed the loaves to cool completely before slicing and eating.

baked bread

DELICIOUS!!!

Delicious Slow Cooker Greens Recipe

We grow a LOT of kale and collard greens in our garden so I am always looking for a new recipe to try.  If a recipe can be cooked in a slow cooker then I love it.  Well, below is a slow cooker recipe I found on facebook from DIY Natural for greens that you can start earlier in the day and it is ready at dinner time.  You can freeze the leftovers if you don’t eat it all, so that is a big plus.  It is great to have vegetables frozen so you can eat them in the winter when your garden is done producing.

greens from the garden

Crockpot Greens

Ingredients:

  • 6 – 8 cups of greens, stems removed & chopped (we use collard greens & kale)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cups of bone broth, stock, or water
  • ham hock or several slices of cooked, chopped bacon
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (we omit this)
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons sea salt
  • pepper to taste

Add all ingredients to your slow cooker.  Cook on low heat for about 6 hours.  Turn off heat and adjust seasonings and vinegar to taste.  If using ham hock, remove it from slow cooker, pull off meat and stir meat into greens.  Serve warm as a side dish and refrigerate or freeze leftovers.

We tried these greens last night with dinner and they tasted great! We don’t like the vinegar flavor, so next time we will omit this ingredient.  We did not have any leftovers, even the kids liked them.  I am going to make more for the purpose of freezing for later in the year.  Greens are very beneficial to your health.  They detox, are loaded with antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory, and support cardiovascular & digestive health.  If you have never tried greens this would be a great recipe to start with.

So try some slow cooker greens for a healthy side dish that is quick and easy to make.  Your family will love them!

 

Best Homemade Ice Cream Recipe

I hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day last Sunday. We enjoyed the day by going to church, grilling bratwurst, and making my husband’s favorite – homemade banana ice cream! His family has been making this recipe for at least 50 years, so it is a tried and true smooth recipe.

How to make homemade ice cream:

Ingredients

  • 3 Quarts Half and Half
  • 2 Cans Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 5 Bananas Mashed (or any fruit you want to add)
  • Ice (if using ice cream maker)
  • Rock Salt/Ice Cream Salt (if using ice cream maker)

Directions:

We use an ice cream maker but you can also mix ingredients well and place in a pan, freeze at least two hours, and then scoop. (omit ice and rock salt)

  • Place Half and Half, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, salt, and mashed bananas in ice cream maker. Mix well.
  • Fill outside section of ice cream maker halfway with ice, layer some rock salt on top, then repeat ice and rock salt until full.

ice cream in ice cream maker

  • Turn ice cream maker on until ice cream is to desired thickness.
  • Enjoy your yummy homemade ice cream!

ice cream

Our kids LOVE it:

boy eating homemade ice cream

Dad is happy!

dad with homemade ice cream

 

Memorial Day Cake

This Monday is Memorial Day, a time to remember and honor those that fought for our freedom and gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is also a time to get together with family and friends to enjoy the life that we have with them.

My girls love to bake, so every Memorial Day they bake their favorite cake and let the little kids decorate it like a U.S. flag. First, they frost it with Cool Whip:

Cool Whip on Cake

Then, they put blueberries in the left top corner:

blueberries on cake

Strawberries become red stripes:

strawberries

Bananas are the white stripes. The little kids LOVE being able to be a part of making this delicious cake!

U.S. Flag Cake

Overnight Oats Recipe

Overnight oats are a fun and easy way to have breakfast ready in the morning. Our kids love them and I think you will too! Sometimes I need to have a quick breakfast ready because if we need to be somewhere early in the morning it’s nice if I don’t have to wake up an hour before everyone else just to cook breakfast. So, the night before we sit at the table and assemble our oats.

First, we gather the ingredients:

Ingredients for Overnight Oats

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Honey, maple syrup, or fruit preserves
  • Fruit, chopped nuts, raisins, or any toppings you prefer, we try to be creative
  • Jars with lids to place ingredients in

We each sit at the table with our jar ready to fill. First we pass the oats and place 1/2 cup in each jar.

oats

Next, we pour 1/2 cup milk on top of the oats in the jar.

milk for oats

Then, we each put 2-3 spoonfuls of yogurt on top of the oats and milk.

Next, we squirt some local honey in for some sweetness.

Finally, we each put the toppings of our choice on top. I put chia seeds, blueberries, and raspberries. Other combinations are cocoa, peanut butter, & bananas; peanut butter, bananas, & raspberries; coconut, chia seeds, & raspberries. The possibilities are limitless. You could use raisins, maple syrup, flax seeds, wheat germ. chopped nuts, any fruit, cinnamon, apple sauce, etc.

chia seeds oats  pb banana oats

raspberry blueberry oats  raspberry pb oats

We place lids on our jars and label them with our names. Then we put them in the refrigerator to sit overnight. In the morning all we have to do is take our jar out of the refrigerator, grab a spoon, and start eating.

Blessings,

Rosanne