08-29-2014

Amish Friendship Bread

amish bread bannerI absolutely love Amish Bread.  I am not sure if you have had this wonderful, cinnamony bread but if you haven’t you are missing out.  Yes, it is the bread that takes 10 days (10 days!!) to make as you have to mash around a “starter” for a week and a half but it is so worth it.  You don’t have to have a starter to have Amish bread, you can make your own.  This is what I did.  When you are done you end up with enough for two loaves of bread and then (3) different starters that you can give or keep to make bread again.  I store the starters in the freezer.  I know some people say not to do this but growing up we always put them in there and they were absolutely fine.  The recipe image at the bottom is to give with your starters.

Amish Bread Starter Recipe

*You do not want to use any metal products to make this. I don’t know why, that is just what they say.  So stick to glass and wood.*

  • 1 package (.25 oz) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (this is supposed to be at 110 degrees F. I put mine in a pot and use a thermometer until it is the right temperature)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (you will use 1 cup at a time)
  • 3 cups white sugar (you will use 1 cup at a time)
  • 3 cups milk (you will use 1 cup at a time).

1. Dissolve yeast in the water.  Let that stand for about 10 minutes stirring well.

2. In a glass container (you are supposed to use 2 quarts, just make sure it is 2 quart or bigger) combine one cup flour and one cup sugar.  Make sure it is mixed up.  Then slowly stir in one cup milk and dissolved yeast.

3. Loosely cover this (I used plastic loosely on my container) and let sit at room temperature.  This is Day 1 of your 10 Days.  The next 9 days are handled according to the Amish Bread Instructions.

Day 1: Receive Starter.

Days 2-4: Stir Starter with a spoon

Day 5: Stir in one cup flour, one cup sugar and one cup milk.

Day 6-9: Stir Starter with a spoon

Day 10: Stir in one cup flour, one cup sugar and one cup milk.  Then remove one cup to make your first bread, and then you have three additional cups of mixture.  You can put one cup each in plastic bags.  You can give each one to a friend (if they want to deal with a 10 day process :) or you can keep them for yourself and put them in the freezer.  You would then take them out to start the 10 day process again starting just on Day 1.  You are now ready to make your bread.

Amish Bread Recipe

  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp, cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

1. Start with your Starter or One Cup of Batter.  Mix in all of the above ingredients in a large bowl.  Make sure you are still using glass and wood.  Mix until well blended.

2. Grease two loaf pans and fill with the mixture.

3. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 min-1 hour.  Then let it cool and enjoy.

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Printable Recipe for once you already have a starter :)

 

Amish Bread Recipe

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08-28-2014

Thankful Thursdays

Thankful Thursdays

 

Today I am thankful for fresh baked sweets from the oven!  Cakes, cookies, breads… I love them all!!

 

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08-25-2014

Handmade Tuesdays [8.26.14]

Welcome to Handmade Tuesdays! As always, no rules but I’d love for you to follow (over there —–>) and to visit and comment on other’s posts. Thanks so much for linking up!



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08-22-2014

Evernote for Organization

 

Evernote for Organizine

I have mentioned how I use Evernote For Blogging in the past and I finally finished (or am at least up to date) on using Evernote to organize all my articles.  I am sure a lot of you are like me and you rip out articles and ideas from magazines.  I used to have large binders storing all of this information in plastic sleeves.  It worked but 1. took up a lot of room and 2. I had to look to find what I was looking for.  Enter Evernote.  I can scan in my articles using my printer and then put them into Evernote.  Evernote converts them into searchable PDF’s.  This is my favorite part.  I can put the article in and then I can search in Evernote to find them!

Before Evernote

 

These are only some of the articles I was scanning in.  It took me forever.  I started back in April and took a long break and finally finished up the other day.  Some of these articles I had been saving for years.  This was good as I was able to get rid of some of them that didn’t matter and put the recipes in my recipe binder.

Inside Evernote

Once you have everything scanned in you can go ahead and make a new Notebook.  I titled mine Home, Crafts, Articles/Tips, and then Clothes/Health (basically general Me).  You can always add more notebooks and change them as you scan articles in but since you can search for everything I find it a lot easier to have less notebooks and make use of searching and tags.  For the one above you can see I added the tags: bedroom & Kid’s.  I also have added the magazine it came from on some of them.  This way I can search the tag Bedroom and all of the bedrooms will come up.

Searches in Evernote

This is what it looks like when you are searching. I searched just in this folder and it was able to find the text from the picture of the article and bring it up for me.  It makes it so much easier to search for things.

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I even use it for some craft ideas.  Granted, I have lots of different places with craft ideas and should use Evernote more to store them but when I am out and about and find something I want to recreate it is super easy to place it in Evernote.  Evernote has a mobile app where I can make notes on the go.

Evernote has so many uses, blogging and organizing articles are really just the beginning.  How do you use Evernote?

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