Bread!!!

I made bread from scratch! *pause for happy dance* A couple of weeks ago I had this crazy idea  to make bread. I put it off for a while because the simple thought of doing it made me break out in hives. I had no idea where to start but I did know I wanted to start with a simple recipe first. So obviously I ended up at Pinterest. I by no means can take credit for this recipe so I will link the website I found it on. http://reallifedinner.com/how-to-make-perfect-artisan-bread-step-by-step-instructions-and-pictures/

This lady is brilliant! The recipe was easy and the step by step instructions made is so very easy. When my bread was done and I pulled it out of the oven I felt like the most powerful woman who ever lived!!!! I wanted to run out of my house screaming at the top of my voice so all my neighbors could hear the good news... I made fresh artisan bread!!! This may sound silly to some but to me this was a huge victory!!! 

I hope this inspires you to tackle something that scares you. Happy Baking!!!

Cactus Terrarium- DIY

So recently I have jumped on the terrarium bandwagon. I searched far and wide for a real terrarium that didn't cost a pretty penny, however all the budget friendly ones were fake and I just don't do fake flowers/foliage! So I decided to make my own and here is how I did it!

Supplies:

-a cute house, I got mine at Home Goods

-Activated Charcoal (you can find it at Petmsart) 

-fish tank pebbles. (they have a bunch of colors, I was torn between bright pink and white).

-an assortment of Cacti. I found the succulent at the farmers market but the rest I bought at Home depot 

-Cactus soil (trust me you want specific cactus soil, it helps from overwatering).

-and I just had to buy a gnome (I bought him at Michaels craft store).

How to: 

I started with putting a little piece of plastic on the bottom of the house to keep it from rotting out. Then I put a very thin layer of the activated charcoal, the charcoal keeps the terrarium from fogging up and getting smelly. I then put a layer of the fish tank pebbles before I put the cactus soil down. Next is the fun part, planting the cacti! After arranging them how I liked I finished off with a layer of the pebbles. Then I put my little gnome in there, isn't he the cutest! I hope that this inspires you to love cacti! These terrariums are perfect for those who want to garden but may not have the green thumb. Good Luck! 

p.s. -> water every week (very little water) and your little cacti needs at least 4 to 6 hours of full sun a day!



Classic Breakfast

I have recently discovered a cute little vinatge china store close to my house where I have spent a pretty penny on some beautiful china. I blame my love for miss matched china on my Grandmother on my dads side. I didn't know her very well nor do I have very many memories of her, other than having tea and lunches with her and my mother. When she passed my mother got her extenisve tea cup and china collection and hence the slight obsession...

I have recently discovered a cute little vinatge china store close to my house where I have spent a pretty penny on some beautiful china. I blame my love for miss matched china on my Grandmother on my dads side. I didn't know her very well nor do I have very many memories of her, other than having tea and lunches with her and my mother. When she passed my mother got her extenisve tea cup and china collection and hence the slight obsession...

Cowboy Cookies

There are 3 basic pieces of information I feel everyone should know about me first:

I am a proud Texas girl.

I LOVE hockey.

I love food.

So basically this blog will be about any one of those things, but very possible all of those things at once. I wanted to make my first post about a cookie that is near and dear to me. My grandfather once said "You can keep a marriage together with Cowboy cookies". I'm not sure he was speaking for everyone, but since he and my grandmother were married for the equivalent of forever, I'm going to take his advice. 

Cowboy cookies were made at every holiday, birthday, and summer get together we had at my grandparents. Full of rolled oats, chocolate chips, and pecans how can you go wrong? On a side note: My grandparents had 3 huge pecan trees in their yard and my grandmother would make the grandkids pick up pecans, crack and deshell them for her. We were rewarded with delicious cowboy cookies... totally worth it. 

I love this recipe for it's memories and the fact that they are just down right delicious. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. Happy Baking!

Here is what you'll need:

·         2 cups of flour

·          1 tsp. soda

·         1/2 tsp. salt

·         1/2 tsp. baking powder

·         1 cup (2 sticks) Margarine** (don't use butter) or one cup of shortening*

·         1 cup sugar

·         1 cup brown sugar (tightly packed)

·         2 eggs

·         2 cups rolled oats

·         1 tsp. Vanilla

·         1 package Choc. Chips. (or 1 1/2 cups)

·         1 cup chopped pecans

The key to these cookies is how you mix it:Cream together the eggs, sugar, brown sugar and shortening or margarine in a bowl, it will look like wet course sand. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda then mix with the wet ingredients. When blended add chocolate chips, pecans and vanilla. I always add the oats last so they don't soak up all the vanilla. Mix and bake at 325 for 10 to 12 min. Then perfecto cowboy cookies!

*If you like thin and chewy cookies use the shortening. 

**If you like a fluffy cookie use the margarine 

This makes a large batch of cookies. (Great for parties or bake sales)

p.s. these also make the best ice cream sandwiches!