Amish White Bread

I don’t have a whole lot of confidence with bread, especially putting so much time into something that might fail. I don’t bake breads often.

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But this day was different! So I broke out a bottle of sparkling wine, made drew open it while I stood in another room because those things scare me, and started measuring things out.

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Many hours later and I’m gonna call it a success, for a few minutes there I wasn’t sure if it was gonna stop growing. Now I have delicious mega Amish bread. I used this recipe here.  Amish White Bread

sour cream herb dip

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I am using an Aerogarden and for my first grow 5 out of 7 plants came up. Lemon Basil, Red Basil, Dill, Thyme and Sage. The Parsley and Mint did not want to grow unfortunately. This is the first week where everything has grown big enough I can start harvesting it.

So here is one of my favorite things to make with dill. Generally I make this with all dried herbs.

Sour Cream Herb Dip

  • 3 parts sour cream
  • 1 part heavy cream
  • 1 part an equal blend of fresh chopped dill, thyme and garlic (Roughly, some people don’t like garlic like I do.)
  • add salt/pepper to taste

Mix all, let rest in fridge for flavors to mingle for a couple of hours or over night.

A few of my favorite things to eat with this dip are cracked pepper & olive oil triscuits, artichokes and on french fries. But i will sometimes use it in place of salad dressing  or as I will be doing for dinner, using it for a dipping sauce for chicken fingers.

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Cinnamon Coffee Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This is probably one of my most used creations and I have gotten the best feedback on it from people who I have gifted it to. It is perfect for dry winter skin or for people who tend to scratch the skin off their legs while sleeping(I’m guilty of that one myself). It’s great for morning showers, the smell of coffee and caffeine absorbing into the skin is soothing and refreshing at the same time. For this recipe the amount of oil vs sugar can be played with… find what works best for you. I prefer enough coconut oil that it is the consistency of a thick lotion.

2 oz sugar(white or brown)

2 oz coffee infused coconut oil

2 tbs coffee grounds(optional)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon(or pumpkin pie spice)

Heat coconut oil just until it becomes a liquid, add all ingredients and mix well. Pour into a clean container with an air tight lid. Enjoy thoroughly.

Alternate recipe

2 oz sugar (white or brown)

2 oz coconut oil

2 tbs coffee grounds

1/2 tsp cinnamon(or pumpkin pie spice)

Heat coconut oil just until it becomes a liquid, add all ingredients and mix well. Seal in container and let sit for a few days to a week for the coffee to work its way through the coconut oil.

Coffee and Cocoa Body Butter Recipe

I got a little impatient with letting my coffee oil infuse so I stole 1/3 of a cup(leaving the rest to infuse for another few weeks) and made some coffee infused body butter.

I infused into coconut oil that has been next to my aerogarden for warmth for two weeks and then I strained out the grounds, I triple filtered the oil to remove particulate. I ended up with this…

Pic-01142014-002After that I had my double boiler set up and added equal parts of cocoa butter, shea butter and almond oil to my infused coconut oil. I listened to some music and drank some hard cider while I waited for the cocoa butter to melt in. After it is all melted and mixed I rested the bowl in the fridge until the edges start to significantly cool and harden it is time for the mixing. This can take 30-45 minutes generally, depending on your equipment and quantity. Really you want an electric mixer and go ahead and whip the body butter for about 8-10 minutes, if you are a crazy person with no electric mixer just whisk it till your arm is going to drop off.  When it is all cooled and whipped pour the body butter into your chosen container. The mixture will continue to stiffen after you stop whipping so get it into a container instead of letting it rest.

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