Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cranberry Orange Breakfast Bread

A dense breakfast bread with the wonderful taste of cranberries made in the bread machine. It’s perfect for a holiday brunch or as an accompaniment to eggs, oatmeal, anything.

1⅛ cups orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons honey
3 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon dry milk powder
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon salt
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
⅓ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select cycle; press Start. If your machine has a Fruit & Nut setting, add the cranberries and nuts at the signal, or about 5 minutes before the kneading cycle has finished.

This is delicious. I should really start taking pictures of my food when I make it, but I seem to forget and then it's all eaten by the time I think about it again. Note to self: take camera to kitchen at all times.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Happy fall, y'all!!!

I have been severely neglecting my blogs and I apologize for that. I have been so busy with things that I haven't had much time to write.

We have been painting and moving the kids rooms around. We still have two rooms to paint, but at least everyone is in their own room now. Of course, school has started and things get hectic simply because of that. We have finally gotten a break in the weather so have been trying to get out more in the past couple of weeks to play with the kids and get ready for winter. I have also been trying to get ready for winter inside of the house with washing blankets, making up warmer beds, finding coats, jackets, swapping warm weather clothes for sweaters and cords. All in all, just the business of the changing seasons.

My husband has been dealing with some health problems as well and he is going in for a sleep study in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed they can get him fixed up. His BP is high and he doesn't sleep well. I am thinking apnea.

I have also been busy with my research and experimenting for our homesteading. You can hop over to my other blog (chicken link in sidebar) to read up on some of that. It hasn't been going so great, but it's all trial and error.

Now, Christmas is coming up and I have crafting to do as I want to make a lot of my kids presents this year. I am tired of paying good money for things that break or become uninteresting before winter break is over. It's very sad.

We've been trying to get back into a routine around here and I plan to devote more time to my blogs. I am hoping to, at the very least, get a recipe posted every week. I hope to also be able to post a Kid's Corner post every week as well.

Hopefully, in the not so distant future, I will be getting my Esty shop up and running along with an e-book I have been working on. Keep a look out for those two things. I hope to have it going by spring.

Anyway, we've been doing well and have many plans for the coming months I hope to share with everyone... especially Thanksgiving dinner.