Adventures In Cooking// Soaked Bread

Hey Everyone.

I am really excited to share with you all some pictures and my bread making process. We go through quite a bit of bread when it is made. Usually six smallish loaves will last two or maybe three days. We go through food pretty quickly, especially as my brothers are getting older. πŸ˜€

I have been making this particular bread recipe for a long time and this year I have made it more than ever before. Sadly I do not know where the recipe came from so I can’t share it, but it is just a very simple soaked bread recipe.

Well. Let’s get started! I’m sorry for the not great photo quality for a bunch of these!


Step 1: Mix flour, I use a mixture of organic flours, yogurt and water.

Step 2: Cover bowl with damp towel and let sit overnight.

Step 3: (The next morning.) Add yeast, sugar and salt and use dough hook to mix.

Step 4: Knead into ball, on a floured surface. Sometimes the dough is more wet than other times (basically, did I measure right or not. usually I don’t.), and will need more flour to keep it from sticking to the counter.

Step 5: Place dough in large buttered bowl.

Step 6: Cover with damp towel, use the same one as before so there is one less towel to wash (not that it makes much of a difference. *sighs*), and put the bowl into a warm oven. I usually put the bowel in the oven and the turn it on to 350 for a minute.

Step 7: (Two hours later.) Butter the pans you plan to put the bread in.

Step 8: Remove dough from oven. (Note the pattern on the top from where the towel pressed into the dough. πŸ˜€)

Step 9: Remove dough from bowl and form into massive loaf.

Step 10: Cut the massive loaf into as many pieces as you want loaves. Knead each piece into a loaf shape.

Step 11: Place loaves in buttered pans and let them rise for, at least, half an hour.

Step 12: When the loaves have risen, place them in the oven and turn timer on for 30 minutes.

Step 13: When the timer beeps remove the loaves from the oven and take them out of the pans. Place the loaves on what we call a “drying rack”.

And now all that’s left is the absolute most important part of making bread, eating the bread! You may be tempted to pick off some of the crust, like my littlest sister, before you can get some butter or whatever you want on your bread. πŸ˜€


And there you have it! My first post of this type. I hope that you enjoyed learning about my bread baking process. Hopefully it inspired you to try to make some of your own!

I hope that you are all staying healthy and safe during these very difficult time. ❀︎

Have you made bread before? Do you like baking? Did this post inspire you to do some baking or cooking of your own?

Treasuring Our Senses!

Hey Everyone!

Recently in my health class we were learning about our senses, a bit more in depth then what we all learned in kindergarten. I found it really interesting so I decided to write this post. (Also it makes my mom really happy that I am posting something I learned in school.) πŸ˜€

I am also including in this post some pictures that I took when I went on a snowy walk the other day.


SIGHT

I think that our sight is probably the most important sense. Almost everything we do uses our eyes in some capacity. We base so much off of what we see.

The thing that I found most interesting about our eyes was learning that we actually cry more then one type of tear! The make up of tears that we cry when in pain is different from when we cry emotional tears! Isn’t that amazing? I had no idea.

I know some people seem to feel better after crying (personally I don’t, but you might) and I was really surprised to learn that there is a reason that they feel better. The chemicals and hormones in tears actually make them feel better! After learning that I guess that I need to be more understanding of people in my life who cry much more frequently then I do.

The other thing that we talked about was the importance of guarding our eyes, being careful about what we watch, read and look at. My parents have always really stressed the importance of this, and I still forget sometimes. So I thought I would remind all of you as well! Be careful that you only use your eyes in ways that are pleasing to the Lord!!!


HEARING

Our ears are incredible and the things that our brains and ears work together to produce are wonderful. When you actually take a couple minutes to think about all the different sounds that you recognize, wind, rain, bells, footsteps, creaking, hearts beating, throats clearing, voices, the list just goes on and on, you will be blown away!! At least I know I was.

I learned that our ears have 20,000 fibers that are quite a bit like piano strings! A piano has only 80 strings and think about all the sounds it can make! With 20,000 strings the possibilities for sound are practically endless.

I think that we don’t appreciate our hearing like we should, we just take it for granted. Recently I have come to appreciate my hearing more after reading Eleanor’s recent posts. It made me think about what I would do if I lost my hearing and how I would react. Spending time thinking about this has made me admire Eleanor more and really reminded me how thankful I should be for my hearing.

So next time you are listening to music or just using your ears (I know we are constantly using our ears, but still), think of Eleanor and others who cannot hear and remember to be thankful for your hearing!!!


TASTE

I love food, absolutely love it. I love buying the things that go into it at farmers markets (whatever we don’t produce ourselves), I love cooking it and then I love enjoying it and watching my family enjoy it. I’m really not sure that life would be worth living without being able taste food, especially chocolate. πŸ˜€

I thought that it was really interesting that when you are born you have 10,000 taste buds! They decrease and condense as you get older.

As I am sure you have noticed, when you eat and are stressed or nervous or scared everything seems to taste the same. I was surprised to learn that your saliva changes when you are scared, stressed or nervous and that it blocks the openings to your taste buds!


I know that this only covers the first three senses, I am probably going to do apart two at some point.

I hope that you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Which sense do you think is the most important? Or do you think they are all equally important? If you could only pick one sense to keep which would it be? If you had to choose one sense to give up, what would it be?

Cooking and Baking #3

Hey Everyone!

I have a bunch of post ideas and tags and awards and things that I want to do, but I decided to do this post after prepping for it for a couple months. I hope you all enjoy it!


I am pretty sure that I shared this amazing Chocolate Cake recipe last time I did one of these posts, but I took (slightly) better pictures of it and I wanted them to be apart of this post. πŸ˜€


I made these Chocolate Cookies to serve over the holidays. They were absolutely delicious, especially straight out of the oven!


These are the best Banana Muffins EVER! I think so any way! I found this recipe recently when I was looking for a banana muffin recipe with great reviews and the ingredients I had. My whole family loves them (especially when I add chocolate chips) so I have made them quite a few times. πŸ˜€


I love making variations of this soup, basically all it is is a chicken (or whatever I have on hand) stock and tomato sauce base that I add whatever spices and stuff I want to add to it. πŸ˜€


We make cinnamon rolls every Christmas a couple times! They are so yummy!


I guess that’s all I have for today.

Have you cooked or baked anything delicious (or not so delicious) recently? Which of these recipes would you like to try out sometime?

Thank you so much for reading this post! I can’t wait to hear from all of you in the comments!

Cooking/Baking!

Hey Everyone!

For this week’s post I am going to share a few of the things that I have made since my first Cooking post. I have made way more things than I have pictures of, but I almost always forget to take pictures. I am attempting to remember more often. πŸ˜€

First up I have my fresh salsa!Β  Fresh salsa is SO simple and easy to make and amazingly delicious!! My dad has been making this for forever, but I only started making it this summer because I wanted it way more than he could make it, like for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Β πŸ˜€ All I do is chop up onions, tomatoes and cilantro, and add a bit of salt and a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. I prefer apple cider vinegar, but lemon juice works too.Β  πŸ˜€

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Next I have my favorite chocolate cake EVER! I absolutely love this cake! I have a ton of trouble making my cakes look neat (am I the only one?). Why is it that every time I make it something goes wrong? For example, my littlest brother eating part of my top layer, the frosting melting because it is so warm, anyway you get the idea. πŸ˜€Β What I love about this cake is that even if it doesn’t end of looking like I was hoping it would it will always taste amazing!

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As you can see, very messy looking! I made this cake for my littlest brother’s 3 year old birthday. We enjoyed it! πŸ˜€

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies, I mean most people do, right? But for my great aunts birthday I wanted to do something slightly differently so I made a chocolate chip cookie cake! I looked at a bunch of recipes and ended up with this one. I was happy with how it turned out, definitely a repeat!

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How has your week gone? Have you made anything delicious or beautiful recently?

Thank you for reading!!

~Esmeralda

Cooking!

Hey Everyone!

Here are some pictures of doughnuts I made this week.Β  They were really delicious!

It was one of the first times I made them by myself. I was very pleased with how they turned out!πŸ˜€

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The first bowl of doughnuts are covered in cinnamon and sugar, in the second bowl they are plain. I like these doughnuts better plain, but my siblings love them covered in cinnamon and sugar. πŸ˜€

Sometimes we cover the doughnuts with powdered sugar or we make a glaze to dip them in.Β  If you have never made (or had) homemade doughnuts, you should totally try! There are a bunch of wonderful recipes out there!Β ThisΒ is an awesome recipe for homemade yeast doughnuts that my family has made many times.

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I Love how each of the doughnuts looks a little different. You can make them more uniform, but I love how the little spikes and bumps look. Besides they taste really good! πŸ˜€

I hope that you all had a good week!

Enjoy the end August! I know I am!

Have you created anything fun, delicious, or beautiful this week? Art work or food?

~Esmeralda

p.s. I always fry my doughnuts in our own lard. Best fat ever for frying in!