Thursday, April 9, 2009

Holy Thursday- and a Full Moon

Today is Holy Thursday also called Maundy Thursday in the christian religions. It is the day that signifies the Last Supper. In remembrance of the event, our church has a potluck dinner prior to the evening service. We were supposed to bring a salad, but being a baker, I could not resist bringing some bread. At this moment, I have white baguettes and two loaves of rye baguettes in the oven. I figure they should be done about thirty minutes prior to church, which should make them just a ittle warm when peolple start to eat. My family are also choir members, I don't like to sing with a full stomach, so I tend to eat on the lighter side at this.

I also made a ramen noodle salad. My husband and I really like the crunch here's my recipe:
1 head of cabbage
1 pound of carrots
1 cup of sunfloewer seeds
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup sesame seeds

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar

2 pkgs ramen noodles

Shred the cabbage and the carrots using either the food processor or a shredder. You can also buy a bag of coleslaw mix if you do not want to shred the vegetables. Place in a large bowl.

Toast the sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds. When toasted, add to the bowl of vegetables.

Mix the vinegar, oil and sugar together adding 1-2 pkgs of the ramen noodle seasoning mix as desired.

crush the raw noodles, add to the vegetable and nut mixture. Pour the dressing mix over and mix well. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes for the tastes to mix well.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Yeah! I'm Back!

It's been a week since I changed the name of my website, and a challenging week it has been. I do not have much experience with websites, and for some reason I could not get the info from my other site to transfer over. But, after two messages to "godaddy" they were finally able to talk me through it.

For Christians, yesterday was the beginning of the holiest week of the church year. It is a week of preparation and remembering of Christ's death and culminates with the celebration of the rising of Christ on Easter Sunday. It also begins for me a week of food preparation and cleaning for Easter..
Today I cleaned my laundry room, and hung a couple of decorations. Since I am still having difficulty after my torn hamstring, it takes a lot longer for me to get things done. I find I need to stop and rest alot more, and am unable to move in ways I did in the past. It's coming back slowly, but getting better.

I decided to join the website I traditionally make easter lamb cakes every year, and was looking for a new pound cake recipe. I did not take pictures, but it did come out tasting very good. I baked it in my countertop electric oven I have so I could see the progression of it rising. It was pretty cool to see! I also baked a foccacia with some extra bread dough I had. For dinner, I took the leftover hamburgers we had from Saturday, added some spaghetti sauce on top and some mozzerella cheese. After warming that in the microwave, we made a sandwich using the foccacia. I think my husband thought he died and went to heaven- it was that good. I also mixed the dough for my sugar cookies, which I will start to bake tomorrow. I'm thinking of making some cookie bouquets for the easter baskets this year.

Tonight I also spent three hours at choir practice, so I think its time to go to sleep since I do have to work in the morning. The rest of the baking will just have to wait.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Changing name

I have been blogging now for a year. Through this year, I have learned very much. I have decided to change our name to Merry Bakers. Since my daughter and I are both involved in baking, why not change the name to involve her more. I am hoping she may decide to assist me on the blog, thereby improving it for the readers. She is becoming quite a gifted writer, and since she is taking creative writing, she made add some insight.

I have attempted to add the info from my other blog. For some reason I am unable to get it posted correctly, but the info is all there.

With a that said, time to get baking. I am going to make my first batch of petit fours which I hope to be able to decorate for Easter.