Brittany wrote this on 5 October 2016
When the inevitable pumpkin spice craziness begins to invade our lives, I like to be ready for it.
I love me some lattes, but when my kids asked to have one too, I hesitated. We generally don’t give them coffee, seeing as how they are wired enough already. Personally, I don’t think it is very good for them, and if they want to pump themselves full of java later in life, I can’t stop them. Until them, I call the shots *evil laugh* and they will have to make do with this hot chocolate recipe.
Although, I would argue that it is not ‘making do’ but is instead, even better! Ok. So you don’t get the caffeine hit, which, to be honest, is my favorite part of ANY latte, pumpkin spice or otherwise. But I would choose a mug of hot chocolate over coffee just about any day of the week so this drink is as much for me as it is my kids. Your house will smell ah-may-ZING and you may want to keep the entire batch just for yourself. It is easy to make and not too sweet so a second helping is completely acceptable.
If you add a shot of espresso, I won’t tell a soul.
Get the recipe for my Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate over at the Columbia City Moms Blog!
Brittany wrote this on 26 September 2016
I have talked before about my love affair with homemade bread.
My very first blog post EVER was a recipe for the bread machine and this pillowy Buttermilk Yeast Bread has been know to send friends and family to their knees when I serve them a slice slathered in butter and honey. It is that good.
As much as I love both those recipes, I have been looking for a really good, really easy recipe for multigrain bread. The chewy, almost nutty texture of whole grains is a favorite of mine, but I didn’t want to have to spend the money and purchase multiple kinds of flour that I may not use for anything else. Years ago, I had seen a recipe using a 7-grain hot cereal mix to make bread and I never forgot about it! A few months ago, I started searching and testing recipes, and several loaves of bread later, I FINALLY have the perfect version!
This is one of the easiest bread machine recipes you will ever make. There is no soaking of grains and no extra steps; the ingredients are just dumped in. It makes fantastic sandwiches, but toasted with butter and jam is nothing short of beautiful. Crusty and chewy on the inside and oh. my. GOSH! My Mom used to make homemade bread when I was a kid and we had hot bread as a bedtime snack on nights when we sat up and watched movies. With my kids, it is more likely that they will have it as an after school snack, opening the door to the scent of freshly baked bread. Either way its a memory that I hope always makes them think of home.
I would love to share with you too! I’ll keep the butter and honey pot on standby. 🙂
Multigrain Bread For The Bread Machine
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker
This recipe makes a 2 lb loaf. In the market for a bread machine or want to add it to your Christmas wishlist? Try this one!
1 1/2 c water
2 T coconut, canola, grapeseed, or vegetable oil
1 1/2 c bread flour or all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c white whole wheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, or whole wheat flour
1 c 7-grain hot cereal (uncooked) such as Bob’s Red Mill brand
1/4 c brown sugar or honey
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast or 1-.25 oz packet
Place all ingredients in your bread machine according to manufacturers directions. Choose the 2 lb, whole wheat or standard loaf setting and I recommend the light or medium crust option if you have the choice. The whole wheat tends to really darken and you don’t want it to burn. This bakes up great on standard or rapid baking times. Remove to a cooling rack as soon as it is done and TRY not to cut into it until it has cooled a bit!
Brittany wrote this on 14 September 2016
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It isn’t all that earth shattering to learn that it is hot here in the South.
Apparently, where I live in South Carolina, we have set records for high temperatures this summer. I am told this is hard to achieve, especially in a geographical area that is famous for being hot. Nevertheless, my family and I continue to find ways to beat the heat. Swimming, lots of indoor movies, visiting the local snow cone stand (yes, we actually have one), and avoiding the use of my oven if at all possible. You know what I have NOT been avoiding? My panini maker.
I got my husband a panini maker for Christmas some years ago and every summer it gets a full workout. Toasty sandwiches are a family staple and even though we make them year round, we can’t seem to get enough when it is hot outside. We are always after something light and the easier the better. That is how this sandwich was born!Some of our favorite brands come together in this one recipe. I was able to purchase all of mine at my local Walmart, but you can find everything at any neighborhood supermarket! A good variety of Pepperidge Farm® Bread is always on our counter and our favorite to use here is the Pepperidge Farm® Whole Grain Oatmeal or Farmhouse® Hearty Oatmeal. Bread can make or break a sandwich, friends! The options with Pepperidge Farm® are so plentiful, it will be a cinch to pick the right one for your family. The fresh baked taste never fails to impress and we always stock up. They loaves are double bagged and this momma, with three forgetful offspring, can use all the help she can get in the kitchen to sandwich with the best! Hillshire Farm® Thin Sliced Honey Ham is one of my secrets to easy meals for my family! There is no wait at the meat counter and the quality is definitely up to my standards! No by-products and no artificial flavors is exactly what I am looking for and because the meat is slow roasted for hours means it has a taste that ALL of us drool over! The convenience of the sealed tubs makes meal time that much easier. I have another secret! Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise is pretty much the only kind I buy since it is just that good. It is hard to beat a classic! In this recipe I spread it on the outside of the sandwich, giving the crunchy, toasted bread an extra tangy bite! We actually like it better than butter. So good!Easy cooking and great ingredients guarantee a successful dish! Add in some extra sweet and salty flavors and you have a sandwich that is darn near irresistible! At least that is what my kids call these. Nothing fancy and no complicated steps. Just really good food in a matter of minutes. Exactly what I need whether it is Summer, Winter, and any season in between!Want to keep up with all things happening at Pepperidge Farm®? Follow them on Facebook and Twitter and you won’t miss a thing!
Sweet & Tangy Ham Panini
If you want to add an extra boost of flavor, I highly recommend, swiping on a bit of mustard. It adds an extra zippy bite that goes great with the ham!
Pepperidge Farm® Whole Grain Oatmeal or Farmhouse® Hearty Oatmeal or any other Pepperidge Farm® Bread
Hillshire Farm® Thin Sliced Honey Ham
Hellmann’s® Real Mayonnaise
fresh sliced tomatoes
sliced cheese-mild cheddar or colby jack are perfect
peach or apricot jam
Spread a slice of the bread with peach jam and top with sliced tomato and cheese. On a second slice of bread, generously pile up the ham. Sandwich the two together and evenly spread the outside of the slices with mayo. Toast in a panini maker until desired crispiness. Alternatively, toast on a stove in a cast iron pan, slipping halfway through to toast the other side. Careful, IT’S HOT! Enjoy!