Saturday, July 19, 2014

~KITCHEN PRETTIES ..CHECKS? POLKA DOTS? FLORALS?

A few weeks ago I  posted about ironing board covers that I had found on Etsy.   After my ironing board cover arrived, I liked it so much that I decided to buy ironing pads for both the washer and the dryer and they could serve as pretty covers as well.  I do laundry in the garage ( a laundry room is something I only dream of) and the covers brightened up my little laundry corner so much...as you may have seen in that earlier post.  
Then it hit me!  
Why not order a cover for the top of my refrigerator??!
So I wrote to Sue and asked if this would be possible.  The same type cover with the large magnets that keep the covers from moving.   She wrote back to send her the measurements and the material I had in mind.  
I did this and told her I would like deep rich red with red and white check trim.  Making them reversible was Sue's idea.  :)  I love it!
Of course these would not be Ironing pads...but nice heavy pads just the same, that would stay in place with the large magnets just as the ironing pads do on the washer and dryer.
I explained what I had in mind.   She even quilts them herself.  NO pre quilted fabric.  
They arrived today,
Would you look who is up  cleaning off the top of the refrigerator?  He is just the sweetest man!
(the kitchen witch was a gift from a dear friend, and I simply cannot bring my self to take her away.  Maybe one day.  Maybe.)
The greenery was taking a bath in the shower.  :)

 Note:  *arrange cookbooks 
      *remove magnets etc.
*put greenery back in pot
            *remove kitchen witch  (someday)
When I ordered my fridge topper, I forgot to account for the LARGE hinge.  Sue is the most patient person.!  Bless her heart!
Now all I have to scrub off is the tops of the hinges, door and first few inches of the top.  Throw the mat into the washer and dryer instead of trying to reach way back in that far corner. 
 It is now covered.  
They wash up beautifully, by the way.

Think of the possibilities..black and white check...:)  Pink floral...lace...whatever... *sigh*

THEN I thought...why not cover the micro wave as well??   Sue said...great idea so she made me one to my specifications.  
And...I can reverse it!!


Now the sweet part!  When the package arrived today...this what I found inside as a gift for me because I worked the poor woman half to death!  :):)
Two of the sweetest pot holders!  NICE BIG ONES~!    Not dinky ones..but lovely big ones!
I was so pleased..I couldn't believe she would do that for me!
Bless her heart!

If you read this Sue...THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I love them.

www.etsy.com/shop/SueTocCreativeHands    if you wish any information.  I noticed she does not show samples of the material she has, but I found if you mention it, she has it.

I hope all of you are having a great weekend. 

The weather here has been very fine.  
(Can you tell I've been watching Sense and Sensibility....AGAIN??!)

Big hugs!
Mona









Wednesday, July 16, 2014

~WHY DO YOU NEED ANOTHER RECIPE?.~


You probably don't.
Sometimes I put things off because it is just too much effort.
I often thought,  "if it were easier, I would make homemade rolls and bread more often.  I used to do it all the time.  
:)
In the Autumn of my life, I have become a procrastinator.
Lazy?  Probably a bit.  After all, I had put in my years of baking.  I didn't have to do it anymore.
Why, bread was being given to me by my sweet kids, right from their bakery.
But sometimes one just gets the urge to bake.
I said SOMETIMES! :)

I took out my big yellow bowl.  What I call my bread bowl..sat it on the counter and went to find my loose leaf Recipe Keeper where I keep recipes from my blogger friends.   Jean, a blogger friend, emailed me Balisha's recipe for Refrigerator Dough days ago, telling me over and over how simple it was.   
I kept putting off trying this for two reasons.
A lot was going on and secondly, I don't do much baking in the summer when it's so hot.

Stop belly aching, Mona, and make those delicious and SO easy rolls.
(This is what I told myself!)
Jean kept telling me "It's easy!  Honest!" and she was right.
You will find the recipe at Simply Balisha  which is the sweetest of blogs and I have also printed it below for you.

This recipe for bread and rolls is done with your mixer..then stored in the refrigerator and used as needed.
I made this pan of rolls immediately and shared it with my friend across the street.
Tomorrow I will make more into cinnamon rolls and share those as well.
The easiest recipe for bread I have ever tried.

Thank you for sharing this recipe with us, Balisha.
No kneading? ...are you kidding?  No.  It's true.  No kneading.  I was overjoyed!
Why haven't I ever heard of this before?!
Just mix, refrigerate and make as needed.

Recipe for Balisha's Refrigerator Dough

2 pkg yeast
2 1/2 c warm water (warm)
3/4  c shortening
3/4  c sugar
2 eggs well beaten
8 to 8 1/2 cups of flour
2 1/2 tsp salt

Soften yeast in water.  Add shortening, sugar, eggs, 4 c of flour and salt.
Mix (use electric mixer)  until smooth.    I used my dough beaters.
Stir in the remaining flour t make a soft dough.  ( You may not need all of it.)
Place in a large bowl and cover tightly.  Store in refrigerator.
The dough will rise so punch it down occasionally.  
When you are ready to bake, shape into sweet rolls, dinner rolls or 2 loaves of bread.
Let them rise  until double in size (about an hour) and bake at 400 degree's 15-20 minutes for rolls and 35-45 for bread.  
This mixture keeps for several days in the fridge.  No kneading is necessary.  Just make a pan of rolls whenever you want some.  Very easy and fool proof.  

I have quite a collection of recipes in my loose leaf notebook from Joyce at October Farm!  My collection has grown over the past four or five years.

Jean, sweet friend, thank you for sending me this recipe.  SO simple!
You were right!
Jean just raved about this recipe..and now I can see why.

Love'n hugs,
Mona