Wednesday, July 29, 2015
We took a drive into Kentucky to come back to Ohio. That's how it works here - to get to Eastern Cincinnati, you can take the circle freeway (I-275) and get there faster by going to another State.
I didn't attempt to take pictures inside, but the casino is new and very inviting. The buffet dinner was outstanding. After dinner we tried our hands at the one-armed bandits (actually, they are all push button now) and came out AHEAD!
We only do this once or twice a year and this was a win-win. A dinner with family and friends, then a win in the casino.
All the best,
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
We'll be traveling again soon, so we'll enjoy a little more home cookin' and healthy food we've made ourselves before we go. There's nothing like a fresh salad...
Actually, those were two different meals the same day, but both were enjoyed with...
Monday, July 27, 2015
I'm baking again. There is nothing like the aroma of fresh bread in the house.
This bread recipe is especially tasty. If you'd like to give it a try, here's my recipe:
Honey and Red Onion Bread - Recipe
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1/2 medium red onion - diced
2 t salt
3 Tablespoons Honey
1 cup 2% milk
3 cups bread flour
3 heaping teaspoons dried yeast
Place vegetable oil and onion in sauce pan. Heat over medium heat until onion is softened. Set aside and cool.
Place cooled oil and onion mixture, then all ingredients in large capacity bread machine in order given.
Set on dough cycle and turn on.
The first dough cycle on most machines is about 40 minutes. Watch the action to be sure a dough ball forms at least 1/3 way through the cycle. Add a little flour or water if necessary to get the correct consistency.
When first dough cycle is finished, remove dough from machine and place in a greased bowl for first rise.
Place the bowl in a warm place such as the oven with the light, but no heat turned on. If you place it out on the counter in a warm place, cover with a damp cloth.
This batch required about 40 minutes for the first rise. Keep in mind that the temperature in your kitchen and the mood of the yeast can change the time required for the dough to rise.
After the first rise, punch down/knead gently the dough to remove excess bubbles.
If you are using crockery or glass pans/bowls for baking, set the empty bread pans in a warm place, too. I use my second oven with the light turned on.
If preheating pans, remove from oven.
For this batch, I am using a pan that makes 4 mini loaves.
Allow bread to rise once again; this batch should take about 30 minutes for the second rise.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 mins.
Turn out to racks to cool immediately.
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Sunday, July 26, 2015
Our daughter, Catherine, makes sure our pups have a very active life. In addition to attending Agility classes and participating in AKC Agility events, they participate in other activities.
The Instructor held Erik while Catherine moved to the end of the dock...
What a fun day!
Our older dog, Penny, was not able to join us here today. She had just had surgery to remove a couple of cysts on her skin so wasn't allowed for swim for a week.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
It has been a busy month of travel, but we have still accomplished needlework and wood working projects.
Above is a new Warm Browns Afghan Blanket. The colors are just spectacular together.
These look beautiful hanging by themselves, on your house plants, or on your Christmas tree. We also have flat-bottom shelf-style bird houses that look darling in miniature displays or can be used as place card holders.
We now return to our regularly scheduled blogging. ;)
All the best,
Hand Crafted Original and Traditional Designs