Monday, 6 April 2015

No Knead Bread

This is the EASIEST bread ever!  Anybody can make this successfully!

I make a basic white no-knead bread most frequently.  It has a bit of an english muffin texture, with bubbles & crevasses for the butter to melt into...mmmmm.


  • 4 cups all purpose white flour
  • 1/2 tsp  active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups warm water
Mix all ingredients in a bowl & stir with a fork.  It will be a wet dough.  Let rest for 10-18 hours at a warm room temperature in a covered bowl. (I make it before I go to bed & bake after work the next day)  Stir with a floured fork.  (it is a sticky dough)  Remove dough from bowl & form shape on a floured surface with floured hands & place in floured cast iron pot, or other heavy pot with lid.  A parchment paper lining can also be used.  Lightly flour the top & let rise for 1.5 hours.  Brush with an egg wash (beat an egg with a bit of water), Lightly sprinkle with coarse salt. (optional).  Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes with the lid on, & additional 15 minutes with the lid off.  The egg wash will make a nice toasty brown crust.

I like to make several ziplock bags with the pre- measured dry ingredients, & take it to the cottage or camping.  I can bake it in my dutch oven over the bon fire or in a regular oven.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Boxes

I used my Cricut "Tags, Bags, Boxes & More" cartridge
 to create these darling little gift boxes full of candy.
Some decorative paper & a little stamping & "voila"!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

41 Cabbage Rolls & My "Food Saver" Vacuum Sealer

mmmm - ready for the Freezer!

41 Cabbage Rolls & extra sauce.  Ready for Holiday Family gatherings, or a quick supper. 

One of the best purchases I have made over the past few months,
is my "Food Saver" Vacuum Sealer, 
with the canning jar attachments. 
How did I live without it??

To make these cabbage rolls please refer to my previous post:

Friday, 20 June 2014

Vintage Litho Metal Bread Box Tin by: "BURLINGTON CRAFTS"

I Found this on an online auction locally for $6.
It will be perfect for the trailer for bread of course!

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Wooden Trunk Makeover

On this project I used a chalk paint - 
"Fat Paint" in raven, with some vinyl cutouts that I peeled off after I painted it.  
I finished up with my favourite: "Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish".

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Photo Storage Box Refinished

I forgot to take a before photo....again!
Here is a simple redo of a standard wooden photo box.  
It was stained brown.

Before I started I put a custom vinyl cutout on the top.  
I used my Cricut & the "Sophisticated" cartridge to make the vinyl.  
I painted 2 coats & then removed the vinyl.
I then did some sanding/distressing, & varnished.