Super Easy French Bread

Super Easy French Bread

French bread is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. This bread goes perfect with pasta or soup. However, making it takes forever. I like to make my own bread when I can to control the ingredients, limit the sugar in it, and use whole ingredients.

Please pardon my photos. They aren’t the best in the world and I cut the bread in half to make sure the center was done before snapping the pictures. It was done and delicious, by the way.

I started to look for a solution to bake my own French bread without having to knead it, let it rise, punch it down, knead some more. That’s so much work and this isn’t the 1950s.

Here is the recipe I came up with based on my old recipe books, some trial and error and looking at other bread machine recipes I had on hand. The result was a tasty, simple bread that paired perfectly with our dinner.

Super Easy French Bread
Author: Crabby Housewife
Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour can use bread flour if that is what you have on hand
  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
Instructions
  1. Add flour to your bread machine baking insert.
  2. Make a small crater in the center of the flour and pour yeast packet inside.
  3. Sprinkle sugar on top of yeast.
  4. Add salt and baking powder around outside edge of crater.
  5. Pour water on top and set bread machine to "dough" setting.
  6. When bread machine is finished, divide dough in half and shape into long, narrow loaves.
  7. Cover and let rise 60-90 minutes more.
  8. Bake at 450-degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes (about 20 in a gas oven and about 25 in electric) or until crust is golden brown.
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Unique Christmas Cookie Roundup

Unique Christmas Cookie Roundup

Looking for some unique Christmas cookies to bake this year? Whether you want to make up a tray as a gift, take them to an office party, or simply enjoy them with your family, these cookies will make a lasting impression.

Elsa’s Frozen Fractal Sugar Cookies

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Do you have a few Disney “Frozen” fans in your house? These cookies bring the movie to life in a unique way. They’re so pretty, even those who aren’t fans (do people like that exist?) will love these cookies. They were created by Two Sisters Crafting.

Lemon Pistachio Wreaths

martha stewart

Martha Stewart never fails to deliver when it comes to elegant foods and decor. These lemon pistachio wreaths have a unique flavor and are elegant enough for the fanciest luncheon or cookie exchange.

Chocolaty Melting Snowmen

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Betters Homes and Gardens brings you this video that shows how to make these adorable cookies. All you need is a basic cookie base, some vanilla frosting and candy.

Cherry Snowballs

taste of home

Taste of Home offers up this delectable recipe. Cherry snowballs are not only cute, they are delicious. They are also pretty simple to make, so you can whip up a huge batch of them to add to cookie trays or as a gift all their own.

Peppermint Meringues

epicurious

Epicurious offers up these peppermint meringues. If you’re looking for cookies you can adapt and make a bit lighter, these are them. Light, fluffy and filled with Christmas flavor, these will be a favorite with your family and friends.

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Roundup of Cute Halloween Treats for Parties

Roundup of Cute Halloween Treats for Parties

If you’re planning to host a Halloween party, or you want to create some treats for a gathering, class party, or other event, these recipes offer some unique takes on taking food decorating to the next level.

Kings Hawaiian Mummy Melts

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Kings Hawaiian has a cute idea for making some pepperoni melts that are tasty little pizza bites perfect for snacks for any gathering. Most people enjoy pizza, so this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Serve them warm. Click on the subhead above to get the recipe.

Hot Dog Mummies

hot dog mummies
Listotic creates a whole new take on pigs in a blanket with these hot dog wraps that look like miniature mummies.

Banana Ghosts and Clementine Pumpkins

banana ghosts
If you’re looking for a healthy treat to send to school, these banana ghosts and clementine pumpkins offer a unique way to send in healthy foods and still entice the kids to eat them. I think One Little Project is brilliant in creating this fun fruit treat.

Coffin Bread Loaf Dip

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Need a container for your dip? This cute coffin is made from a loaf of unsliced bread. Finish the look with a plastic skeleton. You could also spread bits of bread around the base for people to eat with the dip, so you’ll need two loaves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween Veggie Trays

halloween veggie trays
Tip Junkie has some super cute ideas for how to arrange veggies for holiday themes, including a skeleton veggie tray and a jack-o-lantern themed tray.

Frankenstein Halloween Marshmallow Pops

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Just a Taste has a cute idea for taking plain marshmallows, adding chocolate coating and turning them into mini Frankensteins.

These are a few of our favorites for Halloween treats. They’re creative, delicious and the instructions are simple enough that you can whip these dishes up in a few minutes.

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Low Carb Protein Cookies Will Save Your Diet

Low Carb Protein Cookies Will Save Your Diet

I’ve been working hard to eat healthier. While my scale isn’t moving super fast (I’ve lost about 7 pounds in two months), it is moving in the right direction and I feel better about what I’m putting in my body. One of my biggest down falls is my sweet tooth.

I can do well for a while but then those cravings hit. However, I have come up with a recipe that seems to help this tremendously and also puts a bit more protein in my diet. There are a ton of protein cookie recipes out there, but I found them really dry and the cookie would crumble as you tried to eat it. I started experimenting with my own recipe and here it is. It has a wonderful taste to it.

Low Carb Protein Cookies Will Save Your Diet - Mug Cookie
Author: Crabby Housewife
Ingredients
  • 1 pat or about 1/4-1/2 tablespoon butter real butter
  • 1 teaspoon all natural peanut butter ingredients should be peanuts and salt ONLY
  • 1 tablespoon Splenda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla whey protein powder I like Robb's
  • 5 Atkins candy coated chocolates
Instructions
  1. Melt butter and peanut butter in a small mug (about 20 seconds in microwave)
  2. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add Splenda and protein powder. Stir until smooth.
  4. Microwave on high for about one minute. Check. If it is not starting to firm up around the edges, nuke 20 seconds at a time until it does.
  5. Sprinkle on the candies (they will melt a bit from the heat of the cookie, but not too much).
  6. Let sit for about five minutes and enjoy. I just eat it with a spoon right out of the mug. So yummy and kills that sweet urge in a healthier way than sugar and white flour.

Note: You can also make these with chocolate protein powder. However, I think it gives them a bit of a bitter taste. I much prefer the vanilla. If you are craving chocolate, though, that might be a good solution.

photo credit: Cookie Monster via photopin (license)

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Pumpkin Pie Dip Sugar Free Gluten Free and Good

Pumpkin Pie Dip Sugar Free Gluten Free and Good

As a frugal mom, avid couponer and cheapskate queen, I have a handful of sites I visit on a daily basis to see what is on sale, etc. One of those sites is Hip2Save. When I popped on there today, I saw this yummy looking recipe for Pumpkin Pie Dip.

You make this dip with just three simple ingredients and serve with vanilla wafers. This would be a tasty treat to take to a church gathering, serve at a get together or just for everyday yumminess.

However, right now I’m trying to limit my carbs and it had just too much sugar in it for me. The good thing? This recipe would be so very easy to make low carb.

  • Instead of regular Cool Whip, sub sugar free or make your own heavy whipping cream from scratch (I like the taste of Cool Whip for recipes like this, though).
  • Pumpkin is great for you. It is full of fiber and while it does have carbs, they are healthy carbs. You don’t need to change this ingredient at all.
  • Instead of regular instant pudding, sub sugar free instant vanilla pudding.
  • Instead of regular vanilla wafers, purchase sugar free ones or better yet use some sliced up apples or make your own gluten/sugar free cookies.

Colin, over at Hip2Save suggests adding a pinch of pumpkin spice to the mixture. You can see this is a very simple recipe. Thanks for another fabulous post, Hip2Save. Keep up the good work and we’d love to see more recipes. By the way, if you haven’t checked out that site, it is definitely worth a visit, or two, or three.

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