Sunday, 29 November 2015

Cast Iron Trivet Collection

I am so excited that I came across this trivet collection for sale & snapped it up.  Almost 50 pieces!  Includes 2 bottle openers, 1 match stick holder, 1 decorative wall hanging & 2 wall planters - the rest are trivets.  I collect cast iron pans, so this completes my collection.  Enjoy.

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"!