Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rosemary Filone Bread

I have been playing around with Rosemary and when I came across this recipe on Gwen's blog, I saw how she organized it with pictures and step by step directions. I just might be able to do this! I am usually terrible with making bread but I was determined to face my fears on this one. It came out fantastic! It took a few days to make because the "starter dough" sits for at least 8 hours in the refrigerator.

The only thing different with my recipe is I added 1/2 cup of finely chopped black olives into the dough the same time I added the chopped rosemary. It was a hit! I served the warm loaf with dipping oil- olive oil and a few Italian seasonings sprinkled into it on a small plate.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Coolest Oatmeal Cookie Recipe EVER

I had a bag of dates in my refrigerator and went to Google Recipes and typed in the ingredients I wanted to use; dates, oatmeal, coconut and butter and a few great recipes came up. I actually settled with one that didn't have dates in it and simply added them (1/2 cup) to the cookie dough.  Also, I didn't have maple syrup so I used pancake syrup.

I had fun watching the baking soda react with the butter mixture. It ultimately turned the cookie into a crispy edged/ soft middle creation.

Here is the link to the Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

Thursday, April 7, 2011

My Shop on Etsy and Facebook

I have been having a lot of fun this winter sewing on the nice up-to-date Bernina machine my mom gave me! I started sewing nursing covers, matching mommy-daughter aprons and chic burp cloths.  Here are some pictures of what I've made and the links are at the bottom of the page. Stay tuned- there will be new items weekly!

The above has been SOLD

I opened a shop on Etsy  and check it out on Facebook @ Junabug's Corner 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Baked Rosemary Chicken Breasts

WOW! Fresh Rosemary is my few favorite herb this week! I had found bone-in/ skin-on chicken breasts on sale for $0.99 per lb and since I don't often cook chicken with bone or skin, I went directly to the web and searched for a good recipe. I came across a blog that I just LOVED and enjoyed all her pictures. You can check out her recipe here on Simply Yummy Goodness.

I did something a little differently by taking a spring of rosemary and sliding it directly under the skin of each breast. It gave the meat a great flavor!  Rubbing the skin with olive oil really made the skin crispy.   I served my chicken with macaroni and cheese and asparagus since that's what I had on hand and my husband never refuses mac & cheese. It was a splendid dish and I am looking forward to trying more recipes with my fresh rosemary.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Cool Curtains

I came across a picture that really caught my eye! It is a HUGE curtain with the illusion of a huge tree behind it but it's actually ascii-code printed all over it! How creative is THAT!!! I love it!