It worked!!!!

Today was a pretty average Saturday around here.

I started my morning with a special treat.

A grande Skinny Vanilla Latte.  Oh, how I love them!

And then, the grocery shopping began!

I got to go to one of my favorite grocery stores around here.  It’s an international market and has everything that you could ever imagine!  I always find something new to try!

Today did not disappoint either.  I have a very hard time finding the brand of hummus that I like around here.  I’m not a huge Sabra fan, and since we moved, I can’t get the locally made kind that I really love.  So, I’m usually searching for Tribe hummus (because no one carries it, so I have to search) or I grab some at Trader Joe’s if we happen to be making a trip!

Today I found this….

Tribe jalapeno hummus?!!?  Yes, please.

I’ll just say that between the hubby and I, we ate 3/4 of the container and I’m mad that I didn’t buy more than one!

Does anyone else get excited as I do when you find something new that you really like?

We came home and then I spent the afternoon in the kitchen baking!

I made a few different things that I’ll tell you about as we use them in meals this week, but the item I was most proud of was this guy.

I MADE BREAD!!!

I’m terribly excited about this as yeast and I don’t get along very well and every single time I try to make bread, I usually screw it up.

This time, I didn’t.

I even messed with the recipe and added some spices to it.  I was very, very brave.

I’m also thankful to my favorite kitchen accessory for helping me out.

My Kitchen Aid mixer.

I got this during my blogging hiatus.  I had been drooling over the mixers for a LOOOOONG time.  One day I came home from work and this was sitting on my counter.  I about passed out!   The Good Eats Guy surprised me!

Anyways, this bread turned out wonderfully!

French Bread with Herbs (adapted from allrecipes)

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

In a large bowl combine the yeast, sugar,  salt, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder and 1 1/2 cups of the flour.

    In a sauce pan combine the milk, water and 1/4 cup of the butter or margarine until 110 degrees F (38 degrees C). Add milk mixture and vinegar to the flour mixture and blend at low speed of the mixer until moistened. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes.

      Stir in 1 1/2 cups additional flour to form a sticky dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead adding 1/2 to 1 cup more of flour until dough is smooth and pliable (I used my mixer with the dough hook for this step). Place dough in a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume.

        Punch down dough and roll into a rectangle shape.  Roll this up.

        Place the bread seam side down onto a greased cookie sheet and let rise until doubled in sized. Score the top before cooking.

        Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Let cook for 20-30 minutes.  Mine took about 26 minutes.

        And PRESTO!  A loaf of french bread!

        I’m still excited about this as I’ve been trying for so long and just couldn’t seem to get it right!

        I turned it into cheese bread for dinner tonight!

        We paired it with steaks and baked potatoes!

        All in all.  It was a good day!

        What was the best thing you did today?!

        A bit of relaxation is on the agenda for the evening.  And then tomorrow we have to gear up to watch the  Bears vs. Packers football game!

        Happy Saturday!

        19 Responses to “It worked!!!!”

        1. Oh yes, I definitely get excited when I find good groceries!! It’s even more exciting than a regular shopping find :D

          And congrats on the breadmaking!!

        2. Oh my–that bread? Looks delicious. I love food porn so much, especially carby food porn. I need to make french toast soon, it’s long overdue.

          You just reminded me I have a coupon for Starbucks that expires on Monday!

        3. Stefanie says:

          Tribe jalapeno hummus?! I need to find that! I get so excited when I find new foods, too!! :) How nice of good eats guy to get you a mixer!! I can’t wait to get one someday!

          I hope you had a great relaxing night! :)

        4. There are few things I enjoy more than finding a new product at the grocery store :)

        5. I cannot find tribe here in wilmington! omg! I miss it!

          Your bread looks DIVINE! Ah-mazing!

        6. I love making bread – I used to be afraid of it too, but it’s really not hard! Yours looks great!

        7. Yes! When I find something I like, I get really excited too!! That’s so awesome that you made bread! That’s a huge accomplishment :) The best thing I did yesterday was get a massage. Felt so amazing! Go Bears!

        8. That loaf of bread looks wonderful! I will need to try it. I’m headed to my kitchen this afternoon as well!

        9. Kelly says:

          that bread looks delicious! Trader Joe’s has a cilantro jalapeno hummus that is seriously like crack it’s so good.

        10. Nice work on the bread. It looks really beautiful and I bet it tasted even better! I’m still learning the bread-baking basics, haven’t tried just a baguette like this yet. YUM

        11. I have an unhealthy relationship with the grocery store. I stay there for hours at a time and get way to excited over new foods. & I love hummus.

          Your bread looks amazing!!!

        12. Ahhh, a KitchenAid mixer! Don’t you just love it?!

          Want to know a shameful secret? I’ve never used yeast before! I bought some and it’s in the cupboard, but I’m just super intimidated!

          • admin says:

            I was always super scared to use yeast, too! My husband kept telling me to just try it…after a few fails, I used it successfully twice this weekend! I was so excited!!

        13. That’s so exciting that you made bread! :)
          I also moved to my own domain, so be sure to update your bookmarks/RSS feed. :)

          • admin says:

            Yay!!! I tried to read your post from earlier today and couldn’t access your blog! So glad that you were able to move to your own domain!

        14. Ashlee says:

          The bread looks delicious! I will definitely have to try it! I need to start baking more often! :)

        15. Lindsay says:

          Congratulations on your bread! Bread and I have had a love-hate relationship, but you have inspired me to try again. And I love my KitchenAid mixer too :) Changed my life!

        16. Congratulations on the bread – it looks absolutely amazing. I haven’t made bread yet but have been dying to try it… I think I may have to use your recipe as my first!

        17. Simply Life says:

          wow, that bread looks perfect and so pretty! :)

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