Celebrating the Big Day. . .

Celebrating the big day. . .

We celebrated Sprat and Sweet G this weekend. It was a most perfect day for this perfect duo. I had a great time watching them and all their friends having the time of their lives. It was perfect.

The Big Exit. . .

This is going to be a photo overload. . .

These fellas traveled a long way to stand by the happy couple

One of my favorites. . .

This is the before for the motley crew.

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We had a great weekend with family and friends. So happy for Sweet G and Sprat.

Have You Ever Made Your Own Bread?

Have you ever made your own bread?

Have you ever made homemade bread? My Grandmother made bread, this was nothing fancy just white loaf bread but it was the best bread ever. Mom made bread for us growing up and she used Grandmother’s recipe. This recipes makes about 5-6 loaves depending on the size of your pans. The recipe is not complicated but you will need a very large bowl to mix everything up.

Grandmother

Me and according to my sister and mother I look like Grandmother

Back story on the bread. . .

Early in our marriage the hubs was diagnosed with food allergies and was not able to eat any type of bread or bakery products that were pre packaged. This meant baking my own bread. I was very fortunate to have Grandmother’s bread recipe from my mom. I began making our own bread from scratch, my family loved it. The hubs eventually could eat regular baked goods again and now I only bake bread every now and then.

Whenever I would bake this bread I always felt like Grandmother was watching over me. My Grandmother passed away when I was in third grade, I have many fond memories going to visit her. I did not get a lot of time with her but what time I had was special. Here is her recipe for loaf bread, I am sure there are many out there similar but this is hers.

Grandmother’s Bread recipe

  • 5 lbs flour (1 bag, I like King Arthur)
  • 3 pkg dry active yeast
  • 5 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 T salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened

Sprinkle 2 cups warm water and 2 tsp sugar over your yeast and set aside.

Sift flour, remaining sugar, and salt. Make a well in the center and add butter. Pour your yeast mixture over the butter. Mix with your hands until well blended and the dough is smooth and not sticky.

Place in a large bowl and grease the top with butter. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size.

Once risen work dough down and divide in to loaf portions, depending on your loaf pans this could be 5-7 loaves. Grease your loaf pans and and cover let rise again until double in size.

Bake 350 for 15 minutes then reduce to 325 and bake for 40 minutes until brown. This bread freezes beautifully. Enjoy, with much love.