Recipe: Super Easy White Bread

Theres something about this time of year that just has me craving fresh warm home made bread. This is the one my mom always made growing up, sometimes she would put bacon bits in it, or sun flower seeds. Its so easy and really really good! 

Ingredients:

3 1/2-4 C flour (I start w 3 1/2 cups and add a little more if its still sticky) 

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

1 1/2 C water

1 table spoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

 

Directions:

Mix water, (a little bit above room temperature) sugar and yeast. Mix it and let it sit for 10 minutes to make sure it 'rises' a bit. You can tell when it does, it looks a lot thicker and 'bigger'.

Next mix in flour and salt with the water/yeast/sugar mixture. Kneed until it's smooth. 

Next place the dough ball into a greased big bowl, cover with a towel and let it rise for an hour. 

After the hour is up, punch it down a bit for a minute, form it into an oval shape and cut three little diagonal lines across it (not sure if this is necessary, I just see everyone else do this) and put it on a lightly greased baking sheet and cover with towel again. Let it rise another hour. 

 

Bake it at 350 for 35-40 minutes and EAT it while it's warm! With Butter! And maybe a slice of cheese! And add a cup of tea. That makes it the best. Just trust me. Last night we had this with spicy Italian soup. We are supposed to get a snow storm tonight/tomorrow so I think I'm going to make another loaf so we can have the leftover soup! 

 

*I have also made it into two bread tins by splitting the dough in two and making oval shaped balls and placing it in the middle, it spread and covered most of the pan. Make sure pan is greased so it comes out nice and easy. 

 

 

Swedish Feta Stuffed Meatballs

Last summer when our Swedish friends where here visiting, Sofie made the best dinners for us. I would be with the kids at soccer practice and walk into a delicious meals waiting for us. After having them here I really started to get the whole Sisterwife thing. I mean, if they are going to make dinner for me on crazy nights..I get it sister wives, I get it. 

When  Jones Creek Beef  asked me share a recipe using their ground beef I thought it was the perfect time to try out one of the delicious meals Sofie made while here.

In Swedish its called biffar, which I guess translate to steak, but when I think of steak I think of something entirely different, so I'm going to call these Swedish Feta Stuffed Meatballs

Ingredients

1 pound Jones Creek Beef

2 table spoons onion powder of 1/2 chopped yellow onion ( I used powder)

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

4-5 tablespoons bread crumbs (add more if it doesn't form well) 

salt/pepper/garlic powder 

feta cheese, I used one small container for the meatballs and the feta sauce I made to serve with it

 

Mix all the ingredients except the feta together in a large bowl. Then form the meat mixture into large meatballs, they will shrink down some. Once I had the size I wanted them to be I flattened them a bit in my hand so they looked like hamburgers, grabbed a big chunk of feta and pressed it into a meat, then formed a ball around the feta so the feta is in the middle. 

Then stick the meatballs in a pan on medium heat and turn gently every few minutes so they don't fall apart. Mine took about 20 minutes before they were cooked all the way through. 

Serve with a salad, potatoes and a yummy little feta dip which is just feta and sour cream mixed together. So good! The kids even asked for left overs for lunch the next day. 

Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Linnea shared one of her favorite salads a couple of weeks ago, and now it's my turn to share one of my favorite salads!

Drew and I started making this salad 4-5 years ago when we lived in the tiiiiiniest house ever, but had the biggest grill ever. So we utilized that grill a lot. We stopped making it for a while (probably because when I get obsessed with someone I make it a Lot..and then I get sick of it and never want it again) but I was craving some grilled chicken a few days ago and decided to go the healthier route and throw it on a salad. 

Mediterranean Chicken Salad 

Mediterranean Chicken Salad 

Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts
  • Sun dried tomato dressing
  • Oregano
  • Romain lettuce
  • Black Olives
  • Feta Cheese
  • Red Peppers

First marinate the chicken in the dressing with some oregano (this time I also added some paprika and hot pepper flakes and it was a great addition) 

Next, throw the chicken and red peppers on the grill. 

While thats grilling, chop up your lettuce and black olives. When the chicken and peppers are finished, throw it on the salad, add a tiny bit of dressing (you don't need much at all) and sprinkle some (okay a lot) of feta on it. 

We like to make it with asparagus (just in a little olive oil with salt and pepper.)

Thats it! Super simple, and delicious. Even all of our kiddos love it. I always make extra chicken and then the next day throw it in a quesadilla for dinner.