Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kneaded Rolls

I shared my very first attempt at Burger rolls on my My Story accounts on Instagram and Facebook this past weekend. It was such a huge success and I had so many requests for the recipe that I thought it best to save it here and share it with you all together.
I am by no stretch in any way or form an artisan bread maker like so many of my foodie friends are but when there's a recipe that is simple to whip up, that even I can accomplish it, I have to share it with you all so that you can give it a go too.
Cause really... Who doesn't just love the delicious fresh aromas of bread baking?
I jot down recipes as I go along and often dont think to save where they came from, do you? So, just know that I do not take any credit for this particular one.

 As you may remember from before I am all about what is easy and my bread maker machine was just that. Until I discovered No Knead Bread! Now that poor machine stands and gathers dust. I also have found that I am not as scared of yeast as I thought I was. The perfect bread calls for yeast, water, salt and flour. THAT IS IT. If you have those ingredient you are on your way to never buying store bought bread again ;)
These rolls do take a bit of time from start until ready to serve but it is so very worth it. And the kneading time.. well, think of it as your time infusing each roll with love and all those special intentions that magickal cooking can manifest for you and your loved ones.
For me, it was time out of my day to do just that!

Kneaded Rolls

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  1. In a large bowl, stir in the yeast and warm water and lit it sit until dissolved. (this should take about 5 minutes)
  2. In another bowl mix, whisk the milk, egg, oil, sugar and salt until combined.
  3. Add this to the yeast mixture and stir until combined.
  4. Add flour and stir until it becomes a shaggy mess like dough.
  5. flour your counter and roll dough out onto the counter and knead for about 10 minutes.
  6. The finished dough should be smooth and slightly tacky and spring back when you poke at it.
  7. Return dough to bowl and cover. Let it sit in a warm place in your kitchen until it doubles in size. This should take about an hour.
  8. Dust your counter top with flour and turn risen dough out onto it.
  9. Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Shape each one into a ball.
  10. Place your rolls on a baking tray and let them rise again. This should take about 30 minutes.
  11. Preheat oven until 200 degrees Celsius.
  12. Melt butter and brush it over each roll - this gives them that golden brown colour.
  13. Bake until golden for about 15 minutes.
  14. Let them cool to room temperature and enjoy.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Cooler Mornings

I couldn't resist capturing this moment this morning before I had to wake him for his day.
She certainly doesn't give him any more attention than he deserves. She is still pretty much a Mama's girl and given time I know she and him will be inseparable. He is just a little impatient at the moment.
The first week back at our Barefoot Home School has been on the rocky side. But, I think today went a little better and hope that the next week we will be back into our rhythm of studies and home life all jumbled as one. I knew that at times it wouldn't be smooth sailing and it is now that I need to remind myself of this.
The mornings are considerably cooler as are the evenings. So much so, that I have placed all Summer jarmies in the back of the cupboards for now and I am making lists of who needs what in the clothing department for the new Season. As the boys get older their clothes last a couple more seasons. Danika on the other hand is growing like a weed and so I will have to make my way into town to get a few more warmer items to get us through for the next few months.
I am so grateful it's Friday and the weekend is almost upon us. Anything exciting happening for you in your space? I have lovely new items to photograph for my Shoppe and cant wait to share them with you and it is perfect weather to finish reading "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" to the small boy.
The weather forecast reveals a cold front is on its way. (thank goodness - I have stocked up on masala mixes for a Curry or two :) )
love as always, Angela

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cousins + Bubbles

We recently caught up with special family. Small beings are always fun to have here at the Cottage.

Small beings and their Mamas! These small cousins are all around the same age. All under 3ish and made from similar cloth of the tribe and are so very different. It always intrigues me how littlies, although only a few months apart either way, grow and develop at totally different rates. So very unique. I know it has a lot to do with the "Village" that helps the Mamas along the way and the whole gene pool thing. But, it still is such an amazingly powerful thing to watch as they play.

I still stick to my previous convictions.. "Children like Chickens are hard to Capture" :)

Friday, April 6, 2018

Postcards from Park Rynie.

Thank You Friday

Thank You Saturday

Thank You Sunday

Thank You Monday

we spent some time away from the Cottage this Easter weekend..
Oh, to those that do celebrate - Blessings for Easter. 
Belated, again, I know. Finding moments to share in the evenings or mornings are not as often as I sometimes hope for. 

Moments from our time away at Park Rynie were perfect. The winds played their part and only whipped through the waves on Friday and Monday but the rest of the time our smallest one could play to her hearts content. Quite different from the time before when we were in Shelly Beach - Do you remember that? 

We managed to get to the beach each day at low tide and on Saturday (the best beach day of them all) even I was able to get into the rock pools with them all and soak up precious sea minerals and vitamin Sun, while tiny reef fish swam about my toes, all the same time. 

Absolute Perfection.

We really do need to this more. Do more of this recharging of all the senses and stabilizing of emotions at the ocean! 
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