Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Quick and Easy Homemade Bread

Are you looking for a quick and easy homemade bread recipe? I have just the one. There is no way to mess this one up. You don't even have to knead the dough! Seriously. Sorry I don't have a picture of what it looks like. Just trust me on this one. :) Oh and just as a side note did you know that strawberries are on sale at Kent's? $1.79 is a great price to stock up and make some strawberry freezer jam. Plus it would go great with this bread.

Here is the recipe:

1 package (2 1/2 tsp.) dry yeast
2 cups warm water

1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
4 cups flour
corn meal
melted butter

Place yeast, water, sugar, and salt in warm bowl and stir until dissolved. Add flour and stir until blended. Do not knead. Cover and let rise one hour or until doubled in size. Flour hands, remove dough from the bowl and place in 2 rounds (they're not particularly pretty, and yes, the dough should be very sticky and goopy!) on an oiled cookie sheet sprinkled with corn meal. Let rise an additional hour. Brush the top with melted butter (sometimes I just use cooking spray!) and bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees and cook an additional 15 minutes. Remove from oven and brush again with butter. Serve warm.

Here's what I love: You are making 2 loaves at a time. You don't have to wait for your yeast to proof. You don't have to knead a thing. Seriously, you stir it all up with a spoon and that's it!

Happy Baking!

~Jessica Womble

Food Storage "Baby Steps"

Angela told me about this website, so I hope she is okay with me sharing it. http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/
at this website you can sign up for what they call "baby steps in food storage" you get a newsletter about every other week (print it out or save it, they will only send you one of each.) These newsletters give ideas of how to improve your food storage on little money and space.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Fruit and veggie tip!

While it's a good idea to stock your freezer with veggies and fruit, it's also good to eat a variety of fresh produce too. one trick I have found to help me eat it before it goes bad: wash and slice your produce pretty quickly after you bring it home. Store in an airtight bag or container. It's so nice to be able to pull out a bag of already chopped veggies for a quick snack. It only take about an hour to do all the chopping (depending on how much you buy) but then it's done and you are way more likely to eat it because it's all ready, and you still get it for the price of fresh food.

A lot of time we pay extra for our food to have it already packaged in snack sized containers "ready to eat" when it only takes a little bit of effort to get it to the "ready to eat" stage ourselves. Don't throw away money and quality for convenience.

(also, most of your snacks like crackers or chips have a serving that equals 100 calories or less, the trick is just stopping at the serving size. Try buying a large box of crackers and dividing it into 'serving sized portions' in a sandwich bag to grab easily instead of paying extra for the pre-packaged "100 calorie" packs.)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Snow College 2nd Ward

Hello ladies! this is the first of hopefully many posts, not just by me but by US! If you would like to be added as a collaborator please send me your email address. This blog is for you to share ideas, websites, sales, methods...ANYTHING that you are doing to be a provident provider. If there is something you would like to learn, post it here and maybe someone will read and be able to help you. Remember that provident living involves budgeting, food storage, exercise, scripture study, anything to help in the future. There are no limits! so start posting and let's help each other become provident providers!

Robert D. Hales talk: Becoming Provident Providers