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Slow Cooker Baking – Rosemary Bread

Today is my day off and I’ve been thinking I’d like to bake some breads. Our new neighbors have given us flowers, cookies and fresh eggs but I’ve yet to give them anything so a bread would be nice when returning their dishes. We also recently planted rosemary so I’ve been dying to make some rosemary bread. While perusing some bread recipe ideas, I came across Crock Pot or slow cooker breads.  Initially sounding like a bad idea, the appeal grew on me as I thought about how hot it gets in the kitchen when baking in the summer. Poking around on Google to learn more about baking in the slow cooker, I’ve learned the following: It can take quite a long time at one and a half to two and half hours per loaf. It requires some experimentation to come up with the right process for your slow cooker. The bread comes out more dense without the burst of heat that typically causes the bread to rise in the oven before the dough begins …

DIY Drawer Organizer

The kitchen in our new place has just three drawers.  That seemed hard to work with until we considered our last kitchen didn’t have much more with its four small drawers. Plus, one of our new drawers is quite large. However, that seems to mean that anything I put in there is basically swimming in it including my expandable utensil organizer that is usually fills a drawer on its own. So I went to Pinterest for some ideas and came across this tutorial for a drawer organizer on kevinandamanda.com.  At only about $5 this is also a great bargain! I didn’t plan mine as carefully as their project but just checked the depth I would need for my drawer and picked up a couple of the 1/4″ craft boards from Home Depot. I wasn’t yet sure exactly what would go in the drawer or how much would fit except that I wanted to keep my utensil organizer. We’re renting so it could come in handy whenever we move on from here plus that’s several less compartments I …

My Favorite Waffles (from scratch!)

About 5 years ago, I had this aha moment that you don’t really need to buy box waffle/pancake mix.  I have all the ingredients needed to make them already and it’s just a matter of mixing in a few more things. But even more importantly, that means I can tweak them to be just the way I want! For a while I would make waffles by just mixing the necessary ingredients without measuring until it seemed the right consistency. This was, of course, pretty hit or miss. Then I found this recipe on 100 Days of Real Food.  It’s been my go to waffle recipe ever since.  I made some this morning so I wanted to share! The original recipe does a great job of explaining that things in this recipe are easily substitutable, but I’d like to emphasize that too. I almost always use skim milk because that’s what I usually have on hand. We’re out of honey this morning so I plan to substitute some organic cane sugar for that ingredient. I also sometimes add some vanilla extract or …